Best Books to Prepare for SSC CGL Tier 2 Exam

The staff selection commission has successfully conducted SSC CGL tier examination. Candidates who will qualify for this paper will have to appear for SSC CGL tier 2 examination which is the next part of the SSC CGL examination process. The syllabus for the Tier 1 and Tier 2 are slightly different with all the subjects of the Tier 2 examination already covered in the Tier 1 exam. 

The exam will be conducted within only 2 months after the commencement of the tier 1 exam thus candidates preparing need to have the right material for preparing and from which books they require in order to prepare for the examination. Here is a list of some of the books which are considered best in order to prepare for the SSC-CGL tier 2 examination. 

SSC CGL Tier 2 Highlights: 

SSC CGL tier 2 examination is conducted in 4 papers of 2 hours duration each. ‘Each paper has a duration of 100 questions of each question having 2 marks weightage. Based on the post the candidates have applied for, they have to appear in different examinations. Of all the examinations, candidates have to mandatorily appear in the 2 examinations which are English language and Mathematics. 

Best books for SSC CGL Tier 2: Section-wise

Quantitative Aptitude

This section covers the mathematical part of the paper. Various topics under this section include topics from basic mathematics. Some of the important topics are listed below:

  • Geometry
  • Data Interpretation
  • Mensuration
  • Trigonometry
  • Speed, time, and distance
  • Time & Work
  • Profit loss & Discount

And various other topics.

Some of the best books considered to prepare for this section are listed below:

  • Mathematics of competitive Examination: RS Aggarwal
  • Mathematics books by Rakesh Yadav
  • Magical Books On Quicker Maths M-Tyra (BSC publication)

Students can opt for quantitative aptitude books recommended for other examinations like CAT. Some of the books are listed below:

  • CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma.

English Language

Students preparing for this section can prepare for comprehension by various sources like newspapers, internet. For grammar, they can opt for English Grammar by Wren & Martin. 

The section also consisted of questions related to vocabulary, thus we recommended reading novels by renowned authors like Jane Austin and others. Also for vocabulary, we recommend other books like word power made easy by Norman Lewis.

Students can also go for previous year’s papers and solve the English section. List of the books discussed above are:

  • English Grammar by Wren & Martin
  • Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis
  • Anyone novel by the renowned author for vocabulary
  • The editorial section of the newspaper.
  • Objective General English By S P Bakshi 


There is no specific syllabus for reasoning thus we advise students to pick any one book for the reasoning part and solve it. Some of the books recommended from various sources are listed below:

  • Lucent Reasoning by Arihant publication

General Knowledge

Newspapers are highly recommended for daily reading and in order to be updated with current affairs. Apart from Lucent, GK is recommended according to various sources.

Previous year papers and Mocks

Previous year papers should be included mandatorily as a part of the syllabus which is to be finished as soon as possible. Solving previous year’s papers will provide the students the experience on what type of questions are asked in the paper and also solving the previous year’s papers and mocks in the time-bound environment will provide the student experience of the exam day.

Some important preparation tips and strategies for SSC CGL Tier 2 exam:

Getting the best books or the study material is not important or a guarantee that anyone would be able to qualify for the paper. It is hard work and effort put by any candidates which matters not the books or coaching you have picked. Thus here are some tips which can help you to prepare for the exam.

  • Practice daily on mathematics: Mathematics is the mandatory part of the paper along with statistics. Thus daily practice and solving questions within a time-bounded environment will help the students. Pick any book for objective-type questions or any of the above-mentioned books.
  • Make a book for formulas: As there is not much time left to prepare for Tier 2 after you have qualified for Tier 1 thus it is advisable to make a book containing all the formulas as it can be required while solving questions just for a quick revision. 
  • English: As you were already preparing for Tier 1 so there won’t be much syllabus left to be covered. Thus try to solve as many comprehension questions as possible. Also, try to give mocks as many as you can. 
  • Newspapers and current affairs are a must for government exams, thus get a question bank of GK like lucent or any other publication.

Again we must say, it will be the practice and efforts of the students, not the books which will help them to clear exams and anyone who is putting efforts and seriously preparing will already know which books are best and what is required from his side to prepare. Stay Connect with our education blog.

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