List of SSC CGL Preparation Books and Syllabus 2021 – Tier 1, 2, 3

Scroll down for the list of SSC CGL  Syllabus 2021 and Preparation Books. SSC CGL is one of the most crucial and difficult examinations in the Govt. sector. Those who can get through all four stages of the examination- Tier-I, Tier-II, Tier-III and Tier-IV- are recruited to different Govt. organizations, departments and ministries. To get selected, the candidate has to pass each stage of the SSC CGL exam.


SSC CGL Syllabus 2021

The exam pattern and syllabus of SSC CGL 2021 exams are given below-

SSC CGL Tier 1 Syllabus

Tier-I of the SSC CGL syllabus 2021 comprises four sections- Reasoning Ability, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and English Comprehension.

ReasoningGeneral AwarenessQuantitative AptitudeEnglish Comprehension
The verbal and non-verbal reasoningStatic general knowledgeSimplification and number systemFill in the blanks
ClassificationCurrent affairsPercentage and interestReading comprehension
AnalogyImportant Govt. schemesAverage and age-related problem sumsSpellings, phrases and idioms
Coding-decoding Indian HistoryRatio and proportionSentence correction
Puzzles and series GeographyTime, distance and speedSpotting the error
Matrix EnvironmentTime and workOne-word substitution
Word formation Indian PolityAlgebra 
Venn diagram General ScirenceMensuration 
Distance and directions Data interpretation 
Blood relations Geometry and trigonometry 

SSC CGL Tier 2 syllabus

Tier-II of the SSC CGL syllabus 2021 comprises of four sections- Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, Statistics, and General Awareness.

Quantitative AptitudeEnglish LanguageStatisticsGeneral Awareness
Simplification and number systemCloze testData collection and representationStatic GK
Percentage and interestPara jumblesMeasure of central tendencyBasic principles of demand and supply
AverageFill in the blanksMeasure of dispersionEconomics and governance
Ratio and proportionSpellings, phrases and idiomsMoments, Skewness and Kurtosis Indian History
Time, distance and speedReading comprehensionRandom variables Geography
Time and workSpotting the errorSampling theory Science
AlgebraOne-word substitutionCorrelation and regression Polity
MensurationSentence correctionIndex number Environment
Data interpretationActive and passive voiceTime series analysis 
Geometry and trigonometrySynonyms-antonymsAnalysis and variance 
Data sufficiency   

SSC CGL Tier 3 syllabus

The third stage of the exam is an offline, descriptive exam that tests the candidate’s written skills. You are required to write précis, essays, letter, or an application. The duration of the exam is 1 hour, and total marks allotted in the third stage are 60.

SSC CGL Tier 4 syllabus

This stage comprises a Data Entry Skill Set/Computer Proficiency Test to analyze the candidate’s computer knowledge and typing speed.

The SSC CGL 2020 exam is a tough one to crack and requires a lot of preparation. Now that you know about the detailed syllabus pattern, you can start looking for books. Here are some of the recommended books that will help you prepare for each stage of the exam-

List of SSC CGL Preparation Books

SSC CGL Preparation Books: Tier 1 books

Quantitative Aptitude
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams- R.S. Agarwal
  • SSC Mathematics- Kiran publication
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic- Rajesh Verma
  • Analytical Reasoning- M.K. Pandey
Reasoning Ability
  • Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning- R.S. Agarwal
  • Lucent’s Reasoning Book
  • Analytical Reasoning- M.K. Pandey
English Language
  • Word Power Made Easy- Norman Lewis
  • Corrective English- A.K. Singh
  • Objective General English- S.P. Bakshi
General Awareness
  • Lucent’s GK Book
  • NCERT (6th to 10th standard)

SSC CGL Preparation Books: Tier 2 books

  • Statistics Practice Workbook- Kiran publication
  • Statistics Paper- R. Gupta
Finance and Economics
  • Economics NCERT books (11th and 12th standard)
  • Law Point’s Competitive Solutions General Studies Notes and MCQs
  • Economic journals and newspapers

SSC CGL Preparation Books: Tier 3 books for Letter writing/Essay/Precis

  • Descriptive English- S.P. Bakshi
  • Handbook for Letter Writing- S.C. Gupta
  • 151 Essays- S.C. Gupta
  • Newspapers and journals (for contemporary essay topics)

SSC CGL Preparation Books: Tier 4 books

  • Objective Computer Awareness- R. Pillai
  • Objective Question Bank of Computer Awareness for General Competition- Arihant Experts
  • Computer Knowledge- Shikha Agarwal

Apart from the books mentioned above, candidates can also refer to the online course Mission SSC CGL Course 2021 provided by Oliveboard.

Mission SSC CGL Course – An SSC CGL Online Preparation Course | Features

Helping anyone and everyone who wants to learn is the vision for us at Oliveboard, and we are following this vision adamantly. Our Online Mock Test series has already been on the row, and now we aim to make your  Online Learning experience rich. Following are the details of the upcoming Mission SSC CGL Course on our platform:-

  • 80 Live Classes of Quant, English, General Intelligence/Reasoning, and GS by highly experienced Faculties: In these live classes, India’s Top Faculties are going to help you understand advanced concepts, tips, tricks, new pattern question, shortcuts to solve tricky questions, etc.
  • 18 Video Doubt Clearing Sessions With the Faculties: Yes, in this course you will get special attention. As a part of the course, you will be able to directly reach out to the faculty for addressing your queries in specified doubt clearing sessions.
  • 22 Live Practice Tests for Topic Mastery: Get practice tests after every Concept clearing Video Lessons to master what you have studied. You can discuss it later with the Faculty during Live Sessions if you have any doubt.
  • Special Exam Strategy Sessions: Just attempt the exam or attempt the exam with a plan, I am sure you will prefer that later. Our experts will guide you on how to go about the exam and few do’s and dont’s.

Do not forget to take up online mock tests.

The mock test papers are set in the same pattern in which the actual examination takes place.

SSC CGL Mock Test Series:

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