Which books and websites should you study from for SSC preparation?

There are several resources free as well as paid available for the SSC aspirants. Free resources are generally found on YouTube in video format and some of the courses are also free on Unacademy app. You can choose to watch those videos for grasping of concepts but in the end, it is you who has to prepare for the exam and practice problems.

For that purpose, you need books which contain a large number of good and varied practice problems. I have compiled the list of resources which I used as well some of the new ones which have cropped up in recent times. I have classified these resources in two categories –

Level – 1 [Beginners or novice]

If you are just a beginner or if you are new to the Mathematics or the English portion of the syllabus then following books will be of help to you –

  1. Maths

    1. Quantitative Aptitude by R S Agrawal [Buy it on amazon – https://amzn.to/34etUsX]

    This is a classic and time tested book which first published in 1987. It has been continuously updated and will get you started from the very basic level in no time. All the questions of practise exercises in this book have been provided with solutions. Although I believe for some of the questions, the solutions could have been better. I myself am working on those problems to provide alternate and better solutions.

  2. English –

    1. English is easy by Chetanand Singh [ Buy it on amazon – https://amzn.to/3kJT1tF]

    I believe that this is the best book if you are a beginner or from Hindi Medium. I myself am from Hindi Medium background but I read this book and was immensely benefitted with the content. Everything about English – be it grammar, error detection, vocabulary, idioms and phrases, phrasal verbs, antonyms and synonyms, fill in the blanks – Everything has been covered in great detail. The language used is very simple and lucid and explanations very detailed and exhaustive. You would be hard-pressed to find a better book than this.

    1. Read a newspaper daily and identify unknown words and try to gauge their meaning from the context. Look up those words in the dictionary [try shabdkosh.com and lexico.com] and note down their meanings in a separate copy. Do this for about 2-3 hours daily and in no time, you will be able to memorize about two-three thousand words.
  3. Reasoning –

There are two books which stand taller than any other in this category –

  1. A New Approach to REASONING Verbal & Non-Verbal Arihant Publication [Buy it on amazon – https://amzn.to/3kJT1tF]
  2. A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R S Agrawal [Buy it on amazon – https://amzn.to/3m4Pd6c]

Both of these books are good but I prefer Arihant Publication more simply because their presentation of content is better than others. But objectively speaking, you really can’t go wrong with either of the book, both are equally good books and will get you up and running in a jiffy.

4.General Awareness / General Knowledge –

It is universally accepted that Lucent books have always been best for GK portion of SSC –

  1. Lucent’s General Knowledge 10th Edition September 2020 [Buy it on amazon – https://amzn.to/37muCWJ]

If you are buying this book then make sure to buy the latest edition. In addition to this, the daily newspaper reading habit that we covered earlier will keep you updated in this regard so you don’t have to worry about anything else.

Level – 2 [ Intermediate or Expert]

If you have some prior experience with these subjects and want to level up your game then you can try studying from the following books.

  1. Maths

    1. Quantum CAT by Servesh Kumar Verma [Buy it on amazon – https://amzn.to/327NHru]

Don’t be put off by the name of CAT in the book. Agreed that this book is primarily targeted towards the CAT aspirants and the practice exercises in this book are divided into 3 levels in increasing order of difficulty. But I believe that level 1 and 2 of this book are necessary and sufficient for the aspirants of SSC too.

Plus, all the questions in this book have been solved by the author and cherry on the top is that most of the problems have been solved by 2 or 3 different methods. There are many problems and their clever solutions which will make your aha! moment.

If you plan to qualify SSC in your first attempt, this book is your ticket.

  1. English

    1. Arihant objective general English by SP Bakshi [Buy it here – https://amzn.to/3m3o9Ed]
    2. Objective General English R S Agrawal

For the preparation of English, it is difficult to be limited to a fixed set of books. English is a language and the more you know and practice, the well off you are for the exam. Therefore, I would suggest you to learn more vocabulary words, practice as much as you can for error detection, fill in the blanks, cloze test, active passive, narration etc. In addition to these two books, you will also need the help of a few websites to practice them from. Here’s a list which I preferred for my preparation-

  1. https://www.englishpage.com/index.html
  2. https://www.e-grammar.org/

These two websites are very helpful for students from Hindi medium in preparation of the English syllabus.

If I talk about the video lectures freely available on YouTube, then I would say that Abhinay Sharma Sir, Rakesh Yadav Sir, Gagan Pratap sir have done a very good and commendable job. You can choose to watch whichever one you like most.

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