Best Books for SSC CGL Tier 2 2021 Exam

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Oct 9, 2020

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SSC CGL TIER-II will be held in the month of November 2021 for aspirants who clear the cut-off and qualify Tier I examination. Though syllabus remains almost same for SSC CGL Tier 1 & 2, the level of questions asked in Tier 2 stay much higher for than its preceding stage. Read How to Prepare for SSC CGL 2021?

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The examination will be conducted in two days. In this article, we have mentioned all that you need to know about SSC CGL 2021 Tier II exam pattern, important topics and books. Here’s a quick view at CGL for all the students appearing for exam this year. 

  • The duration of exam will be 60 minutes. 
  • As per the experts, with reduced duration and comfortable computer-based test, the cutoff is expected to fall this year.
  • Marks obtained in Tier 1 and Tier 2 are only considered in preparation of final merit list
  • Students who apply for Statistical Investigator will have to sit for Paper 3-Statistics and Economics
  • Students who apply for Assistant Audit Officer (AAO) and Assistant Accounts Officer (AAO) will have to give paper 4 also along with paper 1&2.

In this article, we have enlisted the BEST BOOKS for SSC CGL Tier II examination. Similar to the toppers of previous years, these books will guide you in the best way, clearing all the doubts and issues while understanding topics on your own.

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SSC CGL TIER II Exam Pattern

SSC CGL Tier-II exam is much lengthier than the Tier I exam. As the stage increases level also rise up. So, in Tier II paper also you will have 4 segments each of them i.e. paper 1, paper 2, paper 3 and paper 4 all are delegated with200 marks each. Here is the table representing the disbursement of 4 segments:

1.Quantitative ability(for all posts) 50 100 0.5
2.English Language & Comprehension (for all posts) 50 100 0.5
3.Statistics (only for Junior Statistical Officer -JSO) 50 100 0.5
4.General Studies-(Finance and economics) (only for Assistant Audit Officer (AAO)/ Assistant Accounts Officer(AAO)) 50 100 0.5

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Paper 1: Quantitative Ability

SSC CGL 2021 TIER II Examination will be conducted in two days. As we have enlisted important topics as per the exam from each paper, these cannot be ignored while preparing for the exam. From the previous year’s SSC CGL examination it is observed that PAPER 1 that is quantitative ability is comparatively a level over than Tier I examination.

Coordinate Geometry
DI (Bar Graph)
DI (Pie chart)
Number System
Percentage/Profit, Loss and Discount
Time and Distance/ Pipe cistern
Time and Work
Linear equation
Basic algebraic identities of School Algebra & Elementary surds

Important Books for Quantitative Ability:

  • Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations 17th Edition- R. S. Aggarwal
  • SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam: Quantitative Abilities Arithmetical Ability Including Previous Years’ Solved Papers and Model Practice Sets (Tier – II)- Kiran Prakashan
  • SSC All Graduate Level Exams Solved Papers 1997 Upto Date: Chapterwise Solved Papers on Algebra, Trigonometry, Geometry and Mensuration 81 Sets (TIER – 2)- Kiran Prakashan
  • SSC Combined Graduate Level Mains Exam Tier – 2 (Paper – 1 & 2)- Arihant

Check Prepare for SSC CGL exam online

Paper 2 English Language & Comprehension

English Language and Comprehension is one of the elemental subjects asked in the exam. With singular section with 100 questions being dedicated to the subject, candidates must prepare for the subject in charged mode.

SSC CGL is one of the most competitive examinations covered in the country and hence, even a single mistake could hurt your selection in the examination.

spot the error
fill in the blanks
Idioms and phrases
Active passive voice
Direct/indirect narration
Cloze passage & comprehension passage
Shuffling of sentences

English Language & Comprehension:

  • Objective General English 2012 Edition - SP Bakshi
  • Common Errors in English- Kiran Prakashan
  • SSC Combined Graduate Level English Language & Comprehension Tier-II & CPO Exam (Objective Type)- Kiran Prakashan
  • SSC English Language Chapterwise Solved Papers 1997-Till Date- Kiran Prakashan
  • SSC Combined Graduate Level Mains Exam Tier – 2 (Paper – 1 & 2)- Arihant

Paper 3: Statistics

SSC CGL 2021 Tier II paper 3&4 will be conducted on November 11. Both the papers for Statistics and General Studies (Finance & Economics) questions will be tricky. The level of these two papers is set higher, keeping in mind the job responsibilities and the posts SSC CGL will be providing to intrigued aspirants.

Collection Classification and Presentation of Statistical Data
Measures of Central Tendency
Measures of Dispersion-
Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis
Correlation and Regression
Probability Theory
Random Variable and Probability Distributions
Sampling Theory
Statistical Inference
Analysis of Variance
Time Series Analysis
Index Numbers

Important Books for Statistics:

  • Objective General English 2012 Edition - SP Bakshi
  • Common Errors in English- Kiran Prakashan
  • SSC Combined Graduate Level English Language & Comprehension Tier-II & CPO Exam (Objective Type)- Kiran Prakashan
  • SSC English Language Chapterwise Solved Papers 1997-Till Date- Kiran Prakashan
  • SSC Combined Graduate Level Mains Exam Tier – 2 (Paper – 1 & 2)- Arihant

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Paper 4: General Studies-(Finance and economics)

Part A: Finance and Accounts (80 Marks)
Financial Accounting: Nature and scope, Limitations of Financial Accounting, Basic concepts and Conventions, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
Basic concepts of accounting: Single and double entry, Books of original Entry, Bank Reconciliation, Journal, Ledgers, Trial Balance, Rectification of Errors, Manufacturing, Trading, Profit & Loss Appropriation Accounts, Balance Sheet Distinction between Capital and Revenue Expenditure, Depreciation Accounting, Valuation of Inventories, Non-profit organisations Accounts, Receipts and Payments and Income & Expenditure Accounts, Bills of Exchange, Self Balancing Ledgers
Part B: Economics and Governance (120 marks)
Comptroller & Auditor General of India- Constitutional provisions, Role and responsibility
Finance Commission-Role and functions
Basic Concept of Economics and introduction to Micro Economics
Theory of Demand and Supply
Theory of Production and cost
Forms of Market and price determination in different markets
Indian Economy
Economic Reforms in India
Money and Banking
Role of Information Technology in Governance

Solve Previous Years Question Papers during Preparation time

General Studies-(Finance and economics):

  • Refer 12th std. books IMPORTANT
  • Lawpoint’s Competitive Solutions General Studies(Finance and Economics ) with notes and MCQs for SSC CGL.
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • Accounting and Finance for Bankers’ by Macmillan Education

With the passing years, SSC CGL has become a destination to a lot of graduates. Equipped with lucrative packages and decent allowances, the posts through CGL also helps you obtain ‘that one respectful’ finally earning you and your social status and power you always yearned for.

However, getting through the four stages is not as easy as it may appear. Owing to the high number of registration every year compared to a limited number of seats, SSC CGL has a success ratio of below 5% thus making it one of the hardest exam to crack even after being not-so-difficult exam.

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*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.