To score well in any exam, the prerequisite is to prepare well. To prepare well, you need good resources like a good online portal like Entri and a good book with proper explanations. Here we have compiled a list of best books for all competitive exams 2020.
Best Books for Competitive Exams
Here are the list of best GK, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English books which will you ace your preparation for various competitive exams like Bank, SSC, RRB, PSC etc.
Best GK Books for Competitive Exams
1. General knowledge manual – Pearson
This book contains information on all GK topics. It covers all the topics elaborately and is divided into easy-to-follow sections. The book contains detailed information on current trends. This well-researched and exam-oriented book is divided into four sections – world, science, India, current affairs. In addition to that, the book contains more than 1,100 previous year questions along with 4000 plus practice question.
2. General manual – Lucent’s
This book is good for beginners and also for quick revision before exams. The contents are explained in a simple manner which enables the student to grasp the topics quickly.
3. General Knowledge – Prabhat Prakashan
This book provides wide range of questions covering all the sections that come under general knowledge. The book provides an in-depth knowledge of Indian culture, history, Polity, Science, geography and many more in the form of MCQs with Answer and explanations.
4. General Studies – Disha
The second edition of this book has 10,000 plus objective MCQs with explanatory notes for General Studies. The book has been divided into 8 sections which have been divided further into chapters. The 8 sections are – history, polity, economics, geography, science and technology, ecology, general knowledge and current affairs. The book provides explanation with every question thereby adding to the knowledge
5. General knowledge 2020 – Arihant
This book has been revised for aspirants preparing for various exams to enhance their general awareness. It covers topics including history, geography, Indian polity, Indian economy, general science and general knowledge with latest facts. For clarity, this 591-page long book is categorised into different topics.
Best Books for Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams
1. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations – R.S. Aggarwal
- The book is more comprehensive than ever before with more than 5500 questions .
- Easy to follow: Chapters begin with easy-to-grasp theory complemented by formulas and solved examples. They are followed by a wide-ranging number of questions for practice.
- Latest & Updated: With question from examinations up till year 2016, the book captures the latest examination patterns as well as questions for practice.
Table of Content:
Section-I: Arithmetical Ability
- Number System • H.C.F. and L.C.M. of Numbers • Decimal Fractions • Simplification • Square Roots and Cube Roots • Average • Problems on Numbers • Problems on Ages • Surds and Indices • Logarithms • Percentage • Profit and Loss • Ratio and Proportion • Partnership • Chain Rule • Pipes and Cisterns • Time and Work • Time and Distance • Boats and Streams • Problems on Trains • Alligation or Mixture • Simple Interest • Compound Interest • Area • Volume and Surface Area • Races and Games of Skill • Calendar • Clocks • Stocks and Shares • Permutations and Combinations • Probability • True Discount • Banker’s Discount • Heights and Distances • Odd Man Out and Series
Section-II: Data Interpretation
- Tabulation • Bar Graphs • Pie Chart • Line Graphs
2. Fast Track Objective Arithmetic – Rajesh Verma
This book covers all the necessary elements required to master the arithmetic concepts. The exercises are in two levels – base level and higher skill level. The book has managed to compile the basic concepts and short tricks to solve various problems.
3. Quantitative Aptitude Test – N.K. Singh
Table of Contents:
Average, Time and Distance, Area, Numbers, Decimal Fraction, Unitary Method, Square Root and Cube Root, Simplification, Ratio and Proportion, Logarithm, H.C.F. and L.C.M., Series, Permutation and Combination, Simple Interest, Compound Interest, Problems Based on Ages, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Time and Work, Probability, Partnership, Volume and Surface Area, Races and Games of Skill, Odd Man Out and Series, Calendar, Chain Rule, Boats and Streams ,Trains, Pipes and Cisterns, Alligation or Mixture, Stock and Shares, True Discount, Banker’s Discount, Data Analysis, Tabulation, Miscellaneous Exercise-I, Miscellaneous Exercise-II, Miscellaneous Exercise-III, Miscellaneous Exercise-IV, Miscellaneous Exercise-V ,Miscellaneous Exercise-VI, Miscellaneous Exercise-VII, Miscellaneous Exercise-VIII
4. The Pearson guide to quantitative aptitude for competitive examination – Dinesh Khattar
This book provides a one-point resource that contains comprehensive set of questions that can help you master the quantitative aptitude section for entrance exams. It is a significant part of just about any entrance examination. The book has been revised to include questions from all competitive examination. It contains both questions as well as detailed descriptions of the answers. The book presents various concepts in an easy-to-grasp and to-the-point manner. Apart from the standard formulae and definitions, the new edition contains tips and tricks that aid a quick revision. The book contains over 4000 multiple choice questions for practice that are designed in various difficulty levels.
5. Teach yourself quantitative aptitude – Arun Sharma
The book is written in such a manner that the students get the same knowledge as obtained in any coaching institute. It is designed in such a way that it develops the analytical process of the readers’ mind, providing multiple ways of solving each questions.
Best books for Reasoning for Competitive Exams
1.Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning – R.S. Aggarwal
2.Analytical Reasoning – M. K. Pandey
3.Reasoning for competitive exams – Nishit K Sinha
4. A New Approach to Reasoning: Verbal and Non-Verbal by B.S Sijwali and Indu Sijwali
5.Multi-dimensional reasoning – Mishra and Kumar Dr.Lal
Best books for English for Competitive Exams
1. Objective General English – S.P. Bakshi
This book helps in revising and preparing the concepts of English of many competitive exams. It is divided into 4 parts: Part A- Foundation module, Part B-Verbal Ability, Part C and part D-Practical grammar. This book covers the English section asked in many exams.
Part –A: has been divided into six units covering Tenses, Modals, Clause Analysis, Articles, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, Prepositions, Phrasal Verbs, Idioms & Phrases, Spotting Errors, etc whereas Part B covers Paronyms & Homonyms, One Word Substitutions, Synonyms & Antonyms, Cloze Test, etc. Part C covers Sequence of Sentences and Objective Comprehension and Part D covers Narration, Synthesis,Transformation, Punctuation, Spelling Rules and Contractions
2. High School Grammar and Composition – Wren and Martin
This book is one of the most popular and widely used reference books on English Grammar. It not only helps the students to use the language, but also gives detailed information about the language. The book provides ample guidance and practice in sentence building, correct usage, comprehension, composition and other allied areas so as to equip the learners with the ability to communicate effectively in English
3. Descriptive General English – SP Bakshi and Richa Sharma
The book covers English Language in descriptive nature and has been divided into four parts namely Writing Skills, Comprehension Skills, Grammar Skills & Verbal Skills. Part A: Essay Writing, Expansion Writing, Report Writing, Precis Writing and Letter Writing. The Verbal Skills section covers Paronyms & Homonyms, One Word Substitutions, Synonyms & Antonyms, Phrasal Verbs, whereas the Grammar Skills section covers The Function of Tenses, Voice, Narration, Synthesis, Prepositions, etc. Each chapter in the book contains detailed theory including a number of sample examples in a simple & easier way to understand the topics well. Workbook Exercises have been provided in between the chapters for Part B, C & D to help aspirants practice the concepts discussed in each chapter. Answers for all the questions have been given at the end of the section
4. Quick Learning Objective General English – R S Aggarwal
This book covers several topics relating to general English. It provides tips for error detection and teaches readers how to spot errors and It covers the basics of the language such as synonyms and antonyms. Three sections in this book are dedicated to sentence completion on the basis of vocabulary and grammar usage. Also, the book covers phrases, idioms and tips on how to improve sentences. The last part of the book features a test that helps students practice the art of passage completion.
5. Better English – Norman Lewis
The main aim of this book is to Teach Yourself -Test Yourself. This is a self-help book which a person with average English skills can consult without the help of any professional. The book includes lessons on grammar, pronunciation and spelling. To test the weakness of the readers various types of practical examples are given at frequent sections of the book. Pronunciation of certain difficult words has been made easy.
To crack any exam, it is imperative that you use the right tools to guide you. Books you choose to prepare plays a great role in that. We have compiled the list here and we hope you make good use of it.