Which are the Most Recommended Books to Cover SSC CPO Syllabus?


If you are aspiring to become a Sub-Inspector in Delhi Police or Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), you need to appear for SSC CPO – Staff Selection Commission Central Police Organisation test. It is conducted at the national level by SSC.

You need to appear for Paper I and Paper II examinations. Paper I has four subjects – General Intelligence & Reasoning, General Knowledge & Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude and English Comprehension, each of 50 marks. Paper II has English Language & Comprehension, which is 200 marks.

SSC releases the SSC CPO syllabuson its official website through a notification. This will help you to familiarise yourself with the syllabus and exam pattern for both papers. You will need to chalk out an elaborate study plan and immense dedication to crack this exam. You can also check the subject-wise comprehensive study plan on BYJU’s Exam Prep.

There are several books available for this exam. However, SSC CPO experts and successful candidates recommend the following books which cover entire SSC CPO Syllabus:

Section-wise SSC CPO Books

General Intelligence & Reasoning

 1.Analytical Reasoning by M.K. Pandey

This book explains deductive logic and critical reasoning questions in simple language. It contains argument-based, assumption-based and inference-based questions. It has separate chapters on different types of questions.

2.A Modern Approach to Non-Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Aggarwal

This book contains the latest questions with solutions that are commonly asked in the SSC CPO syllabus and other competitive exams. It also provides numerous questions and answers for practice.

General Knowledge & General Awareness

 1.Manorama English Yearbook 2022 by Mammen Mathew

This is an annual knowledge encyclopaedia that helps you study the latest general knowledge facts, current affairs and recent developments in various fields.

2.Quick General Awareness by Disha Publication

This book covers current affairs and general information about India and the world in a concise and easy to remember manner. It also comprises charts, infographics, tables and mind maps.

Quantitative Aptitude

  1. Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma

This book explains various arithmetic problems that are asked in the SSC CPO paper. It covers foundational concepts and provides useful tricks to attempt quant questions.

2.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by RS Aggarwal

With more than 5500 questions with answer keys, formulas and solved examples, this is a comprehensive book to study for the SSC CPO syllabus for quantitative aptitude.

English Language & Comprehension

1.Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi

This book covers the language syntax, verbal ability and usage of grammar. It has information on general English questions that are asked in competitive exams.

2.A Mirror of Common Errors by Dr Ashok Kumar Singh

This book is useful for SSC CPO candidates who have a poor grasp of the English language and grammar. It showcases the most common mistakes that candidates make in the exam. It covers the actual text part, problems, answers and explanations.

3.Paramount English for General Competitions Vol-1 by Paramount Authors

This covers fundamental topics such as subject-verb agreement, verbs, active-passive voice, tenses, and other conceptual aspects of competitive English. It is a useful book to brush up on the basics and practice English.

4.Word Power Made Easy by Normal Lewis

One of the most popular English books among SSC CPO aspirants, it helps you to build a rich and superior vocabulary. It has a simple and step-by-step method to master the English language and learn how to read, write and speak with confidence.

5.High School English Grammar & Composition by Wren and Martin

This book is considered Holy Grail for people who want to learn and strengthen English grammar fundamentals effortlessly. It covers elaborate guidance, examples and practice questions on basic grammar, sentence building, correct usage, composition and comprehension.

SSC CPO syllabus is quite vast. It is recommended that you have a strategy to complete it before the exams without any panic. The list of books mentioned above will come in handy and help you prepare for the exams.