Best Books for English Language/ Verbal Ability Section of Competitive/ Govt Exams

Best Books for English Language/ Verbal Ability Section of Competitive/ Govt Exams

In this article, we are going to share the list of best books available for the English Language/ Verbal Ability Section of various Competitive & Government Exams like Banking (IBPS, SBI, RBI, NABARD) PO/Clerk/SO/RRB Exams, SSC Exams, Insurance Exams, Railway Board Exams, CSAT, State Government Competitive Exams, MBA Entrance Exams (CAT, SNAP, MAT, XAT), etc.

Best Books for English Language Verbal Ability Section of Competitive Govt Exams

‘English Language’ or ‘Verbal Ability’ is an important section in most of the Competitive Government Exams like Bank (IBPS, SBI, RBI, NABARD) PO and Clerk Exams, SSC Exams, Insurance Exams, Railway Board Exams, CSAT, State Government Competitive Exams, MBA Entrance Exams (CAT, SNAP, MAT, XAT), etc. In any competitive exam, proper understanding of English Grammar Usage and good Reading Comprehension Skill will help you scoring high marks in– ‘English Language’ or ‘Verbal Ability’ Section.  The topics covered under English Language Section are basically originated from four categories, i.e., Grammar Usage, Vocabulary Usage, Comprehension Skills and Writing Skills. So let’s have a look at the topics covered under ‘English Language’ or ‘Verbal Ability’ Section of various Competitive Exams:

English Language Section Topics
Categories Topics
Grammar Usage Spotting the Errors
Sentence Improvement
Identifying Correct Spellings
Vocabulary Usage Synonyms & Antonyms
One Word Substitution
Fill in the Blanks
Cloze Test
Idioms & Phrases
Comprehension Skills Reading Comprehension
Para jumbles/ Sentence Rearrangement
Writing Skills Essay Writing
Précis Writing
Letter Writing (Formal & Informal)

So for the ease of candidates we have compiled the list of Best Books recommended by the Subject Experts for the English Language or Verbal Ability Section Preparation.

Book Name Author/Publisher (Edition) About the Book
Objective General English


RS Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal/ S Chand Publishing (15 march 2017) This book is a Question Bank for different competitive examinations as it also includes previous year questions of exams held between 2010 and 2017. This book is recommended for various exams like IBPS-CWE Bank PO/Clerical/Specialist Officers, RRB Officers; SBI-PO/Clerical; NABARD &IDBI Bank Executive Offices; SSC-CGL (Tier I and II); SSC-CHSL (10+2); SSC-FCI Grade III; SSC-CPO/SI/ASI, Income Tax etc.; LIC/GIC/ UIICO AAOs, etc; UPSC-CSAT, SCRA etc; and other State Services Exams; Railways Grade ‘D’ & other Technical & Non-Technical Exam; MAT; CMAT; CET (MBA); SNAP; BBA; BBM & other B School Admission Tests; NTSE; CLAT; Hotel Management etc.
English for Bank Exams (Preliminary & Main) S. Chand Publishing (1 December 2018) This book is especially designed for cracking Banking Exams like PO/MT/SO/Clerk/RRB conducted by RBI, SBI and IBPS-RRBs. It contains more than 10 previous years’ chapter-wise solved papers and 3000 objective type solved questions which are in accordance to the latest pattern, syllabus, question format, and changing trends of various Banking Examinations.
Objective General English SJ Thakur, SK Rout/ B.K Publications (2017) This book covers wide variety of topics under English Language Section like Basic Grammar, Applied Grammar, Verbal Ability and Objective Comprehension to cater to the needs of aspirants for a wide spectrum of competitive examinations ranging from Union and States’ Civil services examinations, SSC (CGL & CHSL), LIC & GIC, RBI and IBPS conducted examinations to IFS, CDS, NDS, TGT, PGT and host of others.
Descriptive English SP Bakshi, Richa Sharma/ Arihant Publication (2017) This book is helpful for Descriptive Paper of the Competitive Exams. It will help in improving writing skills of the candidates covering all the topics related to Descriptive English Section like Writing Skills, Essay Writing, Expansion Writing, Report Writing, Précis Writing and Letter Writing
Wiley’s ExamXpert Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT 2019 Captain AK Kalia/ Wiley (2019) This book is specially designed for CAT, XAT and other MBA Entrance exams aspirants. The book contains various topics covered under the English and Verbal Reasoning section of MBA Entrance Exams like Grammar Usage, Vocabulary Usage, Comprehension Skills, Fact Inference Judgement, Parajumbles, etc

Best Books for Mathematics/ Numerical Ability/ Quantitative Aptitude Section of Competitive/ Govt Exams

For good preparation, the candidates need to take support of the best books for each section. There are many books available in the market claiming to be the best, but it is advisable not to fall prey to the claims and decide to buy a book on the basis of its merits. It is important to keep a check on the contents of the books before buying and tally it with the relevant syllabus of the competitive exam. The candidates should also analyze the originality of the books while buying as well, by double checking the holograms and publishing agencies well. There are books which are made to make life easier for the candidates and these books contain Mock Tests, Previous Year Questions and many more to help candidates prepare a blueprint of their examination preparation strategy.

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