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

Here we share best books for English and Verbal Ability of any competitive exam. 

‘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.

Topic for English Language or Verbal Ability

So let’s have a look at the topics covered under ‘English Language’ or ‘Verbal Ability’ Section of various Competitive Exams:

Category 1. Grammar Usage

Topic :-

  • Spotting the Errors
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Identifying Correct Spellings

Category 2. Vocabulary Usage

Topic :-

  • Synonyms & Antonyms
  • One Word Substitution
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Cloze Test
  • Idioms & Phrases

Category 3. Comprehension Skills

Topic :-

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Para jumbles/ Sentence Rearrangement

Catergory 4. Writing Skills

Topic :-

  • Essay Writing
  • Précis Writing
  • Letter Writing (Formal & Informal)

Best books for English and Verbal Ability

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

1. Objective General English

Author/Publication name :- RS Aggarwal, Vikas Aggarwal/ S Chand 

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.

2. English for Bank Exams (Preliminary & Main)

Author/Publication name – S. Chand Publishing

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.

The questions and the concepts provided would not only boost the confidence of the aspirants, but would also sharpen their time management skills.

3. Objective General English

Author name – SJ Thakur, SK Rout/ B.K Publications

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.

This is such a excellent book which cover all important topics related to exams and a decent book to upgrade your knowledge for the respective topic very clearly.

4. Descriptive English

Author name – SP Bakshi, Richa Sharma

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. With the exclusive coverage of descriptive English and ample practice material to practice Grammar, Verbal Comprehension and Writing Skills this unique guide will be breaking stone for civil many Higher Grade Examinations.

5. Wiley’s ExamXpert Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT 2019

Author name – Captain AK Kalia/ Wiley

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..

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.

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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