Top 10 Entrance Exam Preparation Books for Every Job Seeker

Entrance exams are really tough because for every single seat there may be hundreds or sometime even thousands of candidates are competing. If you want to stand out from the rest then you must have an edge over other competing students.

Reading the best books is one of the important key to get success in any entrance exam. So we prepared a list of popular competitive exams and best books to crack those exams.

Here they are:-

1. Civil Service Exams – IAS/IPS

Civil Service exams like IAS, IFS, IPS are difficult to crack and you need right kind of preparation to crack IAS preliminary round and then mains. Civil Service Exams book

For preparing IAS or IPS you need to go through several books on different topics.

Some of the best books are

IAS Preliminary

Here are some of the name of important books for IAS preliminary.

  • History: 1) History of Modern India by Bipan Chandra & 2) India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • Culture: Facets of Indian Culture by Kalpana Rajaram and R Vidya
  • Geography: Geography of India by Majid Hussian
  • Polity: Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth
  • Economy: Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • Current Affairs: Manorama Yearbook 2015 by Mammen Mathew
  • Analytical Reasoning: Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by R S Aggarwal


And these are for Mains

  • Essay Paper: India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
  • Indian Society: Social Problem in India by Ram Ahuja
  • Governance: Governance in India by M Laxmikanth
  • Foreign Policy: 1) India’s Foreign Policy by Muchkund Dubey & 2) Pax Indica by Shashi Tharoor

2. Bank Probationary Officer (PO)

Bank PO jobs are not easy to crack. For one post over 1000 students apply from all over the country. You need to work hard and need right book for preparations. bank po book

  1. CWE IBPS by Kalinjar Publications. It covers written test for PO, officers for different banks like SBI, PNB and other public sectors banks.
  2. SBI PO Guide – Shabnam and Prerana Badoni
  3. Bank Exam Planner 2015
  4. Target SBI Associates and SBI Bank PO Practice Workbook: 2 Past Papers & 12 Practice Sets

3. NDA /Combined Defense Services Examination (CDS)

There are two entrance exams mentioned here NDA (National Defense Academy Examination) entrance examination and Combined Defense Services examination. Former one is for candidates after 10+2 and later one is for graduates.

If you crack the exam then you could be officer in army, air force and navy. Here are some books that you need to crack these two exams. NDA CDS book


  1. For mathematics NDA and Naval Academy by R S Agarwal
  2. The Pearson Guide to Mathematics for NDA Entrance Examination by Pearson India
  3. For General Ability Manorama Year Book 2015
  4. For Objective General English by R S Agarwal and Vikas Agarwal


1. Arihant CDS by Satyajeet Rawat, Brijesh Tripathi

4. Special Class Railway Apprentice (SCRA)

Railway is one of largest recruiter in this country. Young undergraduates from all over the country apply for special class railway apprentice entrance exam conducted by UPSC. Competition is very tough and only few get selected. SCRA book

  1. Self Study Guide for SCRA (Special Class Railway Apprentices) Examination (English) by Sushil Verma and R K Agarwal
  2. SCRA – Special Class Railway Apprentices : Examination Conduducted by UPSC
  3. Special Class Railway Apprentice Exam by Dr.Lal & Jain
  4. Special Class Railway Apprentice : Previous Papers Solved by Ramesh Publishing House

5. IIT Join Entrance Examination (JEE)

Everyone knows about the IIT JEE exams. Even I appeared for this exam for 3 times. There are many books for clearing JEE. Some of them are IIT jee books


  1. Tata Mc Graw Hill
  2. Arihant Publications
  3. R D Sharma
  4. R S Agarwal


  1. Resnick and Halliday
  2. H C Verma
  3. I E Irodov
  4. Tata Mc Graw Hill


  1. O P Tandon for Organic Chemistry
  2. O P Tandon for Inorganic Chemistry
  3. Arihant Publications
  4. Bahal & Bahal

6. All India Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE)

All India engineering entrance examination or AIEEE is second most prominent exam after JEE. Students from all over India attempt for AIEEE because it is an entrance exam conducted at national level just like JEE.

So you need serious preparation time and here are some of the books.

MathematicsAIEEE books

  1. Dorofeev
  2. R S Agarwal
  3. S L Loni
  4. Hall and knight


  1. H C Verma
  2. I E Irodov
  3. L A Sena Collection
  4. Tipler Physics


  1. Arihant Publications
  2. O P Agarwal IIT Chemsitry
  3. R C Mukherjee Numerical Chemistry

7. AIIMS MBBS Medical Entrance Exams/Armed Forces Medical College Entrance (AFMC)

AIIMS is the number one medical college in the country. For medical students its their dream to get into AIIMS. The competition is very tough like 15,000 candidates for one seat, some of the important books for preparation are AIIMS books


  1. AIIMS Explorer
  2. Trueman’s Biology Part 1 & 2
  3. Pradeep’s A Text Book of Biology
  4. SC Verma Biology Books
  5. Arihant AIIMS MBBS
  6. A C Dutta for Botany
  7. Dinesh Chemistry for 11 & 12


AFMC is another exam for young undergraduates to become doctors in Armed Force. Books for AFMC are

  1. Arihant 5 Mock Tests & Solved Papers for AFMC Entrance
  2. Prakash Objective Zoology and Botany

8. IIM Common Aptitude Test (CAT)

I think everyone knows about Indian Institute of Management. They are just like IITs. Only difference is IIT is for undergraduates and IIM for post graduates. IIMs are one of the best management schools in the country. iim books

Some of the books for cracking CAT are

  1. The Pearson Complete Guide to the CAT by Sinha
  2. Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT (English) by Bala
  3. A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by R S Agarwal
  4. How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT by Sharma A
  5. Quantum Cat by Verma

9. Common Law Admission Test (CLAT)

clat_ booksGetting into top law colleges of India is not an easy job. I would say CLAT is IIT of law  schools. For preparation you need books like

  1. The complete success package – CLAT 2015 by Arihant Publications
  2. CLAT Popular Master Guide – by R Gupta

10. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The last but not the least is Test of English as a Foreign Language. TOEFL or IELTS are important if you want to get admission in US universities. Non native English speakers need preparation to pass this test. TOEFL books

Some of the best books for preparation are

  1. The Official Guide to the TOEFL Test, by ETS
  2. Cracking the TOEFL iBT
  3. Practice Exercises for the TOEFL, by Barron's
  4. Cambridge Preparation for the TOEFL
  5. Kaplan’s TOEFL iBT Premier
  6. McGraw-Hill Education 400 Must-Have Words for the TOEFL

So these were books for 10 different entrance exams for Indian undergraduate and post graduate students.

Start preparing for your entrance exams with these books.

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