TN SET Books 2022: Subject-wise Books of Paper 1, Paper 2

TN SET Books 2022: Subject-wise Books of Paper 1, Paper 2

ByAshwani Tyagi  |  Updated on: Aug 24, 2022
Check the list of best TN SET exam books before starting your preparation. These subject wise books are recommended by experts. Check the TN SET Paper 1 and Paper 2 booklist that must be read before the exam.
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TNSET Exam Books are vital in preparing for the Tamil Nadu State Eligibility Test. Candidates must choose the best TN SET books for the best outcome in the exam. To help out the confused aspirants, we have presented the list of most recommended books by experts to help you choose the best books for the TN SET exam. Check the best TNSET booklist and study material for papers 1 and 2 subject-wise booklists.

TN SET Exam Books 2022

Choosing the best TN SET Books is one of the most critical steps in preparation for any TN SET exam. Experts have provided the best books for preparation for TNSET Exam. We have covered the recommended Books for TNSET Paper 1 and Paper 2 for all the subjects. Recommended books focus on quality rather than quantity to cover the TN SET Syllabus.

To qualify for the TNSET exam, one has to prepare from the best study material. Candidates often get confused about which books to refer to as numerous books and study material are available in the market and online. So, let us quickly go through the list of books for Paper 1 and 2 recommended by the toppers for adequate preparation for the TNSET Exam.

Best books for TNSET Paper 1

All aspirants must undergo the important books for TNSET Paper 1. The paper is common for all the subjects, and all candidates must qualify for the paper irrespective of paper 2. To help you, here is a list of the best TN SET Books Paper 1 in the table: 

Subjects / TopicsTNSET Books Paper 1 (Authors / Publications)
General StudiesGeneral Knowledge (Lucent)
General Knowledge (Arihant)
Language and ReasoningHigh School English Grammar and Composition Key (Wren & Martin)
Quantitative Aptitude (RS Aggarwal)
Objective General English (SP Bakshi)
A Modern Approach for Logical Reasoning (RS Aggarwal)
Aptitude (Talent Publication)
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT (N. K. Sinha.)
Current AffairsDaily Newspapers (The Hindu, The Indian Express)
Current Affairs Monthly Compilation (Vision IAS)
Manorama Year Book
Foundation of Education and CommunicationFoundations of Education (A. Chaube and S. P. Chaube)
Foundations of Education (Jason C.)

TN SET Exam Books 2022 Paper 2 (Subjects wise)

The TN SET Paper 2 is subject-specific. Candidates have to read only their subject books to prepare well for the exam. The list of suggested books for Paper 2 subject-wise is provided below:

GeographyHuman Geography (Majid Hussain)
Geographical Thoughts (Dixit)
Class 10th, 11th & 12th Geography NCERT
Chemical SciencesA Logical Approach in Chemistry for CSIR/NET/JRF and GATE, Jagdamba Singh, Ashutosh Singh, Jaya Singh
Molecular Quantum Mechanics, Peter W Atkins, Ronald Friedman
CommerceCorporate Accounting (Naseem Ahmed)
Accounting Standards (D. S. Rawat)
Indian Financial System (M. Y. Khan)
Trueman's UGC NET Commerce by Parveen Kataria, Anshu Kataria, and M. Shivani
Computer Science and ApplicationsTrueman's UGC NET/SET Computer Science and Applications by Sanjay Singhal, Sameer Mishra
EconomicsIndian Economy (Ramesh Singh)
Economic Growth and Development (Mayer and Baldwin)
Trueman's UGC NET Economics by Sriniwas Shirur
UGC NET/JRF/SET Economics (Paper-II) -Upkar Prakashan (Author-Gopal Garg)
EducationTrueman's UGC NET Education by GaganManocha
EnglishUGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) English Literature by Arihant Experts
Introduction to English Literature by W. H Hudson
The Routledge History of Literature in English
Life SciencesSchaum's Outline of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Van De Graaff Kent M.
Developmental Biology, Scott. F. Gilbert
Journalism and Mass CommunicationTrueman's UGC NET Mass Communication & Journalism by Sameer K. Mishra (Author)
UGC NET Mass Communication and Journalism by Atul Udaipuria and Nitesh Kumar Singh (Arihant Experts)
ManagementTrueman's UGC-NET Management by M. Shivani (Author)
UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) Management by Mohit Aggarwal (Arihant experts)
HindiHindi Bhasha Ki Parampara Aur Vikas (Dr. Ramprakash)
Hindi Sahitya Ka Sankshipt Itihas (Dr. Vishwanath Tripathi)
Kavita Ke Naye Pratiman (Dr. Namvar Singh)
Hindi bhasha evam sahitya ka vastunishth itihas by Saraswati pandey, Govind pandey
HistoryIndia since Independence by Bipan Chandra
Trueman's UGC NET History by Promod Singh
LawTrueman's UGC NET Law by Suman Chauhan
UGC-NET: Law (Paper-II) Exam Guide by Aproov Bhardwaj (R Gupta's Publication)
Mathematical SciencesComplex Variables and Applications (Brown and Churchill), Ruel Churchill, James Brown
CSIR-UGC, NET/JRF/SET Mathematical Sciences, Alok Kumar (Upkar)
Physical SciencesModern Physics and Solid-State Physics, S O Pillai
CSIR-UGC NET (JRF & LS) Physical Science, W Malemnganba Chenglei
Physical EducationTrueman's UGC NET Physical Education by Akhilesh Tripathi (Author), A.K. Srivastava (Author)
PhilosophyHistory of Philosophy (Frank Thilly)
Survey of Indian Philosophy (C. D. Sharma)
Existentialism: A Reconstruction (David Cooper)
Political ScienceAn Introduction To Constitution (D. D. Basu)
An Introduction To Political Theory (O.P. Gauba)
Trueman's UGC NET Political Science by K.A. Babu, Sajit Kumar (Author)
UGC Net Political Science by Rukmini Bhattacharjee (Arihant)
PsychologyPsychology Class XI & XII (NCERT)
Introduction to Psychology (Morgan & King)
Trueman's UGC NET Psychology by Dr. Swati Maharshi
UGC Net Psychology 2018 by Siddharth Mittal and Saroj Kumar Sahu (Arihant Experts)
SociologySociology Themes and Perspectives (Michael Haralambos & Martin Holborn)
Trueman's UGC NET Sociology by S.Hussain
Social Problems In India (Ram Ahuja)
TamilMozhi varalaru (Mu. Varadarasanar)
Oppilakkiya kotpadu (Ka. Na. Kailasapathy)
Tamil ilakkiya varalaru (Mu. Varadarasanar)
Library and Information ScienceTrueman's UGC NET Library and Information Science by S. Thakur (Author)
SanskritSanskrit Sahitya ka Itihaas (Umashankar Sharma “Rishi”)
Sanskrit Kavi Darshan (Bhola Shankar Vyas)
UGC NET/JRF/SLET Sanskrit Prashan Patra-II Avum III (Hindi) by Priyanka Tiwari (Author), Arihant Experts (Publisher)
Social WorkTrueman's UGC NET Education by Yogendra Pal

TN SET Books 2022- Pattern

TNSET exam consists of two papers, Paper 1, which is typical for all subjects, and Paper 2, subject-specific, depending on the candidate's chosen topic. Check the latest TNSET Exam Pattern in the table below.


Subjects/ Topics


Number of


Paper 1 

  • Teaching Aptitude
  • Research Aptitude
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Communication
  • Reasoning (Including Mathematical)
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Data Interpretation
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  • People and Environment 
  • Higher Education System: Governance, Policy, And Administration


50 Questions – all Compulsory

Paper 2

 TNSET has a list of 26 subjects.


100 Questions – all Compulsory

To qualify for the TNSET exam, one has to prepare from the best study material. Candidates often get confused about which books to refer to as numerous books and study material are available in the market and online. So, let us quickly go through the list of books for Paper I and Paper II recommended by the toppers for adequate TN SET preparation.

Important Note:

Candidates are suggested to solve the TN SET previous years' question papers of at least 6-7 years, along with these books. Solving last year's papers will help boost your preparation.

TN SET Exam Books FAQs

  • Many TN SET books are available for Paper 1 of the exam. Candidates must keep the booklist short and crisp to focus on quality rather than quantity. The books for paper 1 of the TN SET exam are:

    • General Knowledge - Arihant
    • Quantitative Aptitude - RS Aggarwal
    • Current Affairs - Manorama Year Book
    • Foundations of Education - A. Chaube and S. P. Chaube
  • Candidates can be updated with the current affairs from Daily Newspapers (The Hindu, The Indian Express), Current Affairs Monthly Compilation (Gradeup), and Manorama Year Book.

  • For the best prepration candidates must select the best books that cover whole TN SET Syllabus for tamil language are:

    • Mozhi varalaru (Mu. Varadarasanar),
    • Tamil ilakkiya varalaru (Mu. Varadarasanar),
    • Oppilakkiya kotpadu (Ka. Na. Kailasapathy).
  • Annamalai University does not prescribe any books for the TN SET preparation. These books are recommended by the experts and toppers who themselves used these books to clear the exam.

  • Some of the best books for the TN SET language and reasoning section would be -

    • High School English Grammar and Composition Key (Wren & Martin),
    • Objective General English (SP Bakshi),
    • Quantitative Aptitude (RS Aggarwal),
    • A Modern Approach for Logical Reasoning (RS Aggarwal),
    • Aptitude (Talent Publication), Logical Reasoning and
    • Data Interpretation for the CAT (N. K. Sinha.)


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