Best Books for TN SET Exam Preparation 2021 for Paper 1 and 2

Best Books for TN SET Exam Preparation 2021 for Paper 1 and 2

ByAshwani Tyagi  |  Updated on: Aug 31, 2021TNSET 2021 Application Form has been started from 7th June 2021. Read all about the Tamil Nadu State Eligibility Test (TNSET) 2021 below including details about  exam pattern, syllabus, preparation and more. 
TNSET 2021 Application Form has been started from 7th June 2021. Read all about the Tamil Nadu State Eligibility Test (TNSET) 2021 below including details about  exam pattern, syllabus, preparation and more. 
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TNSET 2021 Booklist

Annamalai University has released the detailed subject-wise syllabus for TNSET 2021 Exam. TNSET Application form started on 21 June and ended on 21 July. The TNSET exam will be conducted in General Studies and 26 subjects in pen and paper mode (OMR based) in various centres spread over across the State. For everyone looking for information about TNSET 2021 book list or study material, below mentioned details will provide both the TNSET paper 1 booklist and paper 2 subject wise booklist. Note the TNSET 2021 Booklist below to get started. 

One of the most important steps for preparation for any competitive exam is identifying the correct resources. So, here are the best books for preparation for TNSET Exam. We have covered the recommended Books for TNSET 2021 both, Paper-I and Paper-II for all the themes of TNSET during this article. Read now to check the best books for preparation of the TNSET Exam 2021.

TN SET Books 2021: Section to be covered

TNSET exam consists of two papers. Paper I is common for all subjects and Paper II is subject-specific, counting on the topic chosen by the candidate. Check the latest TNSET Exam Pattern 2021


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 there are numerous books and study material available within 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 effective preparation for the TNSET Exam.

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 previous years papers will help boost your preparation.

Best books for TNSET 2021 Paper 1

Check the TNSET Syllabus 2021 for Paper 1 to get a better understanding. 

Sr. No.

Subjects / Topics

TNSET Books (Authors / Publications)


General Studies

  • General Knowledge (Lucent)
  • General Knowledge (Arihant)


Language and Reasoning

  • 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.)


Current Affairs

  • Daily Newspapers (The Hindu, The Indian Express)
  • Current Affairs Monthly Compilation (Vision IAS)
  • Manorama Year Book


Foundation of Education and Communication

  • Foundations of Education (A. Chaube and S. P. Chaube)
  • Foundations of Education (Jason C.

TNSET Books 2021 (Subjects wise)

TN SET Paper 2 is subject-specific. The list of suggested books for Paper-II subject-wise is provided below:

Subjects TN SET Book list 
  • Human Geography (Majid Hussain)
  • Geographical Thoughts (Dixit)
  • Class 10th, 11th & 12th Geography NCERT
Chemical Sciences
  • A Logical Approach in Chemistry for CSIR/NET/JRF and GATE, Jagdamba Singh, Ashutosh Singh, Jaya Singh
  • Molecular Quantum Mechanics, Peter W Atkins, Ronald Friedman
  • Corporate 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 Applications
  • Trueman’s UGC NET/SET Computer Science and Applications by Sanjay Singhal, Sameer Mishra
  • Indian 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)
  • Trueman’s UGC NET Education by GaganManocha
  • UGC 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 Sciences
  • Schaum’s Outline of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Van De Graaff Kent M.
  • Developmental Biology, Scott. F. Gilbert
Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Trueman’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
  • Trueman’s UGC-NET Management by M. Shivani (Author)
  • UGC NET/SET (JRF & LS) Management by Mohit Aggarwal (Arihant experts)
  • Hindi 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
  • India since Independence by Bipan Chandra
  • Trueman's UGC NET History by Promod Singh
  • Trueman’s UGC NET Law by Suman Chauhan
  • UGC-NET: Law (Paper-II) Exam Guide by Aproov Bhardwaj (R Gupta’s Publication)
Mathematical Sciences
  • Complex Variables and Applications (Brown and Churchill), Ruel Churchill, James Brown
  •  CSIR-UGC, NET/JRF/SET Mathematical Sciences, Alok Kumar (Upkar)
Physical Sciences
  • Modern Physics and Solid-State Physics, S O Pillai
  • CSIR-UGC NET (JRF & LS) Physical Science, W Malemnganba Chenglei
Physical Education
  • Trueman’s UGC NET Physical Education by Akhilesh Tripathi (Author), A.K. Srivastava (Author)
  • History of Philosophy (Frank Thilly)
  • Survey of Indian Philosophy (C. D. Sharma)
  • Existentialism: A Reconstruction (David Cooper)
Political Science
  • An 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)
  • Psychology 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 Naroj Kumar Sahu (Arihant Experts)
  • Sociology Themes and Perspectives (Michael Haralambos & Martin Holborn)
  • Social Problems In India (Ram Ahuja)
  • Trueman's UGC NET Sociology by S.Hussain
  • Mozhi varalaru (Mu. Varadarasanar)
  • Tamil ilakkiya varalaru (Mu. Varadarasanar)
  • Oppilakkiya kotpadu (Ka. Na. Kailasapathy)
Library and Information Science
  • Trueman’s UGC NET Library and Information Science by S. Thakur (Author)
  • Sanskrit 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 Work
  • Trueman’s UGC NET Education by Yogendra Pal

The list provided above is prepared according to the top-rated study materials for TNSET 2021. We hope this will help you. Good luck!

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  • Candidates can either go for Arihant or Lucent for paper 1 of GSET 2021.

  • Candidates can be updated with the current affairs from Daily Newspapers (The Hindu, The Indian Express), Current Affairs Monthly Compilation (Gradeup), Manorama Year Book.

  • Best books for Paper 2 Tamil for TNSET- Mozhi varalaru (Mu. Varadarasanar), Tamil ilakkiya varalaru (Mu. Varadarasanar), Oppilakkiya kotpadu (Ka. Na. Kailasapathy).

  • TNSET examination has two papers. Paper 1 is the general paper with 10 units like teaching and research aptitude, comprehension, reasoning, communication etc. Paper 2 is subject-specific and you can read the article above to download the syllabus pdf

  • Some of the best books for language and reasoning 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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