Best Books for CDS II 2021 Exam Preparation (Subject Wise)

By Sajneet|Updated : April 21st, 2021

Hello Gradians, 

Keeping the CDS II 2021 Exam in mind, we have prepared a list of books that could be helpful to you for the CDS II 2021 Exam. Give it a read and leave no no stone unturned for your preparation.








Every year, a large number of students sit for the UPSC CDS Exam, but only a small percentage of them succeed. The CDS exam consists of three subjects: English, General Knowledge, and Elementary Mathematics. It is important that candidates have access to study materials and common books for the UPSC CDS exam, as this will help them prepare for the exam. To assist you, we've put together a subject-by-subject list of the best books for the UPSC CDS Exam, which will help you learn all of the required topics and concepts through the entire syllabus. Examine the suggested list of UPSC CDS Books given at the end of this post.

Best Books for UPSC CDS II 2021 English Language

This topic puts your grammar and vocabulary skills to the test. This segment is worth a total of 100 marks, and candidates will have two hours to complete it.

1. Book Name: Objective General English

    Author: S.P. Bakshi (Arihant Publications)

    Remarks: Best for Beginner, Solved examples and Exercises to Practice along with detailed theory.


2. Book Name: High School English Grammar & Composition

    Author: Wren & Martin

    Remarks: Good book with proper rules & applications mentioned in detail


3. Book Name: Word Power Made Easy

    Author: Norman Lewis

    Remarks: One-Stop solution for Vocabulary


Best Books for UPSC CDS II 2021 General Knowledge

If given dedicated time on a daily basis, this is the most scoring section. This segment is worth a total of 100 marks, and candidates will have two hours to complete it.

1. Book Name: General Awareness

    Author: Manohar Panday (Arihant Publications)

    Remarks: This book covers Indian History, Geography, Indian Polity, Indian Economy along with the        current affairs


2. Book Name: Manorama Yearbook

    Author: Philip Mathew

    Remarks: Effective and recommended book for preparing General Awareness


3. Book Name: Pratiyogita Darpan (Magazines)

    Author: Pratiyogita Darpan Editorial Team

    Remarks: Covers complete news along with practice set and previous year papers


4. Book Name: Newspapers

    Author: The Hindu, The Indian Express, The Economic Times

    Remarks: This is a must. Reading newspaper regularly will help you to stay updated with all the               topics which are relevant for the examination


Best Books for UPSC CDS II 2021 Elementary Mathematics

This segment will be tested in the IMA, INA, and AFA exams. This segment would be skipped by candidates applying for a Short Service Commission at Officers' Training Academy. This segment will also be worth 100 marks, and candidates will have two hours to complete it.

1. Book Name: Mathematics for C.D.S.

    Author: R.S. Aggarwal

    Remarks: This book is focused on the topics which are frequently in the CDS examination. It covers        all  the topics which have high weightage with the properly solved examples, practice sets, etc.


2. Book Name: Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

    Author: R.S. Aggarwal

    Remarks: This book is best to clear several topics of mathematics from basics as it has various solved      examples (different varieties of questions) along with the practice sets (simple and tough both).


3.Book Name: Pathfinder for CDS

   Author: Arihant Publications

   Remarks: Another book followed by various aspirants which cover the entire syllabus of mathematics       which has to be covered for this subject


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