CDS Books - List of Best Books for CDS 2022 Exam Preparation

By Naveen Singh|Updated : May 25th, 2022

CDS Books 2022 - UPSC will conduct the CDS II 2022 Exam on 4th Sept 2022. This is the perfect time to start your preparation for the CDS Exam. To assist you with your preparation, Check here the list of best books for CDS exam preparation. The list includes best books for English, General Knowledge and Mathematics books. A fair idea of the section-wise books for the CDS 2022 is crucial for an all-around preparation for this exam. So, have a look at the section-wise important books for the CDS exam now and kick-start your exam preparation.

Best Books for CDS 2022 Preparation

Below is the list of best books for CDS 2022 books that we are referring to to make the exam preparation more effective. These book list has been specifically curated by our defence experts and mentors.

1. Best English Books for CDS 2022 Exam:

English section basically tests the Grammar and Vocabulary understanding of the candidates. Here are the books which the students can refer for the preparation of the English section of the CDS exam:

Name of CDS Book

Author & Publication


Wren & Martin’s High School English Grammar & Composition

S. Chand

Quite effective for understanding the basic grammar rules, exceptions and application.

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis
(Goyal Publishers)

This book is important for all the aspirants who struggle in vocabulary.

Objective General English

S. P. Bakshi
(Arihant Publication)

This book will assist you in the overall preparation of the English section for the CDS exam. Apart from the theory, proper examples and practice exercises will help you understand the topics of this section better.

2. Best General Knowledge Books for CDS 2022 Exam:

For the preparation of GK section, the books and sources mentioned below can to referred, but for the current affairs section of the General Knowledge section should be studied from online sources since can’t be timely updated in the books. Also we provide summarized current affairs right before the exam on our Youtube Channel, you can also refer to it.  

Name of CDS Book/Source

Author & Publication


General Knowledge (Latest Edition)

Manohar Pandey
(Arihant Publication)

Apart from current affairs, you will also find topics of Indian History, Geography, Indian Economy, Indian Polity, General Science etc in this book.

Manorama Yearbook

Malayala Manorama publishers

This magazine will help students in the effective preparation of the general awareness section for CDS exam.

Newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express etc.


Reading them regularly will keep you updated with the important current affairs relevant for the CDS exam.

3. Best Mathematics Books for CDS 2022 Exam:

For the mathematics section, a proper understanding of the topic-wise concepts and thorough practice is crucial. The books mentioned below will help you achieve that:

Name of CDS Book

Author & Publication


Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

Dr. R. S. Aggarwal
(S. Chand Publication)

This book is very helpful if you are looking to clear your basic concepts of maths for different topics and practice a variety of questions based on them.

Mathematics for CDS Examination

Dr. R. S. Aggarwal
(S. Chand Publication)

This book will be quite useful for the practice of different topics of the mathematics section. The techniques shared to solve the questions will help users understand less time-taking and efficient methods to attempt the questions of this section.

For an overall preparation for the CDS exam, you can also go for Arihant's "Pathfinder CDS Examination". This book provides comprehensive coverage of all the 3 sections of the CDS exam in a proper chapter-wise format. You can also practice the previous year's solved question papers of CDS from this book. You can also check CDS Previous Year Question Paper for trend analysis of CDS Exam. We are also providing you the latest CDS Exam Study Material, you can refer it for the best study notes.

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VishvaSep 10, 2020

Whether lucent book is sufficient for gs paper sir
Nanda Kishore
Should I read all the sections of manorama year book for CDs??
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Sir aapke free notes open nhi ho rhe hai . why
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Kajal YadavAug 20, 2021

Sir notes are not opening.
Sir, For CDS 1 OTA 2022 Exam we have to get  Manorama Yearbook 2021 or 2022?
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