CDS Books - List of Books for CDS Preparation

By Naveen Singh|Updated : June 7th, 2022

CDS Books play an important role in your preparation as it guides you in a result-oriented manner. While shortlisting the CDS book list, you may find yourself confused, and feel like buying every book that is available in the market. It is a challenging task to figure out the best CDS Books. To help you out, we have compiled a complete list of CDS Books that are recommended by the toppers and defense exam experts.

We have compiled the books for CDS preparation subject-wise. This list includes subject-wise CDS important books along with CDS OTA Books. A fair idea of the section-wise CDS books for the upcoming CDS 2022 exam is crucial for an all-around preparation for this exam. So, have a look at the important CDS books and kick-start your exam preparation.

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Best Books for CDS 2022 Preparation

Books play an important role in the preparation journey of every aspirant. Finding the right book is bliss for every aspirant. Below is the best book for CDS preparation that we are referring to make the exam preparation more effective. Best books for CDS preparation has been specifically curated by our defense experts and mentors. Before selecting the best CDS books for your preparation, every aspirant must go through the latest CDS exam pattern and download CDS Syllabus 2022

CDS Books for English

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

Books for CDS Preparation

Author & Publication

Remarks

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.

CDS Books for General Knowledge 

For the preparation of the GK section, the best books for CDS preparation and sources mentioned below can be 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. You can check the Best CDS Book for General Knowledge here.

Name of CDS Book/Source

Author & Publication

Remarks

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 the CDS exam.

Newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express etc.

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

CDS Books for Maths

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

Name of CDS Book

Author & Publication

Remarks

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.

List of Best CDS OTA Book

As we all know that for the OTA section of the CDS exam you only need to appear for the English and General Knowledge Exam. So the List of Best CDS OTA books includes the books related to these two subjects only. Below is the list of CDS Books for OTA.

  • Word Power Made Easy and  Wren & Martin’s High School English Grammar & Composition (For CDS English)
  • General Knowledge by Manohar Pandey & Manorama Yearbook (For General Knowledge Section)

CDS Books PDF

Download the NCERT Books for CDS PDF using the direct link mentioned below. 

For an overall preparation for the CDS exam, you can also go for Arihant's "Pathfinder CDS Examination". This CDS book provides comprehensive coverage of all the 3 sections of the CDS exam in a proper chapter-wise format. You can also practice the CDS Question Papers from this book. We have provided you with the best CDS books for the upcoming exams, do make the best use of it.
You can also check CDS Previous Year Question Paper for trend analysis of the CDS Exam. We are also providing you with the latest CDS Exam Study Material, you can refer it for the best study notes.

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CDS Books FAQs

  • We have provided you with the best book for CDS Exam 2022 in the article above. This list includes CDS subject wise best books for CDS English, CDS General Knowledge and CDS Mathematics section.

  • NCERT Books are essential for the preparation of all defence exams. These books are considered as a most authentic source for any information which is asked in the government examination like CDS, AFCAT & CAPF and other govt exams. Every aspirant must go through all the NCERT books from class VI to XII before appearing in CDS Exam.

  • Lucent GK is a good source to prepare for CDS or any competitive exam but not enough to clear CDS with good marks.

  • Below is the list of best CDS book for Maths

    • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Dr. R. S. Aggarwal (S. Chand Publication)
    • Mathematics for CDS Examination by Dr. R. S. Aggarwal (S. Chand Publication)
  • To complete CDS Books in 3 months you need to prepare a complete study plant and you need to stick to it. Go through previous CDS trend analysis and mark the the chapters in order of their importance. Cover the important chapters for CDS Exam in the first go, then proceed to the 2nd priority and same with the third priority.

  • Below is the list of best CDS book for English

    • Wren & Martin’s High School English Grammar & Composition : S. Chand Publication
    • Word Power Made Easy : Norman Lewis (Goyal Publishers) 
    • Objective General English : S. P. Bakshi (Arihant Publication)
  • The list of best books for CDS are as follows

    • Wren & Martin’s High School English Grammar & Composition : S. Chand Publication
    • Word Power Made Easy : Norman Lewis (Goyal Publishers) 
    • Objective General English : S. P. Bakshi (Arihant Publication)
    • General Knowledge by Manohar Pandey
    • Manorama Yearbook

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