CDS 2 Books

CDS 2 Books

ByNaveen Singh  |  Updated on: Aug 17, 2021CDS is a National Level Entrance exam conducted twice a year, first in the Month of February and second in the month of November.
CDS is a National Level Entrance exam conducted twice a year, first in the Month of February and second in the month of November.
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Best Books for CDS 2 2021 Preparation

UPSC is conducting the CDS II 2021 Exam on 14th November 2021. This is the perfect time to start your preparation for the CDS Exam. To start your exam preparation, it is important to know the best books for CDS exam preparation prior. The CDS exam includes 4 different papers consisting of English, General Knowledge, and Mathematics books.

In order to cover each section in detail, we have shared the list of section-wise important books for the CDS exam now and kick-start your exam preparation. A fair idea of the section-wise books for the CDS 2021 exam will allow you to judge your strong and weak areas and work upon them accordingly.

Best English Books for CDS

English section basically tests the Grammar and Vocabulary understanding of the candidates. Here are the books which the students can refer to 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 with 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.

Best General Knowledge Books for CDS

The current affairs of the General Knowledge section should be studied from online sources since can’t be timely updated in the books. For the preparation of the GK section, the books and sources mentioned below can to referred.

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 the CDS exam.

Newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express, etc.


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

Best Mathematics Books for CDS

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 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 of 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.

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Naveen SinghNaveen SinghMember since Jan 2019
Recommended twice for Indian Army in 2011 & 2017. Cleared NDA, CDSE, AFCAT, CAPF Exams.
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  • Above, we have shared the entire subject-wise list of CDS books for your reference.

  • NCERT Books are essential for the preparation of all competitive exams. These books are considered as the most authentic source for any information which is asked in the government examination like CDS, AFCAT & CAPF, and other govt exams.

  • Lucent GK is a good source to prepare for CDS or any competitive exam but not enough to clear CDS with good marks. Thus, you must also refer to the newspapers in order to stay updated.

  • 6-8 months of preparation is enough to crack the CDS exam.

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