CDS Books 2023 – List of Best Books for CDS Exam Preparation

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 25th, 2023

CDS Books play an important role in your preparation as it guides you in a result-oriented manner. While shortlisting the 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, we have compiled a complete list of books recommended by the toppers and Defence exam experts.

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

CDS Books 2023

CDS 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 CDS books for preparation that we are referring to make exam preparation more effective. Best books for preparation has been specifically curated by our Defence experts and mentors. Before selecting the best CDS books for preparation, every aspirant must go through the latest CDS Exam Pattern and download CDS Syllabus

CDS Books for English

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

CDS Books

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.

CDS Books for General Knowledge 

For the preparation of the GK section, the best CDS books for preparation and sources mentioned below can be referred to. Still, the current affairs section of the General Knowledge section should be studied from online sources since it 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 books for General Knowledge here.

CDS Books

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.

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:

CDS Books

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.

List of Best CDS OTA Books

As we all know that for the OTA section of the exam you only need to appear for the English and General Knowledge exam. So the list of best CDS OTA book 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)


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

For overall preparation for the exam, you can also go for Arihant’s Pathfinder CDS Examination. This CDS book provides comprehensive coverage of all the 3 sections of the 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 the previous year question paper for trend analysis of the exam. We are also providing you with the latest CDS Study Material, and you can refer to it for the best study notes. 


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