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CDS Subject - Wise Books for Exam Preparation 2021

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Feb 16, 2021

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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) organizes the CDS exam for admission to the Indian Naval Academy, Indian Military Academy, Air Force Academy, and Officers Training Academy. Lakhs of students give this exam each year. This year, the CDS I will be conducted on February 07, 2021, and the CDS II is expected to be held on November 17, 2021. 

Candidates who have started the preparation for CDS II must read the CDS exam pattern and detailed syllabus for preparation. Apart from the NCERT books, here is a list of books for each subject in the CDS written test: 

CDS English

CDS 2021 Books for the English Language

Questions in English sections are asked from different topics such as Vocabulary, Phrases, Grammar, Syntax, Sentences, etc. Thus it is vital to choose the best books that help in enhancing your grammar skills. The following books are best to be considered while preparing for the English section.

Books Author Remarks
Objective General English S.P. Bakshi (Arihant Publications) This book is best for the starters; it involved several solved examples & Exercises that help you while revising the syllabus. Also, the questions have been solved with detailed theory. This book has several questions for practice, detailed explanations and also includes last year’s papers.
High School English Grammar & Composition Wren and Martin It is also a good book that includes proper rules that need to be followed while framing a sentence.
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis It is the best way to enhance your Vocabulary. Many antonyms, synonyms, and One Word Substitutions are available in this book.

Read more about: How to prepare for English Section for the CDS Exam?


CDS 2021 Books for General Knowledge

The General Knowledge section is one of the high-scoring sections, and in case you studied hard, you can get a good score in the exam. Questions in the GK section are asked from Geography, Politics, Awards, Sports, Economics, Current Affairs, Physics, Chemistry, etc. Some of the books that can be referred to while preparing for the CDS General Knowledge section include:

Books Author Remarks
General Awareness Manohar Panday (Arihant Publications) It is one of the most preferred books as covers all the detailed information related to Indian History, Indian Polity, Geography, Indian Economy along with the current affairs
Manorama Yearbook Philip Mathew Effective & recommended book for preparing General Awareness
Pratiyogita Darpan (Magazines) Pratiyogita Darpan Editorial Team Covers complete news along with practice set & previous year papers
Newspapers Hindu, The Indian Express, The Economic Times Reading newspapers is important. Candidates giving the CDS exam must be well-versed with the latest current affairs as it helps them stay updated about all the relevant news asked in the exam.

Must Read: How to Prepare for the General Knowledge Section?

CDS Mathematics

CDS 2021: Books for Elementary Mathematics

Questions asked in this section are mostly the ones which we have studied till Class 10 level. Questions in this section are asked from different topics like Geometry, Mensuration, Arithmetic, Algebra, Trigonometry, etc. All the candidates need to select the best books so that they can clear their basics and concepts.

A few of the most recommended books that can be referred to while preparing for the CDS Exam include:

Books Author Remarks
Mathematics for C.D.S. R.S. Aggarwal This book includes all the details about the topics that are mostly faced in this exam. All the essential issues, their weightage, last year's papers, practice papers with solved examples, are mentioned in this book.
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations R.S. Aggarwal This book helps to clear different topics of maths. Beginners find this book quite interesting and understandable as all the issues are presented with detailed explanations. There are several solved examples and practice test papers that boost candidates’ performance.
Pathfinder for CDS Arihant Publications This book is preferred by many candidates preparing for the CDS exam, and it includes detailed syllabus and information about important topics is also presented in this book.

Now all the candidates preparing for the CDS exam have detailed information about the most recommended books. So start studying for the exam referring to these books as it will improve your chances of getting success.

Read: Preparation Tips of Elementary Mathematics



Ques. What is the way to select the best books for CDS 2021?

Ans. Candidates are advised to choose those books that include all the latest and updated syllabus and are prepared considering the latest exam pattern. Make sure that the books you are selecting are easy to read and understand.

Ques. Is it necessary to give mock tests or just going through the CDS books will help?

Ans. Yes, solving more mock tests assists a lot in judging your preparation and helps you know your weakness and stronger points. Books help you learn about the concepts, but doing more mock tests enables you to understand how your preparation is going.

Ques. Do all the CDS books have practice papers?

Ans. No, not all books have sample or practice papers. Some of them include sample papers that you need to check while purchasing them.

Ques. Can you name some good books for the English section?

Ans. Some of the books that can be referred by the candidates include High School Grammar, Word Power Made Easy, among many others.

Ques. Which newspapers can I refer to while preparing for the General Knowledge section?

Ans. A few of the newspapers that you must not skip reading include The Hindu, The Indian Express, and The Economic Times.

Ques. How many months should I spend preparing for the CDS exam?

Ans. You need at least 6-8 months to prepare for the exam. To begin with, your preparations accordingly so that you can get enough time to prepare for the exam.

Ques. Can you help me in knowing some strategies to prepare for the English section?

Ans. All the candidates need to know the basic rules that need to be followed while framing a particular sentence. Brush up your basic rules of grammar and Vocabulary as it will help a lot in getting a good score in the exam.

Ques. How can I prepare for the GK section?

Ans. While preparing for the GK section, you must not underestimate the importance of reading newspapers and magazines. Reading newspapers like The Hindu helps a lot to stay updated about the latest current affairs and events.

Ques. Can I refer to other Maths books, rather than referring to the ones mentioned above?

Ans. Yes, you can refer to other books as well for practicing maths. Make sure that the books you are referring to include all the detailed syllabus so that no important chapter or topic gets missed out.

Ques. Are there any positive reviews of Wren and Martin’s book for the English section?

Ans. Yes, Wren and Martin is one of the most recommended books that includes a detailed explanation of the English Language.

Ques. Can you tell me some important topics for General Knowledge?

Ans. The topics for this section are Economics, Current Affairs, Physics, Geography, Politics, Awards, Sports, Chemistry, etc.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


which book is best for cds exam preparation?
kavita rani

Hi Priya. Some of the books that can be referred include Mathematics for C.D.S. by R.S. Aggarwal, Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S. Aggarwal, Pathfinder for CDS by Arihant Publications. Refer here for more details.