Best Books For CDS (Combined Defense Serveses) Preparation



The pattern for the CDS exam is fixed and syllabus is also same by UPSC. That’s why it is achievable with the help of proper preparation for all the candidates. UPSC conducts the exam of CDS in two stages- Written and Interview. And with the help of these selection procedure candidates selected in Indian armed forces as a officer. As per the CDS 1 exam pattern the written exam conducts on three subject basis – 1. Elementary Mathematics, 2. English and 3. General  Knowledge. The time for the each paper will be 2 hrs.

  • Written exam detail for the CDS (Indian Military Academy, Naval Academy and Air Force Academy)
Subject Duration Total marks Total Question
English 2 hours 100 120
General Knowledge 2 hours 100 120
Elementary mathematics 2 hours 100 100
Total 6 hours 300 340
  • Written exam detail for the OTA (Officers Training Academy)


Subject Duration Total marks Total Question
English 2 hours 100 120
General Knowledge 2 hours 100 120
Total 4 hours 200 240


The Written Examination for CDS:

  • Mode of the CDS exam is offline type.
  • The examination papers pattern is objective.
  • There will be 120 total question in the English and G.K. portion but only 100 question will be in the Elementary mathematics.
  • Each paper will be held for 2 hours’ duration.
  • For every correct answer in English and General Knowledge there is 0.83 marks.
  • In Elementary Mathematics 1 marks given for a correct answer.
  • There is also negative marking for incorrect answers and that is 1/3 mark.
  • For the candidates, appearing for OTA (Officers Training Academy), the written exam will conduct for 200 marks because there will be no Elementary Mathematics paper for them.
  • Getting qualify in each and every paper is compulsory for next stage call.


There are so many books in the market or you can find so many books online too. Here are some books from which you guys prepare for your CDS cracking target and believe us there are so many people there in the academy who prepared only with the help of these books. Maximum books  are in English and some are hindi language but all are the most helpful to you. And these books cover the whole syllabus in easy way. Here we also providing you the link of these books for online puchasing but friends you can easily find all these books at your nearest book seller.

  1. Pathfinder CDS entrance Examination By Arihant.

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2. Chapter wise- Section wise Solved Papers For CDS

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3. Asian Combined Defense Services Exam Guide By R.P.Verma.

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4. CDS Exam Guide written by Datason Rp.

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5. CDS Combined Defense Services Examination Practice Papers (English) By-Sachchida Nand Jha.

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  • Books For Mathematics:

  1. Mathematics for C. D. S. Entrance Examination (English) 1st Edition Published by R. S. Aggarwal

2. Quantitative aptitude for competitive examinations paperback – 2017 By R.S. Aggarwal

3. Numerical Ability by Dilhan Publication.

4. Quiker Mathematics By M.Tyra.

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  • Books for Reasoning:

  1. A Modern Approach For Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning by Dr. R.S. Aggrawal

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2. Analytical Reasoning By M.K.Panday.

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  • Books For English:

  1. OBJECTIVE GENERAL ENGLISH (English) 01 Edition Author: R. S. Aggarwal.

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2. Word Power Made Easy New Revised & Expanded Edition (English) 1st Edition By Norman Lewis.

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3. English For Competitive Examination by A.K.Kapoor.


So friends best of Luck to all the candidates for CDS Examination, wishes you for fruitful preparation.

GET-SET-GO……………………………for your JOB!!!

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