UPSC CDS Best Books 2022, Subject Wise List Of Best Books!

Safalta Expert Published by: Deepesh Mehra Updated Mon, 21 Nov 2022 07:14 PM IST


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UPSC CDS Best Books: The final result for the CDS 1 Examination has been released on the official website by the Union Public Service Commission. The candidates aspiring for the examination must be aware of the list of the best books in order to prepare effectively for the examination. The syllabus and the nature of the examination are such that the candidates can easily get lost in a plethora of books available in the market. We here at Safalta have assembled the list based on feedback from the candidates and expert faculty in order to ease your preparation journey. The space below has a detailed d list of best books for the CDS Examination. If you are preparing for competitive exams and are looking for expert guidance, you can check out our MATHS SPECIAL Batch that will help you to ace the CDS examination.

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UPSC CDS Best Books 

The written exam for OTA consists of questions from English and General Knowledge, whereas the written exam for IMA, IAF, and INA consists of questions from English, General Knowledge and Elementary Mathematics.  Based on the syllabus for the CDS Examination the detailed subject wise list of books is as follows:

UPSC CDS Best Books  English


Books for CDS Preparation

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.

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Apart from the theory, proper examples and practice exercises will help you understand the topics of this section better.

To know more about CDS read here:
 NDA Vs CDS CDS Syllabus  UPSC CDS Eligibility  Territorial Army Eligibility 

UPSC CDS Best Books  General Knowledge 

The section is dynamic and static both, the candidates must rely on books for the static part and refer to e magazine Safalta for Current Affairs. The list of best books is mentioned below:

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.

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UPSC CDS Best Books Maths 


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 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.

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CDS Exam Pattern: Marking Scheme 

The official notification carries details on the marking scheme, which is as per the CDS Exam Pattern, that is:
  1. The maximum marks on each paper are 100.
  2. The maximum marks for IMA candidates in the written examination are 300.
  3. The maximum marks for OTA candidates in the written examination are 300.
  4. Each question in the exam carries 1 mark.
  5. There is a negative marking in the examination. 1/3rd of marks are deducted for each wrong answer.

CDS Exam Pattern: SSB Interview 

The integral component of the CDS Exam pattern is the SSB interview. The interview is conducted by the Service Selection Boards of various forces. The marks of SBB in are 300 for IMA entry and 200 for OTA entry.  The final merit list is prepared based on marks of the Written round and SSB interview. You must also know what are the OLQ For SSB Interview. 

What is CDS Exam?

The Combined Defence Services Examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment of Commissioned Officers in the Indian Military Academy, Officers Training Academy, Indian Naval Academy.

What is the exam date for CDS Exam?

The CDS Exam is set to be held  April 16 2023.

Are list of best books impoartnat for the CDS Examination?

Yes, the list of best books will ease the preparation for CDS Examionation.

What is CDS exam syllabus?

The syllabus for CDS Exam consists of:
  1. General Knowledge
  2. Maths
  3. English.

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