Experts Recommended Books for UPSC CDS 2018 Examination – Purchase Online

Published on:13th June 2018

Serving your country is a matter of pride. And, what could be a better way than joining the Indian Army. For this, aspirants have to appear in the Combined Defence Services (CDS) exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission. The exam is conducted twice a year as CDS I and CDS II. CDS I 2018 was conducted in February while CDS II 2018 is scheduled to be held on 18th November 2018 as per the annual calendar 2018 released by UPSC.

The CDS exam is conducted for selection of eligible candidates for courses offered at the following academies:

  • Indian Military Academy (IMA), Dehradun
  • Naval Academy, Ezhimala
  • Air Force Academy, Begumpet, Hyderabad
  • Officers Training Academy (OTA), Chennai

Candidates are selected for both permanent and short-service commission.

Selection Procedure

The selection is done on the basis of a written test conducted by UPSC and Interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB). The written test comprises of 100 questions from each of the following sections:

  • English
  • General Knowledge
  • Mathematics

The maximum duration of the exam is two hours per section.

Things to Consider while solving CDS Exam Previous Years Question Papers

With an aim to help you follow your dream, we have compiled a list of recommended books for CDS exam from experts and candidates who have qualified the written examination. These books will surely help you in getting through the CDS II examination scheduled in the month of November. You still have 5 months time in hand for preparation of the exam, and you can do it with the given time.

UPSC lists only the syllabus of Mathematics in its official notification. And, a general idea is given for other subjects. As written in the official announcement of CDS I 2018, the English section will test the understanding of English and skillful use of words. General Knowledge section will have questions on current events, history, geography, etc. So, we have created this list to make things easier for you.

These books are a result of a thorough study of previous years’ pattern and thus forming question on every possible topic asked in the exam. Let’s have a look at the recommended books:

CDS aspirants swear by the Pathfinder CDS by Arihant Experts book. It is considered the best book for CDS exam preparation. With the time at hand, you can go for this book as it covers all the sections of the written exam. If you want to focus on the subjects individually, go for the books listed below:


English Grammar and Composition by S.C. Gupta

Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

General Knowledge

Current Affairs Yearly 2018 by Arihant Experts

Lucent’s General Knowledge by Dr. Binay Karna, R.P. Suman, and Sanjeev Kumar Manvendra Mukul


Mathematics for CDS Entrance Examination by R.S Aggarwal

If you have studied all the topics from the syllabus, you should practice with previous years’ question papers and give mock tests. Solved previous years’ papers for CDS exam are also available online. Apart from these, keep reading the newspaper daily and follow a news channel. Learn a new word every day and practice mathematics daily. Be consistent in your efforts; it will lead you to success.

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