Top 10 Books (Subject-Wise) for CDS Exam 2019

The UPSC will conduct the CDS Exam (I) 2019 on 3 February 2019. A large number of aspirants will appear in the CDS Exam (I) 2019 to enter the field of defence services in India. The CDS exam is difficult to crack if the candidate is unaware of the standard study material. If preparation is done with dedication then the CDS Exam (I) 2019 will be easy to crack.

Updated: Jan 31, 2019 10:29 IST
Best books for CDS
Best books for CDS

The CDS Exam (I) 2019 will be conducted by the UPSC on 3 February 2019. Many students will appear in the exam but not all of them make to the services. The main reason for the failure to get the selection is lack of awareness of the standard books and study material that hampers the preparation of the students. It is necessary that the students should have an access to the good books so that they can get the success in the CDS Exam (I) 2019.

In the CDS Exam (I) 2019, the subjects that are important from the exam point of view are; English, GK and Elementary Mathematics. The number of the questions is more in the exam so the preparation must be good to clear the competition.

Exam Pattern of the CDS

The CDS Exam (I) 2019 is about to take place in a time of few months. Though the time is limited, yet it is enough for the good students. The CDS Exam (I) 2019 contains a written test followed by the SSB Interview. The candidates who qualify both the stages of the exam are recommended for the services. The exam pattern is as follows:

Stage of Exam

Subjects/Testing Area



Written Exam



2 Hours




2 Hours




2 Hours

SSB Interview

Intelligence Test


No Separate Marks for Individual Test


3 to 4 Days


Psychological Test


Group Discussion


Group Activities

Medical Test

CDS Exam (I) 2019: Eligibility, Pattern and Syllabus

Standard Books for CDS Exam

With the aim to help aspirants clear the CDS exam, we have compiled the list of the books and some periodicals with the help of the experts and the candidates who have qualified the written examination of CDS. These books will surely help the candidates in clearing the CDS exam.

CDS Exam (I) 2019: Books for General English

The test of General English is done to test the understanding and comprehension of the English Language. Questions in this subject may be asked from the topics like Vocabulary, Grammar, Syntax and its correct usage. This section is scoring and the candidates should be prepared enough to score better in this section.

A list of some good and standard books on English Language:

1. High School English Grammar & Composition Edition by Wren and Martin is a good book for the concepts of grammar. The concept shave been explained in detail and with lucid language.

2. Objective General English by S.P. Bakshi (Arihant Publications) is a book that is referred to by almost all the students of the competitive exams in India. The book has plenty of questions for practice, detailed explanations and the questions of previous years.

3. Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis is good for the purpose of vocabulary. There are antonyms, synonyms and One Word Substitutions in the book. Do read the book for the strong vocabulary.

CDS (I) 2018: English Question Paper

CDS Exam (I) 2019: Books for GK

If aspirants want to perform well in the CDS exam, then GK is the segment where they can score good marks. The candidates need not be a rote learner to remember all the latest news and affairs, what they need to do is just keep updating them.

A list of some good and standard books on GK:

1. General Awareness by Manohar Panday (Publisher: Arihant Publications) covers all the topics that are important from the point of view of CDS Exam (I) 2019. The book is a one stop solution for all the need of GK section. The language is simple and quite understandable.

2. Manorama Yearbook is a collection of all the events of the year. Students should refer to this book to get to know all the events of the year and they can crack the current affairs with ease.

3. Magazines like Pratiyogita Darpan, Competition Success Review (CSR), and Yojana help the aspirants understand the latest development around the country.  

4. The newspapers like The Hindu, The Telegraph and The Indian Express etc. will help the aspirants in vocabulary and general awareness.

CDS (I) 2018: Solved General Knowledge Question Paper

CDS Exam (I) 2019: Books for Elementary Mathematics

The Elementary Mathematics section is the Mathematics that the candidates have learnt up to class 10. The candidates who are not in touch of this subject may find them a bit rusty, so it is recommended that they should get their mathematical skills brushed up.

A list of some good and standard books on Elementary Mathematics:

1. Mathematics for C.D.S. by R.S. Aggarwal is a must for the CDS aspirants. The book has many solved questions and ample number of questions for practice. A constant study with this book will help the student in getting used to most of the concepts of the Maths.

2. Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S. Aggarwal is another good book for practice. The book has been outstanding in providing the questions as per the level of the CDS Exam (I) 2019.

3. Pathfinder for CDS by Arihant Publications is a compilation of all the questions of the previous year exam. The students should refer to the book for solutions and brief theory also. The book has sample papers for practice.

UPSC CDS (I) 2018 Exam: Elementary Mathematics Question Paper

Now, the students have all the information about the standard books and study materials, and they should start preparing for their coming exam. With the standard books in hand the chances of the success of the students are far better.

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