Best books for CDS Exam 2020 - Subject Wise Recommended Books
Best Books for CDS 2020 - Aspirants appearing for CDS 2020 need not to worry about clearing the exam rather they should be focused on how to achieve that goal and concentrate all their energy in that direction. To do so candidates should know the best books for CDS 2020 preparation, and device a strategy to execute that plan. Combined Defence Services (CDS) examination is conducted by Union Public Service Commission twice a year around February & November. The CDS 2020 exam is going to be held on November 8, 2020. CDS exam is for the induction of eligible candidates into the Indian Armed Forces i.e. army, navy and air force. Lakhs of aspirants appear for the CDS examination every year for joining the armed forces. Many aspirants lack in qualifying the exam due to improper guidance and strategy. Read the article to know more about the Books best for CDS 2020 exam and more.
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Best Books for CDS 2020 Preparation
Candidates sitting for the CDS 2020 exam might have a good idea of the CDS exam pattern. Now, to know what are the subject wise best books to refer for the CDS 2020 examination are mentioned in the table below.
CDS 2020 Books - English
Objective General English
S. P. Bakshi
Wren & Martin’s High School English Grammar & Composition
Wren and Martin’s
Word Power Made Easy
Best Books for CDS 2020 - General Knowledge
Geography & History
NCERT (Std 6th-12th)
Pathfinder for CDS
General Knowledge (Latest Edition)
Manohar Pandey (Arihant Publication)
Malayala Manorama publishers
The Hindu, Indian Express, etc.
Best Books for CDS 2020 - Mathematics
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations
R. S. Aggarwal
Pathfinder for CDS
Mathematics for CDS Examination
R. S. Aggarwal
Along with the above mentioned CDS books, aspirants are also advised to go through previous year CDS question papers too, as it will give an edge in the CDS 2020 exam.
CDS 2020 Exam Pattern
Applicants appearing for the CDS 2020 must familiarise themselves with the pattern, subjects, CDS syllabus, duration and marking scheme of the exam. To know about all this go through the table below.
Exam pattern for Indian Military/Navy/Air Force Academy
Offline (pen & paper)
Exam pattern for Officers Training Academy - OTA
Offline (pen & paper)
Syllabus for CDS 2020
Comprehension, Error Spotting, Cloze Test, Sentence Completion, Jumbled Sentences, Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms & Phrases
History of India, Geography, Polity, Economics, General Science
Number System, Decimal fractions, Time & distance, Time & work, Percentages, Simple & compound interest, Profit & loss, Ratio & proportion, Division algorithm, H.C.F. & L.C.M, Logarithms to base 10, Theory of polynomials, Solutions of quadratic equations, Linear equations in two variables & their solutions, Laws of indices, Trigonometry, Simple cases of heights and distances, Geometry, Lines & angles, Mensuration, Statistics
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - Best books for CDS Exam 2020 - Subject Wise Recommended Books
Question: Are the books for CDS the same for all services?
Yes, the only difference is that for OTA, aspirants have to appear only for english & general knowledge papers.
Question: Is CDS held once every year or twice a year?
CDS is held twice a year. Once in the month of February and then in November.
Question: For induction to Indian Military/Navy/Air Force Academy or Officers Training Academy (OTA) are the exams held separately?
No, the exam for induction both Indian Military/Navy/Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy (OTA) are held together.
Question: Are the books mentioned in the article above enough to crack the CDS 2020 exam?
The books mentioned in the article will help you a lot, but they are not the only factor which will help you to clear the CDS 2020 exam. One should also be self motivated & dedicated too for the same.
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Questions related to CDS
is there any use of ncc c certificate for girls in cds exams in OTA category?
A separate merit list is prepared for NCC Cadets who have "C" Certificate. You have to apply for SSB which happens twice a year. So through SSB, you can get into OTA. But for that you should have completed your Graduation in any discipline with a minimum aggregate of 50% and should be between 19-25 years. But if you are still in our 2nd year of Bachelor's degree, you need to wait until the next year.
I am a women studing in b.sc 2nd year with ncc c certificate so can i apply for cds in OTA category? is there any use of ncc c certificate for a girl in cds exsms?
Usually a separate merit list is prepared for NCC Cadets who have "C" Certificate. You have to apply for SSB which happens twice a year. So through SSB, you can get into OTA. But for that you should have completed your Graduation in any discipline with a minimum aggregate of 50% and should be between 19-25 years. But if you are still in our 2nd year of Bachelor's degree, you need to wait until the next year.
there is any use of ncc c certificate in cds exams for women in OTA
Thank you for your query.If you have a NCC C certificate then you have a lot of benefits when it comes to the CDS Exams. The C certificate gives you priviledge over others who are attempting the CDS Exam.
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Hli I am in my degree 2nd year which will be completed in upcoming months (courseB.sc 2nd CBZ) can i apply for CDS exams now? and min height for women? in CDS. and how physical exam is conducted for women in CDS exams?
Women can only apply for OTA which is Officer's Training Academy which is SSC Women Non Technical Course. The age group should be between 19-25 years. Unmarried women, issueless widows, who have not remarried and issueless divorcees who have relevant documents can apply. You should a Bachelor's degree of any University or equivalent degree from Institutions that have been recognised by Central or State Government. Minimum acceptable height is 152cms. You have to wait to apply for CDS until next year.
how physical exam is conducted for women in cds exams?
Women can also apply for CDS.
The minimum acceptable height for make candidates is 157.5 cm.For women candidate the minimum height is 152 cm.
The minimum age limit is 19 years for women. Women candidates are only eligible to apply for OTA. Tech candidates can apply for IMA, INA, AFA also.
Officer Training Academy ( CDs OTA,) for women - conducted in offline mode ( pen paper base) test consisting of objective type questions to test a candidate's English and general awareness.