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 Exam 2020

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

Books

Authors

Objective General English

S. P. Bakshi

Wren & Martin’s High School English Grammar & Composition

Wren and Martin’s

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

Best Books for CDS 2020 - General Knowledge

Books

Authors

Geography & History

NCERT (Std 6th-12th)

Pathfinder for CDS

Arihant Experts

General Knowledge (Latest Edition)

Manohar Pandey (Arihant Publication)

Manorama Yearbook

Malayala Manorama publishers

Daily newspapers

The Hindu, Indian Express, etc.

Best Books for CDS 2020 - Mathematics

Books

Authors

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

R. S. Aggarwal

Pathfinder for CDS

Arihant Experts

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

Subjects

Duration

Max. Marks

Exam Mode

English

2 hrs

100

Offline (pen & paper)

General Knowledge

2 hrs

100

Mathematics

2 hrs

100

Exam pattern for Officers Training Academy - OTA

Subjects

Duration

Max. Marks

Exam Mode

English

2 hrs

100

Offline (pen & paper)

General Knowledge

2 hrs

100

Syllabus for CDS 2020

Subjects

Topics

English

Comprehension, Error Spotting, Cloze Test, Sentence Completion, Jumbled Sentences, Synonyms, Antonyms, Idioms & Phrases

General Knowledge

History of India, Geography, Polity, Economics, General Science

Mathematics

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

Question: Are the books for CDS the same for all services?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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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Is spectacles allow a candidates can select with spectacles

Rehan Alam Student Expert 26th Mar, 2020

Dear aspirant,

yes you can apply for CDS exam even if you have spectacles however you will not be able to get into the air force and flying department because of your spectacles.

you could however go for logistics and administration even if you have your spectacles.

Hope this helps. Thank you.

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if I have 50% in mathematics and physics in 10+2 class, can I appear for OTA and AFA?

Shiksha 25th Mar, 2020

Hello!

Yes, you are eligible for appearing for cds ota & afa.

  • The eligibility criteria for CDS OTA says: the person should be between 19-25 years age & should have a bachelor's degree from a recognised University/institue (men & women both). The men can be married or unmarried & women can be married or unmarried or widow.
  • The eligibility criteria for AFA says that: the person should be between 20-24 years unmarried. Should have a degree  (with physics and mathematics at 10+2 level) from a recognised University/institue or bachelor's in engineering.

I hope this clears you doubt.

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i have completed my ba.llb degree and my dob is 04/03/1995 .can i apply for CDS .if not then is there any other option for me in defence.

Hrisheekesh Singh 24th Mar, 2020

Hi Dawood,

As per the latest eligibility criteria of CDS 2020, the candidates between 20 to 24 years are eligible to give this exam.

You are 26 now which means you are above 24 years of age now, so you are not eligible for the respective exam in each and every course ranging from IMA to OTA.

You can go for Indian Army recruitments now.

Feel free to ask doubts in the Comment Section.

You may refer to this article for more information about CDS 2020 Eligibility criteria.

I hope this information helps you.

Good Luck!

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I heard about temporary and permanent rejections in medical test examination. Can you explain about different checkups in brief and how to overcome them within alloted time if we are temporarily rejected?

Saisrinandan Ch 27th Mar, 2020

Hello,

You are talking about types of rejections in Services Selection Board (SSB).

Temporary rejections are those which can be cured/treated. Example: Extra Weight.

Permanent rejections are faced due to problems that cannot be cured. Example: Extra Leg Length for Fighter Pilots.

There are several tests inside the medicals. Some basic temporary rejections include: Knocked Knee, Over Weight, Wax in Ears, Kidney Stones, Appendix.

Some of these require surgery or doctor consultation. While problems like over weight can be set right with healthy diet and exercise. Knocked Knee can be cured by putting a pillow between your knees and standing for 20-30 secs daily.

Hope this helps.

Thanks.

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A person with disability can apply for CDS exams?

Mohit Sinha 24th Mar, 2020

Aspirants submit their CDS online application form before the last date. but before fill form you should need to check your eligibility for CDS Entrance exam. here we are talking about CDS physical standards and CDS medical fitness both. Check all information regarding “CDS Physical eligibility” below.

PHYSICAL STANDARD FOR UPSC CDS EXAM –

General physical and mental standards are very important points to consider before apply for UPSC CDS Exam. here you find physical requirements for CDS and what type of physical fitness required for CDS check below.

  • First of all participant must aware about this that you are physically & mentally fit and fine and free from any type of disease / disability.
  • Participant not have any type of mental breakdown record in past.
  • Aspirant must undergo a preliminary medical check-up for wax in ears, refractory error of eyes, fungal infection of skin before reporting for the SSB interview.
  • Candidate must be under a standard weight
  • Chest should be in fine condition . X Ray will taken for figure out any disease in chest.
  • The minimum range of expansion after full inspiration should be 5 cms.
  • You should be no disease of bones and joints of the body. these are some of the CDS Physical criteria for interested candidates. here is more things which are also consider as CDS Physical eligibility.

MEDICAL ELIGIBILITY FOR CDS

CDS Medical examination is also a important part of CDS exam eligibility. Here are many CDS physical conditions in medical examination. check it

  • A Participant selected by the Services Selection Board (SSB) will undergo a medical examination process by a Board of Service Medical Officers.
  • Female participants will undergo Medical Examination by a Medical Board comprising male / female doctors / specialists / Gynecologist. There will be a lady Medical Officer as member of Board.
  • Whole Generate reports by Medical board are confidential and not disclose to anyone.
  • The final decision of Candidate fitness will be intimated by the President of the Medical Board.
  • The candidate will also be intimated about the procedure for Appeal Medical Board.
  • Candidates declared unfit during Appeal Medical Board will be intimated about the provision of Review Medical Board.
  • Candidates must be Physically and Mentally fit according to the given standards. for more details such as vision standards , Height & weight criteria , eye sight criteria , Ear , Nose , throat , teeth condition etc.

EYESIGHT ELIGIBILITY FOR CDS EXAM

Most of the students ask this question that What is eyesight criteria for CDS ? CDSphysical test also covers your eyesight conditions. and vision standard for naval and Air force different from this which also mention below. Eyesight for CDS Exam –
Vision standard for Male Candidates

  • Candidate must able to read 6/6 in a distant vision chart with each eye with or without glasses (For navy and Air Force without glasses only).
  • Myopia should not be more than 3.5D
  • Hypermetropia should not be more than 3.5D including Astigmatism.

Vision standard for Female Candidates

  • Aspirant must able to read 6/6 (better eye) and 6/8 (worse eye) in a distant vision chart with or without glasses
  • Myopia should not be more than minus 5.5 including Astogination.
  • Internal examination of the eye will be done by means of ophthalmoscope to rule out any disease of the eye.
  • A candidate must have good binocular vision.
  • The colour vision standard will be CP-III.
  • A candidate should be able to recognize red and green colours.

Vision standard for Naval

Uncorrected without glass 6/12

corrected with glass 6/6

Limits of Myopia -1.5

Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5

Binocular vision III

Limits of colour perception I

Vision standard for Air Force

Uncorrected without glass 6/12

corrected with glass 6/6

Limits of Myopia -0.75D

Limits of Hypermetropia +1.5D

Binocular vision III

Limits of colour perception I

Teeth , Ear, Nose and Throat Conditions – CDS Physical Qualification also covers your conditions of teeth , ear Nose , Throat etc. Check the standards given below.

  • The applicants ought to have adequate number of normal and sound teeth.
  • At least 14 dental focuses will be satisfactory.
  • A hopeful ought not be experiencing serious pyorrhea.
  • The listening must be ordinary.
  • A hopeful ought to have the capacity to hear a constrained whisper with every ear at a separation of 610 cms in a very room.
  • There ought to be no confirmation of present or past disease of the ear, nose and throat.
  • Sound metric test will be ruined AF. Sound metric misfortune ought not exceed+20 db in frequencies somewhere around 250Hz and 4000 Hz.

Height and weight standards
CDS Exam physical eligibility test also includes one major point is aspirant height. Here is a table for height required for CDS Exam for male and female candidates with weight parameters check it.

*45 for Navy @ 47 for Navy A ± 10% ( for Navy ) departure from the average weight given in the table above is to be considered within normal limit. However, in individuals with heavy bones and broad built as well as individuals with thin built but otherwise healthy this may be relaxed to some extent on merit.

The acceptable weight for Air Force candidates will be ± 10% of the average weight given above.


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