List of Famous Books and Authors for Defence Exams

Hello aspirants, in this article you will find the list of famous books and their authors, this list is based on the questions asked in different competitive exams in India. If you are preparing for CDS, NDA and AFCAT exams, you must go through this list, also if you have a hobby of reading, you must check out these famous books and start reading as you like them. By remembering these books and authors you can easily score few marks in your competitive exams.


Famous Books and Authors

  • My experiments with Truth: Mahatma M.K.Gandhi
  • Far from the Madding Crowd: Thomas Hardy
  • Geetanjali: Rabindra Nath Tagore
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch: Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • The Merchant of Venice: William Shakespeare
  • The Moon and Six pence: Somerset Maughan
  • Pilgrim’s Progress from this world to that which is to come: John Bunyan
  • A Tale of Two Cities: Charles Dickens
  • Utopia: Sir Thomas Moor
  • Origin of species: Charles Darwin
  • David Copperfield: Charles Dickens
  • A passage to India: E.M.Forster
  • Gulliver’s Travels: Jonathan Swift
  • Discovery of India: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
  • The Vicar of Wakefield: Oliver Goldsmith
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Edward Gibbon
  • The Lady of the Last Minstrel: Sir Walter Scott
  • Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen
  • Time Machine: H.G. Wells
  • Arthashastra: Kautilya
  • Le Contract Social: Jean Jacques Rousseau
  • Avigyan Sakuntalam: Kalidas
  • Anand Math: Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay
  • Mein Kampf: Adolf Hitler
  • Ain-i-Akbari: Abul Fazal
  • Akbar-Nama: Abul Fazal
  • Shakuntala: Kalidas
  • War and peace: Leo Tolstoy
  • A Dangerous place: D.P. Moynihan
  • Raghuvamsa: Kalidas
  • Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Adventures of Tom Saweyer: Mark Twain
  • Agni Veena: Kazi Nasrul Islam
  • Alice in Wonderland: Lewis Carrol
  • Ancient Mariner: Coleridge
  • Animal Farm: George Orwell
  • Anna Karenina: Leo Tolstoy
  • Antony and Cleopatra: Shakespeare
  • Arms and the Man: G.B.Shaw
  • Around the World in eighty days: Jules Verne
  • Baburnama: Babur
  • Ben Hur: Lewis Wallace
  • Bhagwat Gita: Ved Vyas
  • Bisarjan: R.N.Tagore
  • Canterbury Tales: Chaucer
  • Chitra: R.N.Tagore
  • Count of Monte Cristo: Alexander Dumas
  • Crime and Punishment: Dostoevsky
  • Das Kapital : Karl Marx
  • Divine Comedy: Dante
  • Two Year Eight Months and Twenty –Eight Night  –Salman Rushdi 
  • The Red Sari –Javier Moro 
  • Neither a Hawk nor a dove –Khurshid M Kasuari 
  • Faces and Places Professor –Deepak Nayyar 
  • Indian Parliamentary Diplomacy- Meira Kumar 
  • Farishta –Kapil Isapuari 
  • Super Economies –Raghav Bahal 
  • China :Confucius in the Shadow –Poonam Surie 
  • My country My Life ‐ L.K.Advani
  • Joseph Anton ‐ Sulman Rushdie (Autobiography)
  • The Sahara Testaments ‐ Tade Ipadeola
  • Narendra Modi: A Political Biography ‐ Andy Marino
  • My Unforgettable Memories ‐ Mamata Banerjee
  • Rationalised Roman for Kashmiri ‐ Dr R L Bhat
  • Strictly Personal, Manmohan and Gursharan ‐ Daman Singh
  • The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001‐ 2014 ‐ Carlotta Gall
  • Lal Bahadur Shastri: Lessons in Leadership ‐ Pavan Choudary
  • Walking With Giants ‐ G. Ramachandran(former Finance Secretary )
  • Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and other Truths ‐ PC Parakh
  • The Accidental Prime Minister: the making and unmaking of Manmohan Singh ‐ Sanjaya Baru
  • God of Antarctica ‐ 13 year old Yashwardhan Shukla
  • My Years with Rajiv and Sonia ‐ R.D.Pradhan
  • Khushwantnama ‐The Lessons of My Life ‐ Khushwant singh
  • Syntheism – Creating God in The Internet Age ‐ Alexander Bard
  • One Life is Not Enough ‐ Natwar Singh
  • The Lives of Others ‐ Neel Mukherjee
  • My Music My Life ‐ Pt Ravi Shankar
  • I am Malala ‐ Malala Yousufzai and Christina Lamb
  • A Man and A Motorcycle, How Hamid Karzai Came to Power ‐ Bette Dam
  • True Colours — Adam Gilchrist
  • Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi: An Inside Job? ‐ Faraz Ahmad
  • The God of Small Things ‐ Arundhati Roy
  • Interpreter of Maladies ‐ Jhumpa Lahiri
  • And then One Day: A Memoir ‐ Nasiruddin Shah (Autobiography)
  • Unaccustomed Earth ‐ Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Lowland ‐ Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Truth Always Prevails ‐ Sadruddin Hashwani
  • Playing It My Way – Sachin Tendulkar and Boria Mazumder
  • Unbreakable (Autobiography of Mary Kom) ‐ Mary Kom
  • Enoch, I am a British Indian ‐ Sarinder Joshua
  • Duroch ModiNomics ‐ Sameer Kochar
  • Public Issues Before Parliament ‐ Vijay Darda
  • Water, Peace and War – Confronting the Global Water Crisis ‐ Brahma Chellaney Ambedkar
  • Awakening India’s Social Conscience ‐ Dr. Narendra Jadhav
  • Munger through the Ages ‐ Late DP Yadav
  • Akbar – The Aesthete ‐ Dr. Indu Anand
  • Runs in Ruins — Sunil Gavaskar
  • India at Risk ‐ Jaswant Singh
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North ‐ Richard Flanagan (Australian)(Man Booker)
  • Untold Story of the Indian Public Sector ‐ Dr UD Choubey
  • Final Test: Exit Sachin Tendulkar ‐ Dilip D’Souza
  • Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace ‐ Leon Panetta and Jim Newton
  • Not Just an Accountant ‐ former CAG Vinod Rai
  • Grandmaster Repertoire ‐ 1.e4 vs The French, Caro‐Kann and Philidor ‐ Parimarjan Negi
  • A Bend in the river ‐ V.S. Naipaul
  • Dark Star: The Loneliness of Being Rajesh Khanna ‐ Gautam Chintamani
  • Half Girlfriend ‐ Chetan Bhagat
  • Iqbal: The Life of a Poet, Philosopher and Politician ‐ Biography of Allama Muhammad Iqbal (Spiritual Father of Pakistan)
  • 50 years of man in space ‐ Garik Israelien, Brian May and David J Eicher
  • Black Tornado: The Three Sieges of Mumbai 26/11 ‐ Sandeep Unnithan
  • Dramatic Decade: The Indira Gandhi Years ‐ Pranab Mukherjee 2014: The Election That Changed India ‐Rajdeep Sardesai
  • Your Dreams Are Mine Now: She Showed him What Love ‐ Ravinder Singh
  • Born Again on the Mountain- Arunima Sinha
  • Flood of Fire –Amitav Ghosh
  • 30 Women in Power: Their Voices, Their Stories- Naina Lal Kidwai
  • The Courage to Act – A Memoir of a Crisis and Its Aftermath : Ben S. Bernanke
  • To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 Story :Jairam Ramesh
  • Globalisation, Democratization and Distributive Justice : Dr. Mool Chand Sharma
  • Ramcharitmanas (105-year-old Urdu copy ): Shiv Brat Lal
  • Mrs Funny  bones :Twinkle Khanna
  • Making India Awesome : Chetan Bhagat
  • The Kumbh Mela: Mapping the Ephemeral Megacity :Tarun Khanna
  • R.D. Burman: The Prince of Music :Khagesh Dev Burman
  • Ghosts of Calcutta :Sebastian Ortiz
  • Green Signals: Ecology, Growth, and Democracy in India :Jairam Ramesh
  • Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji : Abdul Kalam
  • Beyond Doubt: A Dossier on Gandhi’s Assassination : Teesta Setalvad
  • Modi – Incredible emergence of a star (in Chinese language): Tarun Vijay
  • Education of Muslims : Professor JS Rajput
  • Sourav Ganguly: Cricket, Captaincy and Controversy:Saptarshi Sarkar
  • Flood of fire : Amitav Ghosh
  • Super Economies :Raghav Bahl
  • Complete Story of Indian Reforms: 2G, Power & Private Enterprise : Pradeep Baijal
  • Unbelievable – Delhi to Islamabad : Prof Bhim Singh
  • Food for All:Uma Lele
  • Family Life :Akhil Sharma( winner of the Folio Prize 2015)
  • Faces and Places :Prof. Deepak Nayyar
  • Indian Parliamentary Diplomacy- Speaker’s Perspective :Meira Kumar
  • Editor Unplugged: Media, Magnates, Netas and Me : Vinod Mehta
  • Fragile Frontiers: The Secret History of Mumbai Terror Attacks : SK Rath
  • Why I Assassinated Gandhi : Nathuram Godse and Gopal Godse

Other famous books and their authors

Book Author
Non-stop India Mark Tully
The Mad Tibetan: Stories from then and now Deepti Naval
Nirbasan Taslima Nasreen
The Best Thing About You is You Anupam Kher
Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World Dalai Lama
I Witness: Partial Observations Kapil Sibal
The Art of Living – A Guide to Contentment, Joy and Fulfilment Dalai Lama
Origins of Love Kishwar Desai
Pax Indica: India and the world of the 21st Century Dr. Shashi Tharoor
The Day I Stopped Drinking Milk Sudha Murthy
A Better India: A Better World NR Narayana Murthy
India – My Beloved Dominique Lapierre
Dare to Do: For the New Generation Kiran Bedi
Kashmir: The Unwritten History Christopher Snedden
Walking with Lions : Tales from a Diplomatic Past K Natwar Singh
The Hanging of Afzal Guru Arundhati Roy
The Shadow Of The Crescent Moon Fatima Bhutto
The Oath of the Vayuputras Amish Tripathi
The Great Gatsby F Scott Fitzgerald
India: The Future is Now Shashi Tharoor
Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee
And Then One Day Naseeruddin Shah
Getting India Back on Track Ratan Tata
One Life is Not Enough Natwar Singh
Not Just an Accountant: The diary of the nation’s conscience keeper Vinod Rai (Former CAG)
Half Lion: How PV Narsimha Rao transformed India Vinay Satpati
Who Moved my Interest Rate D. Subba Rao (Former RBI governor)
One Indian Girl Chetan Bhagat
Rebooting India – Realizing a Billion Aspirations Nandan Nilekani and Viral Shah
Mrs. Funnybones Twinkle Khanna
The Case that Shook India Prashant Bhushan
Lone Fox Dancing Ruskin Bond
Guns and Thighs Ram Gopal Varma
An Unsuitable Boy Karan Johar with Poonam Saxena

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