National Defence Academy(NDA & NA) Exam Pattern 2019

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Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) organizes National Defence Academy & Naval Academy (NDA &NA) Examination. Through NDA Exam candidates get admission to the courses at National Defence Academy and Naval Academy. UPSC organizes NDA Exam twice in a year, NDA Exam (I) mostly in the month of April, while NDA & NA (II) in the month of September.

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has prescribed the exam pattern of NDA 2019. With the help of NDA exam pattern 2019, candidates can get an idea regarding the number of subjects, time duration, total marks and marking scheme of the exam. According to NDA 2019 exam pattern, the written examination comprises two subjects – Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). Each paper is conducted for 2 ½ hours duration. Total 900 marks have been allotted for written examination. Candidates qualifying the written examination will be called for SSB Interview. The SSB Interview carries total 900 marks. NDA 1 exam will be conducted offline on April 21, 2019. Read below for more details on NDA exam pattern 2019.

 NDA 2019  Exam Pattern

Parameters Particulars
Stages of the exam Written SSB Interview
Mode of Exam Offline mode
Duration of the exam 2 ½ hours (each paper) 5 hours (total duration of written exam)
Exam timings 10 am to 12.30 pm – Mathematics paper 2 pm to 4.30 pm – GAT
Number of papers Paper 1: Mathematics Paper 2: General Ability Test
Number of questions Mathematics paper – 120 questions GAT – 150 questions
Type of questions Objective type 4 options each with only 1 correct option
language of question paper English and Hindi
Negative marking Mathematics and GAT – 1/3
Total marks Mathematics section – 300 GAT – 600 (English – 200 marks and General Knowledge part carries 400 marks)

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Code Papers Subject Maximum marks Duration
1 Paper 1 Mathematics 300 2 ½
2 Paper 2 GAT 600 2 ½
Total 900 5 hours
SSB Interview 900
Grand Total 1800

SSB Interview

The SSB procedure consists of two stages – stage 1 and stage 2. Only those candidates who qualified stage 1 can appear for stage 2. The stages of SSB Interview are explained below:

The stage 1 of SSB Interview comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT).

The stage 2 of SSB Interview comprises Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days.

NDA Syllabus 2019

The syllabus of NDA outlines the topics from Mathematics and GAT that candidates need to prepare for the exam. The syllabus has been defined by the exam conducting authority, UPSC. Candidates can check the topics required for the syllabus in the table below.

Topics asked in NDA paper

Subject Topics
Mathematics Algebra, matrices and determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions, differential calculus, Statistics and Probability, Vector Algebra and Integral calculus and differential equations
GAT English, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events

As per Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the subject-wise distribution of marks is given below.  Candidates can find the same below –

NDA Paper Pattern: Subject-wise distribution of marks

S.No. Subjects Marks
1 Maths 300
2 English 200
3 Physics 100
4 Chemistry 60
5 General Science 40
6 History, Freedom Movement, etc. 80
7 Geography 80
8 Curent Events 40

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