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NDA Exam Pattern


    STO get into NDA, candidates have to clear the written test first. After clearing the written examination, he will receive communication from the commission for the SSB interview. This interview will take 5 days. After that, candidates will have to undergo a medical test.

    After following all the above procedure, candidates will get a final merit list. The pattern of the NDA Exam as follows:

    Subject Code

    Subject

    Topics

    Marks

    Maximum Marks

    Duration of Exam

    01

    Maths

    300

    2 hours 30 minutes

    02

    General Ability Test

    Part A English

    200

    400

    Part B General Knowledge

    Marks

    Section A

    Physics

    100

    Section B

    Chemistry

    60

    Section C

    General Science

    40

    Section D

    History

    80

    Section E

    Geography

    80

    Section F

    Current Affairs

    40

    Total

    900

    Marking Scheme and Number of Questions: The total number of questions is 270, and the total marks candidates can get is 900. Duration of exam: 2 Hours for each paper (Paper I - Maths and Paper-II- General Ability Test).

    Subject

    Number of Questions

    Maximum Marks

    Marking scheme

    Negative Marking

    Maths

    120 MCQs

    300

    2.5

    0.83

    English

    50 MCQs

    200

    4

    1.33

    General Knowledge

    100 MCQs

    400

    4

    1.33

  • Objective type question paper
  • Blackball pen should be used
  • Language is set bilingually in Hindi as well as English
  • Candidates are not allowed to take a calculator in the examination hall
  • Instruction to be followed in the examination hall:
  • 1. Candidates are advised to listen to the instructors carefully.
  • 2. Before marking responses, candidates are requested to fill the following details using only black ball pens:
  • Centre
  • Subject
  • Subject code
  • Roll Number (The roll number should be written precisely in the admit card)
  • 1. Do not omit any zero(s) that maybe there.
  • 2. Candidates should ensure that the subject, test booklet series and roll number are carefully encoded. All that is needed to blacken the circle completely. Do as follows:
NDA FAQs

    Why NDA?

    National defence academy is a dream destination for all aspiring military boys, where cadets of 3 services - the Army, the Navy and the Air force are equipped with mental, moral, and physical characteristics aimed at leading soldiers.

    Who conducts the NDA exam?

    NDA exam is conducted by UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (UPSC).

    When was the NDA exam held?

    NDA & NA. Examination (I), 2020 and NDA & NA. Examination (II), 2020 was held on the same date conducted by UPSC, i.e. 06.09.2020(SUNDAY).

    From where one can enrol for NDA?

    Candidates have to go to upsconline.nic.in to enrol for NDA and NA exams.

    What is the procedure to fill the online application form?

    Online application form is filled in 2 parts:-
    Part 1:
    1. Registration
    2. Preferred branch selection
    3. Details verification
    4. Withdrawal/Cancellation of application
    Part 2:
    1. Login
    2. Payment
    3. Select the exam centre
    4. Document upload
    5. Agree to terms and conditions
    6. Submit

    When can candidates get their admit cards?

    Candidates get their admit cards almost three weeks before the exam begins.

    What is the age criteria to appear in NDA & NA exam?

    The age criteria to appear in NDA & NA exam are as follows:
    1. NDA 1- 16.5 years to 19.5 years.
    2. NDA II- 16.5 years to 19.5 years.

    Who can all apply for NDA Exam?

    The below candidates are eligible to appear in NDA exam:
    (a) A citizen of India, or
    (b) A subject of Nepal, or
    (c) A subject of Bhutan, or
    (d) A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before 1st January 1962
    (e) Persons of Indian Origin
    (f) Overseas Citizens of India

    Can married aspirant apply for NDA exams?

    No, only unmarried male aspirants can apply for this post.

    What is the educational qualification required to appear in the NDA exam?

    : 12th class or appearing candidates are eligible to appear in the exam

    Can females apply for NDA exams?

    No, females cannot apply for NDA exams.

    Which candidates are not eligible to appear in the NDA exam?

    Candidates who are not eligible:
    . Candidates of class 11th are not eligible to appear in the exam.
    . Candidates who are deprived of any commission by the Ministry of defence are not eligible to give the examination.
    . A candidate who has resigned from any of the training academies of Armed forces is not eligible to apply.

    How often does the NDA exam conduct?

    The NDA and NA exam is conducted twice a year, and it includes a written test and SSB Interview.

    Will NDA exam has descriptive questions?

    NDA has only objective type questions.

    Is the calculator allowed in NDA exam?

    NO, the calculator is not allowed in the NDA exam.

    Can we use any colour pen for giving NDA exam?

    Only black ball pen is allowed to give the exam.

    What is the duration of NDA exam?

    Duration of exam: 1 Hours 30 minutes for each paper (Paper I - Maths and Paper-II- General Ability Test).

    How is the NDA exam conducted?

    NDA exam is conducted in 2 phases:
    Phase 1- Written-test
    1. Mathematics (300 marks)
    2. General Ability Test (600 marks)
    Phase 2- SSB Interview
    1. Screening
    2. Psychology Test
    3. Group Exercise
    4. Group Exercise
    5. Conference

    How is the NDA exam selection process done?

    NDA selection process: Registration/ LoginApply online Admit card Exam Call Letter SSB Interview Medical Test Result/Merit List NDA/NA

    Does height matters in NDA exam?

    Yes, height matters a lot in NDA exams. The minimum acceptable height is 157 cm for the Army, 152 cm for the Navy and 162.5 cm for the Air Force.

    What happens in NDA medical test?

    Ans: In NDA medical test, it includes- Urine test, blood test, sugar test, Blood pressure (BP) test, ECG. There should be no hydrocele, varicocele or piles, pyorrhea.