NDA (National Defence Academy) is a national level entrance exam which is conducted and monitored by UPSC twice a year (in April and in September) through offline mode for the recruitment in National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy.
|Mode of Exam||Offline|
|Subjects||Mathematics and General Knowledge|
|Total Marks||900 marks (Mathematics: 300 marks and General Knowledge: 600 marks)|
|Marking Scheme||Correct answer for (Mathematics and GK) is +2.5 and +4.0 and Incorrect answer -0.83 and -1.33 mark respectively|
|Exam Duration||5 hours in two shifts (2 hours & 30 mins. for each shift)|
The first paper in NDA is Mathematics which holds a weightage of 300 marks. The second part is a General Ability Test which is for 600 marks. Paper 2 is sub-divided into English and General Knowledge (Physics, Geography, Chemistry, History etc.) Both the papers in NDA are of 2 hours and 30 minutes each.
UPSC NDA is conducted twice a year. In the given below table, NDA 2018 exam dates are mentioned.
|NDA 2018 Exam Events||NDA I||NDA II|
|Release of NDA Application Form||10th Jan, 2018||6th Jun, 2018|
|End Date of NDA Application Form||5th Feb, 2018||2nd Jul, 2018|
|Issue of NDA Admit Card||1 or 2 weeks before the exam||1 or 2 weeks before the exam|
|NDA Exam||22nd Apr, 2018||9th Sep, 2018|
|NDA Result||May, 2018||Oct, 2018|
NDA 2018 is set to conducted on 22nd Apr, 2018. It is an offline examination i.e. pen and paper based test with objective type questions. NDA exam pattern is different for both the papers. It is necessary to qualify them in order to ensure admission in the National Defence Academy.
|NDA Exam 2018 Paper||Mathematics||General Ability Test|
|Exam Duration||2 hours 30 minutes (150 minutes)||2 hours 30 minutes (150 minutes)|
|No. of Sections||One||Two (English and General Knowledge)|
|Total no. of Questions||120 questions||150 questions|
|Total Marks||300 marks||600 marks (English 200 marks + GK 400 marks)|
|Marking Scheme||+2.5 marks for every correct answer -0.83 marks for every incorrect answer||+4 marks for every correct answer -1.33 marks for every incorrect answer|
|Medium||English and Hindi||English section will be in English language only. General Knowledge will be in both English and Hindi languages|
|Types of Questions||Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)|
The first paper is Mathematics and is aimed to test candidate's skill with numbers and calculations. The question paper would be set in both Hindi and English.
|Total Marks||300 Marks|
|Total No. of Questions||120|
|Marks awarded for Correct answer||2.5 marks|
|Marks deducted for wrong answer||-0.85|
|Exam Duration||2.5 hours|
Paper II of NDA is the General Ability Test which comprises questions from English Language and General Knowledge.
|Total Marks||600 Marks|
|Total No. of Questions||150|
|No. of questions in English Section||50|
|No. of questions in General knowledge Section||100|
|Maximum Marks for English||200 Marks|
|Maximum Marks for G.K.||400 Marks|
|Marks awarded for Correct answer||4 marks in both sections|
|Marks deducted for wrong answer||-1.33 marks in both sections|
|Exam Duration||2.5 hours|
|Year||Cutoff for NDA 1 written exam (out of 900 marks)||Minimum marks secured by the last recommended candidate (out of 1800)|
|2016||320 (with at least 30% marks in each paper - expected cut off)||Not available|
|2015||306 (with at least 30% marks in each paper)||674|
|2014||360 marks (with minimum 35% marks in each subject)||722|
|2013||333 marks (with minimum 30% marks in each paper)||698|