NDA ExamNational Defence Academy

Introduction - NDA

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.

Exam Highlights

Conducting Authority UPSC
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)
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Eligibility

Nationality

  • Citizens of India, Bhutan, and Nepal are eligible
  • A PIO (Person of Indian Origin) who has come back from Tibet, Burma, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India

Age Limit and Marital Status

  • Only unmarried male candidates who are born not before than January 2, 1998 and not later than January 1, 2001 are eligible to appear for UPSC NDA
  • Candidates should note that once a DOB has been entered in the records of the Commission, it will not change
  • Candidates who are willing to appear for UPSC NDA, must undertake not to marry until they complete their full training

Educational Eligibility

  • For Army Wing of NDA: Candidates must be 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education conducted by State Education Board/ University
  • For Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA: Candidates must be 12th Class pass of the 10+2 pattern of School Education with Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State Education Board/ University
  • Note: Candidates who are appearing for 12th Class of the 10+2 pattern of School Education are also eligible to apply

Syllabus

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.

Exam Dates

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

Exam Pattern

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 would be conducted on offline mode only
  • There are total 2 papers in NDA exam 2018 namely Mathematics (300 marks) and General Ability Test (600 marks)
  • The total duration of the exam is 5 hours (2 hours 30 minutes for each paper)
  • NDA exam pattern related to exam duration, marking scheme, number of questions in the entrance test for both the papers is given below:
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)

Mathematics

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

General Ability

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

General Knowledge section includes following topics:

  • Physics (100 marks)
  • Chemistry (60 marks)
  • General Science (40 marks)
  • History and Freedom Movement (80 marks)
  • Geography (80 marks)
  • Current Events (40 marks)

Results

  • NDA 2018 Result will be announced by UPSC after one month of the examination (May, 2018)
  • The written exam result will be declared before the SSB and Based on written exam result, selected candidates will be called for SSB

CutOffs

  • UPSC will publish the NDA cut off soon after the declaration of NDA Result
  • The cutoff is affected by the following factors:
    1. Level of Difficulty of the examination
    2. Number of available seats
    3. Previous trends in UPSC cut off for NDA
    4. Number of Participants in the NDA Exam
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

Selection Process

  • NDA Selection Process is a Two-stage process which involves written test in Stage 1 followed by SSB interview as the Stage 2
  • Candidates who clear Stage 1 qualify for Stage 2 of the Selection Process for NDA
  • Candidates should know that they will be marked out of 900 marks for both stages collectively during the NDA recruitment
  • Candidates who clear the entire selection process for NDA are mentioned in the Final Merit List generated by the Board

Contents

Introduction

Exam Highlights

Eligibility

Nationality

Age Limit and Marital Status

Educational Eligibility

Syllabus

Exam Dates

Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern - Mathematics

Exam Pattern - General Ability

Results

CutOffs

Selection Process