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. Those who are willing to appear in the upcoming NDA Exam can find relevant information here such as, NDA important dates for exam event, eligibility criteria, solved question papers, syllabus, exam pattern, cut-offs, selection process, etc.

Exam Highlights: NDA 2018-19

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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Important Dates: NDA 2018-19

NDA - II Exam Event (2018) Dates
Registration 6th June – 2nd July, 2018
Admit card available August 2018
NDA - II Exam Date 9th September, 2018
Results available October 2018
NDA - I Exam Event (2019) Dates
Starting of filling online application 9th January, 2019
Last date to fill and submit application form 4th February, 2019
Availability of Admit Card April 2019
NDA - I Exam Date 21st April, 2019
Declaration of result May 2019
NDA - II Exam Event (2019) Dates
Starting of filling online application 7th August, 2019
Last date to fill and submit application form 3rd September, 2019
Availability of Admit Card October 2019
NDA - II Exam Date 17th November, 2019
Declaration of result December 2019
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Eligibility Criteria 2018-19

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 2018-19

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 Pattern: NDA 2018-19

NDA 2018 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.

  • 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) 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)
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CutOffs 2018-19

  • 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: NDA 2018-19

Important Dates: NDA 2018-19

NDA - II Exam Event (2018)

NDA - I Exam Event (2019)

NDA - II Exam Event (2019)

Eligibility Criteria 2018-19

Nationality

Age Limit and Marital Status

Educational Eligibility

Syllabus 2018-19

Exam Pattern: NDA 2018-19

Exam Pattern - Mathematics

Exam Pattern - General Ability

Question Papers and Answer Keys

CutOffs 2018-19

Selection Process