NDA Paper pattern- 2019|NDA/NA Exam paper pattern|mathematics and GAT(General Ability Test)|

By | November 29, 2019

NDA/NA (National Defence Academy/Naval Academy) exam conduct by UPSC twice a year. Every year more than 5lakh aspirant applies for nda exam, 5000 to 6000 are selected for SSB Interview and only 500 to600 will become an officer in the Indian army.

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the main conducting authority that organizes a national level entrance exam known as NDA Exam. This exam is conducted for providing an opportunity for the candidates to join any of the wings which include the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force. Along with the written test, the selection will be followed by intelligence and physical tests. 

NDA Exam

NDA 2019 Exam Pattern

UPSC conducts two papers in the NDA exam, first one in mathematics and second is GAT(General Ability Test).

1-The mode of the NDA exam is offline mode.

2- All the questions in the exam will be objective i.e., Multiple Choice Questions will be asked.

3-The medium of the exam will be bilingual(Hindi and English) with total 900 marks. The Mathematics paper contains 300 marks while the General Ability test holds 600 marks.

4- Out of 270 questions, 120 questions are from Mathematics and 150 questions from the General Ability section. 

5-  For every incorrect response, there will be negative marking in the examination. For maths, 0.83 marks, for English, 1.33 and for GK 1.33 marks will be deducted.


NDA mathematics Strategy
Total Marks 300 Marks
Total No. of Questions 120
Marks awarded for Correct answer 2.5 marks
Marks deducted for the wrong answer -0.85
Exam Duration 2.5 Hours

General Ability

NDA GAT Strategy
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 for Correct Answer 4 marks in both sections
Marks for Incorrect Answer -1.33 marks in both sections
Exam Duration 2.5 Hours

Syllabus of Mathematics:-

1- Algebra

2- Trigonometry

3- Matrices and Determinants

4- Differential Calculus

5- Integral Calculus and Differential Equations

6- Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions 

7- Vector Algebra

8- Statistics and Probability

Best books for qualifying NDA exam:-

1- Pathfinder NDA & NA by Arihant Publications

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2-NDA / NA Solved Paper

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Syllabus of GAT (General Ability Test)-

Paper 2 in NDA i.e. the General Ability Test judges a candidate’s basic awareness and English proficiency. This section is further divided into two parts.

NDA English Strategy

1-English and

2-General Knowledge.

*Total marks awarded to Paper 2 are 600.

*This paper must be completed in 2.5 hours.

*Here is the subject-wise NDA Syllabus for Paper 2:

Part A- English 

  • The English portion of the entrance test is designed in a way to judge a candidate’s knowledge of basic grammar and vocabulary.
  • It judges a candidate’s ability to form correct sentences and use of words.
  • The syllabus of the English paper ranges from various aspects like the knowledge and usage of grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, and his mental ability to remember and place the meaning of words in their proper places.
  • The marks allotted to this section are 300.

Part B- General Knowledge

The question paper on General Knowledge will cover current affairs, questions from Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography, and Current Events. The NDA syllabus of each topic is given below. The paper aims to check knowledge and intelligent understanding of the subject.

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