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Exam Mode and Medium Offline (Pen Paper Based) in English and Hindi
Number of sections 2
Question Paper Type Objective or MCQ
Total Number of Questionsl 270 Questions (120 from Mathematics and 150 from General Ability Test)
NDA 2019 Total Marks for Entrance Test 900 Marks (300 Marks for Mathematics and 600 Marks for General Ability Test)
Exam duration 2.30 hours (Each Section)

NDA or National Defence Academy Exam is a national level exam organized by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) to recruit candidates in Army, Navy and Air Force. It is a two-tier examination, wherein, candidates qualifying the written test will also have to clear the SSB interview round.

  • Syllabus of NDA exam is based on CBSE 10+2 standards.
  • The exam consists of 2 sections- Mathematics and General Ability TestTotal duration of exam is 5 hours combinedly for both sections.
  • The exam will be conducted in offline mode (pen and paper-based).
  • UPSC is release final cutoff marks after the declaration of result.
  • Candidates successfully qualifying the written test would be shortlisted for
    NDA Selection Process
  • Candidates qualify the written test are called for NDA SSB Interview. Final selection is done on the basis of overall performance of the candidate.
Subject Paper Questions Duration Marks
Mathematics 1 120 2 ½ Hours 300
General Ability Test 2 150 2 ½ Hours 600
Total 270 900
Second Round Duration Maximum Marks
SSB Interview 4-5 days 900 Second
Exam Duration 2 hours and 30 minutes 2 hours and 30 minutes
No. of sections 1 2 (English and General Knowledge)
Total no. of questions 120 150
Total marks 300 600 (English (200) + GK (400))
Marking scheme 2.5 for correct and -0.83 for incorrect 4 for correct and -1.33 for incorrect
Medium English and Hindi English for English section. English and Hindi for GK section
Type of questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

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Exam pattern of NDA

The general knowledge section of the NDA 2019 consists of the 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)
  • NDA Syllabus for Mathematical Ability
Algebra Matrices and Determinants
Trigonometry Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions
Differential Calculus Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
Vector Algebra Statistics and Probability

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