NDA 2017 PATTERN & SYLLABUS
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NDA is a national level competitive exam for filling different vacancies in National Defense Academy and Naval Academy. The first phase of NDA was conducted on April 23, 2017 while NDA II is scheduled to take place in the September 10, 2017.
Candidates appearing for the NDA Exam are advised to go through the NDA exam pattern before commencing with their preparation, in order to secure a good score. NDA consists of two papers, Mathematics in paper 1 and General Ability & English in paper 2. The maximum marks for both the papers are 900. The cutoff marks required to crack the NDA Exam are generally around 350 to 360.
UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) in their official notification has specified the number of questions and marking scheme for both the papers. Here you will find the complete details about NDA 2017 exam pattern – number of questions, duration of the exam, marking scheme, mode and medium of the exam, etc.
|NDA 2017||NDA Syllabus||NDA Application Form||NDA Exam Dates||NDA Admit Card|
NDA exam is divided into 2 sections namely Mathematics and General Ability Test. Both the papers will be of 2 hours 30 minutes. Paper 1 of mathematics will be of 300 marks and Paper 2 will be of 600 marks divided between English (200) and General Knowledge (400). All the questions will be in MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) format. The questions in the Mathematics section will be based on the Class 11th and 12th syllabus while the syllabus for Paper 2 (English and General Knowledge) would be also based on a similar level.
Candidates appearing for NDA 2017 Exam can check the table described below to know about the exam pattern for NDA and NDA 2017 Syllabus to get an idea about the type of questions in various sections and marking scheme-
|Highlights of NDA Exam Pattern|
|Name of the Exam||NDA/NA|
|Exam Date||April 23, 2017 and September 10, 2017|
|Number of Sections||2|
|Total Number of Questions||220|
|Time Duration||2 hours 30 minutes for each section|
|Negative Marking||Yes. 0.83 mark for Maths section and 2.33 mark for General Ability Section|
For every correct answer in mathematics section candidates will get 2.5 marks and 0.83 marks will be deducted for every wrong answer. The total maximum marks for paper 1 are 300. For Paper 2 i.e. English and General Knowledge section, candidates will get 4 marks for a correct answer and 1.33 marks will be reduced for a wrong answer. English section is of 200 marks while General Ability is of 400 marks. Candidates will be given 2 hours 30 minutes to solve each of the paper. There will be time interval between both the papers.
After the NDA written exam, the subsequent stage is SSB Interview. It is a 5 day long process to judge candidates’ personality and Intelligence. It is conducted by SSB (Service selection board). For this candidates should log on SSB official website to check NDA Interview center and date. They can apply on the official sites of Army, Navy and Air Force:-
The selection process goes on for 5 days which include various tests like personality test, SRT (Situation Reaction Test), WRT (Word Association Test). The entire process of selection is discussed in detail below:-
Day 1- Screening Test (Stage 1)
This stage includes 2 tests namely Intelligence Test and picture perception test. In intelligence Test they are asked Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning questions. It is followed up by 2nd test which is picture perception test. In this candidates are shown a picture slide for 10 seconds. On the basis of which they are asked different questions such as which character appeared first, Last character on the screen, How many characters are shown and many more.
This test is again followed up by Group Discussion Test which is generally based on the first character shown during Picture Perfection Test. The candidates have to narrate a story based on this character for 1 minute.
Day 2, 3 and 4– Psychology Test (Stage 2)
On second day candidates faces many tests such as TAT (Thematic Apperception Test), WAT (Word Association Test), GTO (Group Testing Officers.). TAT is similar to PPT i.e, candidates are shown 12 slides out of which last one is blank. Candidates have to write stories on the basis of these slides. The last one is a blank, Candidates have to write own story in it. In WAT 60 words are shown on the screen for 15 seconds.
This test is done to check the candidate’s proficiency in English language. They have to write the meaning of the word shown on the screen. The GTO test will include Group discussion, Group Planning, progressive group tasks, half group tasks, Individual Obstacles etc.
NDA Paper-2 comprises 2 papers viz. Mathematics and General Ability Test. Candidates can check the important topics and number of questions asked in these 2 sections from below mentioned sections on the basis of previous year trends:-
The first paper is of Mathematics. All the questions are of objective type (MCQs). Candidates are given 2 hours 30 minutes to solve it. The Maths paper generally consist of class 11 and 12th Maths syllabus. More weightage is given on topics such as Sets, Sequence and Series,
|Topics||Number of Questions|
|Relation and Function||2|
|Sequence and Series||6|
|Algebra of Matrices||1|
|Inverse of a Matrix||2|
|Permutations and Combinations||1|
|Trignometry Ratios and Identities||3|
|Multiple and Submultiple Angles||1|
|Trignometric Functions of angels of Arbitary Magnitude||2|
|Inverse Trignometric Function||2|
|Properties of Triangle||1|
|Height and Distance||2|
|Fundamental Concept of 3D||2|
|Scalar Product of Vectors||2|
|Vector Product of Vectors||1|
|Fundamental Rules of Differentiation||3|
|Some More Methods of Differentiation||3|
|Maxima and Minima||1|
|Definite of Integrals||2|
|Area of Curves||1|
|Diagrammatic and Graphic Presentation||1|
|Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion||3|
|Measures of Dispersion||1|
|Mean Deviation Variance and Standard Deviation||2|
Paper-2 General Mental Ability
Paper 2 will be of General Mental Ability Test. This paper will be divided into 2 parts English and General Science. Candidates will get 2 hours 30 minute to solve this section. The English part will include topics like Synonyms, Antonyms, Para jumbles. Mentioned below is topic wise analysis which can help them for the NDA Exam preparation. For preparing this section candidates are advised to go through the NDA previous year Question papers.
|Topic||Number of Questions|
|Ordering of Sentences||7|
This part includes the General Knowledge questions, Current Affairs and General Science questions on Physics, Chemistry and Biology subject. For preparing this section candidates should read newspaper on daily basis. They can also prepare general knowledge questions from General Knowledge text books up to class 8th. For preparing the General Science part, they can study class 11th and class 12th syllabus. Candidates can check below the important topics with number of questions in this section:-
|SUBTOPIC||No. of Qs|
|BOOKS AND AUTHORS||1|
|UNIT OF LENGTH||1|
|WORK , POWER AND ENERGY||2|
|TRANSFER OF HEAT||1|
|EMISSION OF RADIATION||2|
|EVER DAY CHEMISTRY||7|
|OXIDATION AND REDUCTION||1|
|CARBON AND ITS COMPOUND||1|
|NITROGEN AND ITS COMPOUNDS||1|
|ACIDS , BASES AND SALTS||1|
|ISOTOPES AND ISOBARS||1|
|STRUCTURE OF THE ATOM||1|
|NUCLEAR RECTION AND ATOMIC ENERGY||1|
|CLASSIFICATION OF ANIMAL KINGDOM||1|
|PLANT NUTRITION ( PHOTOSYNTHESIS)||1|
|BLOOD GROUP INHERITANCE||1|
|HUMAN DISEASES AND DIFENSE MECHANISAM||2|
|JAINISM AND BUDDHISM||2|
|BOOKS AND AUTHORS||1|
|BOOKS AND AUTHORS||1|
|BRITISH POLICIES AND ADMINISTRATION||1|
|INDIAN NATIONAL ARMY||1|
|THE EARTH ANDS ITS POSITION IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM||5|
|TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS||1|
|SCHEDULES OF THE CONSTITUTRION||1|
|FRAMING OF CONSTITUTION||1|
|CENSUS AND POPULATION||2|
|PUBLIC FINANCE AND FISCAL POLICY||2|
NDA is one of the umbrella exam conducted at National Level after class 12th. Every year lakhs of candidates take this exam. Preparing for NDA Exam is not an easy task . Candidates need to really work hard on their personality apart from studying vigorously to clear the Stage 1. For NDA preparation candidates can take help of NDA previous year question paper, NDA Sample papers etc. Mentioned down are some tips for candidates preparing for NDA.
Mathematics- Provided below are some important books that candidates can use for NDA preparation. These books have a vast explanation of mathematical concepts. It consists of every minor topics mentioned in the syllabus like Sets and relations along with functions, quadratic equations, logarithms, trigonometry and geometry topics like circles, triangles, coordinates etc. For better preparations, These books also include the tricks and shortcut methods for solving the questions.
|Mathematics for NDA and NA by R.S. Aggarwal||8121910188|
|Pathfinder for NDA & NA Examinations National Defense Academy conducted by UPSC by Arihant Experts||935176074X|
Below listed books contains important questions from different topics like English, General Knowledge, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Geography, Current Events, Intelligence and Personality, History, Freedom Movement, etc asked in NDA 2017
. They also includes well-explained theory and contain a lot of exercise of solved and unsolved questions for better practice.
|Compendium General Knowledge 2017 with latest facts and data by Kumar Sundram||8174821813|
|General Knowledge 2017 Paperback – 31 Mar 2017||9350945398|
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