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NDA 2017 PATTERN & SYLLABUS

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NDA Exam Pattern

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.

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NDA Exam Pattern Highlights

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 ExamNDA/NA
Conducting BodyUPSC
Exam DateApril 23, 2017 and September 10, 2017
Number of Sections2
Total Number of Questions220
Time Duration2 hours 30 minutes for each section
Negative MarkingYes. 0.83 mark for Maths section and 2.33 mark for General Ability Section

NDA Marking Scheme

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.                       

NDA SSB Interview

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:-

  • www.joinindianarmy.nic.in
  • www.joinindiannavy.gov.in
  • www.careerairforce.nic.in.

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.


Topic Wise Weightage in NDA Exam

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:-

Paper-1 Mathematics

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,

TopicsNumber of Questions
Sets9
Relation and Function2
Venn Diagram2
Number System1
Complex Numbers1
Polynomials3
Quadratic Equations1
Sequence and Series6
Geometric Progressions3
Algebra of Matrices1
Determinants3
Inverse of a Matrix2
Linear Equations3
Logarithms1
Permutations and Combinations1
Binomial Theorem2
Binary system1
Trignometry Ratios and Identities3
Multiple and Submultiple Angles1
Trignometric Functions of angels of Arbitary Magnitude2
Compound Angles3
Transformation Formula3
Inverse Trignometric Function2
Properties of Triangle1
Height and Distance2
Straight Line3
Circle2
Ellipse2
Fundamental Concept of 3D2
Planes3
Straight Line1
Sphere1
Scalar Product of Vectors2
Vector Product of Vectors1
Limits3
Continuity1
Differentiability1
Fundamental Rules of Differentiation3
Some More Methods of Differentiation3
Maxima and Minima1
Integration1
Definite of Integrals2
Area of Curves1
Differential Equation3
Diagrammatic and Graphic Presentation1
Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion3
Measures of Dispersion1
Mean Deviation Variance and Standard Deviation2
Conditional Probability2
Independent Events1
Baye’s Theorem1
Multiplication Rule1
Binomial Distribution1
Total120

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.

Part-A English

TopicNumber of Questions
Synonyms8
Antonyms8
Ordering of Sentences7
Para Jumbles7
Spotting Errors11
Reading Comprehension9
Total Questions50

Part-B

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:-

SUBTOPICNo. of Qs
NATIONAL SYMBOLS1
BOOKS AND AUTHORS1
DANCE1
INSTITUTIONS1
UNIT OF LENGTH1
WORK , POWER AND ENERGY2
DENSITY1
TRANSFER OF HEAT1
GRAVITATION1
WAVE MOTION2
SHM1
ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION3
LIGHT2
STATIC ELECTRICITY3
CURRENT ELECTRICITY2
EMISSION OF RADIATION2
NUCLEAR PHYSICS2
EVER DAY CHEMISTRY7
OXIDATION AND REDUCTION1
CARBON AND ITS COMPOUND1
DIAMOND1
NITROGEN AND ITS COMPOUNDS1
AMMONIA1
ACIDS , BASES AND SALTS1
ALLOYS1
ISOTOPES AND ISOBARS1
STRUCTURE OF THE ATOM1
NUCLEAR RECTION AND ATOMIC ENERGY1
INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY1
CLASSIFICATION OF ANIMAL KINGDOM1
NUTRITION1
ENZYMES1
PLANT NUTRITION ( PHOTOSYNTHESIS)1
ANIMAL NUTRITION1
BLOOD1
BLOOD GROUP INHERITANCE1
HUMAN DISEASES AND DIFENSE MECHANISAM2
ECOSYSTEM1
POLLUTION1
SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS2
JAINISM AND BUDDHISM2
BOOKS AND AUTHORS1
MEDIEVAL INDIA1
BOOKS AND AUTHORS1
BRITISH POLICIES AND ADMINISTRATION1
INDIAN NATIONAL ARMY1
THE EARTH ANDS ITS POSITION IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM5
THE ATMOSPHERE3
VOLCANIC ACTIVITY1
ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY1
NATURAL VEGETATION1
PHYSIOGRAPHY2
CLIMATE1
DRAINAGE2
INDUSTRIES1
TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS1
SETTLEMENTS1
CONSTITUTIONAL DEVELOPMENT2
SCHEDULES OF THE CONSTITUTRION1
FRAMING OF CONSTITUTION1
THE PARLIAMENT1
JUDICIARY1
FINANCE COMMISSION1
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS1
CENSUS AND POPULATION2
PUBLIC FINANCE AND FISCAL POLICY2
COMMITTEE1
BUDGET1
PERSON1
SPORTS1
TOTAL100

NDA Preparation Tips

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.

  • Preparing for NDA is not an easy task for good preparation, it is necessary to have a smart study plan. Here, smart study plan includes managing Time and NDA syllabus efficiently. Your preparation schedule must be well-organized for obtaining a good score. For this candidates should start preparing in right direction by solving previous year questions. By solving the sample papers candidates can increase their speed as well as they will get an idea about the NDA exam pattern  and difficulty level of the questions asked . Studying from good books also play an important role in exam preparation.
  • Selection through NDA is based not only on the written test but your personality and health also plays a major role in it. So all the candidates should keep themselves fit and healthy through the intake of sufficient food and water. Along with it, candidates should also prefer yoga or some another exercise or meditation to relief stress.
  • Another important factor is Clearing Basics- Firstly, do the analysis of your complete syllabus and mark the topics that require more concentration. Start preparing the topics from basics. If your basics are clear then only you are able to solve the high level questions.

Important Books for Mathematics

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.

BooksISBN No.
Mathematics for NDA and NA by R.S. Aggarwal8121910188
Pathfinder for NDA & NA Examinations National Defense Academy conducted by UPSC by Arihant Experts935176074X

Important Books for General Ability Paper

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.

BooksISBN No.
Compendium General Knowledge 2017 with latest facts and data by Kumar Sundram8174821813
General Knowledge 2017 Paperback – 31 Mar 20179350945398

NDA Previous Year Sample Papers

Candidates preparing for NDA 2017 can refer to NDA previous year sample papers to get an idea of NDA Exam Pattern . This will help them in analyzing the type of questions asked in the test, important topics asked in each section. Candidates can refer to the following samples for NDA Exam Preparation

  • Chapter wise  – Section wise Solved Papers NDA & NA (Mathematics/English/General Ability) with Explanatory Solutions
    By Experts Compilation
  • Chapter wise – Section wise Solved Papers NDA & NA (Mathematics/English/General Ability) with Explanatory Solutions
    by Arihant Experts

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