NDA Syllabus for Mathematics & General Ability Test

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NDA Syllabus is decided by UPSC (Union Public Services Commission). The syllabus for the exam is based on the 10+2 level curricullum of CBSE and other recognized boards in the country. The syllabus is designed to judge a candidate’s grasp on logical ability and general awareness.

  • NDA exam pattern is divided into two sets of papers (Mathematics and General Ability) that a candidate must clear.
  • The first paper in NDA is Mathematics which holds a weightage of 300 marks.
  • General Ability Test is teh second paper which weighs almost 600 marks.
  • Paper 2 is sub-divided into English and General Knowledge (Physics, Geography, Chemistry, History etc.).
  • Duration of both the papers in NDA is 2 hours and 30 minutes each. 

NDA is held twice a year (April and September) in offline mode. Candidates shortlisted on the basis of their performance in the test are shortlisted for NDA (National Defence Academy) and NA (Naval Academy). Now, the second phase of NDA 2017 is scheduled in the month of September. NDA I 2017 was successfully held on April 23, 2017.

Candidates on the basis of performance in the written stage will be shortlisted for the subsequent stage which is the selection procedure conducted by SSB (Services Selection Board). SSB procedure consists of Intelligence and Personality test.


NDA Exam Pattern

NDA II 2017 is set to conducted on September 10, 2017. The exam will be conducted in offline mode i.e. pen and paper based test with objective type questions. There will be two papers – Mathematics and General Ability Test.

Candidates must carefully go through the exam pattern and syllabus to prepare for the test. The detailed pattern for both the papers is mentioned below for the reference of candidates:

Mathematics

The first paper is Mathematics and is aimed to test candidates’ skill with numbers and calculations. The question paper would be set in both Hindi and English. The Structure for Paper I is indicated in the below table:

Paper I- Mathematics
Total Marks300 Marks
Total No. of Questions120
Marks awarded for Correct answer2.5 marks
Marks deducted for wrong answer-0.85
Exam Duration2.5 Hours

General Ability

Paper II of NDA is the General Ability Test which comprises questions from English Language and General Knowledge. It is also a bilingual paper except for the English section. The structure and pattern for paper II is indicated in the below table:

Paper II- General Ability
Total Marks600 marks
Total No. of Questions150
No. of questions in English Section50
No. Of questions in General knowledge Section100
Maximum Marks for English200 marks
Maximum Marks for G.K.400 marks 
Marks for Correct Answer4 marks in both sections
Marks for Incorrect Answer-1.33 marks in both sections
Exam Duration2.5 Hours

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NDA Syllabus for Mathematics

The first paper 1 in NDA is purely based on Mathematics. There will not be any major changes from last year’s NDA Syllabus. The questions will be asked from 10+2 level only. Students of any board can attempt this section with ease as long as they are acquainted well with NDA Syllabus for Mathematics. The sub sections in this part are also of basic-level mathematics that should not be hard to prepare.

It must be noted that candidates are not permitted to use calculator or Mathematical or logarithmic table for answering objective type papers (Test Booklets). They should therefore not bring the same inside the Examination Hall.

Here are all important topics in NDA Syllabus for Paper 1 i.e. Mathematics:

NDA Syllabus for Mathematics
AlgebraMatrices and Determinants
TrigonometryAnalytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions 
Differential CalculusIntegral Calculus and Differential Equations
Vector AlgebraStatistics and Probability

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Recommended Books for NDA Mathematics Preparation

For Paper 1 in NDA i.e. Mathematics, it is always a better approach to put in some extra efforts. For this, you will need to refer to some books other than NCERT of class XI/XII. These books are a great mix of theoretical knowledge and their practical application, in the form of questions. We advice you to practice from them as much as possible.

Here are some of the best books for NDA Preparation for Mathematics paper:

NDA Mathematics
Book Name Author/ Publisher
Mathematics for NDA and NA: National Defence Academy and Naval AcademyR S Aggarwal
Quantitative aptitude for competitive examinationsR S Aggarwal

Study Package MATHEMATICS NDA & NA Entrance Exam

Arihant
NDA Mathematics (Hindi)RPH Editorial Board

NDA Sample Questions for Mathematics

NDA Math
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NDA 2017 Paper Analysis for Mathematics

NDA Paper 1 in April 2017 carried a large number of questions from Algebra, Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Calculus, Probability, complex number and Quadratic equation. Mathematics sections was comparatively easier than last year. The exam was for 300 marks in total. Here is the topic-wise distribution of questions in NDA 2017 Paper 1:

TopicNo. of questions
Calculus20-25
Quadratic equation20-15
Matrices & Determinants 30
Probability10
Trigometry30
Complex number 10-15

NDA Syllabus for General Ability Test

The paper 2 in NDA i.e. General Ability Test judges a candidate’s basic awareness and English proficiency. This section is further divided into two parts, English and General Knowledge. Total marks allocated for Paper 2 is 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 the 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.
  • Marks allotted to this section are 300.

Part B- General Knowledge

The question paper on General Knowledge will not limit itself only to the general knowledge and current affair but will be further divided into the following subjects: Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events.

NDA syllabus of each of the following subjects is given below and detail and it charts the total scope of the paper for the candidate. Candidate’s answers are expected to show their knowledge and intelligent understanding of the subject.

Physics Section

The table below includes the important topics asked in Physics section of the General Ability Test:

NDA Syllabus for Physics
States of Matter and its propertiesLight and Sound (properties)
Motion and Laws of MotionMagnet and its properties
Work, Energy and PowerCurrent and Electricity
Modes of Transfer of Heat and its effectGeneral Principles of Working of Simple Pendulum, Pulleys, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightening Conductors, Safety Fuses
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Chemistry Section

The basic knowledge of Chemistry and various chemicals is tested in the chemistry section. The topics to be considered for preparation are given below:

NDA Syllabus for Chemistry
Physical and Chemical ChangesProperties of Oxygen, Hydrogen etc. with Oxidation and Reduction
Air and Water (properties)Carbon and its forms
Chemical equations and Laws of Chemical CombinationAtom and its structure (details)
Elements, Compounds and MixturesFertilizers
Acid, Bases and SaltsUse of materials for preparation of different chemicals

General Science Section

The topics for general science are tabulated below. The candidates must prepare according to the NDA Syllabus to obtain a good score in the NDA exam.

NDA Syllabus for General Sciences
Basic Unit of Life: CellReproduction in Plants and Animals
Living and Non-Living ThingsHuman Body and Life processes
Epidemics: causes and preventionsFood and Balanced Diet
Solar SystemAchievement of Eminent Scientists

History Section

The important topics covered in the history section of the general ability test in NDA is given in the table below:

NDA Syllabus for History
Indian History: Culture and CivilisationConstitution and Administration of India
Nationalism in IndiaGovernment of India at various levels
Five Year plans of IndiaRenaissance and Discovery
French, Russian and Industrial RevolutionUnited nations and Concept of one world
Democracy in IndiaTeachings of Mahatma Gandhi

Geography Section

Candidates must prepare the following topics thoroughly for Geography section in NDA 2017:

NDA Syllabus for Geography
Earth and its Origin and Movement (latitudes and longitudes)Tides and Oceanic Currents
Rocks and Its classificationAtmosphere and Atmospheric Pressure
Types of ClimateRegional Geography of India
Agricultural and IndustriesTransportation and Trading routes of India
Imports and Exports of India 

Current Affairs Section

Candidates must follow the latest newspapers and magazines with information about the current events across the country and the world both. The topics to be prepared to qualify in this section with good marks are tabulated below:

NDA Syllabus for Current Affairs
Important and Recent Events in IndiaCurrent and Important World Events
Important Indian or Non-Indian Personalities related to Cultural Activities and Sports-

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Recommended Books for NDA Preparation

There is no set syllabus for Paper 2 as the questions challenge a candidate’s vigilance for current and recent events around the globe as well his basic knowledge for various subjects. There is a need to go through books, magazines, newspapers, archives, news channels etc. to be able to score well in this paper.

Candidates must have the basic knowledge of the subjects that are tested in NDA. Other than newspapers and class XII books, there are plenty of NDA Preparation Books available in the market that can help you with the General Ability Section. Here are a few of them:

NDA General Ability Books
Book Name Author/ Publisher
History Of Modern India (History)Bipan Chandra
Science and Technology in India (Science and Technology)Kalpana Rajaram : Spectrum
Oxford School Atlas (Geography)Oxford 
Social Problems In India (Indian Society – GS1)Ram Ahuja
Objective General English for Competitive ExamsS.P. Bakshi
Manorama Yearbook 2017Mammen Mathew

NDA Sample Questions for General Ability Test

General Ability

NDA 2017 Paper Analysis for General Ability Test

Paper 2 in NDA I 2017 carried 150 questions. Marks allotted to this paper were 600. Questions in English were from the prescribed NDA Syllabus. From Section B, science had the toughest questions. Questions from the remaining subjects were moderate in difficulty level. Here is the analysis for this year’s NDA 2017 held in April:

PART A- English

TopicNo. of QuestionsNo. of Marks
Spotting Errors520
Comprehension624
Selecting Words1040
Ordering of Words in a Sentence936
Sentence Improvement1040
Antonyms520
Synonyms520
Total50200

PART B- General Knowledge

TopicNo. of QuestionsNo. of Marks
Physics2392
Chemistry1664
General Science1144
History & Freedom Movement1664
Geography1768
Current Events1768
Total100400

NDA 2017 Preparation Tips

Candidates who have started preparing for NDA 2017 or planning to start can check out these handy quick tips to figure out the right preparation startegy before diving in:

  • Make sure you are thorough with the NDA Syllabus and exam pattern.
  • Do not forget to refer to class XI-XII NCERT books.
  • You must know the basic formulae/ concepts from Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.
  • Plan a preparation schedule and practice as many NDA Practice Papers as possible.
  • For the English section, focus on reading comprehension, basic grammar and vocabulary. You must revise the basic grammar rules from a reliable source.
  • Be well aware of current affairs and events that are making news.
  • Make sure the political and historical scenario of India is on your tips.
  • Take help from coaching centers if required, but make sure they hold a good record.

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