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NDA 2018 Exam Pattern

Updated On - January 17th 2018 by SAKSHI JAIN

NDA 2018 is a pen-paper based exam i.e. it will be conducted in offline mode. The exam will consist of 2 sections, section 1 includes questions from Mathematics and section 2 includes questions from General Ability Test. Total duration of NDA 2018 will be 2 hours and 30 minutes for each section.

All the questions in the exam will be objective i.e., Multiple Choice Questions will be asked. The medium of the exam will be bilingual with total 900 marks. Out of 270 questions, 120 questions are from Mathematics and 150 questions from General Ability section. The syllabus covered under NDA 2018 is of CBSE standards.

NDA 2018 is a national level examination, which is conducted twice a year, i.e. NDA 1 and NDA 2. UPSC has tentatively released list of  41 test cities across the country. NDA (1) 2018 is scheduled for April 22, 2018.

NDA 2018 Exam Pattern Highlights

NDA 2018 Exam will be conducted in two stages- Entrance test and SSB Interview. Below are the details for Entrance test:

Exam Pattern Highlights
Exam Mode and MediumOffline (Pen Paper Based) in English and Hindi
Number of sections2
Question Paper TypeObjective or MCQ
Total Number of Questions270 Questions (120 from Mathematics and 150 from General Ability Test)
NDA 2018 Total Marks for Entrance Test900 Marks (300 Marks for Mathematics and 600 Marks for General Ability Test)
Exam duration2.30 hours (Each Section)

Exam Pattern in Detail

NDA 2018 exam will be conducted in offline mode and all the questions will be MCQ type. The exam is held in both English and Hindi language. Candidates will be asked to attempt two sections- Mathematics and General Ability Test. Other details related to exam pattern from both the sections have been tabulated below:

SubjectPaperTotal No of QuestionsDuration of ExamMaximum Marks
Mathematics11202 ½ Hours300
General Ability Test21502 ½ Hours600

After qualifying the NDA 2018 entrance test, all candidates have to attend an Interview. Details are as below:

Second RoundDurationMaximum Marks
SSB Interview4-5 days900

Candidates are advised to go through the syllabus of the examination along with NDA 2018 Exam Pattern. It will help them to have better preparations for both Entrance Test as well as Interview.

NDA 2018 Marking scheme

NDA 2018 entrance test consists of two sections- Mathematics and General ability test. In Mathematics section, there will be total 120 questions of 300 marks. All questions will carry 2.5 marks each, which will only be allotted for choosing the correct answer. 0.83 Marks will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

General ability test will comprise 600 marks; 200 marks are allotted to English and 400 marks in total are allotted to General Knowledge. In this section, there will be total 150 questions, 50 from English and 100 from General Knowledge. Candidates will be awarded 4 marks for each correct answer in this section. A deduction of 1.33 Marks will be there for each wrong answer. There will be no mark for unanswered questions.

NDA 2018 Exam Pattern: Subject-wise distribution of marks and questions

SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMarksMarking schemeNegative Marking
General Knowledge:100--+4-1.33
General Science--40----
History, Freedom Movement, etc.--80----
Current Events--40----
Grand Total270900----

NDA Syllabus

The syllabus of NDA 2018 has been divided into two parts namely Mathematics and General Ability Test. The General Ability Test will contain questions from various topics such as General Knowledge (GK), English, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, General Science and Current Events. Check CompleteNDA Syllabus 2018

Most of the questions asked in NDA exam will come from 10+2 level, especially in Mathematics. For preparing General Ability test section candidates should read newspaper on daily basis.

SectionsRelated TopicsNumber of questions
MathematicsTrigonometry, Differential Calculus, Algebra, Integral Calculus & Differential equations, Logarithms and their applications, Statistics, Probability, Vector Algebra, etc.120
EnglishGrammar and usage, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and cohesion.50
General KnowledgePhysics, Chemistry, General Science, History, Geography, Current Events.100

Candidates, who will be shortlisted on the basis of written exam, will be called for SSB interview which will be conducted for 4-5 days. Candidates, who successfully qualify SSB round, will further call for medical test and document verification process.

NDA 2018 Recommended books

In NDA 2018 exam, questions are asked from class 12 Mathematics. Also, candidates are required to be aware of the current happenings around the world to attempt General Ability test. Some of the recommended books for candidates are mentioned below.

These books contain a vast explanation of mathematical concepts. It covers every minor topic mentioned in the syllabus like Sets and relations along with functions, quadratic equations, logarithms, trigonometry and geometry topics like circles, triangles, coordinates etc. These books also include the tricks and shortcut methods for solving the questions.

MathematicsMathematics for NDA and NA: National Defence Academy and Naval Academy by R S Aggarwal, Quantitative aptitude for competitive examinations by R.S. Aggarwal
EnglishNDA and NA National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Entrance Examination: 10 Practice Sets (English) by Expert Compilations, NDA INA Practice Papers: Conducted by UPSC (English) by Sachchida Nand Jha
General KnowledgeObjective General Knowledge & Current Affairs (Level 1): by Disha Experts, Objective General Knowledge & Current Affairs (Level 2): by Disha Experts,

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College




1 Comment
rahul singh yadav


21 Aug, 2017 00:20
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Rahul, I am giving you the NDA Cutoff, please check the link NDA Cutoff . If you score according to this cutoff, you will be selected for NDA.

24 Aug, 2017 12:24

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