How to prepare for NDA 2019
Supriya Kumari, 27 Feb 2019, #NDA

How to prepare for NDA 2019 - To prepare for NDA, it is essential for the candidates to start their preparation in a strategic manner. To begin how to prepare for NDA 2019, candidates must start studying according to a proper plan which can help them score good marks in the exam. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the National Defence Academy (NDA) exam twice a year. Every year around 4 to 5 lakh candidates appear for the NDA exam where only 400 to 500 candidates are selected for the admission to the respective academies as per the vacancies. The selection of the candidates is done on the basis of written exam and SSB Interview. So, candidates must first focus on how to prepare for NDA 2019 written exam. NDA 2019 written exam comprises two papers - Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). Careers360 brings detailed strategies about how to prepare for NDA 2019 paper-wise.

How to prepare for NDA 2019 - Preparation Strategies

Candidates appearing for NDA exam must start their preparation by following a self-made plan which can benefit them in the written exam as well as SSB Interview. While starting how to prepare for NDA 2019, candidates can check the NDA exam preparation strategy below.

  • Know NDA exam pattern - Candidates who want to appear for an exam must have clarity about the exam pattern. This makes a clear idea about the number of papers, sections, questions, marking scheme etc asked in the exam. By getting the idea about exam pattern, candidates can optimise the plan about how to prepare for NDA 2019.

  • Design a proper time-table - Candidates need to make a proper time-table to study accordingly for the exam. With the help, time-table candidates can pay equal time and attention to both the papers their topics and sub-topics.

  • Make your basics clear - The second most important part while preparation is to clear the basic concepts. For a paper like Mathematics, candidates need to have basic concepts clear which can make preparation easier. Candidates must have basic clarity of formulas, addition, subtraction, percentages etc.

  • Solve previous years question papers - Candidates must practice regularly from previous years question papers which can help them boost up their confidence and enhance their problem-solving skill. Candidates can even get the idea about types of questions asked in the exam.

  • Take mock test while preparation - Along with the preparation of the NDA exam, candidates must take mock test regularly. The mock test can help candidates measure their preparation and can work on the weaker areas after identifying them.

  • Divide time equally to all the papers - Both the papers of NDA exam are essential and covers vast areas. Candidates must equally pay attention to both the papers by referring to NDA syllabus. Dividing equal time to each paper and topic as per candidates own preference can improve their level of preparation.

  • Keeping a track on weaker areas - After solving previous years question papers and, taking the mock test, candidates can easily identify their weak areas. They can focus their preparation towards those areas and apply multiple other strategies to improve those areas.

  • Refer to the best books to prepare for NDA - Candidates can pick the best books for how to prepare NDA written exam. By referring to those books candidates can study and get a detailed explanation of every topic in a simple and effective manner.

  • Make a regular habit to revise the studied topics - Revision is a vital part of preparation. Candidates must regularly revise the topics studied by then as per their plan. They must revise the topics alternately so that they retain until the examination.

How to prepare for NDA 2019 - Paper-wise preparation tips

To prepare for NDA written exam, candidates need to focus on Mathematics as well as the General Ability Test (GAT). Check the specific details about how to prepare for NDA 2019 paper-wise below.

How to prepare for NDA Maths?

To prepare for Maths, candidates must be aware of the syllabus, topics like Algebra, Trigonometry, Differential calculus, Arithmetic, Mensuration, etc. They must start preparation by keeping these topics in mind and planning as per their preference. They must also look at the previous years' question trends like topics from where the maximum numbers of questions are asked and study. This will enhance their preparation strategy where candidates can score good scores.

How to prepare for NDA General Ability Test (GAT)?

There are two parts of the General Ability Test (GAT) - English and General Knowledge. They have further sections. Candidates must keep themselves updated with day to day events which can help them in enhancing the knowledge about current affairs. To begin how to prepare for English, candidates must read newspapers, grammar books to increase their vocabulary and command language. Along with the current affairs, candidates must also read topics of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History upto to class 12 syllabus. They can easily refer to NCERT books to have a basic understanding of the topics etc.

How to prepare for NDA 2019 - Last Day NDA Exam Preparation Tips

Candidates can check the last day NDA exam preparation tips below.

  • Candidates must not start studying any new topic a day before the exam.

  • Revise the syllabus and topics studied during preparation.

  • Take small breaks while revision.

  • Keep everything ready for the exam like NDA admit card, anyone photo-identity proof, pens etc.

  • Avoid studying late night a day before the exam.

  • Have dinner and sleep as per the usual time.

NDA Answer Key 2019

UPSC will release the answer keys for NDA 2019 on the official website after the declaration of final results. Candidates can check the answer key of NDA 2019 from the websites of different coaching institutes a few hours after the commencement of the written examination. Answer keys will be released separately for all the sets. By checking NDA answer key 2019 candidates can number of correct questions and can also calculate their scores.

NDA Cut off 2019

The cutoff marks for NDA 2019 will be released along with the final results. The cut-offs for NDA 2019 will be released separately for all the cadre. Candidates who will secure marks equal to or more than the cutoff marks will be declared qualified.

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plz ask a website for NDA sylladus

Ashish pal Student Expert 16th Nov, 2019

Hello dear aspirant.

As you are interested in website for NDA syllabus I am providing you a link from where you can get all the details. NDA paper is consisting of physics chemistry maths English general knowledge. You can get topics from the link given below.

Hope it helps.

Good luck


Is watch is allowed in NDA exam

Arya 14th Nov, 2019

Hi Mithun,

The National Defense Academy Examination is held twice a year for eligibility to join the Navy, Army and Air Force of India. It is held by UPSC.

According to the rules and regulations of the examination, all electronic devices like phones, calculators, digital watches, phones etc. are prohibited inside the examination hall. However, analog watches are allowed.


I want to crack nda and join armed forces.

Ashish pal Student Expert 14th Nov, 2019

Hello Hitesh.

NDA is among the top rank defence service of India.

If you are interested in NDA or armed forces then focus on three subjects maths physics and English. Maths and English are the primary requirements. And before starting preparation you have to ensure your physical and medical fitness else in the all hard will gone in vain. Once you are physically and medically fit then start your hard preparation you will surely succeed.

Good luck.


sir i have 30+3 marks in phy in std 12 and my all over result is 52%can i apper in nda exam and air force/nevy x-y group sir pls answer

Sharon Rose Student Expert 12th Nov, 2019
Hello Hardik,
The eligibility criteria for NDA is that a candidate must have passed 10+2 with Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and English as compulsory subjects from a recognised board.
The eligibility criteria for Indian Navy is that a candidate must have passed 10+2 with atleast 60% aggregate with Mathematics, Physics and any one of the Chemistry/biology/ computer science from a recognised board.
The eligibility criteria for Indian airforce/ airmen x-y group is that a candidate must have atleast 50% aggregate in Mathematics, Physics and English together and atleast 50% in English.

You are eligible for NDA and Airmen x-y group.

I hope this is helpful to you.


Payal 10th Nov, 2019

Hii dear

let me clear your doubt.

The Candidates must have to get a minimum sectional cut off of minimum 35% marks to qualify  for nda exam. for final cutoff marks which mean that candidate have to score minimum 105 marks in mathematics section & 210 marks in General Ability Section to be able to qualify for overall cut off for nda exam.

I hope my answer will be helpful for you

Good luck

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