How to Prepare for NDA 2020
Updated on Feb 6, 2020 - 6:04 p.m. IST by Piyush.Dixit

How to Prepare for NDA 2020 - Aspirants who want to get themselves inducted into defence service should know how to prepare for NDA to qualify the exam. Union Public Service Commission has released NDA application form on January 8 at the official website - Along with filling application form candidates should know tips to qualify NDA 2020 in detail. NDA preparation tips include knowledge of exam pattern, syllabus, best books, question trends, and effective time table. Seeing the competitive level of exam applicants are advised to equip with the best strategy to crack UPSC NDA exam effectively. It is to be noted that the success ratio in the National Defence Academy exam is less than 1 percent even. Along with the written exam, candidates should also know how to prepare for the NDA physical test. Candidates can check the article below to know how to prepare for NDA 2020.
The written exam of NDA 2020 will be held on April 19, 2020 across the country. Candidates can download the admit card of NDA 2020 from the official website 15 days before the commencement of exam. UPSC NDA exam is one of the best ways to get commissioned in defence services as an officer.

NDA 2020 Overview



Exam Name

National Defence Academy (NDA)

Date of NDA 2020

NDA 1 - April 19, 2020

NDA 2 - September 6, 2020

Conducting Authority

Union Public Service Commission

Exam level


Exam mode


Frequency of conduct

Twice a year


Written exam and SSB Interview


Total - 418

  • Army - 208

  • Navy - 42

  • Air Force - 120 (Including 28 for Ground Duties)

  • Naval Academy 48

NDA Preparation Tips - Strategy

Candidates who are determined for the selection in exam are advised to make a proper strategy plan to crack NDA 2020.

  1. NDA exam pattern

  2. NDA preparation books

  3. NDA preparation syllabus

  4. Understanding question trends of NDA

  5. Time table for NDA

  6. Subject wise preparation strategy of NDA

  7. Solve NDA mock Test and analyze your progress

  8. NDA Physical Test Preparation

NDA Exam Pattern 2020

One of the important aspects of strategy on how to prepare for NDA 2020 is that candidates should know the exam pattern completely. The exam pattern of NDA 2020 comprises a number of questions, duration of exam, marking scheme and others. Candidates can check the NDA 2020 exam pattern from the below-mentioned table.

NDA 2020 Exam Pattern

Paper code



Number of questions

Maximum marks



Paper 1

Elementary Mathematics



2 hours 30 Minutes


Paper 2




2 hours 30 Minutes

Marking Scheme of NDA 2020


Marks allotted to each question

Penalty for wrong answer

Elementary mathematics






NDA Preparation Books

Books play a vital role in strategy making of how to prepare for the NDA exam. There are a variety of books available in the market but it’s important to choose the right book is a part of how to prepare for NDA. Candidates are advised to choose the best book with all previous year questions answers with detailed explanation. A list of books to prepare for NDA 2020 is given in the table below.

Best book for NDA 2020




Pathfinder NDA & NA by Arihant Publications

Quantitative Aptitude for competitive examinations by RS Aggarwal

NCERT books

NDA Entrance Exam by ES Ramasamy


Success Series General Knowledge by Sachchida Nand Jha

Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh

Objective English by SP Bakshi

General Knowledge

NCERT books

Lucent objective general knowledge

Success Series General Knowledge by Sachchida Nand Jha

NDA Preparation Syllabus

UPSC prescribes syllabus of NDA exam in official notification. Candidates are advised to check all the topics of NDA 2020 thoroughly. The NDA syllabus 2020 is divided into two parts – Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). NDA 2020 syllabus for Mathematics is based on class 12, while GAT consists of Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography, Current Events, and the English language.

Understanding question trends and work on weak areas

It’s very important to go through your strong and weak areas. It helps you to make an effective preparation plan. Make a list of all the strong topics in which you can score well. Work on your weak areas more so as to get a strong command over all the topics.

Subject and topic wise analysis

Candidates are advised to make a list of all the topics asked in previous year exams. This will help you to identify the individual weightage of all the topics so that candidates can prepare effectively. The topics included in the NDA paper with a number of questions are given in the table below.

List of topics in elementary mathematics paper 1


Number of questions

Algebra + Vector Algebra

25 - 30


15 - 20

Determinants and Matrices

8 - 10

Analytical Geometry

15 - 20

Vector Algebra

7 - 10

Statistics and Probability

6 - 10

Differential Calculus and Integral calculus

15 - 20

Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions

5 - 10

List of topics in general ability test paper 2


Number of questions




15 - 20


12 - 15

General science

10 - 12


15 - 20

Current Affairs

8 - 10


15 - 20

Time table for NDA 2020

Applicants should note that the time table plays a vital role in strategy planning of how to prepare for NDA. 4-5 hours of study every day is enough for the preparations. Distribute the topics and prepare as per the plan so as to cover all the topics in time. Keep the last days for revision purposes only. Don’t try to start anything new in the last few days.

Subject wise preparation strategy of NDA

It’s important to allocate equal time to all the topics. Focus on your weak areas and practice previous year questions to get a basic idea about NDA exam pattern 2020.

NDA preparation Tips for Mathematics section

  • Learn all the algebraic formulas, cube roots, square roots and others for the last calculation.

  • Practice as much as you can from previous year question papers of NDA.

  • Work on your weak areas and practice them at a regular period.

  • Make short notes for all the important concepts for revision purposes.

  • One golden rule to score is to practice more and more to speed up your calculation speed.

NDA Preparation Tips for English section

  • Reading the newspaper daily will help you to improve your vocabulary and reading comprehension.

  • Developing a strong hold on vocabulary is basic to score good marks.

  • Solve all the previous year papers.

  • Solve advanced level grammar will boost your confidence.

NDA Preparation Tips for General Knowledge section

  • Read the newspaper daily to prepare current affairs.

  • Study previous year papers to get familiar with the exam pattern and type of questions asked.

  • Read all NCERT books from class 6th to 12th for Political science, History, Economy and Geography.

  • Monthly magazines help to prepare international relationships and current events.

  • Follow online preparation website

Solve NDA mock Test and analyze your progress

Applicants should note that one of the vital parts of how to prepare for NDA is solving previous year paper and online mock. By solving NDA previous year papers and mock tests, candidates will boost their confidence before appearing in the exam. If mock tests are solved properly by candidates then they can easily score well in exams without facing any pressure of exam temperament.

NDA Physical Test Preparation

Candidates along with knowing how to prepare for NDA should also know the physical test process. By knowing how to prepare for NDA physical test candidates can ensure their final selection in this exam.

NDA preparation tips for Physical

  1. Make a balance of height to weight ratio as per NDA eligibility

  2. Check eye vision and ensure it is as per standard format

  3. Also ensure that person is free from any medical diseases

  4. Regular running is required to be physically fit

NDA Result 2020

After knowing how to prepare for NDA applicants should also understand the NDA result process. UPSC will release the NDA result after 2 months of the written examination. The results of NDA 2020 will be published on the official website. NDA result 2020 will be released in PDF form having roll numbers of all the qualified candidates. The final results of NDA 2020 will be published after SSB interview and medical examination. Applicants should note that UPSC will release NDA cut off after declaration of final result

NDA Answer Key 2020

Applicants after knowing how to prepare for NDA should also know about the answer key. Candidates who will appear for the examination can check the answer key of NDA 2020 after the final results. The answer key will be released in PDF having roll numbers and other details of all the recommended candidates. However, candidates can also check the NDA 2020 answer key on the day of examination from websites of different coaching institutes.

Applicants if include the above-mentioned strategy in their preparation then they can surely pass NDA exam with flying colors.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - How to Prepare for NDA 2020

Question: How to pass NDA 2020 exam


Applicants have to qualify written and SSB to pass NDA exam.

Question: What is the application fee for the NDA exam?


The application fee of the NDA exam is Rs. 100 for general/OBC category while candidates belonging to reserved category are exempted from fee.

Question: Do UPSC send admit card on email id?


UPSC releases admit card of NDA 2020 in online mode at official website. Candidates can download NDA admit card 2020 using their login credentials.

Question: What credentials do I need to download NDA admit card?


Candidates need to enter their registration number and date of birth to download the NDA admit card.

Question: What documents do I need to upload in the NDA application form?


Candidates need to upload scanned images of photograph and signature along with the PDF file of photo id.

Question: What is the age criteria of NDA 2020/


Candidate should be between 16.5 to 19.5 years of age to apply for NDA application form.

Question: How many papers are there in the NDA exam?


The NDA exam is conducted for two papers - mathematics and general ability test.

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kya 75%marks wale NDA ka form daal sakte hai

Kalpana Sharma 26th Feb, 2020


Yes, you are eligible to fill the application form of NDA if you have passed your class 12 or are appearing for it.

If these are your marks scored in class 12 examination, then you can go for technical entry scheme in which Indian Army releases the merit list regarding cutoff of students. These students do not have to appear for the NDA written exam . They can just appear for the SSB interview.

TES does not apply to Air Force . Also,the cutoff for TES (Technical Entry Scheme) is  high (above 85% ) as the applicants are many and seats are less for TES.

For , detailed information regarding the exam pattern, syllabus, interview process, refer to the following website:

Best Wishes


sir im sheeraz im a commerce student i wanted to write the nda exam but what will be the syllabus for it??

Shareef 22nd Feb, 2020
Firstly let me tell you about the paper division, NDA paper will be divided in 2 parts, mathematics and general ability. Mathematics questions will be based on 12th standard questions, and general ability has 7 subjects. Here i will help you with some of the syllabus and remaining syllabus you can get From the link,
  • Algebra
  • Matrices and determinants
  • Trigonometry
  • Differential calculus
  • Vector algebra

  • Physical properties and states of matter
  • Mass weight volume
  • Reflection and refraction
  • Weight
  • volume

  • chemical changes
  • Oxygen
  • Nitrogen and carbon dioxide
  • Acids bases and salts
  • Physical changes

General science
  • Difference between living and non living cells
  • Common epidemics
  • Food source of energy

Don't forget to read news paper daily without missing any topic.

Follow the link below, for further subject and there can save the link for further uses as you can check once you complete a subject.
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my dob is 11-04-2006 when can i apply form of nda

Afrin Hossain 22nd Feb, 2020


NDA  2020: The candidates possessing age between 2nd July 2001 to 1st July 2004 are eligible for the examination. The minimum age limit to be eligible for NDA is 16.5 years

If the candidate bears the age before 2nd January 2002 and after 1st January 2005, they are not allowed to appear the exam.

So you Cannot appear for the examination now.

You can appear in the year 2022 .

Best of Luck for your future!


from which class nda exam should write

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 22nd Feb, 2020

Eligibility for NDA is passed 10+2 from a recognized board for Army,in case of Air Force and Navy they need to have Maths and Physics at 10+2, even appearing ones are allowed,candidate needs to be unmarried between 16.5 to 19.5 years.

sir/maam i am getting overage by a month for nda exam. Ill be giving it in 2024. i am currently in 9 th standard....can i give nios sen.secondary exam right after my 10th to be eligible for nda and save an year?

Md Azmer 23rd Feb, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

No, I know you are aspiring to give the NDA soon but there is certain rules for the education year in India. In which you have to complete 12 year of education which is applicable on 10th and 12th that there must a 2 years of education between 10th board and 12 th board so don't try to jump the class and study according to the year.

Good Luck

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