NDA Exam Pattern 2021  Check Section Wise Paper Pattern, Marking Scheme
NDA Exam Pattern 2021  The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) mentions the exam pattern of NDA 2021 in its official notification PDF. NDA 2021 exam pattern is the scheme of the exam. UPSC NDA exam pattern 2021 consists of the mode of exam, total marks, number of questions, time duration, etc. Aspirants must go through the NDA paper pattern in detail before starting their exam preparation. As per the NDA exam pattern 2021, there are two papers, Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). Both papers total to 900 marks. NDA exam 2021 is conducted in two stages  written exam and SSB interview. Along with the exam pattern aspirants must also acquaint themselves with the NDA syllabus. Know more about the detailed NDA 2021 exam pattern in the article below.
Latest: UPSC has released the NDA (II) 2019 official answer key on September 28. Check it here  NDA answer key.
NDA Exam Pattern 2021 Overview
NDA Exam Mode  Offline 
Language/Medium of NDA exam  English & Hindi (Except for English section  questions in English only) 
No. of Papers  2 (Mathematics & GAT) 
Time allotted for each paper  2 hours 30 minutes 
No. of questions and marks for mathematics  120 for 300 marks 
No. of questions and marks for GAT  150 for 600 marks 
Types of questions  Objective (MCQ type) 
NDA Exam Pattern 2021 for Written Examination
The first stage of the NDA exam is a written exam. The written exam consists of two papers, Mathematics and GAT. All the details related to the exam pattern of NDA 2021 for the written examination is mentioned in the table below:
Exam Pattern Of NDA 2021 Written Test
Papers  Subject  No. of Questions  Maximum marks  Duration 
Paper 1  Mathematics  120  300  2 hours 30 minutes 
Paper 2  GAT  150  600  2 hours 30 minutes 
Total  900  5 hours 
NDA Exam Pattern 2021 for Mathematics
Total Questions  120 
Total Marks  300 
Marks allotted to each question  2.5 
Negative marking for each incorrect response  0.83 
NDA Exam Pattern 2021 for General Ability Test (GAT)
Sections  Maximum marks  
Part A  English  200  
Part B  General Knowledge  Physics  100 
Chemistry  60  
General Science  40  
History, Freedom Movement, etc.  80  
Geography  80  
Current Events  40  
Total  600 
NDA Exam Pattern 2021 for SSB Interview
There are two stages in the SSB interview  stageI and stageII. As per the NDA SSB interview, it consists of a total of 900 marks and will be held over a period of 4 to 5 days. Candidates must qualify stageI of the SSB to be eligible to appear for stageII. Check the following details related to the NDA SSB in the table below:.
NDA Interview Scheme
Stages of SSB Interview  2 
Duration  45 Days 
Maximum Marks  900 
SSB Interview  StageI
In this stage, candidates will have to take two tests  Officers Intelligence Rating (OIR) Test and Picture Perception & Description Test (PP & DT). Only those candidates who qualify this stage will appear for StageII.
SSB Interview  StageII
In this stage of the SSB interview, aspirants will have to go through Group Testing Officers Tasks, Psychology tests, and the Conference. These tests will be conducted over 4 days.
SSB Interview Stages
Stages  Tests  
StageI  Screening Test  Verbal and nonverbal tests. PPDT 
StageII  Psychological Test 

Group Testing Officers Test 
 
Personal Interview  
Conference 
NDA Marking Scheme 2021
According to the marking scheme of NDA, onethird of the marks allotted to each question will be deducted as negative marking for each wrong answer. Candidates must also note that no marks will be deducted for unanswered questions. Check the NDA marking scheme in the table below.
NDA Marking Scheme
Mathematics  GAT  
Total Questions  120  150 
Total Marks  300  600 
Marks allotted to each question  2.5  4 
Negative marking for each incorrect response  0.83  1.33 
Along with the NDA exam pattern 2021, candidates should also be aware of the important topics that need to be prepared for the NDA exam. Below are the NDA exam topics
NDA Exam Syllabus
Subject  Topics 
Mathematics 

GAT 

Best Books To Prepare For NDA 2021
After knowing about the syllabus and exam pattern it is important to head towards the study materials. Although, NDA is based on 10+2 level there are few books that can help candidates sharpen their preparations. It is essential that candidates make use of the best resources to prepare for the NDA exam. Some of the best books are
Best Books for NDA 2021
NDA Books  Authors 
Class 12th Mathematics  RS Aggarwal 
Exam Specific NDA Entrance Exam  ES Ramasamy 
General Science Guide for Competitive Exams CSAT/NDA/CDS/Railways/SSC/UPSC/State PSC/Defence  Disha Publications 
Social Problems in Indian (Indian Society  GS 1)  Ram Ahuja 
How To Prepare For NDA 2021?
The first and foremost strategy is to know what you are going to encounter. In this case, the exam pattern of NDA 2021 and the syllabus is the most important thing.
Candidates must strategize their preparations well before time to ace NDA 2021.
Allot a specific amount of time to study for each subject.
While solving the NDA question papers 2021, candidates will be able to know about the question paper pattern of previous years, by using a timer they will also be able to speed up their questionsolving abilities as well. With the help of question papers, aspirants can also evaluate themselves to identify topics that they find difficult and hard to score in.
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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)  NDA Exam Pattern 2021  Check Section Wise Paper Pattern, Marking Scheme
Question: Are there negative marks in the NDA exam?
Answer:
Yes, it is. Onethird of the marks allotted to the question are deducted if answered incorrectly. In mathematics, each question carries 2.5 marks and 0.83 marks are deducted for wrong answers. Similarly, in GAT, each question carries 4 marks and 1.33 marks are deducted for wrong answers. Candidates must note that no marks will be deducted for unattempted questions.
Question: What are the total marks allotted to GAT & Mathematics?
Answer:
The total marks allotted to GAT is 600 whereas Mathematics will be conducted for 300 marks.
Question: What are the total marks of NDA 2021 exam?
Answer:
NDA written examination is conducted for a total of 900 marks, out of which 300 are for mathematics and 600 are for GAT. Candidates who qualify the written exam appear for the SSB interview which is conducted for 900 marks.
Question: What happens if I score the total cutoff marks of NDA examination but do not score 25% in Mathematics?
Answer:
It is mandatory that all candidates score the minimum qualifying marks and NDA cutoff marks in order to clear the written exam. Aspirants must score 25% in both mathematics and GAT.
Question: What is the difficulty level of mathematics in NDA examination?
Answer:
Candidates are asked to take class 12 level mathematics in NDA written examination.
Question: What is the usual cutoff of NDA exam?
Answer:
NDA cutoff is decided on the basis of difficulty of the exam, number of candidates appearing for the exam, and vacancies. The cutoff of NDAI 2019 was 704 out of 1800. Candidates are required to score at least 25% marks apart from the cutoff marks in both mathematics and GAT.
Question: What are the total marks allotted for NDA 2021 exam?
Answer:
NDA written examination is conducted for a total of 900 marks, out of which 300 are for mathematics and 600 are for GAT. Candidates who qualify the written exam appear for SSB interview which is conducted for 900 marks.
Question: What happens if I score the total cutoff marks of NDA examination but do not score 25% in Mathematics?
Answer:
It is mandatory that all candidates score the minimum qualifying marks in order to clear the written exam. Candidates must score 25% in both mathematics and GAT.
Question: What is the salary given to a candidate qualifying NDA?
Answer:
Cadets get a stipend of Rs. 21,000 per month. In hand salary is given based on ranks. Basic pay for the post of lieutenant is Rs. 15,600  39,100 per month while military fund is Rs. 6000 and grade pay is Rs. 500
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Questions related to NDA
How to join NDA? please give me full details there are so many sites in internet confused me
Greetings!
To join National Defence Academy a candidate must appear in the entrance exam conducted by Union Public Service Commission, twice a year, normally in month of March and August. Candidate must be a unmarried male. To join NDA one must pass written followed by SSB, medicals and finally to be in merit list.
Eligibility Criteria 

Age between 
16 ½ to 19½ yrs as of first day of the month in which course is due to commence 
Qualification 
12th Class of 10+2 System of Education/Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for AF/Navy 
Marital Status 
Un Married 
Application to be Received by 
As per UPSC notification 
Likely SSB Date 
Sep to Oct and Jan to Apr 
Date Commencement of Training 
Jan and Jul 
Training Academy 
NDA , Khadakwasla, Pune 
Duration of Training 
3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yrs at IMA(For Army cadets)/ 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 Yrs at Naval Academy( for Naval cadets)/ 3 Yrs at NDA and 1 & 1/2 Yrs at AFA Hyderabad (For AF cadets) 
Exam pattern:
Written exam consists of 2 papers 1st mathematics(300) and 2nd is of general ability test(600=200+400).mathematics paper consists of topics from 11th and 12th standard mathematics while 2nd paper have English(200) and G.K.(400) as its part A and part B.

Paper I MATHEMATICS
 Topics are: Algebra, Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus and Differential equations, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability.

Paper II GENERAL ABILITY TEST
 Part A – ENGLISH :The question paper in English will be designed to test the candidates understanding of English and workman like use of words. The syllabus covers various aspects like Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.

Part B – GENERAL KNOWLEDGE:The question paper on General Knowledge will broadly cover the subjects Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events.
I hope this was helpful. Thank you!
sir I am T.lakshman studing 10th class. sir I born 2004 .june.13 sir I eligible for NDA after intermediate..And I am NCC CADET ...
Hello, you are eligible for NDA 2 in 2022 as the age limit is between January 2004january 2008.Also candidates appearing in their 12th board or equivalent exams are eligible to appear in the army wings but as navy and airforce is considered the candidate should have completed or passed their 12th exam, For more information regarding NDA check this link https://competition.careers360.com/articles/ndaeligibilitycriteria#NDAEligibilityCriteria2021AgeLimit
Hope this helps.
IS RS AGGRAWAL A GOOD BOOK FOR NDA MATH PREPARATION? AND WHICH TOPIC SHOULD BE GIVEN MORE WEIGHTAGE FOR THE EXAM
Hii,
Books by R.S. Aggarwal do not need much introduction among students who are studying or have studied Mathematics as no doubt this is one of the best book for mathematics.
This book is a complete guide for Mathematics for NDA exams and all the related topics.
Below table gives you chapter wise weightage of NDA maths 2020
Chapter 
Number of questions 

Set theory, Relations and Functions 
1517 
Difficult 
Calculus 
78 
Moderate 
Trigonometry 
15 
Easy 
Geometry 
1012 
Difficult 
Complex Number 
3 
Moderate

Conic section 
34 
Moderate

Applications of Integrals 
12 
Moderate

Quadratic Equations and Inequality 
12 
Moderate

Permutation and Combination 
3 
Easy 
Logarithm 
12 
Moderate

Matrices and Determinants 
45 
Moderate

Vector Algebra 
7 8 
Moderate

Probability 
89 
Moderate 
Miscellaneous 
57 
Moderate

Total 
120 

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All the very best!!
IN THE RECENT YEARS MOST OF THE QUESTIONS ASKED BY UPSC IN NDA/NA EXAM ARE NEAR TO THE JEE LEVEL OF QUESTIONS,I HAVE PRESENTLY NOT ENROLLED IN ANY COACHING CENTRES NOR I AM A JEE ASPIRANT ,BUT JUST PREPARING FOR MY BOARDS. CAN ANYBODY SUGGEST SOME METHODS TO CLEAR NDA MATH AND ITS CORRECT STRATEGY
Hello,
Questions from Mathematics are included in Paper I of NDA. Compared to the General Ability Test, this section carries less weight. It plays a crucial role in the selection of candidates, however. As the standard of questions are essentially Class 11 and 12 levels, the Mathematics section of NDA is not a hard nut to crack. Candidates can secure good marks in the exam with revision and practise. Candidates must cover the maximum syllabus, In addressing the key fundamentals,you must refer to schoollevel books. according to NDA 2019 Topper. Firstly, start the preparation with the important topics and then delegate time to the difficult topics at the same time. And also, Solve mock tests to determine how much time to devote to each question type. In order to get an idea of the type of questions posed in the exam, candidates must also resolve previous year's question papers.
WHICH ALL PORTIONS SHOULD I PREPARE THE MOST FOR NDA MATHEMATICS AND WHAT SHOULD BE THE BOOKS THAT I SHOULD REFER TO CLEAR THE EXAM
Hi Dear,
Based on past yera paper analysis, following chapters in mathematics holds most importance and forms mazor part of the question paper. So you must study thoroughly following topics:
 Algebra
 Trigonometry
 Differential calculus and Integral calculus
 Analytical Geometry
You can refer following books for your preparation:
 NCERT Mathematics Textbooks of Class 11 and Class 12
 Pathfinder NDA & NA by Arihant Publications
 ChapterwiseSectionwise Solved Papers NDA/NA by Arihant Publications
 Latest Manorama Yearbook
 Success Series General Knowledge by Sachchida Nand Jha
Good Luck