NDA Exam Pattern 2020
Updated on Dec 9, 2019 - 12:40 p.m. IST by Aayushi madavi
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NDA Exam Pattern 2020 - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will release NDA 2020 exam pattern along with the notification. NDA 2020 notification is scheduled to be released on January 8, 2020. Candidates must be familiar with exam pattern of NDA 2020 before starting preparations for the exam. NDA exam pattern 2020 is the scheme of examination. NDA 2020 exam pattern includes the mode of the examination, number of questions, total marks, time duration, etc. The NDA exam is conducted in two stages - written exam and SSB interview. As per NDA exam pattern 2020, there are two papers in NDA written examination - Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). Both papers hold 900 marks together. Know more about NDA 2020 exam pattern in the article below.

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NDA examination is conducted twice a year for the admission of candidates to the institutes of the Indian Navy, Air Force and Army. NDA 2020 will be conducted on April 19 while NDA II will be conducted on September 6.

NDA Exam Pattern 2020 - Overview

Mode of NDA written examination

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)


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Stages of NDA 2020 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of NDA is provided for two stages of the exam -

  1. Written Examination

  2. SSB Interview

NDA Exam Pattern 2020 for Written Examination

Code

Papers

Subject

No. of Questions

Maximum marks

Duration

1

Paper 1

Mathematics

120

300

2 hours 30 minutes

2

Paper 2

GAT

150

600

2 hours 30 minutes

Total


900

5 hours

NDA exam pattern for General Ability Test is further divided into parts and sections of different subjects.

NDA 2020 Exam Pattern 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 2020 for SSB Interview

There are two stages of SSB interview - stage-I and stage-II. SSB interview holds a total of 900 marks and is conducted over a period of 4 to 5 days. Candidates need to qualify stage-I to be eligible to appear for stage-II. See details about the interview process below.

Scheme of SSB Interview for NDA 2020

Stages of SSB Interview

2

Duration

4-5 Days

Maximum Marks

900


SSB Interview - Stage-I

Candidates will have to take two tests in this stage of the interview - Officers Intelligence Rating (OIR) Test and Picture Perception & Description Test (PP & DT). Only those candidates will appear for Stage-II who have cleared this stage.

SSB Interview - Stage-II

In this stage of the SSB interview, candidates will have to go through Group Testing Officers tasks, Psychology tests, and the Conference. These tests will be conducted over 4 days.

Stages of SSB Interview

Stages

Tests

Stage-I

Screening Test

Verbal and non-verbal tests.

PPDT

Stage-II

Psychological Test

Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)

Word Association Test (WAT)

Situation Reaction Test (SRT)

Self Description Test (SD)

Group Testing Officers Test

GD

GPE

PGT

HGT

IOT

Command Task

Snake race/Group Obstacle Race

Individual lecture

FGT

Personal Interview


Conference


NDA Exam Pattern 2020 - Marking Scheme

Negative marking will be applicable if the candidates incorrectly answer the questions asked in NDA written examination. One-third of the marks allotted to each question will be deducted if the responses made are incorrect. Candidates must also note that no marks will be deducted or awarded for unanswered questions. Check NDA marking scheme in the table below.

NDA 2020 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

NDA Syllabus 2020

UPSC prescribes the syllabus of NDA for written examination. NDA 2020 syllabus includes topics based on which the questions will be framed. Candidates can check the topics and subjects of mathematics and GAT in the table below.

NDA 2020 Syllabus

Subject

Topics

Mathematics

Algebra, matrices and determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions, differential calculus, Statistics and Probability, Vector Algebra and Integral calculus and differential equations

GAT

English (Grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, etc.), Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography, and Current Events


Best Books To Prepare For NDA 2020

It is essential that the candidates make use of the best resources to prepare for NDA 2020. Along with thoroughly going through NDA exam pattern 2020, candidates must also go through the syllabus and get the best books to prepare for NDA 2020. Some of the best books to get for class 12 level mathematics are R.S Aggarwal, and exam-specific NDA Entrance Exam by E.S. Ramasamy. For GAT, candidates can get General Science Guide for Competitive Exams – CSAT/NDA/CDS/Railways/SSC/UPSC/State PSC/Defence by Disha Publications, Social Problems In India (Indian Society – GS1) by Ram Ahuja and others.

How To Prepare For NDA 2020

Candidates must strategise their preparations well before time to ace NDA 2020. First and foremost, candidates must get all the prerequisites in order like books, sample papers, previous years’ question papers, NDA 2020 exam pattern, and complete syllabus. Candidates must allot a specific amount of time to study for each subject. While solving NDA question papers, candidates must time themselves and evaluate themselves to identify topics that they find difficult and hard to score in. To know more about how to prepare for NDA 2020, click on the link above.

Check NDA Selection Process for getting into SSB interview.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NDA Exam Pattern 2020

Question: What is the negative marks in NDA written exam?

Answer:

One-third 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 incorrect answers. Similarly, in GAT, each question carries 4 marks and 1.33 marks are deducted for wrong responses. Candidates must note that no marks are deducted for unattempted questions.  

Question: What is 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 allotted for NDA 2020 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 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 and NDA cutoff marks in order to clear the written exam. Candidates must score 25% in both mathematics and GAT.

Question: How difficult is mathematics in NDA examination?

Answer:

Candidates are asked 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 NDA-I 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 2020 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 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: How much salary does a candidate get on 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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aggregate 60% for nda means each subject have to get 60+marks ?

Dhameer Bhatia Student Expert 21st Feb, 2020

You require minimum 60% aggregate in Physics, chemistry and Maths as a eligibility criteria in order to appear in the NDA exam. THERE IS NO MINIMUM MARKS REQUIRED FOR NDA. U JUST NEED TO PASS IN CLASS 12TH.

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documents for 12 th students apply NDA form?

Sharon Rose Student Expert 20th Feb, 2020

Hello,

The documents required while filling the online application form are enlisted below

  • Class 10 marksheet
  • Adhaar card
  • Scanned image of passport size photograph
  • Scanned image of singnature
  • Valid email ID
  • Phone number
  • Credit card or debit card details.

Here is the link for NDA 2020.You can find the important information

https://competition.careers360.com/exams/nda

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Mai abhi 11th class Mai hu lekin Mai iss saal 12th me chala jaunga can I apply nda

Hello,

Yes you can apply for NDA while appearing in class 12th.

And your age must be in between 16.5 to 19.5.

Best of luck.


Thank you.

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can you give me sample papers of NDA

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 19th Feb, 2020
Hello

You can get nda previous year papers by visiting the following link-
https://competition.careers360.com/articles/nda-question-papers/amp
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nda me passing mark kitana hota hai first exam me

Vikas gehlot 18th Feb, 2020

The cutoff varies over the years and each subject a candidate needs to score minimum 25% marks in the exam, the cutoff for the previous years is as follows

Year

NDA 1

NDA 2

2019 342(With at least 25 % marks in each subject) To be announced

2018

338 (With at least 25 % marks in each subject)

325 (With at least 25 % marks in each subject)

2017

342 (With 25 % in each subject)

258 (With 25% in each subject)

2016

288 (With 25 % in each subject)

229 (With at least 20% marks in each subject)

2015

306 (With at least 30% marks in each Subject)

269 (With 25% in each subject)

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