NDA Exam Pattern 2020 - UPSC has released the exam pattern of NDA 2020 (1) along with the notification. NDA 2020 exam pattern is the scheme of examination. UPSC NDA exam pattern 2020 includes the mode of the exam, number of questions, total marks, time duration, etc. Candidates must have the NDA paper pattern before starting the exam preparation. As per the NDA exam pattern 2020, there are two papers, Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). Both papers hold 900 marks together. NDA 2020 (1) is postponed due to COVID-19. It is expected that NDA 1 Exam will be held in June 2020. NDA exam is conducted in two stages - written exam and SSB interview. Know more about NDA 2020 exam pattern in the article below.
Latest: NDA 1 Admit Card 2020 is expected to be released on May 22. To know the exact pattern and difficulty level, solve NDA question papers!

NDA Exam Pattern 2020 - Check Section Wise Paper Pattern, Marking Scheme

NDA Exam Pattern 2020 - 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 2020 for Written Examination

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 2020 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.

NDA Interview Scheme

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.

SSB Interview Stages

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

One-third 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 or awarded for unanswered questions. Check 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

NDA Syllabus 2020

Along with the NDA exam pattern 2020, candidates should also be aware of the important topics that need to be prepared for NDA exam. Below are the NDA exam topics-

NDA Exam Syllabus

Subject

Topics

Mathematics

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 exam. Along with thoroughly going through NDA exam pattern 2020, candidates must also go through the syllabus and cover the same from best books. Some of the best books are

  • Class 12th level mathematics by R.S Aggarwal,
  • Exam-specific NDA Entrance Exam by E.S. Ramasamy
  • 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

How To Prepare For NDA 2020

  • For starting the preparation, knowing the NDA exam pattern 2020 and syllabus is the first step.
  • Candidates must strategize their preparations well before time to ace NDA 2020.
  • 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.

Check NDA Selection Process for getting into SSB interview.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NDA Exam Pattern 2020 - Check Section Wise Paper Pattern, Marking Scheme

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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best book for self preparation for NDA without any coaching and apear in exam

Hrisheekesh Singh 26th May, 2020

Hi Om,

Best books to prepare for NDA without any coaching through self study are as follows:-

@Previous Year Papers

  • Pathfinder for NDA & NA National Defence Academy Naval Academy Entrance Examination - Arihant Publications
  • Study Package for NDA/NA Entrance Exam - Tata McGraw-Hill Education India
  • Chapter wise-Section wise Solved Papers NDA & NA - Arihant
  • Study Package for NDA/NA Entrance Exam - Tata McGraw-Hill Education India

@Maths

  • Quantitative Aptitude for competitive examinations - RS Aggarwal
  • NDA Entrance Exam - E. S. Ramasamy
  • Mathematics for NDA/NA: National Defence Academy and Naval Academy - RS Aggarwal
  • Study Package Mathematics NDA/NA Entrance Exam - Arihant Publications

@GAT

  • Science and Technology in India - Kalpana Rajaram: Spectrum
  • Oxford School Atlas - Oxford Publications
  • Social Problems In India (Indian Society – GS1) - Ram Ahuja
  • Objective General English for Competitive Exams - S.P. Bakshi
  • General Knowledge - Arihant Publications
  • General Science Guide for Competitive Exams – CSAT/ NDA/ CDS/ Railways/ SSC/ UPSC/ State PSC/ Defence - Disha Publications
  • History Of Modern India - Bipan Chandra

Refer here for more info - https://competition.careers360.com/articles/best-books-prepare-for-nda

Feel free to ask doubts in the Comment Section.

I hope this information helps you.

Good Luck!

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Can I play cricket and do NDA as I am playing cricket

Bhawna Mehbubani 25th May, 2020

Dear aspirant,there is no sports quota in NDA in general, you have to appear for written and SSB, to qualify NDA.

However, you can go for Indian Navy through sports quota, but there are certain criterias.  Check out the official website to match up your eligibility

https://nda.org.in/indian-navy-sports-quota-entry/

I hope this helps you!

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when a girl can apply for nda. After 12th or after any course.

Sharon K Rose Student Expert 24th May, 2020

Hello,

No, female candidates are not eligible to appear in NDA.Only male candidates are eligible.You can join Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Airforce after graduation.There are various exams such as CDS, AFCAT and INET so you after passing in graduation you can get in defence through various entries.

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Can we apply NDA after doing any other course like bsc.

Shubham Dhane 24th May, 2020

Hello,

The education qualification required for a candidate to apply for Army Wing of NDA is 12th passed by State Education Board or a University and for Air Force and Naval Wings of NDA AND 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme of Indian Naval Academy 12th passed (Physics and Mathematics) by State Education Board or a University but the Maximum age limit as per NDA 2020 eligibility criteria is 19.5 years. So if your age is below 19.5 years you are eligible. Please click the below link to know more.

https://competition.careers360.com/articles/nda-eligibility-criteria

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nda karne ke liye girls ko kitna percentage Lana chahiye 12th science me

Aditya Kumar Student Expert 24th May, 2020
Hi

As per NDA eligibility criteria,
Only unmarried male candidates between the age group 16.5 years - 19.5 years with minimum education qualification of 10+2 are eligible for NDA examination.

So, being a girl you are not eligible for NDA examination  unluckily.

For detailed information go through

https://competition.careers360.com/articles/nda-eligibility-criteria

Thank you
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