NDA Exam Pattern 2020
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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.

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


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




No. of Questions

Maximum marks



Paper 1




2 hours 30 minutes


Paper 2




2 hours 30 minutes



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)

Part A - English


Part B - General Knowledge





General Science


History, Freedom Movement, etc.




Current Events




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



4-5 Days

Maximum Marks


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




Screening Test

Verbal and non-verbal tests.



Psychological Test

Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)

Word Association Test (WAT)

Situation Reaction Test (SRT)

Self Description Test (SD)

Group Testing Officers Test






Command Task

Snake race/Group Obstacle Race

Individual lecture


Personal Interview


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



Total Questions



Total Marks



Marks allotted to each question



Negative marking for each incorrect response



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




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


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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


Candidates are asked class 12 level mathematics in NDA written examination.

Question: What is the usual cutoff of NDA exam?


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?


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?


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?


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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Can I get nda maths paper of last month

Rakesh Sai 11th Dec, 2019
The link will direct you to the maths paper of nda 2019


Or you can directly search in careers 360 about NDA exam and mathematics paper . Either you will get it.
All the best

Is EWS is valid for NDA at all ?

Abinash Panigrahi 10th Dec, 2019

Atharva ;

No, there is no such reservation in NDA. There never was any caste based reservation in NDA or any defense service exams. Now that the government has added 10% reservation for EWS category students ; that will not be applicable in case of NDA exam. Officially by UPSC it was cited as "10% reservation, no impact on armed forces".

Now speaking of reservation, only students whose parents are/were in the field of defense. Only for them there's is a specific reservation in NDA.

All the best!


In nda what job is given at higherpost for army,navy,airforce

Sanjay Khandelwal 8th Dec, 2019
NDA is a training academy for defence forces. Cadets who get selected after NDA exam and SSB interview, a merit list is prepared for all three departments Army, Navy, Air force. The cadets gets training in the academy for 3 years. After that they are sent for 1 year training to concerned Academy for army in IMA, for Navy in INA, For Air force in AFA. After 1 year training in their concerned academy they get commissioned as officers. So total period is 3 yrs NDA and 1 year at concerned Academy. NDA do not recuit directly to any force, it gives training to the cadets and mould them into officers. Nothing like Higher post and all. The cadets get commissioned after 4 years, they will get promotion as per the procedures and also they have to undergo various steps for promotion. You no higher post as such, till your retirement which post you can achieve is highest. Seniority is also a criteria.

when will nda 2020 exam conduucted????

Aditya Saini 7th Dec, 2019

hi balmukund

NDA exam is conducted by UPSC twice a year for admission into training academies of Indian Military, Navy and Air Force.

In 2020,19th April 2020 and 6th September 2020 are the official dates released by government authorities.  If you want to know about your eligibility in any exam , please ask without hesitation.

all the best !


can i join nda by a commerce stream

Avishek Dutta 7th Dec, 2019
Educational Qualifications: (i)  For  Army  Wing of National  Defence Academy  :12th Class  pass  of  the 10+2 pattern  of School  Education  or equivalent examination conducted  by  a State Education Board or a University.
(ii) For  Air  Force  and  Naval  Wings of  National Defence Academy  and  for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the  Indian Naval Academy  :12th Class pass  of the 10+2  pattern  of  School Education  or  equivalent with  Physics and Mathematics conducted by a State  Education Board or  a University.
Hence you are eligible for Army wing only .
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