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 Mode
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)
No. of Questions
Part A - English
Part B - General Knowledge
History, Freedom Movement, etc.
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
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.
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
Verbal and non-verbal tests.
Group Testing Officers Test
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
Marks allotted to each question
Negative marking for each incorrect response
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
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
Check NDA Selection Process for getting into SSB interview.
NDA Selection Process 2020
NDA Exam Analysis 2020
Best Books to Prepare for NDA
How to Prepare for NDA 2020
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.
The total marks allotted to GAT is 600 whereas Mathematics will be conducted for 300 marks.
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.
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.
Candidates are asked class 12 level mathematics in NDA written examination.
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.
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.
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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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
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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.
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.
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