NDA 2018 exam has begun on September 9, in two shifts. The exam is being held across 41 exam cities across the country. The exam is being conducted in pen and paper mode in two sessions – morning and afternoon. NDA 2 exam comprises two papers – Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). Each paper of NDA exam will be of 2 hours and 30 minutes.
There will be total 120 multiple choice questions in Mathematics while GAT will carry total of 150 multiple choice questions. The mathematics paper carries 300 marks whereas GAT has 600 marks. The total marks of the written exam is 900. As per UPSC marking scheme, candidates will score 2.5 marks for each correct answer in mathematics and 4 marks for GAT . For each wrong answer, 1/3 of the marks will be deducted.
As per previous years’ exam analysis of NDA, the maximum number of questions were concept based. In the mathematics section, the maximum questions were asked from calculus, matrices and determinants, trigonometry, quadratic equation, complex number and probability. In GAT, maximum number of questions were asked from English, current affairs and physics. The result of NDA written exam is expected to be released in November 2018.
Candidates who qualify the written exam will be eligible to appear for the SSB Interview which will be conducted for 900 marks. NDA/NA exam is conducted twice a year in April and September. Candidates who wish to pursue their career as commissioned officers in Navy, Army, Air Force can apply for NDA exam. Only male candidates can apply for NDA exam. In order to appear for NDA/NA exam, candidates must be between 16.5 to 19.5 years and must have completed or appearing 10+2/HSC. Every year 3 to 4 lakh candidates apply for NDA exam.