By Jyothi Swaroop Makena

11th June, 2023

How To Prepare For NDA Exam

NDA is a national-level entrance examination conducted by UPSC twice a year to recruit eligible candidates for the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the National Defence Academy.


“Here is all you need to know about preparing for NDA Exam 2023

The written exam of NDA consists of two papers. Paper 1 is of Mathematics which carries 120 questions of 300 marks. Paper 2 is the General Ability Test (GAT), which contains 150 questions of 600 marks. Each paper is for 2 1/2 hours. For selection, candidates are judged out of 1800 marks, where 900 marks are assigned to the written test and 900 marks to SSB.

NDA Exam Pattern 

Exam Syllabus

NDA syllabus is divided into two subjects-Maths and GAT. NDA Maths syllabus carries questions from Algebra, Calculus, etc. NDA GAT syllabus comprises topics from English, Physics, Chemistry, Social Studies, etc. It is important to prepare according to the topics given in the syllabus because the question paper is framed based on the same.

Solve PYQs From Past Papers

It is recommended to go through the previous years' NDA question papers. Candidates get an idea of the type of questions asked in the exam. Multiple-choice questions are asked in the exam.

Give Mock Tests To Check Your Prep

NDA Mock test is very important to improve speed and accuracy. Candidates after completing their syllabus must appear for the mock test. It also helps candidates to know their level of preparation. They will be able to analyse their strong and weak areas.

NDA exam is known to be highly challenging and competitive exam. However, it is possible to crack the exam with proper preparation and practice. It is important to note that success in the NDA exam also depends on factors such as dedication, focus, and time management.