NDA Exam Preparation

If you are aspiring for a challenging career in the Indian Armed forces and have made up your mind to crack NDA, then ensure to take science and mathematics in class XI. NDA Exam preparation requires serious efforts and a well thought strategy. Aspirants should have a fair idea about syllabus, weightage, difficulty level and examination pattern.

About NDA:

NDA stands for National Defence Academy. It is a premier joint services academy of the Indian armed forces located in Pune. Here, the cadets of the army, the navy and the air force are trained together before they begin their pre-commissioning training in respective academies.

Details About NDA Exam Preparation:

The NDA examination is conducted twice a year by UPSC. The exam held in the month of April-May is called as NDA I for admission in December course. NDA II is conducted in the month of September-October for admission in July course.

The NDA aspirants are selected through a written examination conducted by UPSC, followed by Intelligence and personality test conducted by SSB(Service Selection Board)

NDA Exam Date:

The examination for NDA I 2019 will be held on 21st April, 2019.

NDA written test by UPSC:

The written test comprises of two sections: mathematics for 300 marks and General Ability Test for 600 marks

All the questions are objective in nature and will be available in English and Hindi.

Intelligence and Personality test by SSB:

The SSB procedure comprise of two step selection process

i.e. Stage I and Stage II

Only, those candidates who clear stage I are allowed to appear for stage II.

NDA Exam Preparation

For  NDA Exam Preparation, the written test consists of two papers – Mathematics and General Ability Test

 NDA Exam Preparation Paper 1: Mathematics

The mathematics paper will have 200 questions and time allotted to finish the test is 2.30 minutes. This test will cover topics like Arithmetic, Probability, Statistics, Geometry, Mensuration, Algebra etc.

To clear this section, one must have clarity in concepts. Begin with the basics and try to solve as many sums as possible. The main purpose is to test your basic understanding of the concept. Try to solve question papers of previous years. Take as many mock tests as possible. Here, you will have to learn effective time management as 200 questions have to be solved with 2 hours 30 min.

 NDA Exam Preparation Paper 2: General Ability Test

The General Ability Test is divided into two parts

1) English

2) General Knowledge

  • English: The English test is of 200 marks and contains 50 questions. This test will cover topics like Grammar, Comprehension, vocabulary and usage. The main purpose is to evaluate your command on the language. To prepare for this exam and make your English strong, read English newspapers daily, learn one new word every day, refer books like wren and martin to improve your grammar and your basic concepts. Take online test and solve as many as possible.
  • General Knowledge: The General Knowledge test is of 400 marks and contains 100 questions. This test will cover topics like Current Affairs, Indian History, Physics, Chemistry, Geography and General Science. To prepare for this exam read the newspaper daily, watch national and international news, keep yourself updated on current affairs etc.

How to prepare for Intelligence and Personality test?

As mentioned above, the intelligence and personality test are conducted in two stages by SSB. And candidate goes to stage II only if he/she clears stage I.

These tests are ideally conducted to bring out the presence of officer like qualities and their train-ability in a candidate. To prepare for this test, start taking psychological test that will help you to know yourself. These tests lasts for 4 days.

To know more, candidates can also look here at the Previous Year NDA Written Exam Cut Off.


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