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What is NDA Exam?

nda online coachingNDA Exam is a national level defence written exam; conducted twice a year by upsc to test the eligibility at 1st stage of such candidates whose dream is to join defence & become an officer in Indian defence forces i.e. army, navy & air force after 12th at early stage. Since nda exam is conducted after 12th , so +2 board i.e. class 11th + 12th become very important for the preparation of the nda exam.

NDA Exam Pattern

In nda written exam, there are two papers. 1st paper is Mathematics & 2nd paper is General Ability Test. UPSC conducts both papers on same day back to back with one to two hours of break in between the papers. NDA exam pattern details are given below.

Subject Mathematics General Ability
Paper 1 2
Duration 2.5 hrs 2.5 hrs
Maximum Marks 300 600
No. of Questions 120 150
Marks/Question 2.5 4.0
Time/Question 90 secs 72 secs
Negative marks 0.83 1.33

Important take away points of nda exam

  • There are two papers taken same day back to back in two shifts.
  • Allocated time is 2½ hours for each paper. Total marks are 900.
  • 1st Paper is Maths comprises of 120 questions of Class XI & XII.
  • 2nd Paper is GAT comprises of 150 questions of English & GK.
  • One third marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • Students have to pass in both papers Maths & GAT individually.