NDA Exam Pattern


National Defence Academy (NDA) Entrance Exam Is Conducted By Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) For Enrolling Candidates To The Indian Defence Forces That Includes Indian Army, Indian Navy, And Indian Air Force. The National Defence Academy (NDA) Exam Is Carried Out Twice In A YearNDA (I) In The Month Of April And NDA (II) In The Month Of September.

This Article is About National Defence Academy (NDA) Exam Paper Pattern:


NDA Exam Pattern – Written


There Are 2 Papers For NDA Written Examination 

i) Paper I – Mathematics

ii) Paper II – General Ability Test


SubjectDurationMaximum Marks 
2 Hours 30 Min300 Marks
General Ability Test
(Paper -2)
2 Hours 30 Min600 Marks
Total 900 Marks


General Ability Test ( Paper II) Consist Of 2 Parts:


Part AEnglish200
Part BGeneral Knowledge400 


Now, Since We Are Discussing Exam Pattern, Lets Segregate General Knowledge Further More:


General Science40
History, Freedom Movement, etc80
Current Events40


If A Candidate Clears Stage 1 i.e. NDA Written Exam, He Will Be Called For Stage 2 i.e. Interview Before Service Selection Board(SSB). SSB Interview Will Be Of 900 Marks.


Benefits of knowing NDA exam paper pattern

  • If you know the exam pattern, it becomes easy for you to plan strategies for the exam.
  • With better preparation strategies, you can have a competitive edge over other aspirants.
  • Since you have planned your preparation better, chances are you will attempt only those questions about which you are confident.
  • Attempting correct questions will give you more marks than blind attempting.