November 12, 2018

Things To Know About NDA Exam Pattern

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Are you interested in joining the navy, army or air force wing of the NDA (national defence academy)? Well, if you are, you will have to sit through the NDA (National Defence Examination) entrance examination, which is held on a national level. The exam is conducted by UPSC or Union Public Service Commission.  If you have successfully managed to pass the written test, you will have to sit for the intelligence, personality and physical examinations which are held by the Services Selection Board to finally clear all the levels. When you sit for the exam, it is essential to be thorough with the pattern of the exam and NDA Exam Syllabus. In this article, we will make you familiar with the NDA exam pattern.

Pattern of the exam

The exam is held twice per year. The notification for the NDA(I) exam will be released on 9th January 2019, and the last date to submit the form will be 4th February 2019. The NDA(I) exam is to be held on 21st April 2019, and the NDA(II) exam will take place on 17th November 2019.

  • Mode of the examination

You will have to sit for the exam in offline mode. It is a pen and paper-based test.

  • Mode of answering

You will have to use a black ballpoint pen for marking the correct answer.

  • Duration of the exam

The exam will be held for 2 hours 30 minutes.

  • Question type

There will be objective or multiple choice questions.

  • Subjects

There are two subjects by which you will be tested: Mathematics and General Ability. The Mathematics paper is code 1, and the maximum marks in this section are 300. You will be getting 2.5 hours to answer all of the questions.

The next paper is of General ability which is code 2. The maximum marks in this section are 600, and you will again be provided with 2.5 hours to solve this part. In the general ability test, there are two sections-

  1. English which is of 200 marks.

2) General Knowledge which is of 400 marks and it is divided as:

  1. The physics section has 100 marks.
  2. The chemistry section has 40 marks.
  3. The general science section has 40 marks.
  4. The social studies, history section, has 80 marks.
  5. The geography section has 80 marks.
  6. The current events section has 40 marks.

Let’s have a look at the exam pattern:

  • Each question has four options out of which one is the correct one.
  • The mathematics (paper I) has 120 questions in it, and the maximum marks are 300.
  • The general mental ability (paper II) has 150 questions in it out of which 50 questions are from English, and the rest 100 questions are from GK.
  • A candidate gets 2.5, 4, four marks in Maths, English, and GK sections if answered correctly.
  • A candidate gets -0.83, -1.33, -1.33 marks in Maths, English, and GK sections if answered incorrectly.
  • There are no marks given for unattempted questions.
  • After clearing the written exam, you will have to sit for an interview by SSB which also contains 900 marks.

Make sure you keep checking their official website for the latest announcements and fill the form in given time so that you don’t miss appearing for the exam.

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