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NDA (National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination)

Examinations being conducted by Union Public Service Commission twice in a year for admission to the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course. The candidates joining Indian Naval Academy Course would undergo 4 years B. Tech Course and would be given an opportunity to join Executive and Technical Branches of the Navy. Here is NDA Selection Process, exam scheme, syllabus and question paper pattern of NDA Exam.

NDA Selection Method

Admission to the above courses will be made on the basis of the results of the written examination conducted by commission and followed by intelligence and personality test by the Service Selection Board.

Educational Qualification for appearing in Examination:

  • (i) For Army wing of National Defence Academy: -12th class pass of the 10+2 pattern of school education.
  • (ii) For Air force and Naval Wings of NDA and for the 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at the Indian Naval Academy: – 12th class pass of the 10+2 pattern of school education or equivalent with Physics and Mathematics.


16½ years to 19½ years

Candidates who are appearing in the 12th Class under the 10+2 pattern of School Education can also apply for the examination.

Examination Scheme and NDA Selection Process

Written Examination

Paper I

Mathematics - 300 marks (120 questions)

Duration of exam is 2-1/2 Hours

Paper II

General Ability Test - 600 marks (150 questions)

Duration of exam is 2-1/2 Hours


SSB Interview: 900 Marks.

Papers of all subjects will consist of Objective type questions only.

Syllabus and question paper pattern for NDA Selection:

Paper-I, Mathematics (Questions-120, Max. Marks -300)

Algebra, Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus and Differential Equations, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability.

Paper-II, General Ability Test (Questions-150, Max. Marks -600)

General Ability Test consists two parts

Part-A – English (Questions-50, Maximum Marks-200)

Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English e.g. Spotting errors, sentence improvement, fill in the blanks, antonyms, selecting words in a passage, comprehension Passages etc.

Part ‘B’ – General Knowledge (Questions-100, Maximum Marks-400)

History , Politics, Geography, General Science, Physics, Chemistry , Biology, Current affair Books, Sports

Intelligence and personality Test for NDA Selection

Verbal and non-verbal tests, group discussions, group planning, outdoor group tasks and asked to give brief lectures on specified subjects.

All these tests are intended to judge the mental caliber of a candidate, his social traits and interests in current affairs.

Topic wise Pattern of Paper -II, General Ability Test, NDA & NA Exam question paper

Part-A – English (Maximum Marks-200, Questions-50)
  • Spotting errors – 11 questions
  • Sentence improvement – 12 questions
  • Fill in the blanks – 4 questions
  • Antonyms – 4 questions
  • Comprehension Passage – 7 questions
  • Selecting words in a passage – 12 questions

Part ‘B’ – General Knowledge (Maximum Marks-400, Questions-100)

  • History – 15 questions
  • Politics – 5 questions
  • Geography – 20 questions
  • General Science – 10 questions
  • Physics – 25 questions
  • Chemistry – 15 questions
  • Current affair – 8 questions
  • Book – 1 question
  • Sports – 1 question