NDA 2020 National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Exam
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NDA 2020 Preparation Tips

By: R Chandrakala on September 18, 2017

By Preparing right for the NDA Examination, a candidate is sure to join the Indian Defence Forces. This examination is regulated by the Union Public Service Commission. This examination is the gateway to join the Indian Army, Navy and Airforce. 

Some of the important preparation strategies that have been detailed to ensure optimum preparation by the student:

Make a Study Plan

The Candidates are required to make a proper study plan as that is the basis of good preparation and execution in the NDA Examination. Study Plan should prioritize the topics across the NDA Syllabus by specifying the time required for the same. The plan should also make a provision for revision and past paper analysis.

Strong Foundation

The syllabus must be completely analyzed and those topics must be prepared with good concentration and focus. Only if you are comfortable with the basic concepts, then the candidate can solve difficult and complicated questions can be solved. 

General Knowledge and English

A candidate should have adequate proficiency in English for clearing the NDA Examination. A good impression given by a good language is sure to get a candidate selected.

General Knowledge is a portion of the syllabus wherein candidates can prepare on topics that are at least old for a period of 6 months. The Candidates should read newspapers, magazines and journals.

Study Material

The candidates should prepare from the right books. Choosing a wrong study material would not ensure adequate preparation for the examination.

Solving Mock and Previous Year Question Papers

The speed of the candidate would be improved by attempting the previous year and mock papers to get an idea of NDA Exam Pattern and the difficulty level of the questions that are asked in the examination.

Health Maintenance and Personal Appearance

Health is also a major factor in determining the selection of the candidates to the NDA Examination. The candidates should stay healthy by intake of enough food and water. Exercising and healthy habits like pursuing Yoga should help maintain a good health.

NDA 2020 Syllabus

The NDA Syllabus composes of two parts - Mathematics and General Ability. The General Ability consists of a lot of questions from English, General Knowledge, Chemistry, Physics and General Science. Candidates can prepare for the same from the topics mentioned under Syllabus for NDA Exam.

The features of the NDA exam are as explained as follows:

  1. Both NDA 1 and 2 consist of two papers first being Mathematics and the second General Ability Test.
  2. The Mathematics section is marked for a total of 300 and is designed to have MCQs relating to Grade 10, 11 and 12.
  3. General Ability Section has two parts - One English marked 200 and the other General Knowledge marked for 400.
  4. The Paper would be Multiple Choice Based where the candidates would have to choose the right option.
  5. Marks for the interview would be set for 900.

NDA 2020 Exam Pattern

NDA exam pattern is a well-defined pattern by the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). The NDA Examination pattern is set in such a way so that the required standards of the National Defence Academy can be fulfilled. With a focused preparation and strategy, a candidate can clear the NDA exam in one go.

There are two stages of the NDA exam:

  • NDA Written Exam
  • NDA SSB (Intelligence and Personality Test)

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