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    NDA 2023: NDA 2 Exam To Be Held On 14th November

    NDA Exam 2023 Union Public Service Commission has announced the revised exam date for NDA-2 Exam to be held on 14th November 2023 (Sunday). Previously, the exam was scheduled for 05th September 2023 which was postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic. The candidates who have registered for NDA II Exam must prepare accordingly for the exam and those who are interested for upcoming NDA Exams must go through the below article for detailed information for UPSC NDA Exam.

    NDA Exam is conducted twice every year for selecting the eligible candidates for the admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Courses (INAC) of the NDA for the 148th Course and for the 110th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from 02nd July 2022. National Defence. The selection will be done through Online Examination and SSB Interview

    NDA- NA 2023 Exam Dates

    National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination (I), 2023

    Date of Notification 30/12/2020
    Date of Commencement of Examination 18/04/2023
    Duration of Examination One Day
    Last Date for Receipt of Applications 19/01/2023 - 6:00pm
    Date of Upload 30/12/2020


    NDA Exam Pattern 2023

    Before getting into the NDA Syllabus let us have a look at the NDA Exam Pattern. The mathematics paper have 120 questions of 300 marks and GAT will have English and GK Papers of 200 & 400 marks respectively.

    NDA Mathematics Exam Pattern

    Paper I- Mathematics
    Total Marks 300 Marks
    Total No. of Questions 120
    Marks awarded for Correct answer 2.5 marks
    Marks deducted for the wrong answer -0.83
    Exam Duration 2.5 Hours

    General Ability Test Exam Pattern

    Paper-II- General Ability Test
    Total Marks 600 marks
    Total No. of Questions 150
    No. of questions in English Section 50
    No. Of questions in General knowledge Section 100
    Maximum Marks for English 200 marks
    Maximum Marks for G.K. 400 marks
    Marks for Correct Answer 4 marks in both sections
    Marks for Incorrect Answer -1.33 marks in both sections
    Exam Duration 2.5 Hours

    NDA Exam Pattern for SSB Interview

    After clearing the written exam of NDA, candidates have to appear for the SSB Interview rounds. The pattern of NDA Interview is as mentioned below:

    NDA – SSB Interview Pattern :
    Stage 1 Screening Test 1. Verbal and non-verbal tests
    2. PPDT
    Stage 2 Psychological Test 1. Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
    2. Word Association Test (WAT)
    3. Situation Reaction Test (SRT)
    4. Self Description Test (SD)
    Group Testing Officers Test 1. GD
    2. GPE
    3. PGT
    4. HGT
    5. IoT
    6. Command Task
    7. Snake race/Group Obstacle Race
    8. Individual lecture
    9. FGT
    Personal Interview & Conference Details provided in class

    • NDA – NA 2023 Syllabus

    NDA Syllabus 2023

    After getting to know the NDA Exam Pattern it is important for the candidates to know the Syllabus of NDA Exam. The NDA Syllabus is discussed below.

    NDA Mathematics Syllabus

    The chapters covered for NDA Maths Syllabus are given in the table below.

    Topic Topic-wise Syllabus
    Algebra Sets, Venn diagrams, De Morgan laws, Cartesian product, relation, equivalence relation. Real numbers, Complex numbers, Modulus, Cube roots, Conversion of a number in Binary system to Decimals, and vice-versa. Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic progressions. Quadratic equations, Linear inequations, Permutation and Combination, Binomial theorem, and Logarithms.
    Calculus Concept of a real-valued function, domain, range, and graph of a function. Composite functions, one-to-one, onto, and inverse functions. The notion of limit, Standard limits, Continuity of functions, algebraic operations on continuous functions. Derivative of function at a point, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative-application. Derivatives of sum, product, and quotient of functions, a derivative of a function concerning another function, the derivative of a composite function. Second-order derivatives. Increasing and decreasing functions. Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima
    Matrices and Determinants Types of matrices, operations on matrices. Determinant of a matrix, basic properties of determinants. Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix, Applications-Solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by Matrix Method.
    Integral Calculus and Differential Equations Integration as inverse of differentiation, integration by substitution and by parts, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, trigonometric, exponential, and hyperbolic functions. Evaluation of definite integrals—determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves—applications.Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of a differential equation by examples. General and particular solution of differential equations, solution of the first order, and first-degree differential equations of various types—examples. Application in problems of growth and decay.
    Trigonometry Angles and their measures in degrees and radians. Trigonometric ratios. Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae. Multiple and Sub-multiple angles. Inverse trigonometric functions. Applications-Height and distance, properties of triangles.
    Vector Algebra Vectors in two and three dimensions, magnitude, and direction of a vector. Unit and null vectors, the addition of vectors, scalar multiplication of a vector, scalar product, or dot product of two vectors. Vector product or cross product of two vectors. Applications—work done by a force and moment of a force and in geometrical problems.
    Analytical Geometry Of Two and Three Dimension Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system. Distance formula. Equation of a line in various forms. The angle between two lines. Distance of a point from a line. Equation of a circle in standard and a general form. Standard forms of parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola. Eccentricity and axis of a conic. Point in a three-dimensional space, the distance between two points. Direction Cosines and direction ratios. Equation two points. Direction Cosines and direction ratios. Equation of a plane and a line in various forms. The angle between two lines and the angle between two planes. Equation of a sphere.
    Statistics and Probability Probability: Random experiment, outcomes, and associated sample space, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, impossible and certain events. Union and Intersection of events. Complementary, elementary, and composite events. Definition of probability—classical and statistical—examples. Elementary theorems on probability—simple problems. Conditional probability, Bayes’ theorem—simple problems. Random variable as function on a sample space. Binomial distribution, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binomial distribution.
    The topic-wise Question Distribution in Mathematics
    Topic Questions
    Calculus 20-25
    Quadratic equation 20-15
    Matrices & Determinants 30
    Probability 10
    Trigonometry 30
    Complex number 10-15

    NDA General Ability Test Syllabus

    The General ability test comprises two papers English and General Knowledge. The English paper consists of 200 Marks while the General Knowledge is of 400 Marks.

    The question paper in English will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding of English. The syllabus covers various aspects like as given below:
    Topic No. of Questions No. of Marks
    Spotting Errors 5 20
    Comprehension 6 24
    Selecting Words 10 40
    Ordering of Words in a Sentence 9 36
    Sentence Improvement 10 40
    Antonyms 5 20
    Synonyms 5 20
    Total 50 200
    General Knowledge
    Check the topic-wise number of questions and marks distribution in the table below.
    Topic No. of Questions No. of Marks
    Physics 23 92
    Chemistry 16 64
    General Science 11 44
    History & Freedom Movement 16 64
    Geography 17 68
    Current Events 17 68
    Total 100 400
    NDA Syllabus For Physics
    • Physical Properties and States of Matter
    • Modes of transference of Heat
    • Mass, Weight, Volume, Sound waves and their properties
    • Simple musical instruments
    • Rectilinear propagation of Light
    • Density and Specific Gravity
    • Reflection and refraction
    • Principle of Archimedes
    • Spherical mirrors and Lenses
    • Pressure Barometer
    • Human Eye
    • Motion of objects
    • Natural and Artificial Magnets
    • Velocity and Acceleration
    • Properties of a Magnet
    • Newton’s Laws of Motion
    • Earth as a Magnet
    • Force and Momentum
    • Static and Current Electricity
    • Parallelogram of Forces
    • Conductors and Non-conductors
    • Stability and Equilibrium of bodies
    • Ohm’s Law
    • Gravitation
    • Simple Electrical Circuits
    • Elementary ideas of work
    • Heating, Lighting, and Magnetic effects of Current
    • Power and Energy
    • Measurement of Electrical Power
    • Effects of Heat
    • Primary and Secondary Cells
    • Measurement of Temperature and Heat
    • Use of X-Rays
    • General Principles in the working of Simple Pendulum, Simple Pulleys, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightning Conductors, Safety Fuses.
    NDA Syllabus For Chemistry
    • Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbon Dioxide, Oxidation and Reduction.
    • Acids, bases and salts.
    • Carbon— different forms
    • Physical and Chemical Changes
    • Fertilizers—Natural and Artificial
    • Elements
    • Material used in the preparation of substances like Soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches, and Gunpowder
    • Mixtures and Compounds
    • Elementary ideas about the structure of Atom
    • Symbols, Formulae, and simple Chemical Equation
    • Atomic Equivalent and Molecular Weights
    • Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems)
    • Valency
    • Properties of Air and Water
    General Science
    NDA Syllabus For General Science
    • Common Epidemics, their causes, and prevention
    • Difference between the living and non-living
    • Food—Source of Energy for man
    • Basis of Life—Cells, Protoplasms, and Tissues
    • Constituents of food
    • Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals
    • Balanced Diet
    • Elementary knowledge of the Human Body and its important organs
    • The Solar System—Meteors and Comets, Eclipses. Achievements of Eminent Scientists
    History - Freedom Movement
    NDA Syllabus For History
    • Forces shaping the modern world;
    • Renaissance
    • Exploration and Discovery;
    • A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation
    • Freedom Movement in India
    • French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, and Russian Revolution
    • War of American Independence,
    • Impact of Science and Technology on Society
    • Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration
    • Concept of one World
    • Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India
    • United Nations,
    • Panchsheel,
    • Panchayati Raj, Democracy, Socialism and Communism
    • Role of India in the present world
    • Co-operatives and Community Development
    • Bhoodan, Sarvodaya,
    • National Integration and Welfare State
    • Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi
    NDA Syllabus For Geography
    • The Earth, its shape and size
    • Ocean Currents and Tides Atmosphere and its composition
    • Latitudes and Longitudes
    • Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure, Planetary Winds, Cyclones, and Anticyclones; Humidity; Condensation and Precipitation
    • Concept of time
    • Types of Climate
    • International Date Line
    • Major Natural Regions of the World
    • Movements of Earth and their effects
    • Regional Geography of India
    • Climate, Natural vegetation. Mineral and Power resources;
    • Location and distribution of agricultural and Industrial activities
    • Origin of Earth. Rocks and their classification
    • Important Sea ports and main sea, land, and air routes of India
    • Weathering—Mechanical and Chemical, Earthquakes and Volcanoes
    • Main items of Imports and Exports of India
    Current Events
    NDA Syllabus For Current Events
    Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in recent yearsProminent personalities of both Indian and International level, Cultural activities and sports activities, Current important world events.

    Intelligence and Personality Test

    The SSB procedure consists of two stages. Only those candidates who clear written exam are permitted to appear for SSB round. The details o SSB exam are given below:

    NDA SSB Personality Test
    Stage I • Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR)
    • Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT).
    Stage II • Interview (IO)
    • Group Testing Officer Tasks (GTO)
    • Psychology Tests (Psych)
    • Conference

    The various tests of IO, GTO, and Psychological are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly, candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.

    Number of Attempts

    Depends on the Age and Date Of Birth of the Candidate. The authority schedules the examination two times within a year in the month of April and September. All the aspirants are suggested to check the prescribed eligibility mentioned here. In this article, we have provided the detailed information about NDA 2023 Eligibility Criteria.

    NDA- NA Exam Eligibility

    Candidates need to fulfil the following eligibility criteria in order to be eligible for the exam:

    Age limit: For NDA 1 exam, both male and female candidates must have born not earlier than July 2, 2002, and not later than July 1, 2005. For NDA 2 exam, both male and female candidates must have born not earlier than January 2, 2003, and not later than January 1, 2006.

    Educational qualification: The educational qualification is different for different academies. Candidates can check the educational qualification prescribed for different academies below.

    Army Wing of National Defence Academy Army Wing of National Defence Academy
    Air Force, Navy and Naval Academy of National Defence Academy Passed Class 12/HSC with Physics and Mathematics

    NDA – NA Exam Cutoff : NDA Cutoff 2020

    S. No. Name of the Wing Vacancies Number of Recommended Candidates Minimum qualified standard at the written stage (out of 900) Marked secured by last recommended candidates[Final Stage] (Out of 1800)
    Army 208 533 355(with at least 25% marks in each subject) 723
    Navy 042
    Air Force 120(including 28 ground duties)
    Naval Academy 48
    Total 418

    NDA Cutoff 2023

    NDA Cutoff 2023Previous years' NDA Cut off for written exam
    Year NDA 1 cut off (Out of 900 marks)
    2019 342 (With at least 25% marks in each subject)
    2018 338 (With at least 25% marks in each subject)
    2017 342 (With at least 25% marks in each subject)
    2016 288 (With at least 25% marks in each subject)

    How to prepare for NDA-NA

    Q1. How many stages are there in the NDA exam?

    There are two stages in the NDA exam. Each stage has a subdivision you can check the details in the article.

    Q2. Who many written papers in the first stage of the NDA exam?

    There are two papers in the first stage of the NDA exam. Candidates have to appear for the Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT) papers.

    Q3. How many sections are there in General Ability Test (GAT)?

    The General Ability Test have is designed to test the general ability of the candidate. There are two sections English and General Knowledge.

    Q4. What is the marks distribution in the NDA exam?

    The NDA written exam is of 900 marks. The mathematics is of 300 marks whereas the GAT exam is of 600 marks.

    Q5. Will UPSC conduct the NDA exam offline or online?

    The UPSC is going to take the NDA exam in offline mode only.