NDA Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Eligibility, Exam Date: Everything About NDA

NDA Exam Pattern

NDA & NA stands for National Defence Academy & Naval Academy exam. It is commonly known as NDA Exam. Here today we are going to explain NDA Exam Pattern. You will also get to see official NDA Exam Syllabus. Candidates need to check them carefully because the competition is very tough. The reason is obvious. It is first exam for becoming officer in Indian armed forces.

It is a combined exam for selecting officers for Army, Navy & Air Force. UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conduct this exam twice in a year. Hence UPSC decides NDA Syllabus. Usually commission don’t change NDA Exam Pattern much. Complete details are given below.

NDA Exam Pattern & Syllabus

12th class passed or appearing candidates can appear in NDA Exam. After passing NDA written exam, candidates are called for SSB interview. Recommended & medically fir candidates join National Defence Academy located at Khadakwasla (Pune), Maharashtra where they will undergo training for approx.  three years out of it 2.5 years training is common for three wings.

Then Army cadets go to IMA(Dehradun) for 1-year training, Navel cadets to Naval Academy (Ezhimala) for 1-year training and Air Force cadets to AFA(Hyderabad) for further 1½ year training. But to reach to the final stage, you have to gain full Knowledge of NDA Syllabus and Exam Pattern. We have also given NDA Eligibility Conditions in next section.

NDA Exam Scheme

Written part consists of 2 papers i.e. Mathematics & General Ability Test (GAT). Mathematics paper is of 300 marks and GAT is of 600 marks. 2nd paper is further divided into two parts, part A & part B. Part A is ENGLISH of 200 marks and Part BGENERAL KNOWLEDGE is of 400 marks.

Paper Max.Marks No. of questions Time Period
Mathematics 300 120 2:30 Hours

Gen. Ability Test


600 150 2:30 Hours

NDA Marking Scheme:-

Paper Right Answer      Wrong Answer  
Mathematics +2.5 Marks -0.83 Marks
Gen. Ability Test(GAT) +4   Marks -1.33 Marks

 Important Note:-

  1. Written part consist of 900 marks and ssb interview also consist of 900 marks. All India Merit List is made on basis of these marks.

 NDA Eligibility Criteria:-

Defence Wing         Age Limits Educational Qualifications
For Army wing 16½23½ Years 12th class pass or equivalent
For Naval wing 16½23½ Years 12th pass with Physics & Mathematics or equivalent
For Air Force wing 16½23½Years 12th pass with Physics & Mathematics or equivalent







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Schedule of NDA Examination: –

Here we have given expected NDA Exam Date, NDA Notification and other important dates. UPSC Conducts NDA written exam twice in a year as per below given schedule.

Notification Dec May
Download Admit Card March July
Written Exam April August
Written Result August Oct.-Nov
Training Starts Dec-Jan. July-June


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