Exam Pattern of NDA 2018

Last Updated - February 12 2018

Exam Pattern of NDA 2018

NDA 2018 is a pen-paper based exam i.e. it will be organizeed in offline mode. The total period of NDA 2018 entrance exam will be 2 hours and 30 minutes for each section. All the questions in the exam will be objective i.e., Multiple Choice Questions will be asked. The medium of the exam will be English and Hindi only. Total 270 questions are put forth out of which 120 questions are from Mathematics and 150 questions from General Ability Test. The exam will consist of 2 sections, section 1 comprises questions from Mathematics and section 2 comprises questions from General Ability Test. The total marks of NDA 2018 entrance test are 900 marks.

NDA 2018 is a national level examination, which is organizeed twice a year, i.e. NDA I and NDA II. NDA 2018 exam is expected to be organizeed in the month of April 2018 and September 2018 (Tentative). Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) organizes NDA exam in different cities across the country.


Exam Format Highlights of NDA 2018

NDA 2018 Exam will be done in two stages- Entrance test and SSB Interview. Below are the details for Entrance test:

Exam Format Highlights
Exam Method and MediumOffline (Pen Paper Based) in English and Hindi
Number of sections2
Question Paper TypeObjective or MCQ
Total Number of Questions270 Questions (120 from Mathematics and 150 from General Ability Test)
NDA 2018 Total Marks for Entrance Test900 Marks (300 Marks for Mathematics and 600 Marks for General Ability Test)
Exam duration2.30 hours (Each Section)

Detail in Exam format NDA 2018

NDA 2018 exam will be organizeed in offline method and all the questions will be MCQ type. The exam is held in both English and Hindi language. Aspirants will be asked to attempt two sections- Mathematics and General Ability Test. 300 marks are allotted to Mathematics section while General Ability section will cover 600 marks with total time period of 2.30 hours for each section. Negative marking will be done for each inaccurate response. Other details concerned to exam format from both the sections have been tabulated below:

SubjectPaperTotal No of QuestionsPeriod of ExamMaximum Marks
Mathematics11202 ½ Hours300
General Ability Test21502 ½ Hours600
Total--270900--

After qualifying the NDA 2018 entrance test, all aspirants have to attend an Interview. Details are as below:

Second RoundDurationMaximum Marks
SSB Interview4-5 days900

Aspirants are advised to go via the syllabus of the examination along with NDA 2018 Exam Format. It will help them to have better preparations for both Entrance Test as well as Interview.


Marking scheme of NDA 2018

NDA 2018 entrance test consists of two sections- Mathematics and General ability test. In Mathematics section, there will be total 120 questions of 300 marks. Aspirants will be honoured 4 marks for each accurate response in this section. All questions will carry 2.5 marks each, which will only be allotted for choosing the accurate response. In this section, there will be total 150 questions, 50 from English and 100 from General Knowledge. A deduction of 1.33 Marks will be there for each wrong response. 0.83 Marks will be deducted for each inaccurate response. General ability test will include 600 marks; 200 marks are allotted to English and 400 marks in total are allotted to General Knowledge. There will be no mark for unresponsive questions.


Exam Format NDA 2018: Subject-wise distribution of marks and questions

SubjectsNumber of QuestionsMarksMarking schemeNegative Marking
Mathematics120300+2.5-0.83
English50200+4-1.33
General Knowledge:100--+4-1.33
Physics--100----
Chemistry--60----
General Science--40----
History, Freedom Movement, etc.--80----
Geography--80----
Present Events--40----
Grand Total270900----

Syllabus of NDA 2018

The syllabus of NDA 2018 Exam has been divided into two parts namely Mathematics and General Ability Test. The General Ability Test part will contain questions from different topics such as General Knowledge (GK), English, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, General Science and Present Events. Most of the questions asked in NDA exam will come from 10+2 level, especially in Mathematics. For preparing General Ability test section aspirants should read newspaper on daily basis.

Question Paper SectionsConcerned TopicsNumber of questions
MathematicsTrigonometry, Differential Calculus, Algebra, Integral Calculus & Differential equations, Logarithms and their applications, Statistics, Probability, Vector Algebra, etc.120
EnglishGrammar and usage, Vocabulary, Comprehension, and cohesion.50
General KnowledgePhysics, Chemistry, General Science, History, Geography, Present Events.100

Aspirants, who will be shortlisted on the basis of written exam, will be invited for SSB interview which will be organizeed for 4-5 days. Aspirants, who successfully qualifying SSB round, will further call for a medical test and document verification procedure.


Advisable books for NDA 2018

In NDA 2018 exam, questions are asked from class 12 Mathematics. Also, aspirants need to be aware of the present happenings around the world to attempt General Ability test. Some of the advisable books for aspirants are mentioned below. These books contain a vast explanation of mathematical concepts. It covers every minor topic mentioned in the syllabus like Sets and relations along with functions, quadratic equations, logarithms, trigonometry and geometry topics like circles, triangles, coordinates etc. These books also comprise the tricks and shortcut methods for solving the questions.

SubjectsBooks
MathematicsMathematics for NDA and NA: National Defence Academy and Naval Academy by R S Aggarwal, Quantitative aptitude for competitive examinations by R.S. Aggarwal
EnglishNDA and NA National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Entrance Examination: 10 Exercise Sets (English) by Expert Compilations, NDA INA Exercise Papers: Organizeed by UPSC (English) by Sachchida Nand Jha
General KnowledgeObjective General Knowledge & Present Affairs (Level 1): by Disha Experts, Objective General Knowledge & Present Affairs (Level 2): by Disha Experts,

Important instructions of NDA 2018

NDA 2018 Admit Cards/Hall Ticket will not be offered by post. Candidates will get an OMR sheet to response all the questions. Candidates will have to collect it through online method only. Candidates must make sure to take them admit card and carry one ID proof also. All participants must report to the NDA 2018 Test centre 30 minutes before the commencement of the examination. The other important instructions pertaining to the exam are as follows:

  • No one will be allowed to copy from others in any case.
  • Aspirants will not be allowed to go outside the test hall till the period of the test is over. Once the candidate leaves the test hall, they will not be permitted to re-enter the test hall under any circumstances.
  • Candidates should not misbehave in any attitude or create disorderly scene in the examination hall, any such organize will be severely penalized.
  • Response Sheet and sheet for rough work will be supplied by the Examiner.
  • Check the test booklet to ensure that there are no unprinted or torn or missing pages or items.
  • Candidates will have to write the serial number of the response sheet and test booklet and series of test booklet alloted to them on the attendance list and sign in the suitable column against their name.
  • Participants should not fold or mutilate or damage or put any extraneous marking on the response sheet.
  • Aspirants may carry a clipboard, on which, nothing must be written, a good quality H.B. pencil, black or blue ball pen for making answers on the response sheet, eraser, pencil sharpener and a pen containing blue or black ink.


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