NDA

The Union Public Service Commission conducts a common exam for candidates who aspire to join Army, Navy, and Airforce wings of the National Defence Academy (NDA), which is a joint services academy for the three wings of Indian Armed Forces. Known as the first tri-service academy in the world, NDA is in Pune, Maharashtra that caters to the training of all the three wings of Armed Forces within the same premise. NDA basks under the glory of its alumni who have fought major battles on behalf of Indian Armed Forces and are the recipients of 3 Param Vir Chakras, 12 Ashoka Chakras, produces 27 service Chiefs and most importantly the current Chiefs of the Army, the Navy, and the Airforce are all NDA alumni. Prepare for NDA exam through Eduthrill and experience the thrill of challenging people around the world on NDA Questions!

ABOUT NDA EXAM

The NDA entrance exam is conducted twice in a year and the notifications and guidelines for the exam come from the Union Public Service Commission. The National Defence Academy (NDA) has no role in the conduction of exam, publishing of results, shortlisting of candidates for the next and final rounds and other administrative responsibilities related to the exam.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY

  • The NDA applicant must be an unmarried male and the age should be according to the latest UPSC notification for that cycle.
  • The educational qualification of the applicant must be 12th Class of 10+2 System of Education/Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for Air Force & Navy.
  • Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to NDA and Naval Academy Exam (I) 2018 as per guidelines given in Appendix-IV.
  • Any candidate who has either resigned or has been terminated from the training on disciplinary basis cannot reapply.

For NDA 2018, eligible unmarried male applicants can apply online through the NDA website www.upsconline.nic.in , take a printout of the online application and file it for future reference.

VACANCIES

Every year more than 3 lakh students register for the NDA exam. But only 20,000+ appear in the actual exam. Of these applicants 415 students are finally selected for different departments under Indian Armed Forces.

360 seats are reserved for the Army, the Navy and the Airforce. 55 seats are reserved for the Naval Academy.
The breakup is mentioned below:
ARMY 208
NAVY 60
AIR FORCE 92

IMPORTANT DATES FOR NDA


NDA Exam is conducted twice a year. The notification for both the cycles in 2018 are given below:
Event Date (NDA I) Date (NDA II)
Date of Notification 15 January 2018 6th June 2018
Application Form Release 6th June 2018 15th January 2018
Last Date for Receipt of Applications 5th February 2018 2nd July 2018
NDA Admit Card Release March 2018 August 2018
NDA Exam Date 22nd April 2018 (Sunday) 9th September 2018 (Sunday)
NDA Result Declaration July 2018 November 2018

NDA EXAM PATTERN


It is an objective type paper-pen exam in which there are bubble sheets to be filled by black pen.
NDA Paper is divided into 2 parts:
(A) Mathematics
(B) General Ability

Category Mathematics General Ability
Total Marks 300 600
Exam Mode Offline Offline
Sub sections NONE Paper 1- English
Paper 2- General Knowledge
Language English and Hindi English and Hindi
Broad Syllabus (Detailed syllabus given below) Trigonometry, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus and Differential equations, Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions, Probability, Algebra, Vector Algebra, Matrices and Determinants: Types of Matrices, Determinant of a matrix, Statistics. Part A: English vocabulary, Grammar and usage, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.
Part B: General Knowledge, Chemistry, Physics, General Science, History, Current Events & Geography.
Duration 2 hrs 30 min 2 hrs 30 min
  • Candidates who clear the cut off are shortlisted for the SSB Interview round.
  • Total score for the SSB Interview process is 900 marks.
  • So, NDA has the total score of 1800 marks.

SCORING

Subjects Marks
Mathematics 300
General Ability Test (Section-1: English) 200
General Ability Test (Section-1: General Knowledge) 400
Total Marks 900
SSB Interview 900
Grand Total 1800




DETAILED NDA EXAM SYLLABUS


Mathematics Syllabus:

Chapter Topics
Trigonometry Trigonometrical ratios, properties of triangles, Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians, Inverse trigonometric functions, Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae, Applications – Height and distance, Multiple and Sub-multiple angles.
Algebra Complex numbers – basic properties, modulus, Conversion of a number in decimal system to binary system and vice-versa, Arithmetic, argument, cube roots of unity, Geometric and Harmonic progressions, Solution of linear inequations of two variables by graphs, Representation of real numbers on a line, Binary system of numbers, Binomial theorem and its application, Quadratic equations with real coefficients, Permutation and Combination, Logarithms and their applications.
Differential Calculus Composite functions, one to one, onto and inverse functions, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative – applications, increasing and decreasing functions, Continuity of functions – examples, algebraic operations on continuous functions, Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima, Concept of a real valued function – domain, range and graph of a function, Notion of limit, Standard limits – examples, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative – applications, Derivative of a function at a point, Derivatives of sum, product and quotient of functions, derivative of a function with respect of another function, derivative of a composite function and Second order derivatives.
Vector Algebra Vectors in two and three dimensions, scalar multiplication of vector, scalar product or dot product of two-vectors, Applications-work done by a force and moment of a force, and in geometrical problems, magnitude and direction of a vector, Unit and null vectors, addition of vectors, Vector product and cross product of two vectors.
Integral Calculus and Differential equations Integration by substitution and by parts, trigonometric, Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of a differential equation by examples, exponential and hyperbolic functions, solution of first order and first degree differential equations of various types – examples, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, Evaluation of definite integrals – determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves – applications, General and particular solution of a differential equation, Integration as inverse of differentiation, Application in problems of growth and decay.
Matrices and Determinants Types of Matrices, Determinant of a matrix, adjoin and inverse of a square matrix, operations on matrices, Applications – Solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by Matrix Method, basic properties of determinant.
Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions Distance formula, Equation of a circle in standard and in general form, Ellipse and hyperbola, Angle between two lines, Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system, Equation of a line in various forms, Standard forms of parabola, Distance of a point from a line, Eccentricity and axis of a conic, Point in a three-dimensional space, distance between two points, Equation of a plane and a line in various forms, Equation of a sphere, Direction Cosines and direction ratios, angle between two lines and angle between two planes.
Statistics Frequency distribution, Classification of data, cumulative frequency distribution – examples Graphical representation – Histogram, Measures of Central tendency – mean, median and mode, Pie Chart, Frequency Polygon – examples, Variance and standard deviation – determination and comparison, Correlation and regression.
Probability Outcomes and associated sample space, Binomial distribution, Random experiment, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binominal distribution, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, Bayes’ theorem – simple problems, impossible and certain events, Complementary, elementary and composite events, Union and Intersection of events, Definition of probability – classical and statistical – examples, Conditional probability, Random variable as function on a sample space, Elementary theorems on probability – simple problems, Binomial distribution, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binominal distribution.

General Ability Syllabus:


The general ability section comprises of two parts which are mentioned below:
Part Syllabus
Part A English: The English syllabus covers the topics like vocabulary, Grammar and usage, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.
Part B General Knowledge: The question paper comprises of general knowledge and covers the subjects that include Physics, Chemistry, Social Studies, General Science, Geography and Current Events.
Section Topics
Section A (Physics) Motion of objects, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Force and Momentum, Parallelogram of Forces, Stability and Equilibrium of bodies, Gravitation, elementary ideas of work, Velocity and Acceleration, Power and Energy, Sound waves and their properties, Simple musical instruments, Natural and Artificial Magnets, Properties of a Magnet, Earth as a Magnet, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightening Conductors, Safety Fuses, Simple Pendulum, Simple Pulleys, Physical Properties and States of Matter, Mass, Weight, Volume, Density and Specific Gravity, Principle of Archimedes, Pressure Barometer, Effects of Heat, change of State and Latent Heat, Modes of transference of Heat, Rectilinear propagation of Light, Reflection and refraction. Spherical mirrors and Lenses. Human Eye, Static and Current Electricity, Measurement of temperature and heat, conductors and Non-conductors, Ohm’s Law, Simple Electrical Circuits, Heating, Lighting and Magnetic effects of Current, Measurement of Electrical Power, Primary and Secondary Cells, Use of X-Rays.
Section B (Chemistry) Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbon-Dioxide, Oxidation and Reduction, Material used in the preparation of substances like soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches, and Gun-Powder, Carbon – different forms, Physical and Chemical changes. Symbols, Formulas and simple Chemical Equations, Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems). Properties of Air and Water, Acids, bases and salts, Elements, Mixtures and Compounds, Fertilizers – Natural and Artificial, Elementary ideas about the Structure of Atom, Atomic, Equivalent and Molecular Weights, Valency.
Section C (General Science) Basis of Life – Cells, Protoplasms and Tissues, Constituents of food, Balanced Diet, Achievements of Eminent Scientists, Difference between the living and non-living, Elementary knowledge of human Body and its important organs, Food – Source of Energy for man, Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals, Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention, The Solar System – Meteors and Comets, Eclipses.
Section D (History) Freedom Movement in India, Bhoodan, Sarvodaya, National Integration and Welfare State, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation, Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India, Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration, Panchayati Raj, Forces shaping the modern world; Renaissance, Exploration and Discovery; War of American Independence, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution and Russian Revolution, Impact of Science and Technology on Society, Concept of one World, United Nations, Panchsheel, Democracy, Socialism and Communism, Co-operatives and Community Development, Role of India in the present world.
Section E (Geography) Origin of Earth, Weathering – Mechanical and Chemical, Earthquakes and volcanoes, Atmosphere and its composition, Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure, Rocks and their classification, Planetary Winds, cyclones and Anti-cyclones, Humidity, Condensation and Precipitation, Major Natural regions of the World, Important Sea ports and main sea, land and air routes of India. Main items of Imports and Exports of India, Types of Climate, The Earth, its shape and size, Latitudes and Longitudes, Concept of time, International Date Line, Movements of Earth and their effects, Ocean Currents and Tides, Regional Geography of India – Climate, Natural vegetation. Mineral and Power resources, location and distribution of agricultural and industrial activities.
Section F (Current Events) Current important world events, Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in the recent years, prominent personalities – both Indian and International including those connected with cultural activities and sports.

FINAL ROUND

The final round of NDA selection process is SSB interview that comprises two sections:
(a) Psychological Aptitude Test; &
(b) Intelligence Test

To be acceptable, candidates for the Army/Navy/Naval Academy and Air Force should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in:
1. Written examination of NDA 2018 as set by the Commission.
2. Officer Potentiality Test as fixed by SSB at their discretion.

FACTORS INFLUENCING NDA CUT-OFF


The NDA Cutoff depends on the following factors:
  • Number of seats
  • Number of candidates appeared for NDA exam
  • Level of difficulty
  • The level of competition

Sample NDA Entrance Exam Questions

Q1

Who among the following was the founder of the Avadh Kingdom in the 18th century?

Q2

Thermal conductivity of aluminium (A), copper (C) and stainless steel (S) increases in the order

Q3

Let A = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10}. Then the number of subsets of A containing 2 or 3 elements is

Q4

World Humanitarian Day is observed every year on which day?

Q5

The value of
i2n + i2n + 1 + i2n + 2 + i2n + 3 , where i = √-1 , is

Q6

Opposite to the word in italics: After working hard, he felt run down.

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Frequently Asked Questions About NDA

  1. Q1. What is NDA?
  2. Ans: NDA Exam is an exam which conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for candidates who aspire to join Army, Navy, and Airforce wings of the National Defence Academy (NDA), which is a joint services academy for the three wings of Indian Armed Forces. Known as the first tri-service academy in the world, NDA is in Pune, Maharashtra that caters to the training of all the three wings of Armed Forces within the same premise.

    The NDA entrance exam is conducted twice in a year and the notifications and guidelines for the exam come from the Union Public Service Commission. NDA has no role in the conduction of exam, publishing of results etc.

  3. Q2. Why NDA?
  4. Ans: It gives an opportunity to join esteemed Indian defense forces at a very young age, and that to at a very decent position in the hierarchy of administrative structure of the Indian defense forces. Remunerations are very good for the personnel of armed forces along with various perks and facilities. Apart from mentioned things, NDA basks under the glory of its alumni who have fought major battles on behalf of Indian Armed Forces and are the recipients of 3 Param Vir Chakras, 12 Ashoka Chakras, produces 27 service Chiefs and most importantly the current Chiefs of the Army, the Navy, and the Airforce are all NDA alumni. Against this backdrop one can understand why appearing for NDA exam can bring opportunities to have a very fulfilling career option.

  5. Q3. Who is eligible to appear for NDA exam?
  6. Ans: The educational qualification of the applicant must be 12th Class of 10+2 System of Education/Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for Air Force & Navy. The applicant must be an unmarried male and the age should be according to the latest UPSC notification for that cycle.

  7. Q4. How long does the entire recruitment process take?
  8. Ans: The entire recruitment process, starting form release of notification to joining, takes usually 6 to 8 months.

  9. Q5. What are the areas from which questions are asked in NDA exams?
  10. Ans: The NDA exam comprises two papers conducted in one stage. Paper-I of NDA exam asks questions from mathematics from 11th and 12th syllabus. Questions asked in Paper-II of NDA exam are from English vocabulary, Grammar and usage, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English, General Knowledge, Chemistry, Physics, General Science, History, Current Events & Geography.

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