NDA – National Defense Academy | Tips and Tricks to crack the NDA exam


First of all, let us all get familiar with National Defence Academy(NDA) and how to crack the written paper with ease and get into the delightful campus of NDA and serve for the motherland. National Defence Academy is the academy situated in Khadakwasla, Pune(Maharashtra) which provides training to all future officers of the tri-services of our defense forces. It gives the opportunity to class 12 appearing and class 12 pass outs in the age group of 16-19.5 yrs (at the time of joining) to work among the thundering guns, supersonic jets, and mighty ships. You can read various tips and tricks to crack NDA exam. In order to become an officer in the armed forces through NDA, one must clear the following stages:

  1. Qualifying Written tests(Objective type)/cut offs
  2. Service Selection Boards(SSB) Interview
  3. Medical Fitness
  4. Merit

About NDA Written Exam

The NDA Written exam is conducted twice every year by UPSC in the month of April and September. The written exam of NDA consists of two papers namely Mathematics and General Ability Test(GAT). The syllabus for Mathematics is of entire class 11 and 12 NCERT Maths Syllabus whereas GAT consists of subjects like English, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Political Science, Economics, History, Geography and bit of Current Affairs which are about to be discussed in great detail later in this article.

Tips and tricks to crack NDA exam

Mathematics Section

  1. As the mathematics syllabus consists of class 11 and 12 NCERT topics, so it is strongly recommended to go through the entire syllabus (including topics like statistics and probability).
  2. In Mathematics, some topics like permutation and combinations, sequence, and series, differential calculus, statistics, and probability have more weightage than others. So one must practice these topics thoroughly to not only clear the cutoff but also score good marks and have a better hand over others.
  3. Since Mathematics paper consists of 120 questions(Max marks of 300 with negative marking of -0.83) to be done in 2.5 hours. So it requires speed and accuracy. Books like Pathfinder by Arihant, previous years of NDA(even for GAT) would help you a lot to increase your speed and accuracy. It is also advisable to practice sample papers within the time limit in order to get familiar with the examination scenarios.
  4. In maths section, first, complete the questions you can answer easily and quickly then attempt the rest so you can devote more time where needed.

English Section

  1. In English, questions belong to grammar which can be easily mastered through any English grammar book.

Science Section

  1. In Physics and Biology, the syllabus is of class 9th and 10th and that is very easy to master whereas in Chemistry some topics are of class 11 and 12. Reading the topics thoroughly and practicing hard would help you a lot.

Social Science and GK/Current Affairs

  1. In Social Studies section, history and geography have a greater weightage over the other two. So this could give you a benefit. The syllabus is of class 9 and class 10 NCERT. Any NCERT helper book can help you to reduce the vast content into important notable points to score much well.
  2. Now finally coming down to current affairs and general knowledge, reading newspapers or using any news app will help you out. For GK, buy any GK book (for UPSC exams) to handle those questions with ease.

The entire GAT Section consists of 150 questions to be done in 2.5 hours(Max marks is 600 with negative marking of -1.33). Since those questions need timid or no calculations, there is no shortage of time so what matters in GAT is accuracy. Practice more and more sample papers to score well.

Finally, don’t study too much just before the day of the exam. Take proper rest and ensure proper physical and mental fitness. Hope this article fits your requirements. Wishing you a prosperous success ahead. Remember there is no shortcut to success only patience, practice and perseverance works.