The Union Public Service Commission carries out the National Defence Academy examination twice annually. The main aim of this exam is to recruit candidates into the Army, Air Force and Naval Wings of the NDA. This defense academy is located in Pune. After the completion of the training period, the NDA provides the students with a graduate degree in Arts, Science or Computer Science. Candidates can provide their choices at the time of applying, but the final decision will on the basis of the merit list.
The basic criteria required for a person to join the NDA are that he should be unmarried. It is also not possible for him to marry during the period of training. The other medical and physical standards are alike the other UPSC exams. The NDA exam has two levels. The first level is the written test. Once a candidate passes this level, they will be called in to the second level. The second level is an interview that is carried out by the Services Selection Board. The overall marks a person will be judged will be out of 1800.
Syllabus for NDA Exam
The NDA written exam comprises of 2 papers. Both these papers will be of the objective type. Candidates will have the opportunity to choose the correct answer from a given set.
The first paper is Mathematics
This paper will consist of questions on fundamental mathematics. The questions will be basically on topics like Arithmetic’s, Geometry, various theorems, statistics, graphs and much more.
The second paper is General Ability Test
This is again divided into two parts. The first part is English and the second part is General Knowledge. This part is divided into 6. The topics included in this part are:
- Current Events
- General Science
Question Pattern of NDA Exam
Each question will carry 4 marks each. The candidate will have to darken the correct oval with a pencil. Paper I will carry 300 Marks and Paper II will carry 600 marks (English – 200 marks and General Ability – 400 marks). This exam will have a time period of 2-1/2 hours each.
The 2nd paper of the NDA exam, which is the General Ability Test, will be broken into 6 parts. The allocated marks are:
- Physics – This topic will carry 100 marks.
- Chemistry – This topic will carry 60 marks.
- General section – This topic will carry 40 marks.
- History, Freedom Movement – This topic will carry 80 marks.
- Geography – This topic will carry 80 marks.
- Current Events – This topic will carry 40 marks.
For every incorrect answer, one third of the marks allotted will be deducted as penalty. If the candidates give more than one answer, this will also be considered as wrong answer. So, it is better that the candidates leave the place for a response blank if they do not know the answer.