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HOW TO CRACK NDA : Tips and Tricks

India’s pride the Armed Forces opens its doors twice a year to welcome able candidates and groom them to their desired field: Army, Navy or Air Force. To clear the 2 tier selection system: Written test by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) and Personality/Intelligence Test SSB (Services Selection Board) to enter National Defence Academy (NDA) the first step is to clear the written test. Here are some tips!

Paper Pattern
The examination consists of 2 Papers, Mathematics (300 marks) and General Ability Test (600 marks) with objective type questions. The duration for each Paper is 2 ½ hours. Negative marking is applicable.


Paper I Mathematics: Algebra, Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus and Differential Equations, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability

Paper II – General Ability Test
Part A: English
Part B: Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Indian History, Freedom Movement in India, Civics, Geography, Current Events


  • The first step is to make sure you have the detailed and correct syllabus. This will help you focus your studies
  • Prepare a weekly schedule for your preparation and include topics from both papers
  • Use NCERT books for your basic preparation
  • The Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry sections should be prepared from Class 12th books and Biology, Geography, History, Political Science, and Economics should be prepared up to Class 10th level
  • Study the basic mathematics concepts and application both as questions are asked in both forms: to complete the statement or to solve
  • Improve your approximation and calculation skills. As questions asked in Paper I are in the form of multiple choice questions speedy approximation/calculation skills can help you narrow down to the correct answer
  • Keep a quick revision sheet for important mathematics points and formulae.
  • English questions under the General Ability test focus on reading comprehension, basic grammar and vocabulary. Revise basic grammar rules from a reliable source. Wren and Martin Grammar book is a good option.
  • English section for 200 marks is one of the most scoring sections in the NDA examination so its important to prepare for it well
  • Vocabulary cannot be increased in a day, increase your reading and try reading more difficult material then you are used to. Underline and look up any term you are unfamiliar with.
  • Vocabulary synonyms are definitely asked so to prepare glance through a thesaurus to help you understand various common synonyms.
  • Prepare for Part B of Paper II subject wise then revise topic wise also. The questions may not always be classified into the different sections so it’s important you are ready for the questions.  
  • Use specified NDA preparation books to aid you in your studies
  • Understand Physics topics and concepts and also their applications
  • Focus on physics topics with valid practical applications
  • Its important to know the Chemistry basic concepts and understand the various classifications
  • General Science consists of general biology and Environmental science. Prepare for environmental science with reference to the current situation.
  • Preparing for History and Civics pay more attention to areas relating with India. You should have thorough knowledge of the Indian freedom struggle, Constitution of India and basic political science.
  • Geography is based on overall Earth characteristics, atmosphere etc in addition to India so make sure your basic geography is covered
  • One of the most important sections is Current affairs. You should know about the major events of the past 5 years at least. The best way to prepare is by reading newspapers or when you are short of time read through Current affair magazines.
  • Practice sample papers/previous year papers/NDA test papers to understand the style and pattern of questions and to identify your weak areas. As exams approach focus more on your weak areas and have a brief revision of topics you have mastered
  • Lastly, during the exam skip any questions you are not sure of to avoid negative marking.

The key to a successful exam is confidence. Be calm, concentrate and study. NDA is waiting for you. 

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