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NDA Syllabus 2018, NDA Exam Pattern

NDA Syllabus 2018 (Subject wise) for students seeking admission to Army, Navy and Air Force Wings of the NDA course and Indian Naval Academy Course has been provided in this page. NDA Exam Syllabus given in this page is for two papers, namely, Mathematics and General Ability Test. NDA exam is conducted two times in a year for admission to various branches of Army, Navy and Air Force. It gives admission to eligible candidates who have passed 10+2 level examination or at present studying in 10+2. NDA is the first tri-service academy in the world and is rated amongst the best in the world. The exam date for the NDA has been released. The Pen and Paper Based entrance exam will be conducted on 9 September 2018. The detailed notification released on 6 June 2018. Candidates can check the NDA Exam Syllabus from this page.

NDA Syllabus 2018 has been prescribed by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). NDA exam syllabus 2018 is divided into two papers – Mathematics and General Ability Test. The syllabus of NDA 2018 is to judge candidates on the basis of their logical ability and general awareness. NDA syllabus PDF is also available on this page. The Mathematics section in NDA 2018 syllabus will be of total 200 marks, while General Ability Test will be of 600 marks. The paper II (general ability test) of NDA syllabus 2018 will be divided into two parts – English (200 marks) and General Knowledge (600 marks).

Check complete NDA exam syllabus 2018 for better preparation from the article below.

NDA Syllabus 2018 (Subject wise)

The questions asked in the written examination will be asked from the NDA 2018 syllabus. As mentioned above, the syllabus of NDA 2018 has been divided into two papers – Mathematics and General Ability. Candidates can check the topic-wise NDA exam syllabus 2018 from the table below.NDA syllabus will help aspirants in better preparation. With the help of NDA 2018 syllabus, aspirants will get to know their strong subject and weaker ones. Thus they can make a strategy to prepare for NDA. Also, candidates will not be confused about the subjects to be covered in the examination. Therefore, it is really important to know NDA syllabus 2018.

NDA Syllabus PDF Download

UPSC has released the NDA syllabus 2018 in the PDF format which contains topics from Mathematics and General Awareness. For the convenience of students, UPSC has provided the topics and sub-topics of NDA syllabus 2018. Check the details NDA syllabus PDF from the link provided below.

NDA (II) will be conducted on 9 September 2018 by UPSC. The exam will be conducted in offline mode containing objective type questions. The exam pattern of NDA 2018 for Mathematics and General Awareness is different. It is mandatory for aspirants to qualify in both NDA papers. Check the basic NDA exam pattern from the table below.

NDA Exam Syllabus for Mathematics (Part 1), Exam Pattern



NDA Mathematics exam pattern

Total number of questions

120 questions

Total marks

300 marks

Marking scheme

 2.5 marks to be awarded for a correct answer

Negative marking

 0.85 marks will be deducted for a wrong attempt

Total time allotted

 2.5 hours


NDA Maths Important Topics


Topics covered




Matrices and Determinants




Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions


Differential Calculus


Integral Calculus and Differential Equations


Vector Algebra


Statistics and Probability


NDA Exam Syllabus General Ability Test (Part 2), Exam Pattern

NDA 2018 syllabus of General Ability Test has been categorized into two parts – English and General Knowledge. The part 2 i.e. General Knowledge is also five sections. Check the syllabus below.

  • Part A: English - Maximum Marks 200
  • Part B: General Knowledge - Maximum Marks: 400
      • Section A: Physics
      • Section B: Chemistry
      • Section C: General Science
      • Section D: History, Freedom Movement etc.
      • Section E: Geography
      • Section F: Current Events


NDA exam pattern

Total number of questions

150 questions

Number of questions in English section

50 questions

Number of questions in General Awareness section

100 questions

Total marks

600 marks

Total marks for English section

200 marks

Total marks for General Awareness section

400 marks

Marking scheme

+4 marks for a correct answer in both sections

Negative marking

-1.33 marks for an incorrect answer in both sections

Total time allotted

 2.5 hours


NDA GAT Syllabus Part ‘A’ English

The question paper of NDA 2018 for English section will be designed to test a candidate’s understanding of English. The syllabus has been formed to test the proficiency of candidates in the English language. NDA syllabus of English will cover the following topics:




Grammar and usage




Comprehension and cohesion


NDA GAT Syllabus Part ‘B’ General Knowledge

The syllabus of general knowledge has been designed to test the general awareness and logical reasoning ability of candidates. The question paper of general knowledge broadly covers topics from Physics, Chemistry, General Science, History (Freedom movement etc.), Geography and Current events. NDA syllabus 2018 for the general knowledge section is mentioned in the table below. The answers of candidates are expected to show their knowledge and intelligent understanding of the subject.

NDA Physics Syllabus

The important topics to be covered in the Physics section are as mentioned below.

NDA Syllabus for Physics

States of Matter and its properties

Magnet and its properties

Motion and laws of motion

Current and electricity

Work, energy and power

General principals of working of pendulum, pulleys, siphon, levers, balloons, pumps, hydrometers, pressure cookers, thermos flask

Modes of transfer of heat and its effects

Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephones, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s compass; lightening conductors, Safety fuses

Light and sound



NDA Chemistry Syllabus

The basic knowledge of Chemistry section and various chemicals will be tested in this section. The topics to be covered are mentioned in the table below.

NDA Syllabus for Chemistry

Physical and chemical changes

Properties of oxygen, hydrogen etc. with oxidation and reduction

Air and water

Carbon and its forms

Chemical equations and laws of chemical combination

Atom and its structure

Elements, compounds and mixtures


Acid, bases and salts

Use of materials for preparation of different chemicals


NDA General Science Syllabus

The topics covered in the General Science section is mentioned below.

NDA syllabus for General Science

Basic unit of life: Cell

Reproduction in plants and animals

Living and non-living things

Human body and life processes

Epidemics: causes and preventions

Food and balanced diet

Solar system

Achievement of eminent scientists


NDA History Syllabus

The important syllabus of history section in general awareness of NDA has been tabulated below.

NDA syllabus for History

Indian History: culture and civilization

Constitution and administration in India

Nationalism in India

Government of India at various levels

Five-year plans in India

Renaissance and discovery

French, Russian and Industrial Revolution

United nations and the concept of one world

Democracy in India

Teaching of Mahatma Gandhi


NDA Geography Syllabus

Below mentioned are the crucial topics to be covered in Geography section:

NDA syllabus for Geography

Earth and its origin and movement (latitudes and longitudes)

Tides and oceanic currents

Rocks and its classification

Atmosphere and atmospheric pressure

Types of climate

Regional geography of India

Agricultural and industries

Transportation and trading routes of India

Imports and exports of India



NDA Current Events syllabus

Candidates are advised to read the newspapers and be aware of the latest news and happenings across the world. The topics to be covered in which candidates must prepare to score good marks in NDA are:

NDA syllabus for current events

Important and recent events in India

Current and important world events

Important India and Non-Indian personalities related to cultural activities and sports



NDA Syllabus for SSB Interview

The NDA SSB procedure consists of a two-stage Selection process. Only those candidates who clear Stage I are permitted to appear for Stage II. Given below is the NDA Syllabus as well as Interview Procedure for both the stages of the SSB Interview.

NDA Syllabus 2018 - Intelligence and Personality Test

The SSB (Service Selection Board) interview procedure consists of two stages – Stage I and II. Only aspirants who will qualify in stage I will be eligible to appear for stage II. During the selection stages I and II, the tests will be conducted by authorities, which can also be considered as a part of NDA syllabus 2018. The details are mentioned below.

  • Stage I consists of Officer Intelligence Rating (OTR) tests and Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT). Candidates appearing in stage I will be shortlisted on the basis of performance in OTR test and PP & DT. 
  • Stage II will comprise of Interview, Group Testing Officer tasks, Psychology tests and conference. The tests will be conducted in 4 days.

The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors’ viz. by Interviewing Officers (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologists

Officer Intelligence Rating Test (Stage 1)

 OIR test is a written exam consisting of 54-55 questions consisting of simple linguistic, logical, analytical, and mathematical questions to test the common sense of the candidates. The candidate has to solve a lot of questions in very less time.NDA Syllabus for Officer Intelligence Rating Test consists of two sections Verbal and Non-verbal:

  • Verbal section in Officer Intelligence Rating Test consists of multiple type questions based on topics like Relationship, Jumbled words, Coding / Decoding,  Antonym and synonym, reconstruction of the sentence, one-word substitution, Odd one out, common sense and alphabet test, Arithmetic questions.
  • Non-verbal section consists of questions based on topics such as: Which figure is different from the other, Completion of series, Locate the concealed figure, Fill in the correct figure.

Picture perception and discussion test (PP & DT) Stage 1

In this, the candidates are shown a picture for 30 seconds and then given a minute to note down details of the picture as they remember and 4 minutes to write a story on it. The candidate has to observe the number of characters, their age, mood, environment surrounding and give a Title to the story.

  • The candidate then has to narrate the story and then discuss among group members to make a common story which is the second part of the test that is the discussion test.
  • Each candidate gets a minute to narrate their own story and 15 minutes o discuss and come to a common story.
  • Then they have to narrate the common story as per the consensus of the group.

NDA Syllabus 2018 - Personality Test (Stage 2)

This stage consists of Group Testing Officer Tasks, PsychoTests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. NDA Syllabus of these tests are given on the website www.joinindianarmy.nic.in

  • The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. the Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. There is no separate weightage for each test. The marks are allotted by assessors only after taking into consideration the performance of the candidate holistically in all the three tests.
  • In addition, marks for Conference are also allotted based on the initial performance of the Candidate in the three techniques and decision of the Board. All of these have equal weightage.
  • The various tests of IO, GTO and Psychologist are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly, candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB for the final selection.

NDA Exam Pattern 2018

UPSC has clear outline the UPSC NDA Syllabus and the questions in the exam will be as per the exam pattern laid down.

Subject Code Duration  Maximum Marks
Maths 01 2.5 Hours 300
General Ability Test 02 2.5 Hours 600
Total Written Marks     900
SSB Test/ Interview     900


The detailed NDA Exam Pattern for Maths and GAT is given above and the students can go through that.

  • NDA Exam will have Objective Questions
  • NDA Exam Questions will be based on NDA Syllabus
  • Calculators are not allowed inside the exam hall
  • There is negative marking for wrong answers

NDA Question Paper 2018

The NDA Question Paper for Mathematics and GAT are released by UPSC after the exam. After going through the NDA syllabus, the students should also have a look at NDA Question Paper to get the exact idea about the type of questions asked in the NDA Exam. Students can also first study on a topic from NDA Exam Syllabus and then try to answer those topic questions from NDA Question paper. Thi exercise will help students a lot. After revising the entire NDA  Exam Syllabus the students should answer the NDA Question Paper with a timer so that they are able to judge their exact preparedness for the exam.

If the candidates have any queries related to NDA Syllabus 2018, they can write to us in the comment section below.

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