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Understanding NDA UPSC Exam Pattern

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NDA UPSC Exam Pattern Details:

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the NDA (National Defence Academy) and National Academy (NA) Exam (II) twice a year for admission to the Army, Navy, and Air Force Wings. The minimum educational qualification required is a 12th class pass in the 10+2 pattern. The UPSC NDA & NA exam pattern details are given below:

Exam Pattern:

The UPSC NDA exam comprises 2 stages: I. Written Examination II. Interview

I. Written Examination:

There will be 2 papers in the NDA and NA written exam. The papers in all subjects will consist of objective type questions only. The question papers for Mathematics and Part B of the General Ability Test will be set bilingually in Hindi as well as English. The time duration for each paper is 2 ½ hours. Subjects and maximum marks are detailed below:

i. In the question papers, wherever necessary, questions involving the metric system of Weights and Measures only will be set. ii. The Commission has discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all subjects at the examination. iii. Candidates are not permitted to use calculators or mathematical or logarithmic tables for answering objective type papers.

CodeSubjectsTime DurationMaximum Marks
1Mathematics2 ½ Hours300
2General Ability Test2 ½ Hours600
SSB Test/ Interview900
Subjects & Maximum Marks:
  1. Mathematics – Maximum Marks: 300
  2. General Ability Test (Part A – English) – Maximum Marks: 200
  3. General Ability Test (Part B – General Knowledge) – Maximum Marks: 400

Total Marks for the Written Examination: 900

II. Interview:

Candidates who qualify in the written examination are called for the Interview conducted by the Services Selection Board (SSB).

The UPSC NDA exam provides a gateway to prestigious careers in the defense services. Candidates should diligently prepare for both the written examination and the subsequent interview to enhance their chances of selection. The bilingual nature of question papers ensures fairness, and candidates are reminded not to use calculators during the examination. The interview stage, conducted by SSB, is a crucial component in the selection process.

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