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NDA Syllabus 2024 and Exam Pattern for GAT, Maths, and English

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NDA Syllabus 2024: UPSC has released the NDA Syllabus 2024 with 400 vacancies announced. Candidates should study the NDA syllabus well, consisting of General Ability Test (GAT) and Mathematics sections. GAT covers History, General Knowledge, Current Affairs, English, Science, and Geography, while Mathematics focuses on 10+2 level topics. GAT holds 600 marks, and Mathematics, 300 marks. Those clearing the NDA written exam’s cut-off proceed to the SSB/Interview round. UPSC conducts the NDA exam twice a year to recruit candidates for the country’s Defence forces. Aspirants must understand the Maths and GAT syllabus for preparation, with selection based on a written exam and SSB Test/Interview.

NDA Syllabus 2024

The UPSC NDA 2024 exam syllabus consists of two papers: Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). Candidates must understand the NDA syllabus to prepare effectively. Familiarizing them with the NDA syllabus 2024 helps align their study approach. The exam includes GAT, covering History, GK, Current Affairs, English, Science, and Geography, and Mathematics with 10+2 level topics. GAT holds more marks (600) than Maths (300). Those clearing the written exam’s cut-off proceed to SSB/Interview. The syllabus comprises 120 Maths and 150 GAT questions, covering basic subjects. Understanding the NDA syllabus helps in efficient study planning. This article offers comprehensive insights into the NDA syllabus 2024.

NDA Syllabus 2024: Overview

Candidates are requested to carefully examine the NDA Syllabus and Exam Pattern prior to start their preparations. The official syllabus is detailed in the NDA Notification 2024. Here is a summary of the NDA Syllabus 2024, offering candidates valuable guidance for their exam readiness.

Parameters Details
Name of the Exam National Defence Academy Exam or NDA exam
Exam Conducting Body Union Public Service Commission, UPSC
Frequency of NDA Exam Two times a year (NDA 1 & NDA 2)
Selection Process Written Test, Intelligence & Personality Test (SSB)
Mode of exam Offline (Pen and Paper mode)
Total Papers in NDA Exam Mathematics
General Ability Test (GAT)
Total Marks for NDA Exam Total: 900 Marks
Mathematics: 300 Marks
GAT: 600 Marks
Total No. of Questions Mathematics: 120
GAT: 150
Negative Marking Mathematics: -0.83
GAT: -1.33 marks
Exam Duration Mathematics: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
GAT: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Official Website upsc.gov.in

NDA Exam Pattern 2024

The NDA examination comprises two stages: the written examination and the SSB (Services Selection Board) interview. Following the announcement of the NDA Cut Off, candidates proceed to the SSB interview round. The NDA Written Exam Pattern is given below. The total duration of the NDA examination is 5 hours, during which candidates will face objective-type questions covering various subjects.

Subject Duration Maximum Marks
Mathematics 2½ Hours 300
General Ability Test 2½ Hours 600
Total 900
SSB Test/Interview 900

NDA Exam Pattern 2024 Maths

The NDA exam pattern for the Maths consists of 120 questions for the total of 300 marks. Given below is the NDA Maths exam pattern:

Paper I Mathematics 
Total Marks 300 Marks
Number of Questions 120 Questions
Marks for every correct answer +2.5
Marks deducted for every wrong answer -0.3
Duration of Exam 2.5 Hours

NDA Exam Pattern 2024 General Ability Test

The General Ability Test consists of two papers which are English and GK. Below is the exam pattern of the GAT:

Paper II GAT 
Total Marks 600
Number of Questions 150
Number of Questions in English 50
Number of Questions in GK 100
Maximum Marks for English 200
Maximum Marks for GK 400
Marks for every correct answer +4 marks in both papers
Marks for every incorrect answer -1.33 marks in both papers
Duration of Exam 2.5 Hours

NDA Pattern 2024 For SSB Interview

All the candidates who will clear the NDA written exam will move to the next round of selection process which is an SSB Interview. The NDA SSB Interview is given below:

Stage Tests
Stage 1 Screening Test (Verbal and non-verbal tests), PPDT
Stage 2 Psychological Test, Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), Word Association Test (WAT), Situation Reaction Test (SRT), Self Description Test (SD), Group Testing Officers Test (GTO), GD, GPE, PG, TH, GT, IoT, Command Task, Snake race/Group Obstacle Race, Individual lecture, FGT
Personal Interview & Conference

NDA Syllabus 2024

Understanding the NDA Syllabus 2024 is important for candidates aiming to excel in the upcoming NDA Exam. The exam comprises two main sections: General Awareness and Mathematics. Although the NDA Exam for the current year has concluded, aspiring candidates need to familiarize themselves with the revised NDA Syllabus 2024 to prepare effectively for the next examination cycle.

NDA Syllabus 2024 of Mathematics (300 Marks)

The Mathematics syllabus covers various topics from algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and analytical geometry. It aims to evaluate candidates understanding of mathematical concepts, their ability to apply them to solve problems, and their speed and accuracy in calculations. Let us look at some most important topics for NDA Syllabus 2024 for Maths-

Subject Topics
  • Concept of sets
  • Operations on sets
  • Venn diagrams
  • De Morgan laws
  • Cartesian product
  • Relation
  • Equivalence relation
  • Representation of real numbers
  • Complex numbers
  • Binary system
  • Arithmetic, geometric, and harmonic progressions
  • Quadratic equations
  • Linear inequalities
  • Permutations and combinations
  • Binomial theorem
  • Logarithms
  • Matrices and determinants
  • Angles and measures
  • Trigonometric ratios
  • Trigonometric identities
  • Sum and difference formulae
  • Multiple and sub-multiple angles
  • Inverse trigonometric functions
  • Height and distance problems
  • Properties of triangles
Analytical Geometry
  • Rectangular Cartesian coordinate system
  • Distance formula
  • Equation of a line
  • Angle between two lines
  • Distance of a point from a line
  • Equation of a circle
  • Standard forms of conic sections
  • Point in a three-dimensional space
  • Equation of a plane
  • Angle between two lines or planes
  • Equation of a sphere
Differential Calculus
  • Functions and their graphs
  • Composite functions
  • Limits and continuity
  • Derivatives and their applications
  • Increasing and decreasing functions
  • Maxima and minima
Integral Calculus
  • Integration and its techniques
  • Definite integrals and their applications
  • Differential equations
  • Order and degree of a differential equation
  • General and particular solutions
Vector Algebra
  • Vectors in two and three dimensions
  • Magnitude and direction of vectors
  • Addition and scalar multiplication of vectors
  • Scalar and vector products
  • Work done and moments of force
  • Geometrical problems involving vectors
Statistics and Probability
  • Classification of data
  • Frequency distribution
  • Graphical representation
  • Measures of central tendency and dispersion
  • Correlation and regression
  • Probability concepts
  • Random experiments and events
  • Probability theorems
  • Random variables
  • Binomial distribution

The Topic wise number of questions from the Maths section is given in the table below:

Topic Questions Range
Probability 10
Complex Number 10-15
Calculus 20-25
Quadratic Equation 20-25
Matrices and Determinant 30
Trigonometry 30

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Part II- General Ability Test

The General Ability Test consists of two papers: English and General Knowledge. The English paper carries a weightage of 200 Marks, while the General Knowledge paper has a weightage of 400 Marks.

NDA Syllabus 2024 English (Maximum Marks: 200)

The question paper in English will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. The syllabus covers various aspects like Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.

Topic No. of Questions No. of Marks
Spotting Errors 5 20
Comprehension 6 24
Sentence Improvement 10 40
Ordering of Words in a Sentence 9 36
Selecting Words 10 40
Synonyms 5 20
Antonyms 5 20
Total 50 200

NDA Syllabus 2024 English

The NDA syllabus 2024 for English consists of various topics which are given below.

NDA Syllabus 2024 English
Grammar & usage
Comprehension & cohesion
Spotting of errors
Para Jumbling
Fill in the blanks
Synonyms & Antonyms
Cloze Test
Idioms & Proverbs
Completion of Sentence & Para
Sentence Correction & Improvement

NDA Syllabus 2024 General Knowledge (Maximum Marks: 400)

This test will consist of 6 sections. Candidates will have to prepare the basics of all these sections for the UPSC NDA 2024 Exam. The sections are as follows:

NDA Syllabus 2024 GAT
General Science
Current Affairs

The question paper on General Knowledge will broadly cover the subjects: Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events.

Topic No. of Questions No. of Marks
Physics 23 92
Chemistry 16 64
General Science 11 44
History & Freedom Movement 16 64
Current Affairs 17 68
Geography 17 68
Total 100 400

Section ‘A’ (Physics)

The questions in the physics section are asked from the topics like Mass, Weight, Volume, Pressure, Newton’s laws of Motion etc. Given below is the complete list of topics from which the questions are been asked in the NDA examination.

NDA Syllabus 2024 For Physics
  • Physical Properties and States of Matter
  • Mass
  • Weight
  • Volume
  • Density and Specific Gravity
  • Principle of Archimedes
  • Pressure Barometer.
  • The motion of objects
  • Velocity and Acceleration
  • Newton’s Laws of Motion
  • Force and Momentum
  • Parallelogram of Forces
  • Stability and Equilibrium of bodies
  • Gravitation
  • elementary ideas of work
  • Power and Energy.
  • Effects of Heat
  • Measurement of Temperature and Heat
  • change of State and Latent Heat
  • Modes of transference of Heat
  • Sound waves and their properties
  • Simple musical instruments
  • Rectilinear propagation of Light
  • Reflection and refraction
  • Spherical mirrors and Lenses
  • Human Eye.
  • Natural and Artificial Magnets
  • Properties of a Magnet
  • Earth as a Magnet Static and Current Electricity
  • conductors and Non-conductors
  • Ohm’s Law
  • Simple Electrical Circuits
  • Heating
  • Lighting and Magnetic effects of Current
  • Measurement of Electrical Power
  • Primary and Secondary Cells
  • Use of X-Rays.
  • General Principles in the working of the following: Simple Pendulum, Simple Pulleys, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightening Conductors, Safety Fuses.

Section ‘B’ (Chemistry)

The Chemistry segment is the NDA examination consists questions from the topics like Elements, Mixtures and Compounds, Acids, Bases and Salts, Properties of matter etc. Consider the table given below in order to get the glimpse over the topics from which the questions are been asked.

NDA Syllabus 2024 for Chemistry
  • Physical and Chemical changes
  • Elements
  • Mixtures and Compounds
  • Symbols, Formulae and simple Chemical Equations
  • Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems).
  • Properties of Air and Water.
  • Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbon dioxide, Oxidation and Reduction.
  • Acids, bases and salts.
  • Carbon— different forms.
  • Fertilizers—Natural and Artificial.
  • Material used in the preparation of substances like Soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches and Gun-Powder.
  • Elementary ideas about the structure of Atom, Atomic Equivalent and Molecular Weights, Valency.

Section ‘C’ (General Science)

The General science is the category that consists of the general topics like Growth and Reproduction, basis of life, questions on food and balanced diet etc. All the topics from the General science section in the NDA syllabus are given below:

NDA Syllabus 2024 for General Science
  • Difference between the living and non-living.
  • Basis of Life—Cells, Protoplasm’s and Tissues.
  • Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals.
  • Elementary knowledge of Human Body and its important organs.
  • Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention.
  • Food—Source of Energy for man.
  • Constituents of food, Balanced Diet.
  • The Solar System—Meteors and Comets, Eclipses.
  • Achievements of Eminent Scientists.

Section ‘D’ (History, Freedom Movement etc.)

The Questions in this sections are majorly asked from History like Various movements, Indian constitution, Various plans in india, various revolutions etc. Given below is the list of the complete topics:

NDA Syllabus 2024 for History, Freedom Movement etc.
  • A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation.
  • Freedom Movement in India.
  • Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration.
  • Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India.
  • Panchayati Raj, Co-operatives and Community Development.
  • Bhoodan, Sarvodaya, National Integration and Welfare State, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Forces shaping the modern world; Renaissance, Exploration and Discovery; War of American Independence.
  • French Revolution, Industrial Revolution and Russian Revolution.
  • Impact of Science and Technology on Society.
  • Concept of one World, United Nations, Panchsheel, Democracy, Socialism and Communism.
  • Role of India in the present world.

Section ‘E’ (Geography)

The question in this section are made from the topics like Origin of earth, latitude and longitudes, rocks, wind, cyclones etc. Check the list of topics given below to get the better understanding about this section.

NDA Syllabus 2024 for Geography
  • The Earth, its shape and size.
  • Latitudes and Longitudes, Concept of time.
  • International Date Line.
  • Movements of Earth and their effects.
  • Origin of Earth.
  • Rocks and their classification; Weathering—Mechanical and Chemical, Earthquakes and Volcanoes.
  • Ocean Currents and Tides Atmosphere and its composition; Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure, Planetary Winds, Cyclones and Anti-cyclones; Humidity; Condensation and Precipitation; Types of Climate, Major Natural regions of the World.
  • Regional Geography of India—Climate, Natural vegetation. Mineral and Power resources; location and distribution of agricultural and Industrial activities.
  • Important Sea ports and main sea, land and air routes of India.
  • Main items of Imports and Exports of India.

Section ‘F’ (Current Events)

Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in recent years. Current important world events. Prominent personalities—both Indian and International including those connected with cultural activities and sports.

NOTE: Out of the maximum marks assigned to part ‘B’ of this paper, questions on Sections ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’ and ‘F’ will carry approximately 25%, 15%, 10%, 20%, 20% and 10% weightages respectively.

Percentage of Marks
Section A: Physics
Section B: Chemistry
Section C: General Science
Section D: History/Freedom Movements
Section E: Geography
Section F: Current Events

Paper 3: Intelligence and Personality Test

The SSB Round consists of two stages:

Subject Important Topics
Stage I Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests
Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT)
Stage II Interview
Group Testing Officer Tasks
Psychology Tests

NDA Syllabus 2024 for OIR

The NDA Syllabus 2024 for the OIR Test is given below:

Verbal Test Non-Verbal Test
Completion of Series Figures
Analogies Shorter and Taller Problems
Blood Relation Locating Hidden Figure
Logical Venn Diagram Figure Matrix
Odd one out Paper Cutting
Jumbled Words Problem on Dice
Classification of Data Problem on Ranks
Coding-Decoding Problem on Cubes
One-word Substitution Interchanging 2 signs
Identification of Letters Visualizing Patterns
Spatial Ability Reconstruction of Test

NDA Syllabus 2024 in Hindi

NDA (National Defence Academy) का सिलेबस दो खंडों में बाँटा गया है – गणित और सामान्य योग्यता परीक्षण। गणित भौतिकी, रसायन विज्ञान और गणित के विभिन्न विषयों पर केंद्रित है, जबकि सामान्य योग्यता परीक्षण अंग्रेजी, सामाजिक अध्ययन, भूगोल, और सामान्य ज्ञान के परीक्षणों पर ध्यान केंद्रित है। इसके अलावा, भौतिकी, रसायन विज्ञान, सामान्य विज्ञान, सामाजिक अध्ययन, भूगोल, सामान्य ज्ञान, और विभिन्न विषयों पर आधारित आगामी परीक्षाओं के लिए तैयारी करने वाले उम्मीदवारों के लिए एनडीए सिलेबस बहुत उपयुक्त है।

How to Prepare for NDA Syllabus 2024?

Preparing for the NDA exam requires effective strategies to cover the NDA syllabus efficiently. Here are some tips to help:

  • Know the Exam Pattern: Understand the latest NDA exam pattern, including the weightage of each section, to plan your preparation accordingly.
  • Understand the Syllabus: Get a good understanding of the UPSC NDA syllabus by referring to the latest notification and updates.
  • Use Previous Year’s Papers: Download and go through NDA Previous Years Papers to identify important topics and understand question trends.
  • Practice Mock Tests: Improve time management skills by taking NDA mock tests, which simulate exam conditions.
  • Plan Revision: Develop a revision plan to consolidate your learning before the exam, ensuring you understand key concepts well.

Important Topics in NDA Syllabus 2024

For effective and time-efficient NDA exam preparation, prioritize essential topics in the syllabus.

  • In English, focus on skills like reading comprehension, synonyms-antonyms, spotting errors, and vocabulary, including idioms and phrases.
  • The NDA Maths syllabus covers matrices, determinants, sets, Venn diagrams, trigonometry, and 2D/3D geometry, among others.
  • In General Knowledge, emphasize history, chemistry, current affairs, art and culture, physics, and basic science. This strategic approach ensures a targeted study plan for maximum readiness in a limited timeframe.

Aspiring NDA exam candidates are strongly recommended to utilize the study materials provided by Defence Adda247 for effective exam preparation. These resources, designed by experts at Defence Adda247, cover all aspects of the NDA syllabus, ensuring thorough and effective preparation for the upcoming examination.

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Who is eligible for NDA exam?

Only unmarried male and female aspirants aged between 16.5 and 19.5 are eligible to apply for NDA.

Is Maths tough in NDA?

The overall difficulty level of the NDA section is considered to be moderate.

How to apply for the NDA Exam?

Candidates who are interested in the NDA Exam can apply online by visiting the official website- upsconline.nic.in

What is the pattern of the NDA exam?

National Defence Academy (NDA) examination is divided into two parts, written examination of 900 marks and the interview of 900 marks.

Are questions repeated in NDA?

Yes, some NDA English Questions are repeated in the exam. Only questions are changed but concepts remain the same.

When will the NDA exam 1 2024 be conducted?

The NDA 1 exam 2024 will be conducted on 21st April, 2024.

When will the NDA 2 2024 exam take place?

The NDA 2 2024 exam will be conducted on 1st September, 2024.

What are the important topics in the NDA syllabus 2024?

The important topics in the NDA syllabus 2024 are shared in the article above.