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Subject : Syllabus
Topic : NDA
Tag : 2016

1) NDA Exam:

The National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) Exam is conducted by Union Public Service Commission UPSC.

This is a golden opportunity for candidates planning to make a bright career in the Indian Defence Forces.

The exam gets conducted twice a year in different centres across India.

2) NDA 2016 Eligibility:


The aspirant must be a citizen of India, Nepal, Bhutan or Tibetan Refugee.

Migrated people from various countries with the intention of permanently settling in India.

3) NDA 2016 Age Limit:

A candidate must be an unmarried male born and should not be born earlier than 2nd January 1998 and not later than 1st January 2001 to be eligible.

4) NDA 2016 Educational Qualifications:

For Indian Army, candidate either should have done or should be appearing or the class 12th from a recognized board.

For Air force and Navy, candidates must have done or should have appeared for the class 12th with Physics and Mathematics from a recognized board.

5) NDA 2016 Physical Standards:

Aspirants should be in good physical and mental health as per the guidelines given on the right.

The minor ailments/defects that candidates can rectify after recommended at the SSB are wax (ears), piles, under-weight and Tonsillitis, etc.

For more information regarding the physical standards, please refer to the PDF of the official document to the right.

6) NDA Exam Schedule:

The NDA exam is held twice a year, usually in the month of:
a) March-April
b) August-Sept

Candidates planning to appear in NDA Exam 2017, can start preparing for next year exam with The tentative exam schedule for the NDA Exam 2017 is given on the right.

7) NDA Exam Scheme and Syllabus:

The question paper of the NDA April, 2016 exam was more difficult than the previous year's exams.

8) NDA Syllabus of Paper 1 (Mathematics):

The Mathematics paper for NDA Exam 2016 during the month of April was quiet long and consisted of questions from class XI and XII syllabus.

The paper was moderate to difficult and it was more than enough if students had attempted at least 65% answers correctly in this section.

9) NDA Syllabus of Paper 2 (General Ability):

In the Science section, the questions from Physics were conceptual, Biology was more of factual and Chemistry had direct questions.

The General Knowledge section had questions from Modern Indian History, Indian Polity and Geography.

Questions in the English section were asked from grammar, and reading comprehension, etc.

10) NDA 2016 Exam Pattern:

The time duration for NDA 2016 written exam was 5 hours, of which 2 hours and 30 minutes for each of the two papers. The written exam was of total 900 marks, where Maths paper was of 300 marks and General Ability for 600 marks.

Papers consisted of objective type questions and the question papers (Maths & General Ability) were set in both English and Hindi.

The exam was conducted in pen and paper mode.

One-Third mark was deducted for each wrong answer. In case a candidate marked more than one response for any question, it is treated as a wrong answer and negative marking was applied.

11) NDA Exam Cutoff:

Stages of NDA 2 Cutoff 2016

1. Mathematics
Candidates have to score 30% marks in Mathematics which is 90 marks out of 300 to qualify.

2. General Ability Test (GAT)
Candidates have to score 30% marks in GAT which is 180 marks out 600 to qualify.