How to Pass NDA Written Exam

NDA & NA exam has now come up as the dream exam of all who are studying or have passed their class 12th exam. This exam is held twice in a year in the month of April & August. Every sixth months, almost 3 lakh aspirants gears up for the most competitive exams these days.

How to Pass NDA Written Exam

  • Education eligibility: 12th passed or appearing with Physics & Mathematics as compulsory subjects(Air Force & Navy) or 12th passed or appearing(Army) both exams conducted by State Education Board or University.
  • Age Limit: 16 ½ to 19 on the 1st January or 1st July of the year succeeding the year of exam. The candidate must me an unmarried male.
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NDA Written Exam Phases of Selection:

  1. Clearing written exam
  2. Clearing respective SSB or AFSB interview
  3. Being medically fit for the respective service
  4. Clearing the All India Merit
  5. Joining NDA or NA

NDA Written Exam Course:

  1. Mathematics: Syllabus of 10th, 11th & 12th NCERT Based
  2. English: Test of Grammar & Usage, Vocabulary, Comprehension & Cohesion
  3. Physics: Up to 12th NCERT Course
  4. Chemistry: Up to 12th NCERT Course
  5. Biology: Up to class 10th
  6. Geography: Up to Class 10th
  7. History: Up to Class 10th
  8. Political Science: Up to Class 10th
  9. Economics: Up to Class 10th
  10.  Current Affairs : General News shown On TV & Newspaper

NDA Written Exam Marks Division of the exam:

  • Mathematics: 300 Marks
  • General Ability Test: 600 Marks
NDA and NA Exam Preparation Tips

NDA Written Exam Tips for NDA Written:

  1. As the course is large, everyday 2-3 hours study is necessary on regular basis. Course may be divided in small chapters & proper study plan will bring sure success.
  2. Previous years question papers can be used to know the exam pattern & the important topics to shorten the course.
  3. For the Social Science (History, Geography, etc) part, class 6, 7, 8 must be given just a rough reading; class 9th & 10th books will cover all the aspects with additional information to those of class 6th, 7th & 8th.
  4. Reading monthly magazine of 2-3 months prior to the date of exam will be helpful.
  5. Science (Physics & Chemistry) will be easy for those having these subjects, but just a revision of their NCERT will do it all.
  6. English can fetch you really good marks. So its study along with other subjects is required. Thorough understanding of PARTS OF SPEECH will help you do well in error finding.
  7. Mathematics questions take time to be solved, therefore, time management must be kept in mind because its general scenario that candidates are unable to finish the questions those are so easy. So, while writing the exam, be aware of these easy questions, so that you can solve more questions.
  8. The All India Merit will include the marks of your written exam also, so studying hard & getting good marks is the only way for you to get good merit rank.
  9. There is negative marking, avoid giving wrong responses, only tick the option when you are sure. I will say if you avoid guesses, it will help you.
  10.  Keep wrist watch with yourself to keep pace with the time, avoid stress, keep calm. In the last five minutes of the exam, tick all your responses in one go in the OMR Sheet. Be conscious for leaving the space if you have not solved that question.

NDA Written Exam Best Preparation Books:

  1. Arihant’s Pathfinder NDA & NA
  2. Lucent’s General Science
  3. Monthly Magazines i.e., Pratiyogita Darpan, Competition Success Review etc.
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Author: Rahul Sangwan : Recommended for NDA[ Air Force] and TES-Army. I live in New Delhi. Currently I am pursuing B.Tech. I play volleyball,  do swimming, listen to music, browse internet a lot, and I love driving. I have a dream of joining air force right from my childhood.

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    my date of birth is 7th june 1995…am i eligible for applying nda 2013 august exam???

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  • Pranav Sinha

    what exactly is selection criteria. is it subject wise or at the whole marks cutoff is taken?

    • INDIAN

      Whole marks. Cutoff is different every year, just prepare with dedication and don’t worry, you’ll succeed for sure.

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