NDA Exam Pattern 2020

UPSC NDA Exam Pattern

The students who are going to take the NDA Exam 2020 must take a firm look at this post on NDA Exam Pattern in order to make their preparation even more productive. The marking scheme of the paper is mentioned in this article and candidates shall be benefited a lot by understanding it.

  • The UPSC conducts the NDA Examination twice a year, annually. The UPSC NDA Exam takes place in an offline mode as a written test that candidates are compulsory to take.
  • There are two stages of this exam: Mathematics Exam & General Ability Test.
  • The exam takes place for a total of 5 hours for both sections combined
  • The paper will take place in two languages: English & Hindi
  • The Questions in the paper will appear in the form of MCQ

NDA Exam Pattern 2020 Highlights

Exam Stages 2 (Written Test & SSB Interview)
Exam Mode and Medium Offline (Pen Paper Based)
The medium of the paper English & Hindi
The total number of sections 2 (Maths & General Ability Test)
Question Paper Type Objective type (MCQ-based questions)
Total Number of Questions 270 Questions (120 from Mathematics and 150 from General Ability Test)
Total Marks for Entrance Test 900 Marks (300 Marks for Mathematics and 600 Marks for General Ability Test)
Negative Marking applicable separately
Exam duration 2.30 hours (Each Section)

NDA Exam Pattern 2020 for Maths & GAT

The following table conveys out the Exam Pattern for NDA Maths & GAT:

  • There will be a negative marking of 0.83 for every wrong answer attempted by the candidates
  • The syllabus for NDA Exam 2020 shall be covered by the standard of 10+2 standard
  • Candidates must go through the NDA Syllabus in order to understand the paper pattern in a better way
Code Papers Subject Maximum marks Duration
1 Paper 1 Mathematics 300 2 ½
2 Paper 2 GAT 600 2 ½
Total 900 5 hours
SSB Interview 900 4-5 days
Grand Total 1800

NDA SSB Interview 2020

SSB Interview is the second stage of the NDA Exam 2020. The interviews go on for around 4-5 days. Candidates who clear the Written Test shall only appear for the Interview Round.

  • The interview round is for 900 marks
  • The first phase of the SSB Interview includes the Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests as well as the Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT)
  • For the second stage of the SSB Interview, the candidates shall be given the Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference

NDA Exam Pattern 2020 – Subject-wise distribution of marks

The following table displays the subject-wise distribution of marks in the NDA Exam Pattern:

S.No. Subjects Marks
1 Maths 300
2 English 200
3 Physics 100
4 Chemistry 60
5 General Science 40
6 History, Freedom Movement, etc. 80
7 Geography 80
8 Current Events 40

NDA Maths Paper Pattern 2020

The following table has the paper pattern for the Maths Section in the NDA Exam 2020. The total paper is for 300 marks and a total of 120 questions shall appear in the exam. Each question is for 2.5 marks.

Mathematics Subjects Marks Questions
Algebra + Vector Algebra 75 30
Trigonometry 50 20
Determinants and matrices 25 10
Analytical Geometry 50 20
Vector Algebra 25 10
Statistics and Probability 25 10
Differential Calculus and Integral calculus 50 20
(The actual calculation might differ)
300 120

NDA General Ability Test Paper Pattern 2020

The General Ability Test includes of two subjects which are English & GK. The total number of questions will be 150.

General Knowledge Subjects Marks
Physics 100
History 80
Geography 80
Chemistry 60
General Science 40
Current Events 40

NDA Exam Pattern 2020 – Negative Marking Scheme

The negative marking for sections/subjects differ. The students can check the following table in order to know the same:

Subjects Total Marks Marks for Correct Answer Marks for Incorrect Answer
Mathematics 200 2.5 -0.83
English 400 4 -1.33
General Knowledge 600 4  -1.33

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