Books to Refer for NDA Exam 2020

NDA books are available in the market in huge numbers. Some of them are truly great reads with extensive coverage. Others are not that great. In this article, we will discuss in detail about the NDA books and tell you which books are the best for the written exam. There are some books that will give you an idea of the SSB interview questions as well. Along with the use of NDA books by UPSC, you must also start exercising regularly as you cannot pass the NDA exam just by reading the books. You need to enhance your physical fitness to a significant level. Read on to know more.

Why You Need Good NDA Books  

The first part of the NDA exam is the written test. In the written test, there are two papers - Maths and General Science and Intelligence (GAT). The format is going to remain the same in NDA Exam 2020. The Maths paper will have 120 questions and the GAT paper will have 150 questions. The total marks of the written test is 900. So, it is vital that you prepare well for the written test and for that you need good NDA books. 

NCERT Books Are Your Best Friend 

The NDA exam consists of questions that are of Class 12 standard or below. If you follow the NCERT books thoroughly and grasp all the concepts mentioned in the books, you will not need any other reference book to pass the exam. For the GAT portion too, you will need to brush up your knowledge in history and geography by reading the Class 9/10 textbooks.

NDA Maths Best Book 

There are many NDA books for Maths. Not all are good. You must be careful while choosing a book. Some books will confuse you and your time will be wasted. However, there are some great Maths books available in the market for the NDA exam.

  1. Pathfinder For NDA and NA: Pathfinder for NDA and NA is one of the best NDA books available in the market. The book comes from Arihant Publication. The book contains detailed explanations of the theories on Maths topics. Then there are solved questions. The previous years’ solved questions are also there. This book covers almost all the topics of the Maths paper that come in the NDA exam. However, sometimes the explanations can be very difficult to understand and you might need to take the help of other books. All in all, it is a good book with detailed analysis and solved questions. What’s more, the book also includes chapters on General Ability. So it can act as a standalone book for you.

  2. Mathematics For NDA and NA by R.S Agarwal: If you already know the fundamentals of the Maths topics, this book can help you find a variety of questions that can be asked in the NDA and NA exam. The chapters are not discussed in detail, but the sheer number of questions will help you be prepared for the NDA exam in a solid way. 

  3. Online Maths Classes and Study Materials: There are top online education platforms like Vedantu that provide in-depth study materials for the NDA exam. These study materials if practised thoroughly alongside attending the online Maths classes can give any NDA preparation a great boost. The online NDA study materials are no way less insightful than any of the NDA books available in the market. 

NDA GAT Books 

If you want to score high in the GAT paper of NDA 2020, you have to keep your eyes and ears open. Here are some helpful resources that can help you score high in GAT -

  1. Newspapers and The TV News- GAT consists of current affairs questions. You need to be aware of the incidents happening around the world 24*7. This can only be done if you read newspapers on a daily basis. The best thing about newspapers is that they also analyse the news - this will come in handy during the SSB interview. You should also watch the news on TV so that you can be aware of the new incidents. You can also learn spoken English by watching English news broadcasts and Vedantu’s live online classes. 

  2. Manorama Yearbook - Manorama Yearbook is the market leader when it comes to GK books. The book not only incorporates current events but it also has history and geography topics organised in an impressive manner.

  3. Lucent’s GK Book- If you get scared by the sheer size of Manorama Yearbook, you can take the help of Lucent’s GK books. The book is short, to the point and includes most of the popular GK topics.

We would like to reiterate once again that NCERT books are your best ally when it comes to preparing for the NDA exam. The NDA exam is conducted by the UPSC. It follows a strict pattern and never digresses from the path of framing questions in a sane manner.

Now, let us discuss the syllabus for Maths and GAT and you will understand why you are being asked to focus on the NCERT books so much. 

SSB Interview  

For SSB interview of the NDA Exam, you can follow these books -

  1. SSB Interview: The Complete Guide: This book by Dr N K Natarajan can help you understand to a great extent what actually happens in the interview, how to handle the psychology tests and group tests and how to respond to the questions of the interviewers. 

  2. SSB Interviews: This book by Maj (retd) Ravindran Vasudevan is another gem that can teach you how to behave in front of the interviewers and what to say and what not to say. This book is not for psychology test help; it will help you polish your behavioural skills. 

Syllabus for the NDA Exam 


The Syllabus for Maths Include: 

  • Algebra

  • Operations on Matrices, The Determinants of a Matrix

  • Trigonometry

  • Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions

  • Differential Calculus

  • Integral Calculus and Differential Equations

  • Vector Algebra

  • Statistics and Probability

All these topics are discussed in your Class 11 and Class 12 books. The topics are discussed in an organised way. The other books also explain these books but they are a little haphazard. That is why among the NDA books, NCERT books are the best. 


Although the GAT paper does not follow a strict outline, apart from the current affairs questions, the questions on English, history, geography etc are basically based on the class 9/10 syllabus.

NDA 2020 

This year NDA 2020 was going to be held in April. However, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the exam was postponed. Now after much delay, the UPSC officials have decided to conduct the exam on 6th September 2020. There will be just one NDA exam this year unlike the usual two in the previous years. So, get ready to face huge competition this year. Yes, you need good NDA books this year to crush the competition. 

NDA books can help you to a certain extent. At the end of the day, it will be your body and brain that will help you enter the hallowed grounds of the NDA. So prepare yourself mentally, physically, spiritually, and intellectually if you want to crack the NDA exam and the interview.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. What are the Best Books for NDA Maths?

Ans. Pathfinder For NDA and NA by Arihant and Mathematics For NDA and NA by R.S Agarwal are two of the great books for NDA Maths. Also, follow the NCERT books.

2. What are the Best Books for NDA GAT?

Ans. Your old NCERT books of class 9/10, Manorama Yearbook are best for NDA GAT Preparation. Also, you need to have the habit of reading newspapers and watching news on TV.

3. What are the Best NDA Books for the SSB Interview?

Ans. SSB Interview : The Complete Guide by Dr N K Natarajan and SSB Interviews by Maj Ravindran Vasudevan is the best books for SSB INterview preparations.

4. What if I Don’t Have Any of These NDA Books?

Ans. As long as you have your NCERT school books, your NDA Exam preparation will not get hampered.

5. When Will the NDA 2020 Be Held?

Ans. NDA 2020 will be held on 6th September 2020.