NDA Preparation

NDA Exam Preparation: Tips on How to Prepare for NDA, Study Materials, and Other Information

The UPSC releases its notification twice every year to organise the NDA exam. It recruits eligible candidates to the Indian Armed Forces, meaning the Defence and Naval Academy. The NDA entrance examination is conducted to judge the candidate's ability through all the possible aspects to ensure he is academically and physically fit for the Armed Forces. Therefore, all the candidates need to know everything about the NDA preparation to clear the examination with flying colours. This article will discuss some important UPSC preparation tips to help you perform accurately in the NDA exam.


Important Tips on NDA Preparation

The common question students have about the NDA preparation is the NDA exam tough? Well, the answer to this is very subjective and solely depends on your preparation. NDA is a national-level exam, so it has a certain difficulty level to ensure only bright and deserving candidates make it through. However, if your preparation is done in the right way and you know about the exam pattern, important topics and interview rounds, you can crack the exam nicely. 


Some of the important NDA preparation tips are given below:


Tip 1:  Know about the NDA Written Exam Pattern

To be able to prepare for the NDA exam, it is necessary to know all the details about the written examination pattern. The written exam is the most crucial round. If you are aware of the different sections and how many marks each section contains, you can easily reach your targeted marks and do your preparations. 


The written examination is 900 marks in total see the below table for other information:

Exam

Section

Question

Duration Of The Exam

Minimum Marks Required

Written Exam

Mathematics

120

150 minutes

300

General Ability Test (GAT)

150

150 minutes

600


Tip 2: Know Subject-Wise Important Topics

The next important thing after the exam pattern is to know all the subjects and sub-topics that are coming in the examination. It is necessary to have a clear knowledge about what is coming in the exam so you can prepare well for each topic accordingly. See the below table to get more information about the exam topics in detail:

Exam

Subjects

Important Topics 

Written Exam

General Ability Test (GAT)

General Knowledge

  • Geography

  • History

  • Physics

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Current Affairs


General English

  • Compression

  • Unseen passage

  • Vocabulary

  • Grammar


Mathematics

  • Statics

  • Matrices

  • Trigonometry functions

  • Algebra

  • Coding - Decoding

  • Speed & Time

  • Simple Interest

  • Blood Relation

  • Time & Work

  • Compound

  • Determinants

  • Integral Calculus


Tip 3: Know about the NDA Study Materials and Subject-Wise Important Topics

Apart from knowing the exam pattern and subjects, it is also important to know about the NDA study material and what topic you have to cover to score maximum marks in the exam. Below are some subject-wise tips and study material information:


Tips for Mathematics Paper:

  • Revise class 10th, 11th, and 12th maths topics and important questions.

  • Practice previous year question paper of UPSC and NDA

  • Prepare and revise all the short tricks for formulas.

  • Attempt as many mock tests and sample papers as you can in the last days.  

  • Set a self timer and try to solve maximum questions in less time.


Tips for GAT General Ability Test

  • Practice questions from main subjects like Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics. Especially from class 11th and 12th.

  • Try solving as many questions as you can from NCERT Textbooks or any other book of science and social science from class 7th-10th.   

  • Read newspapers, watch new channels, install new apps for daily current affairs and GK updates. You can also read current affairs books for the NDA exam.


After knowing about the common preparation tips for the NDA exam, it is essential to know about each subject-wise topic and what NDA study material you can refer to for effective preparation. We are not providing any specific book or material for you to refer to hence you can choose any of the books that suits you from below:


Subject Topics And Study Material for Physics:

Physics Topics

Books/Study Material Reference

Oscillations and Simple Pendulum

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Metals & their Uses

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Semiconductors

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Heat & Thermodynamics

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Fuel & its Composition

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Gravity

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Energy, Work and Power 

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Different SI Units

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Electrostatics

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Electromagnetic Waves

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma


Subject Topics and Study Materials for Chemistry:

Chemistry Topics

Books/Study Material Reference

Important Topics on: Solid, Liquid, Gases

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Chemical Bonding

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Chemical and Scientific Instruments

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Atomic Structure

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma


Subject Topics And Study Material for Geography:

Indian Geography Topics

Books/Study Material Reference

River System

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Northern Plains & Himalayas

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Different Types of Crops and Seasons

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Coastal Plains & Different Plateau

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Different Types of Soil and Clouds

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Lakes, Oceans Rivers, & it's Attributes in India

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Types of Climates & Weather Conditions

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Types of Forest

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Solar System

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Minerals

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Mountain Ranges

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

All about Planet Earth

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Border between Countries & Volcano

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma


Subject Topics and Study Materials for History:

History Topics

Books/Study Material Reference

Mediaeval History 

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Ancient History 

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Modern History

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Dynasties & Capitals

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Mughal Empire

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Foreign Invaders

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Barbara & Humayun

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Delhi Sultanate

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Akbar and His Empire

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Khilji Dynasty

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Jahangir and Shah Jagah

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Sangam Age

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Gupta  Dynasty

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Vedic Era

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Indus Valley Civilization

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma


Subject Topics and Study Materials for Economics:

Economics Topics

Books/Study Material Reference

Indian Union Budget

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Five Year Plan 

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Latest Union Budgets Highlights

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Economic Survey

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma


Subject Topics and Study Materials for General Knowledge (GK):

GK Topics

Books/Study Material Reference

Largest, Smallest, Highest, Tallest in India

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Firsts in India

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Important Days

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Facts about Navy, Military and other Armed Forces in India

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

International organisations

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Important Days, Dates and Events

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Stadiums and Important buildings in India

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma


Subject Topics and Study Materials for English:

English Topics

Books/Study Material Reference

Idioms and Phrases

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Comprehension

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Synonyms and Antonyms 

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

One word substitutes

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma

Tenses

NCERT/Arihant/RD Sharma


Tips to Prepare for UPSC

If you have doubt about how to start preparing for UPSC  below are a few tips that will help you effectively start your UPSC preparations: 

  • Time Management:  Students often ask how to crack the NDA in the first attempt? Well, it mostly depends on how you manage your time. Whether you are giving the NDA or any other exam UPSC conducts, it is vital to manage your time well. Time management is necessary for you to crack and solve questions effectively and accurately.

  • Follow Your Study Plan Smartly: It is necessary to have a study plan when you're preparing for national-level exams like UPSC. Following a well-organised time table smartly will increase your chances of cracking the paper in one go.

  • Do Revision: Revision is an important part of scoring good marks in any exam. You should revise all the important topics and make notes on the regular basis to avoid last minute hassle.


Conclusion

Lastly, we hope after reading this article all your doubts regarding how to start preparing for UPSC are clear. In addition, we hope you will score your targeted marks in the NDA examination with all the help of all vital NDA information given in this article.

FAQs on NDA Preparation

1. What is the exam pattern of the NDA exam?

The NDA exam is divided into two parts one is the written exam and second is the interview round. The written exam has two sections: GAT and Mathematics.

2. What is the NDA interview round?

The NDA interview round is called the SSB interview round. It is the last and most vital round in the NDA selection process. The SSB Interview round has two stages: Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test.

3. What are the important subjects to prepare for the NDA exam?

Candidates should focus on preparing subjects like Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology including latest current affairs and general english questions. 

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