NDA Question Paper 2020 - 2021

NDA Previous Year Question Paper - Free PDF Download

The National Defence Academy Examination is conducted by UPSC every year to recruit candidates into the Defence Academy under various positions. Several aspirants throughout the country apply for this examination, hence, the level of competition remains tough. The Previous Year Question Papers for NDA Examination is released by the Union Public Commission after completion of their selection process. The question papers for all the sets are released on the official website of UPSC.

NDA exam 2021 is expected to be held on April 18th. The Commission will soon release the exam dates on their official website. Therefore, it is advisable for the candidates to kick start their preparation soon.

NDA Question Paper PDF Download

NDA Question Paper PDF Download

Solving the previous years’ question papers is very important to be familiar with the pattern of examination. Therefore, we at Vedantu have provided free PDFs of solved NDA Question Previous Year Question Papers. Candidates can easily download these solved PDFs for free by registering themselves on our website. 

Also, they can refer to this article to know about the latest NDA Exam Pattern and for any updates on the examination.

Benefits of Solving NDA Previous Year Papers

If you are planning to ace the NDA 2021 Exam with good marks, it very important to solve the previous years’ question papers regularly. By doing this, candidates will get a clear picture of the level of examination and the marking pattern.

Given Below Are Some of the Benefits of Solving Previous Year Question Papers

  1. Gives better clarity on the exam pattern: Regular solving of the question papers will give the candidates a clear understanding of the latest exam pattern. Preparing for the examination will be helpful if the candidates are familiar with the level of difficulty of the exam. 

  2. It helps in building confidence and time management: Candidates will gain confidence in a subject if they have a clear concept and develop a habit of practising the subject daily. Solving the question paper within an allotted time will also help them in increasing their speed along with time management.

  3.  It helps you work upon your strong and weak points: It is very essential for the students to identify their weak and strong areas while solving the question papers. The major focus should be given to solving the difficult sections regularly to score well in the exam. 

  4. It helps you understand the difficulty level of the examination:  The pattern and difficulty level of the NDA Exam changes every year, therefore solving NDA Previous Year Paper will help you to be familiar with the type of questions asked. Candidates can also compare the NDA question paper 2019-20 to know about the pattern of questions asked.

Given below is the exam pattern for NDA 2021

NDA Exam Pattern 2021

UPSC has categorised the NDA selection process in two stages: written exam and SSB interview. 

Candidates must pass the NDA written exam to be eligible for the SSB interview. The written exam for NDA consists of  2 papers, i.e., Mathematics (Paper-I) and General Ability (Paper-II). Refer to the table below for a better understanding of the exam pattern.

NDA Exam Pattern

NDA Exam Pattern 2021

NDA Written Exam Papers



General Ability


Total Marks



Total Number of Questions



Total Time Allotted

2 hours 50 minutes

Type of Questions

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

Medium of Examination

English & Hindi

NDA General Ability Exam Pattern

NDA General Ability paper for NDA is conducted for 600 marks. It  comprises two parts: English (Part A) and General Awareness (Part B)

Given below are the 6 subjects included under NDA General Awareness Paper:

  1. Physics

  2. Chemistry

  3. History

  4. Geography

  5. General Science

  6. Current Events

Refer to the table below for the subject-wise mark distribution of the NDA General Ability exam.

Mark Distribution of the NDA General Ability Exam

General Ability Test (GAT)



Subject-wise Marks









General Science


Current Events






Total Marks


NDA Mathematics Exam Pattern

NDA Mathematics Paper includes 120 questions and is conducted for 300 marks. The questions asked are mainly from the 10+2 level and includes the following topics:

  • Algebra

  • Calculus

  • Matrices and Determinants

  • Integral Calculus and Differential Equations

  • Vector Algebra

  • Analytical Geometry Of Two and Three Dimension

  • Trigonometry

  • Statistics and Probability

According to the NDA 2021 exam pattern, there is a negative marking for every wrong attempted question. Therefore, candidates are advised to choose their answers wisely. 

For NDA General Ability category,1.33 marks are deducted for each wrong answer and 4 marks are added for each correctly attempted answer. There is no negative marking for unattempted answers.

For Mathematics, 0.83 marks are deducted for each wrong answer and 2.5 marks are added for each correct answer. There is no negative marking for unattempted answers.

Hence, candidates are advised to keep a thorough understanding of the latest NDA Exam Pattern and syllabus to score well in the upcoming examination.  Also, try solving previous year papers of at least 5 years for better understanding. 

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

1. Is NDA 2020 Question Paper available online?

Yes, NDA 2020 Question Paper is available online at the official website of UPSC. If you are looking for solved question papers, then you can visit Vedantu’s website and download solved PDFs of NDA question papers for free.

2. What is the total marks for NDA Written Exam 2021?

As per the latest NDA Exam Pattern, the written exam for NDA 2021 will be conducted for 900 marks and would include 270 questions. The exam consists of two papers: Paper-I (Mathematics) and Paper-II (General Ability). The Maths Paper is of 300 marks while General Ability Paper is of 600 marks.

3. What is the level of questions that are asked in the NDA Examination?

The questions asked in the NDA written examination mainly includes questions from class 10+2 level. The difficulty level of the questions are generally moderate and are in multiple-choice format. For better understanding, candidates can refer to NDA Previous Year Question Papers that are available online.

4. What will the NDA 2021 Examination be conducted?

The Union Public Service Commission has not yet released the exam dates for NDA 2021. However, the tentative date for NDA exam is expected to be April 18th. Candidates are advised to check the official UPSC website to know about any latest updates on exam dates.

5. What is NDA SSB Interview?

After clearing the NDA Written Examination, candidates are eligible to sit for the SSB Interview. This is the final selection test to get selected into the National Defence Academy and hence, it includes two stages- Stage 1 and Stage 2. Stage 1 is a screening test that examines the verbal and non-verbal skills of the candidates. While Stage 2 includes the Psychological test and Group Testing Officers Test. After clearing both the stages, candidates are selected for a round of personal interview. Based on the interview performance, he/she will be selected for the eligible post in the Defence Academy.

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