NDA Exam I 2016: Analysis of Exam Pattern

Jagran.Josh is proviing you the detailed analysis of the NDA Exam pattern, which will help you to prepare for the NDA Exam 2016.

Created On: Feb 24, 2016 10:51 IST

Dear Candidates, if you are preparing for NDA written exam then knowing the pattern of the paper is very much important because working on each section in addition to saving the time is what matters the most in the examination hall where there is stress on mind to clear each section with good percentage which will open the doors for the second round. Now let’s discuss the exam pattern in detail.

The written exam consists of two papers:-
 Where Mathematics   (CODE 01) consists of 300 marks and duration is 2.5 hours.
 General ability   (CODE 02) consists of 600 marks and duration is 2.5 hours.
  • General ability is divided into two parts Part A English consist of 200 marks and Part B General knowledge of 400 marks.
  • Part B General Knowledge has six sections Physics (100 marks) Chemistry (60marks) General science (40marks) History, Freedom Movement (80 marks) Geography (80marks) Current Events (40 marks).

Click here for the Detailed Syllabus

Things to know for NDA written exam pattern
 The papers in all subjects will consist of objective type questions only.
 The question papers of (test booklets) of Mathematics and Part ‘B’ of General Ability test will be set bilingually in Hindi as well English.
 Candidates are not permitted to use calculators for answering objective type papers(Test booklets)
 Negative marking exists in the NDA Examination.


 Mathematics contains 120 questions in which marks obtained for the correct answer will be 2.5 whereas for the incorrect answer is -.83.
 General ability section contains 150 questions in which Part A English will have 50 and Part B General knowledge will have 100.
 Candidates will get 4 marks each for the correct answer of English and -.133 for the incorrect one.
 For General Knowledge also 4 mark each for the correct and -.133 for the incorrect answer.

On an average each subject or topic contains the question in exam however the percentage of question on each topic may fluctuate year by year so it is recommendable to work on each topic because clearing just two sections and ignoring other will not help to pass the written examination. Priorities can be set on the topics to make it strong at the first.
Hope the given information is useful for the preparation because this will not only help you to prepare but also tell you to focus on the each subject or topics. Be it any competitive exam it’s not easy to crack it until and unless candidates prepare with time fixation. Just practicing Mathematics formulae or gasping English rules will not help it has to be done in fixed time frame. Gone are days when people think that hard work will pay off just by marking the option as you need to be smart as well to know how much each section requires time. As you cannot be lucky every time because it contains negative marking too.

NDA Exam Question Papers

Click here for the download the NDA Exam I 2015 Question paper I with Answer Keys

Click here for the download the NDA Exam I 2015 Question paper II with Answer Keys

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