NDA Exam Pattern 2022: Check subject-wise marking scheme and paper pattern here

Safalta Expert Published by: Himani Mehra Updated Mon, 16 May 2022 07:52 AM IST


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Are you preparing for NDA Examination? Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts NDA Exam twice a year to recruit eligible and interested candidates to join the National Defence Academy.  Candidates aspiring to appear for NDA Exam in the future should be familiar with exam patterns to understand the exam better. NDA Exam pattern refers to all the details about the NDA Exam, the time duration of the exam, the number of questions asked, subjects from which questions are asked, exam mode, and so on.
  1. NDA exam pattern 2022 is such that it is divided into the written exam and SSB Interview.
  2. The written exam of NDA comprises two sections, Mathematics and General Ability Test.
  3. The total marks of the written exam are 900.
  4. Candidates qualifying for the written exam are called for SSB Interview for Psychological Aptitude and Intelligence.
  5. The SSB Interview carries 900 marks. 
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NDA Exam Pattern 2022: Important Details

The exam for NDA 2022 is fast approaching. Candidates must start their preparation now. As the most recent notification by UPSC for NDA I exam 2022 could be your chance to make it to the armed forces. Union Public Service Commission has released the notification for 400 vacancies in the National Defense Academy. National Defence Academy Exam is the first step job in the Indian army, air force, and the Indian Navy.  Certain important details regarding NDA Exam Pattern are as follows:
Exam Mode Offline
Exam Medium Hindi and English
Number of Sections 2
Type of Questions Objective or MCQ
Total Number of Questions 270 Questions 

GAT: 150

Mathematics: 120

Total Marks 900 Marks
  • 300 Marks for Mathematics
  • 600 Marks for General Ability Test
Total Exam Duration 5 Hours- 

GAT: 2 ½ hours

Mathematics: 2 ½ hours

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NDA Exam Pattern 2022

There are two sections in NDA Written Exam- Mathematics and General Ability Test. The exam is conducted in offline mode. 
  1. All the questions in the exam will be objective type.
  2. There are a total of 150 questions in GAT and Mathematics has a total of 120 questions.
  3. Each section of the exam will be held for 2 ½ hours, the total duration for the exam is 5 hours.
  4. Marking schemes is- The GAT section will be for 600 marks while the Mathematics section will carry 300 marks.
  5. The GAT section is divided into two parts. Part A comprises English while Part B consists of General Knowledge.
Subject Paper Total No. Of Questions Exam Duration Maximum Marks
Mathematics 1 120 2.5 Hours 300
General Ability Test 2 150 2.5 Hours 600
Total   270 5 Hours 900

The General Ability Test (GAT) comprises of the following subjects:
  • General English
  • General Knowledge
The distribution of marks for these subjects is as follows:
Section Maximum Marks
General English 200
General Knowledge 400

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The General Knowledge section comprises of questions from the following topics:
Subject/Topic Maximum Marks
Physics 100
Chemistry 60
General Science 40
History 80
Geography 80
Current Affairs 40

NDA Exam Pattern: Marking Scheme

The marking scheme is an important component of the NDA Exam Pattern. Prior knowledge of the marking scheme is a must in order to succeed in the NDA Exam. 
The illustration of the marking scheme as per NDA Exam Pattern are as follows:
Particular Mathematics GAT
Total Questions 120 150
Total Marks 300 600
Marks allotted to each question 2.5 4
Negative marking for each incorrect answer -0.83 -1.33
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NDA Exam Pattern: SSB Interview

All those candidates who clear the written examination appear for SSC Interview. SSC Interview comprises of 900 marks and is conducted over a time period of 4-5 days. SSB Interview comprises of the following stages:
  • SSB Interview Stage I: Stage I is also called the Screening Test. It comprises of Officer Intelligence Test (OIT) and Picture Perception and Description Test (PPDT). Candidates who qualify for these two tests or are screened in, move to the next stage.
  • SSB Interview Stage II: This stage spans over 4 days. There are different tasks and tests conducted on different days such as Group Testing Officer Tasks, Conference, Psychology Test and Personal Interview. The detailed pattern of Stage II is as follows:
Psychological Test
  • Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
  • Word Association Test (WAT)
  • Situation Reaction Test (SRT)
  • Self Description Test (SD)
Group Testing Officers Test
  • GD
  • GPE
  • PGT
  • HGT
  • IOT
  • Command Task
  • Snake race/Group Obstacle Race
  • Individual lecture
  • FGT
Personal Interview -
Conference -

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How many questions are there from Mathematics in NDA Exam?

There are a total of 150 questions from Mathematics in NDA Exam.

What is the duration of NDA Exam?

The duration of NDA Exam is 5 hours.

Is there negative marking in NDA Exam?

Yes, there is negative marking in NDA Exam. 0.83 marks are deducted for every incorrect answer in Mathematics section and 1.33 marks are deducted in GAT section.

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