Download Safalta App
for better learning

Safalta App


UPSC NDA Exam Pattern 2021: Check subject-wise marking scheme and paper pattern here

Safalta Expert Published by: Himani Mehra Updated Mon, 21 Jun 2021 07:22 PM IST


UPSC NDA Exam Pattern 2021: Check detailed exam pattern for NDA Exam here at and understand the marking scheme, section-wise exam pattern and more.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts NDA Exam twice a year to recruit eligible and interested candidates to join the National Defence Academy. NDA II 2021 is scheduled to be held on September 5, 2021. Candidates aspiring to appear for NDA Exam should be familiar with exam pattern to understand the exam better. NDA Exam pattern refers to all the details about NDA Exam, the time duration of the exam, number of questions asked, subjects from which questions are asked, exam mode and so on. Read this article to know all about NDA Exam Pattern in detail and strategise your preparation according to NDA Exam Pattern.

Free Demo Classes

Register here for Free Demo Classes

For complete preparation, Subscribe to our Free Video Classes

NDA Exam Pattern 2021: Important Details

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 (120 from Mathematics and 150 from General Ability Test)
Total Marks 900 Marks (300 Marks for Mathematics and 600 Marks for General Ability Test)
Total Exam Duration 5 Hours

NDA Exam Pattern 2021

There are two sections in NDA Written Exam- Mathematics and General Ability Test. The exam is conducted in offline mode. 
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

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

Explore our list of free courses curated for your benefits click here

NDA Exam Pattern: Marking Scheme

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

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 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 -

Attempt Free Mock Tests- Click Here

NDA 2021: How To Prepare

If you are prearing for NDA/ NA (II)- 2021 and are looking for expert guidance to ace the exam then join our course- NDA & NA (II) - Target Batch 2021 and avail the following benefits:
  • 180+ Hours Live interactive Classes
  • Recorded backup of all the Live Classes
  • Course Video subscription for Life Time
  • 180+ Downloadable PDF study material
  • Special Q&A Sessions
  • Counseling Sessions by Expert Faculties
  • Solve unlimited doubts with Subject matter experts
  • A strategy session on how to attempt the exam
  • Experienced Faculties (Selection oriented)
  • Dedicated Telegram Group for regular updates
  • Special Current Affairs on Safalta YouTube Channel
Join Now: NDA & NA (II) - Target Batch 2021 

Also Read:

How to join Indian Army after graduation

NDA Selection Process

NDA Eligibility Criteria

NDA Important Dates

NDA Preparation Tips

Best Books for NDA


अपनी वेबसाइट पर हम डाटा संग्रह टूल्स, जैसे की कुकीज के माध्यम से आपकी जानकारी एकत्र करते हैं ताकि आपको बेहतर अनुभव प्रदान कर सकें, वेबसाइट के ट्रैफिक का विश्लेषण कर सकें, कॉन्टेंट व्यक्तिगत तरीके से पेश कर सकें और हमारे पार्टनर्स, जैसे की Google, और सोशल मीडिया साइट्स, जैसे की Facebook, के साथ लक्षित विज्ञापन पेश करने के लिए उपयोग कर सकें। साथ ही, अगर आप साइन-अप करते हैं, तो हम आपका ईमेल पता, फोन नंबर और अन्य विवरण पूरी तरह सुरक्षित तरीके से स्टोर करते हैं। आप कुकीज नीति पृष्ठ से अपनी कुकीज हटा सकते है और रजिस्टर्ड यूजर अपने प्रोफाइल पेज से अपना व्यक्तिगत डाटा हटा या एक्सपोर्ट कर सकते हैं। हमारी Cookies Policy, Privacy Policy और Terms & Conditions के बारे में पढ़ें और अपनी सहमति देने के लिए Agree पर क्लिक करें।