NDA Exam Pattern 2023, Check subject-wise marking scheme and paper pattern here

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The Union Public Service Commission conducts NDA Exam twice every year.  The notification for NDA I 2023 has been released and the exam is scheduled to be conducted on 16 April 2023. The exam will be conducted in three stages- written exam, SSB interview and medical test. NDA written exam comprises of two papers- Maths and General Ability Test. The total marks for the written exam are 900 wherein 300 marks are for Maths paper and 900 for GAT paper. All those applying for NDA Exam should know the pattern of the exam in detail. You can read this article to gain complete insight into NDA exam pattern and related information. Check our NDA 2023 Video Course to boost your preparation for NDA I 2023 Exam.

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NDA Exam Pattern 2023: Important Details

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Candidates must start their preparation now. 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 

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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