National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination (NDA/NA) - Scheme & Syllabus

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National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Examination

Scheme & Syllabus of the Exam

The subjects of the written examination, the time allowed and the maximum marks allotted to each subject are as follows :
Subject Code Duration Max Marks
2 1/2 hours
General Ability
2 1/2 hours

The papers in all the subjects will consist of objective type questions only. the question papers (Test Booklets) will be set in English only.

Syllabus for Entrance Examination:

  • Paper I - Mathematics : (Maximum Marks 300)
    Arithmetic, Mensuration, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics.
  • Paper II - General Ability
    Part A - English (Maximum Marks 200)
    Part B - General Knowledge (Maximum Marks 400)

    Section A (Physics) 
    Section B (Chemistry) 
    Section C (General Science) 
    Section D (History, Freedom Movement etc) 
    Section E (Geography) 
    Section F (Current Event)

Note : Out of the maximum marks assigned to Part B of this paper, questions on Sections A, B, C, D, E and F carry approximately 25%, 15%, 10%, 20%, 20% and 10% weightage respectively.

For more details please refer to Advertisement, along with APPLICATION FORM and detailed subject-wise Prospectus published by the UPSC every six months, i.e. April / May and October / November in all the local newspapers and Employment News.

Syllabus During Training Period (Academics)

Science Stream (B. Sc.) / B. Sc. (Computer Science) Social Science Stream (B.A)
  • Physics (Compulsory)
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics (Compulsory)
  • Computer Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Political Science
Cross Stream Subjects (Non-Credit) (Any 3)
  • History
  • Geography
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Common Non-Credit Subjects
  • Workshop
  • Auto
  • Area Study
  • Military History
Common Non-Credit Subjects
  • Common Service Subject - CSS (I to V Semesters)
  • Special Service Subject - SSS (VI Semester) (Based on service of a cadet)
  • Computer Appreciation Course (All Cadets)