NDA Syllabus - Structure of Examination


  • The following table illustrates the examination pattern of Nation Defence Academy (NDA) −

Exam Subject Time Duration No. of Question Marks
Preliminary Mathematics 150 minutes 120 300
General Ability 150 minutes 120 600
Intelligence and Personality Test 900


  • All questions are objective type and each question carries four choices (3 wrong and 1 correct) and candidates have to select the correct answer.

  • There will be penalty (negative marking) for wrong answers.

  • For each wrong answer (given by the candidate), one third (0.33) of the marks (assigned to that question) will be deducted as penalty.

  • If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happens to be correct.

  • If a question is left (unattempted) i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for such question.

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