NDA 2024 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme & Syllabus – Know Here

Latest Applications Open 2024:


NDA 2024 exam pattern includes details about question types, exam mode, duration, etc. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is the main organizing authority and conducts the national level entrance exam known as the NDA exam. This exam is conducted to give candidates an opportunity to join any of the armed forces of India including Army, Navy and Air Force. In addition to the written test, an intelligence test and a physical test will be conducted for selection. Here we have explained the details of NDA Exam Pattern 2024 which provides the complete format in which the exam will be taken.

NDA 2024 Exam Pattern

NDA 2024 Exam will be conducted two times in a year through an offline mode (written test). NDA (I) exam will be held on 21st April 2024 and on 1st September 2024 (NDA II).

Get Free Counseling

Here we have mentioned the detailed exam pattern of NDA exam:

Latest Applications For Various UG & PG Courses Open 2024

  1. Bennett University| Admissions Open for All Courses 2024. Apply Now
  2. CT University ,Punjab| Admissions Open for All Courses 2024. Apply Now
  3. IMS Ghaziabad UC Campus| Admissions Open for All Courses 2024. Apply Now
  4. MIT WPU Pune | Admissions Open for All Courses 2024. Apply Now
  5. UPES Dehradun | Admissions Open for All Courses 2024. Apply Now
  6. Chandigarh University | Admissions Open for All Courses 2024. Apply Now
  7. GD Goenka, Delhi NCR | Admissions Open for All Courses 2024. Apply Now
  8. LPU 2024 | Admissions Open for All Courses 2024. Apply Now
  9. NICMAR Pune | Admissions Open for All Courses 2024. Apply Now
  10. NIIT University Jaipur | Admissions Open for All Courses 2024. Apply Now
  11. Jaipuria School of Business Ghaziabad | Admissions Open for All Courses 2024. Apply Now
  12. Amity University, Kolkata | Admissions Open for All Courses 2024. Apply Now
  • Exam Mode: The exam will be held through offline mode.
  • Answer Mode: Candidates must use black ball point pen to mark their answers.
  • Exam Duration: The duration of the exam will be 2 hours 30 minutes.
  • Type of Question: The question paper will be objective type questions.
  • Paper: The NDA exam consists of 2 papersMathematics and General Ability.
  • Total Marks: The Mathematics paper contains 300 marks while General Ability test holds 600 marks. The written test will be of total 900 marks.
  • Negative Marking: For every incorrect response, there will be negative marking in the examination. For 0.33 marks will be deducted.
  • SSB Interview: After clearing the written test, candidates have to go through the SSB Interview. The interview process will have total 900 marks.
  • Language: The question paper of Mathematics and PART B of General Ability test will be available in both English and Hindi languages.
  • The written examination of NDA 2024 is structured as follows:
Subjects Marks
Mathematics 300
General Ability Test (Section-1: English) 200
General Ability Test (Section-1: General Knowledge) 400
Total Marks 900
SSB Interview 900
Grand Total 1800

NDA Syllabus 2024

Syllabus of NDA exam is divided into two sections, i.e. Mathematics and General Ability. For better preparations, students should prepare as per the syllabus prescribed for the exam. Here we have mentioned the detailed NDA 2024 syllabus:


Trigonometry, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus and Differential equations, Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions, Probability, Algebra, Vector Algebra, Matrices and Determinants: Types of Matrices, Determinant of a matrix, Statistics.

NDA Paper 1 Mathematics Exam Pattern

Particulars Details
Total Marks 300 Marks
Total No. of Questions 120
Marks awarded for Correct answer 2.5 marks
Marks deducted for the wrong answer -0.83
Exam Duration 2.5 Hours

General Ability Syllabus:

This section comprises of two parts, i.e. Part A & Part B. The part A contains topics like English vocabulary, Grammar and usage, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English. Part B comprises of different topics from General Knowledge, Chemistry, Physics, General Science, History, Current Events & Geography.

NDA Paper 2 General Ability Test Exam Pattern

Particulars Details
Total Marks 600 marks
Total No. of Questions 150
No. of questions in English Section 50
No. of questions in General Knowledge Section 100
Maximum Marks for English 200 marks
Maximum Marks for G.K. 400 marks
Marks for Correct Answer 4 marks in both sections
Marks for Incorrect Answer -1.33 marks in both sections
Exam Duration 2.5 Hours

NDA SSB Interview Pattern

NDA SSB Interview will be conducted for candidates who obtain at least 25 percent of total marks in the Written Test. NDA SSB Pattern is mentioned below for candidates:

Particulars Details
Stage 1 Screening Test
  • Verbal and non-verbal tests.
  • Picture Perception and Discussion Test (PPDT)
Stage 2 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

NDA Selection Process

  • Written Test consisting of Objective Type Questions
  • Intelligence & Personality Test (SSB)

Exam Day Instructions

Here candidates can check some instructions for examination day:

  • Candidates must arrive at the test center 30 minutes before the start of the test.
  • Please do not bring calculators or other electronic devices into the test venue.
  • Candidates should not do any shoddy work on the question paper or her OMR sheet. All you have to do is follow the rough instructions in the textbook.
  • Please bring your admission ticket and photo ID on the day of the test.
  • Do not leave the test center without permission from the test proctor.