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NDA Exam Pattern 2021-22:

The NDA Exam 2021-22 will be conducted offline, i.e., pen and paper-based. NDA Exam 2021-22 will have two papers. Paper 1 will be a mathematics test and Paper 2 will be General Ability Test. Both the papers will have Objective type questions. Candidates will be provided 2 hours and 30 minutes for each test.  NDA Exam Pattern 2021-22 will be bilingual i.e., questions will be asked in both the English and Hindi languages.

NDA Exam Pattern 2021-22: Highlights

Exam Mode

Offline

Number of papers

GAT and Mathematics

Duration of test

GAT – 2 ½ hours

Mathematics – 2 ½ hours

Exam time

GAT - 10 am to 12.30 pm

Mathematics - 2 pm to 4.30 pm

Number of questions

GAT – 150

Mathematics - 120

Language of question paper

English and Hindi

Total marks

Written Exam: 900 (600 for GAT and 300 for Mathematics)

SSB Interview: 900

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NDA Exam Pattern 2021-22 for Written Exam

Papers

Subject

Maximum marks

Duration

Paper 1

Mathematics

300

2 ½

Paper 2

GAT

600

2 ½

Total

 

900

5 hours

Distribution of GAT

Sections

Sections

Maximum marks

Part A - English

 

200

Part B - General Knowledge

Physics

100

 

Chemistry

60

 

General Science

40

 

History, Freedom Movement, etc.

80

 

Geography

80

 

Current Events

40

 

Total

600

Marking Scheme for NDA written Exam:

The marking scheme of the NDA Exam Pattern 2021-22 is designed by UPSC. There are negative marks for every wrong answer. 1/3 of the marks allotted to every question will be deducted for each wrong answer. Also, there is no deduction in marks in the NDA exam for unanswered questions.

Given below is the marking scheme of the NDA Exam. Have a look.

Sections

Marks for the correct answer

Marks for an incorrect answer

GAT

4

1.33

Mathematics

2.5

0.83

NDA Exam Pattern 2021-22 for SSB Interview:

The NDA Exam SSB Interview is divided into two stages. Candidates who will qualify for Stage 1 will be called for the Stage 2 exam. Stage 1 of the SSB Interview incorporates Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT). Stage 2 incorporates Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests, and the Conference. This stage contains a total of 900 marks.

Candidates can check the pattern of SSB interviews from the below table.

Stages

 

Tests

Stage 1

Screening Test

  • Verbal and non-verbal tests.
  • PDT

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

-

Marking Scheme:

Right, Answer: Every right answer is worth 2.5 marks.

Wrong Answer: Every wrong answer has a negative marking of 0.83 (Mathematics) and 1.33 (English & General knowledge) marks.

NDA Exam Written Exam Pattern:

Only Objective type of Questions will be asked in the NDA examination.

Category

Mathematics (Paper I)

General Ability (Paper-II)

Total No. of Questions

120

150

Total No. of Marks

300

600

Duration

2 hours 30 minutes

2 hours 30 minutes

NDA Exam Subject wise Exam Pattern

Subject

No. of Questions

Total Marks

For correct answer

For incorrect answer

Mathematics

120

300

+2.5

-0.83

English

50

200

+4

-1.33

General Ability

100

-

+4

-1.33

Physics

 

100

 

 

Chemistry

 

60

 

 

General Science

 

40

 

 

History, Freedom Movement, etc.

 

80

 

 

Geography

 

80

 

 

Current Events

 

40

 

 

Grand Total

270

900

-

-

NDA Exam Pattern 2021-22 - Important Notes:

The candidates are not allowed to use calculators or log tables in the test. Candidates who pass the first test will move on to the 2nd test. The UPSC will have the full discretion of the qualifying marks for the NDA Exam.

NDA Year Interview Pattern

Second Round

Duration

Maximum Marks

SSB Interview

4-5 days

900

Important Topics for the NDA Exam:

The questions in the Mathematics section as per the NDA Syllabus, examine a candidate’s calculative skills. Questions will be based on the syllabus of Class 10, 11, and 12. For the Mathematics section, aspirants can prepare the given topics:

  • Arithmetic
  • Mensuration
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics, etc.

The GAT section of the NDA Exam question paper encompasses questions from English and General Knowledge. For the English section, aspirants should focus on grammar, comprehension, and reading abilities. In General Knowledge, aspirants must focus on current affairs, chemistry, physics, general science, history, etc.

Related FAQ’s:

Q. What is the mode of NDA Exam 2021-22?

A. NDA Exam 2021-22 is conducted through offline mode.

Q. How many questions were asked in GAT?

A. GAT incorporates 150 questions.

Q. How many questions were asked in Maths?

A. The total number of questions in Maths will be 120.

Q. What will be the language of the NDA exam question paper?

A. The NDA Exam question paper will be in both the English and Hindi languages.

Q. What are the negative marks for any wrong answers?

A. 1/3 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

Q. In how many stages did SSB Interview is conducted?

A. The SSB Interview is conducted in two stages.

Q. How are aspirants assessed in SSB Interview?

A. Candidates are examined on the basis of their Psychological Aptitude and Intelligence.

Q. What are the total marks for Maths and GAT?

A. The total marks of GAT are 600 whereas for Mathematics it is 300 marks.

Q. What are the qualifying marks for each section of the NDA written exam?

A. The qualifying marks for each section of the NDA written exam are at least 25 %.

Q. How the score of any candidate is calculated in NDA Exam?

A. The scores of any candidate are calculated on the basis of the number of correct and incorrect answers.

Q. What is the total duration of the NDA exam?

A. Each section of the NDA exam is conducted for 2 and a half hours.

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