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How to Prepare for NDA 2022

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the National Defence Academy (NDA) exams twice in a year, generally in the month of April and September.

The candidates who qualify all stages of NDA exam are selected for the training under National Defence Academy.

Prepare for NDA

Here are the tips you need to know about the preparation of NDA exam 2022. As you have a lot of time from now onwards, so let’s start with the very first and basic point.

Schedule your Study Plan Smartly

Schedule your timetable according to the NDA syllabus. You need to take care of the points mentioned in the official syllabus. Prepare efficiently and give every topic and concept the required time.

Do not overdo subjects and topic, study enough and make sure you cover all the textbook questions from NCERT books.

Basics Should Be Clear

The most important thing is to clear your basics from the very beginning. Basics are what make your subjects better.

Read the smallest definitions, solve the easiest questions, then proceed to the next and harder questions and topics. If you are clear about the most basic things in a chapter of the subject, you will be able to understand it better.

General Knowledge and English Subject

English is really important. You must be fluent in writing as well as speaking English.

English is not only asked in written test but also it is required in the personal interview.

Focus on basics first like English grammar. You need to know the littlest thing about the English grammar like tenses, articles, errors, verbs etc. Many students are well aware with the comprehension writing but are weak in the part of grammar. You can take English coachings but it is not that necessary.

If you focus on books like Oxford English Grammar Just for You, you will learn all the required details about the English grammar.

For GK, stay well aware with the current affairs and do watch news and read newspapers and magazines on a daily basis. Improve your GK by reading about India’s geographical system. Learn about the rivers and valleys, states and continents, cities and towns etc.

Study Material

Prepare from the right books. Search the NDA syllabus and check the books which match the correct syllabus. You can choose different books for different subjects, or you can search for the books which offer the entire syllabus in a single book.

Remember to choose the books which offer previous year question papers and mock tests.

Browse online and collect as many question paper from previous years as you can. Solve them without looking for the answers first. Take mock tests and solve different assignments.

It will help you in acknowledging the syllabus and exam pattern. You will be aware of the types of questions asked in the exams. Make sure to focus on your pace. With time, increase your practice and try to solve the papers as fast as you can so that you will have time to revise at the end.

Health Maintenance and Personality

As everybody is aware, NDA admissions are entirely based on the personal interview. They check your physical skills. You need to keep yourself fit and active.

Exercise on a regular basis. Eat right and take protein and give at least an hour to exercise daily. Make a diet chart or contact a dietician for the right and healthy food items.



The concept of set, operations on sets, Venn diagrams, types of matrices, operations on matrices, the determinant of a matrix, trigonometrical ratios, trigonometric identities sum and difference formulae, distance formula. the equation of a line in various forms, angle between two lines, a distance of a point from a line, the equation of a circle in standard and in general form, composite functions, one to one, onto and inverse functions, the notion of limit, standard limits, etc.

GAT (General Aptitude Test):

English: Vocabulary, grammar and usage, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English. It tests the candidate’s understanding of English and use of words.

General Knowledge: This section contains topics from the physics, chemistry, general science, geography, current events, history, freedom movement, etc.

Marks distribution

Subjects Maximum Marks Duration
Mathematics 300 2 ½ hours
GAT (Section 1- English) 200 2 ½ hours
GAT (Section 2- General Knowledge) 400

Gather as many details as you can and work hard. Practice more and more and take care of your health. Do regular exercise and take the right type of diet.

Good luck.

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