NDA 2018: National Defence Academy Entrance Exam

NDAThe last date of filling the forms for NDA Examination is 2nd July.

Candidates who want to serve the nation, can apply for this exam and seek entry in Defence Forces like Army, Navy, Naval Academy and Air Force.

This national level examination is conducted twice every year.

The first exam NDA and Na- 1 is conducted around April and the second exam NDA and NA -2 around September.

Students from every corner of the country apply to grab this golden opportunity to secure a career with Indian Defence Services.

Union Public Service Commission is responsible for the successful conduction of the examination around various cities.

The Schedule for Paper-1 & Paper -2 of NDA has been released.

The following text contains details on eligibility, exam dates and how to apply for NDA examination 2018.

NDA 2018 Exam Dates

The official dates related to the National Defence Academy and NA examination 2018 provided by the UPSC are given below :

Important dates for NDA(1)

Notification published15th January 2018
Application form available15th January 2018
Last date for filling the application5th February 2018 (6:00 PM)
Admit card announced1 or 2 weeks before the exam
Exam date22nd April 2018
Result announcementMay 2018

Important dates for NDA(2)

Notification published6th June 2018
Application form available6th June 2018
Last date for filling the application2nd July 2018
Admit card announced1 or 2 weeks before the exam
Exam date9th September 2018
Result announcementOctober 2018

NDA 2018 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for NDA Exam is provided below:

Applying candidate should a citizen of India, a subject of Nepal or Bhutan.

  • A person of Indian origin but currently living in  Burma, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and East African Countries of Kenya, the United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaire, Malawi and Ethiopia or Vietnam and is willing to settle permanently in India can also apply.
  • Tibetan refugees permanently settled in India before 1st January 1962.


  • NDA-1 Age Limit: Candidates born between 2nd July 1999 to 1st July 2002.
  • NDA-2 Age Limit: 2nd January 2000 to 1st July 2003 born candidates can apply.

Marital Status & Gender: Applying candidates should be male and unmarried.

NDA 2018 Qualification Criteria

Must have passed 10+2 or any other equivalent State Education Board or University organized Examination.
For Air Force, Navy & Naval Academy:
Candidate must have cleared 12th or any equivalent exam with Physics and Mathematics.

Physical Standards:
After clearing the written examination students have to go through a medical examination too.

This whole process is done after being recommended at the SSB, the medical examination is organised at a military hospital.

NDA 2018 Exam Pattern

Types of Questions: This examination contains objective type questions.

Negative marking is done on wrong answers.
Mode: Pen and paper-based mode.
Duration: Two and half hour each is provided to complete the two papers.
Language: The question paper is bilingual.

SubjectCodeDurationMaximum Marks
Mathematics12 ½ Hours300
General Ability Test22 ½ Hours600
Total 900
SBS Interview900
Grand Total 1800

NDA 2018 Application Form

Students can apply from 15th January 2018(for NDA and NA -1 ) via online mode and the expected release date for NDA and NA -2 2018 forms is 6th June 2018.
The applications for NDA Exam are not accepted via offline mode.
Registration for the examination is a two-part process.
In part-1 registration, candidates are required to fill personal, qualification and other details.
After completing registration for part – 1 candidates will receive the registration number.
Part-2 registration is the selection of the examination centre and fee payment through online or offline mode.
The remaining steps are uploading of the scanned copy of photograph & signature and accepting the declaration.
The candidates are advised to take the printout of the filled application for further use.

NDA 2018 Syllabus

Before start NDA preparation, it is very important to introduce yourself with the overall syllabus from where the questions will be raised.

The NDA Exam pattern comprises of Mathematics subject and General Ability.

Below we have mentioned the detailed UPSC NDA Syllabus 2018.

Mathematics Syllabus

The Mathematics paper covers the following chapters and topics:

Trigonometry: Trigonometrical ratios, properties of triangles, Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians, Inverse trigonometric functions, Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae, Applications – Height and distance, Multiple and Sub-multiple angles.

Algebra: Complex numbers – basic properties, modulus, Conversion of a number in decimal system to binary system and vice-versa, Arithmetic, argument, cube roots of unity, Geometric and Harmonic progressions, Solution of linear inequations of two variables by graphs, Representation of real numbers on a line, Binary system of numbers, Binomial theorem and its application, Quadratic equations with real coefficients, Permutation and Combination, Logarithms and their applications.

Differential Calculus: Composite functions, one to one, onto and inverse functions, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative – applications, increasing and decreasing functions, Continuity of functions – examples, algebraic operations on continuous functions, Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima, Concept of a real valued function – domain, range and graph of a function, Notion of limit, Standard limits – examples, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative – applications, Derivative of a function at a point, Derivatives of sum, product and quotient of functions, derivative of a function with respect of another function, derivative of a composite function and Second order derivatives.

Vector Algebra: Vectors in two and three dimensions, scalar multiplication of vector, scalar product or dot product of two-vectors, Applications-work done by a force and moment of a force, and in geometrical problems, magnitude and direction of a vector, Unit and null vectors, addition of vectors, Vector product and cross product of two vectors.

Integral Calculus and Differential equations: Integration by substitution and by parts, trigonometric, Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of a differential equation by examples, exponential and hyperbolic functions, solution of first order and first degree differential equations of various types – examples, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, Evaluation of definite integrals – determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves – applications, General and particular solution of a differential equation, Integration as inverse of differentiation, Application in problems of growth and decay.

Matrices and Determinants: Types of Matrices, Determinant of a matrix, adjoint and inverse of a square matrix, operations on matrices, Applications – Solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by Matrix Method, basic properties of determinant.

Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions: Distance formula, Equation of a circle in standard and in general form, Ellipse and hyperbola, Angle between two lines, Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system, Equation of a line in various forms, Standard forms of parabola, Distance of a point from a line, Eccentricity and axis of a conic.

Point in a three-dimensional space, distance between two points, Equation of a plane and a line in various forms, Equation of a sphere, Direction Cosines and direction ratios, angle between two lines and angle between two planes.

Statistics: Frequency distribution, Classification of data, cumulative frequency distribution – examples Graphical representation – Histogram, Measures of Central tendency – mean, median and mode, Pie Chart, Frequency Polygon – examples, Variance and standard deviation – determination and comparison, Correlation and regression.

Probability: outcomes and associated sample space, Binomial distribution, Random experiment, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binominal distribution, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, Bayes’ theorem – simple problems, impossible and certain events, Complementary, elementary and composite events, Union and Intersection of events, Definition of probability – classical and statistical – examples, Conditional probability, Random variable as function on a sample space, Elementary theorems on probability – simple problems, Binomial distribution, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binominal distribution.

General Ability Syllabus

The general ability section comprises of two parts which are mentioned below:

Part A
English: The English syllabus covers the topics like vocabulary, Grammar and usage, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.

Part B
General Knowledge: The question paper comprises of general knowledge and covers the subjects that include Physics, Chemistry, Social Studies, General Science, Geography and Current Events.

Section A – Physics

Motion of objects, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Force and Momentum, Parallelogram of Forces, Stability and Equilibrium of bodies, Gravitation, elementary ideas of work, Velocity and Acceleration, Power and Energy, Sound waves and their properties, Simple musical instruments, Natural and Artificial Magnets, Properties of a Magnet, Earth as a Magnet, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightening Conductors, Safety Fuses, Simple Pendulum.

Simple Pulleys, Physical Properties and States of Matter, Mass, Weight, Volume, Density and Specific Gravity, Principle of Archimedes, Pressure Barometer, Effects of Heat, change of State and Latent Heat, Modes of transference of Heat, Rectilinear propagation of Light, Reflection and refraction. Spherical mirrors and Lenses. Human Eye, Static and Current Electricity, Measurement of temperature and heat, conductors and Non-conductors, Ohm’s Law, Simple Electrical Circuits, Heating, Lighting and Magnetic effects of Current, Measurement of Electrical Power, Primary and Secondary Cells, Use of X-Rays.

Section B – Chemistry

Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbon-Di-oxide, Oxidation and Reduction, Material used in the preparation of substances like soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches, and Gun-Powder, Carbon – different forms, Physical and Chemical changes.

Symbols, Formulas and simple Chemical Equations, Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems).

Properties of Air and Water, Acids, bases and salts, Elements, Mixtures and Compounds, Fertilizers – Natural and Artificial, Elementary ideas about the Structure of Atom, Atomic, Equivalent and Molecular Weights, Valency.

Section C – General Science

Basis of Life – Cells, Protoplasms and Tissues, Constituents of food, Balanced Diet, Achievements of Eminent Scientists, Difference between the living and non-living, Elementary knowledge of human Body and its important organs, Food – Source of Energy for man, Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals, Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention, The Solar System – Meteors and Comets, Eclipses.

Section D – History

Freedom Movement in India, Bhoodan, Sarvodaya, National Integration and Welfare State, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation, Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India, Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration, Panchayati Raj, Forces shaping the modern world; Renaissance, Exploration and Discovery; War of American Independence, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution and Russian Revolution, Impact of Science and Technology on Society, Concept of one World, United Nations, Panchsheel, Democracy, Socialism and Communism, Co-operatives and Community Development, Role of India in the present world.

Section E – Geography

Origin of Earth, Weathering – Mechanical and Chemical, Earthquakes and volcanoes, Atmosphere and its composition, Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure, Rocks and their classification, Planetary Winds, cyclones and Anti-cyclones, Humidity, Condensation and Precipitation, Major Natural regions of the World, Important Sea ports and main sea, land and air routes of India.

Main items of Imports and Exports of India, Types of Climate, The Earth, its shape and size, Latitudes and Longitudes, Concept of time, International Date Line, Movements of Earth and their effects, Ocean Currents and Tides, Regional Geography of India – Climate, Natural vegetation.

Mineral and Power resources, location and distribution of agricultural and industrial activities.

Section F – Current Events

Current important world events, Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in the recent years, prominent personalities – both Indian and International including those connected with cultural activities and sports.

It is not compulsory that the topics mentioned above will surely come in the examination. The question paper does not remain consistent, it changes every year. It may happen that the question paper will consist of the topic not discussed here.

NDA 2018 Result

Each and every detail about the NDA result is mentioned below.

  • Students can check there result from the official website of UPSC.
  • Roll numbers of the students who have cleared the entrance exam will be posted on the official site.
  • After few months the copies of the selected candidates will be uploaded.
  • The selected candidates will receive a call for the SSB.

About Nishant Chaudhary

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