National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Exam Syllabus 2020-Pre and Mains


National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Exam Syllabus 2020-Pre and Mains

Welcome to mynotesadda.com,Here you will get detailed syllabus and useful information about NATIONAL DEFENCE ACADEMY AND NAVAL ACADEMY (NDA/NAE) which is conducted by UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION (UPSC).

The Union Public Service Commission ( UPSC) has appeal to applications for those candidates who via the National Defence Academy want to secure a position in India’s defense sector.
Registered candidates may apply for the exam online.
The last date to apply for NDA (2) is July 6th, 2020.
They will then start planning their NDA according to the NDA Syllabus.

National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Exam
National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Exam

UPSC approved syllabus NDA 2020.The NDA test is divided into two articles–Math and General Ability.This helps to judge a nominee on his skill and general knowledge of reasoning.

  • The report on Mathematics includes 300 marks while the examination on General Skill carries 600 mark.
  • The written exam amounting to a total of 900 points.
  • In the test, 0.33 marks will be deducted as negative markings for any incorrect answer.
  • Candidates have to go through the SSB Interview after the written examination has been valid.
  • There will be a total of 900 points to the interview process.
  • The Mathematics query paper and General Skill test PART B will be available in both English and Hindi languages.

In both papers the NDA 2020 Exam Pattern is different.To gain entry to the National Defence Academy, they must be eligible.NDA exam pattern is given below for both papers:

National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Exam Syllabus
National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Exam Syllabus


Paper I- Mathematics




Maximum Marks



2½ hours


General Ability Test


2½ hours




SSB Test/Interview


General Ability

Paper II- General Ability
Total Marks600 marks
Total No. of Questions150
No. of questions in English Section50
No. Of questions in General knowledge Section100
Maximum Marks for English200 marks
Maximum Marks for G.K.400 marks
Marks for Correct Answer4 marks in both sections
Marks for Incorrect Answer-1.33 marks in both sections
Exam Duration2.5 Hours

NDA 2020 Syllabus for Mathematics

Paper 1 in NDA is total based on Mathematics. No change is observed in NDA Syllabus 2020 from the last year. The questions will be asked from 12th only. The sub-sections in this part are also of ground-level mathematics.

Read  How to Prepare Mathematics for NDA 2020?

Here are all essential topics in NDA Syllabus 2020 for Paper 1 i.e. Mathematics:

NDA Syllabus 2020 for Mathematics
AlgebraMatrices and Determinants
TrigonometryAnalytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions
Differential CalculusIntegral Calculus and Differential Equations
Vector AlgebraStatistics and Probability

Here is the topic-wise distribution of questions in NDA 2018 Paper 1:

No. of questions
Quadratic equation
Matrices & Determinants
Complex number

NDA 2020 Syllabus for General Ability Test

Paper 2 in NDA i.e. the General Ability Test judges a candidate’s basic awareness and English proficiency. This section is further divided into two parts, English and General Knowledge.

  • Total marks awarded to Paper 2 are 600.
  • This paper must be completed in 2.5 hours.
  • Here is the subject-wise NDA Syllabus 2020 for Paper 2:

Part A- English 

  • The English portion of the entrance test is designed in a way to judge a candidate’s knowledge of basic grammar and vocabulary.
  • It judges a candidate’s ability to form correct sentences and use of words.
  • The syllabus of the English paper ranges from various aspects like the knowledge and usage of grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, and his mental ability to remember and place the meaning of words in their proper places.
  • Marks allotted to this section are 300.

English Syllabus

English question paper in the NDA exam is framed in such a way that the aspirant’s understanding and their in-depth knowledge of English can be examined. In the following, the NDA 2020 English syllabus has been highlighted in a detailed manner:

  • Grammar and usage
  • Comprehension and cohesion
  • Spotting of errors
  • Para Jumbling
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Synonyms and antonyms
  • Vocabulary
  • Cloze test
  • Sentence correction and improvement
  • Idioms and proverbs
  • Completion of Sentence and para

Part B- General Knowledge (Marks 400)

The question paper on General Knowledge will cover current affairs, questions from Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events. NDA syllabus 2020 of each topic is given below. The paper aims to check knowledge and intelligent understanding of the subject.

Physics Section

The table below includes the important topics asked in the Physics section of the General Ability Test:

NDA Syllabus 2020 for Physics
States of Matter and its propertiesLight and Sound (properties)
Motion and Laws of MotionMagnet and its properties
Work, Energy, and PowerCurrent and Electricity
Modes of Transfer of Heat and its effectGeneral Principles of Working of Simple Pendulum, Pulleys, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightening Conductors, Safety Fuses

Read  How to prepare Physics for NDA?

Chemistry Section

The basic knowledge of Chemistry and various chemicals are tested in the chemistry section. The topics to be considered for preparation are given below:

NDA Syllabus 2020 for Chemistry
Physical and Chemical ChangesProperties of Oxygen, Hydrogen, etc. with Oxidation and Reduction
Air and Water (properties)Carbon and its forms
Chemical equations and Laws of Chemical CombinationAtom and its structure (details)
Elements, Compounds, and MixturesFertilizers
Acids, Bases and SaltsUse of materials for the preparation of different chemicals

General Science Section

The topics for general science are tabulated below. The candidates must prepare according to the NDA Syllabus 2020 to obtain a good score in the NDA exam.

NDA Syllabus 2020 for General Sciences
Basic Unit of Life: CellReproduction in Plants and Animals
Living and Non-Living ThingsHuman Body and Life processes
Epidemics: causes and preventionsFood and Balanced Diet
Solar SystemAchievement of Eminent Scientists

History Section

The important topics covered in the history section of the general ability test in NDA is given in the table below:

NDA Syllabus 2020 for History
Indian History: Culture and CivilisationConstitution and Administration of India
Nationalism in IndiaGovernment of India at various levels
Five Year plans of IndiaRenaissance and Discovery
French, Russian and Industrial RevolutionUnited Nations and the Concept of one world
Democracy in IndiaTeachings of Mahatma Gandhi

Geography Section

Candidates must prepare the following topics thoroughly for the Geography section in NDA 2020:

NDA Syllabus for Geography
Earth and its Origin and Movement (latitudes and longitudes)Tides and Oceanic Currents
Rocks and Its classificationThe atmosphere and Atmospheric Pressure
Types of ClimateRegional Geography of India
Agricultural and IndustriesTransportation and Trading routes of India
Imports and Exports of India

Current Affairs Section

Candidates must follow the latest newspapers and magazines with information about the current events across the country and the world both. The topics to be prepared to qualify in this section with good marks are tabulated below:

NDA Syllabus for Current Affairs
Important and Recent Events in IndiaCurrent and Important World Events

Intelligence and Personality test

NDA SSB Personality Test
Stage I
  • Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT)
  • Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR).
Stage II
    • Interview (IO)
    • Psychology Tests (Psych)
    • Group Testing Officer Tasks (GTO)
    • Confer

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Book Name
 Author/ Publisher
History Of Modern India (History)-  Bipan Chandra

Science and Technology in India (Science and Technology)-Kalpana Rajaram : Spectrum

Oxford School Atlas (Geography)-Oxford

Social Problems In India (Indian Society – GS1)=Ram Ahuja

Objective General English for Competitive Exams-S.P. Bakshi
Manorama Yearbook 2020-Mammen Mathew


National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Exam Syllabus
National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Exam Syllabus


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