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QnAs: NDA & NA Examination (II) 2015

NDA & NA Entrance Examination is wonderful opportunity for students at the threshold of completion of 12 years of school education and looking to make it truly big in career and life. Irrespective of study stream, NDA & NA Examination is for all. The entrance test does not only open gates for further studies but also offers secure career in Indian Armed Forces. One does not earn only livelihood but also get a wonderful chance to serve the nation with pride. While writing paragraph, something truly special came in mind ~ Sare Jahan Se Acha, Hindostan Hamara; the radio message aired by Sq. Ldr. Rakesh Sharma to the then Indian Prime Minister Mrs. India Gandhi during his voyage to space. Want to join the gang? NDA & NA is here. Appear for the test, serve the nation with pride. Here are Questions and Answers (QnAs) about this Examination.

What does mean NDA and NA?

NDA & NA is abbreviation for National Defence Academy and Naval Academy

The NDA & NA Examination is administered by Union Public Service Commission for Admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force Wings of the NDA Course and for Indian Naval Academy (INA) Courses.

What are the courses offered by National Defence Academy?

For National Defence Academy Courses / Training Programs please visit

What are the courses offered by Indian Naval Academy (INA)?

The candidates interested in joining Indian Naval Academy study B.Tech Course of 4 years duration. After successful completion of course candidates get opportunity to Executive and Technical Branches if the Indian Navy.

What is the Scheduled Date for next NDA & NA Examination?

The NDA & NA Examination (II) 2015 will be held on 27 September 2015. 

What type of Questions are asked in NDA & NA Examination?

How many vacancies are offered through in NDA & NA Examination?

The No. of vacancies varies every year. Same is published in NDA & NA Examination Notification in Employment News / Rozgar Samachar and copy of same is made available on UPSC website.

The No. of Vacancies available through NDA & NA Exam-II 2015 are as follows:

  • NDA: 320 (208 for Army, 42 for Navy and 70 for Air Force)
  • Indian Naval Academy [10+2] Cadet Entry Scheme: 55
  • Total No of Vacancies: 375

Who conducts NDA & NA Examination?

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) New Delhi administers NDA & NA Examination and recommends name of candidates for selection into National Defence Academy (NDA) and Indian Naval Academy (INA).

How many times NDA & NA Examination held every year?

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) New Delhi conducts NDA & NA Examination TWICE every year. One in Summers and Other in Winters. The detailed notification is published in UPSC Website. The Examinations are respectively called NDA & NA Exam (I) and NDA & NA Exam (II).

What are criteria for selection?

Candidates should fulfill criteria of minimum education qualification, age limit, and nationality for appearing in NDA & NA Examination as published in official notification.

  • A written examination is held for selection. The candidates who qualify in written test undergo for Intelligence and Personality Test.
  • Final Selection and allocation of branch is made on the basis of both the tests, i.e. written test and personality test.
  • Sound physical fitness is compulsory for admission into National Defence Academy and Indian Naval Academy Courses.
  • Interview and Personality Test is held by Service Selection Board SSB.
  • Finally selected candidates are offered admission on the basis of choices filled by candidate and merit in the NDA & NA Examination.

In which places NDA & NA Exam held?

The UPSC conducts written test across India in following cities:

Agartala, Ahmedabad, Aizwal, Allahabad, Bengaluru, Bareilly, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Cuttack, Dehradun, Delhi, Dharwad, Dispur, Gangatok, Hyderabad, Imphal, Itanagar, Jaipur, Jammu, Jorhat, Kochi, Kohima, Kolkata, Lucknow, Madurai, Mumbai, Nagpur, Panji (Goa), Patna, Portblair, Raipur, Ranchi, Shambalpur, Shillong, Shimla, Srinagar, Thiruvananthpuram, Tirupati, Udaipur, Visakhapattanam

Candidates required choosing any examination centre of choice during writing application form. However, UPSC has complete autonomy to allocate some other place of examination to a candidate.

Interview and Personality is held by Service Selection Board (SSB) only for those candidates who qualify in the written test round.

How to apply for NDA & NA Examination?

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) issued detailed notification for submission of NDA & NA application form twice every year. Candidates need to write and submit application online through official website

Do I need any expert’s help in writing application form for NDA and NA Examination?

Normally you do not. Application instructions are published in Employment New / Rozgar Samachar and also in the official website. You can follow the steps one by one and complete the application procedure.

What are Opening Date and Last Date for Submission of NDA & NA Online Application Form?

Both the dates are notified in official publication. For NDA and NA Exam (II) 2015 the Last Date is 23 July 2015 11.59 hours. After this time application window shall be disabled.

When will I get Admit Card for appearing in NDA & NA Exam?

The UPSC release e-Admit Card of eligible candidates 3 weeks prior to the Test Date of NDA & NA Examination. You can download e-Admit Card for official website upon availability.

It is advised to download e-Admit Card early upon release and do not wait for exam date.

What are eligibility criteria for writing NDA & NA Exam Application?

Eligibility regarding residency: A candidate either should be a Citizen of India, or a Subject of Nepal or Bhutan, or a Person of Indian Origin (PIO) migrated from Pakistan Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Regarding Age Limit, Sex and Marital Status: Only unmarried Male candidates are eligible to apply for NDA & NA Examination. For writing NDA & NA Exam (II) application, a candidate must not be born before 2nd January 1997 and 1st January 2000.

Regarding Education Qualification: 
For army wing of NDA: 10+2 Pass
For Air Force, Naval Wings of NDA and 10+2 Cadet Entry Scheme at Indian Naval Academy 12th Pass with Physics and Mathematics.

Can I marry during course?

No, candidates are now allowed to undergo for marriage before completion of course work.

I am studying in 12th Class. Can I apply?

Yes, candidates appearing for 10+2 Examination can apply for NDA & NA Examination. However, if you qualify in written test but class 12th certificate is not available during SSB Interview you should send the duly attested photocopies to ‘Directorate General of Recruiting, Army HQ, West Block-III, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 and for Naval Academy candidates to 'Naval Headquarters, DMPR, OI&R Section, Room No. 204, ‘C’Wing, Sena Bhavan, New Delhi-110011' within specified dates.

For NDA & NA Exam (II) 2015 this date is 24 June 2016.

What is price of application form and examination fee?

NDA & NA Application For is available to all qualified candidates free of cost. However, you need to pay Examination Fee of Rs. 100/- only while submitting application form. Candidates belonging to SC/ST / Sons of JCOs/NCOs/Ors are exempted from paying application fee. For more details please refer to official gazette / latest notification.

Shall I receive travel expenses for appearing in NDA and NA Examination?

Candidates appearing for SSB interview for the first time for a particular type of commission i.e. Permanent or Short Service, shall be entitled for AC III Tier to and fro railway fare or bus fare including reservation cum sleeper charges within the Indian limits. Candidates who apply again for the same type of commission will not be entitled to traveling allowance on any subsequent occasion. (As mentioned in official notification NDA & NA Exam II 2015).

What is NDA & NA Examination Pattern?

The NDA & NA Written Test is Two Paper Examination

  • Paper 1: Mathematics; Time Duration: 2 hour 30 minutes, Maximum Marks 300
  • Paper 2: General Ability Test also called GAT: Time Duration: 2 hour 30 minutes, Maximum Marks 600
  • Total Marks for Written Test 900
  • SSB Interviews carries 900 marks. Only candidates qualified in written test are invited for appearing in SSB Interview round.

The General Ability Test Paper will be divided over sections A to F. Out of maximum marks assigned to part ‘B’ of this paper, questions on Sections ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’ and ‘F’ will carry approximately 25%, 15%, 10%, 20%, 20% and 10% weightages respectively.

Is there any Negative Marking in NDA & NA Exam?

Yes, for each wrong answer you will be awarded – 0.33 marks.

What type of Questions shall be asked?

Both General Ability Test and Mathematics Paper shall carry Objective Type Questions. Candidates require answering correct choices in OMR answer sheet.

What type of Ink can I use in writing NDA & Exam Answers?

You are only allowed to carry only BLACK BALL POINT PEN. No other type of pen or pencil is allowed for marking answers in the OMR Sheet.

Shall question paper be available in regional languages?

No, the Mathematics and Part B of GAT paper will be available in both English and Hindi.

Can I use Calculator in Mathematics Paper?

No, use of Calculator / Log Table is not allowed in NDA & NA Examination. Also mobile phones / pager and any other electronic devices will be banned from examination premises.

What is Syllabus of NDA & NA Examination?

NDA & NA Exam Syllabus: Mathematics

1. Algebra

Concept of a set, operations on sets, Venn diagrams. De Morgan laws. Cartesian product, relation, equivalence relation.

Representation of real numbers on a line. Complex numbers – basic properties, modulus, argument, cube roots of unity. Binary system of numbers. Conversion of a number in decimal system to binary system and vice-versa.

Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic progressions. Quadratic equations with real coefficients. Solution of linear inequations of two variables by graphs. Permutation and Combination. Binomial theorem and its application. Logarithms and their applications.

2. Matrices and Determinants

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

3. Trigonometry

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

4. Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions

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

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

5. Differential Calculus

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

6. Integral Calculus and Differential Equations

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

7. Vector Algebra

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

8. Statistics and Probability

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

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

NDA & NA Exam Syllabus: General Ability Test (GAT)

Part A – English

The question paper in English will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding of English and workman like use of words. The syllabus covers various aspects like : Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.

Part B – General Knowledge

The question paper on General Knowledge broadly covers the subjects: Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events.

The syllabus given below is designed to indicate the scope of these subjects included in this paper. The topics mentioned are not as exhaustive and questions on topics of similar nature not specifically mentioned in the syllabus may also be asked. Your answers are expected to show your knowledge and intelligent understanding of the subject.

Section A: Physics

Physical Properties and States of Matter, Mass, Weight, Volume, Density and Specific Gravity, Principle of Archimedes, Pressure Barometer.

Motion of objects, Velocity and Acceleration, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Force and Momentum, Parallelogram of Forces, Stability and Equilibrium of bodies, Gravitation, elementary ideas of work, Power and Energy.

Effects of Heat, Measurement of temperature and heat, change of State and Latent Heat, Modes of transference of Heat. Sound waves and their properties, Simple musical instruments.

Rectilinear propagation of Light, Reflection and refraction. Spherical mirrors and Lenses. Human Eye.

Natural and Artificial Magnets, Properties of a Magnet, Earth as a Magnet.

Static and Current Electricity, 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.

General Principles in the working of the following:

Simple Pendulum, Simple Pulleys, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightening Conductors, Safety Fuses.

Section B: Chemistry

Physical and Chemical changes. Elements, Mixtures and Compounds, Symbols, Formulae and simple Chemical Equations, Law of Chemical Combination ( excluding problems ). Properties of Air and Water.

Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbondioxide, Oxidation and Reduction.

Acids, bases and salts.

Carbon – different forms.

Fertilizers – Natural and Artificial

Material used in the preparation of substances like soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches, and Gun-Powder.

Elementary ideas about the Structure of Atom, Atomic, Equivalent and Molecular Weights, Valency.

Section C: General Science

Difference between the living and non-living.

Basis of Life - Cells, Protoplasms and Tissues.

Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals.

Elementary knowledge of human Body and its important organs.

Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention.

Food - Source of Energy for man. Constituents of food, Balanced Diet.

The Solar System - Meteors and Comets, Eclipses.

Achievements of Eminent Scientists.

Section D: History, Freedom Movement, etc.

A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation.

Freedom Movement in India.

Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration.

Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India.

Panchayati Raj, Co-operatives and Community Development.

Bhoodan, Sarvodaya, National Integration and Welfare State, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

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. Role of India in the present world.

Section E: Geography

The Earth, its shape and size. Lattitudes and Longitudes, Concept of time. International Date Line. Movements of Earth and their effects.

Origin of Earth. Rocks and their classification; Weathering - Mechanical and Chemical, Earthquakes and volcanoes.

Ocean Currents and Tides

Atmosphere and its composition; Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure, Planetary Winds, cyclones and Anti-cyclones; Humidity; Condensation and Precipitation; Types of Climate. Major Natural regions of the World.

Regional Geography of India – Climate, Natural vegetation. Mineral and Power resources; location and distribution of agricultural and industrial activities.

Important Sea ports and main sea, land and air routes of India. Main items of Imports and Exports of India.

Section F: Current Events

Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in the recent years.

Current important world events.

Prominent personalities - both Indian and International including those connected with cultural activities and sports.

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