Best books to prepare for NDA

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The National Defense Academy (NDA) is the joint services academy of the Indian Armed Forces where the 3 services that are the Army, the Navy and the Air Force train together. After the completion of training, they go for further pre-commissioning training to the respective service academies.

NDA is the 1st tri-service academy in the world. NDA recruitment is conducted for admission to Army, Navy and Air Force wings of NDA and Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). NDA is conducted twice a year. The exam is conducted two stages - written exam and SSB Interview.

Before knowing the Best Book for preparation candidates should check the NDA 2020 Eligibility. To study any preparation books the related exam pattern is so important so that candidates will get a bright idea about the exam. The NDA 2020 Exam pattern is given below-

NDA 2020 Exam Pattern:

Exam NameNDA 2020
Mode of examOnline
Duration5 hours
Type of questionMCQs
Total question270
Total Mark900(Mathematics – 300, General Ability test – 600), SSB Interview will be of 900 marks
Exam LanguageEnglish
Negative marking system1/3rd of the allotted mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer

NDA 2020 Syllabus:

The NDA exam is conducted by the UPSC so its syllabus and marking systems are very necessary. NDA is an offline exam and the written exam consists of 2 sections that are Mathematics and General Ability Test of matriculation and 10+2 level. The syllabus is an important source to select a book for study. lots of books are available in the market but we study only those books which are covering the syllabus of our relevant topic.

Mathematics Syllabus:

Algebra Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Differential Equations, Vector Algebra, Statistics, Probability, etc

General Ability:

The general ability are containing 7 subjects like Physics, Chemistry, General Science, History, Geography, English and Current events. The details syllabus are

For complete NDA 2020 Syllabus, Click Here 

Subject wise Mark Distribution:

The knowledge about the marking distribution according to subjects helps students to make exam strategy

Total Questions
Time Duration
Maximum Marks
11202 hrs and 30 min
General Ability Test (GAT)
21502 hrs and 30 min

5 hrs900

Graphical representation of mark distribution-

Marks awarded for a correct answer
Marks deducted for an incorrect answer
General Ability Test (GAT)

Graphical Representation-

Know details about NDA exam, Click here

Here are some best books to prepare the NDA exam-

Books for Mathematics:

Candidates need to go through the complete syllabus thoroughly to know from which section questions come from. The Math part of NDA exam covers Sets and relations along with functions, quadratic equations, logarithms, trigonometry and geometry topics like circles, triangles, coordinates, etc. The recommended books are-

  2. Pathfinder for NDA & NA Entrance Examination National Defence Academy/Naval Academy Conducted by UPSC by Arihant Experts.
  3. Chapterwise-Sectionwise Solved Papers NDA & NA by Arihant Experts Paperback.
  4. Study Package MATHEMATICS NDA & NA (National Defense Academy & Naval Academy) Entrance Exam Paperback – Oct 2015 by ManjulTyagi (Author), Amit Rastogi (Author)

Books for General Ability books:

This part called General Ability consists of questions from different topics such as English, General Knowledge, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Geography, Current Events, Intelligence and Personality, History, Freedom Movement, etc. Here we have recommended some of the books that consist of much exercises of solved and unsolved questions-

  1. Compendium General Knowledge 2018 with Latest Facts & Data By Kumar Sundram

We have shared some of the best books regarding the NDA exam. Those who are interested in joining the defense have to cover the syllabus completely to attend each and every question coming on exam successfully.

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