How to Prepare for NDA? Here are Some Tips to Crack

17Aug,2019
By Sarada Prasad Rath

National Defense Academy (NDA) is all about serving the nation. You have to be the best to get selected. the 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. So candidates who will be appearing for the exam need to gather all the necessary details about the syllabus.

Here is some Top Entrances in Defence: CDSNDA
Subjects Maximum marks Duration
Mathematics 300 2.5 hours
English  200 2.5 hours
General knowledge 400 2.5 hours
 


Preparation Tips

Basic Knowledge in Mathematics and English

Practice makes a man perfect. Practice as much as you can from books or the internet. Mathematics is a very important part of the syllabus for the NDA exam. You need to be fast in calculations as you don’t want any single question takes too much time of yours. Similarly, for English, you need to read English newspapers, blogs, novels, books, etc. Also, keep practicing for writing too.

Be Updated

General Knowledge is a huge portion of the NDA exam. You need to be up to date with the entire current events that have happened at least in the past 5 years or so. You need to know all the major events that have happened in the country as well as outside of the country. For this, you have read the newspaper daily, watch news channels, watch interviews of famous personalities and political leaders, and keep track of all the major awards and prizes on a daily basis.

Study Material

Practicing sample papers and previous year questions can help you get clear on what type of question will be asked and the difficulty level. If you are lucky enough some questions may get repeated as well. Practicing sample questions will also sharpen your writing skills.

Avoid Wild Guessing

There is negative marking in the NDA exam. If you are not fully confident that the answer you got is 100% correct, then leave it unanswered. Blindly making wild guess can cost you marks from the correct answer section. So be smart and avoid unnecessary negative marks.

Fitness & Personality

Working in the NDA is about stamina, fitness, and personality. Even if you clear the written exam, you won’t be selected if you don’t have a good positive personality and a stable fitness and health. You must exercise regularly and have a proper diet to maintain your fitness. You can also try yoga to release stress.

Time Management

The most important tip for not only the NDA exam but to all the exams is probably time management. Time is not your ally during exams. So don’t waste the precious time awarded to you during the course of the exam and utilize it to the fullest. Always answer first those questions which you are strong in. they would save you some time and you may have sure marks in your hand from the first. Leave the difficult ones towards the last and only attempt if you are 100% sure to avoid negative marking.

Recommended Books

In the NDA exam, the Mathematics and English portion are asked from 12th or its equivalent level. Also, candidates need to be aware of the current events happening around the world. So here are a few books which can help the candidate in clearing the NDA exam:
 
Subjects Books Authors
Mathematics Mathematics for NDA and NA: National Defense Academy and Naval Academy R S Aggarwal
Mathematics Quantitative aptitude for competitive examinations R S Aggarwal
English NDA and NA National Defense Academy and Naval Academy Entrance Examination: 10 Practice Sets (English) Expert Compilations
English NDA INA Practice Papers: Conducted by UPSC (English) Sachchida NandJha
General knowledge Objective General Knowledge & Current Affairs (Level 1) Disha Experts
General knowledge Objective General Knowledge & Current Affairs (Level 2) Disha Experts

 

Working and protecting the country is a proud job for every citizen. Aspirants who want to serve the country through NDA should clear the exam and personal interview. We hope the above-mentioned tips on preparing for the NDA exam will help you achieve your dream. 

Read also : A career in Defence

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