NDA
The Union Public Service Commission conducts a common exam for candidates who aspire to join Army, Navy, and Airforce wings of the National Defence Academy (NDA), which is a joint services academy for the three wings of Indian Armed Forces. Known as the first triservice academy in the world, NDA is in Pune, Maharashtra that caters to the training of all the three wings of Armed Forces within the same premise. NDA basks under the glory of its alumni who have fought major battles on behalf of Indian Armed Forces and are the recipients of 3 Param Vir Chakras, 12 Ashoka Chakras, produces 27 service Chiefs and most importantly the current Chiefs of the Army, the Navy, and the Airforce are all NDA alumni. Prepare for NDA exam through Eduthrill and experience the thrill of challenging people around the world on NDA Questions!
ABOUT NDA EXAM
The NDA entrance exam is conducted twice in a year and the notifications and guidelines for the exam come from the Union Public Service Commission. The National Defence Academy (NDA) has no role in the conduction of exam, publishing of results, shortlisting of candidates for the next and final rounds and other administrative responsibilities related to the exam.EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION FOR ELIGIBILITY
 The NDA applicant must be an unmarried male and the age should be according to the latest UPSC notification for that cycle.
 The educational qualification of the applicant must be 12th Class of 10+2 System of Education/Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for Air Force & Navy.
 Candidates must be physically fit according to physical standards for admission to NDA and Naval Academy Exam (I) 2018 as per guidelines given in AppendixIV.
 Any candidate who has either resigned or has been terminated from the training on disciplinary basis cannot reapply.
For NDA 2018, eligible unmarried male applicants can apply online through the NDA website www.upsconline.nic.in , take a printout of the online application and file it for future reference.
VACANCIES
Every year more than 3 lakh students register for the NDA exam. But only 20,000+ appear in the actual exam. Of these applicants 415 students are finally selected for different departments under Indian Armed Forces.360 seats are reserved for the Army, the Navy and the Airforce. 55 seats are reserved for the Naval Academy.
The breakup is mentioned below:
ARMY  208 
NAVY  60 
AIR FORCE  92 
IMPORTANT DATES FOR NDA
NDA Exam is conducted twice a year. The notification for both the cycles in 2018 are given below:
Event  Date (NDA I)  Date (NDA II) 

Date of Notification  15 January 2018  6th June 2018 
Application Form Release  6th June 2018  15th January 2018 
Last Date for Receipt of Applications  5th February 2018  2nd July 2018 
NDA Admit Card Release  March 2018  August 2018 
NDA Exam Date  22nd April 2018 (Sunday)  9th September 2018 (Sunday) 
NDA Result Declaration  July 2018  November 2018 
NDA EXAM PATTERN
It is an objective type paperpen exam in which there are bubble sheets to be filled by black pen.
NDA Paper is divided into 2 parts:
(A) Mathematics
(B) General Ability
Category  Mathematics  General Ability 

Total Marks  300  600 
Exam Mode  Offline  Offline 
Sub sections  NONE  Paper 1 English Paper 2 General Knowledge 
Language  English and Hindi  English and Hindi 
Broad Syllabus (Detailed syllabus given below)  Trigonometry, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus and Differential equations, Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions, Probability, Algebra, Vector Algebra, Matrices and Determinants: Types of Matrices, Determinant of a matrix, Statistics.  Part A: English vocabulary, Grammar and usage, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English. Part B: General Knowledge, Chemistry, Physics, General Science, History, Current Events & Geography. 
Duration  2 hrs 30 min  2 hrs 30 min 
 Candidates who clear the cut off are shortlisted for the SSB Interview round.
 Total score for the SSB Interview process is 900 marks.
 So, NDA has the total score of 1800 marks.
SCORING
Subjects  Marks 

Mathematics  300 
General Ability Test (Section1: English)  200 
General Ability Test (Section1: General Knowledge)  400 
Total Marks  900 
SSB Interview  900 
Grand Total  1800 
DETAILED NDA EXAM SYLLABUS
Mathematics Syllabus:
Chapter  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 Submultiple angles. 
Algebra  Complex numbers – basic properties, modulus, Conversion of a number in decimal system to binary system and viceversa, 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 twovectors, Applicationswork 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, adjoin 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 threedimensional 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  Syllabus  

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.

FINAL ROUND
The final round of NDA selection process is SSB interview that comprises two sections:(a) Psychological Aptitude Test; &
(b) Intelligence Test
To be acceptable, candidates for the Army/Navy/Naval Academy and Air Force should secure the minimum qualifying marks separately in:
1. Written examination of NDA 2018 as set by the Commission.
2. Officer Potentiality Test as fixed by SSB at their discretion.
FACTORS INFLUENCING NDA CUTOFF
The NDA Cutoff depends on the following factors:
 Number of seats
 Number of candidates appeared for NDA exam
 Level of difficulty
 The level of competition
Sample NDA Entrance Exam Questions
Who among the following was the founder of the Avadh Kingdom in the 18th century?
Thermal conductivity of aluminium (A), copper (C) and stainless steel (S) increases in the order
Let A = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10}. Then the number of subsets of A containing 2 or 3 elements is
World Humanitarian Day is observed every year on which day?
The value of
i^{2n} + i^{2n + 1} + i^{2n + 2} + i^{2n + 3} , where i = √1 , is
Opposite to the word in italics: After working hard, he felt run down.
Frequently Asked Questions About NDA
 Q1. What is NDA?
 Q2. Why NDA?
 Q3. Who is eligible to appear for NDA exam?
 Q4. How long does the entire recruitment process take?
 Q5. What are the areas from which questions are asked in NDA exams?
Ans: NDA Exam is an exam which conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for candidates who aspire to join Army, Navy, and Airforce wings of the National Defence Academy (NDA), which is a joint services academy for the three wings of Indian Armed Forces. Known as the first triservice academy in the world, NDA is in Pune, Maharashtra that caters to the training of all the three wings of Armed Forces within the same premise.
The NDA entrance exam is conducted twice in a year and the notifications and guidelines for the exam come from the Union Public Service Commission. NDA has no role in the conduction of exam, publishing of results etc.
Ans: It gives an opportunity to join esteemed Indian defense forces at a very young age, and that to at a very decent position in the hierarchy of administrative structure of the Indian defense forces. Remunerations are very good for the personnel of armed forces along with various perks and facilities. Apart from mentioned things, NDA basks under the glory of its alumni who have fought major battles on behalf of Indian Armed Forces and are the recipients of 3 Param Vir Chakras, 12 Ashoka Chakras, produces 27 service Chiefs and most importantly the current Chiefs of the Army, the Navy, and the Airforce are all NDA alumni. Against this backdrop one can understand why appearing for NDA exam can bring opportunities to have a very fulfilling career option.
Ans: The educational qualification of the applicant must be 12th Class of 10+2 System of Education/Equivalent for Army and with Physics and Maths for Air Force & Navy. The applicant must be an unmarried male and the age should be according to the latest UPSC notification for that cycle.
Ans: The entire recruitment process, starting form release of notification to joining, takes usually 6 to 8 months.
Ans: The NDA exam comprises two papers conducted in one stage. PaperI of NDA exam asks questions from mathematics from 11th and 12th syllabus. Questions asked in PaperII of NDA exam are from English vocabulary, Grammar and usage, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English, General Knowledge, Chemistry, Physics, General Science, History, Current Events & Geography.