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NDA Exam Pattern 2022: Sections, Duration, Marking Scheme


NDA Exam Pattern 2022: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the NDA & NA (II) 2022 exam on September 4, 2022. UPSC has also stated the NDA exam pattern for candidates. The exam pattern help candidates understand the structure of the paper. Furthermore, it states the number of questions, marking scheme, exam duration, etc.

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Candidates should go through the NDA exam pattern and syllabus to prepare better for the exam. According to the NDA paper pattern, the exam consists of two papers/ subjects, i.e., Mathematics and General Ability Test. Furthermore, the written exam will be conducted for 900 marks. Continue to read the complete article to find out more!

NDA Exam Pattern 2022: Exam Overview

Before getting into the details of the exam pattern, let us have an overview of the UPSC NDA (I) 2022 exam below:

Conducted BodyUnion Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Name of the ExamNational Defence Academy (NDA)
Level of ExamNational Level
Frequency of ExamTwice in a year (NDA I and II)
Number of PapersGeneral Ability Test (GAT) and Mathematics
Mode of ExamOffline
Duration of ExamGAT: 2 hours 30 minutes
Mathematics: 2 hours 30 minutes
Selection ProcessWritten Test and SSB Interview
UPSC Official Websiteupsc.gov.in

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NDA Selection Process

The selection process for UPSC National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination consists of two stages, as given below:

  1. Written Examination
  2. SSB Interview

NDA Written Exam Pattern 2022

The UPSC NDA paper pattern, including the time duration and maximum marks allotted for each subject, is tabulated below:

Subject (Code)DurationMaximum Marks
Mathematics (01)2 hour 30 minutes300
General Ability Test (02)2 hour 30 minutes600
Total5 hours900
 SSB Test/Interview5 days900

Topic-wise Marks Distribution for General Ability Test

SectionsMaximum Marks
General Knowledge1. Physics – 100
2. Chemistry – 60
3. General Science – 40
4. History Freedom Movement – 80
5. Geography – 80
6. Current Events – 40

Important Points:

  • The Written Test is divided into two sections – Section A (Mathematics) and Section B (General Ability Test)
  • Both the sections will be in English as well as Hindi.
  • The General Ability Test has two sub-sections – English and General Knowledge. 
  • Mathematics: 120 questions carrying a total of 300 marks
    General Ability Test: 150 questions carrying a total of 600 marks (200 marks for English and 400 marks for General Knowledge)
  • The General Knowledge comprises of sections such as Physics, Chemistry, General Science, History Freedom Movement, Geography and Current Events.
  • All the questions in both the papers are MCQs (Objective type Questions) only.
  • Candidates will be writing the answer from their own hand. In many circumstances, there will not be any help provided to write answer for them.
  • The Commission will decide qualifying marks in any or all the subjects.
  • The candidates cannot use calculator or any digital device for mathematical questions.
  • It is the Commission who will decide the cutoff for the NDA exams. They will release the list of the candidates who have successfully cleared the exam and are eligible for attending the SSB Interview.

NDA Marking Scheme 2022

Candidates appearing for the exam can check the marking scheme in NDA from the table below:

Total Questions120150
Total Marks300600
Marks per Questions2.54
Negative Marking0.831.33

NDA Marking Scheme For Mathematics

1. Marks awarded for each correct answer: 2.5 marks.
2. Marks deducted for each wrong answer: 0.83 marks

NDA Marking Scheme For General Ability Test

The English section of GAT consists of 50 questions carrying a total of 200 marks. The General Knowledge section consists of 100 questions carrying a total of 400 marks.
1. Marks awarded for each correct answer: 4 marks
2. Marks deducted for each incorrect answer: 1.33 marks
3. If a candidate selects more than one option for a question, it will be treated as a wrong answer, and 1/3rd of the marks allotted to the question will be deducted. 
4. There is no negative marking for questions left unanswered.

NDA SSB Interview Pattern

After qualifying the written test shortlisted candidates will be called for SSB interview. Candidates will go through SSB Test/Interview (Psychological Aptitude Test and Intelligence Test). Check the following stages and the tests conducted during SSB Interview are given below:

EventTime DurationMaximum Marks
SSB Interview5 days900

The interview process consists of two stages: Stage I and Stage II. Candidates should clear Stage I in order to appear for Stage II. The following details of stages are mentioned below:

StageType of TestSyllabus
Stage IScreening Test1. Verbal and non-verbal tests.
Stage IIPsychological Test1. Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
2.Word Association Test (WAT)
3.Situation Reaction Test (SRT)
4. Self Description Test (SD)
Stage IIGroup Testing Officers Test1. GD
2. GPE
3. PGT
4. HGT
5. IOT
6. Command Task
7. Snake race/Group Obstacle Race
8. Individual lecture
9. FGT
Stage IIPersonal Interview & Conference
  1. Stage I: It comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests, Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT.
  2. Stage II: It comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted for 4 days.

Candidates personality is assessed by three assessors; Interviewing Officer, Group Testing Officer and Psychologist. There is no separate weightage in each test. These tests are designed to assess presence or absence of Officer like qualities and training qualities in a candidate. Based on this, candidates will be selected.

General Guidelines on NDA Paper Pattern

Candidates must strictly follow guidelines issued by UPSC NDA on the day of the exam:

  • Use of calculator, Mathematical or Logarithmic table is not allowed in the exam. If candidates bring these things, they need to leave them outside before entering the exam hall.
  • Mobile phones, pagers or any type of communication devices are not allowed inside the exam hall. If this rule is found to be violated, they will be liable for disciplinary actions as well as a lifetime ban from any future exams.
  • Clipboard (or something hard so that candidates can write on it) is allowed inside the exam hall. The invigilator will provide with a good quality HB pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener, and a blue or black pen.
  • Candidates are not advised to bring any valuables to the exam center. If lost, the authorities are not responsible for it.
  • Cheating is strictly prohibited. No candidates shall copy from someone’s papers nor allow someone else to copy their paper. Candidates are not allowed to give or obtain or attempt to give or obtain irregular assistance of any description.
  • No candidates should misbehave during the exam in any manner or create any disorderly scene or harass the staff employed by the Commission. If any such misconduct happens, then they will be severely penalized for such an act.
  • Candidates need to use ink or ballpoint pen to fill the particulars in an empty circle such that it does not exceed the boundary of the circle. It is better if they read the instructions to fill the circle so that the answer is not rejected by the machine.
  • Do not write anything other than specific information asked on the answer sheet. Candidates will be provided with a rough sheet where they can practice such things.
  • Do not fold or damage or put any marking in the answer sheet. Do not write anything on the back of the answer sheet.
  • Please read the instructions carefully before the exam commences.

UPSC NDA Exam Centres

Candidates can check the list of NDA examination centres from the table below:

Prayagraj (Allahabad)Kolkata
ChennaiPanaji (Goa)
DehradunPort Blair

FAQs on NDA Exam Pattern 2022

The frequently asked questions regarding the NDA Paper Pattern 2022 are given below:

Q.1: When is the NDA I 2022 exam scheduled?
Ans: The UPSC NDA I exam was conducted on April 10, 2022.

Q.2: When is the NDA II 2022 exam scheduled?
Ans: The UPSC NDA II exam will be conducted on September 04, 2022.

Q.3: What is the mode of NDA exam?
Ans: NDA exam will be conducted offline.

Q.4: Will the NDA II question paper be bilingual?
Ans: Yes. The NDA II question paper will be available in both English and Hindi.

Q.5: What is the selection process for UPSC NDA 2022?
Ans: The selection process of NDA exam comprises of written test and SSB interview.

Q.6: How many number of questions asked in General Ability Test?
Ans: The General Ability Test paper comprises of 150 questions.

Q.7: Is there any negative marking in UPSC NDA 2022?
Ans: Yes, there is negative marking of 1/3rd for every wrong answer.

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