UPSC NDA NA Syllabus and Exam Pattern

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UPSC NDA NA Syllabus

UPSC NDA NA Syllabus and Exam Pattern: In 2023, the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examinations (I) will be conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). The Union Public Service Commission will conduct the UPSC NDA NA 2023 Exam on April 16, 2023, for admission to the NDA’s Army, Navy, and Air Force wings for the 151st Course and the 113th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) beginning January 2, 2024. The deadline for online application registration is January 10, 2023.

UPSC NDA NA Exam Pattern 

The following plan will be followed during the National Defense Academy and Naval Academy Examinations (I and II) in 2023: The topics that will be covered on the written test in Part I, the maximum number of marks that will be given for each topic or paper, and the time allotted for Part II are as follows:

UPSC NDA NA Mathematics Exam Pattern 

Paper I- Mathematics
Total Marks300 Marks
Total Number of Questions120
Marks are awarded for the correct answer2.5 marks
Marks are deducted for the wrong answer-0.83
Exam Duration2.5 Hours

UPSC NDA NA General Ability Exam Pattern 

Paper-II- General Ability Test
Total Marks600 marks
Total Number of Questions150
No. of questions in English Section50
No. Of questions in General knowledge Section100
Total Marks for English200 marks
Total Marks for G.K.400 marks
Marks for the correct Answer4 marks in both sections
Marks for the incorrect Answer-1.33 marks in both sections
Exam Duration2.5 Hours

UPSC NDA NA SSB Interview Pattern 

If a candidate passes the written NDA exam, they must attend the SSB Interview rounds. The NDA Interview is structured as follows:

NDA – SSB Interview Pattern
Stage 1Screening Test 

  1. PPDT
  2. Verbal and non-verbal tests.
Stage 2Psychological Test
  1. Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)
  2. Situation Reaction Test (SRT)
  3. Self Description Test (SD)
  4. Word Association Test (WAT)
Group Testing Officers Test 

  1. PGT
  2. HGT
  3. IoT
  4. GD
  5. GPE
  6. Command Task
  7. Individual lecture
  8. Snake race/Group Obstacle Race
  9. FGT
Personal Interview & conference

UPSC NDA NA Syllabus 

Candidates must be familiar with the NDA Exam Syllabus after understanding the NDA Exam Pattern. Following is a discussion of the NDA syllabus.

UPSC NDA NA Mathematics Syllabus 

Check the topic-wise number of questions and marks distribution in the table below.

Quadratic equation20-15
Matrices & Determinants30
Complex number10-15
    Concept of 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 applications. Logarithms and their applications.
    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.
    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
    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 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.
    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 to another function, derivative of a
    composite function. Second order derivatives. Increasing and
    decreasing functions. Application of derivatives in problems of
    maxima and minima.
    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 equations, solution of first order
    and first degree differential equations of various types—examples.
    Application in problems of growth and decay.
    Vectors in two and three dimensions, magnitude and
    direction of a vector. Unit and null vectors, addition of vectors,
    scalar multiplication of a vector, scalar product or dot product of
    two vectors. Vector product or cross product of two vectors.
    Applications—work done by a force and moment of a force and in
    geometrical problems.
    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.

UPSC NDA NA General Ability Test Syllabus 

The General ability test comprises two papers English and General Knowledge. The English paper consists of 200 Marks while the General Knowledge is of 400 Marks.

UPSC NDA NA Syllabus- English

The question paper in English will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding of English. The syllabus covers various aspects like as given below:

TopicNo. of QuestionsNo. of Marks
Spotting Errors520
Selecting Words1040
Ordering of Words in a Sentence936
Sentence Improvement1040

UPSC NDA NA Syllabus- General Knowledge

Check the topic-wise number of questions and marks distribution in the table below.

TopicNo. of QuestionsNo. of Marks
General Science1144
History & Freedom Movement1664
Current Events1768

UPSC NDA NA Syllabus- Physics

  1. Mass, Weight, Volume, Sound waves and their properties
  2. Physical Properties and States of Matter
  3. Modes of transference of Heat
  4. Principle of Archimedes
  5. Spherical mirrors and Lenses
  6. Pressure Barometer
  7. Simple musical instruments
  8. Rectilinear propagation of Light
  9. Density and Specific Gravity
  10. Reflection and refraction
  11. Newton’s Laws of Motion
  12. Earth as a Magnet
  13. Human Eye
  14. Motion of objects
  15. Natural and Artificial Magnets
  16. Velocity and Acceleration
  17. Properties of a Magnet
  18. Stability and Equilibrium of bodies
  19. Ohm’s Law
  20. Gravitation
  21. Force and Momentum
  22. Static and Current Electricity
  23. Parallelogram of Forces
  24. Conductors and Non-conductors
  25. Power and Energy
  26. Measurement of Electrical Power
  27. Effects of Heat
  28. Simple Electrical Circuits
  29. Elementary ideas of work
  30. Heating, Lighting, and Magnetic effects of Current
  31. Primary and Secondary Cells
  32. Measurement of Temperature and Heat
  33. Use of X-Rays
  34. General Principles in the working of Simple Pendulum, Simple Pulleys,Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone,Telescope, Microscope, Periscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightning Conductors, Safety Fuses.

UPSC NDA NA Syllabus- Chemistry

  1. Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide and Nitrogen, Oxidation and Reduction.
  2. Fertilizers—Natural and Artificial
  3. Elements
  4. Acids, bases and salts.
  5. Carbon— different forms
  6. Physical and Chemical Changes
  7. Material used in the preparation of substances like Soap Paper, Cement,Glass, Ink, Paints, Safety Matches, and Gunpowder
  8. Symbols, Formulae, and simple Chemical Equation
  9. Atomic Equivalent and Molecular Weights
  10. Mixtures and Compounds
  11. Elementary ideas about the structure of Atom
  12. Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems)
  13. Valency
  14. Properties of Air and Water

UPSC NDA NA Syllabus– General Science

  1. Common Epidemics, their causes, and prevention
  2. Basis of Life—Cells, Protoplasms, and Tissues
  3. Difference between the living and non-living
  4. Food—Source of Energy for man
  5. Constituents of food
  6. Elementary knowledge of the Human Body and its important organs
  7. The Solar System—Meteors and Comets, Eclipses. Achievements of Eminent Scientist
  8. Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals
  9. Balanced Diet

UPSC NDA NA Syllabus- History, Freedom Movement

  1. A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation
  2. Freedom Movement in India
  3. French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, and Russian Revolution
  4. Forces shaping the modern world;
  5. Renaissance
  6. Exploration and Discovery;
  7. Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India
  8. War of American Independence,
  9. Impact of Science and Technology on Society
  10. Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration
  11. Concept of one World
  12. Panchayati Raj, Democracy, Socialism and Communism
  13. United Nations,
  14. Panchsheel,
  15. Role of India in the present world
  16. National Integration and Welfare State
  17. Co-operatives and Community Development
  18. Bhoodan, Sarvodaya,
  19. Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi

UPSC NDA NA Syllabus- Geography

  1. Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure, Planetary Winds, Cyclones, and Anticyclones; Humidity; Condensation and Precipitation
  2. The Earth, its shape and size
  3. Ocean Currents and Tides Atmosphere and its composition
  4. Latitudes and Longitudes
  5. Major Natural Regions of the World
  6. Concept of time
  7. Types of Climate
  8. International Date Line
  9. Movements of Earth and their effects
  10. Regional Geography of India
  11. Location and distribution of agricultural and Industrial activities
  12. Climate, Natural vegetation. Mineral and Power resources;
  13. Origin of Earth. Rocks and their classification
  14. Weathering—Mechanical and Chemical, Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  15. Important Sea ports and main sea, land, and air routes of India
  16. Main items of Imports and Exports of India

Current Events

Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in recent years Prominent personalities of both Indian and International level,Current important world events,Cultural activities and sports activities.

Intelligence and Personality Test 

The SSB procedure consists of two stages. Only those candidates who clear written exam are permitted to appear for SSB round. The details o SSB exam are given below:

NDA SSB Personality Test
Stage I
  1. Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR)
  2. Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT).
Stage II
  1. Interview (IO)
  2. Group Testing Officer Tasks (GTO)
  3. Psychology Tests (Psych)
  4. Conference

The various tests of IO, GTO, and Psychological are designed to bring out the presence/absence of Officer Like Qualities and their trainability in a candidate. Accordingly, candidates are Recommended or Not Recommended at the SSB.

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Q1. What is the syllabus of the UPSC NDA & NA Exam?

Ans:UPSC NDA & NA syllabus and exam pattern for 2023 can both be found in the provided article.

Q2. Are the UPSC NDA and NA exams bilingual?
Ans: The tests, except for the Test of English and Hindi Language, will be available bilingually, i.e., in English and Hindi.

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