NDA II was successfully conducted on September 9 in offline mode. Nearly 13000 candidates appeared for the examination. UPSC, coordinating body of the exam, is expected to publish the results in October 2018 on upsc.gov.in. NDA I  was conducted on April 22 and the results were declared on June 15.UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts the national level examination to recruit candidates in the Army, Navy and Air Force. It is a two-tier examination, wherein, candidates qualifying the written test will also have to clear the SSB interview round.

Union Public Service Commission is the government agency responsible for selecting the right candidates for this service. Every year only around 1000 candidates are selected for all the 24 services combined. The number of candidates who applied for UPSC Civil Service Exam was about 9 lakh in 2016, out of which around 4.5 lakh candidates appeared on the exam day.


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The National Defence Academy (NDA) is the Joint Services academy of the Indian Armed Forces, where cadets of the three services, the Army, the Navy and the Air Force train together before they go on to respective service academies for further pre-commissioning training. The NDA is located at Khadakwasla near Pune, Maharashtra. It is the first tri-service academy in the world.

The syllabus for NDA 2018 written test will comprise two sections- Mathematical Ability and General Ability.

The questions in NDA II 2018 will be asked from topics and concepts of 10+2 level. Following are the topics from Mathematical Ability and General Ability sections covered as a part of NDA 2018 Syllabus.

NDA Syllabus for Mathematical Ability

NDA Syllabus for Mathematics
Algebra Matrices and Determinants
Trigonometry Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions
Differential Calculus Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
Vector Algebra Statistics and Probability

NDA Syllabus for General Ability

Topics from the English and General Knowledge will be covered in General Ability section of NDA 2018. General Knowledge will comprise of the following:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • General science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Current Affairs

Preparation Books for NDA 2018

It is always suggested to go for the best books for NDA 2018 Preparation. Given below are some of the best books which can be referred to prepare for Mathematical Ability and General Ability Sections of NDA 2018.

Books to Prepare for Mathematical Ability

Book Name  Author/ Publisher
Mathematics for NDA and NA: National Defence Academy and Naval Academy R S Aggarwal
Quantitative aptitude for competitive examinations R S Aggarwal
Study Package MATHEMATICS NDA & NA Entrance Exam Arihant
NDA Mathematics (Hindi) RPH Editorial Board

Books to Prepare for General Ability

Book Name  Author/ Publisher
History Of Modern India (History) Bipan Chandra
Science and Technology in India (Science and Technology) Kalpana Rajaram : Spectrum
Oxford School Atlas (Geography) Oxford
Social Problems In India (Indian Society – GS1) Ram Ahuja
Objective General English for Competitive Exams S.P. Bakshi
Manorama Yearbook 2017 Mammen Mathew

NDA 2018 has been conducted in offline mode on September 9, 2018. The test has two sections- Mathematics (300 marks) and General Knowledge (600). The time duration for each paper is 2 hours and 30 minutes. The following table has further information regarding duration, number of sections, and number of questions:

Exam Pattern Highlights
NDA 2018 Mathematics General ability test
Exam Duration 2 hours and 30 minutes 2 hours and 30 minutes
No. of sections 1 2 (English and General Knowledge)
Total no. of questions 120 150
Total marks 300 600 (English (200) + GK (400))
Marking scheme 2.5 for correct and -0.83 for incorrect 4 for correct and -1.33 for incorrect
Medium English and Hindi English for English section. English and Hindi for GK section
Type of questions Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)

The candidates can go through the above bifurcation for the clarity regarding Exam pattern of the NDA 2018.

The general knowledge section of the NDA 2018 consists of the following topics:

  • Physics (100 marks)
  • Chemistry (60 marks)
  • General Science (40 marks)
  • History and Freedom Movement (80 marks)
  • Geography (80 marks)
  • Current Events (40 marks)

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