NDA Books 2021: Subject-wise Best Books For NDA 1 & NDA 2

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Jun 15, 2021

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts twice a year. NDA 1 2021 exam was conducted on April 18, 2021, and the NDA 2 exam is scheduled to be held on September 05, 2021. The application process has begun on June 09, 2021. The applying candidates must check out the complete exam schedule

Candidates who are willing to excel in the exam and join the desired academy must go through the NDA Syllabus and NDA Exam Pattern. After understanding the NDA exam pattern, start clearing the basic concepts from the NCERT Books.

For better preparation, every candidate should download the previous years' papers and practice them accordingly. For depth of knowledge, here is a list of subject-wise books for better preparation.

NDA Msths

Recommended Books for NDA Mathematics

The questions asked in the Mathematics paper have given the majority to some topics such as Calculus, Quadratic equation, Matrices & Determinants, Trigonometry, etc. Here are some books which will help you to cover the syllabus:

NDA Mathematics Books Author / Publisher
NCERT Mathematics Textbook of Class 11 and Class 12 NCERT
Mathematics R.S. Aggarwal
Mathematics for NDA and NA S Chand publication
R.S. Agarwal
NDA Entrance Exam E. S. Ramasamy
NDA English

NDA Books 2021: Recommended Books for NDA English

The English section of the GAT paper assesses a candidate's understanding of grammar and vocabulary. Here are some books on English:

NDA English Books Author/ Publisher
Objective General English SP Bakshi
Wren & Martin High School English Grammar and Composition S. Chand
Word Power Made Easy Norman & Lewis
NDA GS & History

NDA Books for General Science, History & Geography

The General Science, History, and Geography section consists of topics that are related to class 9 and 10 Biology. Here are few books to figure out this section:

  • Objective General Knowledge by Lucent Publications
  • General Knowledge 2021 by Arihant Publication
NDA Physics

NDA Books for Physics

The physics questions generally maintain a standard of Class 11 & 12. Candidates will face questions from electricity and mechanics as well. The NCERT Physics books of Class 11 & 12 should be enough to prepare.

Best Books for NDA Chemistry

The chemistry section of the NDA exam is usually of Class 11 and 12 standards. Topics such as

Physical and Chemical Changes, Air and Water, Acid, Bases and Salts, Oxidation and Reduction, Atoms, valence, etc. gets importance almost every year.

To prepare for the NDA Chemistry section, NCERT Chemistry Books of Class 11 & Class 12 and NCERT Exemplar is sufficient to gain the depth of knowledge required for the exam.

NDA Current Affairs

Study Material for Current Affairs

For this section, candidates can develop a habit of reading newspapers such as The Hindu, The Indian Express, Times of India, etc, and magazines on current affairs to stay updated with the current events and happenings in the India and world.

Other than the newspapers, magazines, and online applications, candidates can follow the Latest Manorama Yearbook.

Apart from the above-mentioned books, candidates will require the previous years’ paper and mock tests to improve speed and accuracy. Sample question papers are also good to use to increase the candidates’ predictability and understanding.


NDA Books FAQs

Ques. How would I be able to get ready for the NDA exam?

Ans. Candidates ought to be clear with the exam pattern and syllabus. They should study from essential textbooks only. Competitors must practice as much as they can and attempt mock exams to know their strengths and weaknesses.

Ques. Is self-study sufficient to qualify for NDA written test?

Ans. Yes, if it is done indeed and dedicatedly with the right books and schedule, self-study can be sufficient to qualify for the exam.

Ques. How would I be able to clear my doubts for Maths?

Ans. You can refer to the secondary school NCERT books to clear the doubts and have an idea about the segment.

Ques. what number of mock tests would it be advisable for me to attempt before the NDA exam?

Ans. You should give a couple of subject-wise mock exams every day.

Ques. Are NCERT books are enough for the NDA Written test?

Ans. NCERT books are essential for NDA written tests. However, for current affairs, general knowledge, mathematics, and other subjects, candidates must go through reference books for the depth of knowledge.

Ques. How many hours of study for NDA?

Ans. For the NDA written test, at least 4 - 5 hours are required to invent in our study.

3 Months Crash Course

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


arushi thankur
Can I get selected for NDA without coaching for preparation?
jaya garg

Hi. There is no hard and fast rule that you need coaching. If you are dedicated, you can prepare for the exam. Refer to the NDA last year papers that help supplement your preparation. We wish you luck and hope that you get selected and join the Indian defense force.

mohammed najamuddin
Is it a better option to join the forces?
jaya garg

Hi. TES means Technical Entry Scheme, students who have obtained 75% marks in their qualifying exam with a combination of physics, chemistry and maths can give this exam. The ones giving the TES exam, there is no need to give the written test and one can directly sit for the interview via SSB.

Can you tell me total number of seats are available at the NDA?
jaya garg

Hi. The total numbers of differ each year and the number keeps floating between 200 and 400. But to get admission here, lakhs of candidates compete each year and out of which only a few candidates get admission at NDA Academy.

From where can I get Study Material to prepare for Current Affairs section in NDA exam?
jaya garg

Hi. For this section, candidates must develop a habit of reading newspapers like The Hindu, The Indian Express, Times of India, etc. Students can also refer to other newspapers, magazines, and online applications to get a detailed understanding of the same. Check Study Material for Current Affairs.

ibashisha mukhim
I have heard that Objective General Knowledge by Lucent Publications is a good book, is that so?
jaya garg

Hi. Yes, you can read these books. The General Science, History, and Geography section consists of topics that are linked to class 9 and 10 Biology. In addition to this book, you can also refer to General Knowledge 2021 by Arihant Publication.

divakar sharma
Can you tell me some good NDA Mathematics Books to prepare?
jaya garg

Hi. Some of the books that can be referred include NCERT Mathematics Textbook of Class 11 and Class 12, Mathematics by R.S. Aggarwal, Mathematics for NDA and NA by S Chand publication, etc.

sheetal chib
which book is best for nda exam?
jaya garg

Hi Sheetal. Some of the books that you must study include Quantitative Aptitude for competitive examinations by RS Aggarwal, NDA Entrance Exam by E. S. Ramasamy, Mathematics for NDA/NA: National Defence Academy and Naval Academy by RS Aggarwal, etc. Information about other books are mentioned here.