NDA I 2020 Preparation Tips

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Apr 7, 2020

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Samrat Roy

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Today’s youth is so much interested to serve their country, by getting into National Defence Academy. But, it is not a cakewalk to get through NDA exam and SSB. You have to do a lot of grub work and polish your personality to step inside NDA. After all, it is the question of serving the nation, you have got to be the best, to get selected.

Candidates who appear for the exam must gather all the necessary information of NDA Syllabus. Prepare according to the prescribed syllabus and focus on important topics which cover high score. The exam conducted in two stages - 1) Mathematics (300 marks) and 2) General Ability Test (600). The time duration for each paper is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Know More

Candidates advised must solve as many previous year question papers as possible to understand the exam pattern. Below, we are providing some tips & tricks which candidates should follow while preparing for the exam.

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How to prepare for NDA 2020?

Get bookish knowledge is not enough to tackle with NDA Exam. You have to build a suitable personality, work on your spoken language, general knowledge, and other factors. To help you out with such factors, we provide you the best NDA Preparation Tips:

  • Get your Mathematics and English brushed up

Mathematics and English are very important for you if you are planning to face NDA Exam. You must be very fast in making calculations as you can’t afford to waste time in calculations while solving mathematics section and for this, you have to practice very hard. Only practice can give you this ability to be swift while making calculations in the exam. While for English, you have to read as much as you can. Read anything like English newspapers, blogs, novels, books or you can listen to English news channels. This will improve your English and general knowledge as well.

  • GAT- General Ability Test

While preparing for NDA, get your basic concepts cleared of Physics, chemistry and biology. For History, Civics, and Economics, all you need is to memorize a few major concepts, but nothing tricky. GAT covers the major portion of NDA test and so, you just can’t ignore any aspect of this section. Go through the syllabus for GAT section very carefully and prepare for each and every topic mentioned under the heading. For English of this section, brush up the grammar rules.

  • Keep track of current events

You just cannot survive in NDA exam and interview, if you are not aware of nearly all the current events. You must know all about the major events happened, say, at least of last five years. For this, all you have to do is to watch the news, read the newspaper, listen to the interviews of famous personalities, keep track of all the awards and prizes, on daily basis.

  • Practice sample papers

Solving sample paper is the backbone of any NDA preparation strategy. You have to solve sample papers if you really want to get an idea what kind of questions you have to face on the doom day. And if you are lucky enough, you might get some repeated questions as well. All in all, by solving last year papers or sample papers, you can get a clear picture of what you are dealing with and by that, you can plan your line of study accordingly.

  • Don’t make wild guesses in exam

As you must be knowing that there is negative marking scheme applicable in NDA Exam. So, it seems necessary to include this point in NDA preparation tips. It is not at all a smart choice to make blind guess in NDA exam. If you don’t know the answer of some question in the paper, just leave it unanswered. Don’t be over-confident over your guesswork. You might lose the marks that you scored through the correct answers. So, play smart and only answer the questions you are 100% sure about. Be wise and avoid the guessing game.

  • Stay fit and maintain your health

Remember that we are talking about National Defence Academy here, you have to treat your health as a priority. Consider this as the very first NDA preparation tip. You can’t afford to play with your health and hope that the selectors will select you even with a weak personality. All the hard work you did, to clear the written examination can go in vain if, you are not completely fit and carry a weak personality. So, work continuously and properly on your health to enhance your personality.

  • Keep track of time

Remember that time is not your ally in NDA Exam so, you just need not to waste any of it over the questions you have no idea about. First of all, solve the questions you have prepared for or the one you know something about. After that, if there is still any time left in your hands then you can go for the ones you are not sure about and which are time-consuming. But remember, answer only those questions, you are very sure about or you might lose your hard-earned marks.

  • Create your very own short notes

While doing preparation work for NDA, you might have to consult a very large number of books and notes. But when the revision stage arrives, you don’t have enough time to go through them again. So, it’s better to keep your own short notes which handy and you can revise them without taking much time and which are actually useful and important. 

NDA Recommended books 

In NDA 2020, questions are asked from class 12 Mathematics. Also, candidates are required to be aware of the current happenings around the world to attempt General Ability test. Some of the recommended books for candidates are mentioned below.

  • These books contain a vast explanation of mathematical concepts.
  • It covers every minor topic mentioned in the syllabus like Sets and relations along with functions, quadratic equations, logarithms, trigonometry and geometry topics like circles, triangles, coordinates etc.
  • These books also include the tricks and shortcut methods for solving the questions.
Subjects Books Author
Mathematics Mathematics for NDA and NA: National Defence Academy and Naval Academy R S Aggarwal
Mathematics Quantitative aptitude for competitive examinations RS Aggarwal
English NDA and NA National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Entrance Examination: 10 Practice Sets (English) Expert Compilations
English NDA INA Practice Papers: Conducted by UPSC (English) Sachchida Nand Jha
General Knowledge Objective General Knowledge & Current Affairs (Level 1) Disha Experts
General Knowledge Objective General Knowledge & Current Affairs (Level 2) Disha Experts

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


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