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NDA 2016 Exam: Gateway to the most sought after lifestyle, Know NDA II 2016 Paper Analysis

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Mar 7, 2017

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National Defence Academy, NDA Exam is a national level entrance exam conducted by UPSC (Union Public Services Commission) for admission to the pretigious National Defence Academy, Pune. UPSC NDA II 2016 was conducted on September 18, 2016. The exam was divided into a set of two papers – paper 1 (Mathematics) and paper 2 (General Ability Test). Paper 1 was of 300 marks and paper 2 was of 600 marks.

Being one of the toughest paper regarding officer rank entry in different wings of NDA (Army, Air force, and Navy), the exam requires a thorough preparation. 

Conducted twice an year, the NDA Exam is one of the most sought after exam in India providing a head start to youngsters with one of the most respected, secure & adventurous future they crave for. Sure the exam is one of the Top Notch, Getting through the Written Exam & Selection Process is not so easy. Lets Check out the Paper Analysis of NDA II 2016 held on September 18, 2016.

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Paper Analysis – Important Topics

Paper 1 (Mathematics): Sets and Functions, Algebra, Trigonometric, Coordinate Geometry, Matrices and determinants, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus Differential Equation, etc.

Paper 2 (General Ability Test): English, General Science, Geography, History, Freedom Movement, etc.


Mentioned data are approximate, actual questions may vary, be thorough with each topic and chapters to excel in NDA Exam.

Exam Pattern

Conducted Offine i.e. pen and paper based test with objective type questions in two shifts, the paper consisted of Mathematics & General Ability of  total 900 marks to be completed in 150 minutes each. The Exam Pattern of NDA II 2016 was as follows:

1. Mathematics 01 150 minutes 300
2. General Ability Test 02 150 minutes 600
  Total     900
  SSB Test/Interview     900
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NDA II 2016 Mathematics Analysis

NDA 2 paper 1 was held in the Morning shift. The level of questions asked were moderate. The section consisted of a total of 120 questions focusing majorly upon Algebra, Integral Calculus and Differential Equations. The remaining questions were from Analytical Geometry of two & three dimensions, Statistics & Probability, Trigonometry, Differential calculus, etc. 

Candidates also had to solve some tricky though conceptual questions from the Matrices and Determinants. Overall, a candidate with average level of preparation is expected to score decent enough to make the NDA Cutoff.

Subjects Number of questions Maximum Marks
Algebra 20 50
Matrices and Determinants 8 20
Trigonometry 12 30
Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions 20 50
Differential Calculus 12 30
Integral Calculus and Differential Equations 26 65
Vector Algebra 8 20
Statistics and Probability 14 35

NDA II 2016 General Science Analysis

The second paper of NDA II 2016 was held in the Afternoon shift. The level of questions asked was moderate with few questions that required critical thinking and innovative approach. Constructed with a total of 150 questions to be solved in 150 minutes, the main focus of the paper was on the General knowledge and English section.

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The English section of paper 2 was of 200 marks, consisted of questions on spotting errors, fill in the blanks, antonyms, selecting words in a passage, comprehension passage, sentence improvement, etc.

General knowledge section of paper 2 was of 400 marks, consisted of questions on Geography, History, Freedom Movement, physics, chemistry, current events, general science, etc.

Subjects Number of questions Maximum marks
Physics 25 100
General science 10 40
Chemistry 15 60
Geography 20 80
History, freedom movement, etc. 20 80
Current events 10 40

Overall, NDA 2 entrance examination was moderate. So, do not waste a single moment for NDA 2 Preparation. Study hard. Do well and the Good Life will follow. 

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