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Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has prescribed the exam pattern of NDA 2019. With the help of NDA exam pattern 2019, candidates can get an idea regarding the number of subjects, time duration, total marks and marking scheme of the exam. According to NDA 2019 exam pattern, the written examination comprises two subjects – Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). Each paper is conducted for 2 ½ hours duration. Total 900 marks have been allotted for written examination. Candidates qualifying the written examination will be called for SSB Interview. The SSB Interview carries total 900 marks. NDA 1 exam will be conducted offline on April 21, 2019. Read below for more details on NDA exam pattern 2019.

Stages of the examWritten SSB Interview
Mode of ExamOffline mode
Duration of the exam2 ½ hours (each paper) 5 hours (total duration of written exam)
Exam timings10 am to 12.30 pm – Mathematics paper 2 pm to 4.30 pm – GAT
Number of papersPaper 1: Mathematics Paper 2: General Ability Test
Number of questionsMathematics paper – 120 questions GAT – 150 questions
Type of questionsObjective type 4 options each with only 1 correct option
language of question paperEnglish and Hindi
Negative markingMathematics and GAT – 1/3
Total marksMathematics section – 300 GAT – 600 (English – 200 marks and General Knowledge part carries 400 marks)

CodePapersSubjectMaximum marksDuration
1Paper 1Mathematics3002 ½
2Paper 2GAT6002 ½
Total9005 hours
SSB Interview900
Grand Total1800

The SSB procedure consists of two stages – stage 1 and stage 2. Only those candidates who qualified stage 1 can appear for stage 2. The stages of SSB Interview are explained below:

The stage 1 of SSB Interview comprises Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests and Picture Perception and Description Test (PP&DT).

The stage 2 of SSB Interview comprises Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days.

The syllabus of NDA outlines the topics from Mathematics and GAT that candidates need to prepare for the exam. The syllabus has been defined by the exam conducting authority, UPSC. Candidates can check the topics required for the syllabus in the table below.

MathematicsAlgebra, matrices and determinants, Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensions, differential calculus, Statistics and Probability, Vector Algebra and Integral calculus and differential equations
GATEnglish, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events


5General Science40
6History, Freedom Movement, etc.80
8Curent Events40

As per Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the subject-wise distribution of marks is given below.  Candidates can find the same below –

NDA Paper Pattern: Subject-wise distribution of marks