Section-wise Preparation Strategy for NDA Exam

The National Defence Academy exam popularly known as the NDA exam is the exam for you is if you’re one of those youngsters who wish to any of the prestigious defence forces of India. The Union Public Service Commission administers the National Defense Academy Examination which is held twice every year. Those who pass the NDA exam and are recruited into the defence forces have the opportunity to serve and protect their country while also living a life of pride and discipline.

Furthermore, the uniformed services (which include the Army, Navy, and Air Force) offer a life of grandeur, diverse experiences and adventure, employment security and economic stability, post-retirement benefits, family facilities, and limitless prospects for professional growth.

However, in order to clear the highly competitive NDA exam, aspirants must have a well-thought-out NDA preparation strategy as well as a study plan that is free of procrastination and full of determination.

On that note, let’s discuss the section/sub-section-wise preparation strategy to have an edge over others.


Integral and Differential Calculus has to be covered first. If you look at previous years’ papers, you’ll notice that these two chapters are the source of at least 30 questions. These two chapters carry the highest weightage and are highly recommended. Besides the Concept of Domain, Range, and Graph of a Real-Valued Function, the Application of Derivatives in problems of maxima and minima can also be asked.

Candidates who do not have Mathematics in their higher secondary education will have to start from the beginning. So devote at least 2 or 3 hours per day to these two chapters. NCERT Mathematics books or RD Sharma are good places to start.

Matrices is the next most important chapter, followed by Straight Lines and 3D Geometry. These chapters will generate at least ten questions. Also, complete Arithmetic Progressions, Geometric Progressions, Probability, and Trigonometry.


This section intends to test the candidate’s understanding of basic grammar rules, proficiency in vocabulary and comprehensive reading skills.

Grammar and usage, reading comprehension, synonyms and acronyms, fill in the gaps, para jumbles, spot the error, and other topics are covered in the syllabus.

Reading is the most effective approach for developing vocabulary and comprehensive reading skills. Reading is a broad category that encompasses newspapers, novels, and children’s books, among other things.

Reading newspapers will help the candidate increase his vocabulary while also keeping him informed about current events.


In most cases, the General Aptitude part contains 23-25 questions on general physics topics. The majority of questions are asked from Physics NCERT books of Classes 11 and 12. Hence, make sure you go through them. Furthermore, Ohm’s Law carries the most weightage, followed by mass, force, and momentum.

Important definitions and formulas should be noted down by the candidate. He or she should make a list of all the formulae and solve at least eight to ten numerical on each.


This section consists primarily of questions based on chemical formulae, equations and reactions.

Like physics, the candidates are asked questions related to the 11th and 12th-grade syllabus in chemistry. These include The basic concept of chemistry, Solution, Surface chemistry, Electrochemistry, Common Applications and Processes of Elements, Halloalken and haloarenes, Alcohol, phenol, and ether, Structure of atoms, Chemical Bonding and Molecular Structure, State of matter, Thermodynamics, Redox reactions, S and P block element and more. 

NCERT books are sufficient in this case because they cover all of the above-mentioned topics.


Cells and tissues, living and non-living organisms, the human body and organs, development and reproduction in plants and animals, common epidemics – causes and preventions, a balanced diet and food as a source of energy for living beings, the solar system, meteors, comets, eminent scientists and their accomplishments, and so on are all covered in this section.

Topics like these are relatively simple to cover because they can be broken down into bullet points and memorized.

Current Affairs

This area covers topics such as politics, eminent individuals, sports, film, awards and recognitions, cultural events, scientific and technological breakthroughs, government regulations and policies, countries and prime ministers or presidents, countries and capitals, finance and banking, and so on.

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