UPSC NDA & NA Exam Pattern 2018

UPSC NDA & NA Exam Pattern 2018

The Exam Pattern

  •       Type of Question: There will be objective type questions asked in the examination.
  •        Exam Mode: The exam will be conducted through pen and paper-based mode.
  •        Exam Duration: Two and half hour duration will be given for Code 1 and Code 2.
  •        Section: The exam will consist of two sections like Mathematics and General Ability Test.
  •        Language: The question paper will be asked in bilingual, i.e. English & Hindi only.
  •        Negative Marking: There will be negative marking done for wrong answers.

The NDA 2018 admissions take place in the following two stages:

Stage 1: Written Exam conducted by UPSC.

Stage 2: Staff Selection Board (SSB) Interviews.

Particulars Written Test SSB Interviews
Mathematics Test General Ability Test
No of Questions Not Disclosed Not Disclosed  
Duration 2 ½ hours 2 ½ hours 6-days
Marking Scheme Negative marking Negative Marking  
Total Marks 300 marks 600 marks 900 marks
Qualifying marks As per cut off    
Subject/Sections Mathematics Paper
  • English Language Paper. (200 marks)
  • General Knowledge Paper. (400 marks)
Stage I
  • Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR).
  • Picture Perception Test (PP).
  • Description Test (DT).
Stage II
  • Group Testing Officers Task.
  • Psychology tests.
  • Interviews.
  • Conferences.
Mode of Answering OMR Sheets for recording responses.
Subject Code Duration Maximum Marks
Mathematics 1 2 ½ Hours 300
General Ability Test 2 2 ½ Hours 600
Total 900
SBS Interview 900
Grand Total 1800


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