UPSC has prescribed NDA 2020 syllabus. NDA examination is divided into two papers – Mathematics and General Ability. It aims to judge a candidate on his logical ability and general awareness. NDA 2020 is scheduled to be conducted on April 21, 2020.
  • The Mathematics paper contains 300 marks while General Ability test holds 600 marks. The written test will be of total 900 marks.
  • For every incorrect response, 0.33 marks will be deducted as negative marking in the examination.
  • After clearing the written test, candidates have to go through the SSB Interview. The interview process will have total 900 marks.
  • The question paper of Mathematics and PART B of General Ability test will be available in both English and Hindi languages.

NDA 2020 Exam Pattern

  • NDA 2020 is scheduled for April 21, 2020. It is an offline examination i.e. pen and paper based test with objective type questions.
NDA 2020 Exam Pattern is different for both the papers. It is necessary to qualify them in order to ensure admission in the National Defence Academy. NDA exam pattern for both the papers is given below:


  • Total Marks 300 Marks
  • Total No. of Questions 120
  • Marks awarded for Correct answer 2.5 marks
  • Marks deducted for wrong answer -0.85
  • Exam Duration 2.5 Hours


  • Total Marks 600 marks
  • Total No. of Questions 150
  • No. of questions in English Section 50
  • No. Of questions in General knowledge Section 100
  • Maximum Marks for English 200 marks
  • Maximum Marks for G.K. 400 marks
  • Marks for Correct Answer 4 marks in both sections
  • Marks for Incorrect Answer -1.33 marks in both sections
  • Exam Duration 2.5 Hours

NDA Syllabus for Mathematics

Paper 1 in NDA is purely based on Mathematics. No change is observed in NDA Syllabus from the previous year. The questions will be asked from 10+2 level only. The sub-sections in this part are also of basic-level mathematics.

  • Here are all important topics in NDA Syllabus for Paper 1 i.e. Mathematics:
  • NDA Syllabus for Mathematics
  • Algebra Matrices and Determinants
  • Trigonometry Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions
  • Differential Calculus Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
  • Vector Algebra Statistics and Probability

NDA Syllabus for Mathematics

  • Algebra 
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Trigonometry 
  • Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimensions
  • Differential 
  • Calculus 
  • Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
  • Vector Algebra 
  • Statistics and Probability

NDA Syllabus

Best Books for NDA Preparation

  • For Paper 1 in NDA i.e. Mathematics, it is always a better approach to put in some extra efforts. For this, you will need to refer to some books other than NCERT of class XI/XII
These books are a great mix of theoretical knowledge and their practical application, in the form of questions.
  • We advise you to practice from them as much as possible.

Here are some of the best books for NDA Preparation for Mathematics paper:

NDA Books

  • Mathematics for NDA and NA: National Defence Academy and Naval Academy R S Aggarwal
  • Quantitative aptitude for competitive examinations R S Aggarwal
  • Study Package MATHEMATICS NDA & NA Entrance Exam - Arihant
  • NDA Mathematics (Hindi) RPH Editorial Board