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NDA - Syllabus

National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination-1 2020

Result: 30 Oct 2020 (Tentative)

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Result: 30 Oct 2020

NDA(1) 2020 Syllabus: Subject - Wise Topics, Number of papers

Updated On - June 27 2020 by Latika Kalra

NDA(1) 2020 Syllabus has been released by the conducting authority - Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Candidates should prepare for the exam according to the syllabus to fetch good marks. National Defence Academy exam is a national level entrance exam organized for the candidates who wish to join Indian Defence Force (Indian Navy, Air Force and Army). NDA is organized twice in a year (NDA(1) and NDA(2)) one in April and the other in November respectively. Candidates who will qualify the UPSC NDA exam will get the admission into the National Defence Academy and Naval Academy (NA). Candidates can go through the article below to get the complete knowledge of the National Defence Academy Exam 2020 Syllabus and download NDA Syllabus pdf.

NDA(1) 2020 Syllabus

The candidates must have the complete knowledge of NDA(1) 2020 Syllabus before starting their preparation for the exam. UPSC National Defence Academy exam syllabus comprises of two papers: Mathematics (Paper 1) and General Ability Test (Paper 2).

NDA(1) Mathematics Syllabus - Paper 1

Algebra
  • Concept of set, operations on sets, Venn diagrams. De Morgan laws, Cartesian product, relation, equivalence relation. 
  • Representation of real numbers on a line. Complex numbers—basic properties, modulus, argument, cube roots of unity. Binary system of numbers.
  • Conversion of a number in decimal system to binary system and vice-versa. Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic progressions.
  • Quadratic equations with real coefficients. A solution of linear inequations of two variables by graphs.
  • Permutation and Combination. Binomial theorem and its applications. Logarithms and their applications. 
Matrices and Determinants
  • Types of matrices, operations on matrices. The determinant of a matrix, basic properties of determinants. Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix,  
  • Applications-Solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by Matrix Method. 
Trigonometry
  • Angles and their measures in degrees and radians. Trigonometrical ratios. Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae. Multiple and Sub-multiple angles.
  • Inverse trigonometric functions. Applications-Height and distance, properties of triangles. 
Analytical Geometry of two and three Dimensions
  • Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system. Distance formula. Equation of a line in various forms. The angle between the two lines. The distance of a point from a line.
  • Equation of a circle in standard and general form. Standard forms of parabola, ellipse and hyperbola. Eccentricity and axis of a conic.
  • The point in a three-dimensional space, distance between two points. Direction Cosines and direction ratios. Equation two points. Direction Cosines and direction ratios.
  • Equation of a plane and a line in various forms. The angle between the two lines and the angle between the two planes. Equation of a sphere. 
Differential Calculus
  • Concept of a real-valued function–domain, range and graph of a function. Composite functions, one to one, onto and inverse functions. Notion of limit, Standard limits—examples.
  • Continuity of functions—examples, algebraic operations on continuous functions. Derivative of function at a point, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative—applications.
  • Derivatives of sum, product and quotient of functions, a derivative of a function concerning another function, a derivative of a composite function. Second-order derivatives.
  • Increasing and decreasing functions. Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima. 
Integral Calculus and Differential Equations
  • Integration as inverse of differentiation, integration by substitution and by parts, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, trigonometric, exponential and hyperbolic functions.
  • Evaluation of definite integrals— determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves—applications.
  • Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of a differential equation by examples. General and particular solution of differential equations, solution of the first order and first-degree differential equations of various types—examples.
  • Application in problems of growth and decay. 
Vector Algebra
  • Vectors in two and three dimensions, magnitude and direction of a vector. Unit and null vectors, the addition of vectors, scalar multiplication of a vector, scalar product or dot product of two vectors.
  • Vector product or cross product of two vectors. Applications—work done by a force and moment of a force and in geometrical problems. 
Statistics and Probability
(i). Statistics: Classification of data, Frequency distribution, cumulative frequency distribution—examples. Graphical representation—Histogram, Pie Chart, frequency polygon—examples.
  • Measures of Central tendency—Mean, median and mode. Variance and standard deviation—determination and comparison. Correlation and regression. 
(ii). Probability: Random experiment, outcomes and associated sample space, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, impossible and certain events. Union and Intersection of events.
  • Complementary, elementary and composite events. Definition of probability—classical and statistical— examples. Elementary theorems on probability—simple problems.
  • Conditional probability, Bayes’ theorem—simple problems. Random variable as function on a sample space. Binomial distribution, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binominal distribution. 

NDA(1) General Ability Test - Paper 2

  • PART A - English: Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English. 
  • PART B - General Knowledge: The question paper on General Knowledge will broadly cover the following subjects :
(i). Section A (Physics)
  • Physical Properties and States of Matter, Mass, Weight, Volume, Density and Specific Gravity, Principle of Archimedes, Pressure Barometer. The motion of objects, Velocity and Acceleration, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Force and Momentum, Parallelogram of Forces, Stability and Equilibrium of bodies, Gravitation, elementary ideas of work, Power and Energy.
  • Effects of Heat, Measurement of Temperature and Heat, change of State and Latent Heat, Modes of transference of Heat. Sound waves and their properties, Simple musical instruments. Rectilinear propagation of Light, Reflection and refraction. Spherical mirrors and Lenses, Human Eye.
  • Natural and Artificial Magnets, Properties of a Magnet, Earth as a Magnet. Static and Current Electricity, conductors and Non-conductors, Ohm’s Law, Simple Electrical Circuits, Heating, Lighting and Magnetic effects of Current, Measurement of Electrical Power, Primary and Secondary Cells, Use of X-Rays.
  • General Principles in the working of the following: Simple Pendulum, Simple Pulleys, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightening Conductors, Safety Fuses. 
(ii). Section B (Chemistry)
  • Physical and Chemical changes. Elements, Mixtures and Compounds, Symbols, Formulae and simple Chemical Equations, Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems). Properties of Air and Water.
  • Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbon dioxide, Oxidation and Reduction. Acids, bases and salts. Carbon— different forms. Fertilizers—Natural and Artificial. The material used in the preparation of substances like Soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches and Gun-Powder.
  • Elementary ideas about the structure of Atom, Atomic Equivalent and Molecular Weights, Valency. 
(iii). Section C (General Science) 
  • Difference between the living and non-living. Basis of Life—Cells, Protoplasms and Tissues. Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals.
  • Elementary knowledge of Human Body and its important organs. Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention.
  • Food—Source of Energy for man. Constituents of food, Balanced Diet. The Solar System—Meteors and Comets, Eclipses. Achievements of Eminent Scientists. 
(iv). Section D (History, Freedom Movement etc.)
  • A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation.
  • Freedom Movement in India. Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration. Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India. Panchayati Raj, Co-operatives and Community Development. Bhoodan, Sarvodaya, National Integration and Welfare State, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • Forces shaping the modern world; Renaissance, Exploration and Discovery; War of American Independence. French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution and the Russian Revolution.
  • Impact of Science and Technology on Society. Concept of one World, United Nations, Panchsheel, Democracy, Socialism and Communism. Role of India in the present world.
(v). Section E (Geography)
  • The Earth, its shape and size. Lattitudes and Longitudes, Concept of time. International Date Line. Movements of Earth and their effects. Origin of Earth.
  • Rocks and their classification; Weathering—Mechanical and Chemical, Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Ocean Currents and Tides Atmosphere and its composition; Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure, Planetary Winds, Cyclones and Anti-cyclones; Humidity; Condensation and Precipitation; Types of Climate, Major Natural regions of the World. Regional Geography of India—Climate, Natural vegetation.
  • Mineral and Power resources; location and distribution of agricultural and Industrial activities. Important Sea ports and main sea, land and air routes of India. Main items of Imports and Exports in India. 
(vi). Section F (Current Events)

Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in recent years. Current important world events. Prominent personalities—both Indian and International including those connected with cultural activities and sports. 

NDA(1) Intelligence and Personality Test 

The Service Selection Board (SSB) procedure consists of a two-stage Selection process - Stage 1 and Stage 2. Only those candidates who clear stage 1 are permitted to appear for stage 2. The details are : 

  • STAGE 1: This stage comprises of Officer Intelligence Rating (OIR) tests are Picture Perception Description Test (PP&DT). The candidates will be shortlisted based on the combination of performance in OIR Test and PP&DT. 
  • STAGE 2: This stage comprises of Interview, Group Testing Officer Tasks, Psychology Tests and the Conference. These tests are conducted over 4 days. The details of these tests are given on the website (joinindianarmy.nic.in). 
NOTE: The personality of a candidate is assessed by three different assessors viz. The Interviewing Officer (IO), Group Testing Officer (GTO) and the Psychologist. 

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