UPSC NDA Syllabus 2020: New UPSC NDA Exam Pattern 2020

All the aspirants who are applying for National Defence Academy, need to know about the UPSC NDA NA Exam Syllabus. As NDA 2 2020 Notification has been released by the UPSC, its important for all the aspirants to undergo NDA Syllabus 2020 and start your preparation accordingly.

Basically, the NDA Written Exam is conducted in two parts. Part-I is comprised of General Ability test that includes all the major sections of your studies apart from Mathematics. The General Ability Test includes questions from Current Affairs, Geography, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, History, Polity, etc. Whereas Part-II comprises of Mathematics question that is totally based on your 11th and 12th based Mathematics. Below is the details bifurcation of UPSC NDA Question Pattern 2020 that you should read thoroughly and make your preparation strategy.

UPSC NDA Exam Pattern 2020

Paper No Paper Type Subject Name Maximum Marks Time Allotted
Paper I Objective General Ability 600 2hours 30 minutes
Paper II Objective Mathematics 300 2hours 30 minutes
Total Marks 900  

National Defence Academy (NDA) Syllabus:

Paper I (General Ability)
English Section
  • Grammar And Usage
  • Vocabulary
  • Comprehension And Cohesion In Extended Text
  • Physical Properties And States Of Matter
  • Mass
  • Weight
  • Volume
  • Density
  • Specific Gravity
  • Principle Of Archimedes
  • Pressure Barometer
  • 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 -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.
  • Physical and Chemical Changes
  • Elements Mixtures And Compounds Symbols Formulae
  • Simple Chemical Equations Law Of Chemical Combination (Excluding Problems)
  • Properties Of Air And Water
  • Preparation And Properties Of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide, Oxidation, And Reduction
  • Acids Bases And Salts
  • Carbon – Different Forms
  • Fertilizers – Natural And Artificial
  • 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
General Science
  • Difference Between The Living And Non-Living
  • Basis Of Life – Cells, Protoplasm’s 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(Important) Scientists
  • A Broad Survey Of Indian History, With Emphasis On Culture And Civilization
  • 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, Industrial Revolution and 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
  • Earth Its Shape and Size
  • Latitudes 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 of India
Current Affairs
  • Knowledge Of Important Events That Have happened In India In The Recent Years
  • Current Important World Events
  • Famous Personalities – Indian And International Including Those Connected With Cultural Activities And Sports

Read More: UPSC NDA & NA (II) Notification 2018 Released

Paper II (Mathematics)
  • 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
Matrices And Determinant
  • Types of matrices, operations on matrices
  • Determinant of a matrix, basic properties of determinants
  • Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix
  • Applications-Solution of a system of linear equations
  • Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians
  • Trigonometrical ratios
  • Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae
  • Multiple and Sub-multiple angles
  • Inverse trigonometric functions
Analytical Geometry Of Two And Three Dimensions
  • Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system
  • Equation of a line in various forms
  • Angle between two lines. Distance of a point from a line
  • Equation of a circle in standard and in general form
  • Standard forms of parabola, ellipse and hyperbola
  • Eccentricity and axis of a conic
  • Point in a three-dimensional space, distance between two points
  • Direction Cosines and direction ratios.
Differential Calculus
  • Composite functions, one to one, onto and inverse functions
  • Notion of limit, Standard limits—examples
  • Continuity of functions
  • Derivative of function at a point
  • Geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative—applications
  • Derivatives of sum, product and quotient of functions, derivative of a function with respect to another function
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
  • Definition of order and degree of a differential equation
  • Formation of a differential equation by examples
  • General and particular solution of a differential equations
Vector Algebra
  • Vectors in two and three dimensions
  • Magnitude and direction of a vector
  • Unit and null vectors addition of vectors
  • Scalar multiplication of a vector
Statistics And Probability
  • Statistics: Classification of data, Frequency distribution, cumulative frequency distribution
  • Probability: Random experiment, outcomes and associated sample space, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events

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