Pattern/Scheme of Examination for NDA 1 2022

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NDA – One of the most prestigious examinations of India conducted by the UPSC

The UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) has recently released notification for NDA 1 2022. Online registrations for NDA 1 2022 have closed on 11 January 2022 and now the most important question that comes to the mind of students is “What is the pattern or scheme of examination for NDA 1 2022” and “How to prepare for the NDA 1 2022 exam”. In this post, we get answers to both these questions.

Pattern/Scheme of Examination

The NDA examination consists of two papers – Paper 1 (Mathematics) and Paper 2 (General Ability Test). Paper 1 consists of questions of Mathematics and the general level is Mathematics of class XI and XII. Paper 2 consists of questions from English, History, Geography, Current Affairs, General Science, Chemistry, and Physics. The complete bifurcation of the two papers is as follows:

Paper 1 (Maths) and Paper 2 (GAT)

Mathematics [Paper 1] GAT (General Ability Test) [Paper 2]
Number of Questions 120 150
Correct Marks for Each Question 2.5 4
Negative Marking (1/3 of weightage of the question) 0.83 1.33
Maximum Marks 300 600
Duration 2 ½ Hours 2 ½ Hours
Type of Questions Objective type Objective type
Mode of Exam Offline Offline


Paper 2

The GAT (General Ability Test) paper is further divided into two sections as follows:

Section Subject Number of Questions Marks
PART A English 50 200
PART B Geography 20 80
History 20 80
Current Affairs 10 40
General Science 10 40
Chemistry 15 60
Physics 25 100
Total 150 600


In the GAT paper, the general pattern followed is as mentioned above. Although, there may be a variation of 1-3 questions in each subject.

How to Crack NDA

After having understood, the pattern or scheme of the NDA 1 2022 examination, let us see how to clear it. NDA is one of the toughest examinations to appear for and a difficult nut to crack. It is not a cakewalk. It requires deep, intensive study, a lot of practice and hard work, and above all meticulous time management skills. These skills don’t develop in a day. One needs to put in consistent effort for a year to get ready to face the challenge.

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