UPSC NDA Exam Pattern 2021: Marking Scheme, Negative Marking, Total Marks

Exam Date

Nov 14, 2021

Result Date

Dec 10, 2021

Apr 7, 2021


This section contains the pattern (written exam pattern, subject wise exam pattern, SSB interview pattern) on the basis of which UPSC will conduct the NDA Exam 2021.

NDA Exam Pattern 2021 

NDA I exam will conducted on Nov 14, 2021. Candidates should make all the possible use of the remaining time and starts preparing the syllabus for the NDA exam. The exam will be conducted offline for a total of two Papers - General Ability Test and Mathematics. The exam pattern of the NDA written exam and SSB interview is given below.

Written Exam Pattern

Only Objective type of Questions will be asked in the UPSC NDA examination.

NDA Exam Pattern 2021 
Category Mathematics (Paper I) General Ability (Paper-II)
Total No. of Questions 120 150
Total No. of Marks 300 600
Duration 2 hours 30 minutes 2 hours 30 minutes

Subject wise Exam Pattern

Exam syllabus with marks distribution is as follows:

NDA Subject Wise Exam Pattern 2021 
Subject No. of Questions Total Marks For every right answer For every wrong answer
Mathematics 120 300 +2.5 -0.83
English 50 200 +4 -1.33
General Ability 100 -- +4 -1.33
Physics 100
Chemistry 60
General Science 40
History, Freedom Movement, etc. 80
Geography 80
Current Events 40
Grand Total 270 900 -- --

Important Notes

Calculators are not permitted inside the exam centers, thus the candidates are advised not to use the calculator in the preparation also.

Candidates who are able to clear the written exam will proceed towards the SSB Interview. Candidates clearing the SSB will proceed for Medicals.

UPSC will have the full discretion of the qualifying marks for the UPSC NDA 2021.

SSB Interview Pattern

SSB Interview is a 5-day process, in which multiple tests are conducted. The test includes a Psychological test, an Interview, and Group testing. On the basis of all three tests, on the 5th day, the selection is made. A candidate who got recommended by the SSB will proceed for Medicals.

UPSC NDA SSB Interview Pattern
Second Round Duration Maximum Marks
SSB Interview 5 days 900


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