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NDA Syllabus 2017

NDA Exam Syllabus

National Defence Academy (NDA) is the Joint Service Academy of the Indian Armed Forces. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts a National Level Exam called as NDA.  This exam is held for the candidates who want to join Indian Defence Forces such as Army, Navy and Airforce. Every year many candidates come forward to take this exam. NDA Exam is organized two times in a year. It is not easy to qualify UPSC NDA Exam, so it is better to start preparation with NDA syllabus. Candidates, who have completed their application process, are searching NDA Syllabus 2017. On our page, we are giving all details about the NDA Exam Pattern 2017.

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UPSC NDA Exam Pattern

UPSC NDA (I) Exam paper consists of two sections – Mathematics and General Ability Test. Both test papers consist of Multiple Choice Questions.

Sr. No


No. of Questions



1Mathematics120300150 minutes
2English & General Ability150600150 minutes
3Total2709005 hours

UPSC NDA Syllabus 2017

The huge number of candidates appears in the UPSC NDA Exam and gets selection on the basis of their skills. Candidates, who are willing to crack the NDA 2017 Exam, must prepare themselves according to NDA syllabus. If candidates give full concentration on each topic, NDA syllabus will help the candidates in their exam preparations. Candidates can get all details about the syllabus and each topic which are given below the table.

  1. NDA Mathematics Syllabus

Sr. No.Subject


1TrigonometryTrigonometrically ratios, Inverse trigonometric functions, properties of triangles, Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians, Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae, Applications – Height and distance, Multiple and Sub-multiple angles.
2AlgebraComplex numbers – basic properties, modulus, argument, cube roots of unity, Conversion of a number in decimal system to binary system and vice-versa, Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic progressions, Solution of linear in equations of two variables by graphs, Binomial theorem and its application, Representation of real numbers on a line, Binary system of numbers, Quadratic equations with real coefficients, Permutation and Combination, Logarithms and their applications.
3Differential Calculuscomposite functions, one to one, onto and inverse functions, Continuity of functions – examples, algebraic operations on continuous functions, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative – applications, increasing and decreasing functions, Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima, Concept of a real valued function – domain, range and graph of a function, Notion of limit, Standard limits – examples, Derivative of a 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, derivative of a composite function and Second order derivatives.
4Vector algebraVectors in two and three dimensions, magnitude and direction of a vector, scalar multiplication of vector, scalar product or dot product of two vectors, Applications-work done by a force and moment of a force, and in geometrical problems, Unit and null vectors, addition of vectors, Vector product and cross product of two vectors.
5Integral Calculus & Differential EquationsIntegration by substitution and by parts, trigonometric, exponential and hyperbolic functions, Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of a differential equation by examples, solution of first order and first degree differential equations of various types – examples, Integration as inverse of differentiation, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, Evaluation of definite integrals – determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves – applications, General and particular solution of a differential equation, Application in problems of growth and decay.
6Matrix & DeterminantsTypes of Matrices, Determinant of a matrix, adjoin and inverse of a square matrix,  operations on matrices, basic properties of the determinant, Applications – Solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by Matrix Method.
7Analytical Geometry of two and three dimensionsDistance formula, Angle between two lines, Equation of a circle in standard and in general form, Ellipse and hyperbola, Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system, Equation of a line in various forms, Distance of a point from a line, Standard forms of parabola, Eccentricity and axis of a conic. Point in a three-dimensional space, the distance between two points, Equation of a plane and a line in various forms, Equation of a sphere, Direction Cosines and direction ratios, the angle between two lines and the angle between two planes.
8StatisticsFrequency distribution, Measures of Central tendency – mean, median and mode, Classification of data, cumulative frequency distribution – examples Graphical representation – Histogram, Pie Chart, Frequency Polygon – examples, Variance and standard deviation – determination and comparison, Correlation and regression.
9Probabilityoutcomes and associated sample space, Bayes’ theorem – simple problems, Binomial distribution, Random experiment, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binominal distribution, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, impossible and certain events, Complementary, elementary and composite events, Union and Intersection of events, Definition of probability – classical and statistical – examples, Elementary theorems on probability – simple problems, Conditional probability, Random variable as function on a sample space, Binomial distribution, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binominal distribution.

 2. NDA General Ability Syllabus

2.1 Part A

English: The English syllabus covers the topics like vocabulary, Grammar and usage, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.

  • Part B

General Knowledge: The question paper comprises of general knowledge and covers the subjects that include Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events.

Sr. No.Subjects


1PhysicsMotion 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, Sound waves and their properties, Simple musical instruments, Natural and Artificial Magnets, Properties of a Magnet, Earth as a Magnet, 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 Properties and States of Matter, Mass, Weight, Volume, Density and Specific Gravity, Principle of Archimedes, Pressure Barometer, Effects of Heat, Measurement of temperature and heat, change of State and Latent Heat, Modes of transference of Heat, Rectilinear propagation of Light, Reflection and refraction. Spherical mirrors and Lenses. Human Eye, 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.
2ChemistryPreparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbon-Di-oxide, Oxidation and Reduction, Carbon – different forms, Material used in the preparation of substances like soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches, and Gun-Powder, Physical and Chemical changes. Elements, Mixtures and Compounds, Symbols, Formulas and simple Chemical Equations, Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems). Properties of Air and Water, Acids, bases and salts, Fertilizers – Natural and Artificial, Elementary ideas about the Structure of Atom, Atomic, Equivalent and Molecular Weights, Valency.
3General ScienceBasis of Life – Cells, Protoplasms and Tissues, Elementary knowledge of human Body and its important organs, Food – Source of Energy for man, Constituents of food, Balanced Diet, Achievements of Eminent Scientists, Difference between the living and non-living, Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals, Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention, The Solar System – Meteors and Comets, Eclipses.
4HistoryFreedom Movement in India, Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India, Bhoodan, Sarvodaya, National Integration and Welfare State, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation, Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration, Panchayati Raj, Co-operatives and Community Development, Forces shaping the modern world; Renaissance, Exploration and Discovery; War of American Independence. French Revolution, Industrial Revolution and Russian Revolution. The impact of Science and Technology on Society. The concept of one World, United Nations, Panchsheel, Democracy. Socialism and Communism. The role of India in the present world.
5GeographyOrigin of Earth, Rocks, and their classification; Weathering – Mechanical and Chemical, Earthquakes and volcanoes, 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, Important Sea ports and main sea, land, and air routes of India. Main items of Imports and Exports of India, The Earth, its shape, and size. Latitudes and Longitudes, Concept of time, International Date Line, Movements of Earth and their effects, Ocean Currents and Tides, Regional Geography of India – Climate, Natural vegetation. Mineral and Power resources; location and distribution of agricultural and industrial activities.
6Current EventsCurrent important world events, Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in the recent years, prominent personalities – both Indian and International including those connected with cultural activities and sports.

NDA Study Material & Previous Papers

If you are 12th passed with science stream, you can apply for NDA Exam. Syllabus of the exam is not tuff but the questions asked in the exam are tricky. So you need to prepare in depth to each subject for getting better marks in the exam. Self-motivated and hard working candidates can easily qualify this test. You may also prefer the books that are given below to start preparation for your exam.

Sr. No.

Book Name


1History Of Modern India (History)Bipan Chandra
2Indian Economy Performance and Policies (Economic Development – GS3)Uma Kapila
3Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination ( Ethics – GS4)Subba Rao
4Indian Economy (Economy)Ramesh Singh
5Science and Technology in India (Science and Technology)Kalpana Rajaram: Spectrum
6Environmental Studies from Crisis to Cure 2nd Edition (Environmental Studies)R.Rajagoplan
7Contemporay Essays (Essay Paper)Ramesh Singh
9India’s Foreign Policy (Foreign Policy – GS2)Muchkund Dubey
10Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations (Polity)M. Laxmikanth

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