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How to prepare for the NDA exam

Cadets who graduate from the National Defence Academy (NDA) can serve the country starting at the rank of an officer in the defence services of India. However, aspiring candidates have to pass the annually held NDA entrance exam to get into this prestigious defence forces academy.

The NDA exam consists of a written test and a Services Selection Board (SSB) test. The main goal is to ace the written test consisting of Mathematics (300 marks) and General Ability (600 marks).

Like in every exam, there are certain tips and tricks which if followed can help you realise your dream of serving the country in the Army, Navy or Air Force.

Some tips on how to prepare for the NDA exam

Prepare a timetable for yourself and see to it that you give equal weightage to both papers.

Thoroughly go through the NCERT books.

Refer to the Class 12 books for Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry.

Also refer to the Class 10 books for Biology, Geography, History, Political Science and Economics.

Brush up all the important basic concepts of Mathematics as questions are asked in both forms—to complete the statement and to solve.

Jot down important Mathematics points and formulae on a sheet so that you have everything in one place.

Brush up basic grammar rules as the English questions under the General Ability test are based on reading comprehension, basic grammar and vocabulary.

Begin work on enhancing your vocabulary.

You must practise reading before either a mirror or family and friends. Ask them to point out an error while you are reading.

Prepare for Part B of Paper II subject-wise and then revise topic-wise. The questions may not always be classified into the different sections, so it is important that you are ready for the questions. 

For Physics, brush up on topics and concepts and their practical applications.

For Chemistry, you must have a sound knowledge on the basic concepts and classifications of elements, compounds and mixtures.

Knowledge of Current Affairs is also vital. Keep abreast with the latest and major happenings in our country and globally.

Learn as much as you can about our freedom struggle against the British, our Constitution and the political scenario.

Practise sample papers from previous years to get a clear idea on the format of the exam paper.

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