Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will host the first National Defence Academy (NDA) -2024 exam on 21 April 2024. The NDA written exam will comprise two papers, Maths and General Ability Test (GAT). The Maths paper will be worth 300 marks, containing 120 questions of 2.5 marks each. The GAT Paper will be of 600 marks and will carry 150 questions. The syllabus for the Maths exam will mostly comprise Algebra, Matrices, Integral Calculus, Differential Trigonometry, and a syllabus of mostly 10,11 and 12 Classes. The GAT syllabus will contain two parts. Part A will cover English to include Grammar, Vocabulary & comprehension, and Part B will cover Physics, Chemistry, Geography, and Current Events. The exam will be conducted at various exam centres offline and in two shifts: one for Maths paper and one for GAT paper, both for 2 hrs and 30 mins.

The candidate appearing for the NDA exam should have thoroughly reviewed the entire syllabus and must have revised the syllabus at least three times before appearing for the exam. The candidate should remember that the exam has a negative marking for each incorrectly marked answer. Hence, continuous practice and revision are important to clear this time-bound competitive exam.

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**Revising Maths Syllabus:**

The candidate should cover the topics of Algebra, Calculus, Matrices and Determinants, Integral Calculus and Differential Equations, Trigonometry, Vector Algebra, Analytical Geometry of Two and Three Dimension and Statistics & Probability in full detail. By this phase of preparation, the candidate should be clear on all concepts and should now start solving the questionnaires in timed practice.

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**Revising GAT Syllabus**

**The** candidate should focus on General Knowledge, English, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, General Science, and Current Events. The total marks for English will be 200, and questions will be on Grammar, Comprehension, Cohesion, Error spotting, synonyms and antonyms, Vocabulary, Idioms, and Proverbs. GK will be 400 marks. Hence, the candidate needs to keep an equal focus on all sub-parts of the syllabus to cover them in their entirety.

**Balance the Syllabus**

The NDA syllabus is cumulative. The candidate has to give equal focus and revision iteration to all the subtopics. In the final phase of preparation, the candidate must maintain a fine balance concerning slotting time for revision for each subtopic.

**Timed Practice** **Mock Papers**

Now is when the candidate should commence solving mock papers and practice under time pressure. The aim should be to train the mind to recall the concepts and answers early and solve the paper with maximum correct answers. Now, the candidate should understand the loss incurred by ticking the incorrect options and should be able to maintain the balance between the time given to each question and the correctness of the answer.

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**Sample Papers and Old Question Papers**

Candidates must go through the old question papers and answer keys. This will give out the pattern of the questions and the weightage of each sub-topic. Candidates should choose a good quality set of sample papers and continue practising.

**Discipline and Hard Work**

Candidates should make a strict time plan for revising the entire syllabus and should stick to it sincerely. The exam is competitive, and you will end up on a merit list. The candidate should aim to achieve maximum correct answers in Maths and GAT exams to make up for high merit and secure a sure-shot place for the SSB Interview.