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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the NDA exams, to select candidates for admission to the Army, Navy, and Air Force wings of the Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) and National Defense Academy (NDA). The UPSC NDA is conducted twice a year in two tiers: a written test and SSB Interview. Every year lakhs of applicants appear for this exam, which is why there is always stiff competition to get through. Hence aspirants need a thorough preparation strategy in order to clear the selection process. One of the most important aspects of the preparation process is going through the UPSC NDA Exam Analysis of the previous years’ exams.

Hence we have curated this article to provide you with a detailed subject-wise analysis of UPSC NDA exam for UPSC NDA 1 and UPSC NDA 2. Candidates can refer to the analysis and frame their study schedule accordingly.

UPSC NDA Exam Analysis 2022 

The UPSC NDA 1 Exam for the year 2022 is scheduled to take place on the 10th of April 2022. Candidates can continue reading this article for the previous year’s analysis of the UPSC NDA exams so as to understand the difficulty level of the exam and understand the topic-wise weightage well enough to prepare your last-minute exam schedule accordingly.

UPSC NDA 1 Exam Analysis 2021: Get Previous Year Detailed Subject-Wise Analysis

As mentioned above, the UPSC NDA Recruitment is conducted in two phases, that is the UPSC NDA Exam is held twice a year. Hence here we have provided the subject-wise analysis of the UPSC NDA 1 exam held on 18th April 2021. The UPSC NDA exam comprises two papers being – General Ability Test and Mathematics. The next few sections will have a detailed subject and topic-wise analysis of them.

UPSC NDA Exam Analysis 18th April 2021 – Overview

The details regarding the difficulty level and a number of good attempts are out and are updated below.

SubjectGood AttemptDifficulty Level
Mathematics55 – 60Moderate
General Ability Test90 – 105Easy to Moderate

UPSC NDA Mathematics Exam Analysis 2021

Below is the topic-wise UPSC NDA Exam Analysis for Mathematics section –

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty
Sets, Relations, and functions06Easy to Moderate
Complex Number05Easy to Moderate
Quadratic Equations04Easy to Moderate
Permutations and Combinations03Easy to Moderate
Binomial Theorem04Moderate
Sequences and Series08Easy to Moderate
Matrices and Determinants10Moderate
Vector Algebra05Moderate
Three-dimensional Geometry05Easy to Moderate
Straight Lines06Easy to Moderate
Circles 02Easy to Moderate
Conic Sections02Easy to Moderate
Trigonometric Functions13Easy to Moderate
Inverse Trigonometric Functions02Easy to Moderate
Heights and distance02Easy to Moderate
Limit and Continuity04Easy to Moderate
Differentiation04Moderate
Applications of Derivatives05Moderate
Integral Calculus07Easy to Moderate
Differential Equations04Easy to Moderate
Statistics 10Easy to Moderate
Probability05Moderate
Miscellaneous04Easy to Moderate

UPSC NDA General Ability Test [GAT] Exam Analysis 2021 

The General Aptitude Test is conducted for 600 marks. A total number of 150 questions are asked. The difficulty level of the examination is easy to moderate. Below is a detailed analysis of GAT.

TopicNo. of QuestionsDifficulty
English50Moderate
History15Moderate
Geography18Moderate
Polity 4Moderate
Current Affairs5Moderate
Economics1Easy-Moderate
Static GK2Easy
Defense Specific2Easy-Moderate
Physics22Easy-Moderate
Chemistry17Moderate
Biology11Moderate
Sports3Moderate

UPSC NDA Mathematics Exam Analysis 2019

Check the detailed UPSC NDA Paper Analysis 2019 here. Know the questions asked and their difficulty level. 

TopicsNumber of questions
Set theory, Relations, and Functions8
Calculus17
Trigonometry20
Geometry14
Complex Number6
Binary Number1
Sequence and Series6
Quadratic Equations and Inequality4
Permutation and Combination4
Binomial Theorem3
Logarithm4
Matrices and Determinants10
Vector Algebra4
Statistics5
Probability12
Miscellaneous2
120

UPSC NDA Exam Analysis 2019 – General Ability Test

Check the detailed UPSC NDA 2019 Exam Review for GAT here. UPSC NDA General Knowledge Analysis 2019

SubjectsNo. of Questions
Geography15
History11
Economy7
Polity8
Physics22
Chemistry17
Biology8
Current Affairs9
Static3
100

UPSC NDA 2 Exam Analysis 2021: Get Previous Year Detailed Subject-wise Analysis

Here we have provided the subject-wise analysis of the UPSC NDA 2 exam held in the latter half of the year. As per the experts, the UPSC NDA 2 Mathematics paper was moderately difficult as compared to the previous attempt, whereas GAT was easier. The next few sections will have a detailed subject and topic-wise analysis of them.

UPSC NDA 2 Exam Analysis 2021 – Overview

The details regarding the difficulty level and a number of good attempts are out for the Mathematics as well as GAT paper. The good attempts and difficulty levels are as follows:

SubjectGood AttemptDifficulty Level
Mathematics58 – 66Moderate
General Ability Test105-112Moderate

UPSC NDA 2 Exam Analysis 2021 – Mathematics

The detailed topic-wise exam analysis for the Mathematics section is as follows.

TopicsNo. of Questions
Matrices & Determinants8 to 10
Trigonometry20
Analytical Geometry20
Differentiation15
Integration10
Statistics10 to 12
Vectors5 to 7
Misc/Algebra20 to 25

UPSC NDA 2 GAT Exam Analysis 2021

The detailed topic-wise analysis for the GAT paper and the number of questions asked are as follows:

TopicsNo. of Questions
English50
Geography10 to 12
Current Affairs5 to 8
Static GK4 to 5
Biology10
Chemistry15
Physics18 to 21
Indian Polity9
Economy8
History10 to 13

UPSC NDA Exam Pattern 2022

Aspirants will be appearing for two papers which are the mathematics and General Ability Test. The exam pattern of which will be as follows – 

PapersSubjectQuestionsMaximum marksDuration
Paper 1Mathematics120300150 minutes
Paper 2General Ability Test150600150 minutes
  • The exam is conducted for 900 marks.
  • The exam consists of 2 papers.
  • The duration of each paper is 150 minutes.

Going through the UPSC NDA Exam Analysis of the previous years is extremely important. This analysis would help the candidates know the topic-wise and subject-wise weightage to help frame an effective study schedule. Hope that our article could serve you as an informative guide on the analysis of the UPSC NDA Exam help every year.

UPSC NDA Exam Analysis 2022 FAQs

How many times will there be in the UPSC NDA Exam 2022?

The UPSC NDA Exam is held twice a year.

What is the UPSC NDA exam pattern 2022?

 The  UPSC NDA Exam is conducted for 2 papers, the General Ability Test and Mathematics section for a total of 900 marks and 150 minutes for each paper.

Will there be negative marking in the UPSC Exam 2022?

Yes, there is a negative marking in the UPSC Exam 2022, which is 0.83 marks for Mathematics and 1.33 marks for GAT

Is going through the UPSC NDA Exam Analysis important?

Yes. In order to curate an effective study plan, it is important to walk through the expected and previous years’ UPSC NDA Exam Analysis.

Can a woman apply for the UPSC NDA Exam 2022?

As per the Supreme Court judgment, even a female can apply for the UPSC NDA Exam.