UPSC NDA II Syllabus 2021 Exam Pattern | Selection Process

UPSC NDA II Syllabus

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UPSC NDA II Syllabus
UPSC NDA II Syllabus

About NDA/NA Recruitment :

UPSC NDA II Syllabus Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has Recently Announced and Invited the Online Applications from the Eligible Candidates for the Posts of National Defense Academy. The total number of Vacancies for these Posts were 400 Posts. Many Interested and Eligible Candidates applied for these Posts online. The Process of Submission of Online Applications for these Posts was commenced from 09.06.2021 and Last Date to Apply for these Posts was 29.06.2021. Check the other details from below.

Origination Name Union Public Service Commission (UPSC)
Name of Post National Defense Academy
No. of Vacancy 400 Posts
Selection Process Written Exam
SSB Interview
Exam Date September 5, 2021
Application Submission Start Date 09.06.2021
Last Date to Apply Online 29.06.2021

About Exam :

UPSC NDA II Syllabus Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct the Written Exam for National Defense Academy Selection Process in September 5, 2021.

UPSC NDA II Syllabus Nowadays Competition Level become very high so Competitive Exams gets too tougher. Candidates facing critical problem of “What to prepare” and “How to prepare” to give their best in their exams. So, here we are providing the latest Syllabus & Exam Pattern.

Selection Process :

  • Written Exam
  • SSB Interview

Exam Pattern :

UPSC NDA II Syllabus Exam Pattern for the Written Exam is as Follows:-

  • Exam will be of Objective Type.
  • Questions will be in the form of MCQs.
  • Time allocated for this exam will be of 2 & half hours.
  • Check the other details from below.
NDA Mathematics General Ability Test
Exam Duration 150 minutes 150 minutes
No. of Section 1 2 (English and G.K.)
No. of Objective Questions 120 150
Total marks 300 600(English 200 & GK 400)
Marking Scheme 2.5 for correct


-0.83 for incorrect

4 for correct


-1.3 for incorrect

Medium English and Hindi English & Hindi Only for GK

Exam Syllabus :

Exam Syllabus for Examination is given below :-

Mathematics :


Concept  of  set,  operations  on  sets,  Venn  diagrams. De Morgan laws, Cartesian product, relation, equivalence relation. Representation of real numbers on a line. Complex numbers—basic properties, modulus, argument, cube roots of unity. Binary system of numbers. Conversion of a number in decimal system to binary system and vice-versa. Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic progressions. Quadratic equations with real coefficients. Solution of linear inequations of two variables by graphs. Permutation and Combination. Binomial theorem and its applications. Logarithms and their applications.


Types of matrices, operations on matrices. Determinant of a matrix, basic properties of determinants. Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix, Applications-Solution of a system of  linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and  by Matrix Method.


Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians. Trigonometrical ratios. Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae. Multiple and Sub-multiple angles. Inverse trigonometric functions. Applications-Height and distance, properties of  triangles.

4. ANALYTICAL GEOMETRY OF TWO AND THREE DIMENSIONS: Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system. Distance formula.

Equation of a line in various forms. Angle between two lines. Distance of a point from a line. Equation of a circle in standard  and in general form. Standard forms of parabola, ellipse and hyperbola. Eccentricity and axis of a conic. Point in a three dimensional space, distance between two points. Direction Cosines and direction ratios. Equation two points. Direction Cosines and direction ratios. Equation of a plane and a line in various forms. Angle between two lines and angle between two planes. Equation   of a sphere.


Concept of a real valued function–domain, range and graph of a function. Composite functions, one to one, onto and inverse functions. Notion of limit, Standard limits—examples. Continuity of functions—examples, algebraic operations on continuous functions. Derivative of 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. Second order derivatives. Increasing and decreasing functions. Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima.


Integration as inverse of differentiation, integration by substitution and by parts, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, trigonometric, exponential and hyperbolic functions. Evaluation of definite integrals—determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves—applications.

Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of a differential equation by examples. General and particular solution of a differential equations, solution of first order and first degree differential equations of various types—examples. Application in problems of growth and decay.


Vectors in two and three dimensions, magnitude and direction of a vector. Unit and null vectors, addition of vectors, scalar multiplication of a vector, scalar product or dot product of two vectors. Vector product or cross product of two vectors. Applications—work done by a force and moment of a force and in geometrical problems.


Statistics : Classification of data, Frequency distribution, cumulative frequency distribution—examples. Graphical representation—Histogram, Pie Chart, frequency polygon— examples. Measures of Central tendency—Mean, median  and mode. Variance and standard deviation—determination and comparison. Correlation and regression.

Probability : Random experiment, outcomes and associated sample space, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, impossible and certain events. Union and Intersection of events. Complementary, elementary and composite events. Definition of probability—classical and statistical—examples. Elementary theorems on probability—simple problems. Conditional probability, Bayes’ theorem—simple problems. Random variable as function on a sample space. Binomial distribution, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binominal distribution.

General Ability Test :

Part ‘A’—ENGLISH                                            (Maximum Marks—200)

The question paper in English will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding of English and workman like use of words. The syllabus covers various aspects like : Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion in extended text   to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.

Part ‘B’—GENERAL KNOWLEDGE                (Maximum Marks—400)

  • The question paper on General Knowledge will broadly cover the subjects : Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events.
  • – The syllabus given below is designed to indicate the scope of these subjects included in this paper. The topics mentioned are not to be regarded as exhaustive and questions on topics of similar nature  not specifically mentioned in the syllabus may also be asked. Candidate’s answers are expected to show their knowledge and intelligent understanding of the subject.

Section ‘A’ (Physics)

Physical Properties and States of Matter, Mass, Weight, Volume, Density and Specific Gravity, Principle of Archimedes, Pressure Barometer. Motion 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. Effects of Heat, Measurement of Temperature and Heat, change of State and Latent Heat, Modes of transference of Heat. Sound waves and their properties, Simple musical instruments. Rectilinear propagation of Light, Reflection and refraction. Spherical mirrors and Lenses, Human Eye. Natural and Artificial Magnets, Properties of a Magnet, Earth as a Magnet. 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. General Principles in the working of the following: 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.

Section ‘B’ (Chemistry)

  • Physical and Chemical changes. Elements, Mixtures and Compounds, Symbols, Formulae and simple Chemical Equations, Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems). Properties of Air and Water.
  • Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbondioxide, Oxidation and Reduction. Acids, bases and salts. Carbon—different forms. Fertilizers—Natural and Artificial. Material used in the preparation of substances like Soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints, Safety Matches and Gun- Powder. Elementary ideas about the structure of Atom, Atomic Equivalent and Molecular Weights, Valency.

Section ‘C’ (General Science)

  • Difference between the living and non-living. Basis of Life—Cells, Protoplasms and Tissues. Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals.
  • Elementary knowledge of Human Body and its important organs. Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention.
  • Food—Source of Energy for man. Constituents of food, Balanced Diet. The Solar System—Meteors and Comets, Eclipses. Achievements of Eminent Scientists.

Section ‘D’ (History, Freedom Movement etc.)

A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation. Freedom Movement in India. Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration. Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India. Panchayati Raj, Co-operatives and Community Development. Bhoodan, Sarvodaya, National Integration and Welfare State, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. Forces shaping the modern world; Renaissance, Exploration and Discovery; War of American Independence. French Revolution, Industrial Revolution and Russian Revolution. Impact of Science and Technology on Society. Concept of one World, United Nations, Panchsheel, Democracy, Socialism and Communism. Role of India in the present world.

Section ‘E’ (Geography)

The Earth, its shape and size. Lattitudes and Longitudes, Concept of time. International Date Line. Movements of Earth and their  effects. Origin of Earth. Rocks and their classification; Weathering—Mechanical and  Chemical, Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Ocean Currents and Tides  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. Regional Geography of India—Climate, Natural vegetation. Mineral and Power resources; location and distribution of agricultural and Industrial activities. Important Sea ports and main sea, land and air routes of India. Main items of Imports and Exports of India.

Section ‘F’ (Current Events)

Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in the recent years. Current important world events. Prominent personalities—both Indian and International including those connected with cultural activities and sports.

NOTE : Out of maximum marks assigned to part ‘B’ of this paper, questions on Sections ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’ and ‘F’ will carry approximately 25%, 15%, 10%, 20%, 20% and 10% weightages respectively.

Important Link Area for UPSC NDA II Syllabus :

Admit Card UPSC NDA Admit Card
Recruitment Details UPSC NDA II Application Form
Official Website

FAQ’s for UPSC NDA II Syllabus :

What is the Selection Process for UPSC NDA II?

Written Exam
SSB Interview

What is the Exam Pattern for UPSC NDA II?

Exam will be of Objective Type.
Questions will be in the form of MCQs.
Time allocated for this exam will be of 2 & half hours.

What is the Exam Syllabus for UPSC NDA II?

Detailed Topic Wise Syllabus is mentioned above, candidates can check the same from above.

What is the Time Allocated for this Exam?

Time allocated for this exam will be of 2 & half hours.

How many Questions will be there in this Exam?

Mathematics – 120
General Ability Test – 150

What will be the Maximum Marks for this Exam?

Mathematics – 300 Marks
General Ability Test – 600 Marks

Is there any negative marking for the Wrong Answers?

Mathematics – 0.83 Mark.
General Ability Test – 1.3 Mark.

What are the Minimum Qualifying Marks?

It will be notified to you soon.

What will be Marking Scheme for a Single Question?

Mathematics – 2.5 Marks
General Ability Test – 4 Marks.

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