Last month strategy and tips to clear NDA 2021 Exam : Study Plan, Important topics, time table:

Many candidates who are preparing for the NDA 1 2021 and NDA 2 2021 exam have made all efforts to prepare harder for the exam. Preparation is the most important part of giving any exam. NDA exam, being a UPSC exam, is bound to be a bit tougher than school syllabus. And that will need some extra preparation. Last 1 month is very crucial and important for any exam, how you make strategy and execute it in effective manner, takes you closer to your Goal. For those who want to try a new last month approach to the upcoming NDA exam, here is a step by step plan to prepare for the exam effectively in the last 3-4 weeks.

NDA 2021 Preparation (Shortcut Tricks) – NDA Study Plan

NDA exam has two subjects General Ability Test and Mathematics. The NDA General Ability Test question paper has 150 questions of 600 marks and NDA Maths paper has 120 questions of 300 marks with time duration of 2.30 hours. One who clears the NDA exam will get a call letter for the 5 days SSB interview which has 900 marks, it includes three main test namely Psychology Tests, GTO, and Personal Interview. You can find the NDA question Paper pattern and other details below.

NDA question paper has multiple choice questions and you need to mark the correct answer in the OMR sheet. Below you can find the complete details on NDA question paper syllabus for maths and general ability test.

NDA Maths Paper NDA General Ability Paper
Algebra, Trigonometry, Determinants and matrices, Analytical Geometry, Vector Algebra, Statistics and Probability, Differential calculus and Integral calculus English – Vocabulary & GrammarGeneral Knowledge –
General Science
Current events

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First we will discuss the full study plan & strategy for NDA 2021 Preparation, later we will discuss last month strategy.

NDA 2021 Full Study Plan for Preparation:

Step 1: Introspect:

Yes, this is the first step you are going to start with. Introspect where you stand, how much do you know, are you capable enough, do you need more practice, all these questions, you ask to yourself. The best way to do this is to pull out a previous year paper and solve it. The marks you score in this paper are the marks that you will be scoring in the upcoming exam without preparation.
Want to download NDA previous year papers? you can download it from UPSC website or you can download here

Step 2: Gather Syllabus, Books And Other Materials

Collect Syllabus and all the previously asked papers, it is going to be very useful. Apart from this, keep NCERT textbooks in your proximity while preparing.

Step 3: Identify Your Weak Areas

Now that you have completed your introspection by solving previous papers, identify areas and topics in which you are weak. Make a list of all the topics in which you lag, ranking from weakest to weaker topic.

Step 4: Identify Your Strong Areas

Just like you identify weak areas, also identify and make note of topics in which you scored well and are strong. This will help you in making a proper study plan. Rank these topics from strongest to stronger.

Step 5: Make A Study Plan

Now, this is dependent on a candidate and depends on how he wants to study for it. If you are a person who is not motivated enough, then you may start with strong areas and gradually move on to the weak areas. Start from the strongest areas and try to complete it within a week of time and gradually start preparing topics from the bottom list of the weak areas. Otherwise, if you are a motivated candidate then, you start with the weakest topics and gradually move on to the topics which are stronger.

Step 6: Set A Timetable And Space

Allocate your 10-12 hours of the day to NDA preparations. Also, set a space for you to study and utilize this space only to study. Nothing else. This will automatically give you the feel to study whenever you sit in that space.

Step 7: Improve Your English And GK

Best way? – newspaper for English and Current Affairs. For GK you can refer NCERT from class 6 to 10.

Step 8: Give Yourself A Deadline

For every topic, you prepare, allocate a deadline for that topic and try to complete it within that deadline. Naturally, weakest topics should be given more time and the strongest topics should be given least time. Also, keep two weeks prior to the exam only for the purpose of revising.

Step 9: Get Sleep, Exercise, And Proper Diet

When you are not studying for 10-12 hours, utilize the rest of the time to play, exercise and do some physical activity. This will clear your mind and will help you study better. Also, get sleep of minimum of 6 hours daily.


So, this was the full plan when you think of NDA preparation.
If you have already applied for NDA I 2021 Exam, it is just 3 weeks away, then follow below tips, important topics and tricks:

Paper-wise NDA Preparation Tips  

Now that candidates are aware of the exam pattern, syllabus, question papers and marking scheme, check below the paper-wise preparation tips for NDA exam.

NDA Preparation Tips 2021 for Paper 1: Mathematics 

In Maths, questions are asked from Integral Calculus, Differential Equations, Trigonometry, Algebra, Vector Algebra, Matrices and Determinants, Analytical Geometry, Statistics & Probability. Check below the preparation tips for this section.

  • Candidates must have clarity in concepts
  • Candidates must go back to the basics if concepts are not clear and try to solve as many mathematical problems as possible
  • For this paper, effective time management is very important, candidates need to solve all questions within the stipulated time
  • Candidates should practice previous years’ question papers

NDA Preparation Tips 2021 for Paper 1: GAT

GAT comprises two parts. Part A comprises questions from English while Part B consists of questions from Chemistry, General Science, History, Freedom Movement, etc., Geography, Current Events. Check the preparation tips for both the parts below.

Part A: English

The English test is held for 200 marks and covers topics from vocabulary, grammar and usage and comprehension. To prepare this section, candidates should read newspapers and magazines daily. Also, candidates should focus on basic grammar rules. While reading, if the candidates are unable to understand the meaning of certain words, then they should look into the dictionary for those words.

Part B: General Knowledge

The GK test carries 400 marks and assesses a candidate’s understanding of the Current Affairs. The test comprises questions from General Science, Indian history, Physics, Geography, Chemistry and Current Events. Check the preparation tips for this section

  • Follow the news updates regularly
  • Candidates must be aware of events like sports, arts, literature, etc
  • Read about the current economic scenario, the recent and past policy, topics related to India and its neighbouring countries. 

Things to keep in mind while NDA Exam preparation:

  • Be clear with the concepts
  • Refer to the NCERT books
  • Divide the portion of the syllabus and prepare study routine accordingly
  • Do not take stress before the exam
  • Work hard and practice a lot to secure good marks
  • Focus on understanding the syllabus and exam pattern
  • Solve the previous years’ question papers to know the type of questions asked in the exam

Importance of Mock Test

Mock test is very important to improve speed and accuracy. Candidates after completing their syllabus must appear for the mock test. It also helps candidates to know their level of preparation. They will be able to analyze their strong and weak areas. If you are confused about which mock tests should be the best for NDA 2021 preparation, we are here to provide you with best test series App where you can practice topicwise, chapterwise, subjectwise, full length tests based on actual exam pattern as per your comfort and strategy.
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Studying for the NDA written exam requires a study plan, preparations, exercise and a lot of smart and hard work. Anyone can clear the written exam if they are determined enough and follow the above steps.

All the best.