NDA Question Paper Analysis

NDA Question Paper Analysis 2020 – Analysis of Maths & GAT Paper

NDA Question Paper Analysis


Both NDA 1 & 2 Exams for Maths and GAT was successfully conducted on Friday 6th Sept (10 am -12.30 pm and 2 pm – 4.30 pm). Amid the pandemic, UPSC conducted the NDA 1 & 2 exams with certain guidelines that were necessary to follow by the exam centers. Since the exams were previously postponed, when compared, this year’s NDA 1 & 2 question’s difficulty was quite moderate and almost easy to say.

Below given is the detailed NDA Question Paper Analysis for Mathematics and GAT. In other words, both Paper 1 and 2.

NDA Question Paper Analysis for Mathematics (120/300 Marks)

The first paper had 120 questions of 2.5 Marks Each. Questions were asked from Algebra, Calculus, Limits, Matrices and Determinants, Differential Equations, Trigonometry, Statistics, Probability, Permutations and Combinations, Analytical Geometry Of Two and Three Dimensions, and Vector Algebra. 

Below given is the list of the number of questions as per topic that were asked in Paper 1:

  • Algebra – 28
  • Calculus – 30
  • Trigonometry – 22
  • Statistics – 11
  • Probability – 9
  • Vectors + 3D – 10
  • Coordinate Geometry – 10

One should attempt 55 to 65 questions as it is always good for the aspirant keeping the negative marking in mind.

As mentioned above, the overall difficulty level of this paper was moderate. Although, no difficult questions were asked and in addition, from the Section of Trigonometry (22), most of the questions came from Trigonometric Ratios (20), and 2 questions came from Inverse Trigonometric Functions. Height and Distance and Properties of Triangle had no questions.

The passing marks in NDA Maths exams are 25%.

NDA Question Paper Analysis for General Ability Test (150/600 Marks)

The second paper had 150 questions of 4 Marks Each. The first part of GAT – the English paper comprised of 50 Questions (200 marks). Following is the breakdown of each topic:

  • Synonyms -10
  • Antonyms – 10
  • Spotting the Errors – 10
  • Preposition – 8
  • PQRS – 5
  • Ordering of Words in a Sentence – 2
  • Fill in the blanks – 5

From the above NDA Question Paper Analysis, we can say that the paper’s overall focus was on grammar and spotting the error. The rest of the paper left was comprised of 400 marks (100 Questions). Following is the breakdown of each subject with the number of questions:

  • Physics – 26
  • Chemistry – 18
  • Bio – 18
  • History – 12
  • Geography – 12
  • Polity – 4
  • Current Affairs – 10

The topic Light in Physics had the most number of questions (10) along with Electricity (6), Magnetism (3), Modern Physics (3), Mechanics (2), and Waves (2). All questions were conceptual related, and few of them were numerical.

The numerically based questions could be quickly solved via formula. For instance, those students who revised the formulas thoroughly in Physics can score well in this Section. 

Like Physics, Chemistry and Biology paper had questions that were previously asked in the NDA exam. So, repeated questions were a good part of this paper in the Science Section. Also, Most of them were from the NCERT 9th & 10th class textbooks.

Modern history & the Revolt of 1857 were the hot topics in the History Section, which meant that students need to have a basic understanding of the major revolts that happened during the time.

Like every year, The Constitution and Basic Knowledge of the Parliamentary System were the Polity’s key topics.

In conclusion, the questions of Paper 2 were quite easy. In other words, to clear GK and Current Affairs, a student should be observant of the current happenings. Again, aspiring/future candidates must note daily current happenings that they can get from our Youtube Channel. 

We feel proud that the topics that we’ve covered on our videos were asked in the exam.

NDA Expected Cut off 2020


Questions asked consisted of moderate to easy level. The marks of Paper-1 will shortlist candidates to qualify for the SSB Interview Round. 

The expected cut off should be around 342-350 marks. Although, the last year was 342 out of 900 and 704 out of 1800 marks.

NDA 2020 Exam Result will be officially released on the UPSC Website in PDF format, having roll numbers and named the qualified defense aspirants called for SSB interviews at the much-preferred centers. 

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