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List of Most Important Topics for UPSC NDA (1) 2022 Mathematics & Preparation Tips

Chinmayai Ajay Bobade
Chinmayai Ajay BobadeUpdated On: January 20, 2022 09:19 am IST | UPSC NDA & NA

UPSC NDA 1 Mathematics usually turns out to be the sinking ship for many candidates. To help aspirants through this, the most important chapters are listed below along with some helpful preparation tips.

UPSC NDA 1 Mathematics 2022 Most Important Topics

If you’re appearing for UPSC NDA 1 2022, you know April 10, 2022 feels far nearer than it actually is. And now is the time to gear up your studies. When time is such a precious commodity, it would be a waste to try to study all the topics now. You could begin and barely scratch the surface before you find yourself sitting in the examination hall, trying to solve some questions like you’re stranded in an ocean with no GPS.

Or you could just prepare the most important topics and take away the spotlight as if it always belonged to you.

So, first, what’s the entire syllabus of UPSC NDA I 2022?

Before moving to that, you may want to know: UPSC Exam Calendar 2022 - All Important Dates

UPSC NDA 1 2022: Mathematics Topics Distribution


Number of Chapters

No. of questions



25 to 30



25 to 30



20 to 25

2D and 3D


10 to 15

Statistics, Probability, and Binary Number


20 to 30\

UPSC NDA I 2022 Mathematics: List of Most Important Topics

The topics of UPSC NDA 1 Mathematics are given below in the table along with their most important chapters.


Most Important Chapters

Chapter Name

Minimum average number of questions from each chapter


(No. of Chapters: 11)

(No. of Important Chapters: 05)

Quadratic Equations


Complex Numbers






Permutations and Combinations



(No. of Chapters: 05)

(No. of Important Chapters: 01)

Ratios and Identities



(No. of Chapters: 10)

(No. of Important Chapters: 03)



Applications of Derivatives


Indefinite Integrals


2D and 3D

(No. of Chapters: 08)

(No. of Important Chapters: 02)

Straight Lines




Statistics, Probability, and Binary Number

(No. of Chapters: 03)

(No. of Important Chapters: 02)





Total No. of Chapters


Total No. of Important Chapters


By going through the table above, you must have noticed how drastically the number of chapters has reduced, almost a third of the total. If you count the total questions, they cover a minimum of 69 questions out of 120. Minimum! What more can one want when time is so scarce?

Well, preparation tips!

Also read: UPSC 2021 Paper Analysis

UPSC NDA I 2022 Mathematics: Preparation Tips

If maths hasn’t been your best buddy until now, some quick tips given below can surely fix that.

  • Most important is to make a formula book. Just write down quick important notes and formulas as you prepare. This saves a lot of time stifling through pages upon pages at the time of revision.
    Try not to depend on the list of formulas given in a book. Not only does one time writing equal five times reading, making it more personal would help you remember better unless you’re extremely familiar with the book-listed formulas. That way, you’d confuse your brain and no one wishes that.
  • Solve Model Question Papers and Previous Years’ Question Papers by fixing a timer. This helps improve your speed and as is known, time is the essence of everything.
  • Follow only the most known and most used books for UPSC NDA 1 Exam while preparing.
  • Clear out the basics first.
  • Don't take all topics you are not good at in one sitting. Rather, choose topics in a sequence that you can handle. The confidence boost that easy topics give us is invaluable many a times.
  • One of the advantages of having an MCQ-based exam is that you don’t have to go the old school way, knowing step by step procedures, writing some easy-made assumptions, etc. Learn shortcuts! Practice shortcuts! There’s nothing that would work better.
    In many MCQ books, shortcuts are generally listed. Comprehend them in a way that’s comfortable to you and put them down in your formula book.

Need some more tips? Read: Tips to Crack UPSC CDS, NDA, and NA in the first attempt.

If you believe you’re better armed now, we wish you luck, and for more such tips and topics, be sure to check out CollegeDekho!


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