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UPSC NDA & NA 2022 Exam Pattern

Updated By Diksha Sharma on 05 Jan, 2022 12:39

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UPSC NDA & NA Exam 2022 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of UPSC NDA & NA  is prescribed by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Before starting with the UPSC NDA & NA exam preparation, candidates are advised to go through the exam pattern of UPSC NDA & NA 2022 in detail. The exam pattern of UPSC NDA comprises of the number of sections, marking scheme, time duration and the number of questions in every section. The knowledge of a detailed NDA 2022 exam pattern will allow the candidates to prepare for the entrance examination in a better way.

As per the exam pattern of NDA 2022, the written examination comprises two subjects – Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). The entrance exam is conducted in offline mode and a total of 900 marks have been allotted for the written examination. Candidates must note that each paper of UPSC NDA & NA is conducted for 2 ½ hours duration. By knowing the exam pattern of UPSC NDA & NA not only helps in understanding the exam well, but candidates can also know about the number of questions asked in each section. Candidates are advised to go through the exam pattern and marking scheme of UPSC NDA & NA 2022 that have been mentioned below.

Note: Candidates qualifying the written examination of UPSC NDA & NA will be called for an SSB Interview which is of total 900 marks. 

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Highlights of UPSC NDA & NA 2022 Examination

In the table mentioned below, candidates can cross-check all the details regarding the exam pattern of UPSC NDA & NA 2022 in order to know about the overall structure of the entrance examination. 



Examination Mode


Type of Questions in Exam

Multiple Choice Questions in both the exams

Number of Papers

Paper -I for Mathematics

Paper-II for General Ability Test

Total Marks Per Sections in Exam

Mathematics section: 300 marks, while General Ability Test: 600 marks

Language of the Paper

Hindi and English Language

As per the paper pattern of NDA, there will written exam and SSB tests. The written exam of NDA will consist of Mathematics and General Ability Test. Candidates should write the papers in their own handwriting. In no circumstances will they be allowed the help of a scribe to write answers for them. Candidates can check details of the following NDA exam pattern for the written exam and SSB Tests -







150 minutes (2 and half Hour)


General Ability Test


150 Minutes (2 and half Hour)



900 marks

Section-Wise Exam Pattern of UPSC NDA & NA

General Ability Test

  • The General Ability Test section will be divided into four parts: A, B, C, D.

  • There will be a total of 150 questions.

  • All questions will carry equal marks.

  • There will be four options and candidates will have to choose only one option.

  • The total duration of the Paper is 2 hours 30 minutes.

  • The total marks allotted for the General Ability Section is 600.

  • For every correct answer, candidate will be awarded 4 marks while for every incorrect answers, 0.33 will be deducted.


  • Mathematics section will carry a total of 120 questions.

  • The total marks allotted to this section is 300.

  • For every correct answer, candidates will be awarded 2.5 marks while for every incorrect answer, 0.33 will be deducted.

  • The question paper will be set both in English and Hindi.

SSB Tests

Candidates shortlisted for written examination will be called for SSB tests. The test is conducted for five days. The stages of SSB Tests include screening test, psychological test, GTO, Personal Interview, and Conference. Candidates need to qualify in all the stages by securing minimum qualifying marks.

UPSC NDA & NA Subject-wise Distribution of Marks 2022

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has declared the subject-wise distribution of marks.







General Ability Test







General Science


History, Freedom Movement, etc.




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UPSC NDA & NA 2022 Marking Scheme

By following the steps given below, candidates will know the method of marking answers in the entrance examination:

  • For MCQs, there are several suggested answers, however, candidates have to choose one answer out of the four.

  • The question paper of UPSC NDA & NA is in the form of test booklet, wherein responses marked (a), (b), (c), (d) will be given. From the given options, candidates will have to choose the correct and the most appropriate response.

  • Candidates must note that for each question, candidates will have to select only one response, if candidates select more than one response, their response will be considered incorrect.

  • In the test booklet of UPSC NDA & NA serial nos. from 1 to 160 are printed. Therefore, out of the options, candidates will have to mark their response by completely blackening with black ball pen to indicate their response.

  • There will be penalty or negative marking for each incorrect answer that has been marked by the candidate. One third (0.33) of the marks that are assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

  • If a question is left blank i.e. no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

Particulars Mentioned in the UPSC NDA & NA Answer Sheet

  • Candidates will have to write with black ball pen the details such as, their centre, subject code, subject followed by test booklet series (in bracket), and roll number at the appropriate space provided on the answer sheet at the top.

  • Candidates will have to encode their booklet series (A, B, C, or D as the case may be), subject code and roll number in the circles provided for the purpose in the answer sheet.

  • Candidates will have to report immediately to the invigilator, in case the booklet series is not printed on the test booklet or answer sheet is un-numbered, and get the test booklet/answer sheet replaced.

  • The answer sheet is liable for rejection in case there is an omission/mistakes/discrepancy in encoding/filling of details in the OMR answer sheet, especially with regard to Roll and Test Booklet Series Code.

  • In case the test booklet that has been supplied to you does not have any unprinted or torn or missing pages or items, then you shoudl get it replaced by a complete test booklet of the same series and subject immediately after commencement of the examination.

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