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60 days Strategy for NDA- 1 2022

Updated On : 10 Feb, 2022

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This article is for those who want to crack the NDA-1 2022 examination after two months of rigorous practice as there are only 60 days left for the exam. We "Testwale" are going to provide you with some specific tips such as the timetable, source, revision strategy and ways to boost your score for the NDA-1 exam in the last 60 days. The NDA exam, being a UPSC exam, is bound to be a bit tougher than the academic syllabus. And that will require extra effort to be made to take your preparation to the next level. For those who want to try a new approach to the upcoming NDA exam, here is a strategy to prepare well for the examination.

EXAM PATTERN

The first step is to know the exam pattern of NDA-1:

EXAM NO.

SUBJECT

NO . OF QUESTIONS

DURATION

MAX. MARKS

PAPER 1

Mathematics 

120

2.5 hrs

300

PAPER 2

General Ability Test (GAT)

150

2.5 hrs

600

Note: 

The paper will contain objective-type questions.

The paper of Part 1 Mathematics and Part 2 General Ability will be available in both English and Hindi languages.

You can check out the detailed weightage of questions according to the topics in Mathematics and General Ability Test sections below:

MATHS

TOPIC

No. of Questions

Algebra

26

2D-3D Geometry

20

Matrices and Determinants

13  

Statistics & Probability

14

Trigonometry

17

Differential Calculus

14

Integrated Calculus

  6

Vector Algebra

  5

Differential equation

  5

Total

120

General Ability Test (GAT)

SUBJECT

NO. OF QUESTIONS

English *

50  L1- L2

Physics

25  L1-L2

Chemistry

15  L1

General Science

10  L1-L2

History, Freedom Movement, etc.

20  L1-L2

Geography

20  L1

Defence G.K & Current Events

10  L1

TOTAL

150

ENGLISH

TOPIC

NO. OF QUESTIONS

Error Correction

10   L1                                                           

Idiom / Phrases

10   L1-L2

Synonyms

10   L1-L2

Antonym

10   L1-L2

Sentence Rearrangement

10   L1

TOTAL

50

Exam Day Time Slots

Subject

Time

Shift

Mathematics

10:00-12:30

Morning

GAT

02:00-04:30

Afternoon

Second Step is to have a smart study plan, i.e. to manage your Time and Syllabus efficiently. 

Follow the below-mentioned tips to boost the preparedness and be exam ready:

Refer to the previous year papers:

Revise the last 10 Previous Year papers, this will keep you in sync with the trend of the examination. Always try to solve as many as previous year's papers and find out where you are lacking. This will help you in the revision of the hot topics related to the exam. The mathematics previous year paper always helped students to be in the game. You can make a separate notebook for preparing short notes of the GAT paper.

Work on your time management:

You just need to create a proper and realistic timetable, decide your deadlines for every topic. Separate time slots should be allotted for each of the sections. More time should be spent on the section that you find difficult and less time on your strong sections. Analyze your output weekly through Weekly Sectional Test.

Subject Wise Approach Is The Only Wise Approach

Start preparing subject wise which will help you maintain the balance between syllabus and trend of the question asked in the examination. Daily quiz of Mathematics (link is given below) based on the latest trend of the UPSC NDA examination must be practised since there is a dedicated paper of Mathematics. One should finish the syllabus 30 days before the examination. The more you practice, the less you fear. This strategy to finish the syllabus 30 days prior to the exam should be applied to all subjects. A variety of full length Mock Tests are provided by our Subject experts to give you an exam-like experience. You are advised to attempt a full length Mock Test in a time slot similar to the exam day schedule, i.e. in 150 minutes.

Practice Diligently:

For the preparation of M.C.Q’s, you can visit our website @Testwale.com where you will find Topic wise Sectional Test, Quizzes, Daily Current Affairs which are designed by the experts. These quizzes and Sectional Tests cover the whole syllabus.

https://www.testwale.com/short-quiz/?e=nda-na 

Attempt Full Length Mock Test:

Practice one full length Test weekly, on our website. https://www.testwale.com/test-series/42/nda-na/  You can go through our previous Test Series too, for the preparation.  After some time you will observe improvement in your preparation. Regular practice of full-length test papers will help you to track your progress.

Prepare Smart, Score More:

Dedicate your 6-7 hours in a day for preparation of the examination and 2:00-2:30 hours for the M.C.Q’s. Start your day with revision of previous year papers. Focus more on the Mathematics section as it will be the deciding factor when it comes to the final selection.  Revise monthly current affairs and make short notes of some important topics like sports, government schemes, books and authors and the latest defence acquisition. The last five year papers will help in segregating important topics of general knowledge paper. Revise latest constitution amendments and go through the budget summary. Attempt daily quizzes based on the latest examination pattern and trend on our website. 

https://www.testwale.com/short-quiz/?e=nda-na

Develop Reading Habits:

For the Language section you need extensive reading, try to understand the application and usage of grammatical rules and improve your vocabulary. As a strong vocabulary section is the key to crack GAT with good marks. Try to attempt as many as daily quizzes and mock tests based on previous year questions asked in GAT. For Grammar religiously follow Plinth to Paramount by Neetu Singh and attempt daily quizzes on our website.

https://www.testwale.com/short-quiz/?e=nda-na&tag=english 

SOURCES TO BE FOLLOWED

Paper

Subject

Books

Paper-1

Mathematics

11th,12th NCERT

NDA Pathfinder

Paper-2

General Ability Test

(GAT)

Lucent's General Knowledge

Plinth to Paramount ( by Neetu Singh) For Grammar

6-10th Science NCERT  

6-10th Geography NCERT

9-10th Civics NCERT

6-10 History NCERT 

Monthly Current Affairs Magazines 

Previous year practice paper 

Physical and Mental Health

To be mentally and physically fit, one should be proactive. For this meditation and daily physical activity should be there in your time table. To retain maximum possible information, you have to be physically fit. For this, you need to take proper rest and take smart breaks between your sitting hours. Play outdoor games once a week to be active and energetic.

If you are dedicated and want to serve the nation with pride you have to give your 100% in preparation so that you will not fall short in examination.

Important link:

https://www.testwale.com/test-series/42/nda-na/ 

(https://www.testwale.com/short-quiz/?e=nda-na&tag=quant

Quick links 

https://www.testwale.com/test-series/42/nda-na/ 

https://www.testwale.com/short-quiz/?e=nda-na&tag=general-science 

https://www.testwale.com/short-quiz/?e=nda-na&tag=general-studies 

https://www.testwale.com/short-quiz/?e=nda-na&tag=quant

https://www.testwale.com/short-quiz/?e=nda-na&tag=english 

“Don’t let your limitations limit the immense possibilities in you.”

A dedicated line for you would be: “The more you practice at @testwale, the less you forget in exams.”

UPDATED ON : 28 JAN, 2022

Candidates who are preparing for the NDA 1 2022 exam have got a limited time to prepare better for the exam. The NDA exam, being a UPSC exam, is bound to be a bit tougher than the academic syllabus. And that will require extra effort to be made to take your preparation to the next level. For those who want to try a new approach to the upcoming NDA exam, here is a strategy to prepare well for the examination.

STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS

EXAM NO.

SUBJECT

NO . OF QUESTIONS

DURATION

MAX. MARKS

PAPER 1

Mathematics 

120

2.5 hrs

300

PAPER 2

General Ability Test (GAT)

150

2.5 hrs

600

  1.  Go Through Previous Year Question Papers

This will be the very first step which requires you to have introspection of yourself: where you stand, how much are you in the game. Now segregate subjects as per their difficulty level and chalk out a plan to cover each subject thoroughly.

  1.  Syllabus and Study Material

Take a print out of the syllabus from the official website and keep it at your study table whenever you start preparing. Follow the syllabus and refer to the NCERT books to cover the entire syllabus. Along with the study of material, attempt quizzes and sectional tests on different topics as per the syllabus on the following links- https://www.testwale.com/short-quiz/?e=nda-na  

Paper

Subject

Books

Paper-1

Mathematics

11th,12th NCER

NDA Pathfinder

Paper-2

General Ability Test

(GAT)

Lucent's General Knowledge

6-10th Science NCERT  

6-10th Geography NCERT

9-10th Civics NCERT

6-10 History NCERT 

Monthly Current Affairs Magazines 

Previous year practice paper 

Step 3: Execute Your Plan With Balanced Time Table

Dedicate your 7-8 hours of time daily to the preparation of the examination. Divide the syllabus as per their difficulty level.You may start your preparation starting with the weakest areas. After that, gradually move on to the topics which are stronger. Fix a particular time (most preferably early in the morning) in the day for difficult subjects. Also reserve a time slot for smart breaks. Stick to your plan and revise weekly and practise quizzes and mock tests on the following links https://www.testwale.com/short-quiz/?e=nda-na 

https://www.testwale.com/test-series/42/nda-na/ 

 4- Topic Wise Preparation

Start preparing subject wise which will help you maintain the balance between syllabus and trend of the question asked in the examination. Daily quiz of Mathematics (link is given below) based on the latest trend of the UPSC NDA examination must be practised since there is a dedicated paper of Mathematics. One should finish the syllabus 30 days before the examination. Last 30 days should  be reserved for the practice of previous year question papers and full length mock tests.

Important link:

https://www.testwale.com/test-series/42/nda-na/ 

(https://www.testwale.com/short-quiz/?e=nda-na&tag=quant

 5-Read Newspaper Daily

Make a habit to Read newspaper regularly for an hour and find words to know the synonyms and antonyms. This step will help you to strengthen your vocabulary.  Reading newspapers must be started at least 6 months prior to the actual examination to cover Current Affairs.

6. Multiple Revision

Making daily short notes will help in quick revision. Revise weekly for GAT, it is the only way to retain a vast syllabus. Daily quizzes for each section of GAT are available here.

Quick links https://www.testwale.com/short-quiz/?e=nda-na&tag=general-science 

https://www.testwale.com/short-quiz/?e=nda-na&tag=general-studies 

https://www.testwale.com/short-quiz/?e=nda-na&tag=quant 

https://www.testwale.com/short-quiz/?e=nda-na&tag=english 

 6- Time Bound Approach 

Decide your deadlines for every topic, give as much time as you can manage to cover your weaker topics and accordingly give time to your stronger topics. Analyse your output weekly through Weekly Sectional Test.

https://www.testwale.com/test-series/42/nda-na/ 

 7- Sleep and Exercise

To be mentally active and retain maximum possible information, you have to be physically fit. For this, you need to take proper rest and you have to do exercise daily.  Play outdoor games once a week to be active and energetic.

If you are dedicated and want to serve the nation with pride you have to give your 100% in preparation so that you will not fall short in examination.

“The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in war.”

Dedicated line for you would be: “The more you practice at @testwale, the less you forget in exams.

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