How to prepare for NDA exam at home

Vijay Garg
The National Defence Academy is one of the most reputed military academies in the world for recruitment in the armed forces. The candidates are chosen for the armed forces, Indian Navy, and Air force branches. The candidates have to go through a two-stage process.
The first stage is the written stage and the second stage consists of the five days interview process conducted by the (Services Selection Board).
Candidates who pass both rounds will be selected for the defence forces.
As per the data, over 3 lakh aspirants appear for the NDA exam every year. Out of that 3 lakh, only 8 to 9 thousand candidates clear the exam. So, it is not an easy exam. And hence, it requires utmost dedication and hard work from the aspirants.
Due to the Covid pandemic, the dates of the NDA exam have earlier been postponed. However, this year UPSC is scheduled to take this exam on 14 November 2021. Things have not been easy for anyone in this pandemic, the aspirants preparing for the NDA exam are also facing the deprivation of motivating factors, offline coachings, and other preparatory stuff. Many aspirants are preparing for the NDA exam at their homes. This might sound like another hurdle but one should always remember to transform adversities into opportunities. We got you covered here!
NDA Exam Pattern and Syllabus
Before moving to tips, let’s first understand the NDA exam pattern and syllabus that opens doors to success in the exam. The written exam of NDA consists of two papers. Paper 1 is Mathematics which carries 120 questions out of 300 marks. Paper 2 is the General Ability Test (GAT), which contains 150 questions of 600 marks. Each paper lasts for 2.5 hours.
 For selection, candidates are judged out of 1800 marks, where 900 marks are assigned to the written test and 900 marks to SSB.
Be consistent with the studies
It is very important for the aspirants who are preparing for the NDA exam to be consistent with their studies.
As you can see, two papers consist of maths and GAT. Both the papers require a consistent study approach. That is why it’s important to have a consistent approach towards study.
Preparing from home has its benefits and some disadvantages as well. There can be many distractions and laziness accompanying you when you study. But it’s important to have a focused mind and disciplined nature towards studies. Time is limited and the syllabus has to be completed in the same limited time frame. So, the aspirant should not be wasting their time.
Even if you are not good at some subject or topic, consistent practice will make you better eventually in the subject. With a positive and disciplined approach, the candidates can be consistent with their studies.
Tip 2:- Divide the syllabus and accomplish the goal
Divide the syllabus and chapters into sub-parts and then achieve them in the decided time. Accomplishing small goals will further motivate the aspirants to complete their next goals. For this, one needs to break the big chapters and topics into sub-topics within the desired time frame. Now, focus on accomplishing the sub-topics one by one. This will ensure that all topics are covered and nothing is left out of sight.
Follow the 80/20 rule and go for the topics which hold major value (80%) in the NDA exam and then focus on the rest of the little topics. This will help in completing the important part of the syllabus easily and in the desired time frame.
Tip 3:- Time management
Time management is the most vital thing during the preparation and the exam. During the preparation, the candidates need to manage their time. (To be contd)