How to prepare for NDA exam at home

Vijay Garg
Contd from previous issue
Since it is a preparation from home, there won’t be many hassles of offline coachings but there will be ample distractions and various subjects to be managed and completed within the meantime. There should be a proper and realistic timetable to be made by the aspirants with proper allocation of time to different subjects. Paper 1 and paper 2 of the NDA exam consist of 120 and 150 questions respectively which are to be solved in 2.5 hours each.
This means that candidates should also be prepared to solve the paper in the stipulated time. And that’s why time management is necessary.
Tip 4:- Practice previous year papers
Previous year’s papers are the best source of preparation at home. Solving previous year’s papers can help the candidates in finding their weak and strong areas.
 It also helps them to get an actual feel for the NDA exam. Solving the previous year’s papers will help the candidates in boosting their preparation and creating strategies to score more in the NDA exam. The candidates should solve the previous year’s papers 3-4 months before the actual exam.
Tip 5:- Revision is the key
It is human tendency to forget things which they read or write after a certain time. The solution for this problem is timely revision. Revision helps the mind to consolidate the learnings. Most aspirants read and study a lot but do not revise the contents and that is where they get it all wrong. Limiting the study materials and revising the studied content is the key to cracking the NDA exam.
Every candidate should weekly revise the content that they have studied in the past week. This will make the preparation journey a lot easier and will help me retain good marks in the NDA exam.
Tip 6:- Create a list of basic books and standard books
The candidates must first finish all the basic 11th-12th books, especially physics and mathematics. NCERTs are the basic source for this exam,  hence they must be completed first. But to mention the NCERTs are not enough to crack this exam! Some extra standard books need to be studied to complete the syllabus of the NDA exam.
For extra sources, candidates can take the help of the internet . So, do not just be dependent upon books but try to expand your knowledge and clear your concepts via online sources as well.
The NDA exam is one of the most difficult exams that is conducted by UPSC. Around 2.5 lakh candidates have appeared for the exam since 2020. This shows the high competition level for getting into the Armed forces.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, many candidates are preparing for the NDA exam from home.
The candidates who are preparing from home must now be more focused and dedicated as the National Defence Academy  exams will be near.