How to Prepare for NDA GAT Exam ?

How to Prepare NDA GAT Exam

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Are you preparing for the (National Defence Academy ) NDA exam? With proper preparation, you can easily pass this exam and achieve your goal. Here, we’ll discuss some tips and strategies to help you prepare effectively for NDA GAT(General Ability test) exam.

Understanding the Syllabus and Exam Pattern

Quick Overview of NDA GAT exam

Total Questions


Total Marks


Exam Mode       



English, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Geography, Current Affairs, and History.


50 Questions

General Knowledge

100 Questions

Exam duration

2 ½ hour

Correct Answer

4 mark

Negative Mark


-(1.3) mark


Before preparing for any exam, it’s important to understand exam pattern and syllabus.

Subjects covered in GAT(General Ability test) are English, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Geography, Current Affairs, and History. Understanding the exam pattern will help you schedule your study plan more effectively.

English (200 Marks): This section have 50 questions and it tests your reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary.

General Knowledge (400 Marks): This section have 100 questions it evaluates your Logical Reasoning, knowledge of current affairs and topics covered are History, Geography, Polity, Current Affairs, and Science.

Understanding the exam pattern will help you focus your studies and avoid wasting time on irrelevant topics, You can also prioritize subjects which are more important in the exam, helping you to dedicate your time for high weightage topics.

When you know that total 150 questions are asked in GAT exam and you will only get two and a half hour to solve the question paper, keeping that in mind you can develop a time management strategy.

Practice Makes Perfect

Mock Tests

NDA Mock Test

Mock Tests are a great way to familiarize yourself with the NDA exam pattern, Solving Mock tests at the same time frame as of real exam, helps you understand your pace, how much time you are taking in each question, solving mock papers also helps you to understand your weakness and work on it, for example your are doing great while answering History questions, but facing difficulty while solving physics questions so subject you need improvement in is Physics and to help you get mock papers  we Cadets Defence Academy provides you free NDA mock test question paper, download them and start practicing today.

Previous Year Papers

Previous Year Paper

Solve previous year question papers. This helps you understand exam pattern, difficulty levels, and time management required during the actual exam.

Stay updated

Read daily newspaper it’s important to stay updated about current affairs but only rely on reputable newspapers (e.g., The Hindu, The Indian Express, Times of India), If you don’t want to read newspaper you can check official News Websites  (e.g. The HinduTimes of India  ).

Government Websites are most important because it helps you to access official statements, reports, and press releases on various government initiatives and international relations. (e.g., Press Information Bureau (PIB),  Ministry of External Affairs(MEA))

Note-Taking and Summarization: Take notes while reading or listening to news. Briefly summarize key points this will help you in your revision process.


Revision helps you understand areas where you need more attention, Revising  does not means only memorizing concepts instead it allows you to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts. Regular revision allows you to make sure that you’re prepared and confident when in your exam so make sure to include a revision session in your exam preparation.  

Time Management

Time Management

NDA GAT exam has a fixed duration of 2 hours and 30 minutes for 150 questions. So if you can’t manage your time and solve question paper within the allotted there is a high probability you’ll rush while answering and as you remember for every wrong  answer you’ll get -1.3 marks. GAT exam covers various subjects with different difficulty levels for example you can say English is easy and Physics section can be comparatively difficult as it takes more time to solve a problem. Time management allows you to strategically divide your time based on your strengths and weaknesses. So that you can dedicate more time to sections you find difficult or those requires lengthy calculations.

Accuracy over Speed

While answering questions quickly is important, but make sure you prioritize accuracy over speed. So that you can avoid making careless mistakes due to rushing. Here are reason you should aim for accuracy over speed

Negative Marking

GAT has a negative marking scheme, where for every incorrect answers you get -1.33 marks. This can significantly affect your overall score so avoid  attempting questions you’re unsure about.

Maximizing Score Potential

If you answer carefully without rushing, you can increase your chance of maximizing your score.

Time Constraint

You might feel anxious because of the time limit and try to rush while solving your question paper but to avoid this mistake you should take mock test and solve previous year NDA papers so you don’t mess in real exam.

Staying Positive

Enhanced Focus: Staying Positive allows you to be more focused and less likely to procrastinate.

Difficult Topics: You’ll come across difficult topics, However, a positive mindset helps you to overcome any difficulty.

Improved Learning: Positive emotions enhance brain function and memory. When you’re optimistic, it will be easy for you to understand complicated topics and can retain it more effectively.


Preparing for the GAT exam needs you to stay updated on current affairs and strong foundation in other topics covered. By understanding the exam pattern and syllabus, practicing mock tests, solving previous year papers, you can prepare effectively for GAT. It’s also important to maintain a positive mindset during your preparation because it helps you staying focused, overcome procrastination, and more effective learning. With these tips and strategies, you are ready to face your NDA GAT exam.

If you need more help for your preparation you can reach us, because we at Cadets Defence Academy provides you the best NDA coaching in Dehradun, with our experienced faculty and right environment you can achieve your goals, we are also providing you free 16 Nda mock test question paper so you have everything you need for your preparation.

English, Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Geography, Current Affairs, and History.

You can find the official syllabus and exam pattern at UPSC official website.

50 questions in English and 100 questions in General Knowledge and topics covered are History, Geography, Polity, Current Affairs, and Science.

2 ½ hour

To read more about NDA cutoff you can read this blog.

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