NDA 2 2018 is going to be conducted on 9 September 2018. For many, this is will be their 1st attempt. While for others, it will be another experience. I had also appeared in NDA exam several times yet never cleared it. Why? No preparation at all.
Preparation is the most important part of giving an exam. NDA exam, being a UPSC exam, is bound to be a bit tougher than school syllabus. And that will need some extra preparation. For those who want to try a new approach to the upcoming NDA exam, here is a step by step plan to prepare for the exam effectively.
NDA 2 2018 Preparation and Study Plan
NDA exam has two subjects General Ability Test and Mathematics. The NDA General Ability Test question paper has 150 questions of 600 marks and NDA Maths paper has 120 questions of 300 marks with time duration of 2.30 hours. One who clears the NDA exam will get a call letter for the 5 days SSB interview which has 900 marks, it includes three main test namely Psychology Tests, GTO, and Personal Interview. You can find the NDA question Paper pattern and other details below.
NDA Study Plan
Step 1: Introspect
Yes, this is the first step you are going to start with. Introspect where you stand, how much do you know, are you capable enough, do you need more practice, all these questions, you ask yourself for NDA 2 2018. The best way to do this is to pull out a previous year paper and solve it. The marks you score in this paper are the marks that you will be scoring in the upcoming exam without preparation.
Step 2: Identify your weak areas and strong area
You have completed your introspection by solving previous papers of NDA, identify areas and topics in which you are weak in. Make a list of all the topics in which you lag, ranging from weakest to a weaker topic. Just like you identify weak areas, also identify and make note of topics in which you scored well and are strong in. This will help you in making a proper study plan. Rank these topics from strongest to stronger.
Step 3: Gather syllabus, books and other materials
Collect all the previously asked papers, it is going to be very useful. Apart from this, keep NCERT textbooks in your proximity while preparing. The best all in one book to prepare for NDA has written is Pathfinder by Arihant. You may try other books too or you may have your own preference, but make sure you take a book which has the complete NDA syllabus in it.
Step 4: Make a study plan
Now, this is dependent on a candidate and depends on how he wants to study for it. If you are a person who is not motivated enough, then you may start with strong areas and gradually move on to the weak areas. Start from the strongest areas and try to complete it within a week of time and gradually start preparing topics from the bottom list of the weak areas. Otherwise, if you are a motivated candidate then, you start with the weakest topics and gradually move on to the topics which are stronger.
Step 5: Improve Your English and GK
Most ignored part, focusing and maintain GK, as well as English, will secure the marks. Best way? One word – newspaper. Period.
Step 6: Set a timetable and space
Allocate your 10-12 hours of the day to NDA preparations. Also, set a space for you to study and utilize this space only to study. Nothing else. This will automatically give you the feel to study whenever you sit in that space.
Step 7: Give yourself a deadline
For every topic, you prepare, allocate a deadline for that topic and try to complete it within that deadline. Naturally, the weakest topics should be given more time and the strongest topics should be given at least time. Also, keep two weeks prior to the exam only for the purpose of revising before NDA 2 2018.
Give your preparation good time for a good exam, All the best. Remeber sweat today to bleed less tomorrow.