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UPSC NDA (1) 2021 Exam on 18th April (Sunday): Check 7 Last Minute Tips to score high marks in Written Exam

Archana Shandilya

UPSC NDA (1) 2021 Exam on 18th April (Sunday): NDA (1) 2021 Written Exam will be conducted in offline mode on 18th April 2021 for 400 vacancies under UPSC NDA & NA I 2021 Recruitment in Indian Armed Forces, i.e., Army, Navy and Air Force. Cracking National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) can be a challenge for many candidates as the competition level for this exam is quite high this year. So we have come up with the best last-minute tips which will help you in clearing the UPSC NDA 2021 Exam with a high score.

Check UPSC NDA 2021 Exam Rules in Detail

UPSC NDA 2021 exam is an objective exam that will be conducted in offline mode. The exam comprises of two Papers: Mathematics (Paper-1) and General Ability Test (Paper-2).  There will be negative marking of 1/3rd marks for wrong answers. UPSC NDA 2021 latest exam pattern has been given in the below table:

Subject/ No. of Questions



Maximum Marks

Mathematics (120 Questions)


2 Hours & 30 Minutes


General Ability Test (150 Questions)

English + General Knowledge


2 Hours & 30 Minutes




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So let’s look at those important last minute tips that will surely help you in cracking UPSC NDA 2021 Exam:

1. Revise the Important Topics:

We have shared the links for some important topics for UPSC NDA & NA 2021 Exam which will help you in your last-minute preparation:


Section (Marks)

Number of Questions/ Marks


2 Hours & 30 Minutes


120 questions of 2.5 Marks (total 300 Marks)


2 Hours & 30 Minutes

English (Part-A)

50 Questions of 4 marks each

General Knowledge (Part-B)

100 Questions of 4 marks each

2. Time Management:

Give more time to sections that you are stronger in. This will ensure that you can effectively use the time duration of the exam. Remember that there is a sectional time limit for Paper-1 & Paper-2 and there will be no sectional cut-offs. So your job is to simply maximize your score however you can.

3. Practice Mock tests & Previous Year Papers:

Candidates are advised to practice as many mock tests and previous year papers as they can to buck up their speed of solving paper. For the ease of the candidates we have shared the important links of mock tests and Previous Year Papers for UPSC NDA 2021 Exam:


Download Previous Year Papers of UPSC NDA & NA Exam


Practice UPSC NDA: General Ability Test Part A – English Mock Test


Practice UPSC NDA General Ability Test Part-B GK & Current Affairs Mock Test


Practice UPSC NDA & NA Mathematics Mock Test with Answers (300 Marks)

4. Read the Complete Question First:

Candidates are required to avoid the mistake of reading incomplete questions and arriving at the incorrect answers eventually. Read the questions carefully and check what is being asked.

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5. Maintain your Speed & Accuracy and Maximize your Score:

Remember that there are no sectional cut-offs but there will be negative marking of 1/3rd marks for wrong answers. So your job is to simply maximize your score however you can. So, try to maintain your speed and accuracy while solving the paper during the examination.

Click here to know the detailed Eligibility Criteria for UPSC NDA 2021 Exam

6. Don’t forget your Admit Card, Photograph and ID Proof:

Don’t forget to take Admit Card alongwith the Photograph and Original ID proof alongwith its photocopy as well. The admit card should be produced for gaining entry to the Exam Centre. The candidates must enquire and locate accurately the allotted examination center as mentioned in Admit Card. Check the exam date and shift timings carefully. Candidates may download and print the Admit Card from the official website of UPSC as mentioned in the link given below:

Download your UPSC NDA & NA 2021 Admit Card

Please note that entry into the Examination Venue shall be closed 10 minutes before the scheduled commencement of the Examination i.e. 9:50 AM for the Forenoon Session and 01:50 PM for the Afternoon Session. No candidate shall be allowed to enter into the Examination Venue after closure of the entry.

7. Don’t take Stress

Don’t stress yourself too much before the D-Day. Do relax and stay calm. Giving exam with a relaxed mind will help you in delivering your best and achieving high score. Wearing of mask/face cover is mandatory for all candidates. Candidates without mask/face cover will not be allowed entry into the Venue. Candidates, however, will have to remove their masks for verification, whenever required by the Examination functionaries. Candidate may carry his/her own hand sanitizer (small size) in a transparent bottle. Candidates to follow COVID 19 norms of ‘social distancing’ as well as ‘personal hygiene’ inside the Examination  Halls/ Rooms as well as in the premises of the Venue.

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Remember last-minute preparation does not involve deep studies. You only need to brush up all the important topics which will definitely help you in clearing this exam with ease. 

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