NDA Exam 2020: Paper 1, 2 Analysis September 6, 2020 for Mathematics and GAT
Amid a pandemic, NDA 1 & 2 exams in Math and General Mental Skills were successfully taken today. The Union Public Service Commission has set new test guidelines for COVID-19. Due to the nationwide lockdown, the examination cycle was delayed, which means that the exams of NDA 1 and 2 are carried out together.

NDA Paper I – Mathematics was conducted from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while Paper II – General Mental Ability started at 2:00 p.m. and lasted until 4:30 p.m.

NDA Paper I Math was a little difficult including most of the questions from the Trigonometry, Applications of Derivatives section. However, NDA Paper 2 was easy to moderate, including a maximum number of questions from the English-speaking area.

Below is the detailed analysis of NDA 2020 exam for both Paper I and Paper II shared by the Gradeup experts.

Highlights of the NDA Paper I 2020 exam

  • The level of NDA Paper 1 was moderate.
  • The total number of questions asked in Paper 1 was 120 for 300 points.
  • A period of 2 hours and 30 minutes was provided for paper 1.

Detailed analysis of the NDA Paper 1 2020 exam

Name of the subsection Number of questions
Level of difficulty
trigonometry 20th Moderate
Applications of derivatives fifteen Moderate
3D & vectors 11 Moderate
statistics 10 Moderate
probability 9 Moderate
Coordinate geometry and
Straight lines
9 Moderate
Set, relationships & function 8th Moderate
Application of integrals 7th Moderate
Matrices & determinants 7th Moderate
Progress & Series 6th Moderate
integration 5 Moderate
Complex numbers 3 Moderate
Quadratic equation 3 Moderate
Conic sections 2 Moderate
Permutation & combination 2 Moderate
various 3 Moderate

Highlights of the NDA Paper II 2020 exam

  • The level of NDA Paper 2 was moderate to difficult.
  • A total of 15 questions with 600 points were asked.
  • Paper 2 was also given a 2.5 hour period.

Detailed analysis of the NDA Paper 2 2020 exam

Below is the section analysis of the NDA Paper 2 exam, along with the number of questions and the difficulty level:

Name of the subsection Number of questions
English 50 Easy
physics 25th Moderate
chemistry fifteen Moderate
geography 20th Moderate
history 20th Moderate
General science 10 Moderate
Current affairs 10 Moderate

NDA 2020 marking scheme

The NDA 1 & 2 labeling scheme can be checked below:

paper Markings for
Every correct answer
Negative grades for
Any wrong answer
GAT 4th -1.33
maths 2.5 -0.83

However, the NDA 1 and 2 exams were successfully conducted in all centers in the country, maintaining social distance. Candidates who appeared for the NDA 1 and 2 exams were pleased with the UPSC agreement.


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