The notification of NDA & NA EXAM(II), 2017 will start from 07.06.2017.
Last date for receipt of applications is 30.06.2017.
Date of commencement of written exam is 10.09.2017
Less than 1% of the people who apply for NDA clears the written exam. This fact is enough to shake the confidence of aspirants preparing. By any means, it is not easy at all, so be prepared to endure the hardship of life before starting your quest to crack NDA written exam.
There is a minor difference between hard work and smart work, hard work with a proper direction is smart work. So, be smart and put your efforts in right direction. The following article will guide on how to practice for written exam of NDA.
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How To Prepare For NDA Written Exam
# Put marks on rock
It’s a miracle that how constant friction by a rope can leave significant marks on something like rock. Same law applies in real life, if you are consistence with something then it is destined to give output. Therefore, even if you are not very good in studies, studying on daily basis will absolutely rip results for you.
If you are not already in habit of daily study, then you better develop it as soon as possible. And if you don’t feel like doing it, then ask yourself “do i really want to go in NDA?” if you still feel the same way, then may be deep down you know it is not meant for you.
Make a fixed timing to study at home daily, it will set a biological clock once you are habitual to it. At first it will be very difficult, but after developing the habit it will automatically set the mood to study without struggling every day.
# Time management
For students in modern era, art of time management is very crucial. Giving most of the time to school, tuition and coaching, leaves them with almost no time for self study.
But it is life, and you need to carve some time out from this busy schedule.
Learning how to manage time will give you an extra hour in the day.
- No tuitions, more time : If possible, then drop tuition and coaching classes. Paying proper attention in school class is more than enough to understand any subject. Without any extra classes you will have much more time for self study.
- Less time to non-essentials : Reduce the amount of time that you spend on things that are not so essential, like freshening up in the morning, coming home from school etc. We do not realize, but they take a big chuck of our day, therefore learning how to do things quickly can save lot of time.
- Plan the day out : Smart people always plan their day ahead, having to do list for the day keeps us on track and motivate to do better. Write down the tasks and targets for next day before going to sleep, and do your best to cover all of them the next day. Internet is filled with apps that can help you do so, like google calender.
# Challenge Yourself
Conquering challenges is the finest way to learn from life, the best of a person comes out when life throws rough challenges. Likewise, introducing new challenges while studying will help you improve your learning capabilities, and make you a pro.
Don’t just be limited to ordinary problems, extra ordinary problems will make you extra ordinary. If you are weak in any subject, then challenge yourself to master it, formulate different strategies, make plans and most of all put whole hearted efforts.
# Learn To Avoid
World is full of amusements, and distractions (have got better these days with smartphones) and one who can not avoid these distraction will never be able to achieve anything great. Addiction often comes as the biggest hurdle in achieving success. Therefore, it’s necessary to learn avoiding things.
Learn to avoid smartphone, party invitations, tv or any other distraction while studying. Even your household chore should not interrupt in your study hours.
# Develop The Brain
What is brain development? It is not mere understanding grownup stuff, what brain development literally means is opening mind for unexpected and unseen challenges and problems. And it is not developed just by reading books, there are various other ways by which one can flourish brain, like meditation, playing brain games etc.
Meditation can be a very powerful tool, and it is scientifically proven that it helps greatly in focusing mind, and many other benefits. As for the brain games, chess, sudoko etc. are some fantastic brain candies, even internet has so much to offer. Applications like luminosity are great for brain evolution. So, next time when you have free time, invest it in meditation and playing brain games.
# School Exams Are Nothing
How would you know if your preparations are upto the mark? Simple, if you find school exams easy to solve, then you are progressing in the right direction. Usually, the pre-board or other exams organised by schools are prepared according to average students, so they are fairly easy compared to NDA written exam.
But, if you still find them difficult, then maybe you are lagging behind and need to put more efforts in your preparation. But, in some exceptional cases, school exams are as difficult as NDA written exam, in such case, students should not loose their confidence.
# Don’t Be Limited
Never be limited to just one book, explore the questions from different books. Though, it is recommended that aspirants ought to first complete the NCERT books by CBSE, and then proceed to other books. For Maths, Physics and Chemistry, prefer the NCERT of 11th and 12th class. And for Social Science, subjects like History, Geography go with 10th NCERT.
Of course, just NCERT will not confirm your success. And why just book, you can manipulate internet to gain knowledge and to strengthen your concepts. Internet provides the best interactive content which can help you understand things easily and effectively.
# Creating Environment
Not everyone get the peaceful and calm environment to study. For some, noisy neighborhood create the problems, while for some it’s almost impossible to get a place at home where there is no one to disturb. In such situation hindrance in concentration is obvious, and hence, less productivity.
The best thing to do in such case is to either change your study timing, or change the location. Adjust the timing such that you get the most calm time of the day, like late night or early morning when everyone is sleeping or gone some where.
Organise group study with friends from time to time, various researches have shown that studying in social groups helps to remember things better and for longer time.
# Mindful Relaxation
Mindful relaxation is enjoying the free time, mindfulness is a Buddhist technique which means living in the moment. If you feel tired mentally to go back to studies after giving yourself a break, then it means that you did not had a mindful break.
The best way to enjoy the break time is engaging in some physical activity, be it outdoor games or other house hold chore, physical work will release the stress caused by long study hours. People often engage with their smartphones, tv, etc. by doing so, you are just adding on to the stress. So, try to participate in some physical activity or simply rest your eyes and brain by just listening to peaceful music and enjoying the nature.
# Practice previous year papers
Unlike your school exams, the written exam of NDA does not change much. Over the years few changes have been made in the paper pattern. In some cases even the language of the question remains same, just the values changes.
Solving NDA previous year papers is like looking back in time to see what kind of questions are asked in the exam. It is highly recommended that after completing the syllabus, aspirants should go through the last 10 years papers at least once.
# Rewind the week, and take a dry run
Human tends to forget things very quickly, therefore it becomes necessary to remain in touch with what we learn. Assign at least one day in a week for revision. Making short points while practicing will help at the time of revision.
And at the end of the week take a dry run or test yourself, undeniably this is the best practice to make yourself strong.
How To Crack NDA Entrance Exam In First Attempt
NDA covers almost every subject that is to study from primary classes to senior secondary. So, the syllabus inevitably becomes a mountain to climb. Each subject needs a different approach and tactics of studying. Knowing how one can study a particular subject efficiently can save precious time and efforts.
Aryabhatta as you may know was a great mathematician of ancient India, he use to worship an idol of some other mathematician, when people asked why he does that when he himself is such an excellent mathematician? His reply was “maths is an ocean, and my knowledge is just a drop, and i have to practice and practice”.
When someone like Aryabhatta needed to practice Maths daily, then it simply means that anyone who want to learn Maths need to practice it on a daily basis.
Clear the base
What is 9 multiplied by 8? Even a kid can answer this, but imagine how would you perform complex calculations if you were never taught multiplication tables. Same can be said for other important topics, if your basics for a particular topic are not clear, then you will never be able to build logic to solve it’s high end problems.
Before proceeding to advance topics, it’s recommended that first you go through CBSE class 9th and 10th books at least once, to make sure that your basics are clear. And if needed then go through the text part and practice few questions to come clean.
Sync with school and tuition
Unless you are a dropper, it’s obvious that most of your time is spent in school and tuition. Hence, it is important to utilize that time wisely. Just by being conscientious in class can save the time that you spend in tuition, because tuition are for those who don’t get their concepts clear in school.
Teachers have years of experience, and they know what kind of questions are important. So, mark each and every questions that are important according to them. When there is no teacher in the class, then instead of wasting, invest that time in practicing.
Practicing what you have learned in class should be the first priority when you sit to study at home. Try to keep up with the syllabus that going in the class.
Make It Easy
Formulas are the very essence of Maths, applying the correct formula can solve even the most multifarious problem in no time. Before beginning with a topic, the first step should be to write down all the formula related to it. Next step should be to understand them, and finally, no matter what, just get those formulas embedded in your brain. Solving questions will become a lot easier if you have formulas on finger tips.
Lot of time can be saved if your mental calculation is good. To improve mental calculation, first avoid using any kind of calculator. It may look convenient, but they are just making your brain slow, as a result when the show time comes, you will end up wasting way lot time in calculation and hence, attending less questions. Vedic maths provide a rock strong base for performing complex calculation in multiplication, square etc. Invest some time in learning this ancient Hindu technique, it will take less than a day, and will be worth your time.
When practicing, try to solve as many calculation as possible in mind. Even doing calculation in paper is also kind of a bad habit. There is a famous saying “the more you’ll bleed in training, the better you’ll be on field” same goes for Maths practice.
Begin with NCERT
The NDA written exam questions are mostly based on the syllabus of CBSE, so it’s advisable that aspirants should begin their preparations from NCERT or at least go through it’s syllabus once. Not that other books are less useful, but NCERT will give a better idea.
Along with the regular exercises, one must try to practice questions given in example and miscellaneous exercises. Often students leave those questions considering them insignificant.
Master short tricks
One common thing that every NDA coaching center teaches in maths is short tricks for calculations. The fact that the time limit is too tight to make long calculations, short tricks prove to be very handy in written exam.
But mastering short trick is not easy, one need to be in constant practice, only then you can use them effectively in your calculations. Look on internet for maths short tricks, you will be surprised by the result.
If you are not good in calculus then pay more attention to vector algebra, trigonometry, determinants etc. Unlike the weightage given to calculus in schools, in NDA written exam it is not given that high value. Don’t be stuck with integration and differentiation if you can’t cope up with it.
# Physics, Chemistry and Biology
Albert Einstein once said “A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy”. These simple lines by the genius of the century defines how crazy can science get. Only regular study and efforts can ensure success in this subject.
Three separate lists for Physics
Physics can be divided in 4 categories i.e, derivation, formulas, definition and numerical. Before beginning with a new topic, make three separate lists of derivation, formulas and definition. Go through the list every time when you sit to study that particular topic.
You can also make the 4th list in which you can write down the page number and questions number of the questions that are important.
Portable diary for Physics
One of the best idea to learn physics is maintaining a small pocket dairy. Only important stuff will go in it, and the purpose of making this diary is to invest the free time in learning physics. Since it’s portable, therefore, you can take it anywhere and revise anytime.
10th, 11th and 12th for Chemistry
For chemistry, the foundation for complex studies of 11th and 12th is laid in secondary classes like 10th. So, if you want to know everything that you are studying in chemistry, start reading 10th NCERT. Though, the basics of every subject in senior classes are thought in secondary classes, but for Chemistry, the introduction given in 10th NCERT is good to revise.
Physical and organic Chemistry
As you are well aware that Chemistry is divided in 2 parts, physical and organic Chemistry. The physical part contains mostly numerical, derivations and definitions. People comfortable with physics should be fine with this part too. Same process can be followed to get hold on this part as physics.
For organic part, be in harmony with naming reactions. More than half of the organic chemistry is based on naming reactions, therefore it is a necessity. Also the basic knowledge (like atomic no. mass no. etc.) of at least first 30 elements should be on your finger tips.
Bare only one thought in mind while studying Science, that you want to gain knowledge, only then you can understand it. You probably must have read/heard these line many times before, but clearing concept is the most essential thing to do in science. Never move to next topic, until you are clear with the current one.
Science is one of the subject that can create hell of a confusion if things are not clear, and most often, these confusion occurs at the time of exam.
# General Science
For general science, questions related to environment, education and Biology are given in the written exam. Fortunately, questions in this section are not very typical. Therefore, not much of efforts are needed to get through this one.
Be warned, the above lines may give some comfort, but don’t let your mind off the hook. Make a list of important topics, and explore them. Try to remember them like general knowledge. Syllabus of class 10th is enough to cover Biology.
# Social Science
A mind can either be interested in science or social science, combination of both is a rare bread. But you have to be the odd one out if you are NDA aspirant. The good thing about social science is, you can memorize it if needed. The best way to remember things in Social Science is associating events, dates and character with your real life objects (specially for History).
Many struggle with History because they can’t relate events. History should be studied like a story, when you read a story then you do not have to force your brain to remember events, because it will retain them automatically. Pay special attention to India’s struggle for freedom, as most of the questions in exam are given from this part of the History.
For other subjects of Social Science, topics like constitution of India, political scenario of India etc. basically, every important topic that is related to India.
They say English is the most scoring subject in written exam, but how can you score maximum in a subject if you are not good in it. Some will say, i am reading this blog which means I am good in English, but there is a big difference between casual and formal English.
One must have good knowledge of grammar rules to get maximum marks in English. So, it’s recommended that aspirants should read the basic rules of English grammar. Practice as many sample papers as possible to know the pattern.
For those who are literally weak in English, first they should know that it is not a matter of few days or weeks. Mastering a language takes months and years, So, if you are running short of time, then don’t invest too much time on it, rather prepare a subject that you are good at.
And if you have time, then bring the following points in your daily routine to improve English.
- Read books, magazine, comic or whatever you like in English for at least ½ hour a day.
- In order to speak fluently, you will need to practice speaking English. If you are too shy to speak in front of others, then do it when you are alone.
- Interactive mediums like TV can be a great source to learn. Watch English movies and shows, listen to English songs etc.
- Be in the habit of reading English newspaper daily. It will not only improve your English, but will keep you updated with current affairs.
- Learn new and difficult words and phrases, and then bring them in your speaking and writing.
# Current Affairs and GK
To stay updated with current affairs, the best aid is reading newspaper each and every day. You can even make notes from the news paper, or simply cut the piece that you think can help you. Other sources like news channels, subscribing to news feed on social media and YouTube etc can be utilized to be in touch with current affairs.
GK will automatically improve if you keep an eye on current affairs. In exam, questions in GK may be asked from the main events that have occurred in the last 5 years, therefore it is recommended to study GK of at least last 5 years.
Exam Day Tips
Keep the important things like pen, pencil, eraser and your admit card in the bag night before the exam. Do not put it on the last moment. A night before the important exam is always tough, often we don’t fall asleep on time due to the excitement of the exam which can cause problem. To avoid this make sure your body is tired enough to fall asleep as soon as you go to bed. And never learn anything new a night before the exam.
Take care of the following points while in the exam hall :-
- Take few deep breaths to calm yourself before looking at the question paper and whenever you get stuck in a question.
- When you get the paper, give 5 minutes to read the paper and formulate strategy. Mark those questions with pencil which you think will consume less time. Now, when you start solving the paper you will know which questions to attempt first. 5 minutes are surely not enough to read the whole questions paper, but you can divide the question paper in different part and divided the time accordingly. E.g, maths paper will have total 120 questions, so you can divide it in 4 parts of 30 questions each.
- Doing rough calculations within the given space is kind of a challenge. Try to limit your rough work as much as you can i.e use the space very wisely. Never use pen to do rough work, use pencil so that you can erase the unwanted part when needed.
- Everyone has weak and strong subjects, attempt questions from the subject that you are strong in. I will recommend to go with the English first (if you feel comfortable with it), then move to GK, later to social science and finally science. The logic is simple, subjects like GK and social do not consume time as you will either know the answer or not once you will see the question. While in science, things can get confusing and hence consume more time. But, it’s just an opinion, you should attempt the subject that you are comfortable with.
- Stay alert while doing the paper. There is only 1 OMR sheet to fill the answers, and one can imagine how congested it can get. And people often end up filling the wrong option for wrong questions, being mentally alert is very important to avoid these silly mistakes. Fill the answer with pencil first, after completing the paper when you are sure that all the answers are right, then fill them will pen.Some get so lost in solving the paper that they loose the track of themselves and hence miss some questions. Don’t let it happen to you, stay focused and keep marking the questions that are done and which are yet to be attempted.
- Like any other competitive exam, Negative marking is done in NDA. Hence, think twice before attempting a questions that you are not sure about. Take calculated risks.
P.S: Work smart and develop good habits that will benefit you in the future.