NDA 1 2021 exam analysis: Check difficulty level for Maths and expected cutoff

UPSC conducted the NDA exam on April 18, 2021. The exam is being held amid COVID-19 regulations in two shifts for Maths and GAT. Check NDA exam analysis 2021 for Maths here.

NDA 1 2021 exam analysis: Check difficulty level for Maths and expected cutoff
vikrant.shukla | Apr 18, 2021 - 1:47 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has successfully conducted the Maths exam for National Defense Academy (NDA) on April 18, 2021. The exam is being conducted for two subjects Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT). UPSC NDA 2021 for Maths was conducted in OMR sheet pen and paper-based mode. All COVID-19 guidelines were followed at the exam centre. Candidates with the NDA admit card and original photo ID were only allowed to appear in the exam. COVID-19 protocols issued by the government like wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and individual hand sanitisers for candidates were also followed. The GAT paper will be held from 2 pm.

NDA 2021: Highlights

  • The exam was conducted in offline mode.

  • Objective type questions were asked for the exam.

  • The NDA question paper was in bilingual - English and Hindi, baring the questions which were from English subjects.

  • There will be a total of 270 questions out of which 120 questions were from mathematics and 150 questions will be from the General Ability Test section. The total marks are 900.

  • There was negative marking in the exam.

  • The qualifying marks of the NDA GAT and Mathematics paper is 25%.

NDA 2021 Marking Scheme


Marks for Each Right Answer

Negative Marks for Each Incorrect Answer







As per the NDA exam Maths analysis received from candidates who appeared in the exam. The difficulty level of the NDA exam was moderate to difficult. From the following table candidates can check the detailed NDA exam analysis, good attempts etc.

NDA 2021 Exam Analysis

NDA Subject

Good Attempts

Difficulty level



Moderate to difficult

The questions were asked from sections such as - Circle, Integration, Straight Line, Differentiation, Sequence Series, Vector, Probability, Statistics etc.

About UPSC NDA exam

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the National Defense Academy & Naval Exam (NDA & NA) to recruit candidates for admission into the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force wings.

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