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NDA 2018 Answer Key, Question Paper & Analysis

Last Updated - April 13, 2018

UPSC conducted the admission test of NDA and NA on April 22, 2018. The exam was held in two sessions – morning and afternoon sessions. The Mathematics was conducted in the morning shift followed by GAT in the afternoon shift.

  • The overall paper of Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT) was moderate to difficult in terms of difficulty as compared to last year.
  • The exam covered majority of topics prescribed in the syllabus of NDA 2018.
  • Those students who have successfully cleared the NDA 2018 cut off will only be called for an interview.

Candidates who have appeared for the NDA NA (I) 2018 exam can download the NDA 2018 Answer Key from the link given below to check their answers and calculate the marks scored by them.

How to Check NDA 2018 Answer Key?

After few hours of the completion of the exam, various coaching institutes will release the answer key. The official answer key will be released by UPSC in the month of April and September. Answer key will be available in online mode only. Students can also calculate their marks before the announcement of the result. Answer keys will be downloaded along with the NDA question papers.

Following steps help students to download the NDA 2018 answer key:

  1. Visit the official website of UPSC i.e. upsc.gov.in
  2. On the website menu bar, click on the Examination dropdown button
  3. Click on the Answer Keys option.
  4. Search for the “National Defence Academy and Naval Academy Examination 2018”
  5. Click on the desired paper answer key link.

After clicking on the link, the answer key will be displayed on the screen in the PDF format. Students can download and take the printout of it for future reference.


How to Calculate NDA Scores using Answer key

With the help of the answer key, students can calculate their estimate marks. The Mathematics will be of 300 marks and GAT paper will be of 600 marks. Students must follow the below-marking scheme at the time of calculating marks:

  • In the Mathematics subject, for every correct answer, 2.5 marks will be awarded.
  • In the General Ability Test, for every correct answer, 4 marks will be given
  • For wrong answers, 0.33 marks will be deducted

Following formula is used for calculating estimated scores

Score Calculating Formula


NDA 2018 Paper Analysis

  • The overall difficulty level of the paper is moderate to difficult.
  • Most of the topics in the paper will be asked from NDA Syllabus.

Mathematics Section

The mathematics section is comprised of total 120 questions. The questions will be asked from the topics such as Algebra, Matrices and Determinants, Trigonometry, Calculus, Probability, complex number and Quadratic equation. The difficulty level of the Mathematics section was easy.

The following table shows the topic wise number of questions:

TopicNo. of Questions
Calculus20-25
Quadratic equation20-15
Matrices & Determinants30
Probability10
Trigonometry30
complex number10-15

General Ability Section

GAT paper consists of 150 questions. The paper is divided into two parts i.e. Part A and Part B. Question in Part A section will be asked from English subject while, questions in Part B are from Physics & Chemistry, Current Affairs and Matching. The difficulty level the paper is moderate to difficult.

The following table shows the topic wise number of questions:

TopicNo. of Questions
Physics & Chemistry30
Current affairs20
English50
Matching20

NDA 2018 Cut off

Cut off marks are the minimum marks scored by the student in order to clear the entrance examination. Those who scored less than the cut off marks will not be eligible for admission. The cut off marks will be decided by the examination conducting body after the declaration of result.

Following are the factors on which cut off marks will depend:

  • Number of seats
  • Number of candidates appeared for the exam
  • Level of difficulty
  • The level of competition

To determine the NDA 2018 cut off, students can check the previous year NDA cut off scores from the following table:

YearNDA I (Max Marks: 900)NDA II (Max Marks: 900)
2010263193
2011290253
2012333322
2013337313
2014348368
2015306 (with at least 30% marks in each subject) Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (out of 1800) is 674269 (with at least 25% marks in each subject) Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (out of 1800) is 637
2016288 (with at least 25% marks in each subject) Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (out of 1800) is 656315
2017342 (with at least 25% marks in each subject) Marks secured by the last finally recommended candidate (out of 1800) is 708-

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