Minimum Marks to Qualify NDA Written Exam

Minimum Marks to Qualify NDA Written Exam
22-June 2022...........

The NDA exam is a national-level entrance test conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) at various examination centers across the country. According to the NDA exam pattern, the Mathematics paper contains 120 objective questions carrying 300 marks. While the General Ability Test (GAT) paper has 150 objective questions worth 600 marks. In this article, we'll go over all you need to know about the minimum marks required to qualify for the NDA written exam. Read on to know more about the passing marks for NDA Maths and NDA GAT papers.


  • The UPSC releases the NDA written results within two months after the exam is completed successfully. The NDA written results are declared in PDF format and include all necessary information about the candidates who qualify. 

  • On the basis of their NDA written exam results, candidates are shortlisted for the SSB Interview. The final result is calculated using the combined scores of the written exam and the SSB Interview.

  • As per the cut-off marks released by the UPSC after every cycle of the NDA exam, candidates are required to score at least 25% marks in each subject, Mathematics and General Ability Test (GAT).


Passing Marks for NDA Mathematics


The Mathematics section of the NDA written exam is a substantial portion of the exam which consists of 120 objective questions carrying a total of 300 marks. Considering the latest exam pattern, sample papers, and previous year's question papers, applicants must attempt a significant number of questions to obtain the sectional cut-off score. The minimum passing mark for NDA mathematics is 25% of the total marks. However, candidates should try to obtain more than the sectional cut-off so as to increase their chances of selection for the SSB Interview. The major subjects covered in the Mathematics section with the highest weightage of marks are Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Statistics, Integral Calculus, Differential Equations, Matrices and Determinants.


Passing Marks for NDA GAT


The General Ability Test - GAT section of the NDA written examination is further divided into two parts, English and General Knowledge. Out of 150 objective questions asked in the GAT section, 50 questions belong to English and the remaining 100 questions are asked from General Knowledge. 

The General Knowledge part comprises questions from Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography, and Current Events. As per the cut-off marks released by the UPSC, candidates are required to score at least 25% marks in the General Ability Test (GAT) paper. 


NDA Previous Year’s Cut-off Scores (Written Exam)



Cut-off Score 

NDA 1 2021


NDA 2 2020


NDA 1 2020


NDA 2 2019


NDA 1 2019


NDA 2 2018


NDA 1 2018


NDA 2 2017


NDA 1 2017




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