Balancing NDA preparation with your Class XI and XII studies requires good time management, strategic planning, and consistent effort.

Here are some tips to help you prepare effectively:

Understand the NDA Exam Pattern and Syllabus:

Exam Pattern: The NDA exam consists of two papers-

  • Mathematics
  • General Ability Test (GAT), The GAT is further divided into English and General Knowledge (Physics, Chemistry, Bio, His, Geo, Polity, Current Affairs)

Syllabus: Familiarize yourself with the detailed syllabus for both the NDA exam and your school curriculum to identify the topics.

Daily Routine: Allocate specific time slots for school studies along with NDA preparation. Get sufficient time for your relaxation as well. Make sure to include breaks to avoid burnout.

Weekly Goals: Set realistic weekly goals for both school subjects and NDA topics. Prioritize topics based on their importance and difficulty.

Focus on Overlapping Subjects

Overlapping subjects refer to topics or subjects that are common between the NDA exam syllabus and your Class XI and XII curriculum. By focusing on these overlapping areas, you can efficiently prepare for both your school exams and the NDA exam simultaneously.

Here’s a breakdown of these overlapping subjects:

Mathematics – Class XI and XII Topics:

Strengthen your mathematics skills, as it is a crucial part of both your school exams and the NDA exam. Practice problems regularly.

Algebra: Quadratic equations, sequences, and series.

Trigonometry: Trigonometric identities, ratios, and functions.

Calculus: Limits, derivatives, and integration basics.

Coordinate Geometry: Straight lines, circles, and conic sections.

Matrices and Determinants: Basics of matrices and solving systems of linear equations.

Vector Algebra: Basic concepts of vectors and scalar products.

English – Class XI and XII Topics:

Improve your grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. Reading newspapers and books can help enhance your language skills.

Grammar: Parts of speech, tenses, active and passive voice, direct and indirect speech.

Vocabulary: Synonyms, antonyms, idioms, and phrases.

Comprehension: Reading passages and answering questions.

Composition: Essay writing, précis writing, and report writing.

Science – Class XI and XII Topics:

Physics: Basics of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, and optics.

Chemistry: Fundamental concepts of organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry.

Biology: Basic concepts of human physiology, plant biology, and ecology.

Social Studies – Class XI and XII Topics:

History: Indian history, freedom struggle, and world history.

Geography: Physical geography, climate, vegetation, and location of important places.

Civics: Indian constitution, political system, and current events.

How to Leverage (make use of) Overlapping Subjects:

Integrated Study Plan: Create a study schedule that allows you to study topics relevant to both your school curriculum and the NDA exam.

NCERT Books: Use NCERT textbooks as they cover many topics that are part of both Class XI and XII syllabi and the NDA exam. You can also consult Study Campus for the latest study materials.

Revision: Regularly revise these topics to ensure a strong understanding and retention of concepts.

Practice Questions: Solve practice questions and sample papers for both board exams and the NDA exam to get familiar with the question patterns. Sample papers can be downloaded free from the website of Study Campus using link

By focusing on these overlapping subjects, you can efficiently prepare for both your school exams and the NDA exam, maximizing your study efforts and improving your chances of success in both.

Apart from your XI and XII curriculum, you need to devote your time additionally for your NDA Exam Preparation on below areas as well.

General Knowledge and Current Affairs:

Stay updated with current affairs, history, geography, and science. Regularly read newspapers, magazines, and use reliable online sources.

Daily News: Reading newspapers, watching news channels, and following current events.

General Awareness: Keeping updated with significant national and international events, sports, awards, and important dates.

Few most important points for NDA Preparation:

Seek Guidance: If possible, join a reputed NDA coaching class that can provide structured guidance and study material. Study Campus, for example, is a well-known coaching institute with branches in Delhi, Mumbai (Andheri & Borivali) Thane, Vasai and other cities of India.

Regular Practice and Mock Tests: Solve previous years’ NDA question papers and sample papers. This helps in understanding the exam pattern and time management.

Mock Tests: Take regular mock tests to assess your preparation level and identify areas of improvement. For mock tests and previous year questions you can visit

Mentorship: Seek advice from teachers, mentors, or individuals who have successfully cleared the NDA exam.

Set Clear Goals: Keep your long-term goal of joining the NDA in mind to stay motivated.

Reward Yourself: Celebrate small achievements and milestones to keep your morale high.

Stay Healthy: Physical fitness is crucial for the NDA. Engage in regular exercise, sports, and activities that improve your stamina and overall fitness.Maintain a balanced diet, get adequate sleep, and practice stress-relieving activities like yoga or meditation.

By balancing your school studies with dedicated NDA preparation, you can effectively work towards achieving your goal of clearing the NDA exam while excelling in your Class XI and XII studies.

Best wishes

Mahmood Hasan

CEO & Founder

Study Campus

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