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BEST BOOKS TO BUY FOR NDA/NA EXAM AND WHY? (UPDATED) 2021

YOU WON'T NEED ANY OTHER BOOK AFTER YOU HAVE READ THIS ARTICLE SO BOOKMARK IT RIGHT AWAY.


It's never about how many books you have, it's always about how many you could actually read.

Before I wrote this article I googled all available suggestions on google about the books to buy for the preparation of the written exam of National Defence Academy and Naval Academy. The suggestions were endless and none of them could actually explain why they suggested those books. So I made this list on the basis of the feedback of aspirants who actually cracked it and my own analysis of these books. Now before I get to my analysis of the most recommended books (having gone through most of them) I must quickly list out the scheme of the exam.

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THE FOLLOWING ARE THE DETAILS OF THE TWO EXAMS:


Subject (Code) Duration (Maximum Marks)

Mathematics (01) 2½ hours (300 Marks)

General Ability Test (02) 2½ hours (600 Marks)

Total 900 Marks


IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE DETAILED SYLLABUS CLICK HERE

THE FOLLOWING BOOKS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR PREPARATION OF THE NDA/NA WRITTEN EXAM AS WELL AS THE SUGGESTED PREPARATION METHOD WHILE USING THEM:


THE RECOMMENDED METHOD FOR PREPARATION FOR THE NDA/NA WRITTEN EXAMINATION IS AS FOLLOWS :


1. INITIAL PHASE (FIRST FOUR TO SIX MONTHS): COMPLETING THE SYLLABUS FOR THE EXAM, NOT ATTEMPTING EXTRA QUESTIONS TILL THE CONCEPT (FOR MATHS) AND THEORY (FOR GAT) IS CLEAR, AND WELL UNDERSTOOD WITH SLIGHT PRACTICE WITH QUESTION/ANS.


2. DEPTH STUDY (TWO MONTHS): GIVING DEDICATED TIME TO MORE ASKED PORTIONS OF MATHS, DEDICATED PRACTICE FOR ENGLISH, AND EXCESSIVE QUESTION SOLVING FOR ENGLISH.


3. FINAL STUDY (ONE TO TWO MONTHS): ONLY AND ONLY SOLVING PREVIOUS YEAR QUESTIONS AND EVERY WEEK IDENTIFYING LACKING TOPICS OR WEAK AREAS AND DEVOTING EXTRA TIME TO THEM.


ON BASIS OF ABOVE METHOD THE FOLLOWING BOOKS ARE RECOMMENDED


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INITIAL PHASE (FIRST FOUR TO SIX MONTHS)


1. Pathfinder NDA/NA National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Entrance Examination 2021

by Arihant Publications


"YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TIME TO DO FOCUS STUDY FROM NCERT BOOKS !!"


IT'S A BEST ALL-IN-ONE BOOK TO BUY WITH THE FOLLOWING ADVANTAGES:



USE THE LINK IN THE NAME/PHOTO OF THE BOOK TO DIRECTLY GO TO BUYING PAGE


ADVANTAGES


1. More than 8000 MCQs from the book allow complete coverage of syllabus and Chapterwise division of subject matter according to the topical distribution of marks from recent years. The chapters bind together a quick recap of the theoretical synopsis of Concepts, Solved Examples, Practice Exercises, and Previous Years’ Questions.


2. THIS BOOK IS THE BEST READING MATERIAL FOR THE PREPARATION OF GAT (GENERAL ABILITY TEST): The reading chapters of the PHYSICS, CHEMISTRY, BIOLOGY, and GEOGRAPHY is so accurate that it covers a few topics that are not even given in NCERT textbooks but are frequently asked in the written exam. THIS BOOK IS A MUST BUY FOR THIS VERY REASON ONLY.


3. Each book under the title has been updated with a special section on General Awareness and Solved Papers for the past one year.


DISADVANTAGES


1. The book is very vast but has quite a few spelling mistakes. Also because it covers the whole syllabus of MAT & GAT, it does not focus very deeply on English or Mathematics.


2. It offers previous year questions section-wise or chapter-wise and thus does not provide a holistic view of the exam pattern being followed over the years which is very essential in the last stages of the exam preparation.


RECOMMENDATION: IT IS A MUST BUY AS IT WILL FORM THE BASE OF YOUR PREPARATIONS FROM SCRATCH. (CLICK ON BOOK/NAME TO BUY AT BEST PRICE)



1. TATA McGRAW HILL'S Study Package for NDA/NA (National Defence Academy & Naval Academy) Entrance Examination

by McGraw Hill Education


ANOTHER ALL IN ONE PACKAGE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY CURRENT BREED OF QUALIFIERS AND ASPIRANTS WITH SIMILAR ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES AS THE PATHFINDER.



RECOMMENDATION: BUY ONLY ONE OF THE ABOVE BOOKS AS IT WILL FORM THE BASE OF YOUR PREPARATIONS FROM SCRATCH.


DEPTH STUDY (TWO MONTHS)


1. Wren & Martin's High School English Grammer & Composition.

2. KEY TO Wren & Martin's High School English Grammer & Composition.

3. SELF-PRACTICE BOOK FOR Wren & Martin's High School English Grammer & Composition.

by S.Chand

BUY THEM SEPERATELY OR BUY THE COMBO PACK VIA THIS LINK:

COMBO PACK OF High School English Grammar and Composition Book WITH Self-practice BOOK AND WITH FREE KEY OF WREN AND MARTIN


MOST IN-DEPTH PRACTICE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE FOR WRITTEN AS WELL AS SSB


MUST-MUST-MUST-MUST READ FOR THE OVERALL AIM OF CLEARING SSB!!


USE THE LINK IN THE NAME/PHOTO OF THE BOOK TO DIRECTLY GO TO BUYING PAGE


ADVANTAGES


1. High School English Grammar & Composition provides ample guidance and practice in sentence building, correct usage, comprehension, composition, and other allied areas so as to equip the learners with the ability to communicate effectively in English.


2. The Self-practice book has been specially designed to cater to the demands of the users. Writing space has been provided to work out the answers in an organized manner.


3. THE KEY BOOK has been designed to provide users with a reliable and practical tool in the form of correct answers to the exercises in the book.


RECOMMENDATION: IT IS A MUST BUY AS ENGLISH PORTION IS MOST SCORING PART OF THE EXAM BUT BECAUSE THE OBJECTIVE QUESTIONS OF ENGLISH HAVE A GUESSABILITY FACTOR, IT LEADS TO THE MOST NEGATIVE MARKS THUS YOU MUST PRACTICE ENGLISH VERY THOROUGHLY SO AS TO BE ACCURATE ABOUT IT.

(CLICK ON BOOK/NAME TO BUY AT BEST PRICE)



1. MANORAMA YEARBOOK 2021

by MALAYALA MANORAMA PRESS


IN-DEPTH AND RELEVANT GENERAL KNOWLEDGE AND CURRENT AFFAIRS FOR COMPETITIVE EXAMS AS WELL AS SSB.


AGAIN MUST-MUST-MUST-MUST READ FOR THE OVERALL AIM OF CLEARING SSB!!


USE THE LINK IN THE NAME/PHOTO OF THE BOOK TO DIRECTLY GO TO BUYING PAGE


ADVANTAGES


1. The only yearbook with no mistakes and no factual errors.


2. Not just a compilation of news but rather the narrative style of the book aims to explain the particular news or incident with its background, current status, and probable future.


3. Updated till December 2020.


RECOMMENDATION: LIMITED USE FOR WRITTEN EXAM BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED FOR PREPARATION OF SSB.

(CLICK ON BOOK/NAME TO BUY AT BEST PRICE)



FINAL STUDY (ONE TO TWO MONTHS)


It is a well-known fact that last month's study requires you to go through the previous year's papers but what people don't understand is that the previous year's papers are not meant just for normal practice.


I recommend that:


1. YOU UTILIZE PREVIOUS YEAR PAPERS TO PUT YOURSELF UNDER EXAM PRESSURE WITH AN AIM TO JUDGE YOURSELF AS TO HOW MANY QUESTIONS YOU COULD ATTEMPT IN THE GIVEN TIME FRAME AND HOW MANY NEGATIVE MARKS YOU INCURRED


2. ALSO YOU SHOULD PRACTICE QUESTION PAPERS ALONG WITH FILLING ANSWERS IN OMR SHEET AS MISTAKE IN THE SAME LEADS TO DISASTER FOR YOUR RESULTS.


3. FOR THAT YOU REQUIRE A BOOK WITH QUESTION PAPERS AS A WHOLE AND NOT TOPIC WISE/ CHAPTER WISE. THUS I RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING BOOKS:



1. NDA & NA Entrance Examination: Previous Years Papers (Solved)

by R GUPTA'S


THIS IS THE BACKBONE OF YOUR FINAL PREPARATIONS, ONLY SOLVE PAPERS IN TIME BOUND PRAC AND IN ONE GO.

THIS BOOK IS DIFFICULT TO FIND ONLINE AND IS AVAILABLE IN SELECT BOOKSTORES AS IT'S NOT RECOMMENDED DUE THE ERRORS IN KEY.

USE THE LINK IN THE NAME/PHOTO OF THE BOOK TO DIRECTLY GO TO BUYING PAGE


ADVANTAGES:


1. This book is highly non-recommended by many readers as well as so-called web pages on google because the answer key to many questions is wrong as well as solutions to many questions are not given in the answer key.


2. However, it's the best book in the market which has INTACT PREVIOUS YEAR QUESTION PAPERS TO CARRY OUT TIMED PRACTICE AND OMR SHEET FILLING PRACTICE.


NOW TO OVERCOME THE DISADVANTAGES OF THE ABOVE BOOK YOU NEED A BOOK THAT MAY GIVE THE BEST AND MOST ACCURATE SOLUTIONS TO THE PREVIOUS YEAR QUESTIONS. THUS THE FOLLOWING BOOKS ARE A MUST BUY.


2. NDA/ NA 14 years English & General Knowledge Topic-wise Solved Papers (2006 – 2019)

by Disha Publication

3. NDA/ NA 14 years Mathematics Topic-wise Solved Papers (2006 – 2019)

by Disha Publication


USE THE LINK IN THE NAME/PHOTO OF THE BOOK TO DIRECTLY GO TO BUYING PAGE


ADVANTAGES


1. These two books are undoubtedly the best books offering the most accurate answer keys as well as the most lucid solutions so that the student understands the concept behind a particular set of questions.


2. It offers the best analysis in a tabular format as to how many questions from which topic came in the paper for a particular half-year. It is very essential to actually know where the last minute focus should be given to and which topics are otherwise difficult but requires minimal attention.



END NOTE:


THE ABOVE BOOKS ARE ALL INCLUSIVE AND YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY ANY OTHER BOOKS FOR PREPARING FOR THE EXAM, SO PLEASE DON'T BUY UNNECESSARY BOOKS AND WASTE YOUR MONEY!!


ALSO I RECOMMENED THAT YOU BUY BOOKS PHASE WISE AS MENTIONED ABOVE AND NOT BUY THEM ALL AT ONCE AND FOR THAT ONLY I MENTIONED THAT YOU MUST BOOKMARK THIS ARTICLE FOR FURTHER REFERENCE






SYLLABUS FOR NDA/NA WRITTEN EXAM:


PAPER-I (MATHEMATICS) (Maximum Marks-300)


1. ALGEBRA


Concept of set, operations on sets, Venn diagrams.

De Morgan laws, Cartesian product, relation, equivalence relation.

Representation of real numbers on a line. Complex numbers— basic properties, modulus, argument, cube roots of unity.

Binary system of numbers. Conversion of a number in decimal system to binary system and vice-versa.

Arithmetic, Geometric and Harmonic progressions.

Quadratic equations with real coefficients.

Solution of linear inequations of two variables by graphs. Permutation and Combination. Binomial theorem and its applications. Logarithms and their applications.


2. MATRICES AND DETERMINANTS :


Types of matrices, operations on matrices. Determinant of a matrix, basic properties of determinants. Adjoint and inverse of a square matrix,

Applications-Solution of a system of linear equations in two or three unknowns by Cramer’s rule and by Matrix Method.


3. TRIGONOMETRY :


Angles and their measures in degrees and in radians.

Trigonometrical ratios. Trigonometric identities Sum and difference formulae. Multiple and Sub-multiple angles. Inverse trigonometric functions. Applications-Height and distance, properties of triangles.


4. ANALYTICAL GEOMETRY OF TWO AND THREE DIMENSIONS:


Rectangular Cartesian Coordinate system. Distance formula.

Equation of a line in various forms. Angle between two lines.

Distance of a point from a line. Equation of a circle in standard and in general form.

Standard forms of parabola, ellipse and hyperbola. Eccentricity and axis of a conic.

Point in a three dimensional space, distance between two points.

Direction Cosines and direction ratios. Equation two points.

Direction Cosines and direction ratios. Equation of a plane and a line in various forms.

Angle between two lines and angle between two planes. Equation of a sphere.


5. DIFFERENTIAL CALCULUS :


Concept of a real-valued function–domain, range and graph of a function.

Composite functions, one to one, onto and inverse functions.

Notion of limit, Standard limits—examples.

Continuity of functions— examples, algebraic operations on continuous functions.

Derivative of function at a point, geometrical and physical interpretation of a derivative—applications.

Derivatives of sum, product and quotient of functions, a derivative of a function with respect to another function, a derivative of a composite function. Second-order derivatives. Increasing and decreasing functions. Application of derivatives in problems of maxima and minima.


6. INTEGRAL CALCULUS AND DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS :


Integration as inverse of differentiation, integration by substitution and by parts, standard integrals involving algebraic expressions, trigonometric, exponential and hyperbolic functions.

Evaluation of definite integrals—determination of areas of plane regions bounded by curves—applications.

Definition of order and degree of a differential equation, formation of a differential equation by examples. General and particular solution of differential equations, solution of first order and first-degree differential equations of various types—examples. Application in problems of growth and decay.


7. VECTOR ALGEBRA:


Vectors in two and three dimensions, magnitude and direction of a vector.

Unit and null vectors, addition of vectors, scalar multiplication of a vector, scalar product or dot product of two vectors. Vector product or cross product of two vectors. Applications—work done by a force and moment of a force and in geometrical problems.


8. STATISTICS AND PROBABILITY:


Statistics: Classification of data, Frequency distribution, cumulative frequency distribution—examples.

Graphical representation— Histogram, Pie Chart, frequency polygon—examples. Measures of Central tendency—Mean, median and mode. Variance and standard deviation— determination and comparison.

Correlation and regression.


Probability: Random experiment, outcomes and associated sample space, events, mutually exclusive and exhaustive events, impossible and certain events.


Union and Intersection of events. Complementary, elementary and composite events. Definition of probability—classical and statistical— examples.


Elementary theorems on probability—simple problems. Conditional probability, Bayes’ theorem—simple problems. Random variable as function on a sample space. Binomial distribution, examples of random experiments giving rise to Binominal distribution.


GENERAL ABILITY TEST (Maximum Marks—600)


Part ‘A’—ENGLISH (Maximum Marks—200)


The question paper in English will be designed to test the candidate’s understanding of English and workmanlike use of words. The syllabus covers various aspects like Grammar and usage, vocabulary, comprehension and cohesion in extended text to test the candidate’s proficiency in English.


Part ‘B’—GENERAL KNOWLEDGE (Maximum Marks— 400)


The question paper on General Knowledge will broadly cover the subjects : Physics, Chemistry, General Science, Social Studies, Geography and Current Events.


The syllabus given below is designed to indicate the scope of these subjects included in this paper. The topics mentioned are not to be regarded as exhaustive and questions on topics of similar nature not specifically mentioned in the syllabus may also be asked. Candidate’s answers are expected to show their knowledge and intelligent understanding of the subject.


Section ‘A’ (Physics)


Physical Properties and States of Matter, Mass, Weight, Volume,

Density and Specific Gravity, Principle of Archimedes, Pressure Barometer.

Motion of objects, Velocity and Acceleration, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Force and Momentum, Parallelogram of Forces, Stability and Equilibrium of bodies, Gravitation, elementary ideas of work, Power and Energy.

Effects of Heat, Measurement of Temperature and Heat, change of State and Latent Heat, Modes of transference of Heat.

Sound waves and their properties, Simple musical instruments.

Rectilinear propagation of Light, Reflection and refraction. Spherical mirrors and Lenses, Human Eye.

Natural and Artificial Magnets, Properties of a Magnet, Earth as a Magnet.

Static and Current Electricity, conductors and Non-conductors, Ohm’s Law, Simple Electrical Circuits, Heating, Lighting and Magnetic effects of Current, Measurement of Electrical Power, Primary and Secondary Cells, Use of X-Rays.

General Principles in the working of the following:

Simple Pendulum, Simple Pulleys, Siphon, Levers, Balloon, Pumps, Hydrometer, Pressure Cooker, Thermos Flask, Gramophone, Telegraphs, Telephone, Periscope, Telescope, Microscope, Mariner’s Compass; Lightening Conductors, Safety Fuses.


Section ‘B’ (Chemistry)


Physical and Chemical changes. Elements, Mixtures and Compounds, Symbols, Formulae and simple Chemical Equations, Law of Chemical Combination (excluding problems).

Properties of Air and Water.

Preparation and Properties of Hydrogen, Oxygen, Nitrogen and Carbon dioxide, Oxidation and Reduction. Acids, bases and salts.

Carbon— different forms.

Fertilizers—Natural and Artificial.

Material used in the preparation of substances like Soap, Glass, Ink, Paper, Cement, Paints,

Safety Matches and Gun-Powder. Elementary ideas about the structure of

Atom, Atomic Equivalent and Molecular Weights, Valency.


Section ‘C’ (General Science)


Difference between the living and non-living.

Basis of Life—Cells,

Protoplasms and Tissues. Growth and Reproduction in Plants and Animals.

Elementary knowledge of Human Body and its important organs.

Common Epidemics, their causes and prevention.

Food—Source of Energy for man. Constituents of food, Balanced Diet.

The Solar System—Meteors and Comets, Eclipses. Achievements of Eminent Scientists.


Section ‘D’ (History, Freedom Movement etc.)


A broad survey of Indian History, with emphasis on Culture and Civilisation.

Freedom Movement in India. Elementary study of Indian Constitution and Administration. Elementary knowledge of Five Year Plans of India.

Panchayati Raj, Co-operatives and Community Development.

Bhoodan, Sarvodaya, National Integration and Welfare State, Basic Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi.

Forces shaping the modern world; Renaissance, Exploration and Discovery; War of American Independence. French Revolution, Industrial Revolution and the Russian Revolution.

Impact of Science and Technology on Society. Concept of one World, United Nations, Panchsheel, Democracy, Socialism and Communism. Role of India in the present world.


Section ‘E’ (Geography)


The Earth, its shape and size. Lattitudes and Longitudes, Concept of time. International Date Line. Movements of Earth and their effects.

Origin of Earth. Rocks and their classification; Weathering—Mechanical and Chemical, Earthquakes and Volcanoes. Ocean Currents and Tides

Atmosphere and its composition; Temperature and Atmospheric Pressure, Planetary Winds, Cyclones and Anti-cyclones; Humidity; Condensation and Precipitation; Types of Climate, Major Natural regions of the World.

Regional Geography of India—Climate, Natural vegetation. Mineral and Power resources; location and distribution of agricultural and Industrial activities. Important Sea ports and main sea, land and air routes of India. Main items of Imports and Exports of India.


Section ‘F’ (Current Events)


Knowledge of Important events that have happened in India in recent years. Current important world events.

Prominent personalities— both Indian and International including those connected with cultural activities and sports.


NOTE: Out of maximum marks assigned to part ‘B’ of this paper, questions on Sections ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’ and ‘F’ will carry approximately 25%, 15%, 10%, 20%, 20% and 10% weightage respectively.

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