How to Prepare History?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 11th, 2023

The History for NDA & NA exams is placed under General Ability Test (GAT). A total of 20 questions are asked in the History section of the NDA exam, which accounts for a total of 80 marks. Below, you’ll find some important preparation tips for the NDA History section of the 2023 exam. Make sure you go through this post properly to understand how to prepare for important topics for NDA History and maximize your score in the upcoming exam.

History for NDA

A variety of topics are covered by the questions occurring in the NDA Exam History section, such as World War I, World War II, Cold War, Russian Revolution, French Revolution, Industrial Revolution, War of American Independence, Impact of Science and Technology on Modern World, Renaissance, Exploration and Discovery, Concept of One World, United Nations, Socialism, Communism, Indian History, etc.


How to Prepare History for NDA Exam?

NDA History is not as boring as it sounds if you prepare it in the right way. Let us have a look at the tips and strategies to help prepare for the History section for the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Naval Academy (NA) exams. But before that, you must be aware of the detailed NDA Syllabus to know the topics asked in the exam.

NDA History syllabus

Topics related to Indian History (Ancient, Medieval, and Modern History) must be particularly focused on. The topics of NDA History syllabus include:

  • Indian Independence and Freedom Movement (Khilafat Movement, Non-cooperation movement, Dandi March, Satyagraha, Quit India Movement, etc.)
  • Partition of India
  • Anglo-Mysore War
  • Anglo-Burmese War
  • Anglo-Sikh War
  • Anglo-Afghan War
  • Five Year Plans
  • Panchsheel
  • Indian Constitution and Administration
  • Cultures and Civilizations in India
  • Panchayati Raj
  • Role of India in the present world
  • Teachings of Mahatma Gandhi
  • Vedas, other religious texts
  • Rulers and Dynasties of India.

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Tips to Prepare for NDA History Section: Chronological Order

Understand one topic at a time in chronological order to prevent muddling up important incidents and their occurrence. For instance, if you are studying the Indian Freedom Movement, start from the first major occurrence (Battle of Plassey) and move forward year-wise (till the partition of India and Pakistan). The important incidents that occurred during the period of Indian Independence are listed below.




Battle of Plassey


Battle of Panipat


Battle of Buxar


First Anglo-Mysore War


Second Anglo-Mysore War


Pitt’s India Act


Third Anglo-Mysore War


Fourth Anglo-Mysore War


Treaty of Bassein


Treaty of Amritsar


Practice of Sati Prohibited


First Anglo-Afghan War


First Anglo-Sikh War


Second Anglo Burmese War


First War of Independence


Birth of Rabindranath Tagore


Birth of Mahatma Gandhi


Foundation of INC


Birth of Subhash Chandra Bose


Birth of Jawaharlal Nehru


Tibet Expedition


Partition of Bengal


Foundation of Muslim League


Delhi becomes capital of India


World War I begun


Lucknow Pact signed


World War II ends


Montague-Chelmsford Reforms introduced; Jallianwala Bagh Massacre


Khilafat Movement


Boycott of Simon Commission


Death of Lala Lajpat Rai


Resolution of Poorna Swaraj


Civil Disobedience Movement; Dandi March


Gandhi-Irwin Pact


Government of India Act


Provincial Autonomy


World War II Begins


Escape of SC Bose; Death of Rabindranath Tagore


Cripps Mission; Quit India Movement


Formation of Provisional Government of Free India and INA; Bengal Famine


Trial of INA; Shimla Conference; World War II ends


British Cabinet Mission visits India; Interim Government formed


Indian Independence; India and Pakistan Partition

NDA History Preparation Tips: Dynasty of India

There were many dynasties that were prevalent in India prior to British Rule, and they date back to as far as 6500 BC. Try memorizing the timeline of each dynasty. A few major dynasties and their timelines are listed below.

Dynasty (in alphabetic order)


Chalukya Dynasty

6th to 8th and 10th to 12th century

Chola Dynasty

300 BC to 1250 AD

Gupta Dynasty

320 to 550 AD

Hoysala Dynasty

10th to 14th century

Kakatiya Dynasty

1100 to 1474 AD

Kalachuri Dynasty

10th to 12th century

Khilji Dynasty

1201 to 1390 AD

Kushan Dynasty

200 to 300 BC

Lodhi Dynasty

1451 to 1526 AD

Magadha Dynasty

684 to 320 BC

Maratha Empire

1674 to 1818

Maurya Dynasty

322 to 85 BC

Mughal Dynasty

1526 to 1858

Pala Dynasty

750 to 1174 AD

Rastrakuta Dynasty

725 to 985 ACE

Tuglaq Dynasty

1320 to 1325

Vardhan Dynasty

580 to 647 AD

Vijaynagar Empire

1336 to 1646

NDA History Preparation: Timeline Graph

Get into the practice of preparing a timeline graph for each important event of History for NDA. This diagrammatic representation will help in better retention of information. For instance, the chief events that took place during World War I can be represented as follows.

Prepare your own acronyms if it helps in retaining information. For instance, the 5 major causes of World War I can be represented using the acronym “MANIA.” Here, MANIA stands for:

  • Militarism – the policy of building up strong military forces
  • Alliance – an agreement between nations for mutual support
  • Nationalism – pride towards one’s country
  • Imperialism – policy taking over another country by power and influence
  • Assassination – of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand

History for NDA: United Nations

The United Nations (UN) is an international body that promotes international cooperation and maintains order. Almost every candidate has studied about the United Nations and its corresponding bodies in high school.

Remember to brush up on the different bodies, subsidiaries (for instance, WHO, ILO, UNESCO, IMF, World Bank, UNEP, UNHCR, etc.), and the secretaries-general of the United Nations from its year of formation to the present. The main bodies of the UN are:

  • UN General Assembly (deliberative assembly for all UN member states)
  • UN Security Council (for international security issues)
  • UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (for global economic and social affairs)
  • UN Trusteeship Council (for administering trust territories)
  • UN International Court of Justice (universal court for international law)
  • UN Secretariat (administrative organ of the UN)

The secretaries-general of the UN till the present are:


Country of Origin

Years Active

Trygve Lie


1946 to 1952

Dag Hammarskjold


1953 to 1961

U Thant


1961 to 1971

Kurt Waldheim


1972 to 1981

Javier Perez De Cuellar


1982 to 1991

Boutros Ghali


1992 to 1996

Kofi Annan


1997 to 2006

Ban Ki-Moon

South Korea

2007 to 2016

Antonio Guterres


2017 to present

That’s all from our side, and we will be providing more useful tips for NDA 2023. Stay tuned. Also, check the NDA Study Material exam here.

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