NWDA Exam Syllabus

National Water Development Agency Syllabus

NWDA Syllabus

In order to have a fair strategy for the exam, you must be aware of the detailed National Water Development Agency syllabus. The syllabus makes you aware of all the sections involved as well as gives you an overview of what to expect in the exam. Before starting preparation for the NWDA recruitment exam, it is advisable to look at the NWDA exam syllabus for the Junior Engineer (Civil), UDC, LDC, Hindi Translator, Junior Account Officer, and Stenographer. Each post contains different sections. The good thing about this exam is that the official website has mentioned each topic in detail which speeds up your preparation. A detailed Syllabus table for NWDA recruitment is provided below.

General English Comprehension, One word substitution, Synonyms and Antonyms, Spotting error in sentences, Grammar Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Verb, Preposition, Conjunction, Use of 'A', 'AN' and 'THE', Idioms and Phrases
General Knowledge Indian History, Indian Geography, Indian Economy, Indian Polity & Constitution, Scientific Research, awards, Sports, Current Affairs-India & World
Logical Reasoning Analogies - Semantic Analogy, Symbolic Number Analogy, Figural Analogy, Similarities and differences, Word building, Relation Concepts, Arithmetic number series, Semantic Series, Number Series, Coding and Decoding - small & Capital Letters / numbers coding, decoding and classification
Quantitative Aptitude Number System, Time and Work, Averages, Percentages, Profit and loss, Ratio and Proportions, Simple and Compound Interest, Time and Distance
Computer Literacy Characteristics of Computer, Computer Organisation including RAM, ROM, File System, Input Devices, Computer Software - Relationship between Hardware and Software, Operating System, MS-Office (exposure of Word, Excel/spread sheet, Power point), Digital Signatures, Application of information technology in Government for E- Governance
Estimating, Costing and Valuation Estimate, glossary of technical terms, analysis of rates, methods and unit of measurement, Items of work – Earthwork, RCC work, Shuttering, Centre line method, Mid-section formula, Trapezoidal formula, Simpson's rule. Valuation - Value and cost, scrap value, salvage value, assessed value, sinking fund, depreciation and obsolescence, methods of valuation.
Surveying Principles of surveying, measurement of distance, chain surveying, working of prismatic compass, compass traversing, bearings, local attraction, plane table surveying, theodolite traversing, adjustment of theodolite, Levelling, Definition of terms used in levelling, contouring, curvature and refraction corrections, temporary and permanent adjustments of survey instruments, methods of contouring, uses of contour map, tachometric survey, curve setting, earth work calculation, advanced surveying equipment e.g, Total Station, DGPS, GPS etc. Use of Remote Sensing Techniques in planning of WR projects
Geotechnical Engineering Soil Type and structure - gradation and particle size distribution - consistency limits. Properties of soils, classification and interrelationship; Compaction behaviour, methods of compaction and their choice, Laboratory and field tests, Earth pressure theory and analysis for retaining walls, Bearing capacity of soil - stability of slope of earth walk. Type and properties of Rocks including laboratory and field testing.
Foundation Engineering Types of foundations, Selection criteria for foundation of structures, bearing capacity, settlement, Types of piles and their layout. Foundations on expansive soils, foundation on swelling soils.
Hydraulics Fluid properties, hydrostatics, measurements of flow, Bernoulli's theorem and its application, flow through pipes, flow in open channels, weirs, flumes, spillways, pumps and turbines
Irrigation Engineering Definition, necessity, benefits, effects of irrigation, types and methods of irrigation, Water requirement of crops, duty, delta and base period, Kharif and Rabi Crops, Command area, Time factor, Crop ratio, Overlap allowance, Irrigation efficiencies. Different type of canals, types of canal irrigation, canal capacity, canal losses, alignment of main and distributory canals, Canal lining - types and advantages. Canal structures: Description of head regulators, canal falls, aqueducts, metering flumes and canal outlets. Diversion headwork: Description of weirs of permeable and impermeable foundation, Silt and Scour, Kennedy's theory of critical velocity, Lacey's theory of uniform flow. Storage works: Types of dams. Spillways: Spillway types, energy dissipation.
Concrete Technology Properties, Advantages and uses of concrete, Cement aggregates, importance of water quality, water cement ratio, workability, mix design, storage, batching, mixing, placement, compaction, finishing and curing of concrete, Quality control of concrete, hot weather and cold weather concreting
Hydrology Measurement of rainfall, rain gauge and related data analysis e. g. Rainfall - Runoff analysis, Thiessen polygon, PMP, precipitation, Evaporation and transpiration, Overland flow, unit and synthetic hydrograph, Floods and their management, flood frequency analysis


Books play a crucial role in exam preparation and therefore, we are providing a list of some useful books that will surely help in the preparation. A detailed list of NWDA books has been provided below.

SubjectsBooksAuthor / Publisher
Quantitative Aptitude Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative Aptitude Arun Sharma
Magical book on Quicker Maths M Tyra
Fast Track Objective Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
Logical Reasoning A New Approach to Reasoning Verbal and Non-Verbal B.S. Sijwali and Indu Sijwali
A modern approach to logical reasoning R.S Aggarwal
How to crack test of reasoning Premkishan
English Language Objective General English SP Bakshi
Descriptive General English SP Bakshi and Richa Sharma
High School English Grammar and Composition Wren and Martin
Word Power Made Easy Normal Lewis
General Knowledge Lucent’s General Knowledge Lucents Publications
General Knowledge 2021 Manohar Pandey
Advanced Objective General Knowledge S Chand & R.S Aggarwal
Static General Knowledge Arihant Publications
Rapid General Knowledge 2020 for Competitive Exams Disha Experts
Computer Literacy Objective Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exams Arihant Publications
Computer General Awareness Dr. Alok Kumar
Computer Knowledge Shikha Agarwal

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