Ministry of Defence Tradesman Mate, JOA, MA, Fireman Syllabus

Ministry of Defence Tradesman Mate, JOA, MA, Fireman Syllabus Exam Pattern – Let’s get started

For students who have been preparing for defence jobs, the time has come to showcase their abilities. Since the vacancies for defence posts including Tradesman Mates, MA, JOA, and Fireman are out, we have decided to give you an in-depth look into the exam pattern and syllabus through this detailed post.

This post will describe the exam pattern, category-wise requirements for physical/skill test, and the syllabus for the upcoming ministry of defence exam.

Let’s get started.

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Exam Pattern Ministry of Defence Tradesman Mate, JOA, MA, Fireman

The examination for the ministry of defence will be conducted in two stages.

  • Physical/Skill Test
  • Written Test

Candidates have to qualify in both stages to move further in the selection process.

Physical/Skill Test

Physical endurance tests or skill tests will vary based on the categories. We have outlined and explained post-wise physical/skill requirements in the following table.

CategoryPhysical Standard Requirements
JOASkill Test: 35 WPM typing speed in English on computer or 30 WPS typing speed in Hindi on computer. Qualifying in nature only.
Tradesman MateCandidates aiming for the Tradesman Mate post have to go through the below tests:
(i) Running: 1.6 Km in 6 minutes 30 seconds. (ii) Carrying a weight of 50 kgs to a distance of 200 meters in 100 seconds.
Fireman (Male only)Candidates need to be prepared for the following endurance tests:
(i) Running: 1.6 Km in 6 minutes and 30 seconds. (ii) Clearing 2.7-meter wide ditch and landing on both feet. (iii) Carrying a man (Fireman lift) of 63.5 Kgs to a distance of 183 meters within 96 seconds. (iv) Climbing 3 meters vertical rope using hands and feet.


  • Timing for physical endurance or skill tests for female candidates will be subject to the authority’s decision.
  • Physically handicapped candidates will be given relaxation in the endurance tests.

Written Test

Candidates who qualify for the physical/skill tests will have to take the written test as the next step of the selection procedure. In the written test, the subject-wise distribution of questions and marks will be as per the following table:

SubjectNo of QuestionsMarks
General Intelligence and Reasoning2525
Numerical Aptitude2525
General English5050
General Awareness5050

As shown in the above table it’s clear that the total no of questions in the written test will be 150 for a total of 150 marks (1 mark for each question). Take a look at a few important notes:

  • Question paper will be completely objective type.
  • Candidates will have 2.5 hours to attempt all 150 questions.
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer given.

Apart from that, the difficulty level of the question paper will vary based on the categories/post. The standard of the question paper will be according to the following bullet points:

  • MA written test will be of graduation standard basis.
  • JOA written test will be 12th standard basis.
  • Tradesman Mate and Fireman written test will be of 10th standard basis.

Ministry of Defence Syllabus

Now that you know how the exam pattern for the Ministry of Defence is going to be, let’s also take a look at the syllabus so it’s easy for you to prepare accordingly for the exam.


  1. General Intelligence and Reasoning
  • Matching Definitions.
  • Logical Problems
  • Letter and symbol series
  • Essential part
  • Analogies
  • The course of action
  • Cause and Effect.
  • Statement and Arguments.
  • Verbal Classification
  • Logical Deduction.
  • Artificial Language
  • Verbal Reasoning.
  • Logical Games.
  • Statement and Assumption.
  • Statement and Conclusion.
  • Number Series.
  • Making Judgements
  • Theme Detection
  • Analysing Arguments
  1. Numerical Aptitude
  • Analytical Geometry.
  • Menstruation.
  • Ratio and Time.
  • Averages.
  • Discount.
  • Statics.
  • Numbers.
  • Percentages.
  • Number Systems.
  • Algebra.
  • Statistics.
  • Fractions.
  • Operations Research and Linear Programming.
  • Differential Geometry.
  • Dynamics.
  • Primary Mathematics.
  • Calculus.
  • Fundamental Arithmetical Operations.
  • Computation of Whole Numbers.
  • Real Analysis.
  • Decimals.
  • Time and Work
  • Differential Equations.
  • The relationship between Numbers
  • Time and Distance.
  • Ratio and Proportion.
  • Interest.
  • Discount.
  1. General English
  • Sentence Structure.
  • Verbs.
  • Vocabulary.
  • Antonyms.
  • One Word substitutions.
  • Improvements.
  • Verbal Comprehension Passage.
  • Adjectives.
  • Clauses.
  • Fill in the Blanks.
  • Idioms and Phrases.
  • Detecting Mis-spelt Words.
  • Grammer.
  • Synonyms/ Homonyms.
  • Spellings.
  • Passage.
  • Spot the Error.
  1. General Awareness
  • Economic Scene.
  • Scientific Research.
  • Culture.
  • Geography.
  • General Polity.
  • History.
  • Indian Constitution.
  • Current Affairs – National & International.

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Ministry of Defence Examination FAQs

Q: Will there be negative marking?

Ans: Yes. On every wrong answer given, 0.25 marks will be deducted as a penalty.

Q: How will the merit list be prepared?

Ans: A merit list will be prepared based on the combined marks scored in physical/skill tests and written tests.

Q: What is the required educational qualification for MA, JOA, Tradesman Mates, and Fireman respectively?

Ans: The required educational qualification for MA, JOA, Tradesman Mates, and Fireman is Graduation, 12th, 10th, and 10th respectively.

Q: What is the selection procedure for the Ministry of Defence?

Ans: Candidates appearing for the Ministry of Defence examination have to go through a physical endurance test followed by a written test. those who qualify for both stages of the examination are considered for the final selection.