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The NABARD Grade-A Exam 2021 is tentatively scheduled to be conducted in the last week of August 2021, or the first week of September 2021. If you are one of the applicants, a first-timer, and not a pro, you might be looking for an easy-to-understand answer to the question that has been made the title of this article!

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Is NABARD Tough?

As far as the toughness of questions is concerned, all Banking examinations have almost the same difficulty level, at least in the Prelims round. But if you talk about the Mains, NABARD might seem harder to you, as it entertains a variety of topics compared to SBI PO, or Bank PO in general.

In one Exam, you need to thoroughly study both ESI (Economic and Social Issues) and ARD (Agriculture and Rural Development), whereas, in the other, you need to have a command over general awareness/current affairs and banking economy, much of which is static knowledge.

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Therefore, NABARD Grade-A can be called as no easier than SBI PO, whereas most experts consider it below RBI in difficulty level. But nothing is tough if you have a positive frame of mind. Plus, the rewards it may offer would be much more than the difficulty you may come across while preparing for the Exam.

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NABARD, like RBI, is also an apex body and so the exams it conducts are not going to be a child’s play any time ever.

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5 Pointers for a Perfect Preparation Strategy

Given below are 5 pointers that will help you in making a perfect exam strategy:

  1. Revise after completing a topic and all the previously completed topics
  2. Practice the important questions from each section (take help from previous year’s papers)
  3. Allot preparation time judiciously to each section of the syllabus
  4. Train your mind to attempt the maximum questions within the given time limit with accuracy
  5. Attempt full-length and sectional mock test

To shed more light on the exam, you have to see the exam in totality to decide whether it will be easy or tough for you.

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What is the paper pattern like?

NABARD Grade A exam pattern for RDBS/Rajbhasha is divided into three phases:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

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The prelims and mains exams will be conducted online. NABARD Grade A prelims exam for RDBS and Rajbhasha will have 8 sections in all. You will have to answer a total of 200 questions worth 200 marks in 120 Minute’ time. The mains exam of NABARD Grade-A comprises two papers:

  1. Paper-I (objective paper)
  2. Paper-II is (Both objective and descriptive papers)

Paper-I will be held for 90 minutes while Paper-II will be held for 120 minutes. Each paper carries 100 marks. The total marks of the interview have been revised from 25 to 50.

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NABARD Exam Pattern 2021: Preliminary Exam 

A new section-Decision Making has been included in the Grade-A Exam syllabus. Other important sections include:

  • Test of Reasoning
  • English Language
  • Computer Knowledge
  • General Awareness
  • Decision Marking
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Economic & Social Issues (With focus on Rural India)
  • Agriculture & Rural Development (With focus on Rural India)

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The preliminary exam is only qualifying in nature and is a screening test. Candidates who qualify for the exam and secure a high rank are called for the mains exam. Candidates in the ratio 1:25 are called for the mains exam. The language of the question paper will be in Hindi and English except for tests of the English Language.

The topic-wise distribution of questions is given below:

Name of the TestNo. of questionsMarks
Test of Reasoning2020
English Language3030
Computer Knowledge2020
Quantitative Aptitude2020
Decision Making1010
General Awareness2020
Eco & Soc. Issues (with focus on Rural India)4040
Agriculture & Rural Development with Emphasis on Rural India4040
Total200200

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Note:

  • Test of Reasoning, English Language, Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, Decision Making are the Qualifying Sections of the Exam
  • General Awareness, Eco & Soc. Issues (with focus on Rural India), Agriculture & Rural Development with Emphasis on Rural India are the Merit Sections of the Exam
  • The Shortlist of the candidates for the mains exam will be based on marks scored in the merit section only

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Conclusion

By the above-mentioned discussion, we can easily conclude that NABARD Grade-A can become a hard nut to crack. But it can be made easy if you study the syllabus properly with the right approach, and with a mindset of beating it. You must prepare the syllabus keeping in mind that there is negative marking in NABARD Grade A exam and 1/4 marks will be deducted as a penalty for the wrong answers.

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But a Mock Test a day, from a positive frame of mind will help in accelerating the preparation and completing the revision, and instilling speed and accuracy in your practice. The sooner you will have conceptual clarity of Basic economic social and banking issues, the later NABARD will start becoming be easier for you.

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