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NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) has come with a piece of good news for Banking aspirants! It has finally released an advertisement for recruitment of Assistant Managers and Managers on Grade A and B posts, with over 148 vacancies for Assistant Managers in Grade A for RDBC (Rural Development Banking Service) and 5 for Assistant Managers in Grade A (for Rajbhasha Service) and 2 for the post of Assistant Managers in Grade A (Protocol and Security Service). The online applications registration for the posts will begin on 17th July 2021 and continue till 7th August 2021.

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The detailed notification, containing the syllabus and pattern of the Exam, is expected to come out in a couple of days on the career section of NABARD’S official website.

Now, it is the appropriate time for the students to gear up for the NABARD Grade A 2021 preparation. And for that, you need to have a clear idea of the syllabus and exam pattern to create a good preparation strategy.

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In this article, we are providing you with all the details about the NABARD Grade A expected exam pattern and syllabus for the Preliminary and Mains Exam, the marking scheme of the Exam, and all about the language proficiency test.

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The NABARD Grade A prelims is an online Exam with Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs). The mains exam has two papers:

  • Paper 1
  • Paper 2

Duration: The duration of the mains exam for all posts is 1 hour 30 minutes. 

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The candidates must pass the following 3 stages of the selection process to be recruited as Assistant Managers/Managers:

  • Prelims Exam (MCQ)
  • Mains Exam (MCQ + Descriptive)
  • Interview

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NABARD Grade A Prelims Exam Pattern 2021(Expected)

  • The NABARD Grade A Prelims exam is expected to be an objective type online test. Here is the expected NABARD Grade-A Exam Pattern of Prelims Exam 2021:

NABARD Grade-A Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

S. No.  SectionsNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Time
1.Reasoning Ability2020Composite time of 120 minutes (2 hours)
2.English Language4040 
3.Computer Knowledge2020 
4.General Awareness2020 
5.Quantitative Aptitude2020 
6.Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)4040 
7.Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)4040 
 Total200200 
  • This exam is just qualifying in nature and would serve as a screening test.
  • Only if a candidate clears the sectional, as well as overall Cut-off, he will be able to reach the Phase II Exam i.e. Mains.
  • There would be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.

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NABARD Grade A Main Examination 2021

NABARD Grade A Mains Exam is an online written test and would consist of both MCQ and descriptive questions.

Paper-I-

General English: 

  • Descriptive writing on the computer.
  • This paper will have descriptive questions too. 
  • Duration: 1 ½ hrs – 100 marks 
  • Descriptive Paper will be based on General English essay writing, comprehension, report writing, paragraph writing & letter writing. (For Grade ‘A’ – RDBS, Rajbhasha and Legal) 

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Paper-II (MCQ): I)

For Grade A (RDBS):

  • General Discipline in Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development 
  • Specialized Discipline questions
  • Duration: 1 ½ hrs. – 100 Marks 

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For Grade-A Rajbhasha:

  • The paper will be a MCQ type
  • Duration: 1 ½ hrs – 100 marks 
  • Proficiency in Hindi (Translation from English to Hindi and Vice versa.)
  • The analytical and drafting ability 

 For Grade A (Legal Services):

  • The paper will be a MCQ type. 
  • Duration: 1 ½ hrs – 100 marks
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NABARD Grade-A Exam Pattern – Mains Exam

Aspirants who will qualify for the NABARD Grade A Prelims Examination will qualify to attempt NABARD Grade A Mains Exams.

The mains Exams consists of two papers:

Paper I: It includes a descriptive test on General English

Paper-II: It includes multiple-choice-based questions.

NABARD Grade-A Exam Pattern for Mains Exam 2021:

Paper NoSubjectsType of Paper/Total MarksDuration
Paper IGeneral English Descriptive/1001 hour and 30 Minutes
Paper-IIVaries According to the PostMultiple Choice Based/1001 hour and 30 Minutes
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NABARD Grade A Syllabus 2021

Let’s take a look at the expected Prelims and Mains syllabus of the NABARD Grade-A 2021 Exam:

NABARD Grade A Preliminary Exam Syllabus 2021 

 Given below is a table that shows the syllabus for NABARD Grade-A Preliminary Examination 2021:

Name of SectionExpected Topics
Reasoning Ability-Puzzles & Seating arrangement  
-Syllogism  
-Data sufficiency  
-Statement based questions (Verbal reasoning)  
-Inequality  
-Miscellaneous Questions  
-Input-Output  
-Blood relations  
-Coding-Decoding
Quantitative Aptitude-Data Interpretations  
-Quadratic Equations  
-Number Series  
-Simplification/ Approximation  
-Data Sufficiency  
-Arithmetic Questions  
-Quantity Comparisons  
-Mathematical Inequalities
English Language-Reading Comprehension  
-Cloze test  
-Sentence improvement  
-Spotting the errors  
-Fill in the blanks  
-Sentence rearrangement  
-Para Jumbles
General Awareness-The questions in this test will be from Current Affairs and Banking and Economy, Insurance.  
-In current affairs, questions can be asked from recent appointments, awards, and honours, sports, new schemes, national and international news, the latest developments in science and technology.
Computer Knowledge-This section covers topics from various topics like Networking, Input-output devices, DBMS, MS Office, Internet, History of computers & generations, Shortcuts.
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NABARD Grade A Mains Syllabus 2021

The Phase II of the Exam consists of:

  • Online Objective Test
  • Online Descriptive Test

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Paper I – English Writing

The English paper is framed in such a way that it tests the aspirant’s writing skills, including English expressions, Etc. It also includes Essay and Précis writing, Comprehension, and Business/Office Correspondence.

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Paper II – Economic and Social Issues

(a) Economic & Social Issues: 

Name of SectionExpected Topics
Nature of Indian Economy-Globalization  
-Economic Reforms in India  
-Privatization  
-Structural and Institutional features  
-Economic Underdevelopment  
-Opening up the Indian Economy
Inflation-Trends in Inflation & their Impact on National Economy and Individual Income
Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India-Rural and Urban  
-Measurement of Poverty  
-Poverty Alleviation Programmes of the Government
Population Trends-Population Growth and Economic Development   -Population Policy in India
Agriculture-Characteristics/Status  
-Technical and Institutional changes in Indian Agriculture   
-Agricultural performance  
-Issues in Food Security in India  
-Non-Institutional and Institutional Agencies in rural credit
Industry-Industrial and Labour Policy  
-Industrial performance  
-Regional Imbalance in India’s Industrial Development  
-Public Sector Enterprises
Rural banking and financial institutions in India-Reforms in the Banking/ Financial sector
Globalization of Economy-IMF & World Bank  
-WTO  
-Role of International Funding Institutions  
-Regional Economic Cooperation
Social Structure in India-Multiculturalism  
-Demographic trends  
-Urbanization and Migration  
-Gender Issues Joint family system  
-Social Infrastructure  
-Education  
-Health and Environment
Education-Status & System of Education  
-Educational relevance and educational wastage  
-Educational Policy for India  
-Socio-Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy
Social Justice-Socio-economic programmes for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and other backward classes  
-Problems of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes
Positive Discrimination in favour of the underprivileged-Social Movements  
-Indian Political Systems  
-Human Development
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(b) Agriculture & Rural Development:

Name of SectionTopics asked
Agriculture-Definition, meaning and its branches  
-Agronomy: Definition, meaning, and scope of agronomy  
-Classification of field crops  
-Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems  
-Problems of dry land
– Seed production, seed processing, seed village  
-Meteorology: weather parameters, crop-weather advisory  
-Precision Farming  
-System of Crop Intensification  
-Organic farming  
-Factors affecting crop production  
-Agro Climatic Zones
Soil and Water Conservation-Major soil types  
-Fertilizers  
-Soil erosion  
-Soil conservation  
-Watershed management  
-Soil fertility
Water Resource-Irrigation Management  
-Crop-water requirement  
-Command area development  
-Water conservation techniques  
-Micro-irrigation  
-Irrigation pumps  
-Major, medium and minor irrigation  
-Types of irrigation
-Sources of irrigation
Farm and Agri Engineering-Farm Machinery and Power  
-Water harvesting structures  
-Sources of power on the farm- human, animal, mechanical, electrical, wind, solar and biomass, biofuels  
-Farm Ponds  
-Agro-Processing  
-Controlled and modified storage, perishable food storage, godowns, bins, and grain silos
Plantation & Horticulture-Definition, meaning, and its branches  
-Post-harvest management, value, and supply chain management of Plantation and Horticulture crops  
-Agronomic practices and production technology of various plantation and horticulture crops
Animal Husbandry-Farm animals and their role in the Indian economy  
-Animal husbandry methods in India  
-Common terms pertaining to different species of livestock  
-Utility classification of breeds of cattle  
-Introduction to common feeds and fodders, their classification, and utility  
-Common terms pertaining to poultry production and management  
-The concept of mixed farming and its relevance to socio-economic conditions of farmers in India  
-Complimentary and obligatory nature of livestock and poultry production with that of agricultural farming  
Fisheries-Fisheries resources
-Management and exploitation-freshwater, brackish water, and marine
-Aquaculture-Inland and marine
-Biotechnology
-Post-harvest technology
-Importance of fisheries in India
-Common terms pertaining to fish production
Forestry-Basic concepts of Forest and Forestry
-Principles of silviculture, forest mensuration, forest management, and forest economics
-Concepts of social forestry, agroforestry, joint forest management
-Forest policy and legislation in India, India State of Forest Report 2015
-Recent developments under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
Agriculture Extensions-Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) in the dissemination of Agricultural technologies  
-Importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programs
Ecology and Climate Change– Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources, sustainable management, and conservation  
-Causes of climate change, GreenHouse Gases (GHG), major GHG emitting countries, climate analysis  
-Distinguish between adaptation and mitigation  
-Climate change impact on agriculture and rural livelihoods Carbon credit  
-IPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetings  
-Funding mechanisms for climate change projects  
-Initiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, INDC
Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities-Recent trends  
-Major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance  
-Viability of agriculture Factors of Production in agriculture  
-Agricultural Finance and Marketing  
-Impact of Globalization on Indian Agriculture and issues of Food Security  
-Concept and Types of Farm Management
Rural Development-Concept of Rural Area  
-Structure of the Indian Rural Economy  
-Importance and role of the rural sector in India  
-Causes of Rural Backwardness  
-Rural population in India  
-Occupational structure  
-Farmers, Agricultural Laborers, Artisans, Handicrafts, Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes and others in rural India  
-Trends of change in rural population and rural workforce  
-Problems and conditions of rural labour  
-Economic, Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economy Issues and challenges in Handlooms  
-Panchayati Raj Institutions–Functions and Working  
-MGNREGA, NRLM–Aajeevika, Rural Drinking water Programmes, Swachh Bharat, Rural Housing, PURA, and other rural development programs.
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NABARD Grade A Selection Process

The NABARD Grade A 2021 selection will have 3 stages. Any candidate failing in one stage will not be able to reach the 2nd Stage and will be immediately disqualified.

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Interview

The candidate who will qualify both the stages and jump over the cut-off marks will become eligible for the interview round. In the interview, he will be asked questions on various topics and issues related to current affairs. It will also be asked tricky questions to examine her presence of Mind. The interview carries 25 marks.

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Final selection 2021

After proving his or her communication skills, answering skills, logical ability, and knowledge on current affairs in the interview round, a candidate would be selected as a Grade-A officer for NABARD.

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