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NABARD has published a notification recently for 79 vacancies of Assistant Manager Grade A & 8 vacancies of Manager Grade B.

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Needless to say, this is once again a golden opportunity for aspirants who are preparing for government examinations. The Prelims will be held on Jun 15 which leaves you with exactly a month for your preparation. With the right preparation and a systematic study plan, you can clear the Prelims. Please note that Prelims is only a qualifying exam and your Prelims score won’t be considered for the final selection. You just need to clear the sectional & overall cut-offs to qualify for Phase II (Mains). Take a Free Mock Test of NABARD now and see where do you stand in terms of your preparation.

Let’s have a look at the Prelims exam pattern:




Test of Reasoning 20 Composite time of 120 mins
English Language 40
Computer Knowledge 20
General Awareness 20
Quantitative Aptitude 20
Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India) 40
Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) 40
Total 200 120 mins


It’s clear that Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development are the sections you need to put special focus on. There are 2 reasons:

Firstly, these are relatively new sections compared to the other sections; Secondly: These 2 sections carry 40 marks (a total of 80 marks) each which forms 40 % of the total score.

Another aspect is that these questions generally take less time to answer. You either know the answer or you don’t know it. Since there is no sectional timing, the time you save in these sections can be utilized in other sections like Reasoning & Quantitative Aptitude which require a bit of calculation.

Let’s have a look at the List of Books for NABARD- Assistant Manager Grade A Prelims preparation



Test of Reasoning
  • Test of Reasoning– Edgar Thorpe
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning- R.S Aggarwal (S.Chand Publisher)
  • Bank Clerk Reasoning Chapter-wise Solved Papers 2003 – Till Date– Kiran Prakashan
  • Analytical Reasoning– MK Pandey
English Language
  • Objective English 6th Edition– Edgar Thorpe (Pearson)
  • Word Power Made Easy– Norman Lewis (Penguin)
  • Objective General English– S.P Bakshi (Arihant)
  • From Plinth to Paramount– Neetu Singh (KD Publication)
Computer Knowledge
  • Objective Computer Awareness– Arihant Publications
General Awareness
  • Manorama Yearbook 2017
  • India 2017
Quantitative Aptitude
  • Quicker Maths– M.Tyra, K.Kundan (Magical Book Series)
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations– R.S Aggarwal (S.Chand Publisher)
  • Data Interpretation– Arun Sharma (TMH Publication)
  • Topic-wise Solved Papers for IBPS/SBI PO/Clerk Prelims/Mains Quantitative Aptitude– Disha Experts
Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)
  • Social Problems in India– Ram Ahuja
  • Indian Economy– Ramesh Singh/ Misra & Puri
  • NCERT– Class X & XI books
Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)
  • Agriculture at a Glance: Enhanced Competition Explorer– R K Sharma and S K Bhoi
  • Rural Development: Indian Context– GPH Panel of Experts
  • NABARD and its Significance in Agriculture– S K Chaudhary
  • Agricultural Finance in India– The Role of NABARD by K Prabhakar Rajkumar


The list of books is indeed a long one but surely with complete dedication towards your preparation, you will be able to crack it. Also, take some time to read newspapers on a daily basis.

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