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NABARD Grade A 2020 recruitment notification was released yesterday after much anticipation. With 154 vacancies, this is got to be an excellent job-opportunity for government job aspirants. The registration process has already started yesterday. Have you applied for it yet? If you have any doubt in your mind regarding the NABARD Grade A 2020 notification, you can visit the Important FAQs we have listed in a separate article. If you have any other doubt which isn’t covered in these FAQs, feel free to mention it in the comment box below. We’ll be happy to help you.

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Have you started your preparation for this exam? For your convenience, we have come up with the syllabus & list of books of NABARD Grade A 2020 Phase I for your convenience. However, before you start your preparation, we would strongly recommend you to take a Free Mock Test of NABARD Grade A Phase I. The test will point out your strong & weak areas and continuously working on your weak areas will definitely improve your overall performance. Keep taking Mocks to ensure that your performance is going in the right direction.

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

NABARD Grade A Phase I Exam Pattern

There are seven sections in this exam comprising of a total 200 marks. This phase has both sectional as well as overall cut-offs and is a qualifying stage.

Test of Reasoning20
English Language40
Computer Knowledge20
General Awareness20
Quantitative Aptitude20
Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)40
Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)40

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NABARD Grade A 2020 Phase I (Prelims) Syllabus

English LanguageTest of ReasoningQuantitative Aptitude
Cloze TestAlpha-numeric/ Alphabetical SeriesAge Problems
Correct UsageAnalogyAverage
Error SpottingAnalytical ReasoningBoats and Stream
Fillers – Single, DoubleBlood RelationsClock and Calendar Problems
Idioms and PhrasesCoded InequalitiesData Sufficiency
Odd One OutCoding and DecodingDecimal and Fractions
One Word SubstitutionData Interpretation – Charts and Graphs: Line Graph, Bar Graph, Pie Chart; Tabular; Caselet; Mixed DIIndices and  Surds
ParajumblesData SufficiencyLCM and H.C.F
Paragraph CompletionDirections and DistancesMensuration
Reading ComprehensionDouble Line-upMixture and Allegations
Sentence ImprovementInequalityNumber Series
Synonyms/ AntonymsInput OutputNumber System
Vocabulary based questionsOrder and Ranking/DirectionPartnership
Word/Phrase ReplacementPuzzles – Box based, Floor, Calendar, Day/Months based, etc.Percentage

SchedulingPermutation and Combination

Seating Arrangement– Linear, Circular, Facing Inside/Outside, MixedPipes and Cisterns

Statement and ConclusionProbability

Statement-Course of ActionProfit, Loss and Discount

SyllogismQuadratic Equations

Simple and Compound Interest

Simplification & Approximation
General AwarenessComputer KnowledgeEconomic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)
Sports personalitiesBasic computer topics like InternetNature of Indian Economy
International Organisations’ HQ/ President/ Chairman/ Secretary General.NetworkingStructural and Institutional features
Country in news, with its capital, important rivers, President and PM.Software/HardwareEconomic underdevelopment
National ParksAbbreviationsOpening up the Indian Economy – Globalisation
Wildlife SanctuariesShortcutsEconomic Reforms in India – Privatisation
Atomic, Nuclear, Thermal PlantsMS OfficeInflation – Trends in Inflation & their Impact on National Economy and Individual Income
Important Dams
Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India – Rural and Urban
Dance Forms
Measurement of Poverty
Ministers and their Constituencies
Poverty Alleviation Programmes of the Government
Ministers and their Portfolios
Population Trends – Population Growth and Economic Development – Population Policy in India
Current Affairs (last 6 months)
Agriculture – Characteristics / Status – Technical and Institutional changes in Indian Agriculture
Indian Financial System
– Agricultural performance – Issues in Food Security in India – Non-Institutional and Institutional Agencies in rural credit
History and Structure of Indian Banking
Industry – Industrial and Labour Policy
Indian Economy
Industrial performance – Regional Imbalance in India’s Industrial Development – – Public Sector Enterprises
Regulatory bodies- RBI, SEBI, IRDA, PFRDA, FSDC, FMC
Rural banking and financial institutions in India
History/Functions/Roles of RBI
Reforms in Banking/ Financial sector
Budget Basics
Globalisation of Economy
Current Union Budget
Role of International Funding Institutions – IMF & World Bank –
International Organisations/ Financial Institutions
WTO – Regional Economic Cooperation WTO – Regional Economic Co-operation
Indian Constitution
Social Structure in India
Government Schemes
Monetary and Credit Policies
Demographic trends
Concepts like BASEL
Urbanisation and Migration
Micro Finance
Gender Issues
Base Rate
Joint family system – Social Infrastructure
Negotiable Instruments
Education – Health and Environment
Credit Rating Agencies
Education – Status & System of Education
Financial Inclusions
Socio -Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy
Teaser Rates
Educational relevance and educational wastage
Educational Policy for India
Priority Sector Lending
Social Justice: Problems of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes
Socio-economic programmes for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and other backward classes
Important Dates
Positive Discrimination in favour of the under privileged
Current Bank Rates
Social Movements
Indian Political Systems
Human Development
Awards & Honours Sports
Current Affairs related to Economy  

Current Affairs related to Social Issues
Agricultural & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)
Agriculture: Definition, Meaning and its branches
Classification of field crops
Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems
Seed production, Seed processing, seed village
Precision Farming
Organic farming
Agronomy: Definition, Meaning and Scope of agronomy
Factors affecting on crop production
Agro-Climatic Zones
Problems of dryland agriculture
Meteorology: Weather parameters, crop-weather advisory
System of Crop Intensification

While the syllabus looks exhaustive, we suggest you to start your preparation as soon as possible to cover a majority of the above topics. Here is the list of books for NABARD Grade A 2020 Phase I:

Preparation Resources for NABARD Grade A 2020 Phase I

Quantitative Aptitude Section

Name of BookAuthor/ Publisher
Quicker MathsM.Tyra, K.Kundan (Magical Book Series)
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsR.S Aggarwal (S.Chand Publisher)
Data InterpretationArun Sharma (TMH Publication)
Topic-wise Solved Papers for IBPS/SBI PO/Clerk Prelims/Mains Quantitative AptitudeDisha Experts

Reasoning Ability Section

Name of BookAuthor/ Publisher
Test of ReasoningEdgar Thorpe
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningR.S Aggarwal (S.Chand Publisher)
Bank Clerk Reasoning Chapter-wise Solved Papers 2003 – Till DateKiran Prakashan
Analytical ReasoningMK Pandey

English Language Section

Name of BookAuthor/ Publisher
Objective English 6th EditionEdgar Thorpe (Pearson)
Word Power Made EasyNorman Lewis (Penguin)
Objective General EnglishS.P Bakshi (Arihant)
From Plinth to ParamountNeetu Singh (KD Publication)

Computer Knowledge Section

Name of BookAuthor/ Publisher
Objective Computer Knowledge & Literacy 2075+ Objective QuestionKiran Prakashan

General Awareness Section

Name of BookAuthor/ Publisher
Banking AwarenessArihant Publication
Year BookManorama Year Book
Lucent General Knowledge (for static GK)Lucent Publication

Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)

  • Static Economy topics like Globalisation, Economic Reforms in India, Privatisation, Inflation, WTO etc can be covered from either of the two books –Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh or Indian Economy by Mishra and Puri.
  • Social topics like Poverty, Unemployment, Population growth etc. can be covered from Class XI Economics NCERT book.
  • For Current Economic and Social Issues, refer to Economic Survey, Union Budget, Kurukshetra/Yojana magazines, Indian Economy edition of Pratoyogita Darpan and India (2019) book.

Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)

The below sources can be used for the preparation of this section: Agriculture at a Glance, IGNOU Notes, Economic Survey, Union Budget, Different Reports released by NABARD, Relevant chapters of the India (2019) Book.

This is all from us in this article on Preparation Resources for NABARD Grade A Phase I. We hope that the above compilation would be useful to you. Don’t forget to take a Free Mock Test of NABARD Grade A Phase I to see how well do you perform in an exam-like environment. If you have any feedback for us, please feel free to use the comment box below.

Wishing you good luck with your preparation!


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