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NABARD Grade A 2020 detailed notification came out yesterday only and also the online registrations have started. The online application registration started yesterday that is 15th Jan, 2020 and is ending at 3rd Feb, 2020. There are a total of 154 vacancies, however if you have any doubts regarding the notification then you can refer the NABARD Grade A FAQs. Those who have started submitting their online applications here we are discussing what common mistakes they need to avoid while applying online.

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As mentioned above the last day to submit online application is 3rd Feb, 2020 aspirants those who want to apply for NABARD Grade A must start doing the same today and don’t wait for the last day. It is mandatory to fill in all the details in the application form well, however aspirants may face some issues while filling in the application form. Here we are to give the important pointers that should be avoided while applying. Before doing that, let’s first take a look at the important dates and the exam pattern of the both Phase I and Phase II.

NABARD Grade A Phase I– Prelims Exam Pattern

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


  • There will be MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) carrying 200 marks.
  • The total duration of the exam will be 120 minutes.

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NABARD Grade A Phase II– Mains Exam Pattern

Main Examination will be online and will be a mix of MCQ and descriptive pattern.

Paper-I – General English: (Descriptive – writing skills – online through key board). The paper will have descriptive questions.

Duration: 1 ½ hrs – 100 marks

The analytical and drafting abilities of the candidate shall be assessed through this Descriptive Paper on General English comprising essay writing, comprehension, report writing, paragraph writing & letter writing.

(Common for Grade ‘A’ – RDBS, Rajbhasha and Legal)

Paper–II (MCQ):

I) For Grade A (RDBS):

i) General Discipline as at (i) in Table 1 – Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)

ii) Specialized Discipline as at (ii) to (xv) in Table 1 – : Paper on related discipline

Duration: 1 ½ hrs. – 100 Marks

II) For Grade A Rajbhasha:

The Paper will have multiple choice questions. Duration: 1 ½ hrs – 100 marks

Proficiency in Hindi including Translation from English to Hindi and Vice versa. The analytical and drafting ability of the candidate shall also be assessed from the descriptive paper.

III) For Grade A (Legal Services):

The paper will have multiple choice questions. Duration: 1 ½ hrs – 100 marks

The paper will be based on proficiency in interpreting various Laws viz., Banking, Negotiable Instruments, Company, Industrial and Cooperative Laws, Cyber laws, Commerce/Property transactions, Rural non-life insurance, direct financing, staff matters and good experience in drafting various types of documents

Check here detailed NABARD Grade A 2020 syllabus here.

Common Mistakes to Avoid While Applying Online

Coming back to the common mistakes that aspirants should avoid while filling in the online application are as follows:

  • The declaration for NABARD Grade A has to be hand written specifically on a white paper with black ink. One should not fill it with any other colored pen other than black.
  • One must not do signatures in Capital Letters as it will not be accepted. Also, signatures are to be done with black ink only.
  • Before filling in the application form Photograph, Signature, Left Thumb impression and Hand Written Declaration is to be scanned.
  • If you are using the left thumb impression then it has to be scanned properly and should not be smudged.
  • No other text other than the one mentioned below will go in the hand written declaration:

“I………………….(Name of the candidate), hereby declare that all the information submitted by me in the application form is correct, true and valid. I will present the supporting documents as and when required.”

  • Avoid getting the hand written declaration written by anybody else as it has to go in candidate’s handwriting only.
  • No other language except English will work for the handwritten declaration. The declaration has to be in English only. If written by anybody else or in any other language then the application will be considered invalid.
  • All necessary details and documents are to be kept ready to make the online payment.
  • The email ID and mobile number has to be valid and you will have to keep it active till you complete the recruitment process.
  • Candidates must apply for Assistant Manager (RDBS/ Rajbhasha/ Legal) under only one option.
  • If your degree has both CGPA and percentage written then you should use the percentage while filling the application form.Make sure you mention your percentage carefully.

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This is all from us related to the common mistakes that aspirants should avoid while applying online. Stay tuned for more NABARD Grade A articles.


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