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Apart from the usual English, Quant and Reasoning sections, NABARD Grade A & B exams have specialised sections viz. Agricultural and Rural Development; Economic and Social Issues. If you have appeared and cleared for bank exams previously then you can devote maximum time to Agricultural and Rural Development; Economic and Social Issues, these sections carry heavy weightage and can be a differentiator and you can prepare sections like Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language from Mock Tests.


Try to allocate a time period of 3 hours/day on weekdays and at least 12 hours on weekends during the course of your preparation. Also, it would be advisable if you can manage at least 10 days of leave before the exam.

First 3 weeks:

  • Weekends – Should be solely dedicated towards preparing Agricultural and Rural Development; Economic and Social Issues. Also, prepare notes while studying these two
  • Mock tests – On every alternate weekday take a Mock Test and analyse it properly. Please keep in mind that analyzing the mock test is as important as taking the mock test, if not more.
  • Non Mock tests days –  You should be able to complete the syllabus of Agricultural and Rural Development; Economic and Social Issues. Prepare one topic each of Agricultural and Rural Development; Economic and Social Issues.

Last 7 days:

 You would be preparing for General Awareness, Computer Knowledge and revising Agricultural and Rural Development, Economic and Social Issues section. Assuming that you are on leave, you can follow the following strategy:

  • Day 1: Current Affairs – first & second month (You have to cover current affairs of four months before the exam. Now since the exam is on May 12, you would have to cover current affairs of January, February, March and April. January would be the first month, February second and so on..)
  • Day 2: Current Affairs – third & fourth month
  • Day 3: Current Affairs -Static Banking and Banking affairs of last 4 months
  • Day 4: Current Affairs -Static GK
  • Day 5: Study Computer basics
  • Day 6: Revise Agricultural and Rural Development from your notes
  • Day 7: Revise Agricultural and Rural Development from your notes
Preparation Sources:
  1. Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning and English Language: Mock Tests would be the best source for practicing on these sections. Take a free Mock Test of NABARD Grade A Prelims now
  2. Agriculture and Rural Development: No single book (or source) would cover the syllabus of Agriculture and Rural Development. You would have to refer to a plethora of resources to prepare yourself for Agriculture and Rural Development section. Some of the important sources are as under:
    • A significant portion of the Agriculture Syllabus would be covered by the book “Agriculture at a Glance” (Available here –…).
    • For Rural Development IGNOU notes would help.
    • Read about chapters on Agriculture and Rural sector in this year’s Economic Survey.
    • Allocation towards Agriculture and Rural sector and the schemes for the aforesaid in this years’ Union Budget.
    • Read about the role of NABARD in Agriculture and Rural Financing, Rural Banking and Rural Development. Also, read the main points of the relevant reports released by NABARD.
    • Read relevant articles in Kurukshetra and Yojana magazines (last six months should be sufficient).
    • Read relevant chapters of India (2018) book.

3.  Economic and Social Issues:  They can be divided into three parts

a) 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.

b) Social Issues – Topics like Poverty, Unemployment, Population growth etc. can be covered from Class XI Economics NCERT book.

c) Current Economic and Social Issues – Economic Survey, Union Budget, Kurukshetra/Yojana magazines, Indian Economy edition of Pratoyogita Darpan and India (2018) book.

4.  General Awareness

    • Current Affairs – Current Affairs capsule of a reputed preparation blog supplemented by daily current affairs quizzes by GKtoday.
    • Static Banking – Free banking notes and quizzes on GKtoday , PracticeMock blog and RBI FAQs. RBI FAQs should be your bible.
    • Banking Awareness – Banking awareness capsule of a reputed preparation blog.
    • Static GK – Static GK capsule of a reputed preparation blog.

5.  Computer Knowledge: Any computer knowledge book for banking exam preparation available in the market or any computer knowledge capsule of a reputed preparation blog.

One last tip: Read The Hindu and a good business paper (Mint or Business Line) on a daily basis. It would help you in innumerable ways towards the preparation of the General Awareness, English, Agricultural & Rural Development and Economic & Social Issues sections.

Wishing You Good Luck for Your Preparation!

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