NABARD Grade A Exam 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 8th April, 2021
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National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development or NABARD is the apex development financial institution in India that caters to the needs of the rural population by providing credit for agriculture and other economic activities in rural areas in India. Being one of the popular banks in the country, NABARD recruitment attracts thousands of youths every year who aspires to join the banking sector. The bank engages eligible candidates both on a regular and contractual basis. NABARD conducts regular basis recruitment to fill up the posts in Group A, B, and C.

NABARD Recruitment to Group A post is conducted for Rural Development Banking Service (RDBS), Protocol & Security Service (P&SS), Rajbhasha and Legal. This is also one of the popular exams conducted by NABARD. The selection for RDBS post is done based on the preliminary exam, mains exam, and interview. The Selection for the P&SS post will be through the interview only. 

Exam Highlights

Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam To select candidates for the post of Assistant Manager (Grade A) in P&SS and RDBS
Conducting Body National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development

NABARD Grade A Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. Candidates must be a citizen of India.

  3. Educational Qualification
    • General: Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University with a minimum of 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree with a minimum of 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate or Ph.D. OR Chartered Accountant /Cost Accountant / Company Secretary with Bachelor’s degree OR Two year full time P.G. Diploma in Management / full time MBA degree from Institutions recognized by GOI / UGC with Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline.
    • General Agriculture: Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture with 50% marks (ST/PWBD applicants – 45%) in
      aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Agriculture / Agriculture (Soil Science/Agronomy) with a minimum of 50% marks (ST/PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate from a recognised University / Institution.
    • Agriculture Engineering: Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Engineering with 50% marks (SC/PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate or Post graduate degree in Agriculture Engineering with a minimum of
      50% marks (SC/PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate from a recognised University / Institution.
    • Food/Dairy Processing: Bachelor’s degree in Food Processing /Food Technology/ Dairy Sciences and /or Dairy Technology with 50% marks (ST/PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate or Post graduate
      degree in Food Processing /Food Technology/ Dairy Sciences and /or Dairy Technology with 50% marks (ST/PWBD applicants – 45%)in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution.
    • Land Development-Soil Science: Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture / Agriculture (Soil Science/Agronomy) with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Agriculture / Agriculture (Soil Science/Agronomy) with a minimum of 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate from a recognised University /Institution.
    • Environmental Engg/Sciences: Bachelor’s degree with Environmental Science / Environmental Engineering with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate or Post graduate degree in
      Environmental Engineering or Environmental Science with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution.
    • Agriculture marketing/Agri.Business Management: Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Marketing/ Agriculture Business Management with 50% marks (PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate or Two years full time Post Graduate Degree/ Post Graduate Diploma/MBA in Agriculture Marketing/ Agriculture Business Management with a minimum of 50% marks (PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate from a recognised University / Institution.
    • Geo Informatics: BE/B.Tech/BSC degree in Geoinformatics with 50% marks (PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate or ME/M.Tech/MSC degree in Geoinformatics with a minimum of 50% marks (PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate from a recognized university.
    • Agricultural Economics/Economics: Bachelor’s Degree with Economics/Agriculture Economics with 50% marks (SC/PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Economics/Agriculture Economics with a minimum of 50% marks (SC/PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate from a recognized university. %) in aggregate.
    • Information Technology: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Technology/ Computer
      Applications/Information Technology with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants 45%) in aggregate or a post graduate degree Computer Science/ Computer Technology/ Computer Applications/Information Technology with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants 45%) in aggregate from a recognised university.
    • Chartered Accountant: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University/Institution with Membership of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). The Membership of ICAI must have been obtained on or before 01-01-2020.
    • Company Secretary: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with Associate membership of Institute of
      Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). The Membership of ICSI must have been obtained on or before 01-01-2020.
    • Finance: BBA (Finance/Banking) / BMS (Finance/Banking) with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD
      applicants – 45%) OR Two years full time P.G. Diploma in Management (Finance) /Full time MBA (Finance) degree from Institutions / Universities recognised by GoI /UGC OR Bachelor of Financial and Investment Analysis with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 45%)
    • Human Resource Management: BBA (Human Resource Management)/ BBM (Human Resource Management)/ BMS ((Human Resource Management) with 50% marks (PWBD applicants – 45%) OR Two
      years full time P.G. Diploma in Management in HRM/HR / Full time MBA degree in HRM/ HR from recognised University / Institute.
    • Statistics: Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics with 50% marks (PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Statistics with a minimum of 50% marks (PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate from a recognized university.

  4. Age Limit
  5. The age of the candidate to appear in the NABARD Grade A Exam should be minimum of 21 years and maximum of 30 years.
    However, there are age relaxations for candidates belonging to the reserved categories. They are given below in the table:
    Category Upper Age Limit
    OBC 33 years
    SC/ST 35 years
    Ex-servicemen 35 years
    Emergency Commissioned Officers/Short Service Commissioned Officers 35 years
    PWBD (General) 43 years
    Person with Disabilities (ST/SC) 45 years
    Person with Disabilities (OBC) 43 years

  6. Restrictions on Attempts
  7. There is no limit on the number of attempts until the candidate fulfil all the required eligibility criteria.

NABARD Grade A Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Payment of Fee To be notified
Date of Issuing Admit Card To be notified
Date of Preliminary Exam To be notified
Date of Main Exam To be notified

NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern 2021

Pattern for Phase I – Preliminary Exam

The NABARD Prelims Exam will be common for recruitment for all posts of Grade A Officer. This will be an objective type of online test. Let’s look into details of the NABARD Exam Pattern of Prelims Exam:

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Reasoning Ability
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 20
2 Quantitative Aptitude
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 20
3 English Language
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
4 General Awareness
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 20
5 Computer Knowledge
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 20
6 Economic & Social Issues
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
7 Agriculture & Rural Development
Qualifying Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 0.25 40
Total Marks* 200

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Phase II – Main Exam

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I: General English

This Descriptive Paper on General English comprising essay writing, comprehension, report writing, paragraph writing & letter writing.

Merit Ranking Nature Descriptive 90 mins 100
2 Paper II: General: – Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development

This paper covers topics related with Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)

Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 90 mins 100
3 Paper II: Specialist: Relevant Subject Paper
Merit Ranking Nature Objective (Multiple Choice) 90 mins 100
Total Marks* 300

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

Pattern for Phase III – Interview

Total marks allotted: 25

After clearing Phase I and Phase II exams, candidates have to take part in the elaborate interview process.

NABARD Grade A Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for Phase I – Preliminary Exam

1 Reasoning Ability

  • Blood Relations
  • Input-Output
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Syllogism
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Puzzle
  • Statement based question( Verbal reasoning)
  •  Miscellaneous Questions

2 Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation
  • Simplification/Approximation
  • Number Series
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Data Sufficiency

3 English Language

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Spotting the Error

4 General Awareness

  • Insurance
  • Current Affairs
  • Banking and Economy

5 Computer Knowledge

  • MS Office
  • Networking
  • Internet and Web
  • Input Output Devices
  • DBMS
  • History of computer & generations

6 Economic & Social Issues

  • Nature of Indian Economy
  • Structural and Institutional features
  • Economic underdevelopment
  • Multiculturalism
  • Social Justice
  • Positive Discrimination in favor of the under privileged
  • Opening up the Indian Economy
  • Globalisation
  • Economic Reforms in India
  • WTO
  • Regional Economic Co-operation
  • Social Structure in India
  • Privatisation
  • Inflation
  • Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India
  • Globalisation of Economy
  • Role of International Funding Institution
  • IMF & World Bank Measurement of Poverty
  • Population Trends
  • Population Growth and Economic Development
  • Population Policy in India
  • Industrial performance
  • Regional Imbalance in India’s Industrial Development
  • Rural banking and financial institutions in India
  • Reforms in Banking/ Financial sector
  • 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.
  • Industrial and Labor Policy

7 Agriculture & Rural Development

  • Agriculture: definition, meaning and its branches
  • Agronomy: definition, meaning and scope of agronomy
  • Classification of field crops
  • Factors affecting on crop production
  • Agro Climatic Zones
  • 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
  • Soil and Water Conservation : Major soil types, soil fertility, fertilisers, soil erosion, soil conservation, watershed management
  • Importance and role of the rural sector in India- Economic, Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economy, 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 labor
  • Issues and challenges in Hand-looms
  • Panchayati Raj Institutions – Functions and Working
  • MGNREGA, NRLM – Aajeevika, Rural Drinking water Programs, Swachh Bharat, Rural Housing, PURA and other rural development programs
  • Water Resource
  • Irrigation Management: types of irrigation, sources of irrigation, crop-water requirement, command area development, water conservation techniques, micro-irrigation, irrigation pumps, major, medium and minor irrigation.
  • Farm and Agri Engineering : Farm Machinery and Power, Sources of power on the farm- human, animal, mechanical, electrical, wind, solar and biomass, bio fuels, water harvesting structures, farm ponds, watershed management, Agro Processing, Controlled and modified storage, perishable food storage, godowns, bins and grain silos.
  • Plantation & Horticulture: Definition, meaning and its branches
  • Agronomic practices and production technology of various plantation and horticulture crops
  • Post-harvest management, value and supply chain management of Plantation and Horticulture crops
  • Animal Husbandry: Farm animals and their role in 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
  • Introduction to poultry industry in India (past, present and future status), Common terms pertaining to poultry production and management
  • 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.
  • Ecology and Climate Change: Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources, their sustainable management and conservation
  • Causes of climate change, Green House Gases (GHG), major GHG emitting countries, climate analysis, distinguish between adaptation and mitigation, climate change impact to agriculture and rural Page 12 of 28 livelihood, 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
  • 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 Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  • Agriculture Extensions: Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programs, Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) in dissemination of Agricultural technologies

Syllabus for Phase II – Main Exam

1 Paper I: General English

  • Essay
  • Precis Writing
  • Comprehension
  • Report Writing
  • Paragraph Writing
  • Business/Office Correspondance

2 Paper II: General: – Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development

Economic & Social Issues:

  • Nature of Indian Economy
  • Structural and Institutional features
  • Economic underdevelopment
  • Multiculturalism
  • Social Justice
  • Positive Discrimination in favor of the under privileged
  • Opening up the Indian Economy
  • Globalisation
  • Economic Reforms in India
  • WTO
  • Regional Economic Co-operation.
  • Social Structure in India
  • Privatisation
  • Inflation
  • Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India
  • Globalisation of Economy
  • Role of International Funding Institution
  • IMF & World Bank Measurement of Poverty
  • Population Trends
  • Population Growth and Economic Development
  • Population Policy in India
  • Industrial performance
  • Regional Imbalance in India’s Industrial Development
  • Rural banking and financial institutions in India
  • Reforms in Banking/ Financial sector
  • 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.
  • Industrial and Labor Policy

Agriculture & Rural Development:

  • Agriculture: definition, meaning and its branches, Agronomy: definition, meaning and scope of agronomy. Classification of field crops. Factors affecting on crop production, Agro Climatic Zones; Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems. Problems of dry land agriculture; Seed production, seed processing, seed village; Meteorology: weather parameters, crop-weather advisory; Precision Farming, System of Crop Intensification, organic farming.
  • Rural Development: Concept of Rural Area, Structure of the Indian Rural EconomyImportance and role of the rural sector in India- Economic, Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economy, causes of Rural Backwardness.
  • Rural population in India: Occupational structure, Farmers, Agricultural Labourers, Artisans, Handicrafts, Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes and others in rural India- Trends of change in rural population and rural work force; problems and conditions of rural labour; 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 programmes.

3 Paper II: Specialist: Relevant Subject Paper

See the table given below.

Points Related to the Phase II – Main Exam

Subject wise list of optional subjects:

Discipline Syllabus 
Agriculture Engineering
  • Engineering in agriculture and rural life.
  • Soil and water resources of India
  • Agricultural mechanization
Food/Diary Processing
  • Agriculture and Livestock
  • Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology, Nutrition
  • Proximate composition of foods
  • Energy Value of Foods, Energy Requirement
  • Infestation Control and Pesticides
  • General Principles of Food Preservation
  • Unit Operations: Fluid flow, heat transfer, evaporation, Material operations.
  • Technology of Animal Products
  • Technology of Fruits and Vegetables
  • Plantation Products and Flavour Technology
  • Factors Affecting Composition of Milk
  • Dairy Technology
Land Development-Soil Science
  • Land use and land capability classification,
  • Irrigability criteria; interpretation of soil and land resource data,
  • Characteristics of Agro-climatic zones of India.
Environment
  • Ecology and its scope
  • Ecosystems of the world
  • Types of forests in India and their coverage statistics
Agricultural Marketing
  • Marketing institutions for agricultural produce
  • Marketing of livestock products and fish
  • Marketing of horticultural produce
Geoinformatics
  •  Basics of computers
  • Fundamentals of computers
  • Programming languages
Agriculture Economics
  •  Micro Economics
  • Macro Economics
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Elementary Statistics for Economics
Information Technology
  • Introduction to Software
  • Data Structure through ‘C’ and ‘PASCAL’
  • Elements of Systems Analysis and Design
  • Numerical and Statistical Computing
  • Data Communication and Network
Chartered Accountant
  •  Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Mercantile Laws
  • General Economics
Company Secretary
  •  Business Communication
  • Business Correspondence
  • Financial Accounting, Business Laws
  • Management
Finance
  • Financial Accounting
  • Management Accounting
  • Auditing
  • BBA (Banking & Finance)
Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Relations
  • Industrial Dispute, Industrial Relations & Trade Unions
  • Introduction to HRM / Human Resource Planning
  • Human Resource Management
  • Promotion, Demotion, Transfer, Separation, Absenteeism and Turnover
  • Training, Development and Education
Statistics
  • Probability Theory
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Probability Distributions
Rajbhasha
  • General Knowledge
  • Professional Hindi
  • Business knowledge of English
Legal
  • The Constitution of India
  • Indian Contract Act, 1872
  • Partnership Act, 1932
  • Companies Act, 1956

Syllabus for Phase III – Interview

There is no specific syllabus for interview. In broad terms, this is really an assessment of not only a candidate’s intellectual qualities but also social traits and interest in current affairs. Some of the qualities to be judged are mental alertness, critical powers of assimilation, clear and logical exposition, the balance of judgement, variety and depth of interest, the ability for social cohesion, LEADERSHIP, and intellectual and moral integrity.

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