NABARD Syllabus and Exam Pattern for Grade A and B Officers

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has announced the recruitment drive for Assistant Manager and Manager Posts. The NABARD Recruitment 2019 Process has begun and announced the number of vacancies. As the exam date has not yet been released, candidates who are willing to apply for Grade A and B Officers can know the NABARD Syllabus and Exam Pattern here. We have compiled the complete syllabus and exam pattern for the NABARD 2019 Exam Here. Candidates can go through the blog to get complete information.

The Selection Process for NABARD Examination involves three stages:

  • Phase I- Preliminary Exam: Online Objective Test
  • Phase II- Main Exam: Online Objective & Online Descriptive Test
  • Phase III- Interview

NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern

NABARD Grade A Prelims Exam Pattern

Below is the table showing the detailed exam pattern. Go through the table to know the pattern for the examination.

Section No. of Questions Marks Total Time
Reasoning Ability 20 20 120 minutes or 2 hours
English Language 40 40
Computer Knowledge 20 20
General Awareness 20 20
Quantitative Aptitude 20 20
Economics & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India) 40 40
Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) 40 40
Total  200 200 2 hours

NABARD Grade A-Mains Exam Pattern

Exam Post Name of the Test Maximum Marks Total Time
Phase I Common to all General English Essay Writing: 40 Marks

Precis: 20 Marks

Questions on Precis para: 20 Marks Report/Letter Writing: 20 Marks

100 90 minutes
Phase II For ‘General’ Post Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (With a focus on Rural India) 100 90 minutes
For posts including the following – Economics, Agriculture Engineering, Plantation and Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Food Processing, Forestry, Environmental Engineering, Water Resource Development & Management, Social Work, Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary Paper on related discipline

NABARD Grade B Mains Exam Pattern

Exam Name of the Test Marks Total Time
Phase I General English (Descriptive Test) 100 90 minutes
Phase II Economic and Social Issues and Agriculture and Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) for General Posts and Agriculture for candidates applying for the manager (RDBS) Agriculture Post 100 90 minutes
Phase III Development Economics, Statistics, Finance & Management 100 90 minutes

NABARD Syllabus for Grade A & B

Below are the tables comprising of NABARD Grade A Syllabus and NABARD Grade B Syllabus. Go through the syllabus and start preparing accordingly.

NABARD Syllabus for Grade A and B Preliminary Exam (Phase I)

Section Topics
Reasoning Ability
  • Puzzles (seating arrangement, linear seating arrangement, floor based)
  • Syllogism
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Statement based questions (Verbal Reasoning)
  • Inequality
  • Miscellaneous Questions
  • Input-Output
  • Blood Relations
Quantitative Aptitude
  • Data Interpretation
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Number Series
  • Simplification/Approximation
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Miscellaneous Arithmetic Questions – profit & loss, average, simple and Compound Interest, boat and stream, time and work, area
English Language
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze Test
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Spotting the errors
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence Rearrangement
General Awareness
  • The questions in this test will be from Current Affairs, Banking, and Economy, Insurance
  • In the Current Affairs, questions can be asked from recent appointments, awards, and honors, sports, new schemes, national and international news, latest developments in science and technology
Computer Knowledge
  • This Section covers topics from various topics like Networking, Input-Output devices, DBMS, MS Office, Internet, History of Computer & Generations, Shortcuts.

NABARD Syllabus for Grade A & B Mains Exam (Phase II)

Phase II of the exam consists of Online Objective Test and Online Descriptive Test.

Paper I- English Writing

This will comprise of Essay, Precis writing, Comprehension, Report Writing, Paragraph writing, and Business/Office Correspondence.

Paper II- Economic and Social Issues

1. Economic & Social Issues

Nature of Indian Economy
  • Structural and Institutional Features
  • Economic Underdevelopment
  • Opening up the Indian Economy
  • Globalization
  • Economic Reforms in India
  • Privatization
  • Trends in Inflation & their Impact on National Economy and Individual Income
Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India
  • Rural and Urban
  • Measurement of Poverty
  • Poverty Alleviation Programmes of the Government
Population Trends
  • Population Growth and Economic Development
  • Population Policy in India
  • Characteristics/Status
  • Technical and Institutional changes in Indian Agriculture
  • Agriculture Performance
  • Issues in Food Security in India
  • Non-Institutional and  Institutional Agencies in rural credit
  • Industrial and Labour Policy
  • Industrial Performance
  • Regional Imbalance in India’s Industrial Development
  • Public Sector Enterprises
Rural Banking and Financial Institutions in India
  • Reforms in the Banking/Financial Sector
Globalization of Economy
  • Role of International Funding Institutions
  • IMF & World Bank
  • WTO
  • Regional Economic Co-operation
Social Structure in India
  •  Multiculturalism
  • Demographic Trends
  • Urbanization and Migration
  • Gender Issues Joint Family system
  • Social Infrastructure
  • Education
  • Health and Environment
  • Status & System of Education
  • Socio-Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy
  • Educational relevance and educational wastage.
  • Educational Policy for India
Social Justice
  • Problems of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes
  • Socio-economic programmes for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and other backward classes
Positive Discrimination in favor of the underprivileged
  • Social Movements
  • Indian Political Systems
  • Human Development

2. Agricultural & Rural Development

  • Definition, meaning and its branches
  • Agronomy: Definition, meaning, and scope of agronomy
  • classification of field crops
  • factors affecting 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
  • Fertilizers
  • Soil erosion
  • Soil conservation
  • Watershed management
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, biofuels
  • Water harvesting structures
  • Farm Ponds
  • 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 the 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 the poultry industry in India
  • Common terms pertaining to poultry production and management
  • the 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 livestock and poultry production with that of agricultural farming
  • 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
  • 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 the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change
Agriculture Extensions
  • Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programmes
  • Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) in the dissemination of Agricultural technologies.
Ecology and climate change
  • Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources, sustainable management, and conservation
  • Causes of climate change, Green House Gases (GHG), major GHG emitting countries, climate analysis
  • Distinguish between adaption and mitigation
  • Climate change impact to agriculture and rural livelihoods
  • 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
  • Agriculture 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
  • 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 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 programmes, Swachh Bharat, Rural Housing, PURA, and other rural development programmes.

NABARD Syllabus for Grade B Mains Exam (Phase III)

Development of Economics
  • Measures of development
  • Economic Development Models
  • Role of Subsidies
  • Importance of savings and investment
  • Importance of agriculture
  • Terms of trade in agriculture
  • Development issues in India
  • Basic statistical concepts
  • Summarizing of data
  • Frequency distribution
  • Measures of Central Tendency
  • Relative dispersion, Elementary probability
  • Relative frequency approach
  • sampling, Axiomatic approach
  • analysis of frequency distribution
  • Correlation, Regression, Sampling Methods
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Regulation of Banks & Financial institutions in India
  • Financial system-features, characteristics, and issues
  • Microfinance, its significance, and importance
  • Union Budget; Project finance, Infrastructure financing, Sources of capital, Development finance
  • Concept of project cycle management
  • private and social cost-benefit significance of development finance
  • financial inclusion
  • Its nature and scope
  • The Management Processes
  • Planning, Organization, Staffing, Directing and Controlling
  • The role of a manager in an organization
  • leadership
  • human resource development
  • communication

Candidates who are willing to apply for the NABARD examination, are suggested to go through the NABARD Syllabus and Exam Pattern carefully. After knowing the syllabus, start preparing with a wide range of Bank Exam Preparation Books available online.

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