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NABARD Grade A & B Officer Exam

About NABARD Grade A & B Exam

NABARD - National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development is the apex body looking after the development and growth of agriculture in India. Its primary function is to look after all the agricultural finance related issues with respect to the development of Indian agriculture. The NABARD Grade A & B Officer recruitment is conducted by NABARD to hire young individuals at the manager level to perform the various functions of NABARD. It is one of the most sought of banking jobs in India.

NABARD Grade A & B 2021 Officer Notification

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has released the NABARD Recruitment Notification 2021 for Grade A officer and Grade B posts. A total of 162 vacancies, 155 for NABARD Grade A (Assistant Manager - RDBS & Rajbhasha) and 7 Grade B posts are announced. 

NABARD Grade A & B Officer Important Dates

StagesExam Dates
NABARD Grade A & B Officer - Online Application Starts17 July 2021
NABARD Grade A & B Officer - Online Application Ends07 Aug 2021
NABARD Grade A Officer - Phase 1 (Prelims)18th September(Tentative)
NABARD Grade A Officer - Phase 2 (Mains)17th September(Tentative)

NABARD Grade A & B Mock Test 2021

NABARD Grade A & B mock test series have the following features:

  • 10 latest pattern NABARD Grade A & B Phase 1 Mock Tests
  • 20 latest pattern NABARD Grade A & B Phase 2 Mock Tests (15 Objective + 5 Descriptive Tests)
  • Topic Tests for Phase 1 & Phase 2 (ESI & ARD)
  • Analyse your performance using our AI-Based Detailed Performance Analysis
  • These mock tests will help you identify your strong and weak areas

NABARD Grade A and B Officer - Eligibility Criteria

Grade A Assistant Manager (AM) - Rural Development Banking Service (RDBS)

Age Limit:

Minimum Age: 21 years

Maximum Age: 30 years
As per the NABARD Grade A Notification 2021, the candidate must be between 21 and 30 years of age as of 01-07-2021, i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than 02-07-1991 and not later than 01-07-2000.

Education Criteria: 

The eligibility details of different posts have been given below for your reference: 

» Generalist Post

Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate.
or

Post Graduate degree, MBA/PGDM with a minimum of 55% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate.
or

CA/ CS/ICWA OR Ph.D from Institutions recognized by GOI/UGC.
In case University/Institute defines criteria for conversion of Aggregate Grade Point into Class and/or percentage of marks, the same will be accepted. However, where the University/Institute does not define criteria for conversion of Aggregate Grade Point into Class and/or percentage of marks, the undefined parameter(s) would be worked out as under:

Equivalent CGPA/ OGPA/ CPI or similar terminologies allotted on a 10-point scaleClass / DivisionAggregate % of Marks
6.75I (First)60%
6.25II (Second)55%
5.75II (Second)50%
5.25II (Second)45%

Aggregate Grade Point or percentage of marks where awarded would mean aggregate over the entire duration of the course.

» General Agriculture 

Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture with 60% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate.

or

Post-Graduate degree in Agriculture / Agriculture (Soil Science/ Agronomy) with a minimum of 55% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate from a recognized University / Institution. 

» Agriculture Engineering 

Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture Engineering with 60% marks (SC/PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate.

or

Post-Graduate degree in Agriculture Engineering with a minimum of 55% marks (SC/PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate from a recognised University / Institution. 

» Animal Husbandry

Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Sciences / Animal Husbandry from any recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks (SC/PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate.

and/or

Post Graduate degree in Veterinary Sciences / Animal Husbandry with a minimum of 55% marks (SC/PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate. 

» Land Development – Soil Science

Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture / Agriculture (Soil Science/Agronomy) with 60% marks (PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate.

or

Post Graduate degree in Agriculture / Agriculture (Soil Science/Agronomy) with a minimum of 55% marks (PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate from a recognized University / Institution. 

» Fisheries 

Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Science from a recognized University/Institution with 60% marks (SC/PWBD applicants 55%) in aggregate

or

Postgraduate degree in Fisheries Science with 55% marks (SC/PWBD applicants 50%) in aggregate. 

» Forestry

Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from a recognized University/Institution with 60% marks (SC/PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate

or

Postgraduate degree in Forestry with 55% marks (SC/PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate.

» Plantation/Horticulture

Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from any recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks (SC/PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate

or

Post Graduate degree in Horticulture with a minimum of 55% marks (SC/PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate.
» Water Resources
 Bachelor’s degree in Hydrology/Applied Hydrology or Geology/Applied Geology with

Hydrogeology /Irrigation /Water Supply & sanitation as one of the subjects with 60% marks (PWBD applicants 55%) in aggregate

or

Post Graduate degree in Hydrology/Applied Hydrology or Geology/Applied Geology with Hydrogeology/Irrigation /Water Supply & sanitation as one of the subjects with 55% marks in aggregate (PWBD applicants 50%) from a recognized University.
» Finance
BBA (Finance/Banking) / BMS (Finance/Banking) with 60% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 55%)

or

Two years full-time P.G. Diploma in Management (Finance) / Full-time MBA (Finance) degree with 55% (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 50%) from Institutions/ Universities recognized by GoI /UGC with Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline. Candidates will be required to submit a certificate from Institution/University regarding specialization in finance

or

Bachelor of Financial and Investment Analysis with 60% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 55%)

or

Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University/Institution with Membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). The Membership of ICAI must have been obtained on or before 01-07-2021 OR CFA.
» Computer & Information Technology
Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Technology/ Computer Applications/Information Technology with 60% marks (SC/PWBD applicants 55%) in aggregate

or

A post-graduate degree in Computer Science/ Computer Technology/ Computer Applications/Information Technology with 55% marks (SC/PWBD applicants 50%) in aggregate from a recognized university.

NABARD Grade A and B Officer Vacancy

Sl. No.Post NameVacancy
1Assistant Manager (RDBS)148
2Assistant Manager in Grade ‘A’ (Rajbhasha)05
3Assistant Manager in Grade ‘A’ (P & SS)02
4Manager in Grade ‘B’ (RDBS)07
Total162

NABARD Grade A and B Officer Application Process

Eligible applicants are required to apply online through the website www.nabard.org. No other means/ mode of application will be accepted. The application form should be filled in English only. Option for the use of Hindi language will be available for the Online/Main Examination/ Interview.

Pre-requisites for Applying Online

Scan Photograph (4.5 cm x 3.5 cm) Signature (with Black ink)

Left Thumb impression (on white paper with black or blue ink).

A handwritten declaration (on white paper with black ink) (text given below). 

  1. Signature in CAPITAL LETTERS will not be accepted.
  2. The left thumb impression should be properly scanned and not smudged. (If a candidate is not having a left thumb, he/she may use his/her right thumb for applying).
  3. The text for the hand-written declaration is as follows – “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.”
  4. The above-mentioned hand-written declaration has to be in the candidate’s handwriting and in English only. If it is written and uploaded by anybody else or in any other language, the application will be considered as invalid. (Visually Impaired candidates who cannot write may get the text of declaration typed and put their left-hand thumb impression below the typed declaration and upload the document as per specification.)
  5. Keep the necessary details/documents ready to make online payment of the requisite application fee/intimation charges.
  6. Have a valid personal email ID and mobile no., which should be kept active till the completion of this Recruitment Process. Bank may send intimation to download call letters/upload biodata etc. through the registered e-mail ID. In case a candidate does not have a valid personal e-mail ID/mobile number, he/she should create/obtain his/her new e-mail ID and mobile no. before applying online and must maintain that email account and mobile number.

Application Registration: 

Before applying online, candidates should :

  • Scan their photograph and signature ensuring that both the photograph and signature adhere to the required specifications as given under “Guidelines for photograph & signature scan and upload”.
  • Have a valid personal email ID and mobile no., which should be kept active till the completion of this Recruitment Process. Bank shall send call letters for the Examination etc. through the registered e-mail ID. In case a candidate does not have a valid personal e-mail ID, he/she should create his/her new e-mail ID and mobile no. before applying online and must maintain that email account and mobile number.
  • Be prepared for biometric verification of identity at the Exam Centre at the time of Main Examination and onwards.

Application Fee (Non-Refundable)

The application fee (exclusive of applicable GST) for the post will be as under:

Category of applicantApplication FeeIntimation charges etc.Total
For SC/ ST/ PWBDNILRs 150 150*
For all othersRs 650Rs 150Rs 800*
Staff @@@@

* Exclusive of applicable GST

@All NABARD employees satisfying the educational qualification criteria would be eligible to apply. They will be required to pay fee/intimation charges as indicated above at the time of online application, which will be reimbursed on submission of fee receipt only to those employees of NABARD (Staff Candidates) who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the post. The status as a staff candidate will be verified at the time of the interview.

Steps to Apply for NABARD Grade A and B Officer Exam Online

  1. Candidates to go to the Bank's website www.nabard.org/career, click on the option "APPLY ONLINE" which will open a new screen.
  2. To register for the application, choose the tab "Click here for New Registration" and enter Name, Contact details and Email-id.
  3. A Provisional Registration Number and Password will be generated by the system and displayed on the screen. The candidate should note down the Provisional Registration Number and Password. An Email & SMS indicating the Provisional Registration number and Password will be sent at the given email ID and mobile number.
  4. In case the candidate is unable to complete the application form in one go, he/she can save the data already entered by choosing the "SAVE AND NEXT" tab. Prior to submission of the online application, candidates are advised to use the "SAVE AND NEXT" facility to verify the details in the online application form and modify the same, if required. Visually Impaired candidates should fill the application form carefully and verify/ get the details verified to ensure that the same are correct prior to final submission.
  5. Candidates are advised to carefully fill and verify the details filled in the online application themselves as no change will be possible after clicking the FINAL SUBMIT BUTTON.
  6. The name of the candidate or his /her Father/ Husband etc. should be spelt correctly in the application as it appears in the Certificates / Mark sheets as well as valid ID Proof brought for the examination. Any change/alteration found may disqualify the candidature.
  7. Validate your details and Save your application by clicking the Validate your details and Save & Next button.
  8. Candidates can proceed to upload Photo & Signature as per the specifications are given in the Guidelines for Scanning and Upload of Photograph and Signature detailed under point "C".
  9. Candidates can proceed to fill other details of the Application Form.
  10. Click on the Preview Tab to preview and verify the entire application form before FINAL SUBMIT.
  11. Modify details, if required, and click on FINAL SUBMIT ONLY after verifying and ensuring that the photograph, signature uploaded and other details filled by you are correct.
  12. Click on Payment Tab and proceed for payment.
  13. Click on the Submit button.

NABARD Grade A & B Officer Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for NABARD Grade-A Officer Exam is as follows -:

I. NABARD Grade A Officer Phase 1 Exam

 Name of the TestNo. of Qs.Max. Marks
 Test of Reasoning   20   20   
English Language3030
Computer Knowledge2020
Quantitative Aptitude2020
Decision Making1010
General Awareness2020

Economic & Social Issues 

(with focus on Rural India)

4040

Agriculture & Rural Development 

(with emphasis on Rural India)

4040
Total200200
Time: Composite time of 120 Minutes for all the tests together

Important Pointers to Note for Phase 1 Exam.

  1. Qualifying Section - Test of Reasoning, English Language, Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, Decision Making.
  2. Merit Section - General Awareness, Eco & Soc. Issues (with focus on Rural India), Agriculture & Rural Development with Emphasis on Rural India.
  3. Shortlisting of the candidates for the Main exam will be based on marks scored in the merit section only.

II. NABARD Grade A Officer Phase 2 Exam

Main Examination for the post of Generalist

PaperGrade AType of PaperNo. of Qs.MarksDurationRemarks
Paper- IGeneral EnglishOnline Descriptive310090 Min.Descriptive Answers to be typed using a keyboard
Paper-IIEconomic and Social Issues & Agriculture & Rural DevelopmentObjective Type305030 Min. 
Descriptive Type6 questions will be asked, of which candidates will be required to attempt 4 questions [2 of 15 marks each (with difficulty level) and 2 of 10 marks each]5090 Min.Descriptive Answers to be typed using keyboard either in English or Hindi (Remington and in script keyboards)

NABARD Grade B Officer Phase 2 Exam

Mains Exam Pattern for Grade B

PaperGrade BType of PaperTotal QuestionsTotal MarksDurationRemarks
Paper- IGeneral EnglishOnline Descriptive310090 MinutesDescriptive Answers to be typed using a keyboard
Paper-IIEconomic & Social IssuesObjective305030 minutes 
Descriptive Type6 questions will be asked, of which candidates will be required to attempt 4 questions [2 of 15 marks each (with difficulty level) and 2 of 10 marks each]5090 MinutesDescriptive 
Answers to be typed using keyboard either in English or Hindi (Remington and Inscript keyboards)
Paper-IIIDevelopment Economics, Statistics, Finance and ManagementObjective305030 minutes 
Descriptive Type6 questions will be asked, of which candidates will be required to attempt 4 questions [2 of 15 marks each (with difficulty level) and 2 of 10 marks each]5090 MinutesDescriptive 
Answers to be typed using keyboard either in English or Hindi (Remington and Inscript keyboards)

Important Note: Negative Marking & Cutoffs

  1. For every wrong answer marked, 1/4th of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty in Phase 1 and Phase 2, both.

Cut-offs in Phase 1 and Phase 2 may be applied in two stages - (i) On scores in individual tests, (ii) On Total Score.

III. NABARD Grade A 2021 Officer Interview

Interview - 50 Marks 

  • The calling ratio to qualify for the main examination and interview would be a maximum of 1:25 and 1:3.
  • The final selection and ranking of the applicants for the post of Assistant Manager in Grade 'A' (RDBS/Rajbhasha) will be based on their performance in the Phase-II Main Examination and Interview, taken together.

NABARD Grade A & B 2021 Syllabus

The syllabus for Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Computer Knowledge and General Awareness for the Phase 1 Exam is the same as all other Banking exams. Following is a shortlist of the topics to be prepared for these sections and for sections of ESI & ARD.

Reasoning

Puzzles (Seating arrangement, linear seating arrangement, floor-based), Syllogism, Data sufficiency, Statement based questions (Verbal reasoning), Inequality, Miscellaneous Questions, Input-Output, Blood relations etc.

Quantitative Aptitude

Data Interpretation, Quadratic Equations, Number Series, Simplification/ Approximation, Profit & Loss, SI & CI Interest, Data Sufficiency, etc.

Computer Knowledge

Networking, Input-output devices, DBMS, MS Office, Internet, History of computer & generations etc.

General Awareness 

Current Affairs (Agriculture Focused), Banking Awareness and Economy (Agriculture Focused), Agricultural Insurance, Important people in the news, Sports News, Appointments, etc.

English

For Phase 1 Exam 

Reading comprehension, Cloze test, Sentence improvement, Spotting the errors, Fill in the blanks, Sentence rearrangement

For Phase 2 Exam  

Essay, Precis writing, Comprehension, Business/Office Correspondence

Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD)

Agriculture: 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 dryland agriculture, 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.

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, 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 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 (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.

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, agro-forestry, 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, 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 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 the 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- 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 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.

Economic & Social Issues

Nature of Indian Economy - Structural and Institutional features - Economic underdevelopment - Opening the Indian Economy - Globalisation - Economic Reforms in India - Privatisation.

Inflation - 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.

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. Industry - 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 Banking/ Financial sector. The globalisation of Economy - Role of International Funding Institutions - IMF & World Bank - WTO - Regional Economic Co-operation.

Social Structure in India - Multiculturalism - Demographic trends - Urbanisation and Migration - Gender Issues Joint family system - Social Infrastructure - Education - Health and Environment. Education - 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 favour of the underprivileged - Social Movements - Indian Political Systems - Human Development. Current Economic & Social Issues.

Exam Date

17th and 18th September 2021

Total Vacancies

162

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FAQs

What is the number of vacancies for NABARD Grade A and B 2021?

Total 162 vacancies ( 155 Grade A and 7 for Grade B)

When is the date for NABARD Grade A and B Exam 2021? +

17th and 18th September 2021 (Tentative)

What is the age limit for NABARD Grade A & B? +

Minimum 21 years and maximum 30 years.

What is the application fee for NABARD Grade A & B? +

For SC/ST/PWD there is no application fee, while other need to pay Rs.650 towards the application fee. Also, an intimation charge of Rs.150 is applicable for any category of applicant.

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