NABARD Grade A & B Exam 2017: Syllabus

Published on Tuesday, June 27, 2017
NABARD Grade A & B Prelims Exam Pattern
Candidates who qualify and rank sufficiently high in Preliminary Exam shall be called for appearing in the Main Examination. So, the marks secured in Phase I – On-line preliminary examination will not be counted for final selection. Prelims exam pattern is common for both Grade A & Grade b Exam.

Exam Pattern for Phase I 

Name of Test Maximum Marks
Reasoning Ability 20
English Language 40
Computer Knowledge 20
General Awareness 20
Quantitative Aptitude 20
Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India) 40
Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) 40
Total 200

NABARD Grade A Mains Exam pattern

Exam Post Name of Test Maximum Marks Total Time
Phase I (Descriptive Test) Common for all General English (Essay writing, Comprehension, Report Writing, Paragraph writing & Letter writing) 100 90 minutes
Phase II For 'General' post Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) 100 90 minutes
For posts including following - Economics, Agriculture, 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 Test Maximum Marks Total Time
Phase I General English (Descriptive Test) 100 90 minutes
Phase II Economic and Social Issues and Agri. and Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) for General Posts and Agriculture for candidates applying for Manager (RDBS) Agriculture Post 100 90 minutes
Phase III Development Economics, Statistics, Finance & Management 100 90 minutes


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 etc

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Number Series
  • Simplification/ Approximation, 
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Miscellaneous  (profit and loss, age, 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

  • Current Affairs 
  • Banking and Economy, 
  • Insurance.
  • Appointments, 
  • Awards and Honours, 
  • Sports, 
  • New schemes, 
  • National and international news, 
  • Latest developments in science and technology.

Computer Knowledge

  • Networking
  • Input-output devices
  • DBMS, MS Office
  • Internet
  • History of computer & generations
  • Shortcuts

The syllabus of Part II of Prelims and Phase II Syllabus Paper-II is the same 

Syllabus of NABARD Grade A & B-Mains Exam

The phase II of the Exam consists of Online Objective Test & Online Descriptive Test. 

Paper I – English Writing

  • Essay
  • Précis writing
  • Comprehension
  • Report writing
  • Paragraph writing 
  • Business/Office Correspondence

Paper II - 

Economic and Social Issues
  • Nature of Indian Economy: Structural & Institutional Features.
  • Opening Up The India Economy: Globalisation- Economic Reforms in India- Privatisation
  • Inflation: Trends in Inflation & Their Impact on the Nationa Economy & Individual Income
  • Objectives of Economic Planning: Evaluation of Indian Planning
  • Poverty Alleviation & Employment Generation in India: Rural & Urban- Measurement of Poverty- Poverty Alleviation Programmes of The Government 
  • Population Trends: Population Growth & Economic Development, Population Policy in India
  • Industry: Industrial & Labour Policy- Industrial Performance, Regional Imbalance in India's Industrial Development- Public Sector Enterprises.
  • Social Infrastructure: Education- Health & Environment
  • Education: Status & System of Education, Socio-Economic Problems Associated with Illiteracy, Educational Relevance & 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 backwards classes, positive discrimination in the favour of underprivileged
  • Social Structure in India: Multiculturalism, Current Economic & Social Issues: Human Development, Indian Political System, Social Movements, Gender Issues: Joint Family System, Demographic Trends: Urbanisation & Migration
Agriculture & Rural Development
Agriculture: Characteristics/Status, Technical & Institutional Changes in Indian Agriculture- Agricultural Performance, Issues in Food Security in India, Non-Institutional & Institutional Agencies in Rural Credit. 
Rural Marketing: Development of Banking & Financial Institutions in India- Reforms in Banking & Financial Sector
Role of International Funding Institutions: IMF and World Bank- WTO- Regional Economic Corporation
The syllabus of agriculture can be divided into following blocks

Block I

  • Branches of Agriculture
  • Agronomy: Definition, Meaning, Scope
  • Classification of Crops
  • Factors Affecting Crop Production & Agro Climate Zones
  • Cropping Systems
  • Crops & Weathers
  • Seeds
  • Precision Farming
  • Organic Farming

Block II

  • Types of Soil
  • Soil Fertility
  • Soil Erosion & Conservation
  • Watershed Management

Block III

  • Sources of Irrigation
  • Types of Irrigation
  • Crop Water Requirement
  • Command Area Development
  • Water Conservation Techniques

Block IV

  • Sources of Power on Farms
  • Water Harvesting Structure
  • Agro Processing
  • Storage: Godowns, bins, silos etc

Block V

  • Plantation & Horticulture: Definition, Meaning & Branches
  • Post Harvest Management, Supply Chain Management of P & H Crops

Block VI

  • Role of Animals in Indian Economy
  • Animal Husbandry Methods
  • Classification of Breeds of Cattle
  • Feeds & Fodder Classification
  • Poultry Industry  in India
  • Mixed Farming
  • Linkages between Livestock/poultry & farming

Block VII

  • Importance of Fisheries in India
  • Aquaculture
  • Post-Harvest Technology
  • Freshwater, brackish water, & marine fisheries

Block VIII

  • Silviculture
  • Social Forestry
  • Agro Forestry
  • Joint Forest Management
  • Forest Policy, Legislation in India
  • State of Forest Report
  • Recent Development Under MOEFCC

Block IX

  • Agricultural Extension: Importance, Role and Methods
  • Role of KVKs

Block X

  • Ecology & Environment
  • GHGs: Concept & Countries
  • Adaptation Vs Mitigation
  • Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture & rural livelihood
  • Carbon Credit
  • IPCC
  • COP Meetings
  • Funding Mechanism
  • Initiative by GOI: NAPCC, SAPCC, INDC

Block XII

  • Rural Areas: concept & importance for India
  • Rural Population: Composition & Trends
  • Problems of Rural Population
  • Issues in handlooms
  • PRIs: workings 7 functions
  • MNREGA, NRLM, Ajeevika, Rural drinking water programmes, swatchh bharat, rural housing, PURA, other programmes
  • Rural Credit System: Evolution & Growth
  • Role & Functions of RBI , NABARD SIBDI etc 

Phase III

Development 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
  • Banking and financial Institutions in India
  • Financial system- features
  • Characteristics and issues
  • Micro finance, 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


  • Management: its nature and scope
  • The Management Processes: Planning, Organisation, Staffing, Directing and Controlling
  • The Role of a Manager in an Organisation
  • Leadership
  • Human Resource Development
  • Communication

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