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NABARD Grade A: Notification and Syllabus

Published on Saturday, July 17, 2021
NABARD releases a recruitment notification every year for the posts of Grade A officers (General). This article explains the important exam dates, exam pattern, and syllabus.

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Important Dates:

Schedule of Event Date
NABARD Grade A Officer 2021 – Online Application Start Date 17-07-2021
NABARD Grade A Officer 2021 – Online Application End Date07-08-2021
NABARD Grade A Officer 2021 – Prelims Exam Last Week of August 2021/First Week of September2021 (Tentatively)@
NABARD Grade A Officer 2021 – Mains Exam To be declared soon


Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria
Education (01-07-2021)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants - 55%) in aggregate 
  • Post Graduate degree, MBA/PGDM with a minimum of 55% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants - 50%) in aggregate 
  • CA/ CS/ICWA 
  • Ph.D from Institutions recognized by GOI/UGC .
Age (as on 01-07-2021) The candidate must be between 21 and 30 years of age as on 01-07-2021, i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than 02-07-1991 and not later than 01-07- 2000

Exam Pattern

Phase I

Subject No of Questions Marks
Test of Reasoning 20 20
English Language30 30
Computer Knowledge 20 20
Quantitative Aptitude20 20
Decision Making 10 10
General Awareness 20 20
Eco & Soc. Issues (with focus on Rural India) 40 40
Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) 40 40
Total 200 200
  • 120 Minutes Composite Time
  • Qualifying Section - Test of Reasoning, English Language, Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, Decision Making 
  • Merit Section - General Awareness, Eco & Soc. Issues (with focus on Rural India), Agriculture & Rural Development with Emphasis on Rural India. 
  • Shortlisting of the candidates for the Main exam will be based on marks scored in the Merit section only.

Phase II

Subject No of Questions Marks Duration
Paper I: General English: (Descriptive) 3100100
Paper-II: Economic & Social Issues (Objective)305030
Paper-II: Economic & Social Issues (Descriptive)6 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

Phase III – Interview

Applicants qualifying in the Phase-II Examination and securing a sufficiently high rank in the merit shall be short-listed for an interview. Marks for Interview: 50 Marks

Syllabus For NABARD Grade A- Phase I


  • Antonyms and Synonyms 
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Error Spotting
  • Phrases and Idioms 
  • Sentence Completion 
  • Para Jumbles 
  • Cloze Test 
  • Fill in the blanks 

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number Series 
  • Percentage and Average 
  • Time, Speed, and Distance 
  • Time and Work 
  • Quadratic Equations 
  • Simple and Compound Interest 
  • Permutation and Combination 
  • Boats and Streams 
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation 
  • Number System 
  • Simplification 
  • Probability 
  • Profit and Loss 
  • Ratio and Proportion 
  • Surds and Indices 
  • Pipes and Cisterns 
  • Mensuration 

Reasoning Ability

  • Syllogism 
  • Circular and Linear Seating Arrangements 
  • Blood Relations 
  • Analogy 
  • Classification 
  • Coded Inequalities 
  • Directions and Distance 
  • Puzzles 
  • Order and Ranking 
  • Series 
  • Order and Ranking 

Decision Making

  • Assertion and Reasoning 
  • Statement and Assumptions 
  • Statement and Argument 
  • Data Sufficiency 
  • Course of Action
  • Statement & Conclusion

General Awareness

  • Current affairs
  • Economic News 
  • Banking Awareness 
  • Sports 
  • Awards and Honors 
  • Books and Authors 
  • Government Schemes and Programmes 
  • Economic survey
  • Union budget
  • Appointments & Resigns
  • Awards & Honours
  • Committees
  • Index & Ranking
  • Military Exercise
  • Science and Technology
  • Summits and Conferences

Computer Section

  • Fundamentals and Terminologies 
  • History of Computer 
  • Operating System 
  • Internet and Networking 
  • MS Office
  • Keyboard Shortcuts 
  • Network security
  • DBMS
  • Internet technologies 

Economic & Social Issues

  • Nature of Indian Economy 
  • Structural and Institutional features 
  • Economic Underdevelopment 
  • Opening up the Indian Economy 
  • Globalisation 
  • Economic Reforms in India 
  • Privatization
  • Economy and Individual Income 
  • Employment Generation in India 
  • Measurement of Poverty 
  • Poverty Alleviation Programmes of the Government 
  • Population Trends 
  • Population Growth and Economic Development 
  • Population Policy in India. 

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 
  • Problems of dryland agriculture 
  • Seed production 
  • Precision Farming 
  • System of Crop Intensification 
  • Organic farming; 
  • Soil and Water Conservation 
  • Major soil types 
  • Water Resource 
  • Irrigation Management 
  • Farm and Agri Engineering 
  • Plantation & Horticulture 
  • Plantation and Horticulture Crops 
  • Animal Husbandry 
  • Introduction to the poultry industry in India 
  • Concept of mixed farming 
  • Fisheries 
  • Forestry 
  • Agriculture Extensions 
  • Ecology and Climate Change:. 
  • Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities  
  • Rural Development 
  • Rural population in India 
  • Panchayati Raj Institutions 

Syllabus For NABARD Grade-A- Phase II

English Language: Descriptive

  • Essay, 
  • Précis writing, 
  • Comprehension and Business/Office Correspondence
The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing skills including expressions and understanding the topic.

Economic & Social Issues 

  • Nature of Indian Economy 
    • Structural and Institutional features 
    • Economic underdevelopment 
    • Opening up 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. 
    • 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 under privileged 
    • Social Movements 
    • Indian Political Systems 
    • Human Development
  • Current Economic & Social Issues.


  • 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 dry land 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 Resources
    • 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.
  • 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 Extension
    • Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programmes, Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra's (KVK) in 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 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 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.

NABARD Grade A Course

  1. Video Lessons for Conceptual Understanding
  2. Comprehensive Notes in Printable PDF Format
  3. Sectional Quizzes to assess the understanding of topics
  4. Mini Mock Tests
  5. Full-Length Mock tests
  6. Doubt Clearing Sessions
  7. Regular Assessment of Descriptive English Skills
  8. Daily New Classes
  9. Complete Syllabus Coverage
  10. Easy Learning Solutions
  11. Monthly NABARD Grade A GK Digest: December 2019 (Demo PDF)
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