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Nabard Grade A

India is the second-most populous country in the world. With 65% of the country’s population living in rural areas [UN’s Population division’s report of 2019], agricultural or farming activities like breeding cattle and harvesting crops remain the main source of income. But often, farmers whose livelihoods depend on agricultural activities lack financial resources. To overcome the hurdles prevalent in this sector, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development [NABARD], which is also a leading financial institution, plays a significant role. Unlike other bank exams like SBI PO, IBPS PO, etc, the NABARD Grade A offers an opportunity to those who want to explore various facets of the agricultural sector including legal and rural development aspects. This blog will take you through all the details pertinent to the NABARD Grade A examination and its related components. 

NABARD Grade A 2021 Overview

Exam Name NABARD Grade A
Conducting Body National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
Conductivity  Annually 
Name of Post Assistant Manager, Development Manager, Consultants etc.
Mode of Application Online
Selection Process PrelimsMainsInterview
Category Government job
Official Website

What is NABARD Grade A Exam?

India needs rural and agricultural development and for that, the Government of India has taken a prime interest in strengthening banks that could facilitate people living in rural areas with a plethora of facilities. NABARD, or what is known as National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development offers lucrative Grade A posts [Assistant Manager] across Protocol & Security, Legal, Rajbhasha, and Rural Development services [RDBS] every year. For this, an individual needs to clear NABARD Grade A exam which is conducted in three main stages namely, prelims, mains, and personal interview

NABARD Grade A Examination Dates 

Release of NABARD Grade A Notification Not Released Yet
NABARD Grade A online application starts in  To Be Announced
Last date for online application submission  To Be Announced
Admit Card Availability To Be Announced
Prelims Examination Date for (RDBS) To Be Announced
NABARD Grade A Prelims result To Be Announced
For (P&SS) examination date  To Be Announced
Mains examination date  To Be Announced
Declaration of Mains Result To Be Announced
Interview To Be Announced

NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern 

As discussed, the NABARD Grade A exam is conducted in three stages; prelims, mains and interview. The preliminary examination is online-based and carries 200 marks. Candidates have to finish this part in 2 hours. Let’s glance through the main important parameters of all the phases on this exam: 

Preliminary Pattern 

Name of the Section  Total Marks
Quantitative Aptitude 20
Reasoning Test 20
English Language  40
Computer Knowledge 20
General Awareness 20
Economic and Social Issues 40
Agriculture and Rural Development 40
Total 200

Mains Pattern

It is important to note that the NABARD Grade A Mains examination will consist of both MCQs as well as descriptive questions which will be conducted in 2 papers. Let’s go through its pattern, mentioned in tabular form below: 

Paper 1: General English

Details Total Marks Time Duration
Analytical abilities, essay writing, comprehension, report writing, paragraph writing & letter writing  100 1.5 hour

Paper 2

Services Details Time Marks
RDBS Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture &
Rural Development [focus on Rural India]
1.5 Hours 100
Rajbhasha .Hindi proficiency, translations, drafting abilities 1.5 Hours 100
Legal Services Laws on Banking sector, Negotiable Instruments, Company, Industrial Cooperative Laws, Cyber laws, Commerce/Property transactions,
Rural non-life insurance, direct financing, staff matters
1.5 Hours 100

Note: 1/4th of the allotted marks will be deducted for incorrect answers both in prelims and mains.

Eligibility Criteria

To sit for the NABARD Grade A examination, one needs to fulfil the eligibility criteria as set by the competent authority. Glance through the following points to understand the prerequisites of this exam. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University with a minimum of 50% marks. For SC/ST/PWBD applicants, only 45% marks are required in total OR
  • Post Graduate degree holders need a minimum of 50% marks to appear for the exam and for SC/ST/PWBD applicants, 45% is required OR
  • A PhD or Chartered Accountant /Cost Accountant / Company Secretary with Bachelor’s degree OR
  • Two-year full-time PGDM / full-time MBA degree from Institutions recognized by GOI / UGC with a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline.

Note: This is the eligibility criteria for GENERAL degrees. In RDBS, there are other categories like Environmental Engineering, Information Technology, etc for which the criteria is different. It is advised to go through the main website for the same.  


  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline in Hindi/English medium with a minimum of 50% marks OR
  • Bachelor’s degree having Hindi/English as main subjects with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks OR
  • Post Graduation in Hindi/English from a university recognised by the act of parliament or state with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks. 

LLB [For advocate, recognised by Bar Council of India] with 50% OR LLM with 45% aggregate marks. 

NABARD Grade A Syllabus 

To ace the NABARD Grade A exam, candidates should be familiar with the topics from which the questions will be asked. Let’s go through the main syllabus mentioned in a tabulated form below:  

Section Name  Main Topics 
Reasoning Ability Puzzles & Seating arrangement, Statement based questions
(Verbal reasoning), Input-Output, Data Sufficiency, Syllogism,
Coding-Decoding, Miscellaneous Questions, Inequality, Blood relation questions
Quantitative Aptitude Data Interpretations, Mathematical Inequalities, Quadratic Equations,
Simplification/ Approximation, Number Series, Arithmetic Questions,
Data Sufficiency, Quantity Comparisons
English Language Reading Comprehension, New pattern questions, Sentence Improvement,
Fill in the blanks, Para Jumbles, Cloze test, Spotting the errors, Sentence rearrangement
General Awareness Questions related to Current Affairs, Banking and Economy,
Insurance, awards, honours, sports, new schemes, national and international news, the latest developments in science and technology.
Computer Knowledge Networking, Input-output devices, DBMS, MS Office, Internet,
History of computers & generations, Shortcuts.

Application Fee

The Application Fee for the NABARD Grade A 2021 is as follows:

Category Application Fee in INR Intimation charges in INR Total in INR
SC/ ST/ PWBD NIL 150 150
For all others 650 150 800*

NOTE: the total amount is exclusive of applicable GST

NABARD Grade A Interview

Candidates who pass the primary exam will be invited to an interview round. The NABARD Grade A Personal Interview has a maximum score of 25. The final merit list will be determined by the candidates’ performance on the Main Exam and Personal Interview. As a result, candidates would perform well in both the Mains and the Personal Interview.

NABARD Grade A Salary 2021

Basic Pay: Rs.28,150/- per month
Allowances: Dearness Allowance, Local Compensatory Allowance, House Rent Allowance, and Grade Allowance
Initial Gross Emoluments: Rs. 62,600/- per month (Approx) 

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