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Nabard Grade B

Headquartered in Mumbai, National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development is an apex institution which focuses on the development of the agriculture sector through financial and non-financial steps. RBI, UPSC, LIC, etc conduct examinations like LIC AAO, Civil Service Exam, RRB NTPC, etc, to recruit candidates across various posts. Tasked with a wide range of responsibilities, NABARD also conducts exams for its Grade A and B posts every year. Apart from the NABARD Grade A exam, the institute also conducts the NABARD Grade B exam to recruit prospective candidates for the post of Manager in the Rural Development Banking Service (RBDS). Through this blog, let’s understand what this exam entails and the important details pertaining to it. 

Exam Name NABARD Grade B Exam
Conducting Body National Board of Agriculture and Rural Development
Mode of Examination Online
Phases Preliminary, Mains and Personal Interview
Maximum Marks  Prelims-200
Application Fees General- Rs 900
SC/ST/PWD- Rs 150

Also Read: NABARD Grade A

NABARD Grade B 2021 Notification

The notification was released in the first week of July. The application portal is open till 7 August 2021. Here are some of the important NABARD Grade B 2021 Notification & Exam date

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NABARD Grade B Eligibility Criteria 2021

Just like other bank exams, a candidate has to fulfill the parameters as set the competent authority. The eligibility criteria for this exam has been given a rundown below: 

  • Candidates must have completed their graduation in any subject with a minimum of 60% [55% for SC/ST/PWBD] aggregate marks. 
  • Those who have completed their postgraduation in any discipline are also eligible only if they have secured a minimum of 55% aggregate marks [50% for SC/ST/PWBD].
  • PhD holders can also apply.
  • NABARD Grade B age eligibility is that sandidates should be between the age of 21 to 35 years.NABARD Grade B age limit is up to 35 years.

Application Process

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The application process of the coveted NABARD Grade B exam has been given a rundown below: 

  • Log into the official website
  • Check out the career notices and click on ‘Apply Online’ 
  • New users must click on the ‘Click here for New Registration’ tab and provide details like full name, email ID and contact number.
  • Login using the provisional registration number and password to complete the form.
  • Validate and save your details to proceed. 
  • Upload your photo & signature, taking care of the specifications.
  • Select ‘Payment’ tab to remit the application fee.
  • Finally ‘submit’ the application form.

Click Here for NABARD Grade B Application Form 2021


NABARD Grade B Syllabus

As discussed, NABARD assesses a candidate on various parameters. Due to this, the exam syllabus is quite exhaustive. Tabulated below are some of the topics that form as essential part of the this exam.

Subjects Topics
English Essays, Comprehension Passages, and Précis writing
Economic and Social Issues Poverty Alleviation Programmes;
Indian Economy;
Economic Reforms;
Industrial and Labour Policy;
International Funding Institutions;
Human Development;
Social Movements;
Social Justice;
Non-Institutional and Institutional Rural Credit Agencies, etc. 
Agriculture  Current Affairs;
Farm and Agri Engineering;
Ecology and Climate Change;
Fisheries & Forests;
Animal Husbandry;
Agricultural extensions;
Plantation & Horticulture;
Soil and Water Conservation;
Water Resources
Rural Development Rural Population in India;
Rural Credit Systems;
Panchayati Raj Institutions;
Indian Rural Economy & its Structure, etc. 
Analytical Paper Finance & Statistics;
Development Economics;
Management [Leadership, Human Resource, and Communication]

Click Here for NABARD Grade B Syllabus PDF

NABARD Grade B: Exam Pattern

This examination consists of 3 stages namely Prelims, Mains, and Personal Interview. While the preliminary level has one paper that has to be completed in 2 hours, mains has 3 papers [Paper-I, Paper-II, Paper-III], each of 1.5 hours duration. Tabulated below is the exam pattern of all the levels. 

Prelims Pattern

Section Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Quantitative Aptitude 20 20
Reasoning 20 20
Computer Knowledge 20 20
General Awareness 20 20
English Language 40 40
Agriculture and Rural Development 40 40
Economic and Social Issues 40 40
Total 200 200

Mains Pattern

Paper Type Maximum Marks Duration
Paper 1: General English Descriptive 100 90 Minutes
Paper 2: Economic and Social Issues and Agricultural and Rural Development for General Posts MCQs 100 90 Minutes
Paper 3: Development Economics, Statistics, Finance, and Management MCQs 100 90 Minutes
Total 300 4 Hours 30 Minutes

Interview Round

The candidates who will be able to secure the qualifying marks in the mains exam will be eligible to sit for the interview round. The interview round itself will carry 40 marks.

Marking Scheme

As far as the marking scheme of the exam is concerned, 1 mark is awarded for a correct answer while for incorrect option, 0.25 marks are deducted. On the other hand, for mains, every correct answer will fetch you 2 marks and 0.50 marks will be deducted for an incorrect answer. 

NABARD Grade B Salary

NABARD grade B salary officers earn a generous amount. The basic pay is Rs. 35,000 and additional allowances. Additional allowances are Dearness Allowance, Local Compensatory Allowance, House Rent Allowance, and Grade Allowance. The total payment will be around Rs.50,000 to 70,000 at the initial stages. 

NABARD Grade B Prepration

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With scores of topics covered in the syllabus, a well-concocted preparation strategy is required to ace the NABARD exam. If you are confused about the career options after graduation then reach out to our experts at Leverage Edu who will recommend the most suitable career paths after assessing your profile through our specially designed psychometric test!

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