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 Details

Exam NameNABARD Grade B Exam
Conducting BodyNational Board of Agriculture and Rural Development
Mode of ExaminationOnline
PhasesPreliminary, Mains and Personal Interview
Maximum Marks Prelims-200
Application FeesGeneral- Rs 900
SC/ST/PWD- Rs 150

Important Dates

Since the official dates for the coveted NABARD Grade B exam have not yet been released, we have tabulated the tentative months below:

Online Application processMay 2020
Last Date to Apply OnlineMay 2020
Prelims ExamJune 2020
Mains ExamJuly 2020

NABARD Grade B Eligibility Criteria

Just like other bank exams, a candidate has to fulfill the parameters as set the competent authority. The eligibility criteria for NABARD Grade B 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.
  • Candidates should be between the age of 21 to 35 years.

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 NABARD Grade B exam pattern of all the levels. 

NABARD Grade B Prelims Pattern

SectionNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Quantitative Aptitude2020
Computer Knowledge2020
General Awareness2020
English Language4040
Agriculture and Rural Development4040
Economic and Social Issues4040

NABARD Grade B Mains Pattern

PaperTypeMaximum MarksDuration
Paper 1: General EnglishDescriptive10090 Minutes
Paper 2: Economic and Social Issues and Agricultural and Rural Development for General PostsMCQs10090 Minutes
Paper 3: Development Economics, Statistics, Finance, and ManagementMCQs10090 Minutes
3004 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 NABARD Grade B Prelims 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 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 NABARD Grade B syllabus.

EnglishEssays, Comprehension Passages, and Précis writing
Economic and Social IssuesPoverty 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 DevelopmentRural Population in India;
Rural Credit Systems;
Panchayati Raj Institutions;
Indian Rural Economy & its Structure, etc. 
Analytical PaperFinance & Statistics;
Development Economics;
Management [Leadership, Human Resource, and Communication]

Note: This list is not exhaustive. To go through the syllabus in detail, you can visit the official website. 

Application Process

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

  • Log into the official website of Nabard
  • 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.

With scores of topics covered in the syllabus, a well-concocted preparation strategy is required to ace the NABARD Grade B 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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