NABARD is an all India Apex Organization, wholly owned by the Government of India. It is an apex regulatory body for the overall regulation of regional rural banks and apex cooperative banks in India. It is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. Every year, applications are invited from Indian citizens for the post of Assistant Manager in Grade ‘A’ in the Rural Development Banking Service (RDBS) / (Rajbhasha Service). The details regarding NABARD Grade A notification, exam pattern, exam dates, vacancy, application form, exam centres etc. are given in the article. 

To know more about NABARD Grade A, candidates can go through the linked article.

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NABARD Grade-A Notification

The NABARD Grade A notification for the year 2023 is expected to release soon. This is an excellent opportunity for the candidates who aspire to work in managerial positions at NABARD. The candidates can download NABARD Grade A notification 2021 from below for reference. 

NABARD Grade A Notification 2021:-Download PDF Here

NABARD Grade A Exam PatternFor more details on
NABARD Grade-A 2023 Notification, the candidates can refer to the linked article

NABARD Grade-A examination procedure comprises of 3 phases. The phase 1 examination pattern is common for all the posts. The exam pattern of phase 2 varies depending on the post to which the candidate has applied. The candidates who have cleared both prelims and mains will be summoned for the interview. The NABARD Grade A exam pattern is given below

The examination for NABARD Grade-A recruitment is conducted in three phases. The exam pattern of Phase 1 is conducted in common for all the posts. The exam pattern of phase 2 varies depending on the post to which the candidate has applied. The candidates who have cleared the minimum cutoff mark in the main examination will be called for the interview/personality test.

NABARD Grade-A Phase 1 Exam Pattern  

The preliminary Examination Structure for Grade A (RDBS/Rajbhasha) is given below

Name of the Test  No. of Questions Maximum Marks
Test of Reasoning 20 20
English Language  30  30 
Computer Knowledge 20 20
Quantitative Aptitude 20 20
Decision Making 10 10
General Awareness 20 20
Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India) 40 40
Agriculture & Rural Development with Emphasis on Rural India 40 40
Total 200 200

Main Exam test structure for the post of Generalist/specialist/ Rajsabha

Paper Subject Type of Paper No. of Questions Maximum Marks
Paper-I  General English Online Descriptive 3 100
  • Economic and Social Issues for Generalist
  • Stream Specific Paper for specialist and for the post of Rajbhasha
Objective  30 50
Descriptive Type 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] 50

The candidate who has cleared Phase 2 will be called for the interview in the ratio of 1:3. The interview for RDBS and Rajbhasha is conducted for 50 Marks. The final selection of the candidate will be based on the marks scored in the main examination and the interview. To know more about the NABARD Grade A exam pattern, the candidates can go through the linked article.

NABARD Grade A Syllabus

The illustrative syllabus for Phase II (Main Examination) for Grade A (RDBS) (General Discipline) is given below

Paper Subject and Syllabus
Paper I  English

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.

Paper II  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 & Rural Development

  • 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 Resource: 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 Extensions: 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 Application Form

Eligible applicants are required to apply online through website. The detailed procedure for application for NABARD Grade A examination are given below. 

  • Go to the Bank’s website, click on the option “APPLY ONLINE” which will open a new screen.
  • choose the tab “Click here for New Registration” and enter your Name, Contact details and Email-id. 
  • A Provisional Registration Number and Password will be generated by the system and displayed on the screen. 
  • The candidate should note down the Provisional Registration Number and Password.
  • In case the candidate is unable to complete the application form in one go, he/she can save the data already entered by choosing the “SAVE AND NEXT” tab. 
  • Validate your details and Save your application by clicking the ‘Validate your details’ and ‘Save & Next’ button. 
  • Candidates can proceed to upload Photo & Signature as per the specifications given in the Guidelines for Scanning and Upload of Photograph and Signature
  • Click on the Preview Tab to preview and verify the entire application form before FINAL SUBMIT.
  • Modify details, if required, and click on ‘FINAL SUBMIT’ ONLY after verifying and ensuring that the photograph, signature uploaded and other details filled by you are correct.
  • Click on the ‘Payment’ Tab and proceed for payment.

Prior to online registration, the candidates must make sure that they possess the following

  • Scanned photograph 
  • Scanned signature
  • Scanned left thumb impression 
  • Handwritten declaration

NABARD Grade A Application Fee

All the eligible candidates who wish to apply for NABARD Grade A will be required to pay fee/intimation charges as indicated above at the time of online application. The application fee for different categories are given below

Category of applicant Application Fee Intimation charges etc. Total
Unreserved 650 150 800
OBC 650 150 800
SC Nil 150 150
ST Nil 150 150
PWD Nil 150 150

NABARD Grade A Result

NABARD releases the result for the recruitment of Grade A officers on its official website. The official notification for NABARD Grade A 2023 is not yet released. The result for the same will be updated after the examination is conducted by the NABARD.

NABARD Grade A 2023 Prelims Result: Download PDF(to be updated)

NABARD has conducted Prelims and Mains for recruitment of Grade A officers in 2021. The candidates download the NABARD Grade A Prelims and Mains 2021 Result from below.

NABARD Grade A Prelims 2021 Result:-Download PDF Here

NABARD Grade A Mains 2021 Result:-Download PDF Here

NABARD Grade B Mains 2021 Result:-Download PDF Here

Candidates can go through the NABARD Grade A Result page to know more about how to download result and scorecard

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