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Nabard Grade A Exam information

Nabard Grade A (Assistant Manager) Course Highlights:

  • Complete material on Phase 1 (Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, English, Agriculture and Rural Development, Computer Knowledge, Economics and Social Issues (Focus on rural india)
  • Complete material on Phase 2 (English, Agriculture and Rural Development Theory and Current part)
  • Practice Tests on Phase 1 and 2 (Chapter tests and full tests)
  • Daily current Affairs Notes and quizzes
  • 24×7 doubt support

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Nabard Grade A Exam- Complete Information

NABARD is inviting applications for the posts of Assistant Manager (Grade A) in the Rural Development Banking Service (RDBS) of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Accordingly, NABARD Grade A Assistant Manager 2020 drive is taking place to fill 154 vacancies. The selection procedure consists of Prelims, Mains and Interview. To work in a reputable institute and earn around Rs.61,000/- per month, do apply for NABARD Recruitment Officer (Grade A) Exam.

Total posts of NABARD Grade A (Assistant Manager) – as per 2020 notification

As per NABARD recruitment notice 2020, there are 154 posts. Of these 69 posts are of the general profile and rest are of the specialized field. Here is break up of NABARD Grade A(Assistant Manager) posts.

Name of the Discipline No. of Vacancies
General 69
Information Technology 12
Chartered Accountant/CS/HR 8/3/3
Economics/Statistics 5/2
Environmental Engineering 04
Food Processing/Food Technology 03
Rajbhasha/Legal/P & SS 8/3/4
Land Development (Soil Science)/Geo Informatics 03/2
General Agriculture/Agriculture Engineering/Agriculture Marketing 4/3/2
Finance 16
Total 154

Important Dates

Events  Dates
Opening Date of Online Registration & Fees Payment January 15, 2020
Closing Date of Online Registration & Fees Payment February 3rd, 2020
Phase I Prelims Exam Date 25th February 2020
Phase II Mains Exam Date will be announced later



  1. General:
    Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University with a minimum of 50% marks (SC/ST/PWD applicants 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree with a minimum of 50% marks (SC/ST/PWD applicants 45%) in aggregate or Ph.D OR Chartered Accountant /Cost Accountant / Company Secretary with Bachelor’s degree OR Two-year full-time P.G. Diploma in Management / full-time MBA degree from
    institutions recognized by GOI / UGC with Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline.
  2. Economics :
    Bachelor’s Degree in Economics with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWD applicants -45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Economics/Agriculture Economics with a minimum of 50% marks (SC/ST/PWD applicants-45%) in aggregate from a recognized university. Candidates with Economics as one of the main subjects at all years/semesters of the course will only be eligible.
  3. Agriculture:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture from any recognized University with a minimum of 50% marks (SC/ST/PWD applicants – 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Agriculture with a minimum of 50% marks (SC/ST/PWD applicants 45%) in aggregate.
  4. Agricultural Engineering:
    Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering with 50% marks in aggregate from a recognized University or Candidates having a post-graduate degree in Agricultural Engineering with 50% marks in aggregate after a Bachelor’s degree in any
    engineering discipline will also be eligible.
  5. Plantation and Horticulture :
    Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from any recognized University with a minimum
    of 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in
    Horticulture with a minimum of 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate.
  6. Animal Husbandry :
    Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Sciences / Animal Husbandry from any recognized University with a minimum of 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Veterinary Sciences /Animal Husbandry with a minimum of 50%
    marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate.
  7. Fisheries :
    Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Science from a recognized University/Institution with 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate or Postgraduate degree in Fisheries with 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate.
  8. Food Processing :
    Bachelor’s degree / BE / B.Tech in Food Processing /Food Technology with 50% marks in aggregate or Postgraduate degree in Food Processing /Food Technology with 50% marks in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution.
  9. Forestry :
    Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from a recognized University/Institution with 50% marks in aggregate or Postgraduate degree in Forestry with 50% marks in aggregate.
  10. Environmental Engineering :
    Bachelor’s degree with Environmental Science / Environmental Engineering as a subject with 50% marks in aggregate or Postgraduate degree in Environmental Engineering or Environmental Science with 50% marks in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution.
  11. Water Resource Development and Management :
    Bachelor’s degree in Hydrology/Applied Hydrology or Geology/Applied Geology with Hydrogeology /Irrigation /Water Supply & sanitation as one of the subjects with 50% marks (SC/ST applicants 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Engineering/ Hydrology/Applied Hydrology or eology/Applied Geology with Hydrogeology /Irrigation /Water Supply & sanitation as one of the subjects with 50% marks in aggregate (SC/ST applicants 45%) from a recognized University.
  12. Social Work :
    Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with 50% marks in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Social Work with 50% marks in aggregate from a recognized University.
  13. Chartered Accountant :
    Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with Membership of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
  14. Company Secretary :
    Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with Associate membership of Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).
  15. Finance:
    BBA (Finance/Banking) / BMS (Finance/Banking) with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 45%) or Two years full time P.G. Diploma in Management (Finance) / Full time MBA (Finance) degree from Institutions / Universities recognised by GoI /UGC or Bachelor of Financial and Investment Analysis with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 45%) OR 
  16. Plantation and Horticulture:
    Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from any recognized University with a minimum of 50% marks (PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Horticulture with a minimum of 50% marks (PWBD applicants – 45%) in aggregate.


Candidate must be between 21-30 years (born between 02.03.1990 to 01.03.1999). This is for the year 2020 notification.

Upper age limit may be relaxed by –
03 years in case of eligible OBC applicants,

05 years in case of following applicants:

  • Applicants belonging to SC/ST
  • Ex-servicemen (including Emergency Commissioned Officers/Short Service Commissioned Officers) provided that the applicants have rendered at least five years continuous Military Service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or on account of physical disability or have been released on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service or on invalidation
  • Emergency Commissioned Officers/Short Service Commissioned Officers who have completed their initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service but whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case, on selection, the Ministry of Defence issues
    certificates that they would be released within 03 months from the date of receipt of offer of appointment
  • Applicants who had ordinarily been domiciled in Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period 01 January 1980 to 31 December 1989
  • Children/family members of victims died in 1984 riots.

Maximum Age relaxation permissible: 10 years for PWD (General); 13 years for PWD (OBC) and 15 years for PWD (SC/ST) applicants.


Phase 1: Maximum Marks- 200, 2 hours

  • Test of Reasoning– 20 marks
  • English Language- 40 marks
  • Computer Knowledge–20 marks
  • General Awareness – 20 marks
  • Quantitative Aptitude – 20 marks
  • Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India) –40 marks
  • Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) – 40 marks

Phase 2: Maximum Marks- 200

Paper 1- General English (Descriptive) – 90 minutes, 100 marks

Paper 2 – 90 minutes, 100 marks

General profile – Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)

For specialized posts – Paper on related discipline



  • The Preliminary Examination is only qualifying in nature and is meant to serve as a screening
    test. The calling ratio for Main Exam shall be 1:25
  • For every wrong answer marked, 1/4th of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty in Phase I and Phase II
  • Cut-offs in Phase I and Phase II may be applied in two stages : (i) On scores in individual tests, (ii) On Total Score
  • Only such candidates who score the minimum cut off marks or above in the Main exam will be shortlisted for interview. The calling ratio for Interview shall be
  • Among the candidates having equal marks in total (Main examination + interview taken together), the candidate with higher marks in the Main exam will be ranked higher.
  • In case of having equal marks in Main Examination, the candidate with higher qualification or in case of similar qualification, the candidate with higher marks in graduation will be ranked higher. In case of further tie-up, the candidate senior in age will be ranked higher.

How to Apply for NABARD Officer Grade A

To apply for NABARD Recruitment Officer Grade A click on the direct link. You can apply through online mode only.

  1. Fill the Application form for registration.
  2. Click on Submit.
  3. You will receive a Provisional Registration Number and Password.
  4. Make sure to note these down and save them.
  5. Pay the application fees online
  6. Click on Working with us at the top of the page.
  7. Now click on “Link for Application” under Career notices.
  8. Follow the above instructions to fill your NABARD Recruitment application form.

Application Fee  for NABARD Recruitment Officer (Grade A)

  • For SC/ST/PWD: Rs150/-
  • For all others: Rs. 800/-
  • For NABARD staff: No fee

NABARD Officer Grade A – Salary & Payscale

  • Basic PayRs.28,150/- per month
  • Scale:  28150-1550(4) -34350-1750(7) – 46600 –EB – 1750(4)- 53600-2000(1)-55600
  • Eligible for: DA, Local Allowance, HRA, Family Allowance, Grade Allowance, Medical Care, etc
  • Initial Gross Emoluments: (Approx) Rs. 61,000/- per month

Check out the Expected & Previous years NABARD Grade A & B Cut off here:



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 and Agriculture & Rural Development
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 – conomic 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 on 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;
a) Soil and Water Conservation : Major soil types, soil fertility, fertilisers, soil erosion,soil conservation, watershed management;
b) 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.
c) 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.
d) 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.
e) 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.
f) 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.
g) 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 2019. Recent developments under Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
h) Agriculture Extensions: Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programmes, Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) in dissemination of Agricultural technologies.
i) 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.
j) 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.

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