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Paper analysis of NABARD Grade A exam

NABARD Grade A exam is conducted to select candidates for the post of Assistant Manager. If you are aspiring for this exam, then it is time to turn your dream into reality as the notification can come anytime and so you must be ready with your preparation. This exam consists of 7 papers of total 200 marks and 2 hours duration:

• Quant – 20 marks
• Reasoning- 20 marks
• English – 40 marks
• ESI- 40 marks
• ARD – 40 marks
• General awareness – 20 marks
• Computer Knowledge – 20 marks

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Below, we have presented a complete analysis of all the 7 papers so that it will help you if you are preparing for this year’s exam or even in the future.

Quantitative Analysis

Number of questions – 20

This section was easy-moderate. It was very important for candidates to gauge which questions to skip and which to attempt as some questions required too much calculation. Quadratic, data sufficiency and number series carried a whopping 12 marks out of 20 and a candidate who has good command over these topics can quickly solve it in lesser time and devote the remaining time to other sections.

 Topics Type of questions asked Number of questions asked Difficulty level Data interpretation A Pie chart set question was given and candidates were required to find percentage, ratio, average, etc 5 Easy Data sufficiency A question was asked followed by two statements and finding out whether the answer can be derived using those statements 3 Moderate Quadratic equation Finding the roots of the two equations and determining if there is any relationship or no relationship between them 5 Easy Number series To find the next question in a series of numbers 4 Moderate Time, Speed and Distance Finding time, speed or distance 1 Moderate Mensuration – 1 Moderate Age To find age of the person in past/future 1 Easy

Reasoning

Number of questions – 20

Though seating arrangement and puzzle were difficult to solve in the limited time all other topics were easy and a candidate who has done enough practice can score very well in this section.

 Topics Types of questions asked Number of questions Difficulty level Syllogism Two statements and two conclusions  were given and candidates were asked to find which of the conclusions follow 5 Easy Inequalities A statement was given along with conclusions and candidates were required to find the conclusion which follows 4 Easy Alphanumeric series A simple series was asked and candidates were asked to find the position of a particular element 1 Easy Seating arrangement 2 variable seating arrangement question where some person were facing north and some south along with finding out their age 5 Moderate Puzzle A puzzle was asked to find the age of different persons 5 Difficult

English

For scoring good marks in this section, all that is required is good reading comprehension ability and basic concepts of grammar. RC carried a huge weight and a candidate who has good reading speed and can comprehend well can score well in this section.

 Topic Type of Questions Number of questions Difficulty level Reading comprehension A passage on Artificial Intelligence and questions were asked related to the passage 10 Easy Parajumbles To rearrange the sentences in the right order 5 Difficult Cloze test 1 blank and 5 options were given and candidates were asked to find the most suitable word for a blank 10 Moderate Error spotting 5 questions to find the correct part in a sentence and 5 questions to find the incorrect part in a sentence 10 Moderate-Difficult Phrase replacement To find the most suitable phrase among the options given 5 Easy

Agriculture and Rural Development

Number of questions – 40

Though more weightage is given to Core Agriculture but topics like schemes, current affairs and schemes also carried significant marks. Someone whose static concepts are strong can score very good marks in this section. More emphasis was laid on remembering the facts and figures as can be gauged by the type of questions given in the table below.

 Topics Type of questions asked Number of questions Difficulty level Current affairs 1) Percentage of the population belonging to the minority community district? 2) No. of districts classified as minority concentration districts? 3) Hirakud dam 6 Easy Core Agriculture 1) Cultural command area for major irrigation projects? 2) Crop having max water requirements? 3) Depth of standing water in puddling operation 4) Which vegetable has a sensitive stage from bulb formation to maturity? 5) Field capacity of double action disc harrow? 6) Milk of which animal has max SNF? 7) Paddy cum fish culture rearing period? 25 Easy- Moderate Government Schemes 1) PMFBY maximum premium 2) E-NAM launch year? 3) Max lending rate of DAY-NRLM 4) Soil health card launch year 5 Easy-moderate Economic Survey/Budget 1)Growth rate of Indian Economy 2)Percentage increase in mechanical and electrical power 3)Percentage formality defined using GST data? 3 Easy Miscellaneous NMDFC set up in which year? 1 Difficult

Economics and Social Issues

Number of questions – 40

This was a balanced paper with a mix of both static knowledge and current affairs. Current affairs dominated this section implying how important it is to keep abreast with the latest news. Economic survey and budget carried  11 marks which show how important reading these documents are. SECC carried 2 marks and someone who has gone through it can score 2 marks easily as learning some facts and figures from this document doesn’t take much time. It is very important to revise the important facts and figures multiple times as questions were mostly factual.

 Topic Type of questions No. of questions Difficulty level Current affairs related to Economics and Social issues 1)RBI deferred implementation of Indian Accounting standards by? 2)UN report 3) ILO report- no. of jobless persons in India? 12 Easy Economic survey/Budget 1)Headline CPI inflation rate? 2)Top 1% of the firms account for what % of exports? 3)Why ES cover is pink? 4)Which sector offers the largest employment but has reducing share in the economy? 5)Allocation of AMIF? 11 Easy Static 1)Sustained increase in general level of prices and goods? 2)GVA gives a picture of the economy from whose side? 3)Unemployment due to the mismatch between skills demanded and worker’s skills? 11 Easy-Moderate SECC 1)Percentage of rural household who are landless? 2)Percentage of rural households who completed education up to higher secondary? 2 Easy Schemes 1)DAY- NRLM under which ministry? 2)Nodal ministry for implementation of MGNREGA? 4 Moderate

General Awareness

Number of questions – 20

Anyone who has gone through the past 6 months of current affairs can score good marks in it. This section was all about memorising important facts and constant reading and revision of the monthly current affairs are required to boost the scores. The weightage of static GA was less as compared to current affairs.

 Topic Number of questions asked Difficulty level Rankings 1 Easy Person in news 1 Easy Government schemes 5 Easy-moderate Sports 1 Easy Awards 1 Easy Static 3 Easy Miscellaneous 8 Easy-moderate

Computer knowledge

Number of questions – 20

This section was all about basic understanding of Computer. Deep concepts were not asked. This was also a scoring paper and a candidate who is well versed with basic knowledge and awareness about Computer can score decent marks in it.

 Topic Type of questions Number of questions Difficulty level Basic Computer awareness Questions were basic and easy related to MS Office, Internet, DBMS, etc 20 Easy

In case you want to look at more questions for practice, then you can access the memory based question paper of NABARD Grade A 2018 from here.

Analysis of previous year exam is an important step in your preparation as this will help you in knowing the current trend of questions. Candidate should be able to gauge which topic is more important and which chapters need more focus. Now, that you are aware of the important topics, type of questions and difficulty level, it is the right time to gear up your preparation. Follow the saying, “the early bird catches the worm” and keep strategizing and preparing for the exam that lays ahead.

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