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Paper pattern of Nabard Development Assistant Exam

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Nabard Development Assistant notification is out, and you must be gearing for the exam preparation. It is very important to understand exam syllabus and paper pattern of Nabard development assistant. Knowing the paper pattern will help in making right strategy, and thus save your valuable time resources.

Nabard Development Assistant syllabus

Nabard Development Assistant is conducted in 2 phases.

Nabard prelims exam: Numerical Ability, Reasoning and English

Nabard main exam: Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, General Awareness, Computer knowledge, Descriptive English

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Nabard Development Assistant paper pattern

We have listed down main queries that we have received for paper pattern.

What is duration of Nabard Development Assistant exam?

Nabard Development Assistant prelim exam is of 1 hour and main paper is of 2 hours.

How many questions are asked in Nabard Development Assistant prelim paper?

You will be asked 100 questions of 100 marks in 1 hour

Is there any negative marking in Nabard Development Assistant exam?

Yes. For every wrong answer, 0.25 marks will be deducted. You need to make sure that you are not guesswork.

What type of questions will be asked in English paper in Main exam?

English paper for Nabard Development Assistant Main paper is of descriptive type. You will be asked to write essay, précis, report and letter writing in this paper.

What type of questions will be asked in General Awareness in Nabard Development Assistant exam?

Nabard Development Assistant paper 2(main) has General Awareness section, which has biggest weightage of all other subject in main exam. You will be asked question based on current affairs, agriculture current affairs, banking current affairs and gk, rural development current affairs). Make sure to brush up last 6 months current affairs with special focus on agriculture and rural segment.

What is difficulty level of Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning paper?

Level of Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning is same as of any SSC/Bank Po exam.  You can focus on questions from RS Aggawal type books.

In which language the Nabard Development Assistant paper will come?

Paper will come in 2 languages – English and Hindi

What are the most scoring sections in Nabard Development Assistant main exam?

Weightage of subject are like this.

  • Quantitative Aptitude: 30
  • Reasoning: 30
  • General Awareness: 50
  • Computer knowledge: 40
  • English (Descriptive): 50

In our opinion, General Awareness and Computer knowledge are most scoring topics in the paper. You should target atleast 60+ marks from these 2 subjects. You can target 30+ marks from QA and reasoning combined. Your aim should be to score 95-100 from objective test and go for additional 25-30 from English paper.

My English writing is very poor. Will it impact my chance?

English section is one of the most important sections having 25% weightage of main paper. You can still qualify cut off if you can score 120+ marks in objective paper and perform poor in English. But, our opinion is that you cannot skip this paper, and you should work on improving your English skills. Here are some good articles on English writing tips.


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