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We hope that your Nabard preparation is going well now, and you are now gearing for cracking into this prestigious exam. In this article, we have share important tips and preparation strategy for all important Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) for Nabard exam.
Exam pattern of Nabard Grade A/B
Nabard exam is divided into 2 phases.
Phase 1 paper pattern: This stage is preliminary round, and focus is to check general aptitude of Nabard aspirants. This stage has the following subjects
- Quantitative Aptitude
- General Awareness
- Computer Science
- Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD)
- Economics and Social Issues
Phase 2 paper pattern: This is the main stage of the Nabard exam. Here the stress is about aspirants knowledge of the core area ie Agriculture and Rural Sector and socio-economic issues involving these. This stage has 2 subjects
- Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) + Economics and Social Issues (ESI)
Agriculture and Rural Development holds significant weight in both phases (phase 1 and phase 2). Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) course can be divided into the following divisions:
Static agriculture and rural development (ARD) for Nabard
This part contains all the definitions and classifications related to the agriculture sector and economy. For example – What type of soils are there, how many types of rice are there, etc.
Agriculture static part covers about 15-20% of course.
Important tips for studying static agriculture and rural development (ARD) in Nabard
- Do read about major rabi, Kharif crops etc
- Do check about latest news (up to last 6 months) and any major agriculture initiative launched by Centre/State department or any agriculture product which was in news (For example BT cotton, BT brinjal etc)
- Read the latest reports for Agriculture ministries, FAO, FSSAI, ICFA, Agricoop, Dare, and other important governmental departments.
- Note that animal husbandry, fisheries, sericulture, horticulture etc are included in this portion.
The dynamic part of agriculture and rural development (ARD)
This part contains all new initiative taken by ministries, central and state agriculture bodies. For example – Fasal bima yojana, Operations green etc
Important tips for studying dynamic portion of agriculture in Nabard
- Read up to the latest 6 months report
- Special focus on schemes launched in union budgets and mentioned in the economic survey
- More focus on central schemes than state schemes
- Read PIB thoroughly and agriculture current affairs for the last 6 months
- Read India yearbooks
- Read on the initiative taken on upliftment of rural sector, for example, major socio-economic schemes
- Read Yojana and Kurukshetra for the last 6 months
We have shared you preparation strategy on how to study Agriculture and Rural Development(ARD) subject of Nabard exam.
You can check our other articles on preparation strategy for other subjects too