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Preparation tips for Nabard Development Assistant

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Nabard Development Assistant is round the corner, and we hope you have started your exam preparation till now. Nabard is one of the most reputed institutions in country.

In this article, we will cover the most important points in nabard development assistant preparation strategy.

Preparation strategy for Nabard development assistant

Nabard conducts its development assistant exams in 2 steps.

Nabard development assistant prelim exam

This is preliminary round, where candidates are required to solve 100 questions (each question is of 1 mark) in 1 hour. There are 3 subjects: English, Reasoning and Numerical Aptitude. Candidates are required to clear overall cutoff in this exam, in order to move ahead to next round of paper. All the questions are of objective MCQ type.

Nabard development assistant main exam

This is second and main round, where candidates are required to solve 200 questions in 2 hours. This paper is partly objective MCQ and partly descriptive. You need to solve 150 objective questions in Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning, General Awareness and Computer Science in first 90 minutes. In next 30 minutes, you need to appear for descriptive English paper which will have essay writing, précis, report and letter writing exercises.

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Preparation tips and exam strategy for Nabard development assistants

What is the optimal preparation strategy for prelims exam of Nabard Development Assistant?

Since prelim paper is of shorter duration with lesser subjects, it can be classified as speed test. You need to score as many questions in 1 hour. You need to restrict yourself in guess work, as there is penalty of 0.25 mark for each wrong answer. Our advice is to join a good test series and do extensive practice (like 30-40 papers) on prelim exam pattern. Try to make your accuracy more than 80% in your mock test.

What are the key mistakes candidates do in prelim exam of Nabard Development Assistant?

As we have told, prelim exam is basically a speed test. Most common mistakes that students make are in choosing answer having closely related options. This is seen in pattern questions in reasoning and even in numerical ability test.

What is the optimal preparation strategy for main exam of Nabard development assistant?

Main exam of Nabard development assistant contains 4 subjects in objective paper and 1 subject in descriptive paper. In term of per question time, objective paper is of same as of prelim paper. This mean, it can also be classified as speed test. You need to score as many question in 90 minutes. We advise you to read 6 months of current affairs with special focus to agriculture, rural sector, banking sector etc. For reasoning and quantitative aptitude, you can follow R S Aggrawal books. For computer knowledge, you need to follow good material, and should know every basics of computer science. We also advise you to do rigours practice for main exam. You should go for at least 20 mock tests practice before exam, and should aim for 80% accuracy.

What are the main scoring areas in main paper for Nabard development assistant?

General Awareness section and computer knowledge section are most scoring areas. Quantitative aptitude and reasoning may consume your time, as you will be tempted to solve lengthy questions like puzzles and quant numerical. For this optimal strategy is to solve general awareness and computer knowledge questions first, as these are facts based question. One you are done with them, then you can go to quantitative aptitude and reasoning section

What is preparation strategy for descriptive English paper of Nabard development assistant?

English paper has essay writing, précis writing and letter/report writing questions. For essay writing, you need to aware of the current affairs topics and should have read and practiced on them. Otherwise also, you need to make sure that you have done enough practice for descriptive English. We advise you to take atleast 10 essays, précis and letter/report writing exercises each before appearing in paper.


In this article, we have given a detailed preparation strategy for Nabard Development Assistant. You can try our mock tests for further check the paper pattern of Nabard Development Assistant exam. If you have any query regarding this article, please post on xamnation discussion forum.

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