Nabard Exam 2018: Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, Application Process, Admit Card

Nabard Exam

Headquartered in Mumbai with its branches sprawled across the country, NABARD or National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development is entrusted with matters concerning planning, operations and policy-making in the field economic and agricultural activities in the rural areas in India. Being a member of AFI (Alliance for Financial Inclusion), the bank is fully engrossed in developing financial inclusion policy.

Framed as the highest development financial institution and a prestigious Public Sector Bank, NABARD conducts exams to recruit candidates for its various Officer posts. For candidates willing to appear for Grade A and B exam must go through the syllabus, understand exam pattern and avail other important details.


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Nabard Exam 2018 Important Dates

To be posted in one of the most sought-after job profiles – for both Assistant Manager and Managerial posts - with NABARD, candidates are required to sit in the preliminary and main examinations. Here’s a glance at the detailed exam dates for National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Events

Dates

Online application commences

March 13, 2018

Last date to register online

April 4, 2018

Download Phase I (Prelims) Call Letter

April 27, 2018

Preliminary Exam takes place

May 19, 2018

Main Exam takes place

June 17, 2018


Nabard Exam 2018 Pattern & Syllabus

For a better preparation of the NABARD exam, having a clear and complete knowledge of the latest pattern and detailed syllabus would be a boon. Here we have shed some light on the NABARD Grade A & B Exam pattern and syllabus.

NABARD Grade A & B Exam Pattern (Phase 1 - Preliminary) -

Both Grade A & B share similar prelims exam pattern.

Test Name

No. Of Questions

Maximum Marks

Time Duration

Quantitative Aptitude

20

20

Composite time of 120 minutes

Reasoning Ability

20

20

Computer Knowledge

20

20

General Awareness

20

20

English Language

40

40

Agriculture & Rural Development

40

40

Economic and Social Issues

40

40

Total

200

200

2 Hours

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Eligible candidates will be called for NABARD Grade A Main Examination. Unlike phase 1 exam pattern, the main examination consists of both descriptive and objective tests. Here is what prelims qualified candidates are going to get -

Exam

Name of Test

Maximum Marks

Duration

Phase I

General English

100

90 Min

Phase II

For General Post – Agriculture and Rural Development; Economic and Social Issues

For Manager Agriculture Post – Agriculture

100

90 Min

Phase III

Development Economics, Statistics, Finance and Management

100

90 Min

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NABARD Grade B Main Examination Exam Pattern -

Exam

Test Name

Maximum Marks

Time

Phase I

General English (Descriptive)

100

90 Min

Phase II

For General Post – Economic and Social Issues and Agriculture and Rural Development (focus on Rural India)

For Manager (RDBS) Agriculture Post – Agriculture

100

90 Min

Phase III

Development Economics, Statistics, Finance & Management

100

90 Min

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NABARD Exam 2018 Syllabus -

NABARD Grade A & B Phase I (prelims) Syllabus -

  • Quantitative Aptitude: Data Interpretation; Quadratic Equations; Number Series; Simplification/Approximation; Data Sufficiency; Miscellaneous Arithmetic Questions
  • Reasoning Ability: Puzzles; Syllogism; Data Sufficiency; State-based questions; Inequality; Miscellaneous Questions; Input-Out; Blood Relations
  • English Language: Reading Comprehensive; Sentence Rearrangement; Spotting the Errors; Fill in the Blanks; Cloze Test; Sentence Improvement
  • General Awareness: Current Affairs; Banking; Economy; Insurance
  • Computer Knowledge: History of Computer & Generations; Networking; Shortcuts; MS Office; Input-output Devices; Internet

NABARD Grade A & B Phase II (Main) Syllabus -

The main examination will have objective as well as descriptive type tests in English. The descriptive test will check the candidates’ expertise in written English. It will comprise précis writing, report writing, essay writing, comprehension, paragraph writing, etc. Other than that there is a personal interview segment to be conducted to select adroit professionals.


Nabard Exam 2018 Eligibility

For Manager Post -

Age Limit: To be eligible for manager post, candidates must be between 21 to 35 years old (at the time of applying).

Educational Requirements -

  1. 60% or above in graduation in any subject from a recognised University. For SC/ST/PwD candidates, it is 55% marks in aggregate
  2. Or, if the person holds a PG degree, he must hold a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate from a recognised university. For SC/ST/PwD candidates, it is 50% marks in aggregate
  3. Or, Degree in Agriculture with a minimum of 60% marks. SC/ST candidates with 55% are eligible.
  4. Or, if done PG in Agriculture, he must score 55% in aggregate. Similarly, SC/ST applicants must have 50% marks

For Assistant Manager Post -

Age: To be eligible for assistant manager post, applicants should be between 21 to 35 years old (at the time of applying).

Academic Qualifications -

  1. 50% marks in aggregate for general candidates. SC/ST/PwD applicants need to have a minimum of 45%. They should hold the degree from a recognised university.
  2. If they have held a PG degree, the minimum marks required for general and SC/ST/PwD candidates are 50% and 45% respectively
  3. Applicants holding PG degree in Economics/Agriculture Economics/Agriculture with at least 50% marks in aggregate are also eligible. It is 45% for SC/ST/PWD applicants.
  4. Candidates holding Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture with at least 50% marks in aggregate are also eligible. It is 45% for SC/ST/PWD applicants.
  5. Bachelor’s Degree or PG Degree in Agriculture Engineering with at least 50% marks in aggregate
  6. Applicants having PG Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture with at least 50% marks in aggregate from a recognised university. SC/ST applicants must possess 45% marks

Nabard Exam 2018 Application Process

As per the official information handout, the recruitment process is conducted in three major phases –

  • PHASE I (Preliminary Exam - Objective)
  • PHASE II (Main Exam – Objective & Descriptive)
  • PHASE III (Interview)

The first phase i.e. the preliminary exam is a screening test. It is qualifying in nature. Those who clear the prelims and get high ranks (as decided by NABARD) will be called for the Phase II exam. To attend Phase III exam (personal interview), applicants must secure good ranks and qualify the Main Examination.

The application process for the post of Assistant Manager in Grade A demands a certain amount of fee payment. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD category need to pay ₹ 150/- (intimation charges). Applicants from other categories are asked to pay ₹ 800/- (intimation charges ₹ 150/- and application fee ₹ 650/-).

Note: Staff is exempted from the fee payment.


Other Details

Q: What is the easiest way to download the admit card?

A: Simply visit the official website and click on the download the call letter link. You will be directed to the login page where you would need to enter the registration number, roll number and password or DOB.

Q: What if the page slows down during the call letter downloading?

A: In that case, you should retry after 5 minutes. There are various factors that affect the page speed. The best time is to try during off-peak hours.

Q: I’m an SC graduate with 46% marks in aggregate. Will I be considered eligible for the managerial post?

A: The minimum mark that an SC/ST candidate should obtain their Bachelor’s Degree is 55% for the post of manager. Also, keep in mind that the age limit should be between 21 – 35 years.

Q: Is it very tough to clear the preliminary exam of Grade A exam? How should I prepare for the same?

A: Having a clear idea about the exam pattern and syllabus would come in handy for the preparation of Grade A prelims. Unless you prepare properly with an effective strategy, you are definitely going to find it tough. There will be questions from Computer, English Language, Reasoning, Quantitative, etc. Each of these topics will have objective type questions. Come up with mock tests of these topics so that you can clear the preliminary exam within the stipulated time and get selected for the mains.

Q: What is the minimum age requirement for the post of manager?

A: The applicant should be between 21-35 years of old.

Q: What is the minimum age requirement for the post of manager?

A: He must not be below 21 years old. The upper age limit is 35 years.

Q: When will the preliminary exam commence?

A: The NABARD Grade A preliminary exam is going to be held on 19th May 2018.

Q: When will NABARD conduct its Main Examination?

A: It is 17th June 2018.


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