NABARD Preparation Tips for Grade A – Tricks & Strategy

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NABARD Preparation Tips – Get expert tips, tricks and strategy to prepare effectively for NABARD Grade A Officers exam.

NABARD Preparation Tips for Grade A Officers

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development recruits candidates for the post of Assistant Manager (Grade A) every year through the NABARD Grade A exam. The last day to apply for the posts has been extended to 4th April 2018. So, act fast and apply! Such opportunities don’t come knocking on your door frequently. The exam is scheduled to be held on 12th March 2018. And as you cans see, there isn’t much time left for exam preparation. Now is the time to take your preparation to the next level. Furthermore, the Mains exam will be held on 6th June 2018. Here, we have compiled a list of NABARD preparation tips for Grade A exam to help you. Let us go through all of them one by one.

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NABARD Preparation Tips – How to prepare for NABARD Grade A Officer Prelims and Mains exam

Create an accurate time-table

Since NABARD exam consists of a vast syllabus, it is advisable to make a time-table. Make sure that it is effective and you can follow it properly. You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses while creating the time-table. The key to crack NABARD exam is by having a robust preparation strategy – you need to allocate more time to the weak topics to strengthen those areas. If certain topics are unfamiliar or new, you need to set extra time for them – solve practice papers and old papers related to those topics.

English Section NABARD Preparation Tips

To ace English Language section, make a habit of reading and writing in English. Read newspapers (The Hindu) and magazines on a daily basis. Noting every new word you would come across and finding their appropriate meanings, would improve your vocabulary, thus making it easier for you to answer comprehension section. While practicing, focus more on Comprehension tests, Cloze tests, Para jumbles and Error spotting. Keep writing and reading essays on political, social, economic and cultural issues. Also concentrate on different styles of letter writing.

Reasoning Ability NABARD Preparation Tips

You need to understand the basic concepts initially. After that, you need to learn the methods and steps for solving the problems as fast as possible. It is advisable not to learn the shortcuts in the initial stage of preparation. You should learn the shortcuts only after mastering the actual steps of solving problems. Meditate regularly to keep your mind focused and at peace. You need to focus more on the following topics to score more – Syllogism, Sitting Arrangements (both Circular and Linear), Puzzles, Data Sufficiency, and Mathematical Inequalities.

Quantitative Aptitude NABARD Preparation Tips

Learn the concepts well, and then all the important formulas. Try to solve as many types of problems as possible to score more in this section. Keep revising the formulas regularly. It is also good to learn shortcuts and tricks to solve problems faster. It will help you save precious time. Practicing previous year question papers is one of the best ways to ensure success in NABARD exam. And focus more on the following topics – Data Analysis and Interpretation, Profit & Loss, Simple & Compound Interest, Mensuration, Percentage, Number Series, Probability.

General Awareness NABARD Preparation Tips

Similar to English section, reading newspapers and magazines on a daily basis will help you score more in General Awareness Current Affairs section. Along with those, also read yearbooks to gain more knowledge. You should focus more on the events related to Banking, Finance and Economy for this exam.

Computer Knowledge NABARD Preparation Tips

In case of Computer Awareness section, spend at least an hour to study the basic concepts about computer hardware and software.

Economics & Social Issues/Agriculture & Rural Development Preparation

In Economics & Social issues section as well as Agriculture & Rural Development section, it is advised that you refer magazines and newspapers regularly. It is also important to note down the Banking policies, economic policies, social issues; mainly those related to economy, statistical data about agriculture sector and rural development, certain policies used for rural as well as agricultural developments etc.

Remember that regular practice is the key to success for any competitive exam including NABARD exam. Also, time management plays a vital role in the exam.

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Exam Pattern & Selection Procedure

NABARD Grade ‘A’ exam has been categorized into 3 levels:

  • Prelims – Objective MCQs
  • Mains – Objective MCQs along with descriptive questions
  • Interview


It is an objective type online test. There has been a reduction in the weightage of Reasoning and Quantitative sections; they have been added to Economics and Agriculture & Rural development subjects.

Section Marks Time
English Language 40
Reasoning Ability 20
Quantitative Aptitude 20 120 minutes
General Awareness 20
Computer 20
Economic & Social Issues 40
Agriculture & Rural Development 40
Total 200

The Prelims acts as the qualifying test. Once you clear the sectional and the total cut-offs, if you are selected, will be called for the Phase II exam. You may note that there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.


The Mains exam will be held on 6th June 2018. Phase II will include both objective and the descriptive type online test. Phase II exam comprises Paper I & II.

Paper I is common for all the posts, while Paper II is different for all the posts.

Topic Nature Marks Time
Paper I: General English Descriptive 100 1 ½ hours
Paper II: For General post

Economic & Social issues and Agriculture &Rural Development

MCQ 100 1 ½ hours
Paper II: All other posts

Based on the discipline of the post

MCQ 100 1 ½ hours

There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for incorrect attempts. Both sectional and overall cut off is applicable. If your rank is sufficiently high, you would be selected for Phase III i.e. the Interview. Finally, the authorities will prepare the Merit list based on your performance in the Mains exam and the Interview.


This is the final phase, holding 25 marks. According to the scores secured in the Mains exam and the Interview together, you will be appointed as Assistant Manager.

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