National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has released the notification for 154 vacancies in various departments for the post of Assistant Manager (Grade A officer). The final selection of the candidates is done after the candidate has cleared all three phases of the exam. The NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern 2020 includes prelims examination, mains examination, which is followed by an interview. 

NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern 2020

  • No changes in the examination pattern have been reported in NABARD Grade A Exam 2020 official notification.
  • The NABARD Grade A Application Form fillup starts from 10th January and ends on 31st January.
  • Exam for Grade A and B is conducted in three phases.
  • Phrase l (Preliminary examination) comprises of MCQs 
  • Phrase ll (Mains examination) comprises of MCQs and descriptive questions.
  • Phrase lll (interview) is tough, so it should be prepared well.
  • All the interested candidates must go through the NABARD Grade A syllabus
  •  NABARD Grade A Exam pattern syllabus covering prelims and mains examinations for all disciplines has been mentioned in detail.
  • Guidelines warn not to carry electronic gadgets. Candidates are required to read the rules and regulations given along with the admit card to be aware of the rules of the examination hall.
  • The preliminary examination is qualifying in nature. The sectional cut-off and the cut-off has to be cleared to be summoned for the interview.
  • Mains examination is held in a month’s distance with the preliminary examination.

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NABARD 2020 Highlights:

Events Date
Online application starts on 10th January’20
Online application ends on 31st January‘20
Phase l(Prelims) To be released soon
Phase ll(Mains) To be released soon
Phase lll(Interview) To be released soon

NABARD Grade A & B Exam Pattern & Syllabus

The NABARD Grade A Exam pattern has been distributed into three phases. The detailed process of NABARD Grade A and B exam pattern is given as follows:

NABARD Grade A Prelims exam pattern:

NABARD Grade A prelims exam pattern is important for the students to score good marks. The questions asked are multiple choice of questions. The marks scored is qualifying in nature. The marks scored in this phase is not considered in the final selection. The following table gives a detailed analysis of the topics covered in this phase.

Topics Number of questions Marks  Duration
Reasoning 20 20 2 Hours
Computer knowledge 20 20
General Awareness 20 20
Quantitative Aptitude 20 20
English Language 40 40
Economics and Social Issues 40 40
Agriculture and Rural Development 40 40
Total  200 200 2 Hour

NABARD Grade A Mains Exam Pattern:

NABARD Grade A Phase ll exam pattern consists of both multiple-choice questions and descriptive types. It will be conducted online.

Paper Subject Marks Time
Paper l English (Descriptive) 100 90 mins
Paper ll Agriculture-for Manager Agriculture post 100 90 mins
ESI and ARD-for General Manager post and questions are asked based on the related discipline 100 90 mins
Paper lll Development Economics, Finance, and Management, Statistics 100 90 min


  • For marking a wrong answer, ¼ of the mark assigned on that question will be deducted.
  • The students are required to clear the sectional cut-off as well as the overall cut-off to make it to the list of the candidates selected for the interview. 

NABARD has been following the same exam pattern for the past three years. Just the cut-off differs year by year according to the level of difficulty of the questions asked in the exam. So the NABARD Grade A exam pattern 2018 and NABARD Grade A exam pattern 2019 has been reported to be the same.

Syllabus of NABARD Grade A 

After getting well acquainted with the exam pattern of NABARD Grade A, the aspirants should look for the types and the major topics to be covered for this examination. The major topics that should be covered for the phase l and phase ll exam are as follows.

NABARD Grade A Prelims Syllabus


Number Series
Non-Verbal Series
Arithmetic Number Series
Arithmetic Computation
Mirror Images
Figures Classification
Number Ranking
Coding and Decoding
Blood relations
Relationship Concepts
Embedded Figures
Verbal reasoning
Clocks and Calendars
Decision making
Problem Solving 
Quantitative Aptitude

Number System 
Computation of Whole numbers
Time and Work
Time and Distance
Profit and loss
Decimal and fractions
Use of tables and graphs
Ratio and Proportions 
General Awareness Books and Authors
Awards and Honours
Budget and Five-year plans
Important dates
International and National Organizations
Countries and Capitals
Current Affairs
Important Finances and Economics news 
Awards and Honours
General English Verb 
Unseen passages
Sentence Rearrangement
Fill in the blanks
Error correction
Idioms and Phrases
Subject-Verb and Agreement

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NABARD Grade A Mains Exam Syllabus

NABARD Grade A Exam pattern for the mains examination follows the below-given syllabus:

Economics :

  • Economics 
  • Agriculture Economics
  • Statistics for Economics


  • Natural resources, ecology and its relevance to man,
  • Food production and consumption trends in India
  • Farm management
  • History of plant breeding
  • Major fruits, vegetables, plantation crops, spices, and flower crops
  • Pests and diseases of field crops diagnosis
  • Soil conservation
  • Enzymes and plant pigments
  • Cell structure, function and cell cycle
  • Seed production and processing technologies
  • Importance, and role of agricultural extension
  • forestry plantations features and scope 
  • Cropping patterns in various agro-climatic zones of the country
  • With reference to plant nutrition study the principles of Plant Physiology 
  • Characteristics, dissemination, and association of weeds with various crops

Agriculture Engineering

  • Engineering in agriculture and rural life.
  • Agriculture produce management
  • Agricultural mechanization

Horticulture or Plantation

  • Vegetables 
  • Fruits and vegetable technology 
  • Fruits and plantation
  • Floriculture and landscape gardening

Food Processing

  • General Flavours
  • Packaging technology
  • Unit operations
  • Dairy technology
  • The Technology of food grains and legumes
  • Pesticides and Infestation Control
  • Dairy Technology
  • Food preservation, its general principle
  • Energy requirements, the Energy value of foods 
  • Animal products technology


  • Aquaculture
  • Planning, Finance, and Management on fishery
  • Post-Harvest Technology in fisheries
  • Education and Rural Development, Fundamentals of Extension
  • Shellfish including Molluscs, Fishery, and Biology of finfish
  • Fishery management

Animal Husbandry

  • Forage production
  • Animal Health and Nutrition
  • Meat products 
  • Dairy management and economics
  • Other species of livestock(sheep, pig, goat, and rabbit)
  • Physiology of reproduction

Water Resource Development and management

  • Crops water requirement
  • Hydrology, Groundwater, and construction of Wells and Tubewells
  • Diversion Headworks
  • Reservoir and dams
  • Gates, Spillage and Energy dissipators
  • River controls
  • Canal regulators, canal falls
  • Cross drainage work
  • Canal irrigation system

Environmental Engineering

  • Sources and definitions of pollution
  • Coverage statistics and types of forest in India
  • The ecosystem of the world
  • Ecology and its scope


  • Silviculture
  • Silviculture system
  • Forestry
  • Environmental factors and forest environment
  • Forest trees of industrial utility
  • Principal groups of plants
  • Cellular composition, wood structure
  • Importance of energy plantation
  • Economics of forest management
  • Natural durability of bamboo, timber and thatch grasses
  • Microflora in forestry system
  • Definition of social and agro-forestry
  • Forest regeneration
  • Abnormalities and defects of wood

Social Work

  • Evolution and development of social work in India
  • Contemporary ideologies
  • Indian society and social policy
  • Problems in the social structure
  • Social Welfare administration, social justice, and welfare organization
  • Understanding and strategies in community organization
  • Democracy 
  • Social work research
  • The concept of professional social work

Chartered Accountant

  • Financial and management accountant
  • Auditing

Company Secretary

  • Business communication
  • Business correspondence related to personnel
  • Financial, accounting and business law
  • Code of civil procedure and Criminal Procedure Code
  • Investments, Loans, and deposits
  • Economics and statistics
  • Constitution of India
  • Law related to specific reliefs, interpretation of statues
  • Securities law, financial law, and compliance
  • Economic and labour laws
  • Limited liability partnerships, societies, and co-operative societies

The aspiring candidates are advised to go through the official notification and then plan their study strategically. For any changes in the NABARD Grade A exam pattern the candidates can visit this page and stay updated.

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