NABARD Grade A Syllabus 2023 | Prelims and Main Exam Pattern Updates

In this article, we provide all the details about NABARD Grade A Syllabus 2023 for the post of Assistant Manager Grade A. The candidates who are going to appear in the NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2023, need to know all about the syllabus for NABARD Grade A Prelims and Main Examination. 

NABARD Grade A Syllabus 2023
NABARD Grade A Syllabus 2023

NABARD Grade A Syllabus 2023

The NABARD Grade A syllabus for all subjects is indicative and not exhaustive. The NABARD Grade A syllabus should not be considered as the only source of information while preparing for the examination. Keeping in view the nature of the examination, all matters falling within the realm of the subject concerned will have to be studied by the candidate as questions can be asked on all relevant matters under the subject. Candidates appearing for the examination should also prepare themselves for answering questions that may be asked on the current / latest developments / Acts taking place under the subject(s) although those topics may not have been specifically included in the NABARD Grade A syllabus 2023.

NABARD Grade A Selection Process 2023

The NABARD Grade A final selection and ranking of the applicants for the post of Assistant Manager in Grade A will be based on their performance in the Phase II Main Examination and Interview, taken together. In case candidates secure the same marks, their ranking will be decided as under:

  1. Amongst the candidates having equal marks in total (Main examination + interview taken together), the candidate with higher marks in the Main Examination will be ranked higher.
  2. In case of having equal marks in the Main Examination, the candidate with higher qualifications or in case of similar qualifications, a candidate with higher marks in graduation will be ranked higher. In case of further tie-up, the candidate senior in age will be ranked higher.

NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern 2023

The NABARD Grade A Selection Process will be in three Phases: i) Preliminary Examination, ii) Main Examination, and iii) Personality Test. The NABARD Grade A Prelim exam has two sections: i) Qualifying section, and ii) Merit section. Shortlisting of the candidates for the Main exam will be based on marks scored in the Merit section only.

Prelim Examination Pattern 2023

Qualifying Section – Test of Reasoning, English Language, Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, Decision Making.
ii) Merit Section – General Awareness, Eco & Soc. Issues (with focus on Rural India), Agriculture & Rural Development with Emphasis on Rural India.
iii) Shortlisting of the candidates for the Main exam will be based on marks scored in the Merit section only.

Prelim Examination Pattern 2023
Name Of the Test Number of Questions Maximum Marks Version  Duration
Test of Reasoning 20 20 Hindi and English 120 minutes
English Language 30 30
Computer Knowledge 20 20
Quantitative Aptitude 20 20
Decision Making 10 10
General Awareness 20 20
Eco & Soc. Issues (with a focus on Rural India) 40 40
Agriculture & Rural
Development with Emphasis on Rural India
40 40

Main Examination Pattern 2023

The NABARD Grade A Main Examination has two papers: Paper I and Paper II. Paper I contains 3 descriptive questions with a total of 200 marks within 90 minutes exam duration. Paper II contains 50 objective-type questions and 6 descriptive-type questions, of which the candidate will be required to attempt 4 descriptive-type questions.

Main Examination Pattern 2023
Paper Grade A Type of Paper Number of Questions Marks Duration
Paper I 

 3 100  90
Paper II Stream
Objective  30  50 30
6 questions
will be asked,
of which
candidates will
be required to
attempt 4
50  90

NABARD Grade A Syllabus 2023

In this article, the Details of the NABARD Grade A syllabus for Prelims and Main Examination 2023 have been shown in the tables.

NABARD Grade A Prelim Syllabus 2023

Section Topics
Reasoning Ability
  • Puzzles and seating arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Data sufficiency
  • Statement based questions (Verbal reasoning)
  • Inequality
  • Miscellaneous Questions
  • Input-Output
  • Blood relations
  • Coding-Decoding
Quantitative Aptitude
  • Data Interpretations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Number Series
  • Simplification/ Approximation
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Arithmetic Questions
  • Quantity Comparisons
  • Mathematical Inequalities
English Language
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze test
  • Sentence improvement
  • Spotting the errors
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence rearrangement
  • Para Jumbles
  • New pattern questions
General Awareness
  • The questions in this test will be from Current Affairs, Banking and Economy, and Insurance.
  • In current affairs, questions can be asked about recent appointments, awards, honors, sports, new schemes, national and international news, and the latest developments in science and technology.
Computer Knowledge
  • This section covers topics like Networking, Input-output devices, DBMS, MS Office, the Internet, the History of computers & generations, and Shortcuts.

NABARD Grade A Main Syllabus 2023

Paper I
Section Topics
  • Essay,
  • Précis writing,
  • Comprehension and Business/Office

Note: The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing skills including expressions and understanding of the topic.

Paper II – Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development
Section Topics
Nature of the Indian Economy 
  • Structural and Institutional
  • Economic underdevelopment 
  • Opening up the Indian Economy 
  • Globalization 
  • Economic Reforms in India 
  • Privatization
  • Trends in Inflation and Their Impact on
    National Economy and Individual Income.
Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation
in India
  • Rural and Urban 
  • Measurement of Poverty 
  • Poverty Alleviation Programmes of the
Population Trends
  • Population Growth and Economic Development –
  • Population Policy in India. Agriculture –
  • Characteristics / Status –
  • Technical and Institutional
    changes in Indian Agriculture –
  • Agricultural performance –
  • Issues in Food Security in India –
  • Non-Institutional and Institutional Agencies in Rural Credit.
  • Industrial and Labour
    Policy – Industrial performance 
  • Regional Imbalance in India’s Industrial Development 
  • Public Sector Enterprises
Rural banking and financial institutions in India
  • Reforms in the Banking / Financial sector
Globalization of Economy
  • Role of International Funding
  • IMF & World Bank
  • WTO 
  • Regional Economic Co-operation
Social Structure in India
  • Multiculturalism 
  • Demographic trends 
  • Urbanisation and Migration 
  • Gender Issues Joint Family System 
  • Social Infrastructure 
  • Education 
  • Health and Environment
  • Status & System of Education 
  • Socio-Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy 
  • Educational relevance and educational wastage
  • Educational Policy for India
Social Justice:
  • Problems of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes 
  • Socio-Economic programmes for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, and other backward classes 
Positive Discrimination in favor of the underprivileged
  • Social Movements
  • Indian Political Systems
  • Human Development
Paper II – Agriculture & Rural Development
Section Topics
  • Definition, meaning, and its branches,
  • Agronomy: definition, meaning, and scope
    of agronomy.
  • Classification of field crops.
  • Factors affecting crop production,
  • Agro Climatic Zones;
  • Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems
  • Problems of dry land agriculture;
  • Seed production, seed processing, seed village
  • Meteorology: weather parameters,
    crop-weather advisory
  • Precision Farming
  • System of Crop Intensification
  • Organic farming
Water Resource
  • Irrigation Management: types of irrigation,
  • Sources of irrigation, 
  • Crop-water requirement, command area development,
  • Water conservation techniques,
  • Micro-irrigation,
  • Irrigation pumps,
  • Major, medium, and minor irrigation.
Farm and Agri Engineering
  • Farm Machinery and Power,
  • Sources of power on the farm- human, animal, mechanical, electrical, wind, solar and biomass, biofuels
  • Water harvesting structures
  • Farm ponds, watershed management
  • Agro Processing
  • Controlled and modified storage
  • Perishable food storage
  • Godowns, bins, and grain silos
Plantation & Horticulture
  • Definition, meaning, and its branches
  • Agronomic practices and production technology of various plantation and horticulture crops.
  • Post-harvest management,
  • Value, and supply chain management of Plantation and Horticulture crops.
Animal Husbandry
  • Farm animals and their role in the Indian economy,
  • Animal husbandry methods in India,
  • Common terms pertaining to different species of
  • Utility classification of breeds of cattle.
  • Introduction to common feeds and
    fodders, their classification, and utility.
  • Introduction to the poultry industry in India (past, present, and future status),
  • Common terms pertaining to poultry production and management.
  • Concept of mixed farming and its relevance to socio-economic conditions of farmers in India.
  • Complimentary and obligatory nature of livestock and poultry production with that of agricultural
  • Fisheries resources
  • management and exploitation
  • freshwater, brackish water, and marine; 
  • Aquaculture- Inland and marine;
  • biotechnology;
  • post-harvest technology.
  • Importance of fisheries in India.
  • Common terms pertaining to fish production.
  • Basic concepts of Forest and Forestry.
  • Principles of silviculture, forest
  • forest management, and forest economics.
  • Concepts of social forestry,
  • agroforestry, joint forest management.
  • Forest policy and legislation in India,
  • India State of Forest Report 2015.
  • Recent developments under the Ministry of Environment,
  • Forest and Climate Change.
Agriculture Extensions
  • Its importance and role,
  • methods of evaluation of extension programmes,
  • Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) in the dissemination of Agricultural technologies.
Ecology and Climate Change
  • Ecology and its relevance to man,
  • natural resources,
  • their sustainable management and conservation.
  • Causes of climate change,
  • Green House Gases (GHG),
  • major GHG emitting countries,
  • climate analysis,
  • distinguish between adaptation and mitigation,
  • Climate change Impact on Agriculture and rural
  • carbon credit, IPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetings,
  • funding mechanisms for climate change projects,
  • initiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, and INDC.
Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities;
  • recent trends,
  • major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance the viability of agriculture.
  • Factors of Production in Agriculture;
  • Agricultural Finance and Marketing;
  • Impact of Globalization on Indian Agriculture and Issues of Food Security;
  • Concept and Types of Farm Management.
Rural Development:
  • Concept of Rural Area
  • Structure of the Indian Rural Economy
  • Importance and role of the rural sector in India
  • Economic, Social, and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian Rural Economy
  • causes of Rural Backwardness
  • Rural population in India
  • Occupational structure,
  • Farmers, Agricultural Labourers, Artisans, Handicrafts, Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes, and others in rural India
  • Trends of change in rural population and rural workforce
  • problems and conditions of rural labor
  • Issues and Challenges in Handlooms
  • Panchayati Raj Institutions – Functions and Working
  • MGNREGA, NRLM – Aajeevika
  • Rural Drinking water Programmes
  • Swachh Bharat, Rural Housing, PURA, and other rural development programmes

NABARD Grade A Interview 2023

Only such candidates who score the minimum cut-off marks or above in the Main  Examination will be shortlisted for interview. The interview is the last phase in the selection process. The Total mark for the interview phase is 50. Candidate may opt for an interview either in Hindi or English. 

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