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NABARD Grade A & B Officer: Syllabus & Exam Pattern

NABARD released the notification for the recruitment of Grade A & B Officer exam a few days back. There has been slight change in the exam pattern of NABARD Grade A exam 2017. In this post, we will share the detailed syllabus and exam pattern of NABARD Grade A & B Officer Exam 2017. 
With a focus on the Exam, here we are discussing the selection process, the pattern and syllabus of the exam. The final selection will be made on the basis of your performance in-

1. Phase I – Preliminary Exam: Online Objective Test
2. Phase II – Main Exam: Online Objective & Online Descriptive Test
3. Phase III – Interview

NABARD Grade A & B Exam Pattern 

NABARD Grade A & B Prelims Exam pattern 

Online Preliminary Exam is qualifying in nature and is meant to serve as a screening test. Candidates who qualify and rank sufficiently high in Preliminary Exam, well above the cutoff, shall be called for appearing in the Main Examination. So, the marks secured in the Phase I – On-line preliminary examination will not be counted for final selection. Prelims exam pattern is common for both Grade A & Grade b Exam.
The Exam Pattern for the Phase I is as follows -
S. No. Name of Test Maximum Marks Total Time
1. Reasoning Ability 20 Composite time of 120 minutes (2 hours)
2. English Language 40
3. Computer Knowledge 20
4. General Awareness 20
5. Quantitative Aptitude 20
6. Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India) 40
7. Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) 40
Total 200

NABARD Grade A Mains Exam pattern 

S. No. Exam Post Name of Test Maximum Marks Total Time
1. Phase I (Descriptive Test) Common for all General English (Essay writing, Comprehension, Report writing, Paragraph writing & Letter writing) 100 90 minutes
2. Phase II For 'General' post Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) 100 90 minutes
For posts including following - Economics, Agriculture, Agriculture Engineering , Plantation and Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Food Processing, Forestry, Environmental Engineering, Water Resource Development & Management, Social Work, Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary  Paper on related discipline

NABARD Grade B Mains Exam Pattern

S. No. Exam Name of Test Maximum Marks Total Time
1. Phase I General English (Descriptive Test) 100 90 minutes
 2.  Phase II Economic and Social Issues and Agri. and Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) for General Posts and Agriculture for candidates applying for Manager (RDBS) Agriculture Post 100 90 minutes
3.  Phase III Development Economics, Statistics, Finance & Management 100 90 minutes

NABARD Grade A & B Syllabus

Syllabus of NABARD Grade A & B Preliminary (Phase I) Exam

1. Reasoning Ability 
The questions in this test will be from various topics like Puzzles (Seating arrangement, linear seating arrangement, floor based), Syllogism, Data sufficiency, Statement based questions (Verbal reasoning), Inequality, Miscellaneous Questions, Input Output, Blood relations etc.
2. Quantitative Aptitude
The questions in this test will be from Data Interpretation, Quadratic Equations, Number Series, Simplification/ Approximation, Data Sufficiency and Some Miscellaneous questions. The miscellaneous questions have questions from profit and loss, age, average, simple and compound interest, boat and stream, time and work, area.
3. English Language
The questions in this test will be from Reading comprehension, Cloze test, Sentence improvement, Spotting the errors, Fill in the blanks and Sentence rearrangement.
4. General Awareness
The questions in this test will be from Current Affairs and Banking and Economy, Insurance. In the current affairs, questions can be asked from recent appointments, awards and honours, sports, new schemes, national and international news, latest developments in science and technology.
5. Computer Knowledge
This section covers topics from various topics like Networking, Input output devices, DBMS, MS Office, Internet, History of computer & generations, Shortcuts.
The syllabus of Part II of Prelims is the same as Phase II Syllabus of Paper II, as given below.

Syllabus of NABARD Grade A & B Mains Exam

For Phase II of NABARD Grade A & B Exam -

The phase II of the Exam consists of Online Objective test & Online Descriptive Test. 
Paper I – English Writing
This will comprise of Essay, PrĂ©cis writing, Comprehension, Report writing, Paragraph writing and Business/Office Correspondence. 
Paper II – Economic and Social Issues
(a) Economic & Social Issues: 
  • Nature of Indian Economy - Structural and Institutional features - Economic underdevelopment - Opening up the Indian Economy - Globalisation - Economic Reforms in India - Privatisation.
  • Inflation - Trends in Inflation & 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 Government.
  • 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.
  • Industry - 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 Banking/ Financial sector.
  • Globalisation of Economy - Role of International Funding Institutions - 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. Education - 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 and scheduled tribes and other backward classes.
  • Positive Discrimination in favour of the under privileged - Social Movements - Indian Political Systems - Human Development. Current Economic & Social Issues.
(b) Agriculture & Rural Development:
  • Agriculture: definition, meaning and its branches, Agronomy: definition, meaning and scope of agronomy.
  • Classification of field crops. Factors affecting on crop production, Agro Climatic Zones; Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems.
  • Problems of dry land - Seed production, seed processing, seed village; Meteorology: weather parameters, crop-weather advisory; Precision Farming, System of Crop Intensification, organic farming;
  • Soil and Water Conservation : Major soil types, soil fertility, fertilisers, soil erosion, soil conservation, watershed management;
  • 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, bio fuels, 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 Indian economy, Animal husbandry methods in India, common terms pertaining to different species of livestock, Utility classification of breeds of cattle. Introduction to common feeds and fodders, their classification and utility. Introduction to 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 farming.
  • Fisheries: 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.
  • Forestry: Basic concepts of Forest and Forestry. Principles of silviculture, forest mensuration, 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 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 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 to agriculture and rural Page 12 of 28 livelihood, carbon credit, IPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetings, funding mechanisms for climate change projects, initiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, INDC.
  • Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities; recent trends, major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance 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 Laborers, Artisans, Handicrafts, Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes and others in rural India- Trends of change in rural population and rural work force; problems and conditions of rural labour; Issues and challenges in Hand-looms Panchayati Raj Institutions – Functions and Working. MGNREGA, NRLM – Aajeevika, Rural Drinking water Programmes, Swachh Bharat, Rural Housing, PURA and other rural development programmes.
For Phase III of NABARD Grade B Exam (Development Economics, Statistics, Finance & Management) -
1. Development Economics:
Measures of development, Economic Development Models, role of subsidies, importance of savings and investment, Importance of agriculture, Terms of trade in agriculture, Development issues in India.
2. Statistics:
Basic statistical concepts, Summarizing of data, Frequency distribution, Measures of Central Tendency, Relative dispersion, Elementary Probability, Relative Frequency Approach, sampling, Axiomatic Approach, Analysis of frequency distribution, Correlation, Regression, Sampling Methods, Time Series Analysis.
3. Finance:
Regulation of Banks & Financial Institutions, Banking and financial Institutions in India; financial system- features, characteristics and issues; Micro finance, its significance and importance; Union Budget; Project finance, Infrastructure financing, Sources of capital, Development finance; Concept of project cycle management, Private and Social Cost Benefit significance of development finance, , Financial Inclusion
4. Management:
Management: its nature and scope; The Management Processes; Planning, Organisation, Staffing, Directing and Controlling; The Role of a Manager in an Organisation.
  • Leadership
  • Human Resource Development
  • Communication
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