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How to prepare for NABARD Grade A Exam 2017 - Master Tricks

Notification for recruitment to the posts of Officers in Grade ‘A’ (RDBS) has been released by NABARD, an apex financial institution. Now, it is of utmost importance that you craft an effective and result-oriented preparation strategy to score maximum marks in the exam. To assist you prepare for the exam efficiently, we are now going to share some important tips that will help you prepare for NABARD Grade A Exam 2017.
The pattern of NABARD Preliminary examination is somewhat different from other banking examinations. Preliminary phase of NABARD Grade A is qualifying in nature with overall and sectional cut offs, consisting of total 7 sections. This also includes specific sections like Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India) and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India). Hence, you need to put in some extra efforts to cover these two sections.
Before we start with the preparation tips of NABARD Grade A Exam, have a thorough look at the exam pattern & syllabus as well as previous year cut off  and Previous Year Paper of this exam.

Important Preparation Tips for NABARD Grade A Exam 2017

The preliminary exam will be of total 200 marks. As clearly mentioned in the exam pattern, English, Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development sections have higher weightage in marks (40 marks each) as compared to the remaining sections.
Before you start your exam preparation, make sure that you have a well-aligned approach between your preparation and the pattern of examination.
Now we will elaborate how to prepare the entire seven sections, discussing one at a time.

Reasoning Ability

  • Reasoning Ability section has no well defined rules or formulas.
  • Hence, the command over this section can only be improved by constant practice.
  • Moreover, when you come across an unfamiliar question type in reasoning during the examination, it appears to be formidably difficult.
  • Thus to score high make sure that you are familiar and well practiced in all types of questions asked in this section.

Computer Knowledge

  • The questions based on Computer Knowledge do not require in-depth preparation.
  • They are quite basic in nature.
  • You can prepare this section by going through any standard book or practicing computer questions online.

General Awareness

  • General Awareness section is a relatively easier topic of this exam.
  • You should read a newspaper on a daily basis and supplement it with a good current affairs magazine. You can also go through our Daily GK Updates, Weekly One Liners and Monthly Digests of Current Affairs to improve this section.
  • News related to NABARD, RBI and RBI policies must be given special emphasis during preparation. Static general knowledge can be prepared from our series, ‘STATIC WORD’ with a special focus on relevant topics.
  • Follow our series, ‘Banking Awarness’ and ‘Financial Awareness’ to prepare banking awareness section properly.
  • Make sure that you attempt quizzes for General Awareness regularly to improve your exam preparation.

English Language

Any serious aspirant preparing for NABARD examination must give a special focus on English Language as it has the highest weightage in marks.
  • Reading Comprehension-
    (a) The questions based on Reading Comprehension require strong comprehension skills and the ability to be active while reading a piece of text. 
    (b) To get a grip over this topic you should try to strengthen your comprehension skills by reading newspapers, magazines, etc. 
    (c) Try to generate questions about the ideas in the given text while going through a piece of text. It will help you a long way in improving your comprehension skills by making you an active reader. 
    (d) Also jot down unfamiliar words while reading the newspaper or magazine as it will improve your word power. 
    (e) Adequate vocabulary is a must to comprehend the passages and solve questions based on antonyms and synonyms.
  • Cloze Test -
    (a) Cloze test requires the ability to understand context and appropriate usage of words.
    (b) A proper understanding of Parts of Speech can also help in identifying whether the word to be used in the given blank should be an adjective, adverb, etc. 
    (c) Hence, you need to brush up your vocabulary and grammar to successfully attempt this topic.
  • Para Jumbles-
    (a) In order to be comfortable in sentence rearrangement, you can practice by jumbling any paragraph and then trying to put it into a coherent order. 
    (b) Also try to get a mastery over transition words like besides, as well as, rather, hitherto etc. as they are like road signs. 
    (c) They help you in understanding the direction of thought or idea of the passage.
  • Error spotting and Sentence Correction- 
    (a) Cover all the important grammar rules through a standard book like Wren and Martin. 
    (b) Also practicing questions based on error spotting and sentence correction makes you perfect in spotting errors and easily eliminating the wrong choices. 
    (c) Hence, after going through grammar rules make sure to solve a considerable number of questions to have a more practical approach in solving such questions.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • For Quantitative Aptitude section, students from non-math background should firstly work on their fundamentals and then proceed for moderate to difficult questions.
  • For Data Interpretation you should learn short tricks to solve lengthy calculations.
  • Try to develop quick mental calculation skills. It will definitely save you a lot of precious time in the exam.
  • Get a good grasp of percentage and ratio applications to solve these questions.
  • For arithmetic portion, practice a number of questions from any standard book and keep practicing online.
  • Also, give as many sectional tests as possible because you can gain a grip over this topic only through constant practice.

Agriculture & Rural Development 

  • For static part of ARD, you can refer Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh.
  • Some topics on agriculture should be covered by the book ‘Geography of India’ written by Majid Hussain.
  • Also go through the reports of Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Rural Development.
  • Kurukshetra magazine is also useful for this topic. Do refer NIOS study material for Ecology and Climate Change and Agriculture at a Glance by R.K Sharma for agriculture related topics.
  • Most of the questions in this section pertain from various schemes.
  • Hence, give a special focus on the news related to ARD, the report of Forest Survey of India etc. and various government related schemes.

Economic and Social Issues 

  • Don’t be bogged down with exhaustive syllabus of this section rather do a selective reading by finishing each topic one by one.
  • Do a selective reading of Economic Survey of India, Union Budget, Monthly Policy review of the Government of India and Yojna.
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh and Social Problems in India by Ram Ahuja are two useful books to prepare for this section.

Finally, attempt as many mock tests as possible and develop accuracy and speed. Be selective in your approach while preparing for ARD and ESI. Remember that the questions asked from these two sections will not be too deep. Hence, you don’t need to read books cover to cover. The rest of the sections are in line with other banking examinations. A good preparation strategy with hard work will definitely help you to sail through this exam.

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