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Agriculture and Rural Development for NABARD Exam Revision Guide

Agriculture and Rural Development Notes

The NABARD Grade A 2018 Mains are scheduled to take place on the 17th of June 2018. This leaves us with hardly 2 weeks to finish and finalize our preparations for the NABARD Grade A Mains exam; at this point, no moment can be wasted. The NABARD Grade A Mains has three parts including the English section, the Economic and Social Issues section (the revision guide for which can be found at Economic and Social Issues for NABARD Exam Revision Guide) and the Agriculture and Rural Development Notes.

All three sections are quite important and hence candidates looking to ace their NABARD Grade A Mains need to be thorough with all three sections. Keeping the same in mind, we have brought you the ‘Agriculture and Rural Development for NABARD Exam Revision Guide’ to help you revise the Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) section for NABARD Grade A Mains exam.

NABARD Grade A 2018 Exam Pattern

However, before we proceed further, let’s revisit the NABARD Grade A 2018 exam patterns for both NABARD Grade A Prelims and the NABARD Grade A Mains.

NABARD Grade A 2018 Phase-I (Prelims) Exam Pattern

Section Name

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Reasoning Ability

20 20

English Language

40

40

Computer Aptitude

20

20

General Awareness

20

20

Quantitative Aptitude

20

20

Economic & Social Issues (focus on rural India) 40

40

Agriculture & Rural Development (focus on rural India)

40

40

Total

200

200

 

NABARD Grade A 2018 Phase-II (Mains) Exam Pattern

Section Name Questions

Maximum Marks

General English

Descriptive

100

Economic & Social Issues (ESI) Objective/MCQ

100

Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD)

Objective/MCQ

Total

200

Here our focus will be on the NABARD Grade A 2018 Mains examination as the NABARD Grade A Prelims have already concluded. Therefore, moving on, we look at the NABARD Grade A Mains syllabus.

NABARD Grade A 2018 Mains Syllabus 

NABARD Grade A 2018 Phase-II (Mains) Exam Pattern

Section Name

Questions/Topics

General English

Essay Writing (40 Marks), Precis Writing (20 Marks), Questions on Precis Para (20 Marks), Report/Letter Writing (20 Marks)

Economic & Social Issues (ESI)

Nature of Indian Economy, Structural and Institutional Features, Economic Underdevelopment, Opening up the Indian Economy, Globalization, Economic Reforms in India, Privatization, Inflation, Trends in Inflation & their Impact on National Economy and Individual Income, Poverty Alleviation, Employment Generation in India, Measurement of Poverty,  Population Policy in India, Agriculture Characteristics, Industrial and Labour Policy, Rural Banking and Financial Institutions in India, Reforms in Banking/Financial Sector, Role of International Funding Institutions, Social Structure in India, Multiculturalism, Demographic Trends, Urbanisation and Migration, Gender Issues, Health and Environment, Education Status and System of Education, Social Justice, Positive Discrimination, Social Movements, Indian Political Systems, Human Development, Current Economic and Social Issues

Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD)

Agriculture, Soil and Water Conservation, Water Resource, Farm and Agri Engineering, Plantation and Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Forestry, Agriculture Extensions, Ecology and Climate Change, Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied Activities, Rural Development, Farmers and Agricultural Laborers, Problems and Conditions of Rural Labour, Issues and Challenges in Handlooms, Panchayati Raj Institutions, MGNREGA, NRLM, Rural Programmes, Swacch Bharat, Rural Housing, PURA, Other Rural Development Schemes

NABARD 2018

Agriculture and Rural Development Notes & Revision Sources

To master the Agriculture and Rural Development for NABARD exam, you need to ensure that your revision includes those sources –

  1. Agriculture at a Glance by R.K. Sharma – this is one of the few books which may just have been created for NABARD Grade A examination. It is the single most useful source of relevant information for agriculture and rural development (ARD) when it comes to static knowledge. If you are serious aspirant then you must use this book to at least revisit all the relevant concepts that might be important to score well in Agriculture and Rural Development for NABARD Exam.
  2. Official NABARD Website – this is a no-brainer. The official NABARD website is the main source of all the official news regarding the latest advancements in the agricultural sector and rural economy of India. The main element here could be considered that when the NABARD comes out with a new scheme or policy which has to do with the facilitation of improving the rural economy, there could be no better place to read and review it from. Hence, visiting the official NABARD website is a must and reading its notifications in detail even more so.
  3. Rural Development: Indian Context by GPH – this book is another good source of information which can be used by NABARD Grade A 2018 aspirants to ensure they have covered all the relevant topics for the NABARD Grade A Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) section. The focus here is exactly on the rural India and the rural economy development which are the main areas to focus on for the Agriculture and Rural Development for NABARD Exam.
  4. Economic Survey – the economic survey need not be studied in its entirety, but only the main focus should be on the rural economy and development of India. If the given part can be studied in detail then in most cases it shall be enough to prepare the candidate for the ARD section of NABARD Grade A 2018.
  5. Union Budget – like the economic survey, the Union Budget too could be marked as important but only to those parts wherein the discussion pertains to agriculture and rural development (ARD) in India. Other parts may be skipped, but those parts should be studied thoroughly and no piece of information should be missed out in this case.
  6. Daily Newspaper – to prepare completely for the Agriculture and Rural Development of NABARD Exam, one must have complete knowledge of the latest events or current affairs in addition to their static knowledge. The idea behind reading a newspaper is to understand and be completely aware regarding the current affairs that are happening or taking place in the country. The recommended option is ‘The Hindu but ‘Indian Express’ works as well.
  7. Ministry of Agriculture Website – to stay updated regarding the latest schemes and programs launched by the Ministry of Agriculture for the benefit of the nation’s agricultural sector and economy.
  8. Oliveboard Test Series – this is the last source because this will help you essentially revise your portions by practicing them. If you go through all the sources from 1-7 but do not practice the sums related to them, there is simply no point. Hence, the test package shall help you check whether your revisions have been thorough or not.

Hence, NABARD being a regulatory body is not easy to get into, but with Olivebard you can certainly crack the NABARD Grade A examinations. Just follow the information in this article and you will be good to go!

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