Everything that you need to know about the NABARD Entrance Exam.

NABARD stands for National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development. This was established on 12th July, 1982, having its headquarters in Mumbai and branches all over India. To pursue a meaningful and respectful career through NABARD, one has to undertake the NABARD Entrance Exam.  We, at Oliveboard are here to help you out with everything that you need to know about the NABARD examination. Let us take a brief look at a couple of things:

1- Grade A & B Officers Pay Scale and In-Hand Salary)

2- NABARD exam important dates

3- Eligibility criteria

4- Syllabus

5- Examination pattern

6- Recruitment vacancies


There are mainly two grades: Grade A and Grade B Officers.

Grade A: Selected candidates will draw a starting basic pay of Rs.17100/- p.m. in the scale of 17100-1000(11) – 28100-EB- 1000(4) – 32100-1100(1) – 33200.

Grade B: Selected candidates will draw a starting basic pay of Rs.21000/- p.m. in the scale of 21000-1000(9) – 30000-EB- 1000(2) – 32000-1100(4) – 36400.

Assistant Managers Grade A 43,183 per month.
Managers Grade B 54,970 per month


The following states a detailed illustration of the important dates for NABARD Entrance Exam:

Online Application Registration and Fees Payment. From 23rd  March 2016 To 13th  April 2016
Phase-I( Prelims) 15th May, 2016
Phase II (Main)– Online Examination 5th June,2016  (Subjected to change)




1-The minimum age specified for Manager (grade B) has been lowered to 21 years from 25 years.

2- Hence, a candidate must be between 21 – 35 years as on January 30, 2016 to be eligible to apply for grade B positions. The maximum age is relaxed by 3yrs for OBC, 5 yrs for SC/ST etc.,

3- The age limit for Assistant Manager (grade A) is 21 – 30 years.


The appearing candidate must satisfy either of the following:

1- Bachelor’s degree (1st class) with at least 60% aggregate marks OR

2- Master`s degree (2nd class) with min 55% marks (aggregate) OR

3- Doctorate degree with minimum 50% in PG degree

Thus, now fresher’s can now apply for both Assistant Manager (grade A) & Manager (grade B) positions.


Although for most of the banking examinations, the syllabus is nearly similar, yet we have a detailed analysis of the syllabus for you:


Part I:

1- Quantitative aptitude

2- English Language

3- Reasoning

4- Computers

5- General awareness

Part II:

1- Economic and Social Issues: Indian Economy, Economic Reforms, Inflation, Population growth & trends, Social structure in India, Education system of India, Banking & financial sector reforms, Social Infrastructure, Social movements, Indian political system.

2- Agriculture: Agronomy meaning & branches,Climate,Seeds,Organic farming, Soil and Water Conservation,Irrigation,Farm Machinery, Agro Processing, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Forestry, Ecology & Climate change.

3- Rural Development: Indian Rural Economy, Rural population & their structures, Panchayati Raj Institutions, Governmental schemes, rural credit system in India.

4- Analytical Paper on Development Economics, Statistics, Finance & Management:  Development Economics & its models, Role of subsidies, savings & investment, Statistical models, Financial system, Financial inclusion, Union budget, Risk management, Public private partnership, Management Processes, Human Resource Development, Communication Process, Corporate Governance.


Paper I (Descriptive English)

1- Essay

2- Précis writing

3- Comprehension

4- Report/ Paragraph

5- Letter writing

Paper II – (Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development)

Syllabus is same as stated above.

Paper III (only for Manager

1- Development Economics

2- Statistics

3- Finance

NABARD 2016 Exam Pattern

NABARD consists of 3 phases:

Assistant Manager(Grade A) Preliminary Exam-200 marks Main Exam-200 Marks Interview- 25 Marks.
Manager( Grade B) Preliminary Exam- 200 Marks. Main Exam-200 Marks Interview- 40 Marks.

Part I marks division is as follows:

1- Test of Reasoning (40 marks)

2- English Language (40 marks)

3- Computer Knowledge ( 20 marks)

4- General Awareness ( 20 marks)

5- Quantitative Aptitude (30 marks)

Part II marks division is as follows:

1- Economic & Social issues (25 marks)

2- Agriculture & Rural Development ( 25 marks)

Once a candidate qualifies for phase II, he has to appear for the following:

Phase II (Mains)

Paper I – Descriptive English:

The paper is of 100 marks, the duration is 1 hr 30 minutes.

Paper II – Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development

The paper is of 100 marks & time limit is 1 hr 30 minutes.

Paper III (only for Managers)

The paper is of 100 marks, the duration being 1 hour and 30 minutes.


Name of the Post Total Vacancies
Assistant Managers (Grade ‘A’ ) 100
Managers (Grade ‘B’ ) 15

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