NABARD Assistant Manager Grade A 2018: Exam Pattern & Detailed Syllabus

NABARD, one of the most reputed Public-Sector bank, has announced vacancies for the posts of Grade ‘A’ (Assistant Managers), and the registrations have started and will go on till the 2nd of April 2018. This is a very competitive exam, as a lot of people will be applying for the post, and NABARD has announced 92 vacancies in total.  So, your preparation must be up to the mark!

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NABARD Grade A 2019 Exam – Syllabus for Phase I & Phase II

Having said that, let’s look at the important dates for this exam, so you can make yourself a solid study plan to tackle it:

Date Event
13th March 2018 Opening date for Online Registrations & Fees Payment
4th April 2018 Closing date for Online Registrations & Fees Payment
27th April 2018 Admit Card download for Phase I
19th May 2018 Phase I Exam (Preliminary)
17th June 2018 Phase II Exam (Mains)


NABARD Grade A 2018 Exam Pattern

The exam structure for NABARD contains 3 phases:

  • Preliminary Exam (Phase I)
  • Main Exam (Phase II)
  • Personal Interview (Phase III)

Preliminary Exam Pattern:

Section Marks Duration
English 40 2 Hours
Reasoning 20
Quantitative Aptitude 20
General Awareness 20
Computer Knowledge 20
Economic and Social Issues 40
Agriculture and Rural Development 40
Total 200
  • You must clear each section to qualify for the Mains examination
  • There is a 1/4th negative marking for every wrong answer

Main Exam Pattern:

Nature Paper Marks Time
Descriptive Paper I: General English 100 1.5 Hours
Objective Paper II: For General Post – Economic & Social Issues; Agriculture and Rural Development 100 1.5 Hours
Objective Paper II: For all other Posts – Related to the discipline of the post 100 1.5 Hours
  • There is a sectional and total cut-off for passing to the next phase.
  • Negative marking of 1/4th mark for every wrong answer

After passing the Main exam, you will be called for an interview, which will be for 25 marks. The final selection list will be based on combined marks of Mains and Interview.


NABARD Grade A 2018 Detailed Syllabus

So now that you know the pattern of the exam, and what kind of topics can be asked, lets break down the syllabus of these topics further, to help you easily prepare for your exam. Another effective way for you to up your exam game, is to checkout We provide you with series of mock tests, YouTube videos, study material, and lots more, to help you in your preparations.

Preliminary Exam Syllabus:

  • English – Reading Comprehension, Cloze Test, Error Spotting, Para Jumbles
  • Reasoning – Syllogisms, Arrangements, Inequalities, Machine Input Output, Comparison, Data Sufficiency
  • Quantitative Aptitude – Data Interpretation, Mensuration, Number Series, Miscellaneous Questions (Time, Average, Percentage, Ratio Proportion, Age, Probability, Simple and Compound Interest, Permutation and Combination, Profit and Loss, etc.)
  • Computer Knowledge – Basic computer topics like Internet, Networking, Software/Hardware, Abbreviations, Shortcuts, MS Office, etc.
  • General Awareness – Current Affairs for last 6 months, questions from banking & finance, General Knowledge questions, etc.
  • Economic and Social Issues – Mostly based on government schemes, economic policies and banking
  • Agriculture and Rural Development Syllabus – Based on Central Government policies for agriculture and rural development


Main Exam Syllabus:

  • Paper I – General English(Descriptive)Essay Writing, Precis Writing, Comprehension, Report Writing, Paragraph Writing & Letter Writing
  • Paper II – Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture and Rural Development –

Economic and Social Issues

Nature of Indian Economy
Structural and Institutional features
Economic underdevelopment
Opening the Indian Economy
Economic Reforms in India
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
Regional Economic Co-operation
Social Structure in India – Multiculturalism – Demographic trends – Urbanisation and Migration
Gender Issues Joint family system
Social Infrastructure
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


Agriculture & Rural Development
Soil & Water Conversation
Water Resource
Farm and Agri-Engineering
Plantation & Horticulture
Animal Husbandry
Agriculture Extensions
Ecology and Climate Change

Scenario of Indian Agriculture

  • Paper II – On related discipline – Based on the topics related to the post.

Hope this helps!


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