NABARD Development Assistant Phase II : General Awareness Preparation Strategy

NABARD has released the notification for the recruitment of Development Assistant.  The exam is slated to be conducted in October 2019, which leaves you with a little over a month to prepare for it. The exam will be conducted in two phases, I and II. We have already shared with you NABARD Development Phase I Study Plan, but one should not wait for Phase I to get over so that preparation for Phase II gets started. In fact, we have mentioned in NABARD Development Assistant Phase I Study Plan that start studying General Awareness along with Phase I preparation because its syllabus is pretty vast and it would be difficult to mug up everything after Phase I. So, today we’ll share with you the Preparation Strategy for General Awareness in NABARD Development Assistant Phase II.

Let us first go through the NABARD Development Assistant Phase II Exam Pattern

NABARD Development Assistant

  • 1/4th mark will be deducted as penalty for each wrong answer.

Mains Exam would include Objective test as well Descriptive test of English Language. General Awareness carries more weightage than Reasoning, Quant and Computer knowledge section, which needs no special mentioning that it requires extra attention. Hence, it becomes imperative that we start preparing for it from now on to get the syllabus completed before exam.

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Topics to study for General Awareness in NABARD Development Assistant Phase II

Topics for General Awareness section would include current affairs, Static G.K.  with special reference to Agriculture, Rural Development and Banking.

The syllabus broadly covers:

Plant Physiology Physiology of Seed Development and Germination
Agronomy Soils of India
Soil Science Soil erosion and its management
Horticulture Agro-Biotechnology
Ecology & Climate Plant Pathology
Plant quarantine measures Agriculture Engineering
Plant Breeding Crop production; seasonal crops
Cropping patterns in different Agro-climatic zones of the country; Types of Cropping System Types of Farming; Precision Farming, System of Crop Intensification, Organic Farming
Soil Fertility Fertilizers
Forestry; Forest products Agriculture extension
Soil-water-plant Relationship Irrigation projects in India
Rain water Harvesting Dry Land Agriculture and its Problems
Environmental pollution and its effect on Crops Rural Agricultural Development Plans
Role of Agriculture in Economic Development Rural Banks
Rural Credit Structure – Formal and Informal Revolutions related to Agricultural Sector
Government Policies and Schemes for Agricultural Development Development Programmes including Poverty Alleviation and Rural Employment
Daily Current Affairs Miscellaneous

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Books and Resources

Agriculture at a Glance – R.K. Sharma

Rural Development: Indian Context – IGNOU Notes by GPH Panel of Experts

NABARD and its Significance in Agriculture – S.K. Chaudhary

Topic of Agriculture from NCERT Book

Newspaper: to prepare for NABARD Development Assistant 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.


  • Kurukshetra
  • 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.
  • 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 in India. 
  • Ministry of Rural Development Website
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Website
  • Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Website
  • NABARD Website
  • Oliveboard Mock Tests

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Oliveboard Mock Tests

Oliveboard Mock Tests 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 questions related to them, there is simply no point. Hence, the test package shall help you check whether your revisions have been thorough or not.

Mock tests are a must and are the most important preparation resource available.

Why so?

Mock tests help you:

  • Determine the topics that you can expect in the exam
  • Improve your speed and accuracy
  • Familiarize your with the exam pattern and difficulty level
  • Identify your strong and weak areas to fine-tune your preparation
  • Gives you opportunity to get Expert Feedback

Now that you are well aware of the Preparation Strategy for General Awareness in NABARD Development Exam, it is time for you to start preparing for NABARD Development Assistant Phase I and II Exam. Take Oliveboard Free Mock test to get started.

Sample Questions

  • Mixed farming incorporates mixture or combination of which of the following?
  1. Crops and Forest Trees
  2. Different varieties of crops
  3. Crops and Horticulture plants
  4. Crops and livestock
  5. None of the above

Solution: 4                                           

  • Which of the following is the term for a whole farm management system which aims to deliver more sustainable agriculture?
  1. Community Farming
  2. Social Farming
  3. Complete Farming
  4. Holistic Farming  
  5. Integrated Farming

Solution: 5

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NABARD Development Assistant 2019 Exam Preparation

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