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NABARD Grade A Agriculture Notification

The NABARD Grade A Agriculture Notification will be out in July 2024 on the official website of NABARD. Last year, no vacancies had been released for the Agriculture discipline but this year it is expected that some vacancies will be out. In this blog post, we intend to provide all the necessary information on NABARD Grade A Agriculture Notification.

NABARD Grade A Agriculture Notification 2024

The notification will be released on the official website for RDBS. The candidates will be able to apply between the application window that will open soon. Last year, the vacancies had not been released for the Agriculture Officers, hence the candidates could apply under General Stream. We have provided the last year’s PDF below, so the candidates can take reference from it.

NABARD Grade A Agriculture Officer 2024 – Important Dates

The schedule for the NABARD Grade A officer exam is provided below :

EventsImportant Dates (Tentative)
NABARD Grade A IT Officer Notification Release DateJuly 2024
NABARD Grade IT Officer Application Start DateTo be updated
NABARD Grade A IT Officer Application End DateTo be updated
NABARD Grade A IT Officer (RDBS) – Phase 1 Prelims Exam Date1st September 2024
NABARD Grade A Officer – Phase 2 (Mains) Exam Date16th October 2024

NABARD Grade A Agriculture Vacancies 2024

The vacancies for NABARD Grade ‘A’ AM (RDBS) – Agriculture had not been released last year. We have shared the vacancy table below, as the candidates could apply under the General Stream.

NABARD Grade A Vacancies

NABARD Grade A Agriculture Notification 2024 – Direct Link to Apply

The application window will remain open for 20-30 days and the candidates must apply for the post as soon as the application begins. This is because during the last days of application, due to some technical errors or high traffic, the server crashes down. Use the direct link given below to apply for NABARD Grade A Agriculture Officer.

Direct Link to Apply for NABARD Agriculture Officer

NABARD Grade A Agriculture Eligibility Criteria

While applying for NABARD Grade A, be aware that you can apply only for ONE Discipline/Post of your choice. If you apply for Assistant Manager in General discipline, you cannot opt for any other discipline like Fisheries, Finance, etc.

NABARD Grade A Agriculture Eligibility – Age Limit

The candidate must be between 21 and 30 years of age which means that the candidate must have been born not earlier than 02-09-1994 and not later than 01-09-2003 as of 1st September 2024 (Expected).

Relaxation in Upper Age Limit

Check out the relaxation provided to different categories in the below table:

Category Age Relaxation
OBC 3 years
1. SC/ST
2. Ex-servicemen
3. Emergency Commissioned Officers/Short Service Commissioned
4. Children/family members of victims died in the 1984 riots
5 years
1. General
2. OBC
3. SC/ST

10 years
13 years
15 years

NABARD Grade A Agriculture Eligibility – Educational Qualification

As the vacancies have not been released in the Agriculture stream, so we have shared the educational qualification for the General stream.

Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from any recognized University/Institution with a minimum of 60% marks (SC/ ST/ PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate OR Post Graduate
degree, MBA/PGDM with a minimum of 55% marks (SC/ ST/ PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate OR CA/ CS/ICWA OR Ph.D from Institutions recognized by GOI/UGC.

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NABARD Grade A Agriculture Exam Pattern

The selection will be in three Phases as furnished below:

  • Phase 1 (Preliminary Examination) – 200 Marks
  • Phase 2 (Mains Examination) – 200 Marks
  • Phase 3 (Interview) – 50 marks

NABARD Grade A Agriculture Exam Pattern 2024 – Prelims

The Prelims Exam Pattern of NABARD Grade ‘A’ Assistant Manager – Agriculture is given below :

Name of the TestNo. of
Test of Reasoning2020
English Language3030
Computer Knowledge2020
Quantitative Aptitude2020
Decision Making1010
General Awareness2020
Eco & Soc. Issues (with focus on Rural India)4040
Agriculture & Rural Development with an Emphasis on Rural India4040

Important Notes for the Phase 1 Exam (Prelims)

  • Qualifying Section – Test of Reasoning, English Language, Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, Decision Making.
  • Merit Section – General Awareness, Eco & Soc. Issues (with focus on Rural India), Agriculture & Rural Development with Emphasis on Rural India.
  • Shortlisting of the candidates for the Main exam will be based on marks scored in the Merit section only.

NABARD Grade A Agriculture Exam Pattern 2024 – Mains

The Mains exam pattern of NABARD Grade A Agriculture Officer (Assistant Manager Exam) is given below :

PaperSubjectType of
Number of QsMarksDurationRemarks
Paper- IGeneral
3100 90 minutesDescriptive
Answers to
be typed
Paper-IIAgricultureObjective305030 minutes

You will be
required to
attempt 4
[2 of 15 marks
5090 MinutesDescriptive
Answers to
be typed
either in
English or
and Inscript

The calling ratio to qualify for the main examination and interview would be a maximum of
1:25 and 1:3, respectively.

Negative Marking

  • There will be a penalty for wrong answers marked by the candidate.
  • For every wrong answer marked, 1/4th of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty in Phase-I and Phase-II.
  • Cut-offs in Phase-I and Phase-II may be applied in two stages:
  1. On scores in individual tests
  2. On Total Score

NABARD Grade A Agriculture Syllabus

NABARD Grade A Phase 1 (prelims) examination and Phase 2 (mains) examination syllabus are given below:

NABARD Grade A Agriculture Syllabus – Prelims

Check out the detailed syllabus below:

Name of SectionTopics asked
Reasoning Ability1. Puzzles & Seating arrangement
2. Syllogism
3. Data sufficiency
4. Statement-based questions (Verbal reasoning)
5. Inequality
6. Coding-Decoding
7. Input-Output
8. Blood relations
9. Miscellaneous Questions
Quantitative Aptitude1. Data Interpretation
2. Quadratic Equations
3. Number Series
4. Simplification/ Approximation
5. Data Sufficiency
6. Arithmetic Questions
7. Quantity Comparisons
8. Mathematical Inequalities
English Language1. Reading Comprehension
2. Sentence improvement
3. Cloze test
4. Spotting the errors
5. Fill in the blanks
6. Sentence rearrangement
7. Para Jumbles
8. New pattern questions
General AwarenessMajorly includes questions from current affairs – Banking, Finance, Insurance, Appointments, Awards and Honours, Sports, Schemes, and National and International Events.
Computer KnowledgeIt various topics like Networking, Input-output devices, DBMS, MS Office, Internet, History of computers & generations, and Shortcuts.

Economic and Social Issues

The ESI is one of the most important subjects to excel if you want to clear the NABARD Grade A Exam.

Name of SectionTopics asked
Nature of Indian Economy1. Structural and Institutional features
2. Economic Underdevelopment
3. Opening up the Indian Economy
4. Globalization
5. Economic Reforms in India
6. Privatization
InflationTrends in Inflation & their Impact on National Economy and Individual Income.
Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in IndiaRural and Urban Measurement of Poverty
Poverty Alleviation Programmes of the Government
Population TrendsPopulation Growth and Economic Development
Population Policy in India
Agriculture1. Characteristics / Status
2. Technical and Institutional changes in Indian
3. Agriculture
4. Agricultural performance
5. Issues in Food Security in India
6. Non-Institutional and Institutional Agencies in rural
Industry1. Industrial and Labour Policy
2. Industrial performance
3. Regional Imbalance in India’s Industrial
4. Public Sector Enterprises
Rural banking and financial institutions in IndiaReforms in the Banking/ Financial sector.
Globalization of Economy1. Role of International Funding Institutions
2. IMF & World Bank
3. WTO
4. Regional Economic Cooperation
Social Structure in India1. Multiculturalism
2. Demographic trends
3. Urbanization and Migration
4. Gender Issues- Joint family system
5. Social Infrastructure
6. Education
7. Health and Environment
Education1. Status & System of Education
2. Socio-Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy
3. Educational relevance and educational wastage
4. Educational Policy for India
Social JusticeProblems with scheduled castes and scheduled tribes
Socio-economic programmes for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and other backward classes.
Positive Discrimination in favour of the underprivileged1. Social Movements
2. Indian Political Systems
3. Human Development

Agriculture and Rural Development

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Name of SectionTopics asked
Agriculture1. Definition, meaning, and its branches
2. Agronomy: Definition, meaning, and scope of
3. Classification of field crops
4. Factors affecting crop production
5. Agro Climatic Zones
6. Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping
7. Problems of dry land – Seed production, seed
processing, seed village
8. Meteorology: weather parameters, crop-weather
9. Precision Farming
10. System of Crop Intensification
11. Organic farming
Soil and Water Conservation1. Major soil types
2. Soil fertility
3. Fertilizers
4. Soil erosion
5. Soil conservation
6. Watershed management
Water Resource1. Irrigation Management
2. Types of irrigation
3. Sources of irrigation
4. Crop-water requirement
5. Command area development
6. Water conservation techniques
7. Micro-irrigation
8. Irrigation pumps
9. Major, medium, and minor irrigation.
Farm and Agri-Engineering1. Farm Machinery and Power
2. Sources of power on the farm- human, animal,
mechanical, electrical, wind, solar, and biomass,
3. Water harvesting structures
4. Farm Ponds
5. Agro-Processing
6. Controlled and modified storage, of perishable food
storage, godowns, bins, and grain silos
Plantation & Horticulture1. Definition, meaning, and its branches
2. Agronomic practices and production technology of
various plantation and horticulture crops
3. Post-harvest management, value, and supply chain
management of Plantation and Horticulture crops.
Animal Husbandry1. Farm animals and their role in the Indian economy
2. Animal husbandry methods in India
3. Common terms pertaining to different species of
4. Utility classification of breeds of cattle
Introduction to common feeds and fodders, their
classification, and utility
5. Introduction to the poultry industry in India (past,
present, and future status)
6. Common terms pertaining to poultry production and
7. The concept of mixed farming and its relevance to
the socio-economic conditions of farmers in India
8. Complimentary and obligatory nature of livestock
and poultry production with that of agricultural
Fisheries1. Fisheries resources Management and exploitation –
freshwater, brackish water, and marine
2. Aquaculture- Inland and marine
3. Biotechnology Post-harvest technology
4. Importance of fisheries in India
5. Common terms pertaining to fish production.
Forestry1. Basic concepts of Forest and Forestry
2. Principles of silviculture, forest mensuration, forest
management, and forest economics
3. Concepts of social forestry, agroforestry, joint forest
4. Forest policy and legislation in India, India State of
Forest Report 2015
5. Recent developments under the Ministry of
Environment, Forest, and Climate Change
Agriculture Extensions1. Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of
extension programs
2. Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in the
dissemination of Agricultural technologies
Ecology and Climate Change1. Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources,
sustainable management, and conservation
2. Causes of climate change, GreenHouse Gases (GHG),
major GHG emitting countries, climate analysis
3. Distinguish between adaptation and mitigation
4. Climate change impact on agriculture and rural
5. Carbon credit, IPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetings
6. Funding mechanisms for climate change projects
7. Initiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, and INDC.
Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities1. Recent trends
2. Major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance
3. Viability of agriculture
4. Factors of Production in agriculture
5. Agricultural Finance and Marketing
6. Impact of Globalization on Indian Agriculture and
issues of Food Security
7. Concept and Types of Farm Management.
Rural Development1. Concept of Rural Area
2. Structure of the Indian Rural Economy
3. Importance and role of the rural sector in India
4. Economic, Social, and Demographic Characteristics of
the Indian rural economy
5. Causes of Rural Backwardness
6. Rural population in India
7. Occupational structure
8. Farmers, Agricultural Laborers, Artisans, Handicrafts,
Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes, and others in rural
9. Trends of change in rural population and rural
10. Problems and conditions of rural labour
11. Issues and challenges in Hand-looms
12. Panchayati Raj Institutions – Functions and
MGNREGA, NRLM – Aajeevika, Rural Drinking
13. Working Programmes, Swachh Bharat,
Rural Housing, PURA, and other rural
development programs

NABARD Grade A Agriculture Syllabus 2024 – Mains

Check out the complete mains syllabus below:

Paper-I – English Topics
Essay, Précis writing, Comprehension, and Business/Office Correspondence
Paper-II: Syllabus
1. Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources, their sustainable management,
and conservation.
2. Physical and social environment as factors of crop distribution and production.
3. Agroecology; cropping patterns as indicators of environments.
4. Environmental pollution and associated hazards to crops, animals, and humans.
5. Climate change -international conventions and global initiatives.
6. Greenhouse effect and global warming.
7. Advance tools for ecosystem analysis – Remote sensing (RS) and Geographic
Information Systems (GIS).
1. Cropping patterns in different agro-climatic zones of the country.
2. Impact of high-yielding and short-duration varieties on shifts in cropping patterns.
3. Concepts of various cropping and farming systems.
4. Organic and Precision farming.
5. Package of practices for production of important cereals, pulses, oilseeds, fibres, sugar,
commercial and fodder crops.
1. Important features and scope of various types of forestry plantations such as social
forestry, agro-forestry, and natural forests.
2. Propagation of forest plants.
3. Forest products.
4. Agroforestry and value addition.
5. Conservation of forest flora and fauna.
1. Weeds, their characteristics, dissemination, and association with various crops; their
multiplications; cultural, biological, and chemical control of weeds.
2. Soil- physical, chemical, and biological properties.
3. Processes and factors of soil formation.
4. Soils of India.
5. Mineral and organic constituents of soils and their role in maintaining soil productivity. 6. Essential plant nutrients and other beneficial elements in soils and plants.
7. Principles of soil fertility, soil testing and fertilizer recommendations, integrated
nutrient management.
8. Biofertilizers.
9. Losses of nitrogen in the soil, nitrogen-use efficiency in submerged rice soils, and
nitrogen fixation in soils.
10. Efficient phosphorus and potassium use.
11. Problem soils and their reclamation.
12. Soil factors affecting greenhouse gas emissions.
1. Soil conservation, integrated watershed management.
2. Soil erosion and its management.
3. Dryland agriculture and its problems.
4. Technology for stabilizing agriculture production in rain-fed areas.
5. Water-use efficiency in relation to crop production, criteria for scheduling irrigations,
ways, and means of reducing runoff losses of irrigation water.
6. Rainwater harvesting.
7. Drip and sprinkler irrigation.
8. Drainage of waterlogged soils, quality of irrigation water, the effect of industrial
effluents on soil, and water pollution.
9. Irrigation projects in India.
1. Farm management, scope, importance and characteristics, farm planning.
2. Optimum resource use and budgeting. Economics of different types of farming
3. Marketing management – strategies for development, market intelligence.
4. Price fluctuations and their cost; the role of co-operatives in agricultural economy; types
and systems of farming and factors affecting them.
5. Agricultural price policy. Crop Insurance.
1. Agricultural extension, its importance, role, methods of evaluation of extension
programmes, socio-economic survey, and status of big, small, and marginal farmers
and landless agricultural labourers.
2. Training programmes for extension workers.
3. Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) in the dissemination of Agricultural technologies.
4. Non-Government Organization (NGO) and self-help group approach for rural
1. Cell structure, function, and cell cycle.
2. Synthesis, structure, and function of genetic material.
3. Laws of heredity.
4. Chromosome structure, chromosomal aberrations, linkage and cross-over, and their
significance in recombination breeding.
5. Polyploidy, euploids, and aneuploids.
6. Mutations – and their role in crop improvement.
7. Heritability, sterility and incompatibility, classification, and their application in crop
8. Cytoplasmic inheritance, sex-linked, sex-influenced and sex-limited characters.
1. History of plant breeding.
2. Modes of reproduction, selfing, and crossing techniques.
3. Origin, evolution, and domestication of crop plants, center of origin, the law of
homologous series, crop genetic resources conservation, and utilization.
4. Application of principles of plant breeding, and improvement of crop plants.
5. Molecular markers and their application in plant improvement.
6. Pure-line selection, pedigree, mass, and recurrent selections, combining ability, its
significance in plant breeding.
7. Heterosis and its exploitation.
8. Somatic hybridization.
9. Breeding for disease and pest resistance.
10. Role of interspecific and intergeneric hybridization.
11. Role of genetic engineering and biotechnology in crop improvement.
12. Genetically modified crop plants.
1. Seed production and processing technologies.
2. Seed certification, seed testing, and storage.
3. DNA fingerprinting and seed registration.
4. Role of public and private sectors in seed production and marketing.
5. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues, WTO issues, and its impact on Agriculture.
1. Principles of Plant Physiology with reference to plant nutrition, absorption,
translocation, and metabolism of nutrients.
2. Soil – water- plant relationship.
1. Enzymes and plant pigments; photosynthesis- modern concepts and factors affecting
the process, aerobic and anaerobic respiration; C3, C4, and CAM mechanisms.
2. Carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism.
3. Growth and development; photoperiodism and vernalization.
4. Plant growth substances and their role in crop production.
5. Physiology of seed development and germination; dormancy.
6. Stress physiology – drought, salt, and water stress.
1. Major fruits, plantation crops, vegetables, spices, and flower crops.
2. Package practices of major horticultural crops.
3. Protected cultivation and high-tech horticulture.
4. Post-harvest technology and value addition of fruits and vegetables.
5. Landscaping and commercial floriculture.
6. Medicinal and aromatic plants.
7. Role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition.
1. Diagnosis of pests and diseases of field crops, vegetables, orchards, and plantation
crops and their economic importance.
2. Classification of pests and diseases and their management.
3. Integrated pest and disease management.
4. Storage pests and their management.
5. Biological control of pests and diseases.
6. Epidemiology and forecasting of major crop pests and diseases.
7. Plant quarantine measures.
8. Pesticides, their formulation, and modes of action
1. Food production and consumption trends in India.
2. Food security and growing population – vision 2020.
3. Reasons for grain surplus.
4. National and international food policies.
5. Production, procurement, distribution constraints.
6. Availability of food grains, per capita expenditure on food.
7. Trends in poverty, Public Distribution System and Below Poverty Line population,
8. Targeted Public Distribution System (PDS), policy implementation in context to
9. Processing constraints.
10. Relation of food production to National Dietary Guidelines and food consumption
11. Food-based dietary approaches to eliminate hunger.
12. Nutrient deficiency – Micronutrient deficiency: Protein Energy, Malnutrition or Protein
Calorie Malnutrition (PEM or PCM), Micronutrient deficiency, and HRD in the
context of the work capacity of women and children.
13. Food grain productivity and food security.

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NABARD Grade A Agriculture Notification 2024 FAQs

Q1. Is NABARD Grade A Agriculture Notification 2024 Out?

The NABARD Grade A Agriculture Notification will be out in July 2024.

Q2. What are the application dates according to NABARD Grade A Agriculture Notification 2024?

The candidates can apply only within the application window. The dates will be notified soon.

Q3. Who is eligible for NABARD Grade A Agriculture Officer 2024?

The candidates with Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in relevant discipline.

Q4. Is there any interview round to get selected as a Grade A Agriculture Officer in NABARD?

Yes, the third phase of the selection process is the Interview and you will have to clear all three phases to get finally selected.

Q5. What is the application fee for NABARD Grade A Agriculture Officer?

For SC/ST/PwBD, it is Rs 150 and for others, it is Rs 800.

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