Detailed NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 [Prelims] – 7th September

The NABARD authorities are conducting the NABARD Grade A 2022 Phase 1 exam (Prelims) today across India. The NABARD Phase 1 (Prelims) exam will have qualifying and merit sections. In this blog post, we will take you through the detailed NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis for the Phase 1 exam. Our subject matter expert Riti maám will take you through the types of questions asked and what is the good number of attempts. Read along & know all about the paper pattern, types of questions asked and difficulty level of the exam.


Table of Contents

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis – 2022 Phase-1 (Prelims)

Before moving ahead with the exam analysis, let us have a look at the exam pattern for the NABARD Grade A prelims phase.

SectionNo. Of QsMarks
Test of Reasoning2020
English Language3030
Computer Knowledge2020
Decision Making1010
Quantitative Aptitude2020
General Awareness2020
Economic & Social Issues4040
Agriculture & Rural Development4040
Total200200

NABARD Grade A prelims exam consists of a total of 8 sections. ESI & ARD are included in the prelims phase. A total of 200 questions of 1 mark each are to be attempted in a total of 120 minutes. There is no sectional timing for this exam. Here is what is included in the qualifying and merit sections:

  1. Qualifying Section – Test of Reasoning, English Language, Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, Decision Making.
     
  2. Merit Section – General Awareness, Eco & Soc. Issues (with focus on Rural India), Agriculture & Rural Development with Emphasis on Rural India.

NABARD Grade A 2022 Phase 1 (Prelims) | Overall Exam Analysis | Shift 1

Let’s have a topic-wise analysis of each of the 8 sections of the NABARD Grade A Prelims exam for Shift 1.

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 – Quantitative Aptitude

The quantitative aptitude section of NABARD Grade A prelims was of moderate difficulty level.

ParameterShift 1
Type of Questions
Total: 20 Questions – 20 Marks
DI Based Questions (1-Pie-Chart) – 6Q to 7Q

Arithmetic Questions (Mixtures & Allegations, CI & SI) – Good Mix

Wrong Number Series Questions

Quadratic Equation – 3 Qs
Difficulty levelEasy to Moderate (DI – Easy)
CommentsEasy for those who have attempted other banking exams or done very basic practice. The selection of the questions would play an important role.
Cut off Marks for Quantitative Aptitude for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 5.00 SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 2.50

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 – Reasoning Ability

The reasoning section of NABARD Grade A prelims was of moderate difficulty level.

ParameterShift 1
Type of Questions
Total: 20 Questions – 20 Marks
3 Puzzles (circular arrangement & linear arrangement) – 12 – 13 Qs.

Inequality-based Qs, Syllogisms, Blood Relations – 7 – 8 Qs.
Difficulty levelModerate
CommentsIf we leave out the puzzles, it was easy.
Cut off Marks for Reasoning for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 3.75SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 1.25

Computer Knowledge

The overall level of the computer knowledge section was moderate to difficult. Proper selection of questions would have been a crucial task for aspirants today.

ParameterShift 1
Type of Questions
Total: 20 Questions – 20 Marks
MS Word & MS Excel – 7 to 8 Qs

Short cut keys – Very Specific Questions

Computer Language
Difficulty levelModerate – Difficult
CommentsFew students have found it a little tough but the selection of questions would have made the difference.
Cut off Marks for Computer for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 3.25SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 2.00

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 – English Language

The English language section of NABARD Grade A prelims was of easy to moderate level.

ParameterShift 1
Type of Questions
Total: 30 Questions – 30 Marks
Comprehension – 5 Qs – Artificial Intelligence

Grammatical Errors

Word Swap (in paragraph form)

Idioms
Difficulty levelEasy to Moderate
CommentsThere were no major surprises. The questions were along the expected lines.
Cut off Marks for English for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 11.25SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 7.50

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 – Decision Making

The new inclusion of decision-making consisted of 10 marks. The level of this section was moderate in both sessions. Candidates preparing for RBI Gr B would find this section easier.

ParameterShift 1
Type of Questions
Total: 10 Questions – 10 Marks
Questions were on similar lines as last year.

2-3 questions are very general in nature and easily solvable.

The remaining – Management questions (Decision-Making Topic)

Types of Bias.
Difficulty levelModerate
CommentsThose preparing for RBI Gr B would have found it easier than those preparing only for banking exams.
Cut off Marks for Decision Making for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 1.25SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 1.00

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 – General Awareness

Current Affairs Questions were mostly from the last 3-4 months. Factual questions were asked with 1-2 static GK questions in Shift 1. The GA section was of moderate level.

ParameterShift 1
Type of Questions
Total: 20 Questions – 20 Marks
Coverage: Last 3-4 months

Factual Questions

Static GK (1/2 Q)

A good mix of questions was asked from all the general areas.
Difficulty levelModerate
CommentsA few questions overlapped from ESI current affairs Part.
The GA had a mix from every possible area.
Cut off Marks for General Awareness for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 3.00SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 1.75

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 – Economic and Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)

Parameter Shift 1
Type of Questions
Total: 40 Questions – 40 Marks
Most of the questions were factual (Current Affairs) in nature

In-depth factual questions

Coverage: Last 6 months

Budget, Latest Schemes & Initiatives, Social Justice & Agri based schemes

No conceptual questions were asked

“None of the above” was in the options which made it confusing
Difficulty levelModerate
CommentsIf current affairs were studied in depth focusing on facts and numbers – it would have been quite easy.
Cut off Marks for ESI for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 4.50SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 1.00

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 – Agriculture & Rural Development

Parameter Shift 1
Type of QuestionsTotal: 40 Questions40 MarksStatic Questions – 14-16Qs (Nutrients & Diseases based)

Current Affairs – Agri trends-related questions

Questions on Scientific Names

Some Conceptual Questions were lengthy

“None of the above” was in the Options which made it confusing
Difficulty levelModerate
CommentsStudents who have gone through the ‘Notes’ part (all the chapters – basic concept) + Govt schemes + Current Affairs would have found this comparatively easy.

A very good mix of questions was asked. They touched every part of the syllabus (static, current affairs, schemes, reports etc).
Cut off Marks for ARD for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 6.50SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 3.00

NABARD Grade A 2022 Phase 1 (Prelims) | ESI, ARD, GA Sections Answer Key | Shift 1


NABARD Grade A 2022 Phase 1 (Prelims) | Overall Exam Analysis | Shift 2

Let’s have a topic-wise analysis of each of the 8 sections of the NABARD Grade A Prelims exam for Shift 2.

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 – Quantitative Aptitude

  ParameterShift 2
Type of Questions
Total: 20 Questions20 Marks
DI Based Question (Tabular & Graph based) 4 to 5 Qs

Arithmetic (Boats & Streams, Partnership, Mixtures & Allegations, SI, CI, Ages)
Difficulty levelModerate
CommentsEasy for those who have attempted other banking exams or done very basic practice.
Selection of questions would play an important role.
Cut off Marks for Quantitative Aptitude for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 5.00 SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 2.50

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 – Reasoning Ability

 ParameterShift 2
Type of Questions
Total: 20 Questions20 Marks
3 Puzzles (8 People facing north, floor-based questions, height inequality) 7-8 Questions
Directions based Blood Relations Syllogisms
Difficulty levelModerate
CommentIf we leave out the puzzles, it was easy.
Cut off Marks for Reasoning for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 3.75SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 1.25

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 – Computer Knowledge

 ParameterShift 2
Type of Questions
Total: 20 Questions – 20 Marks
Memories – 3 Qs

Questions on Internet Browsers/URL Types Excel, PPT, Word – 10-11 Qs. (Including Shortcut)
Difficulty levelModerate 
CommentsFew students have found it a little tough, but selection of questions would have made all the difference.
Cut off Marks for Computer for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 3.25SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 2.00

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 – English Language

  ParameterShift 2
Type of Questions Total: 30 Questions – 30 MarksReading Comprehension 5Qs.

Rearrange words in a sentence – 5 Qs.

Error Detection – 5 Qs.

Sentence Connectors – 4 to 5 Qs.
Difficulty levelEasy
CommentThere were no major surprises. The questions were along the expected lines.
Cut off Marks for English for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 11.25SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 7.50

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 – Decision Making

 ParameterShift 2
Type of Questions
Total: 10 Questions10 Marks
Questions were on similar lines as last year.

4-5 questions can be solved without prior preparation.
Difficulty levelModerate
CommentsThose preparing for the RBI Gr. B exam would have found it easier than those preparing only for banking.
Cut off Marks for Decision Making for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 1.25SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 1.00

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 – General Awareness

ParameterShift 2
Type of Questions
Total: 20 Questions – 20 Marks
Coverage: May (4-5), July, August 2022

Static: 1-2 Qs.

Current Affairs Areas: Books, awards, sports, reports, Index, Important Days, Schemes
Difficulty levelModerate
CommentsA few questions overlapped from ESI current affairs Part.
The GA had a mix from every possible area.
Cut off Marks for General Awareness for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 3.00SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 1.75

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 – Economic and Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)

Parameter Shift 2
Type of Questions
Total: 40 Questions – 40 Marks
Current affairs were mostly asked.

1-2 Qs. on the Indian Constitution.

Current Affairs – 18/20 – Schemes (3-4 statement-based questions)

Factual questions mostly were asked

SECC, Census 2011, Economic Survey

” None of the above” was in the options which made it confusing.
Difficulty levelModerate
CommentsIf current affairs were studied in depth focusing on facts and numbers – it would have been quite easy.
Cut off Marks for ESI for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 4.50SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 1.00

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2022 – Agriculture & Rural Development

Parameter Shift 2
Type of Questions
Total: 40 Questions40 Marks
Static Questions/Concept Based – 15-18 Qs.

Poultry (3-4)

Plant Nutrients & Diseases (3-4)

Based on MSP/Agri-engineering/3-4

Concepts in Agriculture

Current Affairs – 22 to 25 Qs

Data based questions (quantity/%/estimates/amount/year etc)

Schemes – 8 to 9 Qs

Medium length questions were asked
Difficulty levelModerate
CommentsStudents who have gone through the ‘Notes’ part (all the chapters – basic concept) + Govt schemes + Current Affairs would have found this comparatively easy.

A very good mix of questions was asked. They touched every part of the syllabus (static, current affairs, schemes, reports etc).
Cut off Marks for ARD for the Year 2021EWS & Unreserved – 6.50SC, ST, OBC, PWBD – 3.00

NABARD Grade A 2022 Phase 1 (Prelims) | ESI, ARD, GA Sections Answer Key | Shift 2


NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2021 – Mains Paper (Phase 2)


NABARD Grade A 2021 Phase 2 – Paper 1 – Descriptive English Questions Asked

Here are the questions asked in the NABARD Grade A 2021 Descriptive English Paper:

Essay (40 marks)

1.     Dropout in school: Causes and Prevention.

2.     Benefits of the social media platform for farmers.

3.     Contribution of the Tourism Sector to the Indian Economy.

4.     Workplace Diversity: Measures for promoting diversity at the workplace.


Letter Writing (30 marks)

1. Write a letter to the editor of the newspaper telling the importance of developing sports infrastructure in India to create more Olympians.

2. Write a letter to the credit card company requesting to change your address associated with a credit card.

3. Write a letter to the block officer informing him about the pitiful condition of your village dispensary.


Precis (30 marks)

  1. Uncertainty and its effects on health

NABARD Grade A Phase 2 – ESI & ARD Objective Questions Asked

The objective paper of ESI & ARD had one marker and two marker questions.

One marker questions were direct while two marker questions were paragraph based.

All types of questions were asked: Static, Current Affairs based, data-related questions etc.

Topics Asked in the 1 Marker Questions

Agronomy, Agroforestry (3 questions). The rest of the questions were either from current Affairs or government schemes.

Topics asked in the 2 Marker Questions

The paragraphs were lengthy and 2 to 3 questions were asked pertaining to a single paragraph.

  1. Horticulture
  2. Organic farming
  3. Ayushman Bharat Scheme
  4. Banking Regulation Act
  5. Suraksha Bima Yojana
  6. MUDRA/Soil Health Card/Chaman Portal
  7. NEP

NABARD Grade A Phase 2 – ESI & ARD Descriptive Questions Asked

In the descriptive questions asked, one 10 marks and one 15 marks question was made compulsory. And the compulsory descriptive question was from the ARD syllabus.

MarksSectionQuestions
15 MarkersARDCompulsory Question: What is cross-breeding? What are the methods/advantages & disadvantages of crop breeding?
 ARDQuestion on Minimum Support Price
 ESI/ARDWTO Agreement on agriculture has a dual effect on India’s economy. How?
10 MarkersARDCompulsory Question: Question-related to Agri credit – it used to be a major part of non-institutional credit, but it is on a decline
 ARDWhat is drip irrigation & how has it changed the face of agriculture?
 ARDWhat is social forestry? What are its components and objectives?

NABARD Grade A 2021 Phase 2 Memory-Based Questions

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NABARD Grade A 2021 Phase 2 Exam Pattern 

NABARD Grade A-Main Examination (Phase 2) will be conducted online and will be a mix of MCQ and descriptive patterns.

Main Examination for the post of Generalist

Important Note: Negative Marking & Cutoffs

  1. For every wrong answer marked, 1/4th of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as a penalty in Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Cut-offs in Phase 1 and Phase 2 may be applied in two stages – (i) On scores in individual tests, and (ii) On Total Scores.

Paper-I – General English: (Descriptive – online through the keyboard). The paper will have descriptive questions carrying 100 marks. Duration: 1 ½ hrs


The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing skills including expressions and understanding of the topic. The analytical and drafting abilities of the candidate shall be assessed through the Descriptive Paper on General English comprising

  1. Essay writing,
  2. Comprehension,
  3. Report Writing,
  4. Paragraph Writing & Letter Writing.

Note Essay (40 Marks), Precis (20 Marks), Questions on the Precis para (20 Marks), Report / Letter Writing (20 Marks).

Paper-II (MCQ + Descriptive):-

  1. Economic & Social Issues
  2. Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on rural India)


NABARD Grade A 2021 Prelims Paper Pattern

Before moving ahead with the exam analysis, let us have a look at the exam pattern for the NABARD Grade A prelims phase.

SectionNo. Of QsMarks
Test of Reasoning2020
English Language3030
Computer Knowledge2020
Decision Making1010
Quantitative Aptitude2020
General Awareness2020
Economic & Social Issues4040
Agriculture & Rural Development4040
Total200200

NABARD Grade A prelims exam consists of a total of 8 sections. ESI & ARD are included in the prelims phase. A total of 200 questions of 1 mark each are to be attempted in a total of 120 minutes. There is no sectional timing for this exam.

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2021 for Prelims

Let’s have a topic-wise analysis of each of the 8 sections of the NABARD Grade A Prelims exam.

Quantitative Aptitude

The Quantitative Aptitude section of NABARD Grade A Prelims was Easy to moderate.

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2021 – Quantitative Aptitude

TopicsShift 1Shift 2
Tabular DI, Line Graph55
Wrong number Series55
Simplification/ Approximation34
Arithmetic86
Overall2020

Reasoning Ability

The Reasoning Section of NABARD Grade A Prelims was moderate. There were only 12-13 Puzzles & Seating arrangements. Coding-decoding, and data sufficiency were asked in the 2nd shift. The full analysis of the section is given below in the table:

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2021 – Reasoning Ability

TopicsShift 1Shift 2
Puzzles & Seating Arrangement12-1312-13
Inequality2
Syllogism23
Direction Based2-32
Blood Relation2
Overall2020

Computer Knowledge

The overall level of the computer knowledge section was moderate. Proper selection of questions would have been a crucial task for aspirants today.

Shift 1

  • MS Word & MS Excel – 7 to 8 Qs
  • Full Forms
  • Short cut keys
  • Computer Language

Shift 2

  • MS Word & MS Excel – 4-5 Qs
  • Browsers – 3 Qs
  • Computer Language

English Language

The English Language section of NABARD Grade A Prelims was Easy to moderate.

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis 2021 – English Language

TopicsShift 1Shift 2
Reading Comprehension77 (Water on Moon)
Para jumbles55
Correct Usage Of Words55
Sentence Rearrangement55
Cloze Test88
Overall3030

Decision Making

The new inclusion of decision-making consisted of 10 marks. The level of this section was moderate in both sessions. Candidates preparing for RBI Gr B would find this section easier.

ParameterShift 1Shift 2
10 questions
10 marks
2-3 Questions Ver General in Nature – Easy
Remaining – Management Questions (Decision Making)
5-6 Questions – Decision-Making Models From Management

General Awareness

Current Affairs Questions were mostly from the last 4-5 months. Factual Questions were asked with 1-2 static GK questions in Shift 1. The GA section was of moderate level.

Shift 1Shift 2
Current Affairs – Last 4-5 Months
Static – 1-2 Qs
Questions were from Census, Schemes, Environment related – Schemes
Current Affairs – Last 4-5 Months
Banking Static – 3-4 Qs
Questions were also asked from -Appointments, Indices, Obituaries, Sports

Economic and Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)

Most of the questions in this section were based on Banking Awareness, Schemes and Budget 2021. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate. A good understanding of the schemes would have helped.

Agriculture & Rural Development

As expected, this section touched every part of the syllabus (Static, current affairs, schemes, reports etc). Anyone with a thorough understanding of basic concepts + Govt schemes would have found this section easy. Here is the detailed analysis.

ParameterShift 1Shift 2
Type of Questions Total: 40 Questions 40 MarksStatic Questions – 25 – 30Q
Concept-based + factual (Agr engineering, soil science, animal husbandry, agronomy, crops)

Schemes – 8 to 10Q Concentration on objectives/features)

2-3 – General Current Affairs
Static Questions – 25Q Concept-based + factual (Crops, Fisheries, Irrigation, Soil science)

Schemes – 10Q

Others – Current Affairs
Difficulty levelModerateModerate

Previous Year Cut Off

Check out the previous Section and category-wise cut-off for NABARD Grade A Prelims 2020. GA, ESI & ARD are the merit sections. If you are getting above 50/100, start your preparation for PHASE 2 right away, without waiting for the actual scorecard.


SUMMARY

The analysis shared here is completely based on the user reviews and the aspirants who took the test. We hope that this helps you understand all about the exam and its paper pattern.

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