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

NABARD Grade A Syllabus

With the recent intimation of the NABARD Exam 2019 for the recruitment of Grade A and Grade B officers, we at Oliveboard as always are here to address all your concerns about the examination. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development abbreviated as NABARD is a development Bank entrusted with the responsibility of fostering rural prosperity and promote sustainable and equitable agriculture and rural development. The Grade A Exam conducted by NABARD for the recruitment of officers for the Assistant Manager Posts is a direct entry into the premier organization and a great opportunity for the aspirants to secure a career with the apex development institution. If you are someone who is aiming to grab this opportunity then knowing the detailed syllabus for the Exam is of utmost importance. In this blog we will be discussing with you all the NABARD Grade A Syllabus for the Phase I and Phase II Examination. We urge to start your preparations ASAP because as they say “The sooner the better.” 

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NABARD Grade A Syllabus – Phase I & Phase II Exams

Now the NABARD Grade A Exam which is for recruitment for the post of Assistant Managers is conducted in three phases.

Phase I

It is an objective online exam comprising of seven sections The total marks for this phase of the examination is 200. There is sectional cut off as well as over all cut off in this phase. This is a qualifying stage and marks obtained by the candidate are not counted in the subsequent phases.

Name of Section Marks Allotted
Quantitative Aptitude 20
Reasoning Ability 20
English Language 40
Computer Knowledge 20
General Awareness 20
Economics & Social Issues 40
Agriculture & Rural Development 40
Total Marks 200

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NABARD Grade A Syllabus – Phase I (Prelims)

Quantitative Aptitude

Reasoning Ability

English Language

Computer Knowledge

Simplification
Approximation
Data Sufficiency
Quadratic Equations
Data Interpretation
Number Series
Problems on Ages
Mensuration
Percentage
Profit & Loss
Time & Work
Ratio & Proportion
Simple & Compound Interest
Time, Speed & Distance
Partnerships & Discounts
Alphanumeric Series
Syllogism
Order and Ranking
Direction based problems
Blood Relations
Series Completion
Statement – Assumptions, Conclusions/Arguments
Analogy
Coding-Decoding
Input-Output
Inequalities
Puzzles
Seating Arrangements
Reading Comprehension
Cloze Test
Errors Spotting
Para Jumbles
Fill in The Blanks
Sentence Rearrangement
Synonyms & Antonyms
Sentence Improvement/Correction
Synonyms & Antonyms
Sentence Formation
Basic computer topics like Internet
Networking
Software/Hardware
Abbreviations
Shortcuts
MS Office

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Phase 2 

NABARD Grade A Main Examination (Phase II) will be conducted online and will be a mix of MCQ and descriptive pattern.

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

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NABARD Grade A Syllabus – Phase II (Mains)

Paper-I – General English: (Descriptive – online through key board)
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 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):-

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

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NABARD Grade A Syllabus – Topics under Economic & Social Issues:

Important Topics under Economics

Important Topics under Social Issues

Nature of Indian Economy Social Structure in India
Structural and Institutional features Multiculturalism
Economic underdevelopment Demographic trends
Opening up the Indian Economy – Globalisation Urbanisation and Migration
Economic Reforms in India – Privatisation Gender Issues
Inflation – Trends in Inflation & their Impact on National Economy and Individual Income Joint family system – Social Infrastructure
Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India – Rural and Urban Education – Health and Environment
Measurement of Poverty Education – Status & System of Education
Poverty Alleviation Programmes of the Government Socio -Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy
Population Trends – Population Growth and Economic Development – Population Policy in India Educational relevance and educational wastage
Agriculture – Characteristics / Status – Technical and Institutional changes in Indian Agriculture Educational Policy for India
– Agricultural performance – Issues in Food Security in India – Non-Institutional and Institutional Agencies in rural credit Social Justice: Problems of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes
Industry – Industrial and Labour Policy Socio-economic programmes for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and other backward classes
Industrial performance – Regional Imbalance in India’s Industrial Development – – Public Sector Enterprises Positive Discrimination in favour of the under privileged
Rural banking and financial institutions in India Social Movements
Reforms in Banking/ Financial sector Indian Political Systems
Globalisation of Economy Human Development
Role of International Funding Institutions – IMF & World Bank – Current Affairs related to Economy  
WTO – Regional Economic Cooperation WTO – Regional Economic Co-operation Current Affairs related to Social Issues

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NABARD Grade A Syllabus – Topics under Agriculture & Rural Development:

Agriculture: Definition, Meaning and its branches Agronomy: Definition, Meaning and Scope of agronomy
Classification of field crops Factors affecting on crop production
Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems Agro-Climatic Zones
Seed production, Seed processing, seed village Problems of dryland agriculture
Precision Farming Meteorology: Weather parameters, crop-weather advisory
Organic farming System of Crop Intensification

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NABARD Grade A Syllabus – Other Important Topics

Other Important Topics

Descriptions of the Topics

Soil and Water Conservation Major soil types, soil fertility, fertilisers, soil erosion, soil conservation, watershed management
Water Resource Irrigation Management: types of irrigation, sources of irrigation, crop-water requirement, command area development, water conservation techniques, micro-irrigation, irrigation pumps, major, medium and minor irrigation.
Farm and Agri- Engineering Farm Machinery and Power, Sources of power on the farm- human, animal, mechanical, electrical, wind, solar and biomass, bio fuels, water harvesting structures, farm ponds, watershed management, Agro Processing, Controlled and modified storage, perishable food storage, godowns, bins and grain silos.
Plantation & Horticulture Definition, meaning and its branches. Agronomic practices and production technology of various plantation and horticulture crops. Post-harvest management, value and supply chain management of Plantation and Horticulture crops.
Animal Husbandry

Farm animals and their role in Indian economy, Animal husbandry methods in India, common terms pertaining to different species of livestock, Utility classification of breeds of cattle. Introduction to common feeds and fodders, their classification and utility.

Introduction to poultry industry in India (past, present and future status), Common terms pertaining to poultry production and management. Concept of mixed farming and its relevance to socio-economic conditions of farmers in India. Complementary and obligatory nature of livestock and poultry production with that of agricultural farming.

Fisheries Fisheries resources, management and exploitation – freshwater, brackish water and marine; Aquaculture- Inland and marine; biotechnology; post-harvest technology. Importance of fisheries in India. Common terms pertaining to fish production.
Forestry Basic concepts of Forest and Forestry. Principles of silviculture, forest mensuration, forest management and forest economics. Concepts of social forestry, agroforestry, joint forest management. Forest policy and legislation in India, India State of Forest Report 2015. Recent developments under Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
Agriculture Extensions Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programmes, Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) in dissemination of Agricultural technologies.
Ecology and Climate Change Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources, their sustainable management and conservation. Causes of climate change, GreenHouse Gases (GHG), major GHG emitting countries, climate analysis, distinguish between adaptation and mitigation, climate change impact on agriculture and rural livelihood, carbon credit, IPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetings, funding mechanisms for climate change projects, initiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, INDC. Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources, their sustainable management and conservation. Causes of climate change, GreenHouse Gases (GHG), major GHG emitting countries, climate analysis, distinguish between adaptation and mitigation, climate change impact on agriculture and rural livelihood, carbon credit, IPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetings, funding mechanisms for climate change projects, initiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, INDC.
Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities Recent trends, major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance viability of agriculture. Factors of Production in agriculture; Agricultural Finance and Marketing; Impact of Page 13 of 28 Globalization on Indian Agriculture and issues of Food Security; Concept and Types of Farm Management.

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Rural Development

Concept of Rural Area, Structure of the Indian Rural Economy Importance and role of the rural sector in India- Economic, Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economy, causes of rural backwardness.

Rural population in India

Occupational structure, Farmers, Agricultural Labourers, Artisans, Handicrafts, Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes and others in rural India- Trends of change in rural population and rural work-force; problems and conditions of rural labour; Issues and challenges in Handlooms.

Panchayati Raj Institutions

Functions and Working. MGNREGA, NRLM – Aajeevika, Rural Drinking water Programmes, Swachh Bharat, Rural Housing, PURA and other rural development programmes.

This was all from us in this blog of NABARD Grade A Syllabus for Phase I and Phase II Exams. We hope the detailed NABARD Grade A Syllabus given in the blog helps you to prepare better. We will coming up with Phase II informative notes for Agriculure and Rural development to make your preparations a lot more easier. Till then stay tuned to Oliveboard.

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NABARD Grade B Officer Syllabus

NABARD Recruitment Notification 2019

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