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.”
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.
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|
|Economics & Social Issues||40|
|Agriculture & Rural Development||40|
NABARD Grade A Syllabus – Phase I (Prelims)
NABARD Grade A Main Examination (Phase II) will be conducted online and will be a mix of MCQ and descriptive pattern.
Main Exam Pattern:
|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|
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
- Essay writing,
- Report Writing,
- Paragraph Writing & Letter Writing.
Note: Essay (40 Marks), Precis (20 Marks), Questions on the Precis para (20 Marks), Report / Letter Writing (20 Marks).
- Economic & Social Issues
- Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on rural India)
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|
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|
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.|
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.|
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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