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NABARD Grade A Syllabus 2021: Download Free Syllabus PDF here!

Safalta Expert Published by: Silky Joshi Updated Sat, 17 Jul 2021 10:42 AM IST


Get to know the NABARD Grade-A Syllabus and Exam Pattern. Check the Marking Scheme, Duration, the subject asked in the Garde A entrance examination.

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NABARD has released an official notification for the NABARD Grade A exam the candidates who have appeared and are preparing for the same can check out the NABARD Grade A syllabus and exam pattern on this page. As per the official notification, the Grade A exam will have three stages i.e. Preliminary, Mains and Interview. 

The candidates will be required to pass in all the sections to be appointed as a Grade A officer. The detailed NABARD Grade A Syllabus and exam pattern along with the marking scheme are mentioned in the space below: 

NABARD Grade A Syllabus

The NABARD Grade A Syllabus comprises a lot of topics asked in the examination. The candidates can check out the subject wise topic that have been asked in the NABARD Grade A exam previously:




  • Title of the Passage

  • Letter Writing

  • Word Knowledge

  • Use of Words

  • Antonym

  • Synonym

  • One Word Substitutions

  • Sentence Correction

  • Idioms Phrases

Reasoning Ability

  • Logical Reasoning, 

  • Verbal and non-verbal reasoning, alphanumeric series, 

  • alphabet series, ranking, data sufficiency, 

  • coding and decoding,

  • Coded inequalities, 

  • direction test, 

  • seating arrangements, 

  • puzzles, jumbles, 

  • Syllogism,

  • input and output, 

  • blood relations, 

  • Advanced puzzles, 

  • Chinese coding, 

  • Distance and direction, 

  • figure series.

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Number System

  • Simplification

  • Decimal & Fraction


  • Ratio & Proportion

  • Percentage

  • Profit & Loss

  • Discount

  • Simple Interest and Compound Interest

  • Partnership

  • Time & Work

  • Distance

  • Use of Table & Graph

  • Mensuration 

General Awareness

  • Current Events, national and international importance

  • History

  • Polity

  • Constitution

  • Sports

  • Art & Culture

  • Geography

  • Economics

  • Everyday Science

  • Scientific Research

  • National/International Organizations /Institutions etc


  • Networking, 

  • Input-output devices, 

  • DBMS, 

  • MS Office, 

  • Internet, 

  • History of computers & generations, 

  • Shortcuts.

Economic and Social Issues

  • Structural and Institutional features

  • Economic Underdevelopment

  • Opening up the Indian Economy

  • Globalization

  • Economic Reforms in India

  • Privatization.

  • Characteristics / Status

  • Technical and Institutional changes in Indian Agriculture 

  • Agricultural performance

  • Issues in Food Security in India

  • Non-Institutional and Institutional Agencies in rural credit.

  • Status & System of Education

  • Socio-Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy

  • Educational relevance and educational wastage

  • Educational Policy for India.

Agricultural and Rural Development

  • Definition, meaning and its branches

  • Agronomy: Definition, meaning, and scope of agronomy.

  • Classification of field crops.

  • Factors affecting crop production

  • Agro Climatic Zones

  • Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems.

  • Problems of dry land - Seed production, seed processing, seed village

  • Meteorology: weather parameters, crop-weather advisory

  • Precision Farming

  • System of Crop Intensification

  • Organic farming


NABARD Grade-A Exam Pattern

The NABARD Grade-A Exam Pattern comprises two online written tests followed by an Interview. The candidates have to qualify each level to get a final appointment as a NABARD Grade A Officer.

Preliminary Exam

The highlights of the NABARD Grade A Preliminary Exam are mentioned below:

  • The examination will be conducted online in a computer-based mode.

  • This is screening round is qualifying in nature and the marks scored will not be considered for final selection.

  • There will be a composite duration of 120 minutes to complete the test.

  • As per the marking scheme, the candidates will get 1 mark for each correct answer while there will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for the wrong answer.


Maximum Questions

Maximum Marks





120 minutes

Reasoning Ability



Quantitative Aptitude



General Awareness






Economic and Social Issues



Agricultural and Rural Development



2 hours

Mains Exam

The Mains exam is the second round of the selection process and comprises of two papers i.e. Objective and Descriptive. The candidates have to score high marks in this round to qualify for the Interview round. 


Paper 1: Descriptive

The first paper will be a descriptive paper and in this, the candidates will be required to type the correct answers to questions using a keyboard. 

  • Paper 1 will be held for 1.5 hours and this will be common to candidates of all the disciplines.

  • Questions in the Paper 1 will be based on essay writing, comprehension, report writing, paragraph, and writing & letter writing.

  • The maximum mark allotted to the Paper 1 is 100 marks.

Paper 2: Objective

The Objective paper pattern will be similar to all the students however the syllabus and topics will be different for all the posts.

  • The duration of the examination will be 1.5 hours and the total marks allotted to this paper will be 100.

  • The marking scheme ascertains 1 mark for every correct answer while deducting 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.


The Interview is the last stage of the examination and is held for 25 marks and the score of Mains and Interview will decide the appointment of candidates. 

NABARD Grade A Syllabus FAQs

Q1 What is the NABARD Grade-A Selection Process?

A1 The selection process of NABARD Grade-A has preliminary Online Computer-based tests, Mains exam, Interview and Medical Test.

Q2 Is there any negative marking in the NABARD Grade-A Exam?

A2 Yes, there is a negative marking of 0.25 marks in the NABARD Grade-A Exam

Q3 How many Subjects are asked in the NABARD Grade-A Exam?

A3 A total of two subjects are asked in the NABARD Grade-A exam.

Q4 What is the duration of the NABARD Grade-A Exam?

A4 The duration of the NABARD Grade-A Exam will be announced soon.

Q5 What is the marking scheme of the NABARD Grade-A Exam?

A5 The marking scheme of the NABARD Grade-A has 1 mark for a correct answer while 0.25 marks for the wrong answer.

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