The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) Grade A exam is a highly competitive examination conducted for the recruitment of Assistant Managers in various departments of NABARD. NABARD, being an apex development bank in India, focuses on providing financial and developmental support to the rural and agricultural sectors.

The Grade A exam is conducted annually and attracts a large number of aspirants aspiring to join NABARD’s esteemed cadre. It is a three-phase selection process consisting of Preliminary Exam, Main Exam, and Interview. The exam syllabus covers a wide range of topics including Economic and Social Issues, Agriculture and Rural Development, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, English Language, and Computer Knowledge.

Candidates who clear all three stages successfully are offered positions as Assistant Managers in NABARD, where they play a crucial role in implementing various rural development schemes, policies, and initiatives aimed at improving the agricultural and rural landscape of India. The NABARD Grade A exam, therefore, serves as a gateway for individuals passionate about contributing to the growth and development of the agricultural and rural sectors in the country.


Having a clear understanding of the NABARD syllabus and exam pattern is crucial for planning your preparation effectively. This webpage presents the syllabus for Grade A, which is essential for candidates applying for NABARD Recruitment  for Grade A positions. It is important to be acquainted with the Exam Pattern, NABARD Syllabus, and Marking Scheme as these form the foundation of a well-structured preparation strategy. Get an overview of the NABARD Grade A pattern and syllabus for both the preliminary and mains examinations, along with the marking scheme and other pertinent details, in the summary of the NABARD Syllabus 2024 below.

NABARD Syllabus 2024- Overview
OrganisationNational Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
Posts NameGrade A 
Selection ProcessPrelims, Mains, Interview
Types of QuestionsPrelims- Objective
Mains- Objective & Descriptive
DurationPrelims- 120 minutes
Mains- 90 minutes each paper
Negative MarkingPrelims & Mains- 0.25 Marks
Official websitewww.nabard.org

The NABARD Grade A prelims exam is conducted online with 200 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) with duration of 2 hours and the NABARD Grade A Mains exam comprises two papers – I, II with duration of 90 minutes each. Have a look at the detailed NABARD Exam Pattern from here.

NABARD Grade A Prelims Exam Pattern 2024 is discussed below.

  1. Qualifying Section- Test of Reasoning, English Language, Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude and Decision Making sections are qualifying in nature.
  2. Merit Section- General Awareness, Eco & Soc. Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development with Emphasis on Rural India sections are merit sections.
  3. Shortlisting of candidates for Mains exam will be based on the marks obtained in the Merit Section Only.
  4. Duration of exam- 120 minutes.
  5. Language- NABARD Grade A Prelims Exam 2024 will be held in English and Hindi Language.
NABARD Grade A Prelims Exam Pattern 2024
S.No.Name of TestNumber of QuestionsMaximum MarksTotal Time
1.Test of Reasoning2020120 minutes
2.English Language3030
3.Computer Knowledge2020
4.Quantitative Aptitide2020
5.Decision Making1010
6.General Awareness2020
7.Eco & Soc. Issues (with focus on Rural India)4040
8.Agriculture & Rural Development with Emphasis on Rural India4040

NABARD Grade A Mains Exam Pattern 2024

The NABARD Grade A Mains Examination consists of two papers. Paper I is a descriptive test on General English and Paper-II will be of multiple-choice-based questions depending on the posts selected.

NABARD Grade A Mains Exam Pattern 2024 for Generalist Post
PaperGrade AType of PaperTotal QuestionsTotal MarksDurationRemarks
Paper IGeneral EnglishOnline Descriptive310090 MinutesDescriptive Answers to be typed using a keyboard
Paper-IIEconomic and Social Issues & Agriculture and Rural Development Objective305030 minutes 
Descriptive Type6 questions will be asked, of which candidates will be required to attempt 4 questions [2 of 15 marks each (with difficulty level) and 2 of 10 marks each]5090 MinutesDescriptive 
Answers to be typed using keyboard either in English or Hindi (Remington and Inscript keyboards)
NABARD Grade A Mains Exam Pattern 2024 for Specialist Post   
PaperGrade AType of PaperTotal QuestionsTotal MarksDuration Remarks
Paper IGeneral EnglishOnline Descriptive310090 MinutesDescriptive Answers to be typed using a keyboard
Paper-IIStream Specific PaperObjective305030 Minutes 
Descriptive Type6 questions will be asked, of which candidates will be required to attempt 4 questions [2 of 15 marks each (with difficulty level) and 2 of 10 marks each]5090 MinutesDescriptive @Answers to be typed using keyboard either in English or Hindi (Remington and Inscript keyboards)
NABARD Grade A Prelims Syllabus 2024
Name of SectionTopics asked
Reasoning Ability
  1. Puzzles & Seating arrangement
  2. Syllogism
  3. Data sufficiency
  4. Statement based questions (Verbal reasoning)
  5. Inequality
  6. Miscellaneous Questions
  7. Input-Output
  8. Blood relations
  9. Coding-Decoding
Quantitative Aptitude
  1. Data Interpretations
  2. Quadratic Equations
  3. Number Sehonoursries
  4. Simplification/ Approximation
  5. Data Sufficiency
  6. Arithmetic Questions
  7. Quantity Comparisons
  8. Mathematical Inequalities
English Language
  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Cloze test
  3. Sentence improvement
  4. Spotting the errors
  5. Fill in the blanks
  6. Sentence rearrangement
  7. Para Jumbles
  8. New pattern questions
General Awareness

The questions in this test will be from Current Affairs and Banking and Economy, Insurance. 

In Current Affairs, questions can be asked from recent appointments, awards, and honors, sports, new schemes, national and international news, the latest developments in science and technology.

Computer KnowledgeThis section covers topics from various topics like Networking, Input-output devices, DBMS, MS Office, Internet, History of computers & generations, Shortcuts.
NABARD Grade A- Economic and Social Issues Syllabus 2024
Name of SectionTopics asked
Nature of Indian Economy
  1. 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 India
  1. Rural and Urban
  2. Measurement of Poverty
  3. Poverty Alleviation Programmes of the Government
Population Trends
  1. Population Growth and Economic Development
  2. Population Policy in India
  1. Characteristics / Status
  2. Technical and Institutional changes in Indian Agriculture
  3. Agricultural performance
  4. Issues in Food Security in India
  5. Non-Institutional and Institutional Agencies in rural credit
  1. Industrial and Labour Policy
  2. Industrial performance
  3. Regional Imbalance in India’s Industrial Development
  4. Public Sector Enterprises
Rural banking and financial institutions in IndiaReforms in the Banking/ Financial sector.
Globalization of Economy
  1. Role of International Funding Institutions
  2. IMF & World Bank
  3. WTO
  4. Regional Economic Cooperation
Social Structure in India
  1. Multiculturalism
  2. Demographic trends
  3. Urbanization and Migration
  4. Gender Issues Joint family system
  5. Social Infrastructure
  6. Education
  7. Health and Environment
  1. Status & System of Education
  2. Socio-Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy
  3. Educational relevance and educational wastage
  4. Educational Policy for India.
Social Justice
  1. Problems of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes
  2. Socio-economic programmes for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and other backward classes.
Positive Discrimination in favour of the underprivileged
  1. Social Movements
  2. Indian Political Systems
  3. Human Development

NABARD Grade A- Agriculture & Rural Development Syllabus 2024

NABARD Grade A- Agriculture & Rural Development Syllabus 2024
Name of SectionTopics asked
  1. Definition, meaning and its branches
  2. Agronomy: Definition, meaning, and scope of agronomy.
  3. Classification of field crops.
  4. Factors affecting crop production
  5. Agro Climatic Zones
  6. Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems.
  7. Problems of dry land – Seed production, seed processing, seed village
  8. Meteorology: weather parameters, crop-weather advisory
  9. Precision Farming
  10. System of Crop Intensification
  11. Organic farming
Soil and Water Conservation
  1. Major soil types
  2. Soil fertility
  3. Fertilizers
  4. Soil erosion
  5. Soil conservation
  6. Watershed management
Water Resource
  1. 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 Engineering
  1. Farm Machinery and Power
  2. Sources of power on the farm- human, animal, mechanical, electrical, wind, solar and biomass, biofuels
  3. Water harvesting structures
  4. Farm Ponds
  5. Agro-Processing
  6. Controlled and modified storage, perishable food storage, godowns, bins, and grain silos.
Plantation & Horticulture
  1. 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 Husbandry
  1. Farm animals and their role in the Indian economy
  2. Animal husbandry methods in India
  3. Common terms pertaining to different species of livestock
  4. Utility classification of breeds of cattle.
  5. Introduction to common feeds and fodders, their classification, and utility.
  6. Introduction to the poultry industry in India (past, present, and future status)
  7. Common terms pertaining to poultry production and management
  8. The concept of mixed farming and its relevance to socio-economic conditions of farmers in India
  9. Complimentary and obligatory nature of livestock and poultry production with that of agricultural farming.
  1. Fisheries resources
  2. Management and exploitation – freshwater, brackish water, and marine
  3. Aquaculture- Inland and marine
  4. Biotechnology
  5. Post-harvest technology
  6. Importance of fisheries in India
  7. Common terms pertaining to fish production.
  1. 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 management
  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 Extensions
  1. Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programs
  2. Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) in the dissemination of Agricultural technologies.
Ecology and Climate Change
  1. 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 livelihoods
  5. Carbon credit
  6. IPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetings
  7. Funding mechanisms for climate change projects
  8. Initiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, INDC.
Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities
  1. Recent trends
  2. Major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance
  3. Viability of agriculture Factors of Production in agriculture
  4. Agricultural Finance and Marketing
  5. Impact of Globalization on Indian Agriculture and issues of Food Security
  6. Concept and Types of Farm Management.
Rural Development
  1. 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 India
  9. Trends of change in rural population and rural workforce
  10. Problems and conditions of rural labour
  11. Issues and challenges in Hand-looms
  12. Panchayati Raj Institutions – Functions and Working.
  13. MGNREGA, NRLM – Aajeevika, Rural Drinking water Programmes, Swachh Bharat, Rural Housing, PURA, and other rural development programs.

NABARD Grade A- Information Technology Syllabus 2024

NABARD Grade A- Information Technology Syllabus 2024
Information Technology
  1. Introduction to Software
  2. Data Structure through ‘C’ and ‘PASCAL’
  3. Elements of Systems Analysis and Design
  4. Numerical and Statistical Computing
  5. Data Communication and Networks
  6. Object-Oriented Computer Architecture
  7. Object-Oriented Systems
  8. Computer Fundamentals
  9. File Structure and Programming in COBOL
  10. Database Management Systems
  11. Software Engineering
  12. Accounting and Finance on Computers
  13. Operating Systems
  14. Intelligent Systems
  15. Relational Database
  16. Management Systems


Candidates selected through NABARD Grade A 2023 will start with the expected basic pay of Rs 44,500 according to the revised pay scale. For this post, the expected pay scale is Rs 44,500 – 1,50,000. The expected in-hand salary of a NABARD Grade A officer at initial monthly gross emoluments stand at Rs.1,50,000/- p.m approximately. The annual package is expected to be between 534000 – 18,00,000.

NABARD Grade A Salary Structure Overview  (Expected)

Basic Pay



Rs.44,500 – 1,50,000

Monthly Gross Emoluments

Rs. 1,20,000


Candidates have to note down that to qualify for the recruitment, they will have to clear the age limit requirement. It is subdivided into two, upper and lower limits. The details of the same are given below:-


Minimum Age

Maximum Age

RDBS/ Rajbhasha2130

P & SS



Age Relaxation for NABARD Grade A (Only for RDBS/Rajbhasha)

  • 3 years for OBC candidates
  • 5 years for SC/ST candidates
  • 10 years for PWBD (General)
  • 13 years for PWBD (OBC)
  • 15 years for PWBD (SC/ST)
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