About NABARD Grade A & B
NABARD is a development finance institution and its history can be traced back to three decades ago when it replaced Agriculture Credit Department (ACD) and Rural Planning and Credit Cell (RPCC) of RBI as an apex development bank in India solely dedicated to operations in the field of credit for agriculture and other economic activities in rural areas.
It also supervises Regional Rural Banks and Rural Cooperative banks. Hence, being an offspring of Reserve Bank of India, it shares the work culture, ethos and development orientation to its parent organization.
Job Profile of NABARDGrade A & B
Job Profile of NABARD Grade A (Assistant Manager)
- The post of Assistant Manager is the lowest one in the hierarchy of managerial posts.
- The probation period is of 2 years, which can be further extended for a maximum of 1 year at the discretion of the bank.
- Since there is no specified work profile of an Assistant Manager he has to do a lot of multitasking.
- Any work assigned by Chief General Manager of RO is to be carried out by him.
- An Assistant Manager has to work on various policies and programmes mandated by Central/State Governments related to Agriculture and Rural Development. Although one is liable to be posted anywhere in India the postings are generally limited to state capitals only. Moreover, as per the HR policy home state postings are not allowed.
Job Profile of NABARD Grade B (Manager)
- The post of Manager is the next post in the hierarchy to Assistant Manager.
- A manager is entrusted with the responsibilities to maintain customer relationships, monitor the accounting procedures, approve loans, enable smooth functioning of the office, coordination with various departments and facilitation of interdepartmental assignments.
NABARD Grade A & B Career Growth and Promotion
As far as promotions are concerned, one gets promoted only after going through departmental exams and interviews. But as these both are managerial posts further promotions definitely bring in considerable prestige and pay hike. The hierarchy of posts right from the post of Assistant Manager is as follows
- Assistant Manager
- Assistant General Manager
- Deputy General Manager
- General Manager
- Chief General Manager
- Executive Director
The next designation after Manager is that of Assistant General Manager which is a highly prestigious post, though it comes with its own set of challenges. An AGM can be posted as a District Development Manager (DDM) in a rural district that works from a residence cum office. It is a one-man office and DDM is entrusted with the responsibility for encouraging rural development activities and monitoring their progress.
NABARD Grade A & B Selection Process
Selection Process of NABARD Grade A (Assistant Manager)
NABARD recruits Assistant Managers (Grade A) through an online selection process. The exam is conducted in three Phases.
Phase-I (Preliminary Examination) – It is an online objective exam carrying 200 marks. It is qualifying in nature.
Phase-II (Main Examination) – It is also an online exam but a mix of MCQ and Descriptive Pattern Namely Paper I and Paper II.
Phase-III (Interview) – Candidates scoring remarkably high in the Main examination are shortlisted for Interview.
Selection Process of NABARD Grade B (Manager)
Phase-I (Preliminary Examination)- Same pattern as Assistant Manager Exam.
Phase-II (Main Examination)- It consists of three papers. The pattern of Paper I and Paper II is almost similar to Assistant Manager (Grade A). Paper III tests the candidate’s command on Development Economics, Statistics, Finance& Management.
Considering the overall job profile and attached remunerations we can conclude that the posts of Assistant Manager and Manager at NABARD offer bright career prospects to the candidates. Due to the relatively low pressure at NABARD, one can also maintain his work-life balance and even continue his further studies and aspire for higher posts. And the most important thing is that as an officer at NABARD one contributes in bringing prosperity in the society and giving a push to rural India’s aspirations.
NABARD Grade A & B Syllabus & Exam Pattern (Prelims/Mains)
A clear idea of the latest exam pattern and detailed syllabus of NABARD Grade A is important for the better preparation of this exam. National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development has released the official . In this post, we have shared the NABARD Grade A syllabus & exam pattern for NABARD Assistant Manager Prelims & Mains exam. As per the official notification, there is no major change in the pattern of NABARD GRADE Aexam. The selection process of NABARD Grade A exam will comprise of following stages:
- Phase I – Preliminary Exam: Online Objective Test
2. Phase II – Main Exam: Online Objective & Online Descriptive Test
3. Phase III – Interview
Note: We have also covered the exam pattern and syllabus of NABARD Grade B Exam at the end of this post.
NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern
Exam Pattern of NABARD Grade A Prelims
Online Preliminary Exam is qualifying in nature and is meant to serve as a screening test. Candidates who qualify and rank sufficiently high in Preliminary Exam, well above the cutoff, shall be called for appearing in the Main Examination. So, the marks secured in Phase I – Online preliminary examination will not be counted for final selection.
The Exam Pattern for NABARD Grade A Exam 2018 (Phase I) is as follows –
|Name of Test
|Number of Questions
|Composite time of 120 minutes (2 hours)
|Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)
|Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)
Note: The Prelims exam pattern is same for NABARD Grade B exam as well!
Exam Pattern of NABARD Grade A Mains Exam
|Name of Test
|Phase I (Descriptive Test)
|Common to all
Essay writing: 40 Marks
Precis: 20 Marks
Questions on the Precis Para: 20 Marks
Report/ Letter Writing: 20 Marks
|For ‘General’ post
|Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)
|For posts including following – Economics, Agriculture, Agriculture Engineering, Plantation and Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Food Processing, Forestry, Environmental Engineering, Water Resource Development & Management, Social Work, Chartered Accountant and Company Secretary
|Paper on related discipline
NABARD Grade ‘B’ Mains Exam Pattern
|Name of Test
|General English (Descriptive Test)
|Economic and Social Issues and Agri. and Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) for General Posts and Agriculture for candidates applying for Manager (RDBS) Agriculture Post
|Development Economics, Statistics, Finance & Management
NABARD Syllabus for Grade A & B
We will now have a look at the detailed syllabus of NABARD Grade A Exam for the preliminary as well as mains phase separately.
Syllabus of NABARD Grade A & B Preliminary Exam (Phase I)
|Name of Section
Syllabus of NABARD Grade A & B Mains Exam (Phase II)
The phase II of the Exam consists of Online Objective test & Online Descriptive Test.
Paper I – English Writing
This will comprise of Essay, Précis writing, Comprehension, Report writing, Paragraph writing and Business/Office Correspondence.
Paper II – Economic and Social Issues
(a) Economic & Social Issues:
|Nature of Indian Economy
|Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India
|Rural banking and financial institutions in India
|Globalisation of Economy
|Social Structure in India
|Positive Discrimination in favor of the underprivileged
|Current Economic & Social Issues.
(b) Agriculture & Rural Development:
|Soil and Water Conservation
|Farm and Agri Engineering
|Plantation & Horticulture
|Ecology and Climate Change
|Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities
For Phase III of NABARD Grade B Exam (Development Economics, Statistics, Finance & Management) –