Pattern & Syllabus for NABARD Grade A

Pattern of Prelim Examination is as Follow :-

Objective Type: MCQ (Multiple Choice Questions) carrying 200 marks.
Duration: 120 Minutes Composite Time
i) Test of Reasoning – 20 questions – 20 marks
ii) English Language – – 40 questions – 40 marks
iii) Computer Knowledge – 20 questions – 20 marks
iv) General Awareness – 20 questions – 20 marks
v) Quantitative Aptitude – 20 questions – 20 marks
vi) Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India) – 40 questions – 40 marks
vii) Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) – 40 questions- 40 marks
Total Marks : 200

Pattern of Mains Examination is as Follow :-

Phase II – Main Examination will be online and will be a mix of MCQ and descriptive
Paper-I – General English: (Descriptive – online through key board)
The paper will have descriptive questions carrying 100 marks.
Duration: 1 ½ hrs
The analytical and drafting abilities of the candidate shall be assessed through the Descriptive
Paper on General English comprising essay writing, comprehension, report writing, paragraph 

writing & letter writing. Essay (40 Marks), Precis (20 Marks), Questions on the Precis para (20
Marks), Report / Letter Writing (20 Marks).
Paper–II (MCQ): i) for posts as at (i) in Table I – Economic & Social Issues and
Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on rural India)
ii) for posts as at (ii) to (x) in Table I : Paper on related discipline
Duration: 1 ½ hrs. – 100 Marks

For Paper I of Mains which is common to both Generalist and Specialist English Syllabus is as Follow :-

Paper I – English: Essay, Précis writing, Comprehension and Business/Office
Correspondence. The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing
skills including expressions and understanding the topic.

For Paper II of generalist in mains and 80 marks in Prelim following is the syllabus for Economy ,Social issues , Agriculture , Rural Development .

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

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, Agro Climatic
Zones; Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems. Problems of dry land
agriculture; Seed production, seed processing, seed village; Meteorology: weather
parameters, crop-weather advisory; Precision Farming, System of Crop Intensification,
organic farming;
Soil and Water Conservation : Major soil types, soil fertility, fertilisers, soil erosion,
soil conservation, watershed management;

b) 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
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. Complimentary
and obligatory nature of livestock and poultry production with that of agricultural
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
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
Ecology and Climate Change: Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources,
their sustainable management and conservation. Causes of climate change, Green
House Gases (GHG), major GHG emitting countries, climate analysis, distinguish
between adaptation and mitigation, climate change impact to agriculture and rural
livelihood, carbon credit, IPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetings, funding mechanisms for
climate change projects, initiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, INDC.
j) 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
  Globalization on Indian Agriculture and issues of Food Security; Concept and Types of Farm Management.
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.


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