Consolidated Post For Strategy ,Question , Prelim& Mains English and ESI

NABARD Grade A Recruitment Assistant Manager RDBS books material question paper strategy for agriculture rural development

Share This Post to reach it to maximum persons 🙂

Booklist for NABARD given here

As I already suggested you the resources from where you may prepare for NABARD Grade A Exam . These are basic resources from where you may got 90% of your paper .

Remember success has no shortcut .Here your competition is with RBI and UPSC aspirants . So you need to prepare at least up to that level.

So here are some suggestion how to prepare :-

Prelims ::::::-

Focus on Syllabus of 120 marks . Prepare Computer which is easiest section ( Try to score cent percent from here )

work on English Comprehension get used to language of  Economics terminology of Banking etc . You will probably two comprehensions these will be directly related to topics of syllabus .Other Topics to focus here should error identification and cloze Test .

This will be of about 30 marks .

In reasoning prepare Puzzles, blood relation , inequality ,syllogism and series .

In math prepare series ,quadratic equation   ,STD ,Profit Loss, Diagram based question .

in GK :- 9 month and factual type GK they used to ask in Banking Exam .

Try to get at least 90 marks from 120 .

As there is time and most part of paper is not time consuming I think you may solve full paper in 2 hours including all questions of Maths and reasoning .

Now come to Prelim ESI and Agriculture :-

In prelim both these section will be factual based questions .

Type of Questions asked in previous prelim Exam of NABARD are as follow :-

  1. Institute (IRRI) as a part of the South Asia Regional Centre situated on the campus of National Seed Research and Training Centre (NSRTC) in – Varanasi
  2. China naval base in Africa is located at – Djibouti
  3. At present the authorised capital of NABARD is Rs 5,000 crore and there is a proposal to increase it to – Rs 30,000 crore
  4. Inter-governmental body responsible for promoting and protecting human rights around the world – United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
  5. World Food Summit 2017 will be held in – New Delhi
  6. Full form of PLSS – Public Land Survey System
  7. Budget allocation amount for Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana is  – Rs 9000 crore
  8. India’s rank in 2017 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Index – 116
  9. Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana will benefit youth of India and make them the most employable and with better skill sets by the year  – 2022
  10. Indian Institute of Liver and Digestive Sciences – West Bengal
  11. India largest commodity exchange – MCX
  12. Function of IMF – To maintain Balance of Payments (BoP)
  13. FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization ) Headquarter – Rome, Italy
  14. NFSM Full Form – National Food Security Mission
  15. First Agricultural University in India- G. B. Pant University
  16. PM Mudra Yojana is associated with– MSME sector
  17. Which of the following is not a part of World Bank Group? – BIS(Bank for International Settlements) 
  18. For Horticultural crops the  premium paid by farmers  – 5%
  19. The government linked how many wholesale mandis in India with the electronic national agriculture market (e-NAM) to ensure that farmers get better rates for their produce AM(National Agriculture Market) – 585
  20. SDG target year – 2030
  21. Base year was  changed in the year – 2011-2012
  22. As per Economic survey, The Indian economy is projected to grow  in 2017-18– 6.75 to 7.5 per cent
  23. In ‘ELSS’, ‘E’ stand for- Equity
  24. Agriculture growth in the year 2015-16 – 1.2%
  25. FDI in India in the year 2016 to touch – 46 billion USD
  26. UBI Full Form – Universal Basic Income
  27. ICAR founded in the year-1929
  28. Swaranjayanti Yojana renamed to NRLM in which year?-2011
  29. The premium rate for Rabi Crop for the year 2016-1.5%
  30. The optimum temperature for rice cultivation is between-  25°C and 35°C
  31. As per NABARD, Loan Repayment period for Poultry Broiler Farming is –6 to 8 years

In Agriculture Section of Prelim Question asked were tough ( as paper was same for Specialist and generalist )

Questions like Depth of Tiling , , Amount of N in Kg of Nitrogen 100kg . Similar question about Potassium .

these questions according to me were for Specialist you need to  answer here only question like Aurobindi is variety of which crop  ,Soil having highest clay %,Crops in different climate like tropics and subtropics . and above type of questions .

So here is Guide for these two sections :

Deep factual study for ESI from current and static portion .

Only Basic factual study of Agriculture

By this way you will be able to answer at least 60 questions out of 80 question of these two sections .

So you will able to attempt 150 out of 200 . which is good enough attempt to clear prelim out of 200 .

For Mains :-

In mains question will be paragraph based for ESI like this :-

Read the following passage and answer the given questions:
Data released earlier this year revealed a landmark event for the Indian economy that
went largely unnoticed: agricultural workers now comprise less than half the workforce
for the first time in the history of the Indian economy and its contribution to GDP is
less than 14 percent. However in recent years even as the non-agricultural economy
remains weak, overall growth has been propped up to the extent it has by the growth
of the overall rural economy. And while within the rural economy itself, non-farm
activities are becoming increasingly significant, close to two or three workers depend
on agriculture for an important part of their income. Lower production from earlier
years, higher cultivation costs and weaker yields bode ill for farm incomes and by
extension for the rural economy as a whole. If rural incomes are hit, there could be
bigger demand for work under the rural employment guarantee scheme. Though there
is a government proposal to restrict MGNREGA to tribal districts only, if farm incomes
remain weak this feeds into the rest of the economy and the intention of the
government to see this policy through could well be tested.
Q. 1. What do the statistics regarding the agricultural sector cited in the passage indicate?
(1) Farm incomes are likely to be hit by low global commodity prices and weak or
stagnant production
(2) Overall agricultural output will fall significantly this year despite sustained
government assistance
(3) Factors such as a weak monsoon have resulted in an agricultural deficit
(4) The agricultural sector is very important to the economy despite its falling
contribution to India’s GDP
(5) Agriculture must employ more workforce

. Which of the following is a welcome development?
(1) Bigger demand for work under rural employment guarantee scheme

(2) Non-agricultural economy remaining weak
(3) Agriculture workforce becoming less than half of the total workforce
(4) Higher cultivation costs
(5) Restricting MGNREGA to tribal district
Q.3. Which of the following best defines MGNREGA?
(1) Guaranteeing 100 days of wage-employment to a rural household
(2) Guarantee for a minimum price for agriculture yields in rural areas
(3) Guaranteeing crop assurance and minimum price for agriculture yields in rural
(4) Guaranteeing crop assurance and minimum price for agriculture yields in tribal
(5) Guaranteed regular employment of one adult member in rural areas in a farm or
non-farm sector
Q.4-5. Read the following paragraph and answer the given questions.
The resettlement home, where Velayudhan’s mother was admitted, has limited
facilities with one physically challenged old doctor to attend around 200 inmates.
There are some nurses deputed by the People’s Council for Social Justice, a not-forprofit
organization. The care-home lacks proper provisions, medicines and
accessories like bed sheets and cleaning materials.
The condition of Velayudhan and his mother suggests a big gap in the muchacclaimed
decentralized anti-poverty programmes of the state and local selfgovernments
(LSG), said noted economist Prof K K George. “There is a need to go
beyond the BPL and APL categorization. What we need is a micro-level intervention
to identify the individual disabilities among the poor and the rich,” he said.
Q.4. What is meant by APL?
(1) After Poverty Limit (2) Above Poverty Line (3) Above Poverty Limit
(4) At Poverty Line (5) Other than those given as options
Q.5. Why do we need to ‘go beyond the BPL and APL categorization’?
(1) We need to provide benefits of anti-poverty programmes to all BPL and APL
(2) We need to identify only individual disabilities and categorise them to get the
benefit of anti-poverty programme
(3) We need to consider individual disabilities to categorise them to get the benefit
of anti-poverty programme
(4) Anti-poverty intervention is needed by both BPL and APL and rich
(5) Micro-level intervention is required by local self-governments

7. Read the following paragraph and answer the given questions.
The Eighth Five Year Plan (1992-97), was launched keeping in mind the necessity implementing measures for stabilization and structural adjustment subsequent to the
Balance of Payments (BOP) crisis of 1991. The Plan took into account the changes
that were to be expected in the economy on account of the adoption of these reform
measures, while keeping in mind the poor performance of the economy in the base
year,1991-92. In the base year the rate of inflation was in double digits, while the
overall growth rate of GDP for that year was negligible.
Q.6. What is the unit of measurement of GDP?
(1) Percentage or proportion
(2) Absolute numberof goods and services
(3) Monetary terms (Rupees, Dollars etc.)
(4) Absolute number per capita
(5) Other than those given as options
Q.7. What is the role of Five Year Plans in India?
(1) To control GDP and BOP only
(2) To plan for overall development of different production sectors
(3) To plan for overall development of different production sectors as well as
human development
(4) To plan for overall development of the country and approve budgetary allocation
(5) To plan for overall agricultural development of the country and allocate
Q.8. According to Socio Economic and Caste Census (SECC) exercise that started in
2011 the total number of households in India are around _____.
(1) 17.39 crore
(2) 19.39 crore
(3) 21.39 crore
(4) 24.39 crore
(5) 27.39 crore
Q.9. Which of the following types of initiatives by the Government cannot be classified as
an anti poverty programme?
(1) Urban poverty alleviation programme
(2) Castes based reservation in jobs
(3) Self-employment programmes
(4) Social Security programmes
(5) Wage employment programme

Scheme of this Exam will be like this

One Mark Question will be similar to prelim but toughness and factual type here will be less .Agriculture Question will also be basic .

More info you may download From Here  

Last year in English were

Long Term Measure to tackle flood during monsoon .

How Crop Insurance would benefit farmers

Should summer vacation done away with ? what can be done to make it more productive ?

Are we losing moral and social values .

Challenges in providing healthcare in rural communities

Letter were to Bank Manager about lost of ATM Card ,

to newspaper / someone known about benefit of govt schemes like Fasal Bima Yojna etc

Paragraph and precis was on Foreign Policy

To prepare this paper write daily on one topic from newpaper/ economic survey / syllabus .

you may write alternatively an Essay / application/ letter .

try to write precis on any article given in newspaper .


in ESI

paragraphs on

Population Cycle like initially we had low high birth rate and hight death rate .

Paragraph on PM Aadarsh Gram Yojna

One paragraph on IMF

One Paragraph on WTO

for source of these topics you may read newspaper and other reports like Eco Survey .

other questions those were askes

UNESCO education fair related like No of Countries participated .

Most abundant  type of Soil in India

Question on 2nd green revolution

Soil Health Card

Farmer’s Income Target year

Lead bank Launch year

Loan for machinery

HDI Indicator

Man can produce how much HP

Depth of ploughing for deep rooted crops .

read about BG of topic in news related to syllabus .

for e.g if you are reading about MGNREGA ( you must know about when it was started , how many days employment it provide , any recent change in it )

that is the best way to prepare this section .

along with static type of questions you prepared for prelims .

Anything else you want to know you may ask in Comment section .

or ask on channel on

or my website :-

or FB group




Economics and Social Issues

sustainable_developmentNow next question arises how to prepare for Economic and Social issues for NABARD Grade A Exam .what books material or strategy needs to follow .

This section you need to prepare with two aspects in mind :-

Factual knowledge which will help you in Paper II or Prelim Paper I .

Conceptual knowledge which will help you in English Paper . which is common to both for both generalist and specialist .

For Economics and Social issues :-

You must start from NCERTs Class 11th and 12th

Class 11th Indian Economic Development  

Class 12th Part I Micro Economics 

 Part II Macro Economics 

and    India People and Economy 

Then Read Chapters of India year Book related to Economy Social Sector as well as Agriculture

  India Year Book  2018

Government Schemes you may read from  GK Today

 GK Today Government Schemes 

Read all four Books then Follow Mrunal’s Previous year’s Budget and Economic Survey series . You may skip parts from this series those are not relevant .

Then Read Economic Survey  and Budget Speech( at least )

Economic Survey and Budget 

For Social Issues you may again start from NCERT

There are two books

1 . Indian Society 

2. Social Changes and development in India 

Then you may read Ram Ahuja Social Problem in India 

But here you need to keep one thing in mind both Economics and Social issues are dynamic issues .you need to read about changes our society and nation is going through .

So you need to read at least one national daily for general coverage and one other for Economic Coverage .

So you must read for  till examination Columns articles and news from these newspapers those are related to you Syllabus .

You may read

Either The Hindu / Indian Express

Economic Times / Business Standard ( here read only about general economics not details of share market etc )

read Socio-Economic census 2011 search Google for this

NABARD Annual report ( read conceptual about issues related to syllabus  not factual data )


If even then Time allows you may read

Yojna & Kurukshetra   ( 6 issues till examination )

You also need to prepare for Environment issues as mentioned in Syllabus for that you may read

Shankar IAS Environment  ( read only specific topics given )

So this is all you need to prepare for Economic and Social issues . This section is dynamic as I told you already . Here your competition will be with candidates those are preparing for IAS or RBI Grade B from years . So you need to work on both aspects your writing skills as well as factual knowledge .


Agriculture and Rural Development


The Question most asked about NABARD exam is how to prepare for Agriculture and Rural Development or ARD while preparing for Grade A or Grade B officer exam.

Pattern ,weight-age ,toughness of this section in exam has varied a lot in last three recruitment .Last year this section was toughest .even specialist could not answer many  questions f Prom agriculture .

So Question arises how to prepare this section :-

First of All you need to know basics of Agriculture . For this either follow NCERTs’s Basic chapters on Agriculture or NIOS notes on Agriculture you may download these notes from here :-

This documents covers all the basics one must one know while preparing exam :-

 Agriculture  Practices and Animal Husbandry  

then comes Agriculture practice in India  read this :-

Agriculture in India 

Then there are some important Agriculture issues like GM Crops ,Marketing and others :-

Read This :-

Important Current Issues 

another document on Agriculture and Land Practices of NCERT is this :-

Land and People 

for micro and macro nutrients read this :- ( most imp at least two questions )

Soil nutrients:

  • Macro-nutrients – Phosphorous (P), potassium (K), nitrogen (N), calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg) and sulfur (S). Macro-nutrients constitute the main elements that a plant requires for its basic functioning.
  • Micro-nutrients or trace elements – Iron (Fe), zinc (Zn), manganese (Mn), boron (B), molybdenum (Mo), and copper (Cu). These elements are termed ‘minor’ because plants need them in only very small amounts; however, they are essential for normal growth.

Nutrient deficiencies – symptoms and remedies:

Symptoms are first seen in older leaves for some deficiencies, and in young leaves and/or tissues for others. This depends on the mobility of the nutrient. For mobile nutrients (N, P, K and Mg) deficiencies are first seen in older leaves; for immobile nutrients (Ca, B, Cu, Zn and Fe) deficiencies are first seen in youngest leaves and/or growing tissue. Typical nutrient deficiency symptoms and general information about corrective/preventative actions are provided in the table below.

Nutrient deficiency



Phosphorous (P) – essential for cell division and plant growth; plays a key role in many physiological processes Poor germination, seedling establishment and plant growth; leaves may be dull bluish/greyish-green or have red pigment in leaf bases and dying leaves; oldest leaves may turn yellow and drop. Application of phosphorus fertilisers and manure, particularly from grain-fed animals.
Potassium (K) – vital component of plant functions such as nutrient absorption and water movement within the plant; increases vigour and disease resistance Older leaves have yellowing and scorching of edges and/or interveinal region; lettuce heads are loose; leaves may cup; fruit may be unevenly coloured or distorted. Increase K fertiliser rate; improve irrigation management.
Nitrogen (N) – needed for plant growth, fruit and seed production; a component of chlorophyll, the green pigment of plants that is responsible for photosynthesis Poor plant growth; older leaves are pale green to yellow and they eventually dry and drop; fruit and tubers are small. Add N fertiliser, for example as a side dressing before an irrigation; regular foliar sprays; improve irrigation management.
Calcium (Ca) – essential for new cell development; increases plant vigour Retarded growth; roots usually affected first, becoming brown; young leaves become yellow and distorted; blossom end rot in cucurbits and tomatoes; can be confused with the physiological disorder tipburn. Side dress with a Ca fertiliser; foliar spray susceptible crops at critical growth stages; apply lime or gypsum; existing damage is permanent.
Magnesium (Mg) – is vital for photosynthesis; regulates the uptake of other plant nutrients Growth retarded; chlorotic patches between the veins of older leaves; a triangle of green remains at base of leaf; leaf margins may burn. Application of fertiliser or weekly foliar sprays; main sources of Mg are dolomite and Epsom salts.
Sulfur (S) – required for protein formation and encourages vigorous plant growth and resistance to cold Yellowing of young leaves while older leaves remain dark green; growth stunted. Application of sulfate compounds.
 Boron (B) – essential for cell division, cell wall strength and development and transport of sugars; helps in the use of other nutrients Bushy stunted growth and dying growing tips; corky markings on plant parts; cankered patches on roots; internal brown rot; plant tissue can become brittle and split easily; hollow areas in stems. Application of boron-amended fertilisers or boron foliar fertiliser; existing damage is permanent.
 Iron (Fe) – essential for production of chlorophyll Leaves turn yellow/bleached between vein margins; stunting and abnormal growth; fruit may not mature. A weekly foliar spray of iron sulfate or chelate; reduce soil pH below 7.5.
 Manganese (Mn) – essential for the formation of chlorophyll and other plant processes Yellow patches between veins; reduced flower formation. Root drench or weekly foliar sprays with manganese sulfate; do not over-lime.
 Molybdenum (Mo) – required for chemical changes associated with nitrogen nutrition Symptoms depend on the function Mo has in N metabolism in the plant: Legumes –unable to effectively fix N, plants may be stunted, pale green or yellow, similar to plants suffering from N deficiency; nodules on roots are green or colourless.Non-legumes – stunting and pale green or yellowish green colour between the veins and along the edges of leaves; leaf tissue of margins dies; older leaves more severely affected; cauliflower very susceptible (“whiptail” – drastic thinning of leaf blade, some leaf distortion, outer leaves yellow). Lime the soil to increase soil pH (to about 6.5, measured in water); soil or foliar applications of sodium or ammonium molybdate.
Zinc (Zn) – component of several plants enzymes; role in uptake of water  Plants appear stunted and pale with creamy yellow interveinal area; death of leaf margins; distorted young leaves. Application of a basal fertiliser containing Zn at sowing; application of a Zn foliar spray.
Copper (Cu) – important in processes that provide energy for growth and chlorophyll formation Chlorosis in young leaves; tips of leaves distorted; stunted growth. Apply a copper fertiliser

Nutrient toxicities: 

  • Chloride toxicity – Caused by saline water and soil conditions; plants wilt when soil moisture seems adequate; test and monitor irrigation water quality; plants vary in their tolerance to salinity.
  • Manganese toxicity – Yellowing of margins of older leaves; poor root development; favoured by acidic, waterlogged soil; lime soil to correct pH.
  • Ammonium toxicity “jelly butt” – Poor emergence followed by wilting and death of seedlings; browning of the central root tissue; favoured by excess ammonium from fertiliser or poultry manure in cold wet soil.

Physiological disorders of vegetable crops include:

  • Tipburn (physiological/nutritional) – a result of a calcium transport problem within the plant. 
  • Blossom end rot (physiological/nutritional) – caused by a deficiency of calcium or insufficient calcium uptake and translocation to growing points. 
  • Riciness of cauliflower.
  • Gomasho (grey speck) of cabbage and Chinese cabbage.
  • Measles on smooth skinned melons and cucumbers.


you may also prepare this Chart

Chart for Micro and Macro Nutrient Deficiencies in Plants 

then there are important links from GK Today :-

GK Today Indian Agriculture 

GK Today Agriculture 

MCQs and other one line info from leadthecompitition 

and finally

One document that contains lots of Factual info

note down factual info I have marked some type of info you need :-

Indian Agriculture Document  

Last Document you may rot MCQs from here

Questions on Agriculture Jagtar Malwa’s Collection 

Finally if You own book of Environment by Shankar IAS its one chapter on Agriculture is also useful

Shankar IAS Environment Book 

For other topics search Google For Agriculture but this sufficient covers more then 80%  🙂

For Current Affairs of Agriculture and Rural Development


Year End Review of Govt Ministries 

Mrunal’s Topics discussion on All this from His Video Lectures

Mrunal ‘s Video Lecture 

Collection of Govt Schemes by GK Today

GK Today Govt Schemes 


Environment Current Affairs  




NABARD Grade A Recruitment Assistant Manager RDBS books material question paper strategy for agriculture rural development a

#NABARD #strategy for meantime you may start from this :- (I will update this post soon and will post more posts )

It covers almost 90% syllabus and 90% questions most probably will be covered from these sources :-
moreover these are basics you need to prepare it well to move further :-Save This Post will keep updating this 🙂 #NABARD
Topics or sources youa must read/prepare .
1.Economic Survey 2017-18
2.Budget 2018-19
3.Social Economic Census 2011 Highlights (search google )
4.Mrunal Lectures on Economy Budget Series this year and previous year’s
note down factual data and terminology discussed by mrunal in videos .
5.NCERTs of economics class 11th and 12th
6.Govt Schemes related to agriculture,rural development and social welfare
search gk today for this ( nothing is better then that )
7.NCERTs chapters of Agriculture class 7th to 10th
8.Basic of agriculture terminology like viticulture sericulture and others
9. Crops, their season , their indigenous varieties .
10. animal varieties and production center technologies related to this field .
for more agriculture material go here
11. Chapters from India Year Book related to Economy ,Rural development ,welfare dept and agriculture dept .
12. For all other section like English ,maths ,reasoning ,computer and gk prepare as you will prepare for any bank PO level exam.
prepare all this till I update further about this exam (y)