NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern 2020 - NABARD has released the NABARD Grade A 2020 exam pattern along with the detailed notification. Candidates preparing for the exam can go through the subject wise important concepts and topics with the exam pattern of NABARD Grade A 2020. Candidates can plan their studies and focus on topics with the help of NABARD Grade A exam pattern 2020. Along with the NABARD Grade A 2020 exam pattern, students can also check the syllabus and previous year question papers to get an idea about the difficulty level of exam, nature of questions asked and thus crack NABARD Grade A.
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According to the notification released, there are 154 vacant positions available under various disciplines for NABARD Grade A 2020 recruitment. NABARD Grade A exam being a national level exam and the unlimited opportunities associated with the post makes it a highly competitive exam. As NABARD Grade A prelims is tentatively scheduled on February 25, only a dedicated preparation will ascertain one's selection.

NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern 2020

NABARD GRADE A Exam Pattern 2020 - Stages

  1. Stage I: Preliminary examination

  2. Stage II: Mains examination

  3. Stage III: Interview

The recruitment process of NABARD Grade A is generally three phased, phase-I- preliminary examination (objective), phase-II- main examination (descriptive and objective) and phase-III- personal interview. Preliminary examination is qualifying in nature. The candidates who qualify and rank sufficiently high in the prelims, shall be called for appearing in the main examination of NABARD Grade A 2020. Applicants qualifying in phase-II main examination and securing high rank in merit shall be shortlisted for personal interview.

NABARD GRADE A 2020 Exam Pattern: Phase I

Phase I: Preliminary examination (online)

Sl No


No. of questions

Max marks


Negative Mark





Composite time of 120 minutes

1/4th mark for every wrong answer marked


English Language




Computer Knowledge




General Awareness




Economics and Social Issues with focus on rural India




Agriculture and Rural Development with focus on rural india




Quantitative Aptitude






NABARD GRADE A Exam Pattern 2020: Phase II

Phase II: Main examination (Online: MCQ+ descriptive)

Paper I:

General English

Essay, Précis writing, Comprehension and Business/ Office Correspondence

100 marks

1 hour 30 mins

Paper II:


Specialised as per posts applied for


1 hour 30 mins

NABARD Grade A 2020 Exam Pattern– Interview

  • The third stage will consist of an Interview for 25 marks.

  • The final selection of the applicants for the post of Assistant Manager in Grade A will be based on their performance in the Main Exam and Interview taken together.

NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern 2020 Mains - Important Points

  1. The NABARD Grade A main exam has two papers.

  2. The paper I (General English) is common for all and is descriptive in nature.

  3. The time duration for Paper I is 1 hour 30 minutes.

  4. Paper II is different for general posts and other posts.

  5. Paper II is objective in nature.

  6. Paper II has a time duration of 1 hour 30 minutes.

  7. There are sectional and overall cutoffs for NABARD Grade A Main exam as well.

NABARD Grade A 2020 Marking Scheme

The scores of the online tests will be obtained by adopting the following procedure :

(i) Number of questions answered correctly by a candidate in each objective test is considered for arriving at the corrected score after applying penalty for wrong answers.

(ii) The corrected scores so obtained by a candidate are made equivalent to take care of the minor difference in difficulty level, if any, in each of the objective tests held in different sessions to arrive at the equated scores

(iii) Testwise scores and scores on total are reported with decimal points upto two digits.

(iv) Since the vacancies are discipline wise, cut off marks will also differ on the basis of the disciplines. Cutoffs may be applied in two stages, on scores in individual tests and on total scores.

NABARD Grade A Syllabus 2020

The detailed syllabus of NABARD Grade A Assistant Manager 2020 according to the disciplines an aspirant opts for is listed in the table. With the help of NABARD Grade A 2020 Assistant Manager syllabus, candidates can get a clear idea about the contents of the questions asked in the exam.

NABARD Grade A 2020 Topics and associated syllabus

Post applied for


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Rural Development Banking Service (General Discipline)

Economic & Social Issues And lture & Rural Development

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Rural Development Banking Service (Specialised Discipline)

General Agriculture

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Agricultural Engineering

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Food / Dairy Processing

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Land Development - Soil Science

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Agriculture Marketing/Agri Business Management

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Economics- Agricultural Economics

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Information Technology

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Chartered Accountant

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Company Secretary

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Human Resource Management

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NABARD Grade A Admit Card 2020

The prelims admit card for NABARD Grade A Assistant Managers has been released by the authority at the official website.

Step 1: Go to the careers section on the official website of NABARD -

Step 2: Click on ‘NABARD Grade A admit card’

Step 3: Enter your login credentials - registration/roll number and password/date of birth and click at the admit card login window

Step 4: The admit card will be displayed on your screen

Step 5: Download and a print copy of admit card

It is encouraged that candidates check all information detailed in the admit card relating to their name, date of birth, category and post applied for and inform the exam conducting authority for any discrepancy at the earliest.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern 2020

Question: Is negative marks cut for wrong answers?


Yes. One-fourth of the marks are cut for every wrong answer marked.

Question: Is there sectional cut off marks?


Since the vacancies are discipline wise, cut off marks will also differ on the basis of the disciplines. As per the NABARD Grade A exam pattern, cutoffs may be applied in two stages, on scores in individual tests and on total scores.

Question: Can I change the exam centre allotted to me?


No. Exam centres once allotted cannot be changed for NABARD Grade A recruitment.

Question: Is the preliminary score considered for the allotment in NABARD Grade A Assistant Manager?


The prelims is a screening test and therefore, its score will not be counted in the final merit list.

Question: What is the salary of NABARD Grade A Assistant Manager?


The basic pay of an Assistant Manager in NABARD Grade A is in the range of Rs 28150-55600.

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How to prepare for NABARD Grade A mock test?

prerna vats 7th Mar, 2020

Hello dear student !

In order to prepare for any examination, you have to study in a smart way. The NABARD Grade A exam asks direct questions and difficulty level is averagely difficult and the seats are quite less.

First you need to study regularly and don't skip even a single day.

For the first 5 sections , the preparation is almost same as for Bank PO, etc. For GA refer to -

Any standard static GA booklet (such as Bankers Adda's )

Affaircloud 100 Questions monthly pocket booklet

GKtoday 250 Questions monthly pdf

Now, for 2 most important sections which are there in mains also,


You can refer to Edutap for this section.

For ESI-

you can refer to Edutap ESI static module, Union budget, Economic survey Vol. I , etc.

For English Descriptive Paper in Mains, you need to practice all the sections.

For interview, just read a national paper on Daily basis and be aware of your surrounding and all the developments amd changes.

Practice with online mock tests and practice ror every section as much as possible. Eat healthy and sleep properly.

Hope this will help you !

All the best


What is the best way to crack NABARD Grade A mock test online?

Charvi Nayyar 8th Mar, 2020

Hello aspirant

NABARD Grade A exam pattern contains the following 7 sections of the following marks;-

  1. Test of reasoning- 20 marks
  2. English language-40 marks
  3. Computer knowledge-20 marks
  4. General awareness-20 marks
  5. Quantitative aptitude-20 marks
  6. Economic & Social Issues-40 marks
  7. Agricultural and rural development -40 marks

To prepare for the exam, you should follow a proper study plan, give attention to all the sections equally, revise the topics and practice the mock papers available online. Read newspaper daily.

Hope this helps

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