Interview for the post of NABARD Grade A is very important for your final section for the post. NABARD Grade A Interview 2018 carries maximum 25 marks and your selection will be based on your aggregate score in Phase II exam and interview i.e. total marks obtained out of 225.
Interview tips for NABARD Grade A 2018 are mentioned below which will help you in scoring high.
How to prepare for the interview?
Most of the candidates start serious studies when they prepare for the NABARD Grade A Interview. You need to understand that Interview is the assessment of your personality only as your technical knowledge is already tested in the written exam. Therefore, in your preparation you shall prepare more about your personal profile, communication abilities (it is not about speaking fluent English), body language and others.
A large part of the NABARD Grade A Interview goes around your personal profile, so prepare well about yourself, your job profile, your education background (your favourite subject), something significant about your college/university, your district and state.
The most important question is:
“Why you shall be selected as NABARD Grade A officer?”
This question can be rephrased as:
“How can your education help you in working for NABARD”
“You are an engineer, why do you want to work for NABARD”
“Why do you want to change your present job to work for NABARD”
“How NABARD job is suitable for your education and work experience”
You need to reply this question with your education profile, work experience and career expectations. Try to learn about the role and responsibilities of NABARD and work profile of NABARD officers. Prepare your answer to make the reply convincing by adding your living, studying and working experience. There is no right or wrong answer to this, but it is more about your fitment for the job and your motivation to work for NABARD.
What type of technical question are expected in NABARD Grade A Interview?
There may be some discussion on topics of current affairs which are related to economy, agriculture, banking, rural-finance, social issues, women empowerment, etc. For the interview purpose understand the issue and have your views on the topics. Knowing some facts and figures are helpful in supporting your views but while answering the question do not just restate lot of facts and data about the topic. Preparation tips for NABARD Grade A Interview 2018 are:
Read newspaper daily and pay special attention to news related to economy, agriculture, banking, rural-finance, social issues, women empowerment and others.
Read newspaper editorials (The Hindu, Business Standard, Economic Times, Financial Express, Mint, etc.)
Read Publications like Kurukshetra, Yojna, Economic Survey, NABARD Annual Report.
•NABARD website provides lot of information about the functioning of NABARD, you shall surf the website https://www.nabard.org/
What is presentation based interview in NABARD?
In previous years, NABARD has sometimes conducted interview in which a presentation is showed to the candidates before the interview or a newspaper clipping is shared with the candidate. You shall not worry about this or any such interview formats because the discussion in the interview is primarily centres around your profiles and current topics. Please remember interview is not a question answer session for testing your knowledge, it is more of conversation for assessing your human resource and people management abilities. Therefore, while replying to the questions you shall more be in conversation mode rather than in question answer mode. You can add certain interesting things in your replies that the board member will be prompted to ask question on that.
What current topics to study for the NABARD Grade A Interview?
This list can never be complete and the best way to prepare by reading good publication and newspaper. Some indicative topics are:
1. Financial Inclusion and its impact development of the poor
2. Healthcare in India
3. Education System in India
4.Women Empowerment and Women Safety
5. Growing water disputes among states
6. Globalisation and changing role of WTO
7. Trade protectionism by large nations and India’s policy stand
8. NPAs: Bane of Indian Banking System
9. GST and its impact on Indian Economy
10. Why India ranked so low in Human Development Index? What should bedone to improve India’s ranking in Human Development Index?
11. What kind of planet we will leave for Posterity?
12. Increasing frauds in Banking Sector
13. Euthanasia is immoral. Do you agree?
14. Agrarian Crisis in India
15. Can renewable energy sources mitigate climate change?
16. Challenges and Success of Clean India Mission
17. Has Demonetisation succeeded in curbing Black money?
18. How to create more employment opportunities in India?
19. How can India leverage demographic dividend?
20. Is agriculture still backbone of India economy?
How to dress?
“Nobody sees what you eat, but everybody see what you wear”
Dressing appropriately is very important for the interview. Impressive dressing may not lead to your selection in NABARD Grade A, but a poor impression of your dress can leave a bad impression.
General Dressing Guidelines for male candidates:
• Formal, light coloured, full sleeves, plain shirt.
• Dark coloured trousers. Back colour formal shoes and shocks matching the colour to trousers.
• Black colour formal style belt with a decent buckle.
• Use tie and coat/blazer only if you are very comfortable with it and if the weather demands that. Tie is not mandatory for the interview, unless you want to wear it.
• Keep a light coloured, clean handkerchief.
Don’ts about dress for male candidates:
• Don’t wear a shirt having checks, floral patterns and linings
• No jeans or casual pant.
• Never wear white colour shocks with dark colour trousers.
• Don’t wear brown shoes, casual shoes, sport shoes, tracking shoes for the interview.
General Dressing Guidelines for female candidates:
• Indian saree, in plain colours that gives a formal look. The colour shall be sober and better if it is a cotton saree.
• Indian Kurta- pajama also known as Indian suit. Keep the colour and pattern simple and sober that is fit for a formal occasion.
• Formal business suit if you are comfortable with that.
• Among the two above saree may be the better option as you look more mature and gracious (like an officer), but if you are not comfortable in wearing a saree, wear Kurtasalwar or western suit whatever you like.
• Wear very light jewellery (or no jewellery) matching your dress.
Don’ts about dress for female candidates:
• Don’t wear very bright and colourful dresses, having flowery patterns.
• Don’t wear dresses having lot of embroidery with shining and metal objects in it.
• Don’t wear heavy jewellery. The lesser the better. Simple bangles and ear-rings may be fine but you may be good without anything, depending on what you personally prefer.
• Don’t wear heavy make-up. The simpler you look the more sincere you appear for the interview.
• Don’t wear very high-heel sandals, especially those that make tick-tuck noise while walking on a tiled floor.
The fundamental rule of the dress (both for men and women) is that the dress shall be comfortable to you and you shall be able to carry yourself confidently in the dress.
What if I don’t know answer to any question?
Very simple say “sorry sir/madam, I do not know this”
Do’s for the interview
•Reach the venue minimum 30 minutes before the time, so that you get time to relax and may get opportunity to acquit yourself with others. Sometime in the casual conversation you get to know what is happening inside the interview room that makes you more prepared.
• Listen the question carefully before you reply.
• Give pauses in your replies
• Confident, calm and composed
Don’ts for the interview
• Don’t bluff if you do not know the answer.
• Don’t be very informal with the board. You shall carry smile and humour but your conduct shall be sincere as it’s a formal interview.
• Don’t overstress or over think that will make you overcautious of yourself.
List of the most important interview questions of NABARD Grade A officer
1.Why do you want to work with NABARD?
2.How your work experience (educational background) will be helpful in working with NABARD?
3.What do you know about NABARD?
4.What is the challenges in your present job? (if you are already working)
5.What are the best part of your job? (if you are already working)
6.What are your hobbies and interests?
7.Have you prepared for UPSC (Civil Services), what are your career goal?
8.How shall India deal with the problem of growing unemployment when still large number of people are depending on agriculture sector?
9.What are the major challenges faced by banks in India?
10.What are the important financial institutions for rural credit?
11.What are the major challenges of agriculture sector in India?
12.Why have you decided to become a NABARD officer/bank clerk?
Other Important NABARD Grade A Officer Interview Questions
• Tell me about yourself.
• What would you like me to know about you that is not on your resume?
• What are the three most important events of your life?
• What was an experience in your life that you would want to go back and change?
• How would your friends describe you?
• If you have to define yourself in 3 words, what will be those three words?
• What new goals have you established for yourself recently?
• What are your five to ten year career goals?
• What do you know about a career in this industry?
• What are the attributes of an ideal job for you? Is a job in NABARD the ideal one for you?
• What does “success” mean to you?
• What does “failure” mean to you?
• Which is more important to you: money or the type of job?
• Whom do you admire? Why?
II. Management / Leadership Style
• Define leadership. What type of leadership traits you have?
• Tell me about a time when you successfully resolved a conflict.
• Give me an example of a leadership role you have held when not everything went as planned.
• What two attributes are most important in your job?
• How do you feel about working overtime?
III. Strengths / Weaknesses and Skills
• What are your strengths/ weakness?
• Give me an example of something that you have done that shows initiative.
• What makes you stand out among your fellow students?
• Have you ever had any failures? What did you learn from them?
• How do you feel about working in a structured environment?
• In what kind of work environment do you do your best work?
• What kinds of tasks and responsibilities motivate you the most?
• Why did you decide to do a B.Sc. / B.Com. / B.A. (Whichever is applicable to you)?
• Which is your favourite subject? Why?
• What do you feel about your academic performance?
• What subject did you like the least? Why?
V. Extra Curriculars
• What extra-curricular school activities are you involved in?
• What have you learned from your activities?
• What is your favorite book/movie/song/painting or author/actor/singer/artist?
• Which magazines/newspapers do you read regularly? Which books have you read recently?
VI. Job / Company / Industry
• What do you know about your company?
• What do you predict is going to happen in this industry in the next 5 years?
• Do you know who your competitors are?
• What interests you most about this position? What parts of the job do you think you would find the least satisfying?