NABARD Grade A 2023: Decision Making Syllabus and Preparation


In roles like NABARD Grade A officer, decision making is like the compass guiding your ship through uncharted waters. It’s not about just making choices; it’s about making the right ones. Think of it as the captain of a ship steering through a storm, weighing options, and keeping the crew safe. In these coveted government positions, decisions impact policies, farmers, rural development, and the economy. So, mastering decision making is not just a skill; it’s the key to shaping the nation’s progress.

This necessity gave birth to the introduction of the topic of Decision-making in the NABARD Grade A Exam syllabus in the year 2021. This article is going to revolve around the same. The Decision Making topic in the NABARD Grade A syllabus and tips to attempt the questions related to it. 

Inclusion of Decision Making Topic in NABARD Grade A Syllabus 2021

Introducing Decision Making as a new subject in the Preliminary examination for NABARD Grade A recruitment exam in 2021 was a significant change. As this addition is relatively recent in the NABARD Grade A syllabus and exam pattern, we have prepared a comprehensive article to address all your concerns about the Decision Making syllabus, its significance in the exam, and how you can effectively prepare for this topic.

The inclusion of Decision Making in these prestigious exams reflects the growing importance of this skill, especially for managerial positions. In this article, we will delve into the specifics of the Decision Making section, including its syllabus, types of questions you can expect, and valuable tips to excel in this newly introduced segment of the NABARD Grade A exam. So, let’s embark on this journey to master Decision Making for a successful NABARD Grade A examination.

Since this is a fairly new introduction to the NABARD Grade A syllabus and exam pattern, we have prepared an exhaustive article that will clarify all your doubts concerning the Decision Making syllabus, its weightage in the exam and how you can efficiently prepare for this subject. 

NABARD Grade A: Decision Making Syllabus, Preparation Tips and Sample Questions

NABARD Grade A 2023 Decision Making

Decision Making is a subject that requires us to make choices by studying the data given to us to arrive at the best possible outcome. Since these NABARD vacancies are for managerial-level posts, you will be required to make several tough choices by weighing the pros and cons of every action and its probable reaction. For the same, the NABARD 2023 exams aim to gauge a candidate’s decision-making ability to select the best candidates for these posts. 

Decision Making is part of the Qualifying Section for Phase 1, along with Reasoning, English, Computer Knowledge and Quantitative Aptitude. Ergo, it is imperative that students earn cut-off marks in each of these subjects. You can tentatively expect the cut-off to be at 4 marks for Decision Making. 

NABARD Grade A  2023 Decision Making Syllabus 

The syllabus for the new section on Decision Making introduced in NABARD Grade A 2023 has been given below. 

Behavioural Decision Making: 

These are a very interesting pattern of questions. Here, we are faced with situations that may arise in our everyday lives as well that involve dealing with people depending upon their temperament, particularly if the problem involves dealing with people of different temperaments at the same time. Here, the obvious decisions you might make may not be enough as you also have to keep in mind the results or reactions that arise from your choices. 

Managerial Decision Making: In this pattern of questions, a scenario will be provided wherein you will be asked to assume that you are in a managerial position and have to take a decision accordingly. As you may expect, such questions can involve how you would tackle situations concerning your team members. 

Eligibility Criteria Based on Decision Making: 

Here, a variety of eligibility criteria will be provided for the recruitment of particular personnel. With regard to the data provided, there will be follow-up questions that will require candidates to determine who is most eligible for the said post. One such sample question is discussed in the video below by our subject expert, Ms. Arunima Sinha (Ex-Grade B SIDBI Officer). 

Data Arrangements Based Decision Making:

As the name suggests, a large chunk of data will be provided to you in the question. You will need to arrange/organize the data before you can begin solving the follow-up questions. 

Mathematical Decision Making: 

In essence, these questions are like Data Interpretation or Logical Reasoning questions. They are data-intensive and require that candidates carefully analyze the given information before trying to solve the questions. 

NABARD Grade A 2023 Decision Making Sample Questions

Here are some sample questions on Decision Making based on the latest exam syllabus of the NABARD Grade A Exam 2023. This will help you to get a better understanding about the question type and pattern. 

Q. 1. The decision making process that involves defining the problem, identifying alternatives, evaluating alternatives, selecting an alternative and implementing the decision is known as __________

Process decision

Satisficing decision

Rational decision

Intuitive decision

Reactive decision

Ans 1.  Rational Decision    

Explanation – Rational decision making is a multi-step process for making choices between alternatives. The process of rational decision making favours logic, objectivity, and analysis over subjectivity and insight. 

The rational decision-making process involves careful, methodical steps like identifying the problem, identifying the alternatives, evaluating them and then selecting the best alternative.

Q 2. The behavioural theory of decision making was given by _________

Daniel Kahneman

Henry Mintzberg

Herbert Simon

Edward Deming

Albert Bandura

Ans 2. Herbert Simon   

Explanation – Behavioral approach is also known as the descriptive approach and administrative model. This theory is proposed by Herbert A. Simon, a well-known economist, in which he attempts to explain how decisions are made in real life situations. A manager has to make decisions under different conditions and situations.

Q 3. Which of the following decision making technique involves the use of a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ solution to arrive at a decision?

Nominal Group Technique

Didactic Interaction

Multi-voting technique

Delphi Technique

Brainstorming technique

Ans 3.  Didactic Interaction    

Explanation – Didactic Interaction is used when decisions to be taken are dichotomous in nature. For this method, instead of one group of experts, two group of experts are created, one favouring a “yes” decision and other favouring a “no” decision. Each group then generates the list of justifications for their decisions and then interact and discuss with their findings. With mutual interactions and discussions, both the groups arrive at a consensus and a decision is taken.

Q 4. What do we call a group brought together from different functions and levels of an organization to consider ways in which the organization’s activities could be improved?

Technical team

Quality team

Process improvement team

Task team

Unit team

Ans 4. Process improvement team  

Explanation –  A Process Improvement Team is a group of individuals who work well together and bring specific skills to the table (from different functions) to solve a problem.

Tips to Solve Decision Making Questions

  • Study the problem carefully before you answer. While it is correct that speed is a key asset in any competitive exam, it is the correct answer that will ultimately fetch you your mark(s) and not for the speed you solved. 
  • When solving dilemma-based questions, always pick the option that amplifies desirable results and minimizes the damage caused by the same. 
  • Answer all questions as objectively as possible. For example, while answering a Managerial Decision Making question, do not let your personal beliefs/value systems get the better of you while answering in the examination.
  • Similarly, always pick choices that exhibit sound judgment. You want to show the examiner that you take decisions logically and not emotionally. This practice will also help you in answering your Interview questions.
  • Explore all the options carefully before you pick your answer. For example, as we have seen in Behavioural Decision Making questions, you must anticipate the possible outcomes before making a decision. 
  • Ensure that you have taken into account all participants involved in the equation before you come to a decision. Also, analyze the situation from the point of view of every participant.
  • Always choose the best practices and methods in theory when answering questions unless specifically asked otherwise. Do not pick options that involve shortcuts or unprofessional choices. 
  • Use the method of elimination in case you are not able to come to a decision. Obliterate answers that you are sure are not the correct ones to arrive at the right one. 
  • If time permits, always come back and re-examine the question from scratch to cross-check if you’ve picked the correct answer. 
  • The best way to prepare for the exam is to solve mock tests as you go long. For this, we recommend that you take the NABARD Grade A free mock test to ace your preparation.
  • Since this is a relatively new subject that has been introduced only last year, we can understand if you have some apprehensions and/or queries. Take a look at Prachi ma’am’s video below. She has made a comprehensive analysis of this section and we hope it will answer all your queries. 


In a nutshell, as you prepare for the NABARD Grade A exam in 2023, don’t forget to pay special attention to the Decision Making section, which was introduced recently. This subject challenges you to make sound choices based on data, and it’s crucial for managerial roles that require the ability to make well-informed decisions. During the exam, take your time to understand the problems and weigh your options carefully. Choose answers that reflect logic, objectivity, and sound judgment. Practice mock tests to improve your decision-making skills, and remember that practice makes perfect.

We wish all aspirants the very best in their NABARD Grade A exam journey! Stay focused, stay confident, and keep making the right decisions on your path to success. You’ve got this!

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Sudhanshu Bahuguna
Sudhanshu Bahuguna
2 years ago

Nice Blog