NABARD Grade A Exam 2021: Mains Syllabus for Finance Stream


The NABARD Grade A Mains exam 2021 will be held on November 16, 2021. As the exam date approaches, we must devote more and more time to our study and overall preparation every day. 

In this article, we have outlined the complete syllabus in detail for your convenience and benefit. However, before we can discuss the paper, you should note:

  • Phase 2 of the NABARD Grade A Finance examination comprises 2 papers. 
    • Paper 1 is on Descriptive English. 
    • Paper 2 will test your knowledge on subjects from the Finance stream. 

NABARD Grade A Finance Mains Syllabus 

Paper 1

Descriptive EnglishEssay, Precis writing, Comprehension and Business/Office Correspondence.

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Paper 2

Take a look at the detailed syllabus for Paper 2 below.

Subject Syllabus
Financial AccountingMeaning/ Objectives/ Basic Accounting/ Principles, Concepts and Conventions/ Limitations of Financial Accounting
Financial Statements: Nature of Financial Statements/ Capital and Revenue Expenditure/ Trading Account/ Profit and Loss Appropriation account and Balance Sheet/ Limitation of Financial Statements 
Analysis and Interpretation of Financial Statements: Tools of Financials Statements analysis/ Ratio Analysis/ different types of ratios/ Advantages and Limitation of ratio analysis
Depreciation: Reserves and Provisions: Meaning/ Need for providing Depreciation/ Methods of providing depreciation/ Provisions and Reserves/ Choice of Methods/ Objectives of Depreciation Policy
Inventory Valuation: Nature and Importance of Inventory Valuation; Types of Inventory Systems/ Methods of Inventory valuation; choice of Method
Developments in Accounting: Interim Reporting/ Segment Reporting/ Value/ added statement/ Corporate Social Reporting/ Human Resource Accounting/ Accounting for Intangible Assets/ Accounting for Financial Instruments/ Environmental Accounting/ Inflation Accounting. 
Statement of Sources and Application of Funds: Meaning of Funds, Distinction between Funds and Cash/ Preparation of Fund Flow Statement/ Analysis of flow of funds/ Utility of Fund Flow Statement/ Preparation of cash flow statement/ Utility of cash Flow Statement. Preparation of Final Accounts of Banking, Insurance Companies/ Basel III & Prudential Norms like Capital Adequacy Ratio Non-Performing Assets Provisions 
Management AccountingMeaning and Scope of Management Accounting: Financial Accounting Vs Management Accounting/ Role of Management Accounting/ Function and Position of Controller
Variable Costing: Fixed Costs and Variable Costs/ Distinctions Between Variable Costing and Absorption Costing/ Application Of Variables Costing as a Technique/ Differential Costing and Decision Making. 
Marginal costing: Cost Volume Profit Analysis, Profit Planning, Break-Even Analysis, Break Even Point and Break-Even Chart. Methods Of Costing – Job Costing – Contract Costing – Batch Costing – Process Costing – Unit Costing – Operation Costing And Operating Costing. 
Cost of capital: Cost of Different Sources Of Finance –Weighted Average Cost Of Capital – Marginal Cost Of Capital – Concepts Of Operating And Financial Leverage – Capital Structure Patterns – Designing Optimum Capital Structure – Different Sources Of Finance/ Long, Medium- And Short-Term Finance. Money Market and their Operations Business Valuations.
Budgetary control: Meaning and Objectives/ Operation of Budgeting System/ Types of Budgets/ Preparation of Sales Budget/ Production Budget, Cash Budget, Master Budget/ Flexible Budgeting/ Zero Budgeting. 
Standard Costing: Meaning of Standard Costing/ Distinction Between Standard Costing and Budgeting Control/ Advantages of Standard Costing/ Setting up of Standards/ Variance Analysis/ Material, Labour and Overheads. 
Management Control System: distinction Between Strategic Planning/ Operational Control and Management Control System/ Responsibility Accounting; Transfer Pricing/ Tools Of Control/ Residual Income And Return On Investment/ Performance Budgeting/ Economic Value Added. 
Appraisal of firms: Objectives, Uniform costing/ Ratio Based Comparison/ Credit Rating/ Risk Assessment/ Appraisal of Projects Sensitivity analysis in capital budgeting/ Impact of Inflation in Capital Budgeting/ Risk Analysis in Capital Budgeting/ Social Cost Benefit Analysis/ Simulation and Decision Tree Analysis. 
Working Capital Management: Factors affecting working Capital requirements/ Assessment of Working Capital/ Inventory Management/ Receivable Management/ Cash Management/ Method of Financing Working Capital; Different Forms of Bank Credit/ Working Capital and Banking Policy
AuditingAuditing: Nature and Scope/Audit Process/Objectives of Audit/Basic Principles Governing an Audit/Types of audit/Relationship of Auditing with Other Subjects/ Internal Audit and External Audit/ Audit & Inspection 
Planning and programming of Audit:  Division of Work/Supervision and Review of Audit Notes and Working Papers/ Planning the Flow of Audit Work
Conduct of Audit: Audit Programme/ Audit Note Book/ Working Papers and Audit files. 
Internal Control: Internal Control/ Internal Check/ Internal Audit and Concurrent Audit. 
Vouching: General Consideration Vouching of Payments and Receipts/ Vouching of Payment into and out of the Bank/ Vouching of Goods on Consignment/ Sale on Approval Basis/ Empties, Sale Under Hire/Purchase System and Various Types of Allowances to Customers
Verification: Meaning/ General principles/ Verification of Cash in Hand and Cash at Bank/ Verification and Valuation of Investments and Inventories/ Loans Bills Receivables/ Free hold and Leasehold property/ Debtors/ Plant and Machinery/ Verification of different liabilities
Audit of Limited Company: Statutory Requirements under the Companies Act 1956/ Audit of Branches/ Joint Audit/ Concepts of True and Fair Materiality and Audit Risk in the Context of Audit of Companies. 
Dividends and divisible profits: Financial, Legal and Policy Considerations with Special Reference to Depreciation 
Audit Reports: Qualification and Notes on Accounts/ Special Report on Offer Documents/ Audit Under Income Tax and Indirect Taxes/ Special features of audit of banks, Insurance Companies, Cooperative Societies and Non/banking Financial Companies/ Audit of Incomplete Records/ Special Audit Assignments like Audit of Bank borrowers/ Inspection of Special Entities like Banks, Financial Institutions/ Investigation Including Due Diligence
Concept of Cost Audit
Management Audit
Operational Audit
Environmental Audit and Energy Audit 
Audit under computerized environments 
Computer Auditing 
Specific problems of EDP audit: Need for Review Of Internal Control Especially Procedure Controls And Facility Controls/ Techniques Of Audit Of EDP Output/ Use Of Computer For Internal And Management Audit Purpose/ Test Packs/ Computerized Audit Programme/ Involvement of The Auditor at The Time of Setting up the Computer System
BBA (Banking & Finance)Advance Technology in Banking 
Business Communication Skills 
Business Ethics and Ethos 
Business Laws
Banking Theory and Practice Corporate Law Counter Operations, Savings Bank, Current Account and Remittances 
Database Management System 
Financial Management 
Fundamentals of Computers
Income Tax
International Banking 
Legal Aspects of Banking 
Types of Loans 
Managerial Economics 
Marketing Information System 
Merchant Banking & Financial Services 
Organization and Management 
Organization Theory and Behaviour 
Principles & Practices of Banking 
Principles and Practices of Management 
Quantitative Techniques / Research Methodology 
Resource Mobilization and Marketing of Banking Services 
Statistic for Management 
Strategic Credit Management 
Treasury & Risk Management 
BMS (Banking & Finance)Foundation of Human Skills
Introduction of Financial Accounts 
Business Law / Business Statistics 
Business Communication 
Principles of Management I 
Introduction to Computers 
Business Environment / Industrial Law 
Computer Applications in Business 
Managerial Economics I 
Business Mathematics 
Introduction of Cost Accounting 
Environmental Management 
Management Accounting 
Managerial Economics II 
Marketing Management 
Business Aspects in Banking & Insurance 
Production Management & Materials Management 
Strategic Management 
Productivity and Quality Management 
Direct & Indirect Taxes 
Export/Import Procedures & Documentation 
Cooperatives & Rural Markets 
Research Methods in Business 
Public Relations Management 
Human Resource Management 
Service Sector Management 
Financial Management 
Elements of Logistics Management 
Business Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility 
Special Studies in Marketing 
Special Studies in Finance 
Project Work 
Entrepreneurship & Management of SME 
Operation Research 
International Finance 
Indian Management Thoughts & Practices 
International Marketing

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