NABARD Grade A 2021 Official Notification Released! Major Changes in Eligibility & Exam Pattern

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The day we have all been eagerly waiting for is upon us! The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has released the publication for the NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2021. Read on below to learn all the important details for this exam and the new changes that have been introduced this year.

NABARD Grade A 2021 Exam Overview 

The most awaited recruitment exam of the year is finally here! So it’s time to saddle up and get ready to race. Take a look at the details below. 

Exam NameNABARD Grade A/B
Exam Conducting BodyNational Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development 
Website https://www.nabard.org 
Mode of Application Online 

The important dates for the NABARD exams have been provided in the table below. You should read it carefully and set reminders if necessary, so you don’t miss any deadlines. 

Notification Release Date (Newspaper publication)July 15, 2021 
Notification Release Date (Online)July 16, 2021
Online Application WindowJuly 17 2021-August 7, 2021
Preliminary Exam Date (Tentative)Last Week of August 2021/First Week of September 2021

What’s New?

There are some changes introduced in this year’s selection process. Candidates must make note of the following points to avoid any sort of confusion or errors. 

CriteriaNotification 2019Notification 2021
Phase 1 Exam PatternOnly 7 sections were assessed in the Prelims. A new section on ‘Decision Making’ has been introduced that will be assessed in the Preliminary examination. A total of 8 sections will be assessed now. 
InterviewInterview for 25 marksInterview for 50 marks
Educational RequirementsBachelor’s degree in any discipline with an aggregate of 50%Bachelor’s degree with an aggregate of 60%

NABARD Grade A 2021 Vacancies

The category-wise and post-wise break-ups for this year’s vacancies have been listed below. 

Post URSCSTOBCEWSTotal
IAssistant Manager in Grade ‘A’ (Rural Development Banking Service)
1General311005220674
2Agriculture 050201040113
3Agriculture Engineering01010103
4Animal Husbandry0101010104
5Fisheries 03010206
6Forestry 010102
7Plantation/ Horticulture 0201020106
8Land Development/ Soil Science010102
9Water Resources010102
10Finance 080301060321
11Computer/ Information Technology0603040215
AM (RDBS)- Total 6023074414148
IIAssistant Manager in Grade ‘A’ (Rajbhasha Service) 0201010105
IIIAssistant Manager in Grade ‘A’ (Protocol and Security Service)0202
Total No. of Vacancies155

NABARD Grade A 2021 Eligibility

Take a look at the table below to learn about the age and educational requirements for this exam.

Criteria Assistant Manager (RDBS)Assistant Manager (Rajbhasha Service) Assistant Manager (Protocol & Security Service)
AgeThe candidate must be between 21 and 30 years of ageThe candidate must be between 21 and 30 years of ageBetween 25 and 40 Years
Educational Qualification Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University with a minimum of 60% marks in aggregate, OR,
Post Graduate degree, MBA/PGDM from a recognized university with a minimum aggregate of 55% marks in aggregate, OR, 
CA/ CS/ICWA OR Ph.D. from Institutions recognized by GOI/UGC.

Read the educational requirements for the Specialist posts in the official notification. 
Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university in English or Hindi medium with Hindi and English as a compulsory or elective subject with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent in aggregate and,
PG Diploma in Translation (minimum one year) in Hindi to English and vice-versa from any recognized University. Candidates must have studied English and Hindi as subjects in at least 02 years of bachelor’s degree course.
The candidate should be an Officer with a minimum of five years of Commissioned Service in the Defence forces holding a valid Ex-Serviceman Identity Card.

NABARD Grade A 2021 Exam Pattern 

The exam pattern for the NABARD Grade A Assistant Manager (RDBS & Rajbhasha) 2021 has been provided below. The exam will be conducted in 3 phases. The 3 phases are:

  1. Prelims
  2. Mains
  3. Interview

Phase 1

The NABARD Grade A Preliminary Exam pattern and syllabus are the same as NABARD Grade B Exam Pattern. There are 8 subjects assessed in the Preliminary examination. The entire paper will be for 200 marks and the total time allotted is 120 minutes. There is no sectional timing. 

Name of SubjectNo. of QuestionsMaximum Marks
Reasoning2020
English Language3030
Computer Knowledge2020
Quantitative Aptitude2020 
Decision Making1010
General Awareness2020 
Economic & Social Issues (ESI)4040
Agriculture & Rural Development (ARD)4040
Total200200

Please note: 

  • The test can be taken in either Hindi or English except for the English Language paper. 
  • For ESI and ARD, the focus of the syllabus is on Rural India. 
  • There will be a negative marking of 1/4th mark for every wrong answer (applicable in Phase 2 as well). 
  • The marks obtained in the sections of Reasoning, English Language, Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, Decision Making are only qualifying in nature. 
  • Candidates will be shortlisted based on their performance in the merit section. The subjects included in this section are General Awareness, ESI and ARD. 

Phase 2

NABARD Grade ANo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime allotted 
Paper 1For all posts/Disciplines- Descriptive English (Writing Skills) 3010090 minutes
Paper 2(AM RDBS Generalist) Economic and Social Issues (ESI)Objective- 30

Descriptive- 6
Objective- 50

Descriptive- 50
Objective- 30 minutes

Descriptive- 90 minutes

For all the Specialist posts for RDBS and Rajbhasha posts, Paper 2 in Phase 2 will be specific to the relevant field. 

Phase 3

The Interview will be conducted for 50 marks.

For the Assistant Manager (Protocol & Security Service) there is only 1 interview round for 100 marks. 

Take a look at the complete NABARD Grade A 2021 syllabus before you begin your preparation.

NABARD Grade A 2021 How to Apply?

The application for the exam has to be submitted online. The procedure comprises 3 mains steps. 

  1. Application Registration 
  2. Payment of Application Fee 
  3. Photograph & Signature Scan and Upload

You must read the entire notification in detail to carry out every step properly. Providing any misinformation or incorrectly filling up your form can cost you dearly.  

NABARD Grade A 2021 Application Fee

The application fee for the posts of Assistant Manager (RDBS/Rajbhasha/P &SS) categories has been provided in the table below. The fee is non-refundable. 

Assistant Manager (RDBS & Rajbhasha Service)

CategoryApplication FeeIntimation ChargesTotal 
For SC/ ST/ PWBDNIL₹150₹150
For all others₹650/-₹150₹800
Staff@@@

@ NABARD staff will be required to pay fee/intimation charges as indicated above at the time of online application, which will be reimbursed on submission of fee receipt only to those employees of NABARD (Staff Candidates) who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the post. 

Assistant Manager (Protocol & Security Service)

CategoryApplication FeeIntimation ChargesTotal 
For SC/ ST/ PWBDNIL₹100₹100
For all others₹650/-₹100₹750

NABARD has released official notifications for Grade A posts as well. You can read the exhaustive exam details for the NABARD Grade B Recruitment 2021 if you like.

NABARD Trivia

  • NABARD was established on  July 12, 1982. 
  • The NABARD headquarters is in Mumbai.
  • The Chairman at present is Dr. G.R. Chintala.
  • NABARD regulates and administers the work of State Co-operative Bankes (StCBs), District Co-operative Central Banks (DCCBs) and Regional Rural Banks (RRBs).
  • It was established on the recommendations of the Shivaraman Committee under the Prime Ministership of Indira Gandhi.

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  • 5 descriptive tests
  • Live sessions with faculty members to clear doubts 
  • Interview preparation guidance

Aside from these online courses, we also provide online test series that you can take at any time. These test series are available on our website and they are completely free. As part of your preparation, it would be prudent if you also review some previous years’ question papers. Both these activities will aid you in weighing your preparation. 

As you prepare for these exams, we at ixamBee wish you the very best. 

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