NABARD Grade A Prelims 2021: Shift 1 and Shift 2 Exam Analysis


The NABARD Grade A Preliminary examination was held on September 18, 2021. It was conducted in 2 shifts. In this article, we will make a thorough analysis of the exam to review the kind of questions asked and to judge the standard of assessment. 

NABARD Grade A 2021 Exam Analysis

We will look at each section of the paper separately. Moreover, we will also try to compare the kind of questions asked in both shifts, as and when required and plausible. 

The overall level of the examination was easy-moderate. 

Quantitative Aptitude

TopicShift 2Shift 1
Number Series2-3 (Wrong number)5
Data Interpretation5 (Graph)5
Arithmetic(P & L-2, T & W, STD,Probability, CI)Same

From Number Series, the wrong number given for the series was to be selected. As you can see from the table above, most of the topics assessed in both the sections were more or less the same. 

The level of assessment was easy-moderate. 


Shift 2Shift 1
Seating Arrangement4 (Linear arrangement) + 1 Single8
Syllogism23 (Syllogism and Inequalities) 
Coding-Decoding5(New format)2-3
Blood Relation/Direction2 + 1
Word formation1
Statement Assumption1

The questions were not so difficult per se. If you did not spend so much time on Puzzles and Seating Arrangement questions, you could attempt the other questions easily. 4 questions were asked from Linear Seating Arrangement. More questions were asked from Coding-Decoding in Shift 2 than in Shift 1. The Coding-Decoding questions were based on the new pattern.

In Shift 1, 3 questions were asked from Syllogisms and Inequalities each. In Shift 2 only 2 questions on Syllogism were asked.  

If we look at both Quantitative Aptitude and Reasoning, the questions were easy-to-moderate. The more challenging aspect of these sections was to manage the time. 

English Language

Shift 2Shift 1
Reading Comprehension1010
Words Swap55
Fill in the blanks5
Para jumble5
Sentence Rearrangement54
Misc.5Error (5)

10 questions from Reading Comprehension are assessed every year. Other than that, there were 5 questions each from Word Swap in both shifts. The English section in both shifts was quite similar. 

Marks obtained in the QRE section will only be qualifying in nature. 

Decision Making

The new section on Decision Making was based entirely on concept-based theoretical questions. They were related to theories, processes and types of decision making. There were no situational questions asked. 

Due to this, the level of assessment for Decision Making was tough

Agriculture and Rural Development 

 Shift 2
Shift 1 
HorticultureHorticulture (2)
Cropping SystemCropping System (3/4)
Economic SurveyIrrigation (1)
Soil ScienceErosion (1)
Animal HusbandryAnimal Husbandry & fisheries (6-7)
Current RelatedCurrent Related (6-7)
 –Soil nutrients (1)

There were more questions on Animal Husbandry and Fisheries this year. Moreover, there were more questions on the same in Shift 1 than in Shift 2. As expected, there were questions from the topic of the Cropping System as well. 

Some questions asked were:

  1. What is the study of vegetables called?
  2. Har Khet Ko Paani” is the tagline for which government scheme?
  3. Which scheme has not been subsumed in the PM Krishi Sinchayi Yojana? 
  4. What is mixed cropping?
  5. What is the study of fruits called?

In a sense, the questions assessed were as expected for this year. 

Read Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayi Yojana

Economic and Social Issues and General Awareness

The questions from ESI were easy-moderate. Particularly if we compare it with the NABARD Grade B 2021 exam, the questions were quite simple. 

 TopicShift 2Shift 1  
Current AffairsE-RUPICurrent AffairsMax question
  RBI & Bank reportsNep head, md & ceo recommended by
  SchemesENAM, target, SUJALAM Campaign, PMGKY, DDY GKY, NRLM, MNREGA, 
RBI & Bank reports BudgetFiscal deficit, share of animal husbandry
SchemesStand Up India, PM Vaya Vandana Yojana Jan Arogya YojanaBooks & Authors1
  GDP RelatedShare of animal husbandry

As we can gauge from the table above, the focus of the paper was on government schemes. A large number of questions on government schemes were asked in both ESI and General Awareness sections. 

Read the What is the National Agriculture Market (e-NAM)

Computer Awareness

The questions from Computer Awareness can be categorized as being moderate. They were not very basic nor were they outstandingly tough. If the prescribed syllabus was covered well, the questions could be answered easily. 

If there is anything else you would like to know about this exam, you can take a look at Kailash sir’s exhaustive and expansive analysis that has been attached for you below. If there is something more you’d like to know, please leave a comment below. Kailash Sir will be happy to answer your queries.

Expected Cut-off

Take a look at Susheel Sir’s video to learn more about the expected cut-off for the Prelims exam. 

Start Preparing for Your Mains

If you have appeared for the NABARD Grade A 2021 Prelims, we hope you will take to your books without any delay and begin preparing for the Mains exam from now itself. Please do not wait for the results to be out to scramble for resources. Have faith in your performance because Team ixamBee believes in you. For any assistance, the NABARD Grade A Phase 2 Online Course is at your disposal.

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If you are planning to appear for the NABARD Grade A exam in the next recruitment cycle, use this exam analysis to gain a proper sense of the demands of the exam. Begin your preparation accordingly. 

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