NABARD Grade B 2021: Download Your Admit Card Now!!


The wait is FINALLY over!! 

NABARD Grade B 2021 Admit Card for Preliminary Examination

The NABARD Grade B 2021 admit card has been made available for download on August 31, 2021. Registered candidates can log into their accounts using their Registration No. / Roll No. and Password / DOB(DD-MM-YY). The window to download call letters for the Preliminary Examination will remain open till September 17, 2021.

So, let’s get ready to rumble!!

NABARD Grade B 2021 Notification

NABARD Grade B 2021 Exam Date

On August 3, 2021, NABARD released a notification saying that the NABARD Grade B Exam (RDBS) exam will be held on September 17, 2021

NABARD Grade B 2021 Exam Overview 

The most awaited recruitment exam of the year is calling on us! Take a look at the details below. 

Exam NameNABARD Grade A/B
Exam Conducting BodyNational Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development 
Mode of Application Online 

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
Exam Pattern:Only 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 40 marksInterview for 75 marks
Age EligibilityThe candidate must be between 21 and 35 years of ageThe candidate must be between 25 and 32 years of age
Educational RequirementsBachelor’s degree in any disciplinePostgraduate degree in any discipline + 3 years experience in related sectors

NABARD Grade B 2021 Exam Calendar 

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 September 17, 2021

NABARD Grade B 2021 Vacancies

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

Manager in Grade ‘B’ (Rural Development Banking Service)030102010107

NABARD Grade B 2021 Eligibility 

Criteria Eligibility
AgeThe candidate must be between 25 and 32 years of age
Educational Qualification Post Graduate degree in any subject from a recognized University with a minimum aggregate of 60% marks (SC/PWBD applicants 55%).
ExperienceMinimum 03 years experience in related sectors viz., Banking, Finance, Agriculture & Allied and Rural Development. 

NABARD Grade B 2021 Exam Pattern 

The exam pattern for the NABARD Grade B Exam 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

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
English Language3030
Computer Knowledge2020
Quantitative Aptitude2020 
Decision Making1010
General Awareness2020 
Economic & Social Issues (ESI)4040
Agriculture & Rural Development (ARD)4040

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 BNo. of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime allotted 
Paper 1For all posts/Disciplines- Descriptive English (Writing Skills) 3010090 minutes
Paper 2Economic and Social Issues (ESI)Objective- 30
Descriptive- 6
Objective- 50
Descriptive- 50
Objective- 30 minutes
Descriptive- 90 minutes
Paper 3Finance & Management
Development Economics
Objective- 30
Descriptive- 6
Objective- 50
Descriptive- 50
Objective- 30 minutes
Descriptive- 90 minutes

Phase 3

The Interview will be conducted for 75 marks. 

Take a look at the complete NABARD Grade B 2021 Syllabus before you begin your preparation. 

NABARD Grade B 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 B 2021 Application Fee

The application fee for various categories has been provided in the table below. The fee is non-refundable. 

CategoryApplication FeeIntimation ChargesTotal 
For SC/ ST/ PWBDNIL₹150₹150
For all others₹750/-₹150₹900

@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. 

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


  • NABARD was established on  July 12, 1982. 
  • India’s agricultural exports are expected to cross $40 billion in the Fiscal Year 2022.
  • NABARD has launched the first Agricultural Export Facilitation Centre in association with the Maharashtra Chamber of Commerce Industries and Agriculture in Pune.
  • NABARD has announced a grant of ₹ 1,236 crores for Assam for 2020-21 from the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF). 

Choose ixamBee

If you are preparing for the NABARD exams, there is no time like now to join our online courses. Join our NABARD Grade B Online Course wherein you will find all the requisite material that will help you ace the examination. In our online course, you will be provided with the following: 

  • Weekly online classes
  • 760+ video lessons 
  • 500+ study notes
  • 12,000+ practice questions
  • 25+ full-length mock tests
  • 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. Now that the official notification is out, we hope you will begin your preparation in full swing. It would be wise to review some previous years’ questions papers as you go along. Both the mock tests and previous years’ papers will allow you to dissect your overall preparation.

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

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