NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern

NABARD Grade-A Exam Pattern 2021

The ‘NABARD Grade A’ notification is one of the most awaited exams of all times. NABARD tests its candidates through a fair pattern and it is a process consisting of  3 phases where you need to qualify in each of these phases step-by-step to be able to reach the final destination. The ‘NABARD Grade A’ exam tests you on various parameters examining your skills with respect to various subjects. You need to qualify in the first phase to be able to appear in the second phase. A minimum cut-off would be declared on the basis of which the selection would be made and those who manage equal or more than the cut-off score will get a seat in the second phase and then subsequently in the third phase. The structure of the NABARD Grade A exam pattern for Legal and other Streams is as follows:

Phase 1 Preliminary Examination (Online Exam)
Phase 2 Main Examination will be online and will be a mix of MCQ and descriptive pattern
Phase 3 Interview

NABARD Grade A Phase 1 Exam Pattern 2021

The NABARD Grade A exam 2021 is going to be an objective type test, that will test you on the basis of your knowledge and skills in various subjects like - Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability, Computer Knowledge, General Awareness, Economic and Social Issues, English Language, Agriculture & Rural Development. The main motive of the examiner is to test how well you can perform in all the different sections, maintaining the speed & time simultaneously. The details of the NABARD Grade A Phase 1 exam pattern is as follows:

Test NameNo. Of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
Quantitative Aptitude 20 20 Composite time of 120 minutes
Reasoning Ability 20 20
Computer Knowledge 20 20
General Awareness 20 20
English Language 40 40
Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) 40 40
Economic and Social Issues (with focus on Rural India) 40 40
Total 200 200 2 Hours

NABARD Grade A Phase 2 Exam Pattern 2021

NABARD Grade A 2021 Phase 2 exam is a bit different than Phase 1 with respect to the number of sections/phases. Phase 2 itself consists of two different papers with individual timings of 90 minutes each, where the exam pattern is a bit different than Phase 1. Phase 2 has General English in the descriptive format whereas the other paper is of objective type as in Phase 1, except that here both the sections hold equal marks and have equal time allocated to them. Paper 2 will contain questions from Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development with special stress on Rural India for General post and for all other specific posts Paper 2 will be based on respective discipline. The NABARD Grade A Phase 2 pattern is given below.

ExamName of TestMaximum MarksDuration
Paper 1 (Common for all posts/Discipline) General English (Descriptive - writing skills - online through keyboard. The paper will have descriptive questions) 100 1 hours and 30 mintues (90 Minutes)
Paper 2 for Grade A (RDBS)- General, Information Technology, and others For General Post:
  • Economic & Social Issues
  • Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)
For other posts: Paper on related discipline. (Head to the syllabus part to know in detail)
100 1 hours and 30 mintues (90 Minutes)
Paper 2 for Grade A Rajbhasha The paper will have multiple-choice questions (Proficiency in Hindi including Translation from English to Hindi and Vice versa. The analytical and drafting ability of the candidate shall also be assessed from the descriptive paper). 100 1 hours and 30 mintues (90 Minutes)
Paper 2 for Grade A (Legal Services) The paper will have multiple-choice questions. Questions will be asked on relevant discipline. 100 1 hours and 30 mintues (90 Minutes)


NABARD Grade-A Exam Pattern 2021: Interview 

If you manage to qualify in the NABARD Grade A 2021 exam and secure a sufficiently high rank in merit, you will be shortlisted for the third phase ie ‘ NABARD Grade A interview’. The maximum marks allocated to the Interview stage are 25. The applicants to be called for an interview for  NABARD Grade-A will be in the ratio of 1:5 respectively. 

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