NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern

NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern 2020

NABARD Grade A recruitment 2020 is officially out and the last date to fill the online NABARD Grade A application form is 3rd February. Before you plan to prepare for the examination, it is better to acquaint yourself with all necessary information related to the exam. Apart from all the other details that have been discussed, ‘exam pattern’ forms a very important part of the preparation. The exam pattern of the NABARD Grade A 2020 is as follows:

The NABARD Grade A 2020 will be conducted in three phases:

  • Phase 1- Preliminary Exam
  • Phase 2- Mains Exam
  • Phase 3- Interview

NABARD GRADE A PRELIMS OR PHASE 1 EXAM PATTERN 2020

The NABARD Grade A Phase 1 or Preliminary Examination is an online objective test that consists of seven tests : English Language, Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness,Computer Knowledge, Economic and Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development. All these tests are allotted varied marks which make up to a total of 200 marks and the candidates need to attempt the complete test in a composite time duration of 2 hours.

The Phase 1 of NABARD Grade A 2020 consists of 1/4th negative marking and also contains sectional cut-offs. A candidate needs to secure minimum marks in each test to qualify Phase 1 and reach Phase 2.

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 MAINS OR PHASE 2 EXAM PATTERN 2020

The Phase 2 of NABARD Grade A 2020 Exam will also be an online test, consisting of two main papers: Paper I & Paper II. Paper I of NABARD Grade A Phase 2 is an online ‘Descriptive’ test of English Language of 100 marks with 1 hour 30 minutes allotted to it. The Paper II of NABARD Grade A Phase 2 is also an online ‘objective’ test. The Paper II of NABARD Grade A is of two types.

  • For General post- Economic & Social Issues; Agriculture & Rural Development
  • For All Other posts- according to the discipline of the post.
ExamName of TestMaximum MarksDuration
Paper 1 General English (Descriptive - writing skills - online through key board. The paper will have descriptive questions) 100 1 hours and 30 mintues (90 Mintues)
Paper 2 for Grade A (RDBS)
  • General Post: Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)
  • Specialized Discipline: Paper on related discipline
100 1 hours and 30 mintues (90 Mintues)
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 Mintues)
Paper 2 for Grade A (Legal Services) The Paper will have multiple choice questions (The paper will be based on proficiency in interpreting various Laws viz., Banking, Negotiable Instruments, Company, Industrial and Cooperative Laws, Cyber laws, Commerce/Property transactions, Rural non-life insurance, direct financing, staff matters and good experience in drafting various types of documents). 100 1 hours and 30 mintues (90 Mintues)

The sectional cut-off and negative marking in this phase is similar to the Phase 1.

  • The candidates will have to secure a minimum qualifying marks in each paper along with total cut-off marks.
  • For every incorrect answer in the objective test, 1/4th of the marks allotted to that question will be deducted.

NABARD GRADE A PHASE 3 2020- PERSONAL INTERVIEW

Once you qualify the NABARD Grade A Phase 2 (Mains) Exam, you will be called for the NABARD Grade A Phase 3 ie Personal Interview which will be of 25 marks. The final list of the candidates will be released on the basis of combined marks of NABARD Grade A Mains and Interview.

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