Exam Pattern


Exam Pattern 2021

NABARD Grade B Pattern

NABARD Grade B Notification has been announced. Before you start your preparation, you should be well aware of the NABARD Grade B pattern. Major changes have been announced by NABARD in its exam pattern this year. In NABARD Grade A Phase 1, all the sections have been grouped into two and have been included in the qualifying section & merit section. To be able to qualify for mains, all the candidates will have to score in the merit section. The scores obtained in this section will only be considered. The online exam is conducted in three phases and you need to qualify the first phase (Prelims) in order to reach the second phase (Mains) of NABARD Grade B and finally appear in the last stage of the Interview.

NABARD Grade B 2021 will be conducted in three phases 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

Prelims Exam Pattern 2021

An online exam will be conducted for NABARD Grade B 2021 Phase 1 or Prelims Exam. NABARD Grade B Prelims 2021 will be an online objective test divided into two sections- Qualifying section: English Language, Test of Reasoning, Computer Knowledge, Decision making, Quantitative Aptitude and Merit section i.e. General Awareness Economic & Social Issues (With a special focus on Rural India), and Agriculture and Rural Development (With a focus on Rural India). Detailed NABARD Grade B phase 1 exam pattern has been mentioned below:

Nature of Test Test NameNo. Of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
Qualifying Quantitative Aptitude 20 20 Composite time of 120 minutes
Reasoning Ability 20 20
Computer Knowledge 20 20
English Language 30 30
Decision Making 10 10
Merit Based General Awareness 20 20
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

Important Points:

  • Test of Reasoning, English Language, Decision Making, Computer Knowledge, and Quantitative Aptitude will come under the qualifying section 
  • General Awareness, ESI (Rural India being the major emphasis), and ARD (emphasizing Rural India) will come under the umbrella of the merit section.
  • The candidates for the Mains examination will be shortlisted based on the marks secured in the Merit Section only
  • For every wrong answer, 1/4th marks assigned to that question will be deducted from your total score 
  • There will be sectional and overall cut-offs

Main Exam Pattern

All the candidates who will qualify NABARD Grade B Phase 1 or Prelims will be called to appear in Phase 2 or Mains. NABARD Grade B Mains is an important step and will ensure your selection in the final stage if you score high marks. NABARD Grade B Mains will also be an online test with a mix of objective and descriptive patterns. The NABARD Grade B Mains Exam will have three papers. Detailed NABARD Grade B Mains exam pattern is provided in the table below

SubjectType of PaperNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
Paper I
General English Online Descriptive (Answers to be typed using keyboard) 3 100 90 Minutes
Paper II
ESI & ARD Objective 30 50 30 Minutes
Descriptive Type (Answers to be typed using keyboard either in English or Hindi (Remington and Inscript keyboards)) 6 questions will be asked, of which candidates will be required to attempt 4 questions [2 of 15 marks each (with difficulty level) and 2 of 10 marks each] 50 90 Minutes
Total 100 2 Hours
 
Paper III
Development Economics, Statistics, Finance and Management Objective 30 50 30 Minutes
Descriptive Type (Answers to be typed using keyboard either in English or Hindi (Remington and Inscript keyboards)) 6 questions will be asked, of which candidates will be required to attempt 4 questions [2 of 15 marks each (with difficulty level) and 2 of 10 marks each] 50 90 Minutes
Total 100 2 Hours

Interview

All the candidates who will qualify in the NABARD Grade B Mains exam and secure a sufficiently high rank in merit will be short-listed for the third phase of the Interview. You can be asked any kind of questions ranging from personal, professional and subject-related. It is advisable to prepare well for the NABARD Grade B Interview stage to ensure your selection. The weightage of NABARD Grade B 2021 Interview shall be 75 marks. 

Marking Scheme

NABARD follows a fixed marking criteria for NABARD Grade B 2021 Exam for the post of Managers (RDBS). All the questions in NABARD Grade B 2021 Exam will carry different marks. 1/4th or 0.25 marks will be deducted as a penalty for every wrong answer in both phases of the NABARD Grade B recruitment process.

NABARD Grade B Marking Scheme

QuestionsNumber of Marks
For correct answers 1 Mark or 2 Marks
For wrong answers For 1 Mark question: Negative Marking of 0.25 Marks
For 2 Mark question: Negative Marking of 0.50 Marks 
For not attempted 0 (no marks)

Exam Language

NABARD provides the option of choosing a language of your own in both Prelims and Mains of NABARD Grade B. You can choose between English and Hindi Language in both Prelims and Main exam but the English Language section of NABARD Grade B can only be attempted in English.

Free Mock Tests

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