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NABARD Recruitment 2021 eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, study plan, vacancies, salary, and more

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The RBI introduced the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development to regulate banks and cooperative societies in rural India. NABARD is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India. NABARD promotes the development of agriculture, small-scale industries and other economic activities of Rural India. NABARD has released an official notification for the recruitment of Assistant Manager in RDBS and Rajbhasha Services. Details are given below.

At a glance

OrganisationNational Bank For Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
PostAssistant Manager
Examination ModeOnline
Exam Duration2 hours
Date of Examination18 September 2021
Selection processPreliminary examination, Mains examination and Interview
Official websitehttps://www.nabard.org/

Important dates

EventDate
Notification release15 July 2021
Online registration starts17 July 2021
Last date for online registration07 August 2021
NABARD Grade A & B preliminary examination18 September 2021
NABARD Grade A & B mains examinationto be announced
Interviewto be announced

Eligibility Criteria

Educational Qualification

For Assistant Manager in Grade ‘A’ (RDBS):

DisciplineEducational Qualification
GeneralBachelor's degree in any subject/ Postgraduate degree MBA/PGDM/ CA/ CS/ICWA/PhD from a recognised university
AgricultureBachelor's degree in Agriculture/ Postgraduate degree in Agriculture/ Soil Science/ Agronomy from a recognised university
Agriculture EngineeringBachelor's degree in Agriculture Engineering/ Postgraduate degree in Agriculture Engineering from a recognised university
Animal HusbandryBachelor's degree in Veterinary Sciences/ Animal Husbandry/ Postgraduate degree in Veterinary Sciences/ Animal Husbandry from a recognised university
FisheriesBachelor's degree in Fisheries Science/ Postgraduate degree in Fisheries Sciences from a recognised university
ForestryBachelor's degree in Forestry/ Postgraduate degree in Forestry
Plantation/ HorticultureBachelor's degree in Horticulture/ Postgraduate degree in Horticulture from a recognised university
Land Development/ Soil ScienceBachelor's degree in Agriculture/ Soil Science/ Agronomy/ Postgraduate degree in Agriculture/ Soil Science/ Agronomy from a recognised university
Water ResourcesBachelor's degree in Hydrology/ Geology with Hydrogeology/ Irrigation/ Water supply and sanitation as one of the subjects/ Postgraduate degree in Hydrology/ Geology with Hydrogeology/ Irrigation/ Water supply and sanitation as one of the subjects from a recognised university
FinanceBBA (Finance/Banking)/ BMS (Finance/Banking)/ Two years full-time PG Diploma in Management (Finance)/Full-time MBA (Finance)/Bachelor's degree in Financial and Investment Analysis/Bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognised University/Institution with Membership of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) from a recognised university
Computer and Information TechnologyBachelor's degree in Computer Science/ Computer Technology/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology/ Post graduate degree in Computer Science/ Computer Technology/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology from a recognised university

For Assistant Manager in Grade 'A' (RAJBHASHA):

Bachelor's degree in English or Hindi medium with Hindi and English as compulsory or elective subject/ PG diploma in Translation in Hindi to English and vice-versa from a recognised University.

Minimum marks required in the qualifying exam -

  • Bachelor's degree: 60% for general, 55% for SC/ST/PwBD applicants
  • Postgraduate degree: 55% for general, 50% for SC/ST/PwBD applicants

Age

The candidate must be between 21 to 30 years of age to be eligible to apply.

  • Upper age relaxations are applicable as follows -
CategoryRelaxations for upper age limit
OBC3 years
SC/ST/Ex-servicemen/Emergency Commissioned Officers5 years
PwBD (General)10 years
PwBD (OBC)13 years
PwBD (SC/ST)15 years

Application fee

CategoryApplication Fee + Intimation charges
SC/ST/PwBD₹ 150
Others₹ 800

Mode of payment: Master/Visa/Rupay Debit or Credit Cards or Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash cards/Mobile Wallets

How to Apply

  1. Visit the bank's website https://www.nabard.org/.
  2. Go to the "Career" Section and click on "Apply Online."
  3. Choose the "New Registration" option and enter Name, Contact details and email id. The website will generate a Registration Number and password. Note this down as your login credentials.
  4. Login using your credentials and start filling the application form.
  5. Verify the details before submitting the application.
  6. Proceed to upload Photo and Signature as per specifications.
  7. Preview your application and click on "Final Submit."
  8. Click on the "Payment" option and make the payment.
  9. Take a printout of the e-receipt and application form for future reference.

Admit Card

Candidates will have to download their admit cards for online examinations from the NABARD's website. You will also be intimated about the availability of admit cards via registered email/SMS. Candidates must produce admit card at the examination venue.

Candidates can now download theiur Call letters for Online preliminary examination by logging into their profile here-

  • Click here to download Call letter for recruitment of Assistant Manager in Grade A (RDBS/Rajbhasha)

Vacancy and Reserve list

Post/ DisciplineURSCSTOBCEWSTOTALPwBD
AM (RDBS)/ General311005220674-
AM (RDBS)/ Agriculture050201040113-
AM (RDBS)/ Agriculture Engineering0101-01-03-
AM (RDBS)/ Animal Husbandry0101-010104-
AM (RDBS)/ Fisheries0301-02-06-
AM (RDBS)/ Forestry0101---02-
AM (RDBS)/ Plantation/ Horticulture0201-020106-
AM (RDBS)/ Land development/ Soil Science01--01-02-
AM (RDBS)/ Water resources01--01-02-
AM (RDBS)/ Finance080301060321-
AM (RDBS)/ Computer/ IT0603-040215-
AM (RDBS) - Total602307441414807*
AM (Rajbhasha)020101-010501*

Selection Process

The selection will be in three phases-

  1. Preliminary Examination
  2. Mains Examination
  3. Interview

Examination Pattern

Preliminary examination structure for Grade A (RDBS/Rajbhasha):

SectionNumber of questionsMaximum marks
Reasoning2020
English3030
Computer Knowledge2020
Quantitative Aptitude2020
Decision Making1010
General Awareness2020
Economic & Social Issues4040
Agriculture & Rural Development with Emphasis on Rural India4040
TOTAL200200
  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • Reasoning, English, Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude and Decision-Making sections are qualifying in nature and will not be considered for merit.
  • Marks obtained in General Awareness, Economic & Social Issues, Agriculture & Rural Development with Emphasis on Rural India sections will be considered for merit.

Mains examination structure for Grade A:

Post: Generalist

PaperSubjectTypeNumber of questionsMaximum marksDuration
Paper-IGeneral EnglishDescriptive310090 minutes
Paper-IIEconomic & Social IssuesObjective305030 minutes
Economic & Social IssuesDescriptive6 (out of which 4 should be attempted)5090 minutes
  • Descriptive answers should be typed using a keyboard either in English or Hindi.

Post: Specialist

PaperSubjectTypeNumber of questionsMaximum marksDuration
Paper-IGeneral EnglishDescriptive310090 minutes
Paper-IIStream Specific paperObjective305030 minutes
Stream Specific paperDescriptive65090 minutes
  • Descriptive answers should be typed using a keyboard either in English or Hindi.

Post: Rajbhasha

PaperSubjectTypeNumber of questionsMaximum marksDuration
Paper-IGeneral EnglishDescriptive310090 minutes
Paper-IIStream Specific paperObjective305030 minutes
Stream Specific paperDescriptive6 (out of which 4 should be attempted)5090 minutes
  • Descriptive answers should be typed using a keyboard in Hindi.

Syllabus for Mains examination

Paper-I (General English) Syllabus for Grade A (RDBS/Rajbhasha)

The descriptive English paper aims to assess writing skills, including expressions and understanding the topic. The test includes Essay writing, Precis writing, Comprehension, Business Correspondence.

Paper-II Syllabus for Grade A

Result

The results will be announced after each stage on the official website of NABARD. Stay in touch with the website for updates.

Cut-off

The cut-off will be released section wise by the officials after conducting the online examination. Stay in touch with the website for updates.

Job Profile

For the post of Specialist:

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Identification and mapping of available resources.
  • Preparation of sectoral papers, State Focus papers, etc.
  • Attending to the requests of client institutions.
  • Providing expert views and consultancy on their respective specialisations.
  • Representation on various technical committees towards policy advocacy.
  • Providing suggestions and advice for effective policy formulations and business plans.
  • Monitoring proposals and developments.

Computer/ IT Specialist:

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Data Administration and Security.
  • Data Analytics, Networking and server management.
  • Application development.

Finance Specialist:

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Treasury management.
  • Risk management.
  • Handling of regulatory and statutory compliances for public issues, retail bonds, etc.

Salary

Starting basic pay of a Grade A Officer in NABARD is ₹ 28,150, and they will be eligible for various allowances. Currently, the initial monthly gross emoluments are approximately ₹ 70,000.

Exam Analysis

Preliminary examination: The test will have 200 objective questions to be completed in 120 minutes. All the questions will be Bilingual - Hindi and English except for the English language section. Economics & Social Issues section will focus mainly on Rural India. The agriculture & Rural Development section will also have an emphasis on Rural India.

Mains examination: The paper-II descriptive paper will contain six questions, out of which any four need to be answered for 15 marks and 2 for ten marks.

Preparation tips

  • Previous years question papers - links to last year's papers of NABARD Grade 'A' examination are given further below in the article. Solve these papers to get an idea of the pattern and type of questions.
  • For general awareness, make a habit of reading newspapers every day. The Hindu and Indian Express are recommended. Make a note of important events as you go.
  • Essay Writing - Before tackling an article, note the points you want to include in your report. Practise writing essays as you have to complete the rest of the questions in the stipulated time.
  • Take up mock tests to assess your level of preparation. It gives you a chance to work on areas in which you are lagging and improve the efficiency of your practice. Solving online mock tests will also help with time management skills.
  • For the Interview, Improve your speaking skills. Practice well structured and engaging answers to common questions about yourself like your motivation behind taking up the exam, your aim in life, etc.

Question papers

2015

2018

2019

2020

Recommended Books

English

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Objective General EnglishS.P. Bakshi/ Arihant Publication
Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionArun Sharma, Meenakshi

Reasoning

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Verbal and non-verbal reasoningRS Agarwal
A New Approach to ReasoningB.S. Sijwali

Quantitative Aptitude

Book nameAuthor/Publication
Fast Track Objective ArithmeticArihant
Quantitative AptitudeArun Sharma

General Awareness

Book nameAuthor/ Publication
Manorama Year Book 2017 (English/Hindi)-
Advanced Objective General knowledgeS. Chand

Study Plan

Syllabus: Covering all the topics in the syllabus is very important. The list is your guide. Keep the list of topics always with you and cross off the items on the list as you proceed.

Making notes: make notes as you proceed through the list. These notes should be crisp and to the point. Include mindmaps and flowcharts wherever appropriate. Use these notes for revision.

Revision: dedicate the last five days before the exam to go through your notes and practise more questions.

We hope this article gave you a headstart on your preparation. Go through the official notification carefully and stay updated with all the developments regarding the examination. We wish you All the Best!

Link to the Official Notification