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If you have applied for NABARD Recruitment 2016 for the posts of Assistant Manager and Manager. It is time to prepare NABARD Exam with every effort to qualify in the Online Exams which will be conducted by NABARD after few days (all you need is described below).

NABARD Exam Preparation

To do the best result in any comparative exam, Specially NABARD Exam, you should have the knowledge of the examination procedure or Exam Pattern, The study materials, previous exam papers, Exam Syllabus, Books to study for the Exam as well as the easiest way to crack the examination at first. With a details knowledge about syllabus you can prepare yourself with less effort to qualify better ( all the details are described below).Read Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture for NABARD Exam 

Selection Procedure:

NABARD Bank exam will be held in three (03) phases  and you should qualify in every phase.


Phase I Preliminary Examination: The phase I Exam is common to both Assistant Managers in Grade 'A'  and Managers in Grade 'B'.

In this phase of exam you should answer the questions in an online process.
The Preliminary Examination is only qualifying in nature and is meant to serve as a screening test. Candidates who qualify and rank sufficiently high as decided by NABARD Bank, shall be called for appearing in the Main Examination.


Part I
i) Test of Reasoning –       40 marks

ii) English Language –        40 marks
iii) Computer Knowledge – 20 marks
iv) General Awareness –    20 marks
v) Quantitative Aptitude –30 marks

Part II
i)Eco. & Social issues - 25 marks
ii)Agri. & Rural Dev. -   25 marks

There will be Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions for total  200 marks and time will be given only 120 Minutes.

Phase II – Main Examination: Aim of this NABARD Main exam is to check your knowledge on Indian Economic and Social Issues, Indian Agriculture and Indian Rural Development and  your ability of analytical and drafting in English.

NABARD  phase II Exam will consist of two papers.
  • One Paper in Multiple Choice Questions pattern and 
  • One Paper in descriptive format in English

Paper-I : Writing skills online through key board for both the categories

General English: (Descriptive) The paper will have descriptive questions carrying 100 marks.
Duration: 1 ½ hrs

In NABARD Exam, the analytical and drafting ability of the candidate shall be assessed from the Descriptive English paper through essay writing, comprehension, report writing, paragraph writing & Letter writing. See below-

Paper–II :MCQ for both the categories

NABARD Economic and Social Issues and Agriculture and Rural Development
Time will be given 1 ½ hrs. for 100 marks.



Paper III : This MCQ paper is only for NABARD Managers in Grade ‘B’ (RDBS)

Analytical Paper on Development Economics, Statistics, Finance and Management for 100 marks and Duration: 1 ½ hrs. 

Phase III - Interview :

If you qualify in the NABARD Phase-II Examination and secure sufficiently high rank in merit then you will be short-listed for interview. Marks for NABARD Interview is allotted 25 for Assistant Managers and 40 for Managers. So, you must prepare for Interview Questions for NABARD too.

All question papers (in both phases) except the test of English, will be set bilingually in Hindi and English

The final selection and ranking of the applicants for the post of Assistant Manager (Grade ‘A’) in RDBS and Manager in Grade ‘B’ (RDBS) will be based on their performance in the Phase-II Main Examination and interview, taken together.

Details Syllabus for NABARD (PHASE II) Descriptive Examination :

Paper I : for NABARD Assistant Managers and NABARD Managers
  •  English: Essay, PrĂ©cis writing, Comprehension and Business/Office Correspondence.
Paper II : for NABARD Assistant Managers and NABARD Managers

Syllabus for NABARD Phase II- Paper II
  • Economic and Social Issues in India : we should know the Nature of Indian Economy its Structural and Institutional features and reasons of INDIAN Economic underdevelopment.  Opening up the Indian Economy - Globalisation - Economic Reforms in India - Privatisation. Inflation - Trends in Inflation & their Impact on National Economy and Individual Income. Give spl attention to Nature of Indian Economy - structural and institutional features - economic underdevelopment etc.
The Indian Economy, Its development and Experiance, arrives as a comprehensive solution for you. Economics and subjects related to the Indian Economy have always been quite tedious to learn. with their terms and terminologies always being complex, there has always been a lookout for a book that can simplify and help us understand the concepts; and this book is the convenient solution for candidates to gain knowledge about the Indian Economy.


  • Objectives of Indian Economy is an important subject to study for NABARD Exam.
  • Planning Evaluation of Indian Planning Poverty -Alleviation and Employment Generation in India - Rural and Urban - Measurement of Poverty - Poverty Alleviation Programmes of Indian Government. 
  • Population Trends In India - Population Growth and Economic Development in India - Population Policy in India. Indian Agriculture - Characteristics / Status - Technical and Institutional changes in Indian Agriculture - Agricultural performance - Issues in Food Security in India - Non Institutional and Institutional Agencies in rural credit. 
  • Industry - Indian Industrial and Labour Policy - Industrial performance - Regional Imbalance in India's Industrial Development - Public Sector Enterprises is important to study for NABARD Main Exam.
  • Rural Marketing Development of banking and financial institutions in India - Reforms in Banking/ Financial sector. Globalization of Economy - Role of International Funding Institutions - IMF & World Bank - WTO - Regional Economic Co-operation. 
  • Social Structure in India - Multiculturalism - Demographic trends - Urbanisation and Migration - Gender Issues Joint family system - Social Infrastructure - Education - Health and Environment. 
  • For Education section of NABARD Exam, you should study, Indian Education Status & System - Socio -Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy - Educational relevance and educational wastage in India - Educational Policy for India. 
  • When Preparing NABARD Exam, study about Social Justice: Problems of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes - socio-economic programmes for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and other backward classes. Positive Discrimination in favour of the under privileged - Social Movements - Indian Political Systems - Human Development. Current Economic & Social Issues.


Section II-
  • Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities :According to Krishijagaran "The Indian agriculture sector accounts for 13.9 per cent of India's gross domestic product (GDP) and employs just a little less than 54.6 per cent of the country's workforce. The Department of Agriculture and Cooperation under the Ministry of Agriculture is the nodal organisation responsible for the development of the agriculture sector in India. The Immediate challenge to the Ministry of Agriculture when the new Government had taken over, is to sustain the increasing agricultural output of the country in this year 2014-15". In India, Recent trends, major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance viability of agriculture. Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities and Recent trends, major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance viability of agriculture are important subject to prepare for NABARD Exam .
    • Factors of Production in agriculture; Agricultural Finance and Marketing; Impact of Globalization on Indian Agriculture and issues of Food Security
    • Concept and Types of Farm Management. Agriculture: definition, meaning and its branches, Agronomy: definition, meaning and scope of agronomy. 
    Indian Agriculture - Challenges of Globalisation :The largest portion of the natural resources of India consists of land and by far the largest number of its inhabitants is engaged in agriculture holds a position of basic importance. Agricultural sector occupies a key position in the Indian economy and provides employment to about 65 per cent of the working population of India.

    • Classification of field crops. Factors affecting on crop production, Agro Climatic Zones; Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems.
    •  Problems of dry land agriculture; Seed production, seed processing, seed village; Meteorology: weather parameters, crop-weather advisory; Precision Farming, System of Crop Intensification, organic farming
    • Soil and Water Conservation : For NABARD Exam you should give special attention to Soil and Water Conservation. Major soil types, soil fertility, fertilisers, soil erosion, soil conservation, watershed management
    • Water Resource: Irrigation Management: types of irrigation, sources of irrigation, cropwater requirement, command area development etc.
    • Plantation & Horticulture 
    • Animal Husbandry : Farm animals and their role in Indian economy, Animal husbandry methods in India, common terms pertaining to different species of livestock, 
    • Fisheries : Fisheries resources, management and exploitation - freshwater, brackishwater and marine; Aquaculture- Inland and marine; biotechnology; postharvest technology. Importance of fisheries in India. Common terms pertaining to fish production.
    • Forestry : Basic concepts of Forest and Forestry. Principles of silviculture, forest mensuration, forest management and forest economics. Concepts of social forestry, agroforestry, joint forest management. Forest policy and legislation in India, India State of Forest Report 2015. Recent developments under Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
    • Agricultural extensions: Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programmes, Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra's (KVK) in dissemination of Agricultural technologies.
    You can study Modernizing Indian Agriculture in 21st Century: Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies : The book is divided in four different sections. First section deals with lead papers; section with technology; Third section with technology dissemination and the last with technology utilization. The major recommendations will leas to further thinking by policy makers, researchers and extension scientists. This book will be useful to Policy Makers, Researchers, Extension Scientists, extension functionaries and students.

    • Ecology and Climate Change: Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources, their sustainable management and conservation. Causes of climate change, Green House Gases (GHG), major GHG emitting countries, climate analysis, distinguish between adaptation and mitigation, climate change impact to agriculture and rural livelihood, carbon credit, IPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetings, funding mechanisms for climate change projects, initiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, INDC
    • Rural Development: Concept of Rural Area, Structure of the Indian Rural Economy-Importance and role of the rural sector in India- Know the Economic, Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economy and main reasons for causes of Rural Backwardness. Rural population in India; Occupational structure, Farmers, Agricultural Labourers, Artisans, Handicrafts, Economic, Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economy must be studied for NABARD Exam. Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes and others in rural India- Trends of change in rural population and rural work force; problems and conditions of rural labour; Issues and challenges in Handlooms Panchayati Raj Institutions – Functions and Working. MGNREGA, NRLM – Aajeevika, Rural Drinking water Programmes, Swachh Bharat, Rural housing, PURA and other rural development programmes. Rural Credit System, Role of Rural Credit in Rural Development. Evolution and Growth of Rural Credit System in India. Role and functions of RBI, NABARD, SIDBI and other financial institutions. Study Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economy.
    Paper III – Analytical Paper on Development Economics, Statistics, Finance and Management (For Grade ‘B’ Examination):

    • Development Economics: Measures of development, Economic Development Models, role of subsidies, importance of savings and investment, Importance of agriculture, Terms of trade in agriculture, Development issues in India – Post 2015 Agenda.
    • Statistics: Basic statistical concepts, Summarizing of data, Frequency distribution, Measures of Central Tendency, Relative dispersion, Elementary Probability, Relative Frequency Approach, sampling, Axiomatic Approach, Analysis of frequency distribution, Correlation, Regression, Sampling Methods, Time Series Analysis.
    • Finance: Financial system in India; Regulation of Banks & Financial Institutions, Banking and financial Institutions in India; financial system- features, characteristics and issues; Micro finance, its significance and importance; Union Budget; Project finance- Assessment and Sources for block capital, working capital, Infrastructure financing- Risk Management in Banking Sector, Sources of capital, instruments and methods, salient features; Development finance- scope and needs of development finance; Concept of project cycle management Private and Social Cost Benefit significance of development finance, , Financial Inclusion – Use of Technology, Public Private Partnership,
    • Management: Management: its nature and scope; The Management Processes; Planning, Organisation, Staffing, Directing and Controlling; The Role of a Manager in an Organisation. a) Leadership b) Human Resource Development c) Communication: Steps in the Communication Process; Communication Channels; Oral versus Written Communication; Verbal versus non-verbal Communication; Role of Information Technology ETC.
    Now you have got all the information regarding NABARD Syllabus for the Recruitment in 2016. Study according to the syllabus described above to prepare for the exam that will be conducted by the Bank and read the books from now. Don't be late. For SSC CGL Preparation, Read my Guide and score good marks.

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