NABARD Grade A Officer Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2019

NABARD Grade A Officer Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2019: National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development has released NABARD Grade A Officer Recruitment 2019 notification for the post of Assistant Manager to fill 79 vacancies. The selection for the post of NABARD Grade A Officer will be done through 3 stages ie. Preliminary Exam, Mains Exam and Interview. The Preliminary Exam is tentatively scheduled to be held on 15th and 16th June 2019. The details of NABARD Grade A Officer Exam pattern and syllabus are given below:

Name of the Post: Grade A Officer/ Assistant Manager

Post Date: 10/05/2019

No. of Vacancies: 79

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NABARD Grade A Officer Exam Pattern 2019 – Preliminary Exam

Sl.No.Subject (MCQ)No of QnsMax MarksDuration
1Test of Reasoning2020120 minutes
2English Language4040
3Computer Knowledge2020
4General Awareness2020
5Quantitative Aptitude2020
6Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)4040
7Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)4040


  • There shall be negative marking of 1/4th of the marks for each wrong answer.
  • There will be sectional as well as overall cut off for all topics.
  • The calling ratio for Main Exam shall be 1:25.

NABARD Grade A Officer Syllabus 2019 – Preliminary Exam

Test of Reasoning

  • Puzzle and Seating Arrangement (Tabular/ Circular Seating Arrangement/ Box Arrangement Puzzle/ Liner Puzzle etc)
  • Syllogism
  • Inequality
  • Coding- Decoding
  • Direction Sense
  • Blood Relation
  • Alphabets
  • Verbal / Logical Reasoning
  • Machine Input Output
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Miscellaneous etc

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Vocabulary based questions of synonyms and antonyms
  • Double Fillers
  • Spotting Errors
  • Phrase Replacement
  • Sentence Improvement
  • Para Jumbles
  • Close Test

Computer Knowledge

  • Fundamentals of Computer
  • History of Computer and its generations
  • Types of Computer
  • Computer Hardware
  • Input and Output Devices
  • Control Unit
  • Computer Software
  • Operating System (System and Application Software)
  • Programming Languages
  • Networking and Internet
  • MS Office and Short cut keys
  • Basics of DBMS
  • Number System and Conversions
  • Computer and Network Security
  • Artificial Intelligence

General Awareness

  • Current Affairs
  • Banking Awareness
  • Economic & Insurance Awareness

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation (Tabular/ Bar Graph/ Caselet/ Pie)
  • Quadratic Equation
  • Approximation
  • Number Series
  • Miscellaneous like CI, SI, Speed & Distance, Men & Work, Percentage, Ratio & Proportion,
  • Profit and Loss etc.

Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)

  • Indian Economy
  • Inflation
  • Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India
  • Population Trends
  • Government Schemes
  • Agriculture & Food Security (related institutions)
  • Industry & PSUs
  • Rural banking and financial institutions in India
  • International Funding Institutions like World bank, IMF, WTO etc.
  • Social Structure in India
  • Education in India
  • Social Justice
  • Indian Political Systems
  • Human Development
  • Current Economic & Social Issues

Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)

  • Classification of field crops.
  • Factors affecting on crop production
  • Agro Climatic Zones
  • Cropping Systems
  • Meteorology: Soil and Water Conservation, Water Resource, Farm and Agri Engineering, Plantation & Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Forestry, Agriculture Extensions, Ecology and Climate Change,  Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities.
  • Indian rural economy
  • Rural population in India and their Occupation
  • Rural development programmes & schemes

Note: For detailed syllabus refer mains exam syllabus of General Post.

NABARD Grade A Officer Exam Pattern 2019 – Mains Exam

PaperSubjectMax MarksDuration
Paper I (Descriptive)General English10090 minutes
Paper II (MCQ)For General: Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)10090 minutes
For Other Posts: Paper on related discipline
Total2003 hours


  • There shall be negative marking of 1/4th of the marks for each wrong answer.
  • There will be sectional as well as overall cut off for all topics.
  • The calling ratio for Interview shall be 1:5.

NABARD Grade A Officer Syllabus 2019 – Mains Exam


  • Essay, Précis writing, Comprehension and Business/Office Correspondence.
  • The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing skills including expressions and understanding the topic.


Economic & Social Issues:

  • Nature of Indian Economy – Structural and Institutional features – 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.
  • Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India – Rural and Urban – Measurement of Poverty – Poverty Alleviation Programmes of the Government.
  • Population Trends – Population Growth and Economic Development – Population Policy in India.
  • 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 – Industrial and Labour Policy – Industrial performance – Regional Imbalance in India’s Industrial Development – Public Sector Enterprises.
  • Rural banking and financial institutions in India – Reforms in Banking/ Financial sector.
  • Globalisation 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.
  • Education – Status & System of Education – Socio -Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy – Educational relevance and educational wastage – Educational Policy for India.
  • 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.

Agriculture & Rural Development:

  • Agriculture: definition, meaning and its branches,
  • Agronomy: definition, meaning and scope of agronomy.
  • 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;
    a) Soil and Water Conservation : Major soil types, soil fertility, fertilisers, soil erosion, soil conservation, watershed management;
    b) Water Resource: Irrigation Management: types of irrigation, sources of irrigation, crop-water requirement, command area development, water conservation techniques, micro-irrigation, irrigation pumps, major, medium and minor irrigation.
    c) Farm and Agri Engineering : Farm Machinery and Power, Sources of power on the farm- human, animal, mechanical, electrical, wind, solar and biomass, bio fuels, water harvesting structures, farm ponds, watershed management, Agro Processing, Controlled and modified storage, perishable food storage, godowns, bins and grain silos.
    d) Plantation & Horticulture: Definition, meaning and its branches. Agronomic practices and production technology of various plantation and horticulture crops. Post-harvest management, value and supply chain management of Plantation and Horticulture crops.
    e) Animal Husbandry: Farm animals and their role in Indian economy, Animal husbandry methods in India, common terms pertaining to different species of livestock, Utility classification of breeds of cattle. Introduction to common feeds and fodders, their classification and utility. Introduction to poultry industry in India (past, present and future status), Common terms pertaining to poultry production and management. Concept of mixed farming and its relevance to socio-economic conditions of farmers in India. Complimentary and obligatory nature of livestock and poultry production with that of agricultural farming.
    f) Fisheries: Fisheries resources, management and exploitation – freshwater, brackish water and marine; Aquaculture- Inland and marine; biotechnology; post-harvest technology. Importance of fisheries in India. Common terms pertaining to fish production.
    g) 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.
    h) Agriculture Extensions: Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programmes, Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) in dissemination of Agricultural technologies.
    i) 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.
    j) Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities; recent trends, major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance viability of agriculture. 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.
  • Rural Development: Concept of Rural Area, Structure of the Indian Rural Economy-Importance and role of the rural sector in India- Economic, Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economy, causes of rural backwardness.
  • Rural population in India;
  • Occupational structure, Farmers, Agricultural Labourers, Artisans, Handicrafts, Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes and others in rural IndiaTrends 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.


  • Forage Production : Soils, soil fertility and fertilizers, irrigation methods and practices, agronomic practices of fodder crops, crop rotations and intensity, grasses and grasslands, silvipastoral systems, silage and hay making.
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding : Basic concept of gene, laws of inheritance, linkage maps, sex determination, chromosomal aberration, gene mutation, systems of breeding, mating systems, heritability, repeatability and selection in animal breeding, size index, population genetics, gene type and phenotypic variation.
  • Physiology of Reproduction and Lactation : Male and female reproductive systems, spermato-genesis, oestrous cycle, symptoms of heat, semen collection, evaluation and preservation, artificial insemination, fertilization and embryo transfer, pregnancy and lactation, structure of mammary gland, milk synthesis and milk ejection.
  • Animal Nutrition : Composition of animal body, metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, macro and micro elements in nutrition, vitamins and hormones in nutrition, digestion, nutritive value, nutritional requirements, rumen metabolism, calf feeding, feed formulation and feeding patterns utilisation of crop residues and industrial byproducts.
  • Animal Health : Morphology, reproduction, life history and mode of infection of the livestock parasites – Tryonasoma, Babesis, Coccidia, Schistosoma, Trichomonas, Liver Flukes. Life history of insects such as flies, lice, ticks and mites and their importance in livestock farming. Major diseases of livestock, preventive and curative measures for their control.
  • Poultry Production : Breeds of poultry – genetic principles – selection methods – mating systems – economic traits – poultry production systems and management of feeding, disease control and marketing of poultry products – other species – quails, ducks and guinea fowl.
  • Other Species of Livestock (Sheep, Goat, Pig and Rabbit) : Important breeds – production systems, management – feeding – disease control – marketing.
  • Meat and Meat Products : Production of meat – composition and characteristics of good meat – slaughter houses meat inspection – preservation of meat – meat by-products and its utilization.
  • Dairy Management and Economics : Principles of management of farm and labour, various classes of farm stock, sanitation in dairy farm and water, disposal of sewage and clean milk production, management functions, factors affecting farm efficiency, farm planning and budgeting, resource allocation, economic consideration of herd size, milk production, cost of inputs, labour efficiency.
  • Dairy Science :
     Composition of milk and factors affecting its legal standards for milk in India, physical properties and nutrition value of milk. Chemistry of lipids, protein and lactose, vitamins in milk and mineral balance.
     Type of micro-organisms in milk and their morphological characteristics, milk borne diseases. Hygienic milk production, growth of bacteria in milk, milk fermentation, bacteriological grading in milk, indigenous milk products – manufacturing process, chemical composition and microbiology of products like khoa, burfi, channa, paneer, shrikhand.
     Western milk products – Manufacturing process of products like skim milk / whole milk powder, cheese, ghee, table butter, baby food, ice cream. Chemical composition of various products and fermented milk.
     Variation in milk composition in relation to species, storage and heat treatment, bacteriology of starter cultures, fermented milks, condensed milk and dried milks.
     Milk procurement methods, price fixation and marketing of milk and milk products.
  • Dairy Technology: Physical Chemistry of Milk – The physical composition of milk of different species and its various properties like density, viscosity etc. Milk Production Management & Dairy Development: Production of milk and the management and development of dairy products.
  • Fluid Mechanics: Units, dimensions and properties of the fluids.
  • Fundamentals of Microbiology: The concept, scope and history of Microbiology.
  • Elementary Mathematics: Basic concepts of mathematics that are elementary to
    the daily working life of a dairy technology personnel.
  • Market Milk: Market of milk in India and several countries and the proper way to
    manufacture different kinds of milk.
  • Introductory Dairy Microbiology: The complex microbiology of milk and the
    importance and the ways of hygienic milk production.
  • Chemistry of Milk: Definition and structure of milk, factors affecting
    composition of milk, its nomenclature and classification of milk proteins.
  • Condensed & Dried Milks: Status and scope of condensed and dried milk in
    India and abroad, along with definition and legal standards of condensed milk,
    sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk.
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning: The basic refrigeration cycles and concepts
    required for the various kinds of milk.
  • Dairy Engineering: The basic engineering concepts being made used in the
    various dairy manufacturing processes.


Section I : Economics

  • Micro Economics : Theory of Consumer Behaviour, Theory of Firm, Theory of Markets, Theory of Distribution and General Equilibrium.
  • Macro Economics : National Income Accounting, Macro Economic stabilization policies, Fiscal and Monetary Policies, – Classical, Keynesian and Monetarists, Rational Expectation and Supply side Economics, Public Finance – Theory of Taxation, Expenditure and Borrowing / Debt.
  • Economics of Development and Planning – Theory of Growth and Development, Regional Imbalances, Planning – Types, Models and Evaluation of Plans, Project Economics, and Economic and Financial sector reforms.
  • International Economics – Theories of trade, Foreign Exchange Market, Balance of
    Payments, International Monetary System and WTO.
  • Money and Banking

Section II : Agricultural Economics

  • Basic principles of Farm Management
  • Role of Agriculture in Economic Development
  • Factor Market – Land Market, Labour Market, including wages and capital Market
  • Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Prices and Terms of Trade
  • Rural Credit Structure – Formal and Informal, Capital Formation in Agriculture
  • Development Programmes including Poverty Alleviation and Rural Employment
  • Agricultural Policy and planning

Section III : Elementary Statistics for Economics

  • Measures of central tendency and dispersion- correlation, regression, Time-series analysis and index number
  • Theory of Probability, Sampling theory, Sampling Design and its application
  • Statistical Inference and Estimation, Statistical Tools and their application in Economic Analysis and Input – Output Analysis.


  • Ecology and its scope, bio-echers, habitat, niche, limiting factors, concept of ecosystem, abiotic, and biotic components, energy flow through ecosystem, food chain, food web, biomass, primary and secondary production, gross and net production – quantification (energy budget 10% net commercial production), pattern of primary production and biomass in the major ecosystem of the world, nutrient budget, man’s impact on nutrient cycles.
  • Ecosystems of the world, distinguishing characters of forests, grasslands, arid lands and wet lands. Ecological succession, types of successions, climate, factor and acclimatization, agricultural practices, land use pattern.
  • Population growth, dynamics, species interactions – inter and intra specific competition symbiosis, commensalism, parasitism, prey-predator intersections.
  • Types of forests in India and their coverage statistics – forest degradation problems caused by deforestation, bio-diversity, threats to bio-diversity, wild life conservation biosphere reserves, national parks, sanctuaries.
  • Definition and Sources of Pollution :
  • Type and sources of primary and secondary air pollutants, atmospheric dispersion – distribution and transport of pollutants, influence of micrometrological parameters, effects of fog and smoke. Pollutants on plants, human beings, animals and non-living projects, air pollution control approaches, acid rain, causes and consequences.
  • Sources and types of water pollution, eutrophication, environmental consequences and health effects of water pollution, water quality, DO BOD COD of water pollution.
  • Pesticides pollution and its ecological consequences, treatment methods in water pollution, control.
  • General ideas of environmental legislation – EPA (EPA-Environmental Protection Act, 1956), water and air pollution legislation.
  • Sources of soil pollution, harmful effects, problems and methods of solid waste disposal.
  • Energy and environment renewable and non-renewable energy sources, causes of energy crisis, fuel wood crisis, bio-gas, non-conventional energy, sources, solar, wind, etc. potential advantage limitation.
  • Relationship between development and environmental impact. Concept in EIA, methodology, impact identification, EIA of thermal, power projects, mining hydro electric projects, irrigation projects, etc., agricultural practices.
  • Green house gases, global warming, climate change and ozone depletion, status in Indian sub-continent.

NABARD Grade A Officer Exam Pattern 2019 – Interview

  • Marks for Interview : 25 Marks

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