NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024

NABARD  Grade A Recruitment 2024 National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development(NABARD) will publish the NABARD Development Assistant Vacancy 2024 Notification its official website www.nabard.org. This post is not filled on regular basis therefore a lot of candidates have been waiting for NABARD Development Assistant Recruitment 2024 Notification. NABARD is expected to publish the NABARD Development Assistant Recruitment 2024 Updates in the 2nd week of September 2024. In this article, applicants can check all the necessary details related to NABARD Development Assistant Vacancy 2024.

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024

The National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development will publish the NABARD Development Assistant Notification for the vacancy of assistants in various branches of NABARD across the country. The total number of vacancies will be revealed after the official NABARD Development Notification 2024 is published. In this article, we have provided all the details related to NABARD Development Assistant Vacancy 2024 like important dates, age limit, education qualification, application fees, etc.

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024: Overview

NABARD National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development conducts an annual exam to recruit Grade A officers in different departments. Get a glimpse of the major highlights of NABARD Grade A in the table given below.

Particulars  NABARD Grade A Major Highlights
Exam Name NABARD Grade A
Exam Conducting Body NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development)
NABARD Grade A No. of Vacancies 150+ Posts
NABARD Grade A Selection Process NABARD Grade A Prelims, Mains & Interview
NABARD Grade A Official Website www.nabard.org
NABARD Grade A Age Limit 21-30 years
NABARD Grade A Application Mode Online
NABARD Grade A Application Start Date September 2024
NABARD Grade A Last Date to Apply September 2024

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024: Vacancies

NABARD Grade Notification for 150 posts released on September 1,  2023. We can expect the total number of posts for Grade A officers in 2024 may be 150+ posts. Check out the Table below to get detailed information on the number of vacancies.

Discipline UR SC ST OBC EWS Total
General 31 11 09 18 08 77
Computer/ Information Technology 16 06 01 14 03 40
Finance 03 04 01 05 02 15
Company Secretary 02 01 03
Civil Engineering 01 01 01 03
Electrical Engineering 01 01 01 03
Geo Informatics 02 02
Forestry 01 01 02
Food Processing 01 01 02
Statistics 02 02
Mass Communication/Media Specialist 01 01
Total 61 22 12 41 14 150

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024 – Educational Qualification

The post-wise educational criteria for NABARD Grade A are stated below.

Discipline Educational Qualification
General Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from any recognized University/Institution with a minimum of 60% marks (SC/ ST/ PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate OR Post Graduate
degree, MBA/PGDM with a minimum of 55% marks (SC/ ST/ PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate OR CA/ CS/ICWA OR Ph.D from Institutions recognized by GOI/UGC.
Computer/Information Technology Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science/ Computer Technology/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology from any recognized University/Institution with 60% marks (SC/ ST/ PWBD applicants 55%) in aggregate OR Post Graduate degree in Computer Science/ Computer Technology/ Computer Applications/ Information Technology with 55% marks (SC/ ST/ PWBD applicants 50%) in aggregate from a
recognized University/Institution.
Finance BBA (Finance/Banking) / BMS (Finance/Banking) with 60% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate from Universities / Institutions recognized by GoI /UGC
OR
Two years full-time P.G. Diploma in Management (Finance) / Full-time MBA (Finance) /MMS (Finance) degree with 55% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate from
Universities/ Institutions recognized by GoI /UGC with a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline. Candidates will be required to submit a certificate from a University/ Institution regarding specialization in finance
OR
Bachelor of Financial and Investment Analysis with 60% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants -55%) in aggregate from University/ Institution recognized by GoI /UGC
OR
Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University/Institution with Membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) OR CFA Institute. The
Membership of ICAI must have been obtained on or before the reference date
OR
Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University/Institution with Membership of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ACMA/FCMA) & ICWA. The Membership of ICAI must have been obtained on or before the reference date.
Company Secretary Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University/Institution with Associate membership of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). The Membership of ICSI must have been obtained on or before the reference date.
Civil Engineering Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from any recognized University/Institution with a minimum of 60% marks (SC/PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate OR Post Graduate
degree in Civil Engineering with a minimum of 55% marks (SC/PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution
Electrical Engineering Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from a recognized University/Institution with 60% marks (PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate OR Postgraduate degree in Electrical Engineering with 55% marks (PWBD applicants – 50%)in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution.
Geo Informatics BE/B.Tech/BSC degree in Geoinformatics from any recognized University/Institution with 60% marks (PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate OR ME/M.Tech/MSc degree in Geoinformatics with a minimum of 55% marks (PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution.
Forestry Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from a recognized University/Institution with 60% marks (ST/PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate OR Post graduate degree in Forestry with 55% marks (ST/PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution.
Food Processing Bachelor’s degree in Food Processing/Food Technology from a recognized University/Institution with 60% marks (PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate OR Post graduate degree in Food Processing /Food Technology with 55% marks (PWBD applicants 50%) in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution.
Statistics Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics from a recognized University/Institution with 60% marks (PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate OR Post Graduate degree in Statistics with a
minimum of 55% marks (PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate from a recognized University/ Institution.
Mass Communication/Media Specialist Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media/ Communication/ Journalism/ Advertising & Public Relations from a recognized University/ Institution with 60% marks (PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate
OR Postgraduate degree in Mass Media/ Communication/ Journalism/ Advertising & Public Relations from a recognized University/Institution with 55% marks (PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate.
OR
Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University/Institution with a minimum of 60% marks (PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate with Post graduate diploma in Mass Media/ Communication/ Journalism/ Advertising & Public Relations/ with 55% marks (PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution.

 

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024 – Selection Process

The candidates will be selected on the basis of three stages. These are:

  • Phase 1 (Prelims)
  • Phase 2 (Mains)
  • Interview

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024 – Important Dates

We have kept the complete timeline for the NABARD Grade A 2024 & 2023 cycles in the table below. Do check it out.

Events Important Dates (2024) Important Dates (2023)
Notification Release Date To be Updated 2nd September 2023
Application Start Date To be Updated 2nd September 2023
Application End Date To be Updated 23rd September 2023
Phase 1 Admit Card Release Date To be Updated 9th October 2023
Phase 1 Exam Date To be Updated 16th October 2023
Phase 1 Result To be Updated 4th November 2023
Phase 2 Admit Card Release Date To be Updated 10th November 2023
Phase 2 Exam Date To be Updated 19th November 2023
Phase 2 Result To be Updated 22nd December 2023
Interview Date To be Updated To be Updated
Final Result To be Updated To be Updated

 

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024 – Age Limit

The candidates must note that they must be between 21 and 30 years of age for RDBS. The reference date for the age limit was 1st September 2023 for the year 2023. For 2024, the reference date will be announced along with the NABARD Grade A 2024 Notification.

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024: Exam Pattern (Phase 1: Prelims)

The candidates must note that a composite time of 120 minutes will be given for all the tests together. The paper will be conducted bilingually except for the English language. Also, note that there are some qualifying sections and some merit sections. The aspirants must note that the marks scored in the Merit section will only be considered.

i) Qualifying Section – Test of Reasoning, English Language, Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude & Decision Making

ii) Merit Section – General Awareness, Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India), Agriculture & Rural Development with Emphasis on Rural India.

Name of the Test No. of Questions Maximum Marks
Test of Reasoning 20 20
English Language 30 30
Computer Knowledge 20 20
Quantitative Aptitude 20 20
Decision Making 10 10
General Awareness 20 20
Economic & Social Issues (with a focus on Rural India) 40 40
Agriculture & Rural Development (with emphasis on Rural India) 40 40
Total 200 200

 

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024: Exam Pattern (Phase 2: Mains)

Only those candidates who will qualify the prelims will be eligible for the mains. Check out the post-wise mains exam pattern below.

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024: Exam Pattern (Mains, Generalist Officers)

For the post of Generalist Officer, below is the exam pattern.

Paper Grade A No of Questions Marks Duration Remarks
Paper- I General English
(Online Descriptive)
3 100 90 Min. Descriptive Answers are to be typed using a keyboard
Paper-II ESI & ARD
(Objective)
30 50 30 Min.
Paper-II ESI & ARD (Descriptive) 6 Questions (Out of 6, only 4 questions must be attempted)
{2 of 15 marks each with difficulty level & 2 of 10 marks each}
50 90 mins Descriptive Answers are to be typed using a keyboard either in English or Hindi (Remington and Inscript keyboards)

 

NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern (Mains, Specialist Officers)

For the post of Specialist Officer, below is the exam pattern.

Paper Grade A Number of Questions Marks Duration Remarks
Paper I General English
(Online Descriptive)
 3 100 90 Minutes Descriptive Answers are to be typed using a keyboard
 Paper II Stream Specific Paper
(Objective)
30 50 30 Minutes
Paper-II Stream Specific Paper (Descriptive) 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 Descriptive
Answers to be
typed using
keyboard
either in
English or
Hindi
(Remington
and Inscript
keyboards)

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024 – Salary

The candidates who will be finally selected will draw a starting basic pay of Rs. 44500/- p.m.
in the scale of Rs. 44500 – 2500 (4) – 54500 – 2850 (7) – 74450 – EB – 2850 (4)
– 85850 – 3300 (1) – 89150 (17 Years) applicable to Officers in Grade ‘A’ and they will be eligible for Dearness Allowance, Local Compensatory Allowance, House Rent Allowance, and Grade Allowance as per rules in force from time to time. At present, initial monthly gross emoluments are approximately Rs. 1,00,000/-.

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024:  Phase 1 Syllabus

The NABARD Grade A notification does not provide a definitive syllabus for Phase 1. However, it does list down the topics for ESI and ARD. Additionally, the syllabus for ESI and ARD remains the same for Phase 1 and 2.

We have done a thorough analysis of the previous year questions for Reasoning, General Awareness, English, Computer Knowledge, Decision Making, and Quantitative Aptitude to list down the syllabus topics for these subjects.

 

Reasoning Syllabus

The following are the important topics for Reasoning:

  • Alphanumeric series
  • Coding and Decoding
  • Syllogism
  • Direction Sense
  • Inequality
  • Ranking and Order
  • Blood Relation
  • Puzzles and sitting arrangement
  • Input-output
  • Questions based on Statements
  • Questions based on Data Sufficiency

Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Syllabus

Below listed are the important topics for Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Percentage
  • Profit and Loss
  • Simple and Compound Interest
  • Questions on Average and Age
  • Time and Work
  • Pipes and Cistern
  • Time and Distance
  • Mixture and Alligation
  • Questions on Series and Quadratic equation
  • Mathematical Inequalities
  • Number series
  • Data interpretation
  • Simplification/approximation
  • Quantity comparisons

English Syllabus

Here are the important topics for Phase 1 English:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Rearrangement
  • Cloze Test
  • Para jumbles
  • Double fillers
  • Error Detection and Sentence Improvement
  • Vocabulary (Synonyms, Antonyms, One-word Substitution, Phrasal verbs)

General Awareness (GA) Syllabus

Based on past year exam analysis of NABARD Grade A, the following topics are most frequently asked from General Awareness section:

  • Current affairs of the preceding 6 months from the date of examination
  • National News: MoUs, summits and major events related to India.
  • International: Summits and conferences held abroad.
  • Defence: Military exercises, drills and major updates related to the defence sector of India.
  • Days in News: Major events or days, along with its date, and theme.
  • Persons in News: Obituaries, appointments, retirements
  • Sports: Major tournaments and its winners.
  • Science, Technology and Space
  • Awards and honours
  • Environment
  • Banking, Economy and Schemes
  • Books and Authors
  • Static GA: Chief Ministers and Cabinet Ministers, National Parks and Sanctuaries, Organisations’ Headquarters, Banks’ Headquarters and Taglines, Power Plants in India, Indian Dance Forms, Countries’ Capitals and their Currencies.

Decision Making Syllabus

Here are the important topics for the section on Decision Making.

  • Basics of Decision Making
  • Types of Decision Making
  • Decision Making Models
  • Decision Making Approaches
  • Factors Affecting Decision Making
  • Types of Problems Decision Making

Computer Knowledge Syllabus

Candidates are not expected to build a thorough expert knowledge of computers. But, they should be aware of the basic topics, such as,

  • Computer Awareness
  • Hardware and Memory
  • Software and Operating Systems
  • MS Office
  • Database Management System
  • Internet and Computer Security
  • History and Computer & Generations
  • Shortcuts

Let’s now break down the syllabus for ESI and ARD. Remember that for these two subjects i.e. ESI and ARD, the syllabus for Phase 1 and 2 remains the same, however, Phase 1 questions are objective in nature whereas Phase 2 is 50% objective and 50% descriptive.

Economics and Social Issues (ESI) Syllabus

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-operationGlobalisation of Economy
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 underprivileged
Social Movements (static and current affairs; reports, schemes, government announcements)
Indian Political Systems
Human Development
Current Economic and Social Issues

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024: Phase 2 Syllabus

The syllabus for Phase II (Mains) is given below.

Paper 1: Descriptive English

The English paper for Phase 2 is of a descriptive nature. Two quick advice for candidates here would be to practise answer writing and improve their typing speed for the various questions under this paper, i.e.,

  1. Essay
  2. Précis writing
  3. Comprehension
  4. Letter Writing
  5. Report and Answer Writing

The descriptive English paper is designed to assess the writing skills including the candidate’s ability to express their thoughts and how clearly they are able to convey their understanding of the given/chosen topic.

Paper 2: Economic and Social Issues (ESI) and Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD)

As previously mentioned, the syllabus of Paper II is the same as the syllabus of ESI & ARD in Phase 1.

Now that we have comprehensively covered the detailed syllabus for the NABARD Grade A exam, let’s point out important topics for various paper topics.

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024: Syllabus Change

There has been no recent change in the given syllabus of ESI and ARD. However, the syllabus for the different subjects remains indicative and not exhaustive in nature. This means that questions may be asked from topic areas related to what has been mentioned or not clearly mentioned in the syllabus.

Candidates are advised to refer to the PYQs to develop a thorough understanding of the topic areas, important topics, weightage of different topics, etc.

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024: Important Topics

Our list of the important topics for the phase 1 and phase 2 syllabus have been filtered out based on the question weightage of various topics in PYQs.

Phase Section Important Topics
Phase 1 Reasoning Seating Arrangement
Puzzles
Inequality
Syllogism
Quantitative Aptitude Number Series
Data Interpretation
Quadratic Equations
Word Problem
Computer Knowledge Microsoft Office
Computer Network
Computer Organisation and Data Processing Cycle
MemorySoftware
English Reading Comprehension
Sentence Rearrangement
Cloze Test
Para jumbles
Double fillers
Error Detection and Sentence Improvement
Vocabulary (Synonyms, Antonyms, One-word Substitution, Phrasal verbs)
Decision Making Basics of Decision Making
Types of Decision Making
Decision Making Approaches
Types of Problems in Decision Making
General Awareness Books + Authors
Sports: Winners, Loosers, Venues
Partnerships with Govt. or International Organisations
Defence: Military Exercise, Equipment
Govt. Launches: Bodies, Courses, Projects, Infrastructure
Phase 1 + 2 Economic and Social Issues Government Schemes
Reports/Indices
ESI Current Affairs
ESI Static
Agriculture and Rural Development Agronomy
Farming System
Soil and Water Conservation
Plantation and Horticulture
Animal Husbandry
Fisheries
Agriculture Engineering
ARD Current Affairs
Phase 2 Descriptive English Precis/Essay topics are a mix of environmental and economic issues relating to ESI and ARD syllabus. For letter-writing, you write to official authorities addressing an issue.

Important Note: It is essential to have a holistic learning approach when covering the syllabus of ESI and ARD. For example, current and static affairs topics for ESI and ARD will also help you with the General Awareness and Descriptive English sections.

NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2024: Interview Syllabus

The final phase of the interview does not have a defined syllabus. However, you do need a strategy to ace the interview.

Building a Strategy

Following are 3 quick tips to remember when preparing your strategy for the interview,

  1. Be clear about the organisation (NABARD), its role, and objectives.
  2. Be prepared for basic interview questions such as,
  • Why do you want to work in NABARD?
  • Why are you the most suitable for this position?
  • Questions about previous work experience/gap years in resume.
  • Miscellaneous questions related to information given in your CV.
  1. Stay on top of the current issues such as the latest Union Budget & Economic Survey, current issues related to agriculture and rural developments, and other developments in the economic sector.

Do not assume that you’ll be able to crack the interview for NABARD without any preparation. Practice with mock interviews, study topper interviews, and develop an effective strategy suitable to your candidacy.

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