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NABARD Grade A Eligibility 2018: Age Limit & Educational Qualification 

NABARD Grade A Officer 2018 Notification has been released. Students must want to know about the eligibility criteria to apply for NABARD Grade A Officer Exam 2018. This article will provide you the complete Eligibility Criteria for NABARD Grade A exam 2018 which include Education Qualification, Age Limit, Nationality & Number of Attempts. Those students who meet the eligibility criteria can only be allowed to fill the form. Every year NABARD conducts Recruitment for Grade A Officer Post. So, here we will talk about the Eligibility Criteria for NABARD Grade A Examination. 



Before understanding the Eligibility Criteria of NABARD Grade A Examination, it is important for you to understand what were the Disciplines in which NABARD Grade A Vacancies were rolled out in 2018 because each discipline had its own Educational Eligibility Criteria. You can check out the Disciplines in which the Vacancies were rolled out for NABARD Grade A 2018. 




* Backlog vacancy – 01 in OBC from 2016 batch in General Discipline and 01 vacancies in ST from 2017 batch in Water Resources Development & Management. 

@ Reservation for Persons with Benchmark Disability (PWBD) shall be applied @4% of total vacancies, horizontally, within the overall vacancies earmarked for various categories viz., UR, SC, ST & OBC in General Discipline (Sr. No. II (i) above) as per the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 as under: 



Out of 92 vacancies of Asst. Manager (RDBS), 04 are reserved for Persons With Benchmark Disabilities (PWBD), of which 01 each is earmarked for benchmark disabilities given at a, b, & c and 01 vacancy for disabilities given at d. All the 04 PWBD vacancies are in General discipline as indicated at II in (Table 2) 


a) Important Points:  

A candidate can apply for AM (RDBS) in Grade A under only one option from among the options given at Sr. No. (1) to (10) in Table 1. It is clarified that candidate applying for AM (RDBS)-General cannot apply for another discipline viz., Animal Husbandry/ Chartered Accountant/ Economics, etc., and vice a versa. 

The candidate may apply only for discipline of his/her choice. In case of multiple applications across or within disciplines from the same candidate, only the last application submitted by him/her will be considered valid and fee against all other applications will be forfeited. 

Reserved category candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC (Non-Creamy Layer) may apply against unreserved vacancies in those disciplines in which no vacancies have been reserved for their category. However, they must fulfill the eligibility criteria for age and educational qualification at par with unreserved candidates. They will be eligible for fee concession, where ever applicable. Similarly, Persons with benchmark disabilities (PWBD) may also apply for unreserved vacancies provided they fulfill the eligibility criteria for educational qualification at par with unreserved candidates and the post is identified for the concerned benchmark disability as per GOI guidelines. They will, however, be eligible for age relaxation along with fee concession.

b) EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION (As on 01 March 2018)– The candidate must possess the required educational qualification as on 01 March 2 The result of final term/semester/year examination of the required educational qualification must have been declared on or before 01 March 2018. In other words, candidates whose final year/semester results have been declared on or after 02 March 2018 are not eligible to apply. Bachelor’s Degree in a particular discipline means that the candidate must have studied that discipline as the main subject in all the semesters/years of the respective degree course and it must be mentioned in the Degree Certificate issued by the University/Institute. 

i. General:Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with a minimum of 50% marks(SC/ST/PWBD applicants 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate (SC/ST/PWBD applicants 45%) from a recognized University or Ph.D. OR Chartered Accountant /Cost Accountant /Company Secretary with Bachelor’s degree OR Two years full time P.G. Diploma in Management /full-time MBA degree from Institutions/Universities recognized by GOI/UGC with a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline. 

ii. Animal Husbandry: Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Sciences/AnimalHusbandry with a minimum of 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Veterinary Sciences / Animal Husbandry with a minimum of 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate from any recognized University / Institute. 

iii. Chartered Accountant: Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University/Institution with Membership of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). The Membership of ICAI must have been obtained on or before 01 March 2018.

iv. Economics: Bachelor’s Degree with Economics/Agriculture Economics with 50%marks (ST applicants -45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Economics /Agriculture Economics with a minimum of 50% marks (ST applicants-45%) in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution. Candidates with Economics as one of the main subjects at all years/semesters of the course will only be eligible.

v. Environmental Engineering: Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science /Environmental Engineering / Climate Change / Climate Change Adaptation with 50% marks in aggregate or Postgraduate degree in Environmental Science / Environmental Engineering / Climate Change / Climate Change Adaptation with 50% marks in aggregate, from a recognized University/Institution.

vi. Food Processing/Food Technology: Bachelors degree in Food Processing /Food Technology with 50% marks (ST applicants 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Food Processing/Food Technology with 50% marks (ST applicants 45%) in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution. 

vii. Forestry: Bachelor’s degree in Forestry with 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Forestry with 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution. 

viii. Land Development (Soil Science) / Agriculture: Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture / Agriculture (Soil Science/Agronomy) with 50% marks (SC/ST applicants – 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Agriculture / Agriculture (Soil Science/Agronomy) with a minimum of 50% marks (SC/ST applicants 45%) in aggregate from a recognised University / Institution.

ix. Minor Irrigation (Water Resources):Bachelor’s degree in hydrology/Applied Hydrology or Geology/Applied Geology with Hydrogeology /Irrigation /Water Supply & sanitation as one of the subjects with 50% marks (SC/ST applicants 45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Hydrology/Applied Hydrology or Geology/Applied Geology with Hydrogeology /Irrigation /Water Supply & sanitation as one of the subjects with 50% marks in aggregate (SC/ST applicants 45%) from a recognized University.

x. Social Work: Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with 50% marks (SC applicants45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Social Work with 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate from a recognized University. 

NOTE: All educational qualifications should have been obtained from Universities / Institutions incorporated by an Act of Central or State legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section – 3 of UGC Act 1956 or possess an equivalent qualification. 

i. Some Universities/Institutes do not award Class or percentage of marks and allot Aggregate Grade Points (e.g. CGPA/OGPA/CPI, etc.). In case University/Institute defines criteria for conversion of Aggregate Grade Point into Class and/or percentage of marks, the same will be accepted. However, where the University/Institute does not define criteria for conversion of Aggregate Grade Point into Class and/or percentage of marks, the undefined parameter(s) would be worked out as under: 

Equivalent CGPA/ OGPA/ CPI or 

similar terminologies allotted on a 

10-point scale 

Aggregate % of Marks 
6.75 60% 
6.25 55% 
5.75 50% 
5.25 45% 


ii. Aggregate Grade Point or percentage of marks where ever awarded would mean aggregate over the entire duration of the course and covering all subjects.

iii. Where the Aggregate Grade Point (CGPA/OGPA/CPI, etc.) is awarded out of a number other than 10, it will be normalized out of 10 and computed as per item (i) above. 

AGE (as on 01 March 2018)

The candidate must be between 21 and 30 years of age as on 01.03.2018, i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than 02.03.1988 and not later than 01.03.1997). 

Relaxation in Upper Age Limit: Upper age limit may be relaxed by – 

  • 03 years in case of eligible OBC applicants, 
  • a maximum of 05 years in case of : (i) Applicants belonging to SC/ST , if the posts are reserved for them (ii) Ex-servicemen (including Emergency Commissioned Officers/Short Service Commissioned Officers) provided that the applicants have rendered at least five years continuous Military Service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year) otherwise than by way of dismissal or discharge on account of misconduct or inefficiency or on account of physical disability or have been released on account of physical disability attributable to Military Service or on invalidation (iii) Emergency Commissioned Officers/Short Service Commissioned Officers who have completed their initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service but whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case, on selection, the Ministry of Defence issues certificates that they would be released within 03 months from the date of receipt of offer of appointment, (iv) Applicants who had ordinarily been domiciled in Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period 01 January 1980 to 31 December 1989 (v) Children/family members of victims died in the 1984 riots. 
  • 10 years for PWBD (General); 13 years for PWBD (OBC) and 15 years for PWBD (SC/ST) applicants. 


Don’t forget to read about the NABARD Grade A Selection Process and the NABARD Grade A Syllabus as it will help you know more about the exam. 

Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under the category (a) 

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