NABARD Grade A Eligibility Exam: Age Limit & Educational Qualification 

Students must want to know about the NABARD Grade A Eligibility Exam to apply for NABARD Grade A Officer Exam. This article will provide you the complete NABARD Grade A Eligibility for NABARD Grade A exam which includes Education Qualification, Age Limit, Nationality & Number of Attempts. Those students who meet the NABARD Grade A Eligibility 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. 

NABARD Eligibility Criteria for NABARD Grade A Examination

Before understanding the NABARD Exam Eligibility Criteria for NABARD Grade A Examination, it is important for you to understand what were the disciplines in which NABARD Grade A Vacancies are rolled out in 2019 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 2019. 

NABARD ELIGIBILITY – TABLE 1 – NUMBER OF VACANCIES

Sr. No.
Name of the DisciplineURSCSTOBCEWSTotalPWBD
AM (RDBS)
1General17 64*104 41
2Animal Husbandry211154@
3Economics & Agricultural Economics211217
4Environment11114
5Food Processing1113
6Forestry1113
7Finance2112*17
8Land Development (Soil Science) 3115
9Plantation and Horticulture213
1#
Total- AM (RDBS)3111920779

* includes 01 backlog vacancy,

# 01 backlog vacancy under Multiple Disabilities- Open to all disciplines/all categories, which is included in overall PWBD vacancies.

@ Reservation for PWBD candidates shall be applied horizontally within the overall vacancies earmarked for various categories viz., UR, SC, ST & OBC at Sr.No. (i) to (ix) above.

(i) The reservation will be provided for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PWBD category as per extant Government of India instructions.

(ii) The Bank reserves the right to increase/decrease the number of vacancies in any of the disciplines or not to fill up any of the vacancies or cancel the recruitment process, as per its requirement.
(iii) Candidates belonging to OBC category but coming in the ‘Creamy Layer’ are not entitled to OBC reservation. They should indicate the category as ‘General’ (Gen).
(iv) Reserved category candidates desirous of applying for the posts where the vacancies are not reserved, should apply under UR category.
(v) Out of 79 vacancies of Asst. Manager (RDBS), 04 are reserved for Persons With Benchmark Disabilities (PWBD), of which 01 each is earmarked for Orthopedically Challenged (OC) and Hearing Impaired (HI). 02 vacancies (1 backlog) are earmarked for Multiple Disabilities (MD). However, in case of non-availability of candidates under MD, 01 backlog vacancy may be filled from other PWBD categories. All 04 PWBD vacancies are open to General & Specialised disciplines as indicated in Table 1.
(vi) The candidates from PWBD category will be eligible for age relaxation and exemption from payment of application fee. However, they will have to pay the intimation charges.

NABARD Eligibility – TABLE 2 – Reservation PWD

Sl. No.Type of disabilityBenchmark DisabilityPost(s) identified
A.Visually Challenged (VC)Blind & Low Vision (B & LV )
B.Hearing Impairment (HI)Deaf & Hard of Hearing (D, HH)Asst. Manager (RDBS) – 01
C.Locomotor Disability (LD)Locomotor Disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy (LD, CP, LC, DW, AAV, MD)Asst. Manager (RDBS) – 01
D.Multiple Disability (MD)Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under category (a) to (c) including deaf-blindness in the posts identified for each disabilityAsst. Manager (RDBS) – 02 (includes 01 backlog)
Note for PWBD:
PWBD candidates have some relaxation in the eligibility for NABARD Grade A Exam. These are the following relaxations:
1.  LD: Only those Orthopedically Challenged (OC) applicants who have a locomotor disability or cerebral palsy with locomotor impairment of minimum of 40% and only those who fall in the following categories are eligible to apply:
BL- Both legs affected but not arms
OA- One arm affected (R or L)-
(a) Impaired reach;
(b) Weakness of grip;
(c) ataxia
OL- One leg affected (R and/or L)
MW- Muscular weakness and limited physical endurance
2. VC: Only those Visually Challenged persons who suffer from any one of the following conditions are eligible to apply.
i. Total absence of sight.
ii. Visual acuity not exceeding 6/60 or 20/200 (Snellen) in the better eye with correcting lenses.
iii. Limitation of the field of vision subtending an angle of 20 degrees or worse
Applicants having low vision as defined under the Schedule-
Specified Disability of RPWD Act 2016.
3. HI: Only those Hearing Impaired candidates who are Partially Deaf (PD) or Deaf (D) are eligible to apply.
PWBD candidates may belong to any category (UR/SC/ST/OBC). Reservation for PWBD is horizontal and within the overall vacancies for the post.

NABARD Eligibility Criteria for NABARD Grade-A Examination (as on 01 May 2020) 

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATION

Educational Qualification is one of the most important factor of the Eligibility Criteria for NABARD Grade A.

a) A candidate can apply for Assistant Manager (RDBS) under only one option from among the options given at Sr.No. (i) to (ix) in Table-1. It is clarified that candidate applying for Asst. Manager(RDBS)- General cannot apply for another discipline and vice versa.

b) The candidate can apply only for ONE Post/Discipline of his / her choice. In case of multiple applications across or within disciplines, only the last application submitted will be considered valid and fee against all other applications will be forfeited.
c) PWBD candidates applying against Unreserved (UR) posts will not be eligible for relaxation in percentage in Educational Qualification. They may, however, be eligible for relaxation in Age and Fee.
d) The unfilled vacancies, if any, from any discipline at Sr.No. (ii) to (ix) in Table-1 will be filled from General stream indicated at (i) in Table-1.
e) The candidate must possess the required educational qualification as on 01 May 2020. The result of final term/semester/ year examination of the required educational qualification must have been declared on or before 01 May 2020. In other words, candidates whose final year/semester results have been declared on or after 02 May 2019 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.
(A) RURAL DEVELOPMENT BANKING SERVICE (RDBS)
Grade ‘A’ (Assistant Manager)
i. General Bachelor’s Degree in any subject from a recognized University with a minimum of 50 % marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants-45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree with a minimum of 50 marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants-45%) in aggregate or Ph.D. as a NABARD grade a eligibility Exam.
OR
Chartered Accountant /Cost Accountant / Company Secretary with a Bachelor’s degree
OR
Two-year full-time P.G. Diploma in Management /full-time MBA degree from Institutions recognized by GOI UGC with a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline.
ii. Animal Husbandry/Dairy Technology: Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Sciences / Animal Husbandry / Dairy Technology from any recognized University with a minimum of 50% marks (ST/PWBD applicants-45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Veterinary Sciences / Animal Husbandry/Dairy Technology with a minimum of 50% marks (ST/PWBD applicants-45%) in aggregate.
iii. Economics / Agricultural Economics: Bachelor’s Degree with Economics /Agriculture Economics with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants-45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Economics/Agriculture Economics with a minimum of 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants-45%) in aggregate from a recognized university. Candidates with Economics as one of the main subjects at all years /semesters of the course will only be eligible.
iv. Environment: Bachelor’s degree with Environmental Science / Environmental Engineering as a subject with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants-45%) in aggregate or Post graduate degree in Environmental Engineering or Environmental Science with 50% marks (SC /ST/PWBD applicants – 45%)
in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution.
v. Food Processing: Bachelor’s degree / BE / B.Tech. in Food Processing /Food Technology with 50% marks (SC/PWBD applicants-45%) in aggregate or Post graduate degree in Food Processing /Food Technology with 50% marks (SC/PWBD applicants -45%) in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution.
vi. Forestry: Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from a recognized University/Institution with 50% marks (ST/PWBD applicants-45%) in aggregate or Post graduate degree in Forestry with 50% marks (ST/PWBD applicants-45%) in aggregate.
vii. Finance: BBA (Finance/Banking) / BMS (Finance/Banking) with 50% marks (SC /ST/PWBD applicants-45%)
OR
Two years of full-time P.G. Diploma in Management (Finance) /Full-time MBA (Finance) degree from Institutions / Universities recognized by GoI /UGC
OR
Bachelor of Financial and Investment Analysis with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants-45%)
OR
Chartered Accountant with Bachelor’s degree (The Membership of ICAI must have been obtained on or before 01-05-2019)
viii. Land Development–Soil Science: Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture / Agriculture (Soil Science/Agronomy) with 50% marks (SC/PWBD applicants-45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Agriculture / Agriculture (Soil Science/Agronomy) with a minimum of 50% marks (SC/PWBD applicants-45%) in aggregate from a recognised University / Institution.
ix. Plantation and Horticulture: Bachelor’s Degree in Horticulture from any recognized University with a minimum of 50% marks (PWBD applicants-45%) in aggregate or Post Graduate degree in Horticulture with a minimum of 50% marks (PWBD applicants-45%) in aggregate.
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.
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 awarded would mean aggregate over the entire duration of the course.

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.

Eligibility Criteria for NABARD Grade A: AGE (as on 01-05-2020)

Age is one of the most important factor in the NABARD grade a officer eligibility. The candidate must be between 21 and 30 years of age as on 01-05-2020, i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than 02-05-1989 and not later than 01-05-1998.
Relaxation in Upper Age Limit: Upper age limit may be relaxed by-
a. 03 years in case of eligible OBC applicants,
b. 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 the 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.
c. 10 years for PWBD (General); 13 years for PWBD (OBC) and 15 years for PWBD (SC/ST) applicants.
I hope that this blog helped you understand all the different aspects of NABARD grade A officer eligibility. This blog was written by me because alot of students contact me through various modes like email, calls etc to know about the Eligibility for NABARD Grade A Exam.