NABARD Grade A & B 2021 Complete Information

If heaven’s the place you get all your questions answered, then this is the place you get all your NABARD related questions answered.

I don’t mean to sound narcissistic but well, even god’s confident, right? 

Coming back to the point, I’m assuming you’re also on the long list of people planning to crack the NABARD Grade A Exam, and let me tell you all your answers will be answered here. 

From the application form to the job responsibilities, I’ll discuss it all. I will tell you when the NABARD Grade A Notification will be released, NABARD Grade A Recruitment Process, NABARD Grade A Preparation Strategy, etc. So, without wasting any time, let’s dive in.

    NABARD Grade A Complete Information

    What are the NABARD Grade A & B Exams?

    NABARD Grade A post holds a very prestigious rank in the country.

    Now it’s pretty obvious if you’re here, you probably already know that lakhs of people engage with the recruitment and selection process for the job which basically means, you’re in the sea with a lot of fishes in it.

    The importance of institutional credit in boosting the rural economy has been clear to the Government of India right from its early stages of planning.

    Therefore, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) at the insistence of the Government of India, constituted a Committee to Review the Arrangements For Institutional Credit for Agriculture and Rural Development (CRAFICARD) to look into these very critical aspects.

    The Committee was formed on 30 March 1979, under the Chairmanship of Shri B. Sivaraman, a former member of the Planning Commission, Government of India.

    NABARD is the National Bank of the country and the various advantages offered by NABARD Grade A post makes it not just a regular job but one that would require you to fight for it.

    Basically, if the NABARD Grade A Exam was the last piece of the pizza, you know it’s going to be very hard to get it.

    NABARD Grade A notification 2020 had been published for a total of 150 vacancies under different categories.

    The 2020 NABARD Grade A Phase 1 (Prelims) paper was conducted on the 25th of February 2020.

    The 2020 NABARD Grade A Phase 2 (Mains) paper was conducted on the 24th of September 2020.

    Now that we’ve discussed the NABARD Grade A, let’s also take a look into the NABARD Grade B exams for a bit.

    The NABARD Grade B exam is pretty similar to the NABARD Grade A exam, the only difference is that there’s an extra paper that aspirants have to take in the second phase of the NABARD Grade B exam.

    The extra paper is an analytical Paper on Development Economics, Statistics, Finance, and Management.

    Having said that, the ones who clear the NABARD Grade B exam, become NABARD Grade B officers. These officers are hierarchically superior to their NABARD Grade A counterparts.

    As far as the NABARD Grade B notification 2021 is concerned, it has not been announced yet, but rest assured that whenever it comes out, we’ll be the first ones to tell you. Just make sure to visit our website from time to time for the same.

    The last time a NABARD Grade B notification came out, was in the year 2019.

    According to the 2019 NABARD Grade B notification, the 1st phase of the exam for the year 2019 was held on the 16th of June 2019.

    The second phase of the 2019 NABARD Grade B exam was held on the 28th of July 2019.

    NABARD Grade A: Important Dates

    Notification for the Job Profile of “Grade A Officer” has been disclosed by NABARD.

    The NABARD Grade A 2020 exam is conducted at different locations across India.

    The important dates of NABARD Grade A Examination 2020 are mentioned in the NABARD Grade A Notification, which are: 

    Online Application Registration and Payment of Online Fees/Intimation Charges: From 15-01-2020 to 03-02-2020

    Phase I (Preliminary) – Online Examination: 25 February 2020

    Phase II (Mains) – Online Examination: 24 September 2020 (delayed due to COVID-19] 

    NABARD Grade A: Eligibility Criteria

    Now other than the fight being hard enough to secure the last piece of pizza in a room filled with people, imagine if I told you that there’s also an eligibility criterion for you to be able to get that slice?

    Frustrating and very difficult, right? Well, that’s how every entrance examination feels like.  

    As per the NABARD Grade A Exam Notification, you, candidates, should fulfill the following criteria to apply for NABARD Grade A Recruitment 2020: 

    1) Age Eligibility (as on 01 January 2020)

    You must be between 21 and 30 years of age as on 01.01.2020, i.e., you must have been born not earlier than 02.01.1990 and not later than 01.01.1999..

    2) Educational Qualification 

    You must possess the required educational qualification as on 01 January 2020.

    The result of the final term/semester/year examination of the required educational qualification must have been declared on or before 01 January 2020.

    In other words, any of you whose final year/semester results have been declared on or after 02 January 2020 are not eligible to apply for NABARD Grade A recruitment 2020.

    This seems like a lot of hassle for a piece of pizza, right?

    But there’s nothing better than the last slice and the feeling of satisfaction that comes with it (and of course nothing better than clearing the exam, you know what I mean)

    For more details, read here the complete NABARD Grade A 2020 Eligibility Criteria.

    NABARD Grade A: Application Form

    The online registration for NABARD Grade A recruitment 2020 started in January 2020 after the NABARD Grade A Notification came out.

    Click Here for the NABARD Grade A Apply online process. (official website link).

    In case you want to read the blog about the apply online process of NABARD Grade A, you can click here.

    Don’t act over smart and remember to keep all the necessary documents with you while filling the form, take it from someone who has messed up filling an application form, it’s not a very lovely feeling.

    Application Fee: The application fee can be paid through debit/credit card or you can also use net banking.

    NOTE: All employees of NABARD satisfying the educational qualification criteria would be eligible to apply.

    The fee/intimation charges waiver is only for those employees of NABARD (Staff Candidates) who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the post. The status of staff candidates will be verified at the time of the interview.

    In case they are not eligible to be treated as staff candidates, they are advised to indicate themselves as non-staff candidates and pay fees/intimation charges as applicable to non-staff candidates.

    NABARD Grade A: Admit Card

    The admit card for NABARD Grade A Phase 1 is issued 10 days prior to the examination date.

    The admit card just will be available in case you’ve submitted the proper information in the online registration form (see, I told you don’t mess up the application form).

    Salary, Perks, and Emoluments of NABARD Grade A Officer

    Well, a job as hard to score as the NABARD Grade A post, it is obviously meant to be one of the most sought-after jobs in the country. 

    More than 1 lakh persons compete every year for a limited number of posts (freak out much?).

    NABARD is very liberal in paying Perks and Emoluments for even the smallest of expenses (excited much?). 

    The total cost to company (CTC) pays package accounts to be around 7.92 lacs in metro cities like Mumbai, Delhi, etc.

    Now, if you want to know more about the basic salary, perks, and allowances to understand how much salary you can draw as a NABARD Grade A Officer, Check Here. 

    NABARD Grade A Promotions

    NABARD Grade A: Selection Procedure

    Now after you’re done with proving your eligibility for the exam and then filling a dreadful form, you then have to clear the selection procedure to then get the job (I mean, Bache ki Jaan loge kya?).

    NABARD Grade A Selection Procedure is an initial approach to get involved with each stage of the exam for the respective job profile.

    As per the NABARD Grade A Exam Notification, the Selection process is a three-stage process which involves the following phases –

    • Preliminary Examination- Phase 1
    • Mains Examination- Phase 2
    • Interview- Phase 3

    Click here to check the full NABARD Grade A Selection Procedure.

    NABARD Grade A Selection Criteria

    NABARD Grade A: Syllabus and Exam Pattern

    As dreadful as this topic is, we have to discuss it guys; yes, I am talking about the syllabus and the exam pattern.

    The NABARD Grade A Exam pattern is the same as other bank exams, i.e. Preliminary Examination, Main Examinations, and Interview.

    Let’s go through the Preliminary & Main Examination Pattern below:

    Phase I – Preliminary Examination (Online)

    Objective Type: MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) carrying 200 marks.

    Duration:120 Minutes Composite Time>

    Total Marks: 200

    i) Test of Reasoning – 20 questions – 20 marks

    ii) English Language – 40 questions – 40 marks

    iii) Computer Knowledge – 20 questions – 20 marks

    iv) General awareness – 20 questions – 20 marks

    v) Quantitative Aptitude – 20 questions – 20 marks

    vi) Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India) – 40 questions – 40 marks

    vii) Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) – 40 questions- 40 marks

    Phase II – The Main Examination will be online and will have two papers
    (one MCQ based paper and one descriptive paper) Paper-I 

    General English: (Descriptive – online through the keyboard)

    The paper will have descriptive questions carrying 100 marks.

    Duration: 1 ½ hour

    Paper I is common to all the disciplines.

    Paper-II (MCQs): 

    1. Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on rural India)– For General Discipline
    2. Paper on related discipline

    Duration: 1 ½ hrs. – 100 Marks

    Phase III – Interview

    Click here for Complete Pattern & Syllabus of NABARD Grade A Examination

    NABARD Grade A: Cut off

    NABARD releases cut off marks after the announcement of the result declaration.

    Cut off marks help you to get an idea about the minimum number of questions that you should attempt in the examination for the next year (basically allows you to freak out more than you usually would). You can read more about NABARD Grade A Cut off here.

    Subjects Marks SC, ST, OBC, PWBD EWS, Unreserved
    Reasoning 20 1 3
    English 40 5.75 10.75
    Computer Awareness 20 2.5 4
    General Awareness 20 1 2.5
    Economics & Social Issues 40 1 3
    Agriculture 40 1 3.25
    Quantitative Aptitude 20 1.25 4.25

    NABARD Grade A: Preparation Tips

    NABARD Grade A examination is one of the easiest exams out there.

    Shocked, right? Yeah, I was just kidding, you’re in for a very difficult time if you thought this is going to be an easy journey.

    The overall level of NABARD Grade A examination is on a higher side when compared with other bank clerical level examinations.

    You should definitely have a proper study program in place whilst preparing for this examination.  

    Check here to read more about this approach to Crack NABARD Grade A Examination. 

    Study steps to Prepare for NABARD Grade A Exam

    NABARD Grade A Result 2020

    Results tend to play the role of yamraj for some and the god of angels for some.

    NABARD releases the result of the NABARD Grade A Examination within a month after the interviews are over.

    NABARD has released last year’s NABARD Grade A Examination Result, i.e., NABARD Grade A Result 2020. You can read more about NABARD Grade A Result here.


    Irrespective of where you think you stand on the level of your preparation, keep trying to be better than the previous version of yourself. Your fight isn’t just with the rest of the applicants but should be with yourself too. Keep learning and keep growing and you’ll be good to go.

    All the Best!!
    Keep Learning!!

    CEO of

    About Anuj Jindal


    Anuj Jindal, the founder, is an ex-manager from SBI, with an M.Com from Delhi School of Economics. He also has a JRF in Commerce & Management and NET in HRM, along with more than 4 years of experience in the field of Education.

    FAQs: NABARD Grade A Complete Info

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      What is NABARD Grade A recruitment?

      NABARD Bank Recruitment 2020 has been released. 154 Assistant manager (Grade A Officer) Vacancies have been declared in the notification.

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      What is the salary of a NABARD Grade A officer?

      The pay scale for this post is Rs 28150-1550(4)-34350-1750(7)- 46600-EB-1750(4) – 53600-2000(1) – 55600. They are also eligible for Dearness Allowance, Local Compensatory Allowance as per the government rule. At present, the initial monthly gross emoluments are Rs 62,600. Get more details…

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      What is the meaning of the EWS category?

      Economically Weaker Section (EWS) in India is a subcategory of people belonging to the General Category having an annual family income less than ₹8 lakhs and who absolutely do not belong to any category such as SC/ST/OBC/MBC(Tamil Nadu).

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      How to prepare for NABARD Grade-A 2020 exam?

      NABARD Grade A preparation includes understanding the exam pattern, syllabus, right study materials, and effective study plan. Read More…

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      Who are eligible to give NABARD Grade A 2020 Exam?

      Candidates age should be in between 21 to 30 years as on 01.01. 2020. i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than 02-01-1990 and not later than 01-01-1999.

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      Is there a sectional cut off in the NABARD exam?

      The paper will be in both English and Hindi. Finally, there is sectional cut off in NABARD like most bank exams. More details…

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      Is there any number of attempts for the NABARD Grade A exam?

      No, there is no such restriction on a maximum number of attempts for any category. Till the time you satisfy the age criteria, you can write this exam as many times. Now that you are aware of all the basic information about this exam, it is time to gear up your preparation. More details…

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      Is the NABARD exam conducted every year?

      Yes, recruitment is conducted every year depending on the number of vacancies.

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      Can a final year student apply for NABARD Grade A 2020 exam?

      If your final year/semester results have been declared on or after 02 May 2019, you are not eligible to apply for the exam. You should have 50% marks in 10th, 12th and graduation.


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