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. 

Now, coming to the topic of the NABARD Grade A exam.

Through the Grade A recruitments, NABARD selects the most suitable and able candidates for the post of NABARD Grade A officer.

These officers are mandated with the task of financing and developing the agricultural sector of India, helping the nation’s agrarian communities to organize themselves into stable cooperatives, as well as enhancing their quality of life.

Given the massiveness of the responsibilities laden onto the shoulders of a NABARD Grade A officer, it’s only understandable that the NABARD Grade A exam is not a piece of cake and should not be taken lightly.

So, that was about the NABARD Grade A officers? What about those belonging to the NABARD Grade B ranks?

Well, the NABARD Grade B post is hierarchically a step higher than the Grade A officers. Grade A officers are basically stationed as assistant managers at NABARD, while Grade B officers are managers.

As managers, the NABARD Grade B officers are responsible for maintaining customer relations, monitoring accounting procedures, approving loans, maintaining the coordination between various departments, and facilitating interdepartmental assignments.

I have written about the Grade A and Grade B officers here to give you an idea about what their jobs entail, but to know about the posts a little better, you’ll have to read this blog. In this blog, I have written a bit about everything that you might ever want to know about the NABARD Grade A or B exams.

From the application form to the job responsibilities, I’ll discuss it all. I will tell you about NABARD Grade A Notification, NABARD Grade A and NABARD Grade B Recruitment Process, NABARD Grade B apply online process, NABARD Grade B preparation, 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, and the responsibility that rests on the shoulders of a NABARD Grade A officer is pretty huge.

    Talking about NABARD Grade B officer posts, it is a post that is a step senior to that of a Grade A rank, and therefore the responsibilities are also greater.

    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 Notification

    The 2021 NABARD Grade A notification will be announced on the NABARD website soon.

    The 2020 NABARD Grade A notification was released on NABARDS’s official website in PDF form on the 15th of January 2020. The notification had announced vacancies for 154 Grade A posts. Out of it, 4 were for the category of Protocol & Security Service (P&SS), whereas 150 were for Rural Development & Banking Services (RDBS).

    The registrations for the exam kicked off from the day of the release of the notification itself.

    The mention of the 2020 notification might give you an idea about the nature of this year’s NABARD Grade A notification as well.

    NABARD Grade B Notification

    The 2021 NABARD Grade B notification PDF will also be available for download on the NABARD website soon.

    The last time a NABARD Grade B recruitment took place was in the year 2019. According to the 2019 NABARD Grade B notification, which was released on the 10th of May 2019, there were 8 Vacancies for the post of NABARD Grade B. The Grade B posts were for managers of the category of Rural Development Banking Service (RDBS).

    The application process for the exam started from the day of the notification release itself.

    The mention of the 2019 Grade B notification might give you an idea about the nature of this year’s NABARD Grade B notification as well.

    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:

    Events Dates
    NABARD Grade A 2020 - Notification 15th January 2020
    NABARD Grade A 2020 - Online Application Start Date 15th January 2020
    NABARD Grade A 2020 - Online Application End Date 03rd February 2020
    NABARD Grade A Ofiicer Prelims Admit Card 14th February 2020
    NABARD Grade A officer 2020 - Prelims Exam Date 25th February 2020
    NABARD Grade A Officer Prelims Result 23rd March 2020
    NABARD Grade A Officer Mains Admit Card September 2020
    NABARD Grade A Officer 2020 - Mains 2 Exam date 24th September 2020
    NABARD Grade A Ofiicer Mains Result 09th February 2021
    Scorecard for prelims and mains 25th February 2021

    NABARD Grade A: Eligibility Criteria

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

    1) Age Eligibility (as of 01 January 2020)

    You must be between 21 and 30 years of age as of 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 

    To be eligible for the Grade A post in the general stream of RDBS, you’d need to be a Bachelor’s or Post Graduate degree holder in any subject with a minimum overall marks of 50% (45% for SC/ST/PWBD). Also, you should have graduated from a recognized university. Or you can be a Ph.D.

    Now, since the topic of eligibility for the NABARD Grade A exam is so vast, for more details, read here the complete NABARD Grade A 2020 Eligibility Criteria.

    NABARD Grade B: Eligibility Criteria

    Here I shall be mentioning the eligibility criteria for the NABARD Grade B exam, as has been mentioned in the 2019 NABARD Grade B exam notification.

    1) Age Eligibility (as of 1 May 2019)

    the candidate must be between the ages of 21 and 35 years as of 01.05.2019, i.e., he/she must have been born not earlier than 02.05.1984 and not later than 01.05.1998.

    2) Educational Qualification 

    To apply for the NABARD Grade B Manager post (RDBS), you’d need to be a Bachelor’s degree holder in any subject with a minimum overall marks of 60% (55% for SC/ST/PWBD), from a recognized university. Post Graduate degree holders need to have a minimum overall marks of 55% (50% for SC/ST/PWBD), from a recognized university. You can also be a Ph.D to apply.

    Here too, like the section of eligibility for the Grade A exam, there is much that you’d need to know. For that, read the blog on the NABARD Grade B eligibility.

    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).

    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.

    NABARD Grade A: Application Fee

    The application fee for SC/ST/PWBD is 0 INR, meaning that candidates belonging to the aforementioned categories do not need to pay the application fee, but they do need to pay the intimation fee of Rs. 150 to successfully register for the exam.

    Whereas for candidates belonging to all the other categories, the application fee is Rs. 650, and the intimation fee is Rs. 150, meaning they need to pay a total of Rs. 800 to successfully register for the exam.

    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 Apply Online – Steps to Apply for NABARD Grade A Exam

    Let’s talk about the steps to apply for the exam. I have divided the whole process into 10 steps. It will make it super easy.

    First Step: Go to the official website of NABARD.

    Second Step: You have to click on the link called “CLICK HERE FOR NEW REGISTRATION ”

    Third Step:You will reach to the first section of the NABARD Application Form. Fill in all your information like email address, name, etc. Click on Save and Next button provided at the bottom of the page

    Fourth Step: You will be redirected to the next part of the website. I have mentioned the rest of the details below that need to be filled as well:

    Documents Size Pixels Format
    Photograph 20-50 KBs 200 X 230 Pixels JPG or JPEG
    Signature 10 - 20 KBs 140 X 50 pixels JPG or JPEG
    Left - hand thumb impression 10 - 20 KBs Pixels 140 X 50 JPEG or JPG
    Hand Written Declaration 20 - 50 KBs 140 X 50 pixels JPG or JPEG

    Fifth Step: Fill your educational qualifications and your job experience as well.

    Sixth Step: Fill your preferred centre. Make sure to fill the one which is near your place.

    Seventh Step: You can finally pay the fees using your debit/credit card, internet banking, cash cards, mobile wallets, etc. You can know more about the fees from here.

    Eighth Step: You will receive the ‘e-receipt’ as proof of successful fee payment. Keep it safe.

    NABARD Grade A: Admit Card

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

    The admit card for the NABARD Grade A phase 1 has been released. It came out on the 14th of February 2020 for the Phase 1 exam scheduled to be held on the 20th of February 2020.

    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

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    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 and B: 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.  

    Now if I were to address the question of how to prepare for NABARD Grade B exam, know that you’d need to know everything that one would normally study for the NABARD Grade A exam, along with the extra subjects of Finance & Management, Development Economics, and Statistics.

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

    Know about the Study Sequence of NABARD Grade A & B

    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!!

    Founder & 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 2021 exam?

      NABARD Grade A preparation includes the following steps:
      1.Test yourself by attempting Mock tests and previous year question papers to identify your strong and weak points.
      2. According to your findings, divide the entire NABARD Grade B syllabus into subjects that you are strong at and the ones you are weak at.
      3. Then divide the entire duration of your preparation into weeks, and every weak, pick up 2 subjects to finish. One that you are strong at, and the other that you are weak at.
      4. After eliminating all your weak points test your waters by solving another previous year paper or mock test, and then identify your weak areas again.
      5.Repeat the process till you are perfect at every subject.

      Apart from the points I have mentioned above, try to understand 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 2021 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 2021 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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