NABARD Grade A 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 in 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. Let’s dive into it then.  

NABARD Grade A – Things We’ll Cover 

What is the NABARD Grade A Exam? 

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 has been published for a total of 150 vacancies under different categories. 

NABARD Grade A: Important Dates

NABARD  has disclosed notification for the Job Profile of “Grade A Officer”. 

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

The important dates of NABARD Grade A Examination 2020 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 ExaminationYet to be notified (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 Exam: 

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.  

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 2020 started in January 2020. Click Here for Applying online for NABARD Grade A Examination.

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).  

NABARD Grade A: Job Profile 

If you’re confused about NABARD Grade A job profile, then let me make it easy for you.

NABARD Grade A post is an Officer level job that would entail the responsibilities of an Assistant Manager.   

You’ll basically be Karan for all the Arjuns, i.e., you’ll provide support to the NABARD Grade B Officers to ensure better functioning of the organization.  

For a complete NABARD Grade A Officer Job Profile in detail, Click Here. 

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, Click Here. 

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 of NABARD Grade A is a three-stage process which involves the following phases – 

Phase 1 – Preliminary Examination 

Phase 2 – Mains Examination 

Phase 3 – Interview 

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

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) 


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. i) Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on rural India)– For General Discipline
  2. ii) 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). 

SubjectsMarksSC, ST, OBC, PWBDEWS, Unreserved
Computer Awareness202.54
General Awareness2012.5
Economics & Social Issues4013
Quantitative Aptitude201.254.25

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. 

NABARD Grade A: Promotion & Career Growth

Now knowing what your responsibilities will be and knowing how you’ll be growing in your career are two different things.

Often, many of us have an idea as to what we’ll be doing immediately after getting a job but we don’t know where we might end up.  

When it comes to NABARD Grade A officers, they have a lot of prospects for promotions to higher grades.

There are promotional examinations to reach the next stage. The hierarchy level is given below:  



Executive Director  


Chief General Manager  


General Manager  


Deputy General Manager  


Assistant General Manager  




Assistant Manager (Grade A)  


Development Assistant    

Click here to Know more about Job Profile & Career Growth.

NABARD Grade A: Result

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 examination is over.

NABARD has released last year’s NABARD Grade A Examination Result.  


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!!


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.

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