NABARD Grade A Result,  Previous Year Question Papers, Exam Analysis & Cut Off

You know what the wise men say about the future.

The best way to prepare for it is by analyzing the past, and this saying applies perfectly well when talking about clearing entrance exams like NABARD Grade A as well.

Now when I talk about analyzing the past to clear the upcoming NABARD Grade A exam, I mean analyzing the past years NABARD Grade A results and going through the past year’s exam analysis.

Along with that, it’s also extremely important that you solve as many NABARD Grade A previous year question papers as possible.

That way you’ll know the kind of questions that might be asked in the upcoming exam.

I say this because, it’s a known fact that in exams like NABARD Grade A, a lot of questions are repeated from the previous years as well.

In other words, there’s always a good chance that you’ll encounter the same questions that were asked in previous years’ papers in the upcoming exams as well.

Hence the need to solve as many previous years NABARD Grade A question papers as you can.

Having said that let me begin by stating the various benefits of solving NABARD question papers from the previous years.

NABARD Grade A Result,  Previous Year Question Papers, Exam Analysis & Cut off

Benefits of Solving NABARD Grade A Previous Year Question Papers

Right of the bat, you must spend a significant portion of your preparation time on solving NABARD Grade A previous year’s question papers.

Trust me, if you do so it will play a huge role in you clearing your NABARD Grade A exam.

What’s more, you might just find that some of the questions in your NABARD Grade A exam are the exact same ones that you’d solved in your NABARD Grade A previous year’s question papers before.

Having said that I shall now go over the benefits that you can reap by solving previous years’ NABARD Grade A question papers.

  • Understand the Exam Pattern:

The more you’d practice on past year’s NABARD Grade A question paper pdfs, the more you’d be able to commit to your memory, the test pattern of the NABARD Grade A exam.

This would in turn allow you to directly go over to solving your questions instead of wasting time on trying to figure out which questions to attempt first.

This would enable you to manage your time more efficiently while writing the actual exam, and save you from last-minute anxiety attacks.

  • Understand the different difficulty-levels of Phase 1 & Phase 2:

Solving the past years’ NABARD Grade A question papers will familiarize you with the varying levels of difficulty in the questions, as and when you switch from Phase 1 to Phase 2 papers, and vice versa.

  • Take cognizance of key topics:

You see, with more and more practice on previous years’ NABARD Grade A question papers, you’ll crash into some topics that you’ll find, are there in almost all of the previous year’s papers.

These topics are to be deemed as the most important ones for your preparation. You should leave no stones unturned while going over these.

  • Know your strengths and weaknesses:

I think this point is pretty self-explanatory. More practice will demystify your strong and weak points. All you need to do next is focus on strengthening the topics you are weak at, and brush up and hone the ones you are already strong at.

Furthermore, I’d like to remind you that the NABARD Grade A exam has negative marking for wrong answers, so there’s a strong possibility that not paying attention to your strong suits might cost you a lot of marks. Not that, I want you to ignore your weak areas.

  • Trains you to manage time better

When it comes to exams, you have limited time on your hands. To make the best use of your time, you need to divide your time equally for all the questions you’re planning to attempt. Solving past years’ NABARD Grade A question paper pdfs will help you in doing so.

If you practice on the past year’s question papers by using the same time limit as the one in the actual exam, you’ll be able to masterfully manage your time during the actual exam. This will save you from the last-minute panic attacks that you previously used to get in exams.

  • Helps you to be instinctive and accurate at the same time

More and more practice on past year questions papers, in a 180 minute time frame for each, would render you with the superior ability to instinctively mark the right answers to the questions that you know.

This would happen because, with more practice, your hands and eyes will be able to better coordinate with each other and help you instinctively comprehend and mark the right answers.

Now that I’ve familiarize you with the benefits of solving past years’ exam question papers, I would like to grant you access to the ones I have compiled for you.

Download Past years NABARD Grade A Question Papers

Now that I have shared these past years NABARD Grade A exam question papers, I expect you to solve them as if you are solving the real NABARD Grade A exam.

That way you’ll be able to bring alive in yourself all the benefits that I have written above.

With that, I feel like I have shared with you everything you’d ever need to know about the NABARD Grade A previous year’s question papers. Next, let’s look into the topic of NABARD Grade A exam analysis.

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis

While we are here talking about analyzing the NABARD Grade A exams, I would like to bring to your attention the fact that the last NABARD Grade A exam took place in 2020 only.

This is the exam we would be analyzing in our article.

By going through the 2020 NABARD Grade A exam analysis, you’ll be able to get an idea about the difficulty and the types of questions that are likely to be asked in the exams next year.

So without beating around the bush much, let me get straight to the 2020 NABARD Grade A exam analysis.

The 2020 NABARD Grade A exam had 3 stages.

The first was Phase 1 or Prelims round, and the second was phase 2 or the Mains round.

Let’s go through the exam analysis of the Prelims round first.

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis of Prelims 2020

Okay, so before we begin with the NABARD Grade A exam analysis of the prelims round, let me list down the subjects of the prelims round.

  • Reasoning
  • Computer Knowledge
  • General awareness
  • English Language
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Social & Economic Issues (emphasis on Rural India)
  • Agriculture & Rural Development (emphasis on Rural India)

Now, let’s take a look at subject wise good attempts of the 2020 prelims paper.

Now, you might ask, what are good attempts?

So, basically, good attempts mean the number of questions that if attempted are considered good from the scoring point of view, taking into account the difficulty level of the paper.

Exam Analysis of NABARD Grade A Logical Reasoning

Reasoning Test

The difficulty level of the section of reasoning in the 2020 prelims paper was easy to moderate. The paper had 2 sets of seating arrangements and puzzle-based questions. I have listed them both below:

  • Seating Arrangement (circular) – with cities and people
  • Seating Arrangement (Linear) – 8 people and colors

The paper also had Data Sufficiency questions which were based on Box and floor-based puzzles.

Quantitative Aptitude

This section was also of the easy-moderate difficulty level. It included only 1 set of question-based on Data Interpretation (Tabular), having 6 questions:

Exam Analysis of NABARD Grade A Quantitative Aptitude

English Language

The English section included questions whose difficulty levels ranged from easy to Moderate as well. In this section there were 2 sets of RCs (Reading Comprehension). The first one was one of topic of retired servicemen and their preferences on where to settle after retirement. There were 8 questions based on this Reading Comprehension.

The second RC was based on an article on business and economy. The difficulty level of this RC was higher than the first one.

Topic No. of Questions Level
Reading Comprehension 15 Moderate
Word Replacement 05 Easy
Fill in the Blanks 05 Easy-Moderate
Sentence Rearrangement 05 Easy-Moderate
Error Detection 05 Easy-Moderate
Miscellaneous 05 Easy-Moderate
Total 40 Easy-Moderate

Computer Knowledge

The Difficulty level of this section was easy.

It was reported by the candidates that had appeared for this section that even those who had studied the very basics of computers, could easily attempt the questions asked in this section.

The questions asked were based on definitions and examples. I have given below the topics from which the questions had been asked:

  • Example of Hardware
  • WAN
  • Internet
  • Input-Output Device
  • LAN
  • Virus
  • SPAM and Email
  • Application Software


General Awareness, Social & Economic Issues, Rural & Agricultural Development

The 2 sections, Social & Economic Issue, Rural & Agriculture Development had moderate level questions as far as difficulty is concerned.

The section on General Awareness had easy questions.

Most of the General Awareness questions were from the current affairs of the past few months.

Most questions from the Rural & Agricultural Development section were based on recently launched schemes or the ones in the news.

The Economics and Social Issues section had questions based on India’s GDP and the 2020 Budget.

That brings us to the end of the NABARD Grade A exam analysis of the Prelims 2020 exam. Now, it’s time for the analyze Mains exam.

NABARD Grade A Exam Analysis of Mains 2020

Let us quickly go through the highlights of the 2020 NABARD Grade A Mains:

  • The exam was of Moderate to Difficult level as far as difficulty level goes.
  • No questions were asked from topics of Current Affairs.
  • Most questions from the subject of the Rural and Agricultural Development paper were based on Government schemes.
  • Questions from the subject of Economic & Social Issues were based in paragraphs.
  • The total duration of the exam was 180 minutes or 3 hours.


NABARD Grade A Mains Exam Pattern

Type of Exam Paper Marks Time
Descriptive Paper 1: General English 100 90 Minutes
Objective Paper 2: For General Post - Economic & Social Issues, Rural and Agricultural Development. Paper 2: For all other Posts- Subjects related to that post. 100 90 Minutes

Paper 1 is of the Mains exam is common for candidates applying for all posts.

Paper 2 for candidates applying for general post carries questions from the subjects of the Social and Economic Issues, Agricultura, and Rural Development.

Whereas for candidates applying for all other posts, Paper 2 would include questions related to their respective fields.

Paper 1: General English

  1. Highlights of Paper 1:
  • Paper 1 was lengthy.
  • Candidates were asked to write a letter, a precis, and an essay.
  • Most candidates found the 90 minutes time limit insufficient to complete the paper.
  • The word limit for the essay was 400, letter was 250, and precis was 150.
  1. Essay topics:
  • Which is more important, money or health.
  • Role of communication skills for success in life.
  • Is high speed Internet a right or a luxury?
  • Unemployment or underemployment, which is worse?
  1. Letter Topics:
  • Write a letter of congratulation to your niece doing PhD in Economics in London. (Informal)
  • Write a formal letter to the branch manager of your bank to approve the 40 lacs Rupees loan for the renovation of your house.
  • Bank related letter writing.
  1. Precis Topics
  • Topic based on mobile Addiction


Paper 2: Economic & Social Issues (Part 1)

Paper 2 had 35 questions in part 1. Each question carried 2 marks.

Along with these questions were 10 paragraph based questions with each paragraph carrying 3-4 questions each. The Paragraphs were based on the following topics:

  • Irrigation
  • Livery Stock
  • Horticulture
  • RBI Scheme related to banking fraud
  • Climate change
  • Doubling of farmers’ income
  • Passage based on soil
  • National Agriculture market place
  • National Infrastructure pipeline
  • Schemes related to banking reform


Paper 2: Agriculture & Rural Development (Part 2)

There were 30 questions in part 2. Each question carried 1 mark.

Along with these questions, there were 20-24 others based on the various government schemes. The govt. scheme from which questions were asked are:

  • Scheme doubling farmer income
  • PM Mantri Maitri Vandana scheme
  • Skill India
  • Deen Dayal Antyodaya scheme

With that we come to the end of the Exam analysis portion.

I hope this portion is gives you an idea about the kind and level of questions that might be asked in the upcoming exams.

Time to go over to the final section of the article, which is the NABARD Grade A Results.

NABARD Grade A Results / NABARD Grade A Cut Offs – for General Post

NABARD Grade A 2019 Result or Cut Offs for Prelims:

General (Marks out of 200) 109.50 100.50 117.00 111.00 129.00 65.25 92.25 43.75

NABARD Grade A 2019 Result or Cut Offs for Mains:

General (Marks out of 200) 115.50 111.75 120.75 118.50 127.50 101.00 111.00 105.25

2018 NABARD Grade A Result or Cut Offs for Mains:

General (Marks out of 200) 113.75 114.25 117.75 124.00 104.75 106.75 # 106.75

# No Candidate Qualified

The tables pertaining to the NABARD Grade A Results for the various years should give you an idea about what you’d need to score in the upcoming NABARD Grade A Exams.


That brings us to the end of our article. I guess this article has given you an idea about what kind of questions you can expect in the upcoming NABARD Grade A exam, the NABARD Grade A results of the past years, and the reasons why solving previous years question papers is really important when looking to clear any exam. Having said that, I guess I have my work here is done. Allow me to take leave. Good day and good luck. Oh!! And don’t forget to solve the previous year papers now. Bye.

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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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