NABARD Grade AEligibility, Notification,Admit Card, Apply Online & Salary

Today I was thinking about all the fun times I had during my college. I did my graduation from Hindu College, University of Delhi.

Delhi University not only gives you the freedom to study different subjects and be with people from different cultures. It gives you enough freedom to explore yourself.

Most of the colleges in India are so tightly packed that you don’t get enough time to explore your hobbies. 

Well, it gave me enough time to learn ukulele and explore biking as a hobby. I like biking so much that I take a trip once in a while.

I went to Leh & Spiti some years back. It was a solo trip with some people I met in Manali. We continued our journey together from there.

You must be wondering why I am telling all of this to you when you want to know about NABARD Grade A Exam.  

Don’t worry. I will connect the context soon.

While I was making a booking for the Leh trip, I got to know that they had very few seats and those seats fill very fast, so it was really difficult to buy the slot.

It is not a first come first serve basis in NABARD too. 

That would be so messy, right? 

You get very few vacancies in comparison to the huge number of applicants.  

I will be taking you through the NABARD Grade A journey and we will start with vacancies of the exam. Also, I will be covering some of the important parts of the exam.

I have mentioned them below:  

NABARD has been posting vacancies from the last few years in different streams and they have been increasing the number of vacancies every year.

You will be shocked to see how organized they are in terms of vacancies. You have separate vacancies for Legal stream, agriculture stream, engineering stream, and a few other streams.  

Let us talk about the NABARD Grade A 2020 vacancies right away. 

NABARD Grade A 2020 Vacancies

General Agriculture11114
Agriculture Engineering1113
Food/ Dairy Processing1113
Land Development – Soil Science1113
Environmental Engg/Sciences11114
Agriculture Marketing/Agribusiness Management112
Geo Informatics112
Agriculture Economics/Economics21115
Information Technology3223212
Chartered Accountant311218
Company Secretary1113
Human Resource Management1113
Assitant Manager (RDBS) – Total51191340161394
IIAM( Rajbjasha)61181
IIIAM (Legal)1113

Coming back to my Leh story.

After I finally got the seat on time, I came to know that I was not eligible to go for the trip as I don’t own a Royal Enfield Bullet.

So, I took one on rent and went with a local group and not with the Royal Enfield group. It was heartbreaking then but now when I look back, I see how fun that trip was.   

This is the reason why I ask all my students to go through the eligibility before going through vacancies. I have seen students who start preparing for the exam and later find out that they are not eligible for the exam.  

I have mentioned the NABARD Grade A education qualifications, age relaxations, and everything related to it below.

NABARD Grade A Eligibility Criteria 2020 

The eligibility of NABARD Grade A is not that tough when we compare it with all the other government exams in India.

It gives you a chance to make your dreams come true without judging you on the basis of your past educational qualifications. So let’s jump right in. 

NABARD Grade A Eligibility Criteria: Educational Qualifications 

a) You can apply for only one discipline in NABARD Grade A (RDBS/ Rajbhasha/ Legal). In case you apply for multiple disciplines, only the last application submitted will be considered valid and fees against all other applications will be forfeited. I have mentioned all the different disciplines in the vacancy section above. 

b) If your final year/semester results have been declared on or after 02 May 2019, you are not eligible to apply for the exam.

PostMinimum Education Qualification
GeneralYou should have 50% marks in 10th, 12th and graduation. Many students ask if 50% marks in graduation should be in each semester or average. Well, relax. It’s an average of all semesters. NABARD also provides a relaxation to students from SC, ST and OBC category. Also, You need 45% marks in your graduation if you are from any of the categories above.
You should be a Chartered Accountant /Cost Accountant / Company Secretary with a Bachelor’s degree.
You should have a 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.

Click here to know about the educational qualifications of other streams.

Let’s come to some of the important questions about eligibility criteria asked by students from all over the country.

The first one is that their college didn’t provide marks in percentage. They had CGPA in there college. Let’s figure out the solution to this issue.  

In case University/Institute defines criteria for conversion of Aggregate Grade Point into the percentage of marks. Those marks will be accepted by NABARD.

Sometimes, colleges don’t provide any way to convert CGPA into a percentage. Let’s have a look into the guidelines given by NABARD in this case. 

Equivalent CGPA/ OGPA/ CPI or similar terminologies allotted on a 10 point scaleAggregate % of Marks

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

I have seen students clear there graduation at the age of 19. If you are one of them, you are not eligible for the NABARD Grade A Exam.

You should be between 21 and 30 years of age as on 01-05-2020, i.e., you must have been born not earlier than 02-05-1989 and not later than 01-05-1998. 

But don’t worry if you don’t come in this age group as NABARD provides certain age relaxations.  

What are we waiting for? 

Let’s dive in. 

Relaxation in Upper Age Limit:  

  1. OBC applicants are given 3 years of relaxation.
  2. a maximum of 5 years relaxation is given in case of:

(i) If you are belonging to SC/ST category 

(ii) Also, if you are an Ex-servicemen (including Emergency Commissioned Officers/Short Service Commissioned Officers) provided that you have worked for at least five. 

(iii) If you had ordinarily been domiciled in Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu and Kashmir during the period 01 January 1980 to 31 December 1989 

(iv) If you were a member of victims died in the 1984 riots. 

  1. You get a huge relaxation of 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 a lot of students contact me through various modes like email, calls, etc to know about the Eligibility for NABARD Grade A Exam.  

Till now we have discussed the vacancies and eligibility of the NABARD Grade A Exam.

I will take this blog further but before that, I would like to continue my story of Leh. When I was booking a ride for Leh, I realized how expensive it was.  

My hobbies were not very pocket friendly. It was like my 2 month’s income and I was hesitant.

I asked myself “Is it worth it?”.

Indian parents always teach us to save the money we earn and they are not wrong.

I just kept on asking the same question in my head but I realized that this makes me happy and I booked it.  

If you have some hobbies which require some money, don’t worry. NABARD will get you covered.

The salary given by NABARD is good enough to cover your daily expenses and enjoy your hobbies once in a while. 

NABARD Grade A Officer Salary, Perks, and Emoluments 

As NABARD was a part of RBI before 1982, it shares the same work culture as RBI.

There is a fixed NABARD Grade A Officer salary as well as a certain level of perks and allowances entitled to Grade A Officers. 

This is one of the highest paying government jobs in the country. I will be writing down every pay scale in a very simple language to help you out understand the pay scale.  

The Gross monthly salary after you become a NABARD Grade A officer is 66,864 /-. It doesn’t mean that the NABARD Grade A in-hand salary is 66,864/-.  

You must be wondering. What is it then?  

The basic salary of NABARD Grade A Officer is Rs. 28,150/ – p.m. in the starting.   

As you keep on working in the organization, your basic pay keeps on increasing as well.

Let’s discuss the allowances first and then we’ll talk about all the increments and promotions together.   

NABARD Grade A Officer Salary Allowances   

NABARD provides a lot of allowances to all the Grade A officers which have been mentioned below. 

House Rent Allowance (HRA):  

I know the pain of going out of your hometown to some other area to work. Going away from your parents is difficult but NABARD tries to help you out by providing you a home.   

HRA is given to the officers who couldn’t get accommodation from NABARD because the number of flats is limited. 

Conveyance Allowance (CA):  

Conveyance Allowance is basically the transportation cost paid to each and every NABARD Grade A officer from your home to the office every single day. It depends upon the declaration by you.  

Medical Allowance:  

You get a Medical Allowance too. Is it for real? These allowances are also valid for the dependents of the employees.   

Leave Fare Concession Travel (LFC):   

You will get the LFC allowance. This can be availed once in two years, by the employee and his dependents to go anywhere in the world.  

Bank Loan Facility:  

Loans are given at very low rates of interest for Housing, Car, Education of children, Consumer Articles, Personal computers, etc.   


Pension is a very common thing that every government employee draws after retirement.  

Apart from the given perks, there is an Interest-free festival advance, Newspaper, book grant, Furnishing of Residence Allowance, Life Insurance Coverage, and Educational Leaves, etc. as per eligibility.   

I believe that you loved all the allowances. NABARD does care about its employees and knows how to take care of them. 

NABARD Grade A Increments (Rs. 1 lakh in 10-15 years)  

Let’s jump to the increments given by NABARD over the years. I have mentioned the Basic Pay of NABARD with the increments in regular time intervals.   

  • Initial Basic Pay is Rs. 28150 as mentioned above with a yearly increment of Rs. 1550 for 4 years
  • After 4 years, Rs. 34350 is your basic pay and yearly increment of Rs. 1750 for the next seven years.
  • After a few more years you end up with basic pay of Rs. 55600 Guess what. This is without a single promotion. So let’s talk about the promotions now.  

Thus, the NABARD Grade A Officer Basic Salary after around 15 years of service is Rs. 55,600/- and this is when you don’t take any promotions. 

Let us talk about the Promotions now to get a better idea about the long term work life.

It is a fact that you are going to work hard during your job and get promoted from time to time as well. These promotions will also increase your salary over a period of time. 

So why not consider it right now. 

You will get promoted only after going through departmental exams and interviews. Promotions definitely bring in prestige and salary hike.

The hierarchy of posts right from the post of Assistant Manager is as follows – 

  1. Assistant Manager
  2. Manager
  3. Assistant General Manager
  4. Deputy General Manager
  5. General Manager
  6. Chief General Manager
  7. Executive Director
  8. Director 

I would like to pinpoint here that the Assistant General Manager post is a highly prestigious post, though it comes with its own set of challenges.  

You can be posted as a District Development Manager (DDM) in a rural district that works from a residence cum office. 

NABARD Grade A Salary Slip 

The salary of NABARD Grade A Officer varies according to the city you are posted in. NABARD Grade A in-hand salary is approximately around Rs. 62,000.

Let us move to the next part of the blog. Yes, it is a big blog and I will keep on helping you out with more and more important things. 

I will be helping you out in a way to apply for this exam. Before applying for the exam, I would recommend you to go and see the selection procedure and the syllabus of the NABARD Grade A Exam.

Click here to find all the details of the same. 

The Internet has really made our lives easier by letting us apply for exams like these without going anywhere. We just need an internet connection and it’s done.  

Yes, you read it right!!! 

You don’t even need to carry cash. You can pay online using different payment options like debit cards, credit cards, net banking, e-wallets, etc.   

The process to apply for the NABARD Grade A exam is pretty simple but students still make a lot of mistakes. 

So take care while filling up the form. 

You don’t want to spend extra money to rectify your mistakes. 

You will be able to apply for the exam only after an official announcement by NABARD. 

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: 

Photograph20-50 KBs200 X 230 PixelsJPG or JPEG
Signature10 – 20 KBs140 X 50 pixelsJPG or JPEG
Left – hand thumb impression10 – 20 KBsPixels 140 X 50JPEG or JPG
Hand Written Declaration20 – 50 KBs140 X 50 pixelsJPG or JPEG

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

Don’t worry if you don’t have a Master’s Degree or job experience. It doesn’t matter if you are well prepared for the exam. 

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

I would recommend you to go to the centre in a nearby city if you live in a remote place. This is an important thing to remember as the exam takes place online. 

I have seen cases where the system at the centre shows some error or the centre is too dingy. This is the last thing you want after you are well prepared for the exam. 

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 Apply Online – Fees

You must be thinking about the amount of money you need to spend just to sit for the NABARD Grade A exam. 

Many students find this topic really important and it is. Application fees charged to applicants like you is a big revenue stream for these institutes.  

Well, NABARD is not sucking money out of you. NABARD Grade A apply online fees are not that high. Here is the fee amount you need to pay. 

SC/ST/PWDIntimation Charges OnlyINR 150/-
GEN/OBC/EWSApplication fee including intimation chargesINR 800/-


  • Don’t forget to print-out of the fee receipt  and form after making the payment of NABARD Grade A apply online form.
  • Fill the form very carefully and don’t fill the wrong information. You will not get a chance to rectify and you will have to fill it again and pay extra fees.
  • Also, you will not get any refund on the Fee once paid. 

NABARD Grade A Apply Online – Important Dates  

I have seen coaching institutes giving out wrong dates in the name of expected dates.  

They are just doing it to sell their courses. I also came across it but never used it. 

Are you still thinking about how coaching institutes do it? 

Well, let me explain. You start searching for the dates of the exam and someone wrote that it will take place in the month of August. 

You realize that you don’t have enough time left to prepare and start looking for courses. You find a course on their website only and buy it.  

These institutes are just creating a panic to sell you courses. 

Nobody other than the higher authority of HR in NABARD knows about the date of the exam. 

I will repeat it. 


Don’t fall in that trap. Just go through the last year’s dates. 

Assume that the exam might take place sooner than a particular date and make your plan. Here are the last year’s dates. I have written a complete blog regarding it here. 

NABARD Grade A 2020 Notification Date15th January 2020
Online Application Start Date15th January 2020
Online Application End Date03rd February 2020
Prelims Admit CardFebruary 2020
NABARD Grade A Officer 2020 – Prelims Exam Date25th February 2020
NABARD Grade A Officer Prelims ResultMarch 2020
Mains Admit Cardto be notified soon
NABARD Grade A Officer 2020 – Mains Exam Datewill be notified soon
Mains Resultto be notified soon

NABARD Grade A Admit Card 

You get the Admit card of the NABARD Grade A Exam after a few weeks of the application form. The following are the steps to download NABARD Grade A Admit Card. 

First Step: Visit the career page of NABARD to download NABARD Grade A Admit Card. This step is after the NABARD apply online step. 

Second Step: A new page will appear on the screen of your laptop. I would recommend you download it on a laptop and print it at the same time.  

Third Step: Select Language. 

Fourth Step: You will find spaces to enter your “Registration No.” and Date of Birth/Password. 

Fifth Step: Enter Captcha. 

Sixth Step: Click the “Login” button. 

Seventh Step: You will find your admit card on the screen. Cross-check all the information printed on the admit card.  

Eighth Step: Download the Admit Card in Pdf format and print the same as soon as possible. NABARD Website crashes very often and you don’t want to spend hours before the exam to download the admit card.

NABARD Grade A Exam Centers 

I told you about the choice you can make between the exam centers while filling up the NABARD application online form.

I have listed those exam centers below. You can choose one center for Phase-I and one center for Phase–II separately in the NABARD Grade A online application form.

NABARD Grade A Exam Centres for Phase 1  Exam

States /UTsRBI Grade B Exam Centres for Prelims
Andaman & NicobarPort Blair
Andhra Pradesh & TelanganaGuntur, Narasaraopet, Hyderabad, Rangareddy-Kodada, Karimnagar, Warangal, Rajahmundry, Kakinada, Tirupati, Chittoor, Vijaywada, Kanchikacherla, Gudlavalleru, Eluru, Vishakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
Arunachal PradeshItanagar, Naharlagun city
AssamDibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar
BiharBhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Patna
ChattisgarhRaipur, Bhilai
Daman & DiuJamnagar
GujaratAhmedabad, Gandhi Nagar, Bhavnagar, Jamnagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
HaryanaHissar, Karnal, Rohtak
Himachal PradeshDharamsala, Shimla
Jammu & KashmirJammu
JharkhandBokaro, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
KarnatakaBelgaum, Bagalkot, Bengaluru, Chikaballapur, Kolar, Tumkur, Gulbarga, Bidar, Hubli, Dharwad, Haliyal, Gadag, Mangalore, Mysore, Mandya, Udipi
KeralaKannur, Kasargod, Kochi, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Pathanamthitta, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Palakkad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Nagarcoil
Madhya PradeshBhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur
MaharashtraAurangabad, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Solapur
New DelhiDelhi –NCR
OrissaBalasore, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur
PuducherryCuddalore, Villupuram
PunjabAmritsar, Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala
RajasthanAjmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Udaipur
SikkimGangtok, Bardang City
TamilnaduChennai, Vellore, Coimbatore, Erode, Tirupur, Madurai, Virudhunagar, Dindigul Salem, Namakkal, Thiruchirapalli, Perambalur, Pudukottai, Thanjavur, Tirunelvelli, Kanyakumari, Tuticorin
Uttar PradeshAgra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Varanasi
UttarakhandDehradun, Haldwani, Nainital, Roorkee City
West BengalBerhampore (WB), Durgapur, Kolkata, Greater Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, Kalyani, Siliguri

NABARD Grade A Exam Centres for Phase 2 Exam 

Name of the Examination Cities
ChennaiNew Delhi

How to Prepare for NABARD Grade A Exam? 

It’s great to see that you are still sticking by after 3500 blog words.

Let us move to the final part of the blog and complete my Leh story too.

People ask me, how did I get the courage to ride my bike, all the way, from Delhi to Spiti. I will not lie. It was a tough journey. 

I would have failed in the middle if I haven’t had prepared for the trip beforehand. Also, I had 2 years’ practice in the city and I took the right gear too.  

Well, I would like to recommend you the same thing for the NABARD Grade A Exam. Practice on a daily basis from my mock tests here and make a great strategy to clear the exam.  

It becomes difficult for students to create a strategy so I have made one for you. Let’s directly dive into that. 

I have provided this document as a personalized strategy to help you prepare for NABARD Examination.  

The fact that you have reached here means that you have followed every step created by me to help you (and I) understand your preparation needs better.  

I would like to congratulate you on sticking around and following all steps as asked by me. If you can be so patient with me, I know you have the fire in you to do it at any cost.  

It is now my responsibility that you get the right strategy and the right guidance so that the day, you step into the examination hall, is not an anxious, nervous day but a confident, proud day for you.  

If we consider life as a game and the hurdle of clearing your examination as an important stage that determines the further stages, then you need 2 things- intense fighting skills and the right ammunition to knock down your enemies and emerge victorious by the end of this stage.

Do not worry, I am that person who can teach you fighting skills and provide the right ammunition for your fight.

Let us now come out of our gaming zone and get right into the preparation.

Remember, it’s not easy but it’s worth it. Take a deep breath, tell yourself that you can do anything you want, and let us dive right into the next phase. 

I have a table below. It has been designed keeping in mind the following:  

  1. Your academic qualification 
  2. No. of hours you can dedicate for your preparation 

Let us understand some basic points so that you can go through the table successfully:  

  • Your academic qualification has been used to classify you into one of the 2 categories: 

Category 1  

If you belong to the first category, you are either “Above average in phase 1 & new in phase 2”  

Category 2  

If you belong to the second category, you are “new in both phase 1 and phase 2”.  

  • Another classification has been made, based on the number of hours you can dedicate consistently. The division of your total hourly commitment per day into hours spent on phase 1 and hours spent on phase 2 has been made in the below table. 

You can fall into any one of the following categories:  

You can allocate  

  • Less than 3 hours a day
  • 3 to 6 hours a day 
  • More than 6 hours a day

You might be good at some aspects of Phase 1 or Phase 2 but are assumed to be requiring improvement in some other factors. Keeping that in mind, time allocation has been made between Phase 1 and Phase 2 in your study plan.  

Having understood the above points, let us now go through the table:

Academic QualificationNo. of hours the
student can study
Phase 1 – Above Average
Phase 2 – New
Phase 1 -New
Phase 2 -New
Banking Exam / B.Tech
< 3 hours

3-6 hours

> 6 hours
1 hour – Phase 1
2 hours – Phase 2

1 hour – Phase 1
5 hours – Phase 2

1 hour – Phase 1
> 5 hours – Phase 2
In College /
Graduate / Masters /
< 3 hours

3-6 hours

> 6 hours
1 hour – Phase 1
2 hours – Phase 2

2 hours – Phase 1
4 hours – Phase 2

2 hours – Phase 1
> 4 hours – Phase 2

You finally know the number of hours you need to give to each phase based on your current preparation.

Let’s move to the important part of the preparation. What to study in the hours we have talked about above.   

Click here to find the document of each and every area you need to cover for the NABARD Grade A Exam. 


In the end, I will say only one thing that it is your hard work and perseverance which can help you clear the NABARD Grade A Examination. So, keep the good working going and I’m here to help you at every step.

All the Best!!
Keep Learning!!