An Easy Guide to NABARD Exam Pattern 2018 with Details Syllabus

Learn these NABARD Exam Pattern 2018 if you have applied for  the posts of NABARD Specialist Officer Recruitment. It is time to prepare NABARD Exam with every effort to qualify in the Online Exams which will be conducted by NABARD after few days (all you need is described below).

To do the best result in any comparative exam, Specially NABARD Exam, you should have the knowledge of the examination procedure or Exam Pattern, With a details knowledge about the syllabus, you can prepare yourself with less effort to qualify better ( all the details are described below).

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NABARD Exam Pattern 2017


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NABARD 2018 Selection Procedure:

NABARD Exam Pattern is of three (03) phases and you should qualify for every phase.


Phase I (Preliminary Examination): 

The phase I of NABARD Exam Pattern is common to both Assistant Managers in Grade ‘A’ and Managers in Grade ‘B’.

In this phase of the exam, you should answer the questions in an online process.

The Preliminary Examination is only qualifying in nature and is meant to serve as a screening test. Candidates who qualify and rank sufficiently high as decided by NABARD Bank shall be called for appearing in the Main Examination.

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Part I

Sl No Subject Total Marks
01 Test of Reasoning 40 marks
02 English Language 40 marks
03 Computer Knowledge 20 marks
04 General Awareness 20 marks
05 Quantitative Aptitude 30 marks


Part II

Sl No Subject Total Marks
01 Eco. & Social issues 25
02 Agri. & Rural Dev. 25


There will be Objective Type Multiple Choice Questions for total 200 marks and time will be given only 120 Minutes.


Phase II (Main Examination): 

The Aim of this NABARD Main exam is to check your knowledge on Indian Economic and Social Issues, Indian Agriculture and Indian Rural Development and your ability of analytical and drafting in English.

Phase II NABARD Exam Pattern 2018 will consist of three papers.


Paper I- Writing skills online through keyboard

Sl No Subject Total Marks Duration
01 General English (Descriptive) 100 1 ½ hrs

In NABARD Exam, the analytical and drafting ability of the candidate shall be assessed from the Descriptive English paper through essay writing, comprehension, report writing, paragraph writing & Letter writing.

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Paper II- MCQ for both the categories

Sl No Subject Total Marks Duration
01 Economic and Social Issues and Agriculture and Rural Development 100 1 ½ hrs

Paper III-MCQ paper is only for Grade ‘B’ (RDBS)

Sl No Subject Total Marks Duration
01 Analytical Paper on Development Economics, Statistics, Finance and Management 100 1 ½ hrs.


Phase III – Interview:

If you qualify in the NABARD Exam Pattern Phase-II Examination and secure high rank in merit then you will be short-listed for interview. Marks for NABARD Interview is allotted 25 for Assistant Managers and 40 for Managers. So, you must prepare for Interview Questions for NABARD too.

All question papers (in both phases) except the test of English, will be set bilingually in Hindi and English

The final selection and ranking of the applicants for the post of Assistant Manager (Grade ‘A’) in RDBS and Manager in Grade ‘B’ (RDBS) will be based on their performance in the Phase-II Main Examination and interview, taken together.


Details Syllabus for NABARD (PHASE II) Descriptive Examination:

Paper I: for NABARD Assistant Managers and NABARD Managers:

English: Essay, Précis writing, Comprehension and Business/Office Correspondence.

Paper II: for NABARD Assistant Managers and NABARD Managers:

  1. Forestry: Basic concepts of Forest and Forestry. Principles of silviculture, forest mensuration, forest management, and forest economics. Concepts of social forestry, agroforestry, joint forest management. Forest policy and legislation in India, India State of Forest Report 2015. Recent developments under Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  2. Concept and Types of Farm Management. Agriculture: definition, meaning and its branches, Agronomy: definition, meaning, and scope of agronomy.
  3. Economic and Social Issues in India: we should know the Nature of Indian Economy its Structural and Institutional features and reasons of INDIAN Economic underdevelopment. Opening up the Indian Economy – Globalisation – Economic Reforms in India – Privatization. Inflation – Trends in Inflation & their Impact on National Economy and Individual Income. Give special attention to Nature of Indian Economy – structural and institutional features – economic underdevelopment etc.
  4. Objectives of Indian Economy is an important subject to study for NABARD Exam.
  5. Planning Evaluation of Indian Planning Poverty -Alleviation and Employment Generation in India – Rural and Urban – Measurement of Poverty – Poverty Alleviation Programmes of Indian Government.
  6. Population Trends In India – Population Growth and Economic Development in India – Population Policy in India. Indian Agriculture – Characteristics / Status – Technical and Institutional changes in Indian Agriculture – Agricultural performance – Issues in Food Security in India – Non Institutional and Institutional Agencies in rural credit.
  7. Industry – Indian Industrial and Labour Policy – Industrial performance – Regional Imbalance in India’s Industrial Development – Public Sector Enterprises is important to study for NABARD Main Exam.
  8. Rural Marketing Development of banking and financial institutions in India – Reforms in Banking/ Financial sector. Globalization of Economy – Role of International Funding Institutions – IMF & World Bank – WTO – Regional Economic Co-operation.
  9. Social Structure in India – Multiculturalism – Demographic trends – Urbanisation and Migration – Gender Issues Joint family system – Social Infrastructure – Education – Health and Environment.
  10. For Education section of NABARD Exam, you should study, Indian Education Status & System – Socio -Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy – Educational relevance and educational wastage in India – Educational Policy for India.
  11. When Preparing NABARD Exam, study about Social Justice: Problems of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes – socio-economic programs for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and other backward classes. Positive Discrimination in favor of the underprivileged – Social Movements – Indian Political Systems – Human Development. Current Economic & Social Issues.
  12. Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities: Recent trends, major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance the viability of agriculture. Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities and Recent trends, major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance the viability of agriculture are the important subjects to prepare for NABARD Exam.
  13. Factors of Production in agriculture; Agricultural Finance and Marketing; Impact of Globalization on Indian Agriculture and issues of Food Security
  14. Indian Agriculture – Challenges of Globalisation: The largest portion of the natural resources of India consists of land and by far the largest number of its inhabitants is engaged in agriculture holds a position of basic importance. Agricultural sector occupies a key position in the Indian economy and provides employment to about 65 percent of the working population of India.
  15. Classification of field crops. Factors affecting on crop production, Agro-Climatic Zones; Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems.
  16. Problems of dry land agriculture; Seed production, seed processing, seed village; Meteorology: weather parameters, crop-weather advisory; Precision Farming, System of Crop Intensification, organic farming
  17. Soil and Water Conservation: For NABARD Exam you should give special attention to Soil and Water Conservation. Major soil types, soil fertility, fertilizers, soil erosion, soil conservation, watershed management
  18. Water Resource: Irrigation Management: types of irrigation, sources of irrigation, crop water requirement, command area development etc.
  19. Plantation & Horticulture
  20. Animal Husbandry: Farm animals and their role in Indian economy, Animal husbandry methods in India, common terms pertaining to different species of livestock,
  21. Fisheries: Fisheries resources, management, and exploitation – freshwater, blackish-water, and marine; Aquaculture- Inland and marine; biotechnology; post harvest technology. The importance of fisheries in India. Common terms pertaining to fish production.
  22. Agricultural extensions: Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programs, Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) in the dissemination of Agricultural technologies.
  23. Ecology and Climate Change: Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources, their sustainable management, and conservation. Causes of climate change, Green House Gases (GHG), major GHG emitting countries, climate analysis, distinguish between adaptation and mitigation, climate change impact to agriculture and rural livelihood, carbon credit, IPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetings, funding mechanisms for climate change projects, initiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, INDC.
  24. Rural Development: Concept of Rural Area, Structure of the Indian Rural Economy-Importance and role of the rural sector in India- Know the Economic, Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economy and main reasons for causes of Rural Backwardness. Rural population in India; Occupational structure, Farmers, Agricultural Labourers, Artisans, Handicrafts, Economic, Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economy must be studied for NABARD Exam. Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes and others in rural India- Trends of change in rural population and rural workforce; problems and conditions of rural labor; Issues and challenges in Handlooms Panchayati Raj Institutions – Functions and Working. MGNREGA, NRLM – Aajeevika, Rural Drinking water Programmes, Swachh Bharat, Rural housing, PURA and other rural development programs. Rural Credit System, Role of Rural Credit in Rural Development. Evolution and Growth of Rural Credit System in India. Role and functions of RBI, NABARD, SIDBI and other financial institutions. Study Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economy.


Paper III – Analytical Paper on Development Economics, Statistics, Finance, and Management (For Grade ‘B’ Examination):

  1. Development Economics: Measures of development, Economic Development Models, the role of subsidies, the importance of savings and investment, Importance of agriculture, Terms of trade in agriculture, Development issues in India – Post 2015 Agenda.
  2. Statistics: Basic statistical concepts, Summarizing of data, Frequency distribution, Measures of Central Tendency, Relative dispersion, Elementary Probability, Relative Frequency Approach, sampling, Axiomatic Approach, Analysis of frequency distribution, Correlation, Regression, Sampling Methods, Time Series Analysis.
  3. Finance: Financial system in India; Regulation of Banks & Financial Institutions, Banking and financial Institutions in India; financial system- features, characteristics and issues; Microfinance, its significance and importance; Union Budget; Project finance- Assessment and Sources for block capital, working capital, Infrastructure financing- Risk Management in Banking Sector, Sources of capital, instruments and methods, salient features; Development finance- scope and needs of development finance; Concept of project cycle management Private and Social Cost Benefit significance of development finance, , Financial Inclusion – Use of Technology, Public Private Partnership,
  4. Management: Management: its nature and scope; The Management Processes; Planning, Organisation, Staffing, Directing, and Controlling; The Role of a Manager in an Organisation. a) Leadership b) Human Resource Development c) Communication: Steps in the Communication Process; Communication Channels; Oral versus Written Communication; Verbal versus non-verbal Communication; Role of Information Technology ETC.

Now you have got all the information regarding NABARD Exam Pattern 2018 and Syllabus for the Recruitment in 2018. Study according to the syllabus described above to prepare for the exam that will be conducted by the Bank and read the books from now. Don’t be late.

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