Dear Bankersdaily Aspirant,

The Exam notifications are released one by one and now is the time to study & prepare for the exams because the next big exam in the exam scenario is SBI CLERK EXAM 2018 as the number of vacancies are high. Recently NABARD has released the notification for the post of Assistant Manager in Grade ‘A’ in the Rural Development Banking Service (RDBS) in National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Since the exam pattern is totally different from that of the other exam , this exam get the much needed elucidation of the exam pattern and the syllabus as this will cement the preparation strategy and the preparation works.

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We have already published the notification released by NABARD and aspirants can check the notification from the link that is provided below.


There are totally 92 vacancies available for the NABARD GRADE “A” – Assistant Manager Posts and there are 46 vacancies available for the General discipline.

As we have mentioned in the beginning the exam pattern is different from that of the other exams and we have to get accustomed to the pattern, so that we can create a perfect strategy to crack the NABARD – Grade “A” – Assistant Manager Posts.


TOPICS Total No. of Questions Total Marks Time Duration
Test of Reasoning 20 20  

Composite Time – 120 Minutes


English Language 40 40
Computer Knowledge 20 20
General Awareness 20 20
Quantitative Aptitude 20 20
Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India) 40 40
Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) 40 40
Total 200 200


  • This Phase II is divided into Paper I and Paper II.
  • Paper I is a Online Descriptive Section and the Paper II is a Online MCQ based one.

Paper I : – Descriptive – Online

Language : English (Descriptive – Online Through Keyboard)

Total Marks: 100 Marks

Duration: 90 Minutes

Type of Questions asked :

Essay Writing


Report Writing

Paragraph Writing

Letter Writing

Marks Spit Up :

Essay 40 Marks
Precis 20
Questions on Precis Para 20
Report / Letter Writing 20

Paper – II – MCQ – Online 

Duration : 90 Minutes

Total Marks : 100 Marks

For the Discipline – General

Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus of Rural India)

For the Posts – Animal Husbandry, Chartered Accountants , Economics , Environmental Engineering , Food Processing / Food Technology , Forestry , Land Development (Soil Science) / Agriculture , Minor Irrigation (Water Resources) & Social Work

Please check the attachment to know more about the Syllabus for the above said Posts.

Phase III – Interview

Applicants qualifying in the Phase-II Examination and securing sufficiently high rank in merit shall be short-listed for interview.

Marks for Interview: 25 Marks


The final selection of the applicants for the post of Assistant Manager in Grade ‘A’ (RDBS) will be based on their performance in the Phase-II Main Examination and Interview, taken together. In case of candidates securing same marks their ranking will be decided as under:
I. Among the candidates having equal marks in total (Main examination + interview taken together), the candidate with higher marks in Main Examination will be ranked higher.
II. In case of having equal marks in Main Examination also, candidate with higher qualification or in case of similar qualification, candidate with higher marks in graduation will be ranked higher. In case of further tie-up, the
candidate senior in age will be ranked higher.
For shortlisting from Prelims to Mains and Mains to Interview, all candidates with tied marks will be shortlisted.


Paper II – Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development

Economic & Social Issues: Nature of Indian Economy – Structural and Institutional features – Economic underdevelopment – Opening up the Indian Economy – Globalisation – Economic Reforms in India – Privatisation. Inflation – Trends in Inflation & their Impact on National Economy and Individual Income. Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India – Rural and Urban – Measurement of Poverty – Poverty Alleviation Programmes of the Government. Population Trends – Population Growth and Economic Development – Population Policy in India. 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. Industry – Industrial and Labour Policy – Industrial performance – Regional Imbalance in India’s Industrial Development – Public Sector Enterprises. Rural banking and financial institutions in India – Reforms in Banking/ Financial sector. Globalisation of Economy – Role of International Funding Institutions – IMF & World Bank – WTO – Regional Economic Co-operation. Social Structure in India – Multiculturalism – Demographic trends – Urbanisation and Migration – Gender Issues Joint family system – Social Infrastructure – Education – Health and Environment. Education – Status & System of Education – Socio -Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy – Educational relevance and educational wastage – Educational Policy for India. Social Justice: Problems of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes – socio-economic programmes for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and other backward classes. Positive Discrimination in favour of the under privileged – Social Movements – Indian Political Systems – Human Development. Current Economic & Social Issues.

Agriculture & Rural Development:

Agriculture: definition, meaning and its branches, Agronomy: definition, meaning and scope of agronomy. Classification of field crops. Factors affecting on crop production, Agro Climatic Zones; Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems. 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;

  1. Soil and Water Conservation : Major soil types, soil fertility, fertilisers, soil erosion, soil conservation, watershed management;
  2. Water Resource: Irrigation Management: types of irrigation, sources of irrigation, crop-water requirement, command area development, water conservation techniques, micro-irrigation, irrigation pumps, major, medium and minor
  3. Farm and Agri Engineering : Farm Machinery and Power, Sources of power on the farm- human, animal, mechanical, electrical, wind, solar and biomass, bio fuels, water harvesting structures, farm ponds, watershed management, Agro Processing, Controlled and modified storage, perishable food storage, godowns, bins and grain silos.
  4. Plantation & Horticulture: Definition, meaning and its branches. Agronomic practices and production technology of various plantation and horticulture crops. Post-harvest management, value and supply chain management of Plantation and Horticulture
  5. Animal Husbandry: Farm animals and their role in Indian economy, Animal husbandry methods in India, common terms pertaining to different species of livestock, Utility classification of breeds of cattle. Introduction to common feeds and fodders, their classification and

Introduction to poultry industry in India (past, present and future status), Common terms pertaining to poultry production and management. Concept of mixed farming and its relevance to socio-economic conditions of farmers in India. Complimentary and obligatory nature of livestock and poultry production with that of agricultural farming.

  1. Fisheries: Fisheries resources, management and exploitation – freshwater, brackish water and marine; Aquaculture- Inland and marine; biotechnology; post-harvest technology. Importance of fisheries in India. Common terms pertaining to fish production.
  2. 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
  3. Agriculture Extensions: Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programmes, Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) in dissemination of Agricultural technologies.
  4. 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,
  5. Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities; recent trends, major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance viability of agriculture. Factors of Production in agriculture; Agricultural Finance and Marketing; Impact of Globalization on Indian Agriculture and issues of Food Security; Concept and Types of Farm Management.

Rural Development: Concept of Rural Area, Structure of the Indian Rural Economy- Importance and role of the rural sector in India- Economic, Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economy, causes of rural backwardness.

Rural population in India; Occupational structure, Farmers, Agricultural Labourers, Artisans, Handicrafts, Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes and others in rural India- Trends of change in rural population and rural work force; problems and conditions of rural labour; 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 programmes.

 Aspirants can check the Syllabus for other Disciplines for the Paper II of Phase II of NABARD GRADE “A” – Assistant Manager Exam 2018 from the links that are provided below. 

Syllabus for Animal Husbandry for NABARD – Grade “A” – Assistant Manager 

Syllabus for Chartered Accountant for NABARD – Grade “A” – Assistant Manager 

Syllabus for Economics for NABARD – Grade “A” – Assistant Manager 

Syllabus for Environmental Engineering for NABARD – Grade “A” – Assistant Manager 

Syllabus for Food Processing – Food Technlogy for NABARD – Grade “A” – Assistant Manager 

Syllabus for Forestry for NABARD – Grade “A” – Assistant Manager 

Syllabus for Land Development (Soil Science – Agriculture)  for NABARD – Grade “A” – Assistant Manager 

Syllabus for Minor Irrigation – Water Resources  for NABARD – Grade “A” – Assistant Manager 

Syllabus for Social Work   for NABARD – Grade “A” – Assistant Manager 

Aspirants can check the notification of the NABARD – Grade “A” – Assistant Manager Exam 2018 from the links that are provided below.

Check – Official Notification of NABARD – Grade “A” – Assistant Manager Posts 

Aspirants can apply for the NABARD – Grade “A” – Assistant Manager Posts from the links that are provided below.

APPLY – NABARD – Grade “A” – Assistant Manager EXAM 2018