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NABARD Preliminary Exam Syllabus

Reasoning Ability

Quantitative Aptitude

English Language

General Awareness

Computer Knowledge

·  Puzzles (Seating arrangement, linear seating arrangement, floor based)

·  Syllogism

·  Data sufficiency

·  Statement based questions (Verbal reasoning) Inequality

·  Miscellaneous Questions

·  Input Output

·  Blood relations etc.

·  Data Interpretation

·  Quadratic Equations

·  Number Series

·  Simplification/ Approximation

·  Data Sufficiency

·  Reading comprehension

·  Cloze test

·  Sentence improvement

·  Spotting the errors

·  Fill in the blanks

·  Sentence rearrangement

·  Current Affairs

·  Banking and Economy

·   Insurance

·  Networking

·  Input output devices


·  MS Office

·  Internet

·  History of computer & generations

NABARD Mains Exam Syllabus

Paper I - English Writing

·  Essay

·  Precis Writing

·  Comprehension

·  Report Writing

·  Paragraph Writing

·  Business/Office Correspondance

Paper II

Economic & Social Issues

Agriculture & Rural Development

·  Nature of Indian Economy

·  Structural and Institutional features

·  Economic underdevelopment

·  Opening up the Indian Economy

·  Globalisation

·  Economic Reforms in India

·  Privatisation

·  Inflation

·  Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India

·  Measurement of Poverty

·  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.

·  Industrial and Labor Policy

·  Industrial performance

·  Regional Imbalance in India's Industrial Development

·  Rural banking and financial institutions in India

·  Reforms in Banking/ Financial sector

·  Globalisation of Economy

·  Role of International Funding Institution

·  IMF & World Bank

·  WTO

·  Regional Economic Co-operation.

·  Social Structure in India

·  Multiculturalism

·  Social Justice

·  Positive Discrimination in favor of the under privileged

·  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 - Seed production, seed processing, seed village

·  Meteorology: weather parameters, crop-weather advisory

·  Precision Farming

·  System of Crop Intensification

·  organic farming

·  Soil and Water Conservation : Major soil types, soil fertility, fertilisers, soil erosion, soil conservation,watershed management

·  Water Resource

·  Irrigation Management: types of irrigation, sources of irrigation, crop-water requirement, commandarea development, water conservation techniques, micro-irrigation, irrigation pumps, major,medium and minor irrigation.

·  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, farmponds, watershed management, Agro Processing, Controlled and modified storage, perishable foodstorage, godowns, bins and grain silos.

·  Plantation & Horticulture: Definition, meaning and its branche

·  Agronomic practices and production technology of various plantation and horticulture crops

·  Post-harvest management, value and supply chain management of Plantation and Horticulturecrops

·  Animal Husbandry: Farm animals and their role in Indian economy, Animal husbandry methods inIndia, common terms pertaining to different species of livestock, Utility classification of breeds ofcattle

·  Introduction to common feeds and fodders, their classification and utility

·  Introduction to poultry industry in India (past, present and future status), Common terms pertainingto 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 agriculturalfarming.

·  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

·  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.

·  Agriculture Extensions: Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programmes,Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra's (KVK) in dissemination of Agricultural technologies

·  Ecology and Climate Change: Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources, their sustainablemanagement and conservation

·  Causes of climate change, Green House Gases (GHG), major GHG emitting countries, climateanalysis, distinguish between adaptation and mitigation, climate change impact to agriculture andrural Page 12 of 28 livelihood, carbon credit, IPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetings, funding mechanisms forclimate change projects, initiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, INDC

·  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 Characteristicsof the Indian rural economy, causes of Rural Backwardness

·  Rural population in India; Occupational structure, Farmers, Agricultural Laborers, Artisans,Handicrafts, 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 Hand-looms

·  Panchayati Raj Institutions – Functions and Working

·  MGNREGA, NRLM – Aajeevika, Rural Drinking water Programmes, Swachh Bharat, Rural Housing,PURA and other rural development programmes.


Development Economics




·  Measures of development

·  Economic Development Models

·  Role of subsidies

·  Importance of savings and investment

·  Importance of agriculture

·  Terms of trade in agriculture

·  Development issues in India.

·  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.

·  Regulation of Banks & Financial Institutions

·  Banking and financial Institutions in India

·  Financial system- features, characteristics and issues

·  Micro finance, its significance and importance

·  Union Budget

·  Project finance

·  Infrastructure financing

·  Sources of capital

·  Development finance

·  Concept of project cycle management

·  Private and Social Cost Benefit significance of development finance

·  Financial Inclusion

·  Management: its nature and scope

·  The Management Processes

·  Planning

·  Organisation

·  Staffing

·  Directing and Controlling

·  The Role of a Manager in an Organisation

·  Leadership

·  Human Resource Development

·  Communication


 Age Limit

  • Minimum Age: 21 years
  • Maximum Age: 30 years

Educational Qualification

  • Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with a minimum of 50% marks


Best books to prepare:

Following are some of the best books to prepare for English:

  • Objective General English by Dr. R.S.Aggarwal & Vikas Aggarwal from S Chand Publications
  • Objective English for Competitive Exams By Hari Mohan Prasad & Uma Rani Sinha from McGraw Hill Publications
  • Quantitative Aptitude Books:
  • Fast Track Objective Arithmetic by Rajesh Verma
  • Advanced Maths for General Competitions by Rakesh Yadav
  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by R.S.Aggarwal from S Chand Publications
  • Reasoning Aptitude Books:
  • A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning by R.S.Aggarwal
  • A New Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning by B.S.Sijwali

 General Awareness Books:Indian Year Book English/Hindi by Publication Division

Manorama Yearbook by Mathew & Mammen Manorama

Computer Awareness Books:

  • Objective Computer Awareness by R. Pillai
  • Computer Knowledge by Shikha Agarwal



Selection Process and Exam Pattern of the examination:

The selection process will consist of the three phases as follows:

1. Phase I – Preliminary Examination (Online Exam)

2. Phase II – Main Examination will be online and will be a mix of MCQ and descriptive pattern.

3. Phase III – Interview

Phase I – Preliminary Examination (Online Exam)


S. No.

Name of the test

No. of Questions/Marks



Test of Reasoning


120 Minutes


English Language



Computer Knowledge



General Awareness



Quantitative Aptitude



Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)



Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)





2. Phase II – Main Examination :

The mains examination will be a mix of MCQ and descriptive pattern and the exam pattern of the examination will be as follows:

A. Paper I: General English: (Descriptive - online through keyboard):

The paper will have descriptive questions carrying 100 marks and the Duration will be 1 ½ hrs. The analytical and drafting abilities of the candidate shall be assessed through the Descriptive Paper on General English comprising essay writing, comprehension, report writing, paragraph writing & letter writing. Essay (40 Marks), Precis (20 Marks), Questions on the Precis para (20 Marks), Report / Letter Writing (20 Marks).


B. Paper–II (MCQ):

i) For General  posts - Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on rural India)

ii) For Other posts: Paper on related discipline will be of 100 Marks and the total Duration will be 1 ½ hrs.

3. Phase III – Interview (25 Marks):

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


NABARD Grade B Cut Offs – Grand Total 2017