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Phase- I: NABARD  Prelims Exam Syllabus 

S. No. Subject Syllabus
1. Test of English Language  
Reading comprehension, Fillers (Double fillers, Multiple Sentence Fillers, Sentence Fillers), New Pattern Cloze Test, Phrase Replacement, Odd Sentence Out cum Para Jumbles,Inference, Sentence Completion,Connectors, Paragraph Conclusion, Phrasal Verb Related Questions, Error Detection Questions, Word usage/ Vocab Based Questions.
 
2. Test of Reasoning Ability  
Puzzles & Seating Arrangements, Direction Sense, Blood-Relation, Syllogism, Order and Ranking, Coding-Decoding, Machine Input-Output, Inequalities, Alpha-Numeric-Symbol Series, Alphabet Related Questions.
3. Test of Numerical Ability  
Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Pie Chart), Inequalities (Quadratic Equations), Number Series, Approximation and Simplification, Data Sufficiency, Miscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns).
 

Phase-II: NABARD  Mains Exam Syllabus 

S. No. Subject Syllabus
1. Test of English Language (Descriptive) Essay, Precis, Report / Letter Writing
2. Test of Reasoning  
Puzzles & Seating Arrangements, Direction Sense, Blood, Relation, Syllogism, Order and Ranking, Coding-Decoding, Machine Input-Output, Inequalities, Alpha-Numeric-Symbol, Series, Data Sufficiency, Logical Reasoning (Passage Inference, Statement and Assumption, Conclusion, Argument).
3. Computer Knowledge  
History and Generation of Computers, Introduction to Computer Organisation, Computer Memory, Computer Hardware and I/O Devices, Computer Software, Computer Languages, Operating System, Computer Network, Internet, MS Office Suit and Shortcut keys, Basics of DBMS, Number System and Conversions, Computer and Network Security.
4. Quantitative Aptitude  
Data Interpretation (Bar Graph, Line Chart, Tabular, Caselet, Radar/Web, Pie Chart), Inequalities (Quadratic Equations, Quantity 1, Quantity 2), Number Series, Approximation and Simplification, Data Sufficiency, Miscellaneous Arithmetic Problems (HCF and LCM, Profit and Loss, SI & CI, Problem on Ages, Work and Time, Speed Distance and Time, Probability, Mensuration, Permutation and Combination, Average, Ratio and Proportion, Partnership, Problems on Boats and Stream, Problems on Trains, Mixture and Allegation, Pipes and Cisterns).
5. General Awareness (with special reference to agriculture, rural development, and banking)
Agriculture, Rural Development and Banking, Govt. Schemes and Policies, Current Affairs, Static Awareness.

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

Exam Structure for Preliminary Exam:
 

Sr. No. Name of the Tests
 
     (Objective)
No. of Questions Max. Marks Duration
1. Test of English Language 40 40 Composite Time of 60 Minutes
2. Test of Numerical Ability 30 30
3. Test of Reasoning 30 30
  Total 100 100  
 
The Preliminary Exam consists of three sections: English Language, Reasoning Ability and Numerical Ability. Candidate is required to qualify the cutoff in all sections individually as well as overall cutoff to make it for the Mains examination. English sections is of 40 Marks and has 40 Questions so it needs to be given a careful attention. 

 

Exam Structure for Mains Exam:

Sr. No. Name of the Tests No. of Questions Maximum Marks Duration
1. Test of Reasoning 30 30 Composite time of 90 Minutes for Objective Tests and 30 Minutes for Descriptive Tests
2. Quantitative Aptitude 30 30
3. General Awareness (with special reference to agriculture, rural development and Banking) 50 50
4. Computer Knowledge 40 40
5. Test of English Language (Descriptive) Essy, Precis, Report, Letter Writing 50
  Total   200
 
There are 5 sections in the Mains examination: Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, Computer Knowledge and English Language. Only such candidates who score the cut off marks or above in the Main Examination will be shortlistedfor selection. There is no interview hence Mains Exam is the final challenge in this exam. 
English Language will be Descriptive in this exam. No objective English will be asked in the exam so you need to work upon your writing skills. 

NABARD Grade B Cut Offs – Grand Total 2017

Discipline

Category                                         

OBC

SC

ST

UR

UR-OC

General

228.25

235.00

207.25

250.50

187.00