NABARD 2016 Exam Syllabus, Pattern & Books [Selection Process Explained]

NABARD Recruitment 2016 was announced few days ago for Officer posts in grade A & B cadre.A total of 115 vacancies are to be filled by the bank itself since it does not participate in IBPS banking exams.The agriculture credit bank is fully owned by Govt of India & hence selections are to be made only through competitive exams.With two different positions notified, we explain to you about NABARD exam pattern, syllabus & books to refer.


From this year onwards, a new selection process has been introduced for the recruitment of Assistant Manager (grade A) & Manager (grade B) in Nabard bank.


NABARD 2016 Exam Pattern

As per the modified selection procedure, candidates must go through three phases to get appointment.


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Phase I (Prelims): The preliminary exam is a common online test for both Grade A & B posts, that is to be held on May 15th as per revised dates.


The prelims paper is further divided into two parts:


Part I consists of questions from the following sections:

  • Test of Reasoning – 40 marks
  • English Language – 40 marks
  • Computer Knowledge – 20 marks
  • General Awareness – 20 marks
  • Quantitative Aptitude – 30 marks

Part II must also be answered in the same online test.It wont be held on a separate date.This part has two subjects:

  • Economic & Social issues - 25 marks
  • Agriculture & Rural Development - 25 marks

The total marks allotted for Phase I is 200 marks & you are required to answer all questions within 2 hours (120 minutes).


Though NABARD has not given any information on negative marks we will know about it at the time of downloading exam call letter.


This preliminary exam is only for qualifying purpose.Your marks wont be taken for final selection.But only those who qualify in each section & rank sufficiently high will be called for Phase II (main examination).


Phase II (Mains): The main examination will test your english skills & knowledge about agriculture & economy.Candidates have to attend all the below papers:


In Mains exam, there are 2 papers for Assistant Managers & 3 papers for Managers


Paper I - Descriptive English: Essay, Précis writing, Comprehension, Report/ Paragraph & Letter writing.Answers for these questions are to be typed on the computer only.


Marks: 100 | Time limit is 1 hr 30 minutes.


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

There will be multiple choice questions from Economical, Social issues, Agriculture and Rural development.


Nabard has already provided the detailed syllabus for these subjects in their notification (see below to get it via pdf)


Total: 100 marks | Time limit is 1 hr 30 minutes.


Paper III (only for Manager) Candidates who are applying for Manager (grade B) position only are required to attend this paper.There is no paper III for Assistant Managers.


The topics is Analytical Paper on Development Economics, Statistics, Finance and Management.It is an objective type paper with questions from the above mentioned topics.


Duration: 1 hr 30 minutes | Total: 100 marks


Must read: NABARD Cutoffs of previous year Grade A & B exams


NABARD 2016 Exam Books & Mock Tests

Since NABARD is a credit lending organization for agriculture & rural sector, candidates are required to prepare for these topics in detail.


Therefore we are suggesting few UPSC exam books because they provide you with the depth which is necessary to cover the syllabus for this asst manager & manager recruitment.


* Click here to buy NABARD Grade A & B Online Mock Tests for Rs.599


For Economic and Social Issues:


* Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh – Click here to buy online for Rs.500


* Sociology by CN Shankar Rao Click here to buy online for Rs.520


For Agriculture& Rural Development


* Agriculture at a glance by RK SharmaClick here to buy online for Rs.320


* Rural Development: Indian contextClick here to buy online for Rs.140


* India 2016 by Govt of IndiaClick here to buy online for Rs.298 (for govt schemes)


For Statistics (paper III)


* Statistics (used for SSC CGL exam) – Click here to buy online for Rs.110


NABARD Prelims & Mains Syllabus

It may look that there are many papers to attend in this exam.But except for 3 papers in mains, all are the same.

Part I has Reasoning, Computers, General awareness, Quantitative aptitude & English language.

These sections are similar to any other banking exam.So you can prepare the same topics for this test as well.

Part II contains specialized topics of Economics, Social issues, Agriculture & Rural Development.

Candidates have to prepare well about these chapters because these papers are also in Main exam as well.


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The detailed syllabus of Part II papers for the NABARD prelims & main are given below. Since the topic list is provided, make sure to study these chapters alone:


Economic and Social Issues: There will objective type questions related to economical & social issues that are prevalent in India.

  • Nature of Indian Economy
  • Economic underdevelopment
  • Globalisation
  • Economic Reforms in India
  • 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 Marketing
  • Development of banking and financial institutions in India
  • Reforms in Banking/ Financial sector.
  • Role of International Funding Institutions – IMF & World Bank – WTO
  • Regional Economic Co-operation.
  • Social Structure in India – Multiculturalism – Demographic trends
  • Gender Issues Joint family system
  • Social Infrastructure -Education – Health and Environment.
  • Education – Status & System of Education
  • Socio –Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy
  • Socio-economic programmes for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and other
  • Human Development.
  • Current Economic & Social Issues.


Agriculture: NABARD is primarily an agriculture lending organization with core of its business in agri sector.Therefore an general overview of agriculture sector & rural development is required to answer objective questions in this paper.

  • Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities.
  • Recent trends, major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance viability
  • Factors of Production in agriculture
  • Agricultural Finance and Marketing
  • Agriculture: definition, meaning and its branches
  • Classification of field crops
  • Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems
  • Seed production, seed processing, seed village
  • Meteorology: weather parameters, crop-weather advisory
  • Precision Farming, System of Crop Intensification, organic farming
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Water Resources
  • Farm and Agri Engineering
  • Plantation & Horticulture
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Agricultural extensions
  • Ecology and Climate Change

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 Laborers, Artisans, Handicrafts, Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes and others
  • 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.
  • 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

Analytical Paper on Development Economics, Statistics, Finance & Management: This is yet another paper in NABARD main exams only for Manager (grade B).


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 – Post 2015 Agenda.


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.


Finance: Financial system in India, Union Budget; Project finance, Risk Management in Banking Sector, Sources of capital, instruments and methods, Development finance- scope and needs,Concept of project cycle management, Private and Social Cost Benefit significance of development finance,Financial Inclusion – Use of Technology, Public Private Partnership

Management: Management nature and scope, Processes, Planning, Staffing, Directing and Controlling, he Role of a Manager in an Organization.

  • Leadership
  • Human Resource Development
  • Communication

Candidates who had registered for Assistant Manager (grade A) need not appear for paper III.


We hope you are now clear about the the NABARD exam pattern & selection process. Incase of any doubts, you may ask via the form below.

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