NABARD Grade A 2021, Admit card (Mains out), Results (Out), Exam dates, Exam Pattern & Syllabus

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May 27, 2021

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Exams Prepmaster

National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development (NABARD) has invited Indian candidates for the post of Assistant Manager in Grade A in the Rural Development Banking Service (RDBS) /(Rajbhasha Service) / (Legal Service). NABARD Grade A 2021 notification is yet to be released. As per the latest update, the candidate list for P&SS posts for NABARD Grade-A 2020 exam is out. Download the NABARD Grade A 2020 Result now.

The conducting board will issue Admit Cards for the eligible candidates within two-three weeks before the Mains Exam. The exam date of NABARD Mains has not been announced yet. However, NABARD has declared that the dates will soon be announced after the national lockdown. For the time being, the aspirants can download and solve the NABARD Grade-A Sample Papers. 

Grade A Highlights

NABARD Grade A 2021- Important Highlights

Name of the Exam NABARD Grade A 2021
Conducting Body National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development
Post Assistant Manager
Vacancies yet to be notified
Salary Approx INR 62,600/- per month
Job Location Across India
Mode of Application Online
Application Fees For SC/ST: INR 100/- For Others: INR 750/-
Mode of Exam Online
Exam Duration Prelims: 2 hours Mains: 3 Hours
Negative Marking 1/4th marks
Selection Process
  • Preliminary
  • Mains
  • Personal Interview.
Official Website
Grade A Dates

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NABARD Grade A 2021- Important Dates

Events Dates(Tentative)
Starting of Online Registration January 2021
Online Registrations & Fees Payment Closing February 2021
NABARD Grade A Prelims Admit Card to be notified
NABARD Grade A Prelims Exam Date March 2021
NABARD Grade A Results to be notified
NABARD Grade A Mains Admit/Call Letter To be notified
NABARD Grade A Mains Exam Date May 2021
NABARD Grade A Mains Results to be notified
NABARD Grade A Interview July 2021
Grade A Eligibility

NABARD Grade-A Eligibility Criteria

Before looking at the Eligibility criteria as per the NABARD Grade A 2021 Official Notification, candidates should be aware of the points mentioned below:

  • It is clarified that candidates applying for Asst. Manager (RDBS) - General cannot apply for another discipline and vice versa.
  • The candidate can apply only for ONE Post/ Discipline of his/ her choice. In case of multiple applications across or within disciplines for Grade A (RDBS), only the last application submitted will be considered valid and fee against all other applications will be forfeited.

NABARD Grade A- Educational Criteria

In the following paragraphs, the Bachelor’s Degree in a particular discipline indicates the candidate have studied it as the main subject and it is the subject on which the candidate have gained their degree and certificates:

Grade ‘A’ (RDBS)

  • Minimum 50% marks for general category students in the respective subject is essential. SC/ST/PWD will require a minimum of 45% aggregate.
  • Bachelor’s as well as post-graduation degree in Agriculture, Soil Science, and agronomy will earn you an edge over other subjects, especially for certain specific posts of RDBS Grade ‘A’.
  • Other subjects that are specifically considered for the NABARD posts include food processing, environmental engineering, agricultural marketing, business management, agricultural economics, IT, Geo-Informatics, chartered accountant, human resource management, and statistics. The minimum marks required is 50% aggregate in any of these disciplines.


  • Bachelor's Degree or Post-graduation Degree from a recognised university in English/Hindi medium with Hindi and English as a compulsory or elective subject with a minimum of 50% marks (pass class for SC/ST/PWD) in the aggregate.
  • Bachelor's Degree or Post-Graduation Degree with Hindi and English as main subjects with a minimum of 50% marks (pass marks for SC/ST/PWD) in the aggregate.
  • Candidates must be able to translate from English To Hindi and vice/versa.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Law recognized by the Bar Council of India for the purpose of enrolment as an Advocate with a minimum of 50% marks (SC/ST applicants - 45%) or equivalent in the aggregate of all semesters/years.
  • LLM Degree with a minimum of 45% (SC/ST applicants - 40%) or equivalent in the aggregate of all semesters/years.


  1. For PWD candidates, minimum required marks shall be 50% in Bachelor’s Degree in Law in the Aggregate of all semesters/years OR LLM degree with a minimum of 45% or equivalent in the aggregate of all semesters/years
  2. In the case of practising advocates, a copy of Bar Council Registration Certificate and A Certificate from Bar Association of which the candidate is a member or a certificate issued by the Presiding Officer of a court before which the candidate has practised for the required period should be produced at the time of interview.
  3. Some Universities/Institutes do not award Class or percentage of marks and allot Aggregate Grade Points. For such cases take a look at the below table:
Equivalent CGPA/ OGPA/ CPI or similar terminologies allotted on a 10-point scale Class / Division Aggregate % of Marks
6.75 I (First) 60%
6.25 II (Second) 55%
5.75 II (Second) 50%
5.25 II (Second) 45%

Age Limit and Relaxation

The candidate must be between 21 and 30 years of age as on 01-01-2021, i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than January 02, 1991, and not later than January 01, 2000. Here is the relaxation in Age Criteria as per the Categories:

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST 05 Years
Ex-servicemen 05 Years
OBC 03 Years
Person with disabilities (General) 10 years
Person with disabilities(SC /ST) 15 years
Person with disabilities(OBC) 13 years
Grade A Application

NABARD Grade A: Application Procedure

  • Eligible applicants are required to apply online through the website
  • No other means/ mode of application will be accepted.
  • The application form should be filled in English only.
  • Option for the use of Hindi language will be available for the Online/Main Examination/ Interview.

Before applying online, candidates should -

  1. Scan photograph and signature ensuring that both the photograph and signature adhere to the required specifications as given under guidelines.
  2. Have a valid personal email ID and mobile no., which should be kept active till the completion of this Recruitment Process.
  3. Be prepared for biometric verification of identity at the Exam Centre at the time of Main Examination and onwards.

How to Apply Online for NABARD Grade A 2021?

Follow the steps mentioned below to fill in the online application form of NABARD 2021:

Step-1: Registration

  • Visit the Official Website of NABARD i.e.
  • Click on the option "APPLY ONLINE" which will open a new screen.
  • To Register Application, choose the tab "Click here for New Registration".
  • Enter Name, Contact details and Email-id. A Provisional Registration Number and Password will be generated by the system and displayed on the screen.
  • Candidates should note down the Provisional Registration Number and Password. An Email & SMS indicating the Provisional Registration number and Password will be sent at the given email ID and mobile number.

Step-2: Application Form

  • In case the candidate is unable to complete the application form in one go, he/she can save the data already entered by choosing the "SAVE AND NEXT" tab.
  • Before submission of the online application, candidates are advised to use the "SAVE AND NEXT" facility to verify the details in the online application form and modify the same, if required.
  • Visually Impaired candidates should fill the application form carefully and verify/ get the details verified to ensure that the same are correct prior to final submission.
  • Candidates are advised to carefully fill and verify the details filled in the online application themselves as no change will be possible after clicking the FINAL SUBMIT BUTTON.
  • The name of the candidate or his /her Father/ Husband etc. should be spelt correctly in the application as it appears in the Certificates / Mark sheets as well as valid ID Proof brought for the examination.
  • Validate your details and Save your application by clicking the 'Validate your details' and 'Save & Next' button.

Step-3: Uploading Required Documents

  • Candidates can proceed to upload Photo & Signature as per the specifications given in the Guidelines for Scanning and Upload of Photograph and Signature details.
  • There will be separate links for uploading Photograph, Signature, left thumb impression and handwritten declaration.
  • Click on the respective link "Upload Photograph / Signature/left thumb impression/hand written declaration".
  • Browse & Select the location where the Scanned Photo/ Signature/ left thumb impression/handwritten declaration file has been saved.
  • Select the file by clicking on it.
  • Click the 'Upload' button
  • Then, Candidates can proceed to fill other details of the Application Form.
  • Click on the Preview Tab to preview and verify the entire application form before FINAL SUBMIT
  • Modify details, if required, and click on 'FINAL SUBMIT' ONLY after verifying and ensuring that the photograph, signature uploaded and other details filled by you are correct.

Step-4: Application Fees and Payment Procedures

  • Click on 'Payment' Tab and proceed for payment.
  • Payment can be made by using only Master/Visa/Rupay Debit or Credit Cards or Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards/Mobile Wallets.
  • After submitting your payment information in the online application form, PLEASE WAIT FOR THE INTIMATION FROM THE SERVER. DO NOT PRESS BACK OR REFRESH BUTTON IN ORDER TO AVOID DOUBLE CHARGE.
  • On successful completion of the transaction, an e-Receipt will be generated.
  • Candidates are required to take a printout of the e-Receipt and online Application Form.
Category Application Fees Immigration Charges Total(INR)
SC/ ST NIL 100 100/-*
All other categories 650 100 750/-*

*Exclusive of applicable GST

  • Click on the 'Submit' button.

Guidelines for Scanning and Uploading Documents:

Before applying online a candidate will be required to have a scanned (Digital) image

of his/her photograph and signature as per the specifications given below:

  • The Photograph must be a recent passport size colour picture, taken against a light-coloured, preferably white, background.
  • If you have to use flash, ensure there's no "red-eye".
  • The applicant has to sign on white paper with Black Ink pen.
  • The applicant has to put his left thumb impression on a white paper with black or blue ink.
  • The applicant has to write the declaration in English clearly on the white paper with black ink.
  • Signature/ Handwritten declaration in CAPITAL LETTERS shall not be accepted.
Documents Dimensions Size Format
Photograph 200 x 230 pixels 20kb-50kb .JPG/ .JPEG
Signature 140 x 60 pixels 10kb —20kb .JPG/ .JPEG
Left Thumb Impression 140 x 60 pixels 20kb -50 kb .JPG/ .JPEG
Hand-written Declaration 140 x 60 pixels 50kb-100kb .JPG/ .JPEG
Grade A Exam Centers

NABARD Grade A: Exam Centres

While applying for NABARD Grade A 2021, candidates will be able to choose suitable exam centres for Prelims and Mains. NABARD will conduct the preliminary exam across over 150 cities. The mains exam will be conducted in 21 cities.

NABARD Recruitment Exam Centres for Preliminary

States/UTs Cities
Andaman & Nicobar Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Chirala, Srikakulam, Guntur, Kadapa, Kurnool, Nellore, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati, Kakinada, Vizianagaram
Arunachal Pradesh Naharlagun
Assam Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur
Bihar Arrah, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea
Chandigarh Chandigarh-Mohali
Chattisgarh Bilaspur, Durg-Bhilai, Raipur
Goa Panaji-Mapusa
Gujarat Ahmedabad / Gandhinagar, Anand, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
Haryana Hisar, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Sonipat, Ambala
Himachal Pradesh Hamirpur, Shimla, Solan, Mandi, Kangra
Jammu & Kashmir Samba, Jammu, Srinagar
Jharkhand Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Karnataka Bengaluru, Belgaum, Hubli-Dharwad, Hassan, Gulbarga, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi
Kerala Alappuzha, Ernakulam/Kochi, Kannur, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Pallakad, Thrichur, Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam
Madhya Pradesh Ujjain, Sagar, Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Satna
Maharashtra Aurangabad, Amravati, Kolhapur, Mumbai/ Navi Mumbai/Thane/Greater Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nasik, Pune, Chandrapur, Solapur, Dhule
Manipur Imphal
Meghalaya Shilong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
New Delhi Delhi-NCR
Odisha Balasore, Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneshwar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Dhenkanal, Rourkela
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar, Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Patiala
Rajasthan Ajmer, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Sikkim Gangtok- Bardang
Tamilnadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Tiruchirapalli, Tirunelveli, Vellore, Erode, Virudhunagar
Telangana Hyderabad/Rangareddy, Karimnagar, Warangal, Khammam
Tripura Agartala
Uttar Pradesh Agra, Aligarh, Prayagraj, Bareilly, Faizabad, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Noida, Varanasi
Uttarakhand Roorkee, Dehradun, Haldwani
West Bengal Asansol, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata/Greater Kolkata, Siliguri

NABARD Recruitment Exam Centres for Mains Exam

To appear for the mains exam, candidates need to select from the following list of exam centres.

Exam Centres
Ahmedabad / Gandhinagar Bhopal Bhubaneshwar
Chandigarh - Mohali Chennai Guwahati
Hyderabad Jaipur Jammu
Srinagar Kolkata Lucknow
Mumbai / Navi Mumbai / Thane Delhi - NCR Patna
Pune Raipur Ranchi
Shillong - -
Grade A Admit Card

NABARD Grade A: Admit Card

NABARD Admit card for NABARD 2021 Mains is expected to be realised in August. The main exam will be conducted in the first week of September tentatively. Candidates who qualified the prelims, can access NABARD Grade A admit card by logging with registration number or roll number and date of birth or password, once the admit card is issued. Here are steps to download the Admit Card:

  • Visit the official website of NABARD
  • Click the admit card link on the home page
  • Enter registration number or roll number and date of birth or password
  • NABARD Grade A Admit card appears on the screen
  • Download the admit card and take its printout.
  • Candidates are advised to take a few printouts for future reference.

Details on NABARD Grade A Admit Card

The following are the information that is printed on every admit card. Your responsibility is to check whether these credentials are correctly provided:

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Exam Date
  • Registration Number
  • Roll Number
  • Scanned images of photograph & Signature
  • Space for signature & left thumb impression of candidates
  • Duration of the Test
  • Reporting time
  • Exam Centre Name and Address

Valid ID proofs for NABARD candidates

Along with the admit card candidates need to carry the following documents:

  • PAN Card
  • Passport
  • Permanent Driving
  • Licence/ Voter’s Card/ Bank Passbook
  • Photo identity proof issued by a Gazetted Officer
  • Identity Card issued by a recognised college/ university
Grade A Exam Pattern

NABARD Grade A: Exam Pattern

  • Phase-I i.e. Prelims exam will be an online objective type test.
  • Phase-II i.e. The Main exam will be of online objective as well as online descriptive test.
  • The cutoff in Phase-I and Phase-II may be applied in two stages:
    • On Scores in individual tests,
    • On Total Score

NABARD Grade A: Exam Pattern of Prelims

  • NABARD prelims exam is common for all the 154 posts of Grade A officers.
  • All the Questions will be objective type (MCQs)
  • The test will be conducted online.
  • The time duration for the Preliminary exam is two hours. The different sections are not separately timed.
Sections Marks Number of Questions Duration
English 40 40 120 minutes
Reasoning 20 20
Quantitative Aptitude 20 20
General Awareness 20 20
Computer 20 20
Economic and Social Issues(with focus on Rural India) 40 40
Agriculture and Rural Development(with focus on Rural India 40 40
Total 200 200 2 Hours
  • The Exam is only qualifying in nature and will serve as a screening test.
  • The candidate who clears the sectional as well as the overall Cutoff, will be called for NABARD Mains.
  • The calling ratio for the Main exam shall be 1:25.
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.25 for every wrong answer.
  • The marks secured in Phase I – Online preliminary examination will not be considered for final selection.

NABARD Grade A: Exam Pattern of Mains

  • Phase-II Exam Dates will be released by the conducting board soon.
  • This will be an objective and descriptive type online test.
  • The paper-I will be common for the candidates who applied for all the posts.
  • The Paper-II will be differentiated as per the posts and streams.
Exam Paper Name of Test Maximum Marks Duration
Paper-I (Descriptive Test) General English: The analytical and drafting abilities of the candidates will be assessed through this paper comprising essay writing, comprehension, report writing & letter writing. 100 90 minutes
Paper-II Economic & Social Issues and Agricultural & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) 100 90 minutes
Paper on related discipline
  • If you score the minimum cut off marks or above in the Main Exam will be shortlisted for interview. The calling ratio for Interview shall be 1:5.
  • There will be a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.
Grade A Syllabus

NABARD Grade A Syllabus

  • Phase-I syllabus is common for all the candidates applied for 154 posts.
  • Phase-II consists of 2 papers having different syllabus for each.

NABARD Grade A Syllabus Phase I (Prelims)

Section Syllabus
English Reading comprehension, Cloze test, Sentence improvement, Spotting the errors, Fill in the blanks, Sentence rearrangement, One word out, Fillers- Single/ Double, Idioms and Phases, Vocabulary based questions.
Reasoning Puzzles (Seating arrangement, linear seating arrangement, floor-based), Syllogism, Data sufficiency, Statement based questions (Verbal reasoning), Inequality, Miscellaneous Questions, Input-Output, Blood relations, Coding-Decoding, Series completion, Order and Ranking, etc.
Quantitative Aptitude Data Interpretation, Quadratic Equations, Number Series, Simplification/ Approximation, Profit & Loss, SI & CI Interest, Data Sufficiency, Partnerships & Discounts, Ratio and Proportion, Problems on Ages, Mensuration, Percentage, etc.
General Awareness Current Affairs (Agriculture Focused), Banking Awareness and Economy (Agriculture Focused), Agricultural Insurance, Important people in the news, Sports News, Appointments, etc.
Computer Networking, Input-output devices, DBMS, MS Office, Internet, History of computer & generations, Abbreviations, Shortcuts, Computer Terminology, Operating system, etc.
Economic and Social Issues Nature of Indian Economy, Structural and Institutional features, Economic underdevelopment, Opening up the Indian Economy, Globalisation, Economic, Reforms in India– Privatisation, Inflation, 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 Industry, Rural banking and financial institutions in India, Reforms in Banking/ Financial sector, Globalisation of Economy, Social Structure in India, Education, Social Justice.
Agriculture and Rural Development Agriculture, Agronomy, Classification of field crops, Factors affecting crop production, Agro-Climatic Zones, Cropping Systems, Problems of dryland agriculture, Seed production, seed processing, seed village, Meteorology, Soil and Water Conservation, Water, Resource, Farm and Agri Engineering, Plantation & Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Forestry, Ecology, and Climate Change, Present Scenario of Indian, Agriculture and Allied activities, Rural Development, Rural population in India, Panchayati Raj Institutions.

NABARD Grade A Mains Syllabus

NABARD Grade A Mains-Paper-I

  1. Essay writing,
  2. Comprehension,
  3. Report Writing,
  4. Paragraph Writing & Letter Writing.

NABARD Grade A Mains- Paper-II

  • Economic & Social Issues- Nature of Indian economy, Inflation, Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India, Population Trends, Agriculture, Industry, Rural banking and financial institution in India, Globalization of Economy, Social Structure in India, Education, Social Justice, and Positive Discrimination in favour of the underprivileged.
  • Agriculture & Rural Development- Agriculture, Soil and Water conservation, Water Resource, Farm and Agri Engineering, Plantation & Husbandry, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Forestry, Agriculture Extensions, Ecology and Climate Change, Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture & Allied activities, and Rural Development.

NABARD Grade A: Pre-Recruitment Training(PRT)

The Bank arranges pre-examination training to SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates, free of cost. Candidates who wish to avail of the training must apply separately to the Chief General

Manager, NABARD.

The pre-examination training would be held prior to the Preliminary Examination. The exact date, time and venue would be informed to the candidates in advance on their email provided during the application. The training will be held subject to receipt of the adequate number of requests.

Note: It may be noted that outstation candidates should not send their application for training to NABARD, HRMD, HO, MUMBAI, as it will not entertain such applications.

NABARD Grade A: Selection Process

The examination will be conducted in three phases:

  1. Phase-I
  2. Phase-II
  3. Interview

Phase-I: Preliminary Exam

  • The preliminary exam has one paper of 200 marks.
  • The Preliminary Examination is only qualifying in nature and is meant to serve as a screening test
  • The total duration of the exam is 2 hours.
  • This paper is common for all the candidates applying for different streams.
  • . Candidates who qualify and rank sufficiently high as decided by NABARD shall be called for appearing at the Main Examination. The calling ratio for Main Exam shall be 1:25.

Phase-II: Mains Exam

  • The Main Examination will be online and will be a mix of MCQ and descriptive patterns.
  • Only such candidates who score the minimum cut off marks or above in the Main Exam will be shortlisted for interview. The calling ratio for the Interview shall be 1:5.
  • For every wrong answer marked, 1/4th of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted.

Phase-II: Interview

  • The candidate will qualify the Mains exam, will be called for the Interview.
  • The interview contains 25 marks.
  • Applicants qualifying in the Phase-II – Main Examination and securing the sufficiently high rank in merit shall be short-listed for interview.
  • It is a personality test that will determine the candidates’ suitability for the post.

Final Selection:

Since the vacancies are earmarked discipline-wise, merit list of candidates for each stage

will be prepared accordingly. Cutoff marks in Phase-I and Phase-II may be applied in two stages:

  • On scores in individual tests,
  • On Total Score

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

Tie-breaker method

In case of candidates securing same marks, their ranking will be decided as under:

  • The candidates having equal marks in total (Mains + Interview), the candidates with higher marks in Main will be ranked higher.
  • In case of having equal marks in Mans, the candidate with a higher qualification or in case of similar qualifications, candidates with higher marks in graduation will be ranked higher.
  • For further tie-up, the candidate senior in age will be ranked higher.

NABARD Grade A Prelims Result

Candidates who have appeared for the examination can check their result through the official site of NABARD at Or they can download the result by clicking on the link down below:

Click here to download the NABARD Grade A Prelims Result

How to check the NABARD Grade A Prelims Result?

  • Visit the official site of NABARD at
  • The home page of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will be visible.
  • Click on NABARD Grade A Prelims Result 2020 link available on the home page.
  • A new PDF file will open.
  • Check the result and download the file.
  • Check according to the Registration numbers.
  • Keep a hard copy of the same for further need.
Grade A Cutoff

NABARD Grade A: Cutoff

There are various factors that are considered while preparing the cut off of NABARD for Gade A. The exam conducting authority takes the following factors into consideration while preparing NABARD Grade A cut off:

  • Total Vacancies
  • Total Number of appeared candidates
  • The difficulty level of the question paper.

How to check NABARD Grade A Cutoff?

The steps to check the cut off marks are given below:

  • Visit the official website
  • Click the cut-off link on the home page
  • NABARD cut off 2021 opens in a PDF format
  • Check and download the cut off marks

NABARD Grade A Cutoff trends in 2019

Here is the previous years’ cutoff to help the candidates:

General 109.50 100.50 117.00 111.00 129.00 65.25 92.25 43.75
Animal Husbandry/ Dairy Technology - 31.50 60.25 - 62.75
Economics & Agricultural Economics 66.00 66.50 75.00 74.25 101.25
Environment 48.50 33.50 70.25 - 94.00
Food Processing 41.25 - 67.75 - 88.50
Forestry - 47.25 55.25 - 79.25
Finance 53.00 24.00 35.25 62.00 94.50
Land development - Soil Science - - 93.00 - 102.50
Plantation & Horticulture - - 59.00 - 60.25
Grade A Vacancy

NABARD Grade A- Vacancy

The NABARD releases vacancies notification every year for various job profiles. This year as per the official notification, NABARD has released a total of 154 vacancies for Grade A posts. Candidates can go through the table shared below to the recruitment process to understand the reservations of vacancies:

Posts Number of Vacancies
Assistant Manager in Grade A (Rural Development Banking Service) 139
Assistant Manager in Grade A (Rajbhasha Service) 08
Assistant Manager in Grade A (Legal Service) 03
Assistant Manager in Grade A (Protocol & Security Service) 04
Total 154

NABARD Grade A- Salary & Benefits

Selected candidates through NABARD Grade A 2020 will get a starting basic pay of Rs 28,150. The pay scale for this post is Rs 28150-1550(4)-34350-1750(7)- 46600-EB-1750(4) - 53600-2000(1) - 55600.They are also eligible for Dearness Allowance, Local Compensatory Allowance as per the government rule. At present, the initial monthly gross emoluments are Rs 62,600.

NABARD Grade A- Allowances and Perks

  • The accommodation of the bank is subjected to availability, reimbursement of expenses for maintenance of vehicle for official purpose, newspaper, internet, telephone charges, book grant, and allowance for furnishing of residence, etc.
  • Free dispensary facility besides reimbursement of medical expenses for OPD treatment/hospitalisation as per eligibility will be provided to the candidates.
  • Interest-free festival advance, Leave Travel Concession(once in two years for self, spouse and eligible dependents), Loans and Advances at concessional rates of interest for housing, car, education of children, consumer articles and personal computer, etc.
  • Candidates are governed by the defined contribution to the New Pension Scheme (NPS) in addition to the benefits of gratuity and optional group term insurance plan.

NABARD Grade A: Career Growth and Opportunities

As far the candidates are concerned with the career growth, one gets promoted only after going through the departmental exam and interview. However, as it is a managerial post, promotion definitely brings considerable honour and pay hikes. The hierarchy of posts right from the post of Assistant manager is as follows:

  1. Assistant Manager
  2. Manager
  3. Assistant General Manager
  4. General Manager
  5. Chief General Manager
  6. Executive Director
  7. Director

That’s all from us in this post. We hope you find the information provided here useful and these NABARD Cut offs helps you in strategizing your exam preparation. If there is anything else you want to know or ask, you can contact or comment in the comments section.

Grade A FAQs


Ques. What is NABARD Grade A recruitment?

Ans. NABARD Grade A 2021 is an Assistant Manager recruitment in Rural Development Banking Service (RDBS) / (Rajbhasha Service) / (Legal Service) and in Protocol & Security Service.

Ques. What is the salary of a NABARD Grade A officer?

Ans. At the beginning of the career, NABARD Grade A (Assistant Manager) is Rs. 28,150/- per month. The pay scale for this post is Rs 28150-1550(4)-34350-1750(7)- 46600-EB-1750(4) - 53600-2000(1) - 55600 applicable with other benefits and allowances.

Ques. Can a final year student apply for NABARD Grade A 2021 exam?

Ans. No, since it is clearly mentioned in the official notification of NABARD Grade A 2021 PDF that the candidate applying should be a graduate at least.

Ques. Is there any number of attempts for the NABARD Grade A exam?

Ans. No, there is no minimum number of attempts in NABARD Grade A exam.

Ques. Is the NABARD exam conducted every year?

Ans. Yes, NABARD conducts Grade A Exam every year.

Ques. Can I submit the application form offline?

Ans. No, only online applications will be accepted for NABARD Grade A Recruitment exam.

Ques. Is there any pre-exam training in NABARD Grade A Recruitment?

Ans. Yes, there is pre-exam training before the exam arranged for the candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates.

Ques. How to correct errors in NABARD Admit cards?

Ans. After downloading the NABARD Grade A Admit Card, every candidate should check all the details noted in the Admit Card. In case, any discrepancies, they should inform the examination authority for correction immediately. The errors will be corrected and candidates will be issued fresh admit cards.

Ques. Is NABARD Grade A Mains Admit Card delayed?

Ans. Yes, with the releasing date of the Admit Card has been delayed because the exam Dates was postponed.

Ques. Which web browser is suitable for downloading the admit card?

Ans. Candidates must download the admit card in the latest version of google chrome, firefox or internet explorer.

Ques. Can I download the admit card on a mobile or tablet?

Ans. It is advisable to download the admit card on the desktop or Laptop.

Ques. Will I get the hard copy of the admit card?

Ans.No, candidates will not receive any hard copy of admit card via post or any other service.

Ques. Is there a sectional cut off in NABARD exam?

Ans. Yes, there is a sectional as well as overall cut off to judge the ability of the candidates and shortlisting the same for the next phase of selection.

Ques. Can I apply both NABARD Grade A and Grade B?

Ans. Yes. You can apply for both NABARD Grade A & Grade B Officer Recruitment. The official notification released by NABARD has stated clearly that: Both Phase-I (Preliminary) and Phase-II (Mains) Examinations for the two posts will be held on different dates.

Ques. How many people apply for NABARD Grade A?

Ans. As we all know NABARD Grade A is one of the most prestigious posts in India. Every year, approximately 1 Lakh+ candidates apply for this post.

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deep jyoti das
Which is easier to crack NABARD Grade A or RBI Grade B?
kavita rani

Hi Deep. The major difference between both these exams is that the subjects asked in NABARD Grade A exam will be Agriculture and Rural Development while Finance & Management subjects will be asked in RBI Grade B exam. IN case you prepare well for the exams, you can get selected.

I don’t have any work experience. Am I eligible?
kavita rani

Hi Vipasha. Candidates who have completing their graduation or post-graduation in any subject/order can apply for the examination. But they need to have at least 60% in case of the general category.
Check other details here.

shruti verma
Is there any pre-exam training?
kavita rani

Hi Shruti. Candidates can apply for the NABARD Grade A Pre Exam Training by mentioning the same against the relevant column, while applying. There are no charges for the training, but other expenses like travel, food and lodging needs to be borne by the candidate.
Check other details here.

arushi thankur
I have been unemployed for the last 3 years. Am I eligible for this exam?
kavita rani

Hi Arushi. In case you have obtained at least 50% marks in graduation and you age is between 21 and 30 years, you are eligible to apply.
 Check other details mentioned here.

shruti verma
what is the in hand salary of nabard grade a officer?
kavita rani

Hi Shruti, The Gross monthly salary after becoming a NABARD Grade A officer is INR 66,864, but the basic NABARD Grade A Salary is INR 28,150 per month in the starting. More details related to salary are presented here.

shruti verma
which is better sbi po or nabard grade a?
kavita rani

Hi Shruti. Salary and benefits at present is higher in NABARD as the perks are much higher there. In future salary and perks in SBI might increase mainly due to the growing sector. But at the end, it is entirely your decision, which exam you want to give.

utkarsha khatri
how to prepare for nabard grade a officer exam?
kavita rani

Hi Utkarsha. Know the latest exam pattern and syllabus, prepare effective study plan, improve your time management skills, etc. Also do more test series mentioned here that help you prepare for the exam.

deep jyoti das
how to apply for nabard grade a?
kavita rani

Hi Deep. Candidates planning to give this exam are supposed to apply online by referring to the official website. No other means/ mode of application will be considered. The application form must be filled in English only.
 More details are available here. 

I have a benchmark disability, will I get any preference in the exam?
kavita rani

Hi Rashmi. Yes, 4% seats are reserved for persons suffering from any benchmark disability. So you can get considered in the exam.

I don’t have any Agriculture/Economics background. Can I sit for this exam?
kavita rani

Hi Rashmi. Yes, you don't require Agriculture/Economics background for General Discipline. You can get other details here.

My degree has both CGPA and percentage written. What should I use?
kavita rani

Hi Neha. While filling the application form, you are suggested to use your percentage marks.

Is there any Pre-recruitment training for the candidates?
kavita rani

Hi Neha. Yes, pre-examination training would be held prior to Preliminary Examination at the centres mentioned at the official website. The exact date, time and venue would be informed to the candidates in advance. The training will be held subject to receipt of adequate number of requests.

koyena biswas
Are the exam centres different for preliminary and mains exam?
kavita rani

Hi Koyena. As per the official notification, NABARD Group C exam will be conducted online across 22 cities across the country. The preliminary exam will be taken in 125 cities while the mains exam will be held in 26 cities.

sourajit mukherjee
I have a degree from an open university/correspondence course. Am I eligible to sit for this exam?
kavita rani

Hi Sourajit. Yes, you are eligible to give this exam in case your degree is recognized by Distance Education Council (DEC). For more details related to the same, you can get in touch with your University regarding this. Detailed NABARD eligibility criteria is presented here.

divakar sharma
I have a gap of 1 year after my 12th. Am I eligible for NABARD exam?
kavita rani

Hi Divakar. Yes, you are eligible to give the NABARD exam. Check out the detailed eligibility criteria here.

divakar sharma
I have a gap of 1 year after my 12th. Am I eligible for NABARD exam?

Hello Divakar,

The only academic qualification considered in the NABARD examination is a Bachelor’s degree. If you possess an undergraduate degree, you can apply for it. For more information on eligibility, visit- NABARD Grade A Eligibility

utkarsha khatri
If I’m working in a PSU, what are the things I need to keep in mind while applying for this exam?
kavita rani

Hi Utkarsha. Doing mock test and practice papers helps a lot while preparing for the exam, In case you want to get the latest test series, you can refer here.

kashish tomar
What is the eligibility criteria to seek posting only in the city for NABARD Grade A Officer?
kavita rani

Hi Kashish. Under NABARD Grade A eligibility criteria, it is mandatory for the candidate to have a Bachelor's Degree from a recognized university to give the exam.

fauzia shahid
Is there any compensatory time for visually impaired candidates?
kavita rani

Hi Fauzia. Yes, visually impaired candidates (who suffer from not less than 40% of disability) are eligible to get compensatory time of 20 minutes for every hour or otherwise advised of examination.

I’m from General category and have scored 49.5% in graduation. Am I eligible?
kavita rani

Hi Riyaz. To apply for the Grade ‘A’ (RDBS), candidates belonging to general category must have obtained at least 50% marks in the respective subject is essential. SC/ST/PWD will require a minimum of 45% aggregate. Detailed eligibility criteria is mentioned here.