NABARD GRADE B 2021: Eligibility, Application Form, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card & Result

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Mar 19, 2021

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NABARD is a development finance agency with its headquarters in Mumbai and regional offices across India. job opportunities for candidates who are aspiring to secure a good and rewarding job. Especially for the ones who hold interest in the agricultural field and its development by hosting a pan India exam to recruit NABARD Grade B Officers.

The NABARD shall release the notification advertisement about the NABARD Recruitment 2021-22 for Engineers, freshers, Diploma, Polytechnic, Arts, Medical, Science including 10+2 degree holders.

Grade B Highlights

NABARD Grade B 2021 Highlights

Name of the recruitment Recruitment to the post of officers in Grade 'B' (RDBS)
Conducted by National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development
Name of the post Manager of Grade B
Selection Process Preliminary exam, Main exam, Interview
Exam Level National
Exam Conducted Once a year
Exam Mode Online
Official Website
Grade B Dates

NABARD Grade B 2021 Important Dates

Events For Assistant Manager For Development Manager
Start of the online application form submission 2nd week of March,2021 Last week of August,2021
Closing date for online register April,2021 2nd week of September, 2021
Download call letter for first phase of Prelims April,2021 3rd week of September
NABARD 2021 Preliminary Exam Date May,2021 Last week of September,2021
NABARD 2021 Mains Exam Date June 2021 October 3rd week,2021
Conduct of Interview July 2021 November 2021
NABARD Provisional Allotment August/September 2021 December 2021
Grade B Eligibility

NABARD Grade B 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria parameters include age limit and educational qualification. The details of which are mentioned below-

Educational Qualifications- Candidates completing their graduation or post-graduation in any subject/order can apply for the examination pertaining they have secured minimum qualifying marks of 60% in case of the general category;

The minimum application criteria for the order categories namely SC/ST/PWD should not have less than a 55%;

Age Limit Relaxation

Age limit- 21 to 35 years of age

Category Relaxation
Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) 5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 3 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWD) 10 years
Persons with Disabilities (SC/ST) 15 years
Grade B Applications

NABARD Grade B 2021 Application Process

Applicants can apply both in online and offline mode.


  • Candidates are required to download and print the Bank Challan.
  • The same has to be filed by the applicant and submitted to the near bank, along with paying an application fee of INR 600 along with bank charges.
  • After submission of the challan, a unique transaction number also known as the journal number shall be generated and the same shall be written by the bank staff.
  • The bank component of the challan will be kept by the bank manager for reference and the remaining 2 portions of the challan shall be given back to the candidate.
  • The candidate must enter the journal number on the challan before leaving.


Steps to apply online are mentioned below:

  • Aspirants, in order to apply online must go to their official website (
  • On the home page, go to the career tab;
  • Before applying, the candidates should check the official notification and then register;
  • After registration, the registration ID and one’s password shall be directed by auto response confirmation emails;
  • Successful registration is indicated by a page displaying the generated registration number and password;
  • The candidate should then proceed to click on the link of the post that he/she wants to apply for.
  • They must thereafter fill in the application form using accurate details as well as upload their scanned size passport size photograph and signature (if needed);
  • Application form must be submitted before the last mentioned date;
  • It is recommended for the nominee to take the printout of the same for future reference.

Candidates can pay the application fee (INR 600 /-) while Credit/Debit Cards, Net Banking etc.

Check the detailed NABARD Grade B application process here.

Application Fee

Category Application fee
General INR 600
SC/ST/PWD No application fee required
Grade B Admit Card

NABARD Grade B 2021 Admit Card

The NABARD Grade B Admit Card 2021 shall be released a few days before the NABARD Prelims examination. Applicants are expected to download it from the NABARD official website No candidate shall be permitted to enter the examination center without a copy of the NABARD Grade B admit card along with an attached passport size photograph and valid identity proof. Candidates are also required to read all the instructions on the admit card before attempting the exam. The date of the issuance of the admit card for the 2021 exam shall be published on the website soon.

Grade B Exam Centres

NABARD Grade B 2021 Exam Centres

Since the exam centres for the year 2021 are yet to be published, the same for 2020 have been mentioned below.

Preliminary Examination

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

Mains Examination

Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar Kolkata
Bangalore Lucknow
Bhopal Mumbai/Navi Mumbai/Thane
Bhubaneshwar Delhi-NCR
Chandigarh-Mohali Patna
Chennai Pune
Guwahati Raipur
Hyderabad Ranchi
Jaipur Shillong
Jammu Thiruvananthapuram
Srinagar -

NABARD Grade B Exam Centres Important Points

  • The interview will take place in a few cities in the centers alluded to above. Candidates will be told of the information via the NABARD Admit Card.
  • Only NABARD exam centres for the Preliminary and Mains Exam 2021 may be chosen by the applicants.
  • For Prelims and Mains examination, they need to reach their preference of the examination centers separately.
  • The final decision on the number of NABARD Test Centres for the 2021 Mains test will be made by the examination authority on the basis of applicant availability.
  • If a certain exam center is canceled then the NABARD authorities will take the responsibility of notifying the candidates. An alternate exam centre shall be dedicated to them.
  • The specifics of the exam centres will be mentioned on the admit cards.
  • No appeal will be entertained for a shift in the exam centre.
  • The examination authority retains the right to retain,cancel or add any such NABARD examination centres to its inconsistencies.
  • NABARD also retains the right to designate examination centres for the applicants besides the ones they mentioned as their preferences.
  • NABARD Test Centres shall be deemed post allotment.
Grade B Exam Pattern

NABARD Grade B Exam Pattern

NABARD Grade B exam pattern for Managers 2020 exam consists of 3 stages, which are-

  • Prelims Exam
  • Mains Exam
  • Interview

Manager Exam Pattern Prelims

Sections Marks
English 40
Reasoning 20
Quantitative Aptitude 20
General Awareness 20
Economic Issues 20
Agriculture and Rural Development 40
  • Total time allotted is 1 hour and 20 minutes, total marks-200
  • A negative grading of 0.25 would occur for every incorrect answer.

Exam Pattern Mains

Paper Paper Type Total Marks Time
General English Descriptive 100 1.5 hours
Economic & Social Issues MCQ 100 1.5 hours
Agricultural & Rural Development MCQ 100 1.5 hours
Development Economics, Statistics, Finance and Management MCQ 100 1.5 hours

NABARD Grade B 2021 Interview

Scoring a sufficiently high rank in the Mains, shall enable them to appear for the oral evaluation. The final list of merits shall be drawn up on the basis of the marks obtained by the candidate in both Mains as well as the Interview round. The Interview shall amount to a total of 30 marks.

NABARD Grade B 2021 Final Selection

The candidates who qualify Mains, as well as the Interview shall only be selected as the NABARD Grade B Managers.

Grade B Syllabus

NABARD Grade B 2021 Syllabus

The NABARD Grade B Syllabus covers a number of topics. For the prelims, the main topics are English, General Awareness, quantitative aptitude, computer knowledge, economic and social issues, agriculture and rural development. For the Mains, the topics are English, Economic and social issues in rural India, Agricultural and rural development, and livestock and poultry production.

For a detailed syllabus of NABARD Grade B exam, check the NABARD Grade B Syllabus.

Grade B Results

NABARD Grade B 2021 Cutoff and Results

NABARD Grade B Results for 2020 are yet to be declared. The same will be available in PDF Format and will consist of the roll numbers of the qualified candidates. The candidates can visit the website to check the results when published. (

The cut-off for 2020 is yet to be published. So for reference the cut-off for 2019 has been tabulated below-

Prelims 2019

(20) (40) (20) (20) (40) (40) (20)
SC, OBC 4.75 16.00 6.50 2.75 6.00 5.25 6.50
Unreserved 7.50 20.50 8.25 4.50 10.00 8.25 9.25

Prelims Cut-off (Category Wise applied on total):

122.75 126.75 139.25

Mains 2019

Post Paper I II III
Category DP ES AP
(100) (100) (100)
General SC, OBC 65.00 56.25 51.25
Unreserved 67.25 59.50 55.25

Mains Cut-off (Category wise applied on total)

General 191.75 189.25 199.50
Grade B FAQs


Ques. I’m 19 years old. Can I sit for the exam?

Ans. No, the minimum age to apply is 21 and can apply till the age of 35.

Ques. I'm a Final year student. Can I apply for the exam?

Ans. Those who are in their final year/graduation year can also apply provisionally they have accurate document verification showing the year of applying as their graduation year.

Ques. Is the Application fee/charge refundable?

Ans. No, the application fee will not be refunded irrespective of the candidate applying via online or the offline mode.

Ques. Is there any pre recruitment training for the candidates?

Ans. Yes, the bank arranges pre recruitment training for the candidates belonging to OBC/SC/ST/PWD, free of cost. Candidates who desire to avail the same may apply for it separately to the Chief General Manager, NABARD at any of the 21 centres.

3 Months Crash Course

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.


In both bachlour degree nd pg degree 60% required?
simran singh

Yes, Candidates who have done graduation or post graduation in any subject/order can apply for this examination with 60% minimum qualiying marks. 5% relaxation will be given to categories belonging to SC/ST/PwD. 

hidangmayum jayalaxmi devi
When will the application form of NABARD Grade B be available?
diya suresh

The online registration dates for NABARD Grade B exam will commence from 2nd week of March 2021 for Assistant Manager and from Last week of August 2021 for Development Manager. For former post, last date will be April 2021 and for the latter registration will be open till 2nd week of September 2021.

Exam date for assistant manager is May 2021 and for development manager it is last week of September 2021.

divakar sharma
Is NABARD exam taken every year?
jaya garg

Hi Divakar. Yes, the exam is conducted each year based on the total vacancies. The candidates who qualify all the stages will be selected as the NABARD Grade B Managers.

koyena biswas
What is nabard Grade B officer?
jaya garg

Hi Koyena. NABARD is a development financial, it offer job opportunities to all those candidates who want to have a good and rewarding job, especially the ones are interested towards the agricultural field and its development.

Will there be nabard Grade B in 2020?
jaya garg

Hi Swarup. The online application process for the year 2021 is expected to start from the 2nd week of March 2021. To check all the latest official notification, all the candidates interested in applying for the jobs are advised to refer to the official website only.

ananya pandey
Will I be able to edit the application form after submitting it?
jaya garg

Hi Ananya. Candidates will not be allowed to make the changes in the application form after submitting the same. Get other information by tapping here.

ananya pandey
What will be the level of the syllabus?
jaya garg

Hi Ananya. The entire syllabus includes Reasoning, English Language, Computer Knowledge, General Awareness, Economic and Social issues and Agricultural and Rural Development.
Further details are made available here.

surabhi s
What is NABARD Recruitment 2021?
jaya garg

Hi Surabhi. NABARD is a development financial agency that offer attractive job opportunities to the most eligible and qualifying candidates. The agency look for the candidates who hold interest towards the agricultural field and its development by hosting a pan India exam to recruit NABARD Grade B Officers.
Further details are made available here.

mohammed najamuddin
How is the descriptive test conducted?
jaya garg

Hi Mohammed. Descriptive test will be taken of English language, total marks allotted for this test is 100 while candidates will get 1.5 hours to do the task.
Other important details are mentioned here.

nafisa khatoon
I am in the final year of graduation. Can I apply for the exam?
jaya garg

i Nafisa. Candidates who have completed their graduation or post-graduation in any subject/order can apply for the examination. Also, they must have obtained at least 60% in case of the general category.
Other important details are mentioned here.

sadim ansari
What are the topics for the Descriptive Test?
jaya garg

Hi Sadim. Descriptive paper will be of General English aimed at checking candidates’ abilities that will be checked through essay writing, comprehension, report writing & letter writing.
Further details related to the exam are mentioned here.

lakshay kakkar
Is there any pre-exam training?
jaya garg

Hi Lakshay. Candidates can apply for the NABARD Grade A Pre Exam Training by mentioning the same against the relevant column at the time of applying. The training is free of cost, but other expenses like travel, food and lodging must be by the candidate.
Further details related to the exam are mentioned here.

kashish tomar
What is the selection process of NABARD recruitment?
jaya garg

Hi Kashish. Selection process include prelims, Main exam, followed by Interview. Candidates who have cleared Mains, as well as the Interview will be selected as the NABARD Grade B Managers.
All other details related to the selection process is mentioned here.

bhagyashri kene
What is the salary of nabard grade b officer?
jaya garg

Hi Bhagyashri. The basic stating salary is INR 35,150 per month. The employees are also eligible for Dearness Allowance, Local Compensatory Allowance, House Rent Allowance, and Grade Allowance.
All other details related to the salary are mentioned here.

sandesh kumar
What will be the language of question paper?
jaya garg

Hi Sandesh. Papers of the prelims (except the test of English Language) will be set bilingually in Hindi and English. Candidates will have the option to choose questions in Hindi or in English.
Get more information related to the exam here.

What is the total duration of the Preliminary exam?
jaya garg

Hi Muheshraaj. The entire duration of prelims is 120 minutes and the total weightage is 200 marks. The entire test paper is divided into seven sections.
Get more information related to the exam

Where can I get the previous year papers for the preparation?
jaya garg

Hi Prahasti. Candidates can prepare for NABARD (Assistant Manager Grade A & B) with India's Best Online Test Series based on latest pattern. You can get Free Mock Tests, Sample Papers, previous year papers by tapping here.

puja sao
Are the exam centres different for preliminary and mains exam?
jaya garg

Hi Puja. Candidates can only select one NABARD recruitment exam centres each for Preliminary and Mains exam and the choice of NABARD exam centre for Preliminary and Mains exam must be different

koyena biswas
Do I have to attempt the tests for both English & Hindi Language in NABARD GRADE B?
jaya garg

Hi Koyena. Candidates can choose between English and Hindi Language in both Prelims and Main exam but the English Language section of NABARD Grade B can only be attempted in English only. Further deatils here.

koyena biswas
Can I get through the selection process if I do not have the knowledge of official language of my state?
diya suresh

Hi Koyena, Yes you can still apply for the exam. The medium of examination is available in both English and Hindi language, however the questions under English section will be asked in english only. Before applying, ensure that you are eligible by all means. To know more details visit NABARD 2021 exam.