NABARD GRADE A Exam 2022: Latest News, Eligibility, Salary & Vacancies

September 8, 2022

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India is an agriculture-based economy. More than 60 % of the population depends on agriculture. However, the conditions of most of the people associated with agriculture are quite pathetic. Moreover, they also deserve a better lifestyle like the rest of us. For this purpose, the government of India came up with an institution. The name of the institution is the National bank for agriculture and rural development. Sometimes it is also called NABARD. Moreover, its sole purpose is to boost the economy of rural India. Also, NABARD Grade-A and Grade-B come under the NABARD. The NABARD Grade A exam is for the post of Assistant Manager however, NABARD Grade B is for the post of Managers. Moreover, the current chairman of NABARD is Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala. 

Name of organizationNational Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development
ChairmanDr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala
CategoryGovernment job
Office locationMumbai

About NABARD Grade-A

As the NABARD Grade-A exam consists of different stages, here we will first discuss the prelims. The NABARD Grade-A pattern for prelims is given below.

Pattern for Prelims

  • NABARD conducts the prelims exam online.
  • However, they consider it only as a screening test for candidates.
  • Moreover, it is qualifying in nature.
  • Besides, the marks which candidates score in this stage are not calculated with the final result.
  • Only, the candidates who score more than the least cut-off marks make it to the mains exam.
  • Furthermore, the duration of the NABARD Grade-A prelims exam is two hours.
  • These prelims exams consist of a total of eight papers carrying 200 marks overall.
  • Also, it includes papers like Reasoning Ability, Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, etc.
  • Lastly, the medium of language is English as well as Hindi, except for the English paper.

Pattern for Mains:

Now comes the second NABARD exam stage. It is the NABARD Grade-A mains exam.

  • It consists of both objectives as well as the descriptive types of questions.
  • Unlike the prelims, this exam consists of two different papers.
  • Furthermore, we call these Paper-I and Paper-II. Here Paper-I is descriptive in nature. However, Paper-II includes Objective type questions.
  • Besides, Paper-I is common to each and every candidate. however, Paper-II varies.
  • Moreover, the subjects in Paper-II are according to the post for which the candidate has applied.
  • Also, the aggregate score of this paper is the same as the prelims i.e., 200.
  • Similar, to the prelims stage, candidates who score more than the minimum cut-off marks will qualify at this stage.
  • Lastly, NABARD gives negative marks of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer.

NABARD Grade-A exam date and notifications

The notification for the NABARD Grade-A exam was available on their website on July 16, 2021. NABARD informs candidates about everything via a notification. Moreover, all these notifications about exam dates, vacancies, eligibility criteria, results, and application forms are available on their websites. Furthermore, another notification was available on their website informing candidates about the starting date of filling application forms. The starting date was July 17, 2021. Furthermore, the same notification gave other details about the closing date of the application form. This was set for August 7, 2021.

Apart from this sometimes NABARD uploads the notification about tentative dates of exams. Similarly, the tentative date for the NABARD Grade-A admit card for prelims is in September 2021. However, the dates for the mains exam, mains result, mains admit card, interview call letter, and the final scorecard is not available yet, However, it is expected NABARD will soon release their dates as well.

NABARD Grade-A Exam dates and notification
NABARD Grade A notificationJuly 16, 2021
Online Application (Start Date)July 17, 2021
Online Application (End Date)August 7, 2021
NABARD Grade-A Prelims Admit CardSeptember 2021(tentative)
NABARD Grade-ANot yet released
NABARD Grade-A Mains Exam DateNot yet released
NABARD Grade-A Mains ResultNot yet released

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must follow the said criteria to become eligible for NABARD Grade-A posts. The candidates who will fail to do so will not be part of the recruitment process. Moreover, NABARD recruits candidates on the basis of two criteria. These are:

  • Age Limit
  • Educational Qualifications

Age Limit

  • NABARD has set an age limit for candidates to become eligible for this exam.
  • According to NABARD the minimum age limit of any candidate must be 21 years.
  • However, the maximum age limit is of 30 years.
  • Moreover, candidates from different categories get different relaxations in age.
  • For the candidates of the Scheduled Caste category, there is an age relaxation of five years.
  • However, for the candidates from Other Backward Classes (OBC), they get a relaxation of only three years.
  • Lastly, the candidates with disabilities have an age relaxation of 10 years.

Educational Qualifications

NABARD requires different qualifications from candidates applying for different posts. There are a total of 11 departments for which these candidates can apply. Now, we will discuss a few of these departments and their required qualifications in detail.

Educational qualification for General Department

The candidates applying for the posts in this department must be graduates. The NABARD criteria for general category candidates is that they must have a minimum of 50% marks in graduation. For SC/ST/PWD candidates, they must score 45% marks in their graduation. Moreover, the criteria are the same for the post-graduate candidates. Also, the criteria are the same for candidates from fields of MBA, Chartered Accountancy, or Chartered Secretary.  

Educational qualification for Agriculture Department

The candidates applying for the post in the agriculture department must be graduates. The candidates of the general category must have scored more than 50%. However, the candidates from ST/SC/ PWD categories must have scored 45% during graduation. The same procedure is there for postgraduate students.


In this para, we will discuss the vacancies in NABARD for the current year. NABARD recently in a notification informed the candidates about the vacancies for the year 2021.

  • There are one hundred and forty-eight vacancies for the post of assistant manager under RDBS.
  • Five vacancies are there for the post of assistant manager under Rajbhasha.
  • Moreover, there are two vacancies for assistant managers (SS and P). Therefore, they came up with an aggregate of one hundred and fifty-five vacancies for the year 2021.
  • Lastly, under the assistant manager (RDBS) there are many vacancies. For the general category, there are 31 vacancies, 10 for schedule cast, five for schedule tribe, six for EwS candidates, and 22 for other backward classes.

Other vacancies under NABARD Grade-A

In this paragraph, we discuss all other vacancies under NABARD.

  • Firstly for posts available in agriculture. there are 5 vacancies for general or unreserved candidates. Two for schedule caste, one for schedule tribe, four for other backward classes, and one for EWS candidates.
  • Secondly, for the post of agriculture engineering. There is only one vacancy for general or unreserved candidates, one for schedule caste, and one for other backward classes.
  • Thirdly for the post of animal husbandry. Similar to agricultural engineering, there is only one vacancy for general or unreserved candidates, one for schedule caste, one for other backward classes, and onefor EWS candidates.
  • Then comes the posts available in fisheries. There are three vacancies for general or unreserved candidates, one for schedule cast, and two for other backward classes.
  • Furthermore, Forestry has one vacancy for general or unreserved candidates and another for schedule caste candidates.
  • For the post of horticulture, there are two vacancies for general or unreserved candidates, one for schedule caste, two for other backward classes, and one for EWS.
  • Moreover, in soil science, there is one vacancy for general or unreserved candidates and another one for other backward classes.
  • Lastly, for the post of water resource, there is one vacancy for general or unreserved candidates and another one for other backward classes.

For the rest of the posts:

In this paragraph, we discuss the rest of the posts.

  • Firstly for the post of finance. There are eight vacancies for general or unreserved candidates, three for schedule caste, one for schedule tribe, and six for other backward classes.
  • Secondly,  for IT or computer technology-related posts. There are six vacancies for general or unreserved candidates, three for schedule tribe, four for other backward classes, and two for EWS.
  • Moreover, there are seven posts reserved for PWD candidates under the assistant manager post.
  • For assistant managers under Rajbhasha, there are two vacancies for general or unreserved candidates, one for schedule caste, one for schedule tribe, one for EWS, and one for PWD.
  • Lastly, for assistant managers under (SS and p), there are just two vacancies for general candidates.

NABARD Grade-A Application Form

  • Firstly, we need to log on to which is the official website of NABARD.
  • Secondly, will be to look for notifications about exams or vacancies.
  • Then in the next step, we must look for the link to apply online. Moreover, those who have not registered with the website before must register themselves initially.
  • Also, they need to provide their details like name, phone number, email ID, address, and many more.
  • Lastly, as the registrations get over successfully, the aspirants will get an initial, or rather we must term it as provisional ID and password. We need to use this provisional ID and password to fill the form for the exam we are willing to apply for.

Things to do after filling the application form

  • After filling the form correctly with all asked details, the candidate must validate them.
  • In the next step, candidates can save it after clicking on the Next button.
  • Moreover, candidates must put their correct details as they cannot change them after the final submission.
  • Lastly, the candidate must upload their photo and a signature of the desired dimensions and size.

Payment details for the NABARD Grade-A application form

After the submission, a payment tab will pop up. The candidates need to give their bank details and validate with OTP.  Moreover, they can also pay their fees for the application via e-challan. For this purpose, the candidates must take a print of the payment slip or receipt.


The NABARD Grade-A syllabus is also divided into sections as we did in the pattern section. We will discuss the syllabus according to the stages involved in this exam. So we will first start with the NABARD Grade-A syllabus for prelims.

NABARD Grade-A syllabus for prelims

The NABARD Grade-A syllabus for prelims involves five main subjects. These include Computer Knowledge, English Language, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reasoning Ability. Moving forward, we will now mention at least the most important topic that NABARD includes in their Grade-A syllabus.

  • Computer Knowledge: The first one is Computer Knowledge. It includes topics like Networking, Input-output devices, DBMS, MS Office which includes MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and many more, Internet, shortcut keys may be asked.
  • English Language: Our second subject is the English Language. The syllabus of the English language includes Comprehension, Close test, and improvement of a sentence. Moreover, some other topics are tracing errors; fill in the blanks, re-arranging the sentences, Para jumbles, and some New pattern questions.
  • General Awareness: Our third subject includes topics like Current Affairs and questions related to Banking, Economy, and Insurance.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: The fourth in line is Quantitative Aptitude. The questions are mostly about Interpretations of data and quadratic equations. Moreover, topics like  Number Series, Simplification, Data Sufficiency, Questions on arithmetic, Quantity Comparisons, and Mathematical Inequalities are also in the syllabus.
  • Reasoning Ability: Our last subject for prelims is Reasoning Ability. It includes topics like Puzzles and Seating arrangement, Data sufficiency, Inequality, questions based on statements, and syllogism. Furthermore, questions related to input-output, coding-decoding, and blood relation will also be there.

NABARD Grade-A syllabus for mains

The NABARD Grade-A mains exam consists of both descriptive and objective tests. It includes two different papers. Moreover, Paper-I is for English Writing. However, Paper-II includes topics on various from economy and society. We will now discuss all this in a detailed manner.

NABARD Grade-A Syllabus for Paper-I of mains exam

The Paper-I of mains exam is more about English writing. Mostly the syllabus includes questions about Comprehension, Essay Writing, and, Précis writing. However, what topic will be there in the exam is not known. Moreover, the NABARD Grade-A syllabus for this subject is mostly framed in a way that at the time of the exam it can access the writing skills of candidates.

NABARD Grade-A Syllabus for Paper-II of mains exam

The NABARD Grade-A syllabus for Economic & Social Issues includes many topics. Moreover, this section will mainly focus upon the syllabus details of each unit.

  • Our first unit is Nature of Indian Economy. This will mostly talk about Features related to the structure and institution of the Indian Economy. Furthermore, the other topics are Economic Underdevelopment, Opening up the Indian Economy, Globalization, Reforms in the Indian economy, Privatization, etc.
  • The next one is Inflation. The topics are mostly about its effect on the national economy.
  • Furthermore, the next unit is about poverty and the generation of employment in India. It includes rural and urban poverty. Moreover, there are also some topics about employment and programs to eradicate poverty.
  • Some other units are population trends, Agriculture, Industry, globalization of economy, etc.
  • Furthermore, unit agriculture is most important. It includes topics such as Characteristics, Technical changes in Agriculture in India. Apart from this it also includes the Performance of India in agriculture. lastly, another important topic in this unit is Issues about Food Security, Institutional and Non-Institutional Agencies related to rural credit.
  • Lastly, the NABARD Syllabus for mains Paper-I also includes topics on education, social justice, and positive discrimination in favor of the underprivileged


In this paragraph, we discuss the NABARD Grade-A salary structure. The basic salary for Grade A is twenty-eight thousand one hundred and fifty. Moreover, they also enjoy dearness allowance, house rent, compensatory and grade allowance. Presently for this post gross salary sums up to Rs. 70, 000.

NABARD Grade-A allowances and perks

This paragraph focuses on allowances. Some of the NABARD Grade-A allowances include vehicles for official purposes, internet, telephone, book, furnishing of residence.

  • Firstly, according to eligibility, NABARD provides dispensary facilities for free apart from medical expenses for treatment or hospitalization.
  • Secondly, NABARD also provides festival advances free of interest. Moreover, it also gives one leave travel concession every two years.
  • Also, loans and advances are available at concessional rates of interest for housing, car, education of children, consumer articles, personal computers, etc.
  • Finally, it also provides a new Pension Scheme (NPS) in addition to the benefits of gratuity and an optional group term insurance plan.

Admit Card

NABARD recently announced the exam date from the Grade-A exam. However, the NABARD Grade-A admit card is not available yet. Furthermore, as admit card is an entry ticket to the examination hall, these will soon be available on the NABARD’s official website.

Steps to download NABARD Grade-A admit card

Admit card is a necessary document that a candidate must carry while going for the exam. It acts as an entry pass for the exam conducted in specified venues. So, how to download to admit card is crucial. To understand it in an easier way, candidates can follow the below-given steps download NABARD admit card.

  • Firstly, we must log in to NABARD’s official website.
  • In the next step, we must put in the registration ID and password.
  • Then we must fill I’m the asked fields like our birthdate, name, and many more.
  • After that, we must go through all the details we have provided and match them with our application form.
  • Finally, we need to download the NABARD Grade-A admit card and print its soft copy.

Things in NABARD Grade-A admit card

  • Firstly, there is the name of the aspirant with the birthdate and the registration number on NABARD Grade-A admit card.
  • Secondly, the category of the aspirant will be there on the admit card. These can be scheduled caste, scheduled tribe, PWDB, or even general category.
  • Further, the date of the exam with venue and shift (morning/evening) will also be there.
  • Moreover, not only these but also a picture of aspirants with signature or impression of thumb is also there.
  • Also, the name of the guardian; terms and conditions of the exam are there is NABARD Grade-A admit card.
  • Lastly, there is also a space for the invigilator to put a signature on NABARD admit card.

Interview Call Letter

Once the candidates clear their mains exam of the NABARD Grade-A exam, they will then receive their interview call letters. NABARD releases this letter separately. In the interview round, the examiners will check candidates’ knowledge and their presence of mind. Moreover, the final result will be out on the basis of scores gained in mains and interview rounds.

Downloading the NABARD Grade-A interview call letter:

  • Firstly the candidates must visit the NABARD’s official website.
  • In the next step, candidates must search for the link to interview admit cards.
  • Further, they need to click on Interview admit cards.
  • The next step will include filling in the log-in details like registration number and date of birth.
  • Furthermore, click on the submit button.
  • Finally, the interview call letter will appear and candidates can download it.


NABARD Grade-A result will soon be available on their official website after they will conduct the exam for all its three stages. The two stages for this exam are prelims and mains. The results for these stages will be available separately. Besides, a merit list will be available on their website. Also, the NABARD merit list will be in the form of a PDF. Further, students can check their names or roll numbers in this list. Furthermore, the exam date for NABARD Grade-A prelims is not available yet. However, the tentative date is in the first week of September.

Procedure to check Grade A result 2021

Candidates must follow the steps given below to check the NABARD Grade-A results.

  • The first step that all candidates must follow is to visit the NABARD’s official website.
  • In the next step, candidates must look for a career option/career page.
  • After this, they can click on the notification link. The link is about the recruitment for the post of assistant manager under Grade A.
  • A result link will appear. Then, the candidate must click on that.
  • Finally, a PDF form of the result will be available. Candidates can search their roll numbers or names in this PDF. Lastly, they can also download it for future reference.

NABARD Grade-A Result Scorecard

NABARD usually uploads the scorecard a few days after the announcement of results. Besides, candidates can download it from their official website. For this purpose, candidates require their roll numbers and date of birth details to log in. Also, NABARD does not send this to any candidate via post. It is only available online on their website. Furthermore, the details available in the NABARD scorecard are:

  • First and foremost, the candidates’ names.
  • The second detail is about their roll numbers.
  • Next comes the mention of their category.
  • Lastly, it also contains the sectional and total marks. Moreover, it also contains cut-off marks.

Calculation of Scores

How the scores are calculated needs to be understood in every detail.

For every 4 wrong answers, marks of 1 answer will be deducted and the total score of the candidate will be calculated after deducting the marks of the wrong questions. At every stage, the merit list is prepared discipline-wise and the vacancies are announced in a similar manner.

Policy of Tie-Breaking

If some candidates get the same marks, then the ranking of candidates will be based on the following terms:

  • Those candidates who have secured equal marks in total (mains exam + interview taken together), in this situation the priority is given to the candidates who scored higher marks in the mains exam.
  • If the candidates secure equal marks in the mains exam, candidates having higher marks in graduation or candidates with higher qualifications will be given priority. If this also turns out to be a tie then the rank will be decided based on age, that is seniority

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q1: What is the NABARD Grade A officer’s salary?

Ans: NABARD Grade-A officers salary starts from Rs. 28,150/- per month.

Q2: How can we check NABARD Grade-A results?

Ans: The result will be available on the official website for all stages. Candidates can check their results after they enter their roll numbers.

Q3: When will NABARD release the scorecard?

Ans: NABARD releases the scorecard soon after the declaration of the results. Moreover, candidates can download it from their website. For this purpose, they can log in with their respective roll number and birthdate.

Q4: Does the NABARD Grade-A exam include any negative marking?

Ans: Yes. For every 4 wrong answers, marks of 1 question will be deducted. However, NABARD will calculate the total marks after the deduction of marks for which the candidate gives a wrong answer.

Q5: How many candidates will get selected for the mains exam?

Ans: Out of every 25 candidates, NABARD selects only one candidate according to their prelims exam score.

Q6: When will the NABARD Grade-A Admit Card release?

Ans: The tentative date for the release of the NABARD Grade-A admit card is September 2021.

Q7: Do candidates receive their NABARD admit cards via post?

Ans: No, candidates cannot receive admit cards via post. The only way to avail of it is to download it from their official website.