National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) has published an advertisement recently to recruit Assistant Managers in Grade ‘A’ and Managers in Grade ‘B’ in its various offices across the country. The bank changes the pattern of examination time to time and most of the candidates may be facing a completely new format of questions and it is not easy to crack this exam in first attempt. The best way to approach the examination is to go through the syllabus and understand it. The Next logical step will be to study the whole thing from proper sources. We shall try to find out what does it take to make it to the final list of the examination with minimal but smart work.
NABARD Grade A and Grade B: Pattern of Examination
The examination will be conducted in three phases.
Preliminary Exam: This is the first step of the examination. There will be two parts in the paper: Part I will deal with reasoning, quantitative aptitude, English language, general awareness and computer awareness, whereas Part II deals with economic and social issues and agriculture and rural development. The total number of questions will be 200 and there is a composite time of 120 minutes to attempt the same.
Main Examination: This examination consists of two papers. The first paper is descriptive and is aimed at testing the English writing skill of the candidates. The second paper is based on Economic and Social issues and will be of objective MCQ type. Both the papers will carry 100 marks with the total time allotted being one and a half hours each for both. For Manager in Grade B, there will be another paper apart from the above two and it is an analytical paper on development economics, statistics, finance and management. This will also carry 100 marks and the time allotted will be one and a half hours for this MCQ type paper.
Interview: This is the last hurdle in the recruitment process and for Grade ‘A’, the total marks allotted will be 25 whereas for Grade B, the total marks allotted will be 40.
The final merit list will be prepared to take into account the total marks obtained in the main examination and the interview. The candidates who have cleared the minimum cut off in both and are placed sufficiently high in the merit list will be given the appointment letter from the bank after being declared medically fit by competent medical authority.
NABARD Grade A and Grade B: How to get there?
So, we have understood the syllabus of the examination and the examination pattern as well. Now, let us see how to handle it effectively so that your name appears in the list of finally selected candidates for the posts.
English: There will be 40 marks for English in the preliminary examination and a descriptive paper in the main examination to test your writing skills. For the preliminary exam, prepare as you are doing for other bank examinations and for the main part, start practicing writing précis, letters (both formal and informal), paragraph, etc. The questions will not be different from other bank examinations and as most of you are already preparing for the same, just carry on with that.
General Awareness: This section carried 20 marks in the preliminary examination. To master this section, go through the events of current affairs for the last 6 months of national and international importance, study the static GK sections such as country and capital, currency, etc. as it comes in the IBPS examinations. Brush up your banking awareness, knowledge a bit. This will do the trick enough for you.
Computer Awareness: This will be the easiest section of all. Go through the basics of computer hardware, software, printers, operating system, etc. Do not go into deeper details of these things. The section is of 20 marks in the preliminary examination.
Quantitative Aptitude: This section carries 20 marks in the preliminary examination. The questions will be from profit and loss, average, simple and compound interest, time and work, time and distance, pipe and cistern, number system, missing number in the series, etc. Get the basics of the arithmetic chapters right and then practice as much as you can.
Reasoning: This section carries 20 marks in the preliminary examination. The syllabus covers letter series, coding-decoding, sitting arrangement, puzzles, input-output, etc. Again, the trick is the same as the Quantitative Aptitude section: Get the basics right first and then practice.
Economic and Social Issues: This paper was not there in the year 2015, but it has been included in the year 2016. The syllabus is huge, but it is expected that questions will be of elementary nature because the eligibility required is a graduate or post-graduate in any stream. Take one topic at a time and go through the basics of the same and some current events related to it. Do the same for all the topics. It is not about practice, so do not bother about that regarding this section, rather read as much as possible in order to gather knowledge in all the areas mentioned in the syllabus.
Agriculture and Rural Development: This will be the trickiest section of the whole recruitment exercise. Most of the candidates are not aware of the topics mentioned in the syllabus. Grab a book with a very elementary description of agriculture issues or go for internet browsing. Take a topic and read about it not in great detail, but as much as you know it. The questions are expected to be directed in this section, so do not take much stress regarding this. Read again and again since this will be new for most of you. Complete the whole syllabus at least once before going for the examination. Practice is again not the key in this section as well, but your knowledge will be. In prelims, the section carries 25 marks, whereas in mains, there will be a paper of 100 marks on economic and social issues and agriculture and rural development.
All the best!!