Best Strategy to Prepare for NABARD Grade A Mains

By Sheetal Goyal|Updated : April 22nd, 2020

Strategy to Prepare for NABARD Grade-A Mains: NABARD Grade A mains exam will take place soon. But it is crucial to utilise the time in preparing for NABARD Grade-A mains exam with a proper strategy to beat the challenges that might occur during your preparation. Here we are sharing the best strategy to crack NABARD Grade-A mains 2020 exam.

Waiting for the exam date to be out and then starting covering the syllabus may undermine the chances of getting selected in  NABARD Grade A 2020. It is time to pull your socks up and kick start the preparation as the syllabus is really vast and difficult to cover. Due to lockdown, aspirants have enough time in their hands so it's better to utilise it for the sake of selection in NABARD.

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If you are appearing for NABARD Grade-A phase-2 exam, then continue reading this article to check the comprehensive strategy for NABARD Mains exam 2020.

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Before we proceed with the strategy let us discuss the exam pattern for NABARD Grade-A mains exam.

NABARD Grade A Mains Exam Pattern 2020

S. No.ExamName of TestMaximum MarksTotal Time
1.Paper I (Descriptive Test)General English :
The analytical and drafting abilities of the candidate will be assessed through this 
Paper comprising essay writing, comprehension, report writing, paragraph
writing & letter writing.
10090 minutes
2.Paper-IIEconomic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)100

90 minutes
 Paper on related discipline

There will be two papers to qualify for the main examination. Fist paper will consist of English descriptive writing test where your writing and thinking skills will be tested. Next comes the paper-II where your knowledge regarding the subjects ESI and ARD will be tested as you will be selected to work with NABARD organization. Thus, you need to be very good at these subjects.

Also read: Tips To Prepare English Descriptive Paper for NABARD Grade A-Mains

We have already discussed in our previous article in detail on how you can prepare for descriptive writing test for NABARD Grade A-mains. But for your knowledge, it is important to know what examiner is actually looking for in the English descriptive writing test. Think before you write and read before you submit it. 

Take at least 15 minutes to think about what you are going to write and how will it connect with the readers. Are your thoughts justifying the statement asked? Or you need to add something else in the paragraph.

Follow a certain pattern for writing an article. Do not try to be informal while writing. Be very specific. Try to make at least 3-4 paragraphs including the conclusion to give a proper ending.

Each and every line of the precis, comprehension, essay or letter should be interconnected. Make sure it does not feel like disconnecting with the readers at any point.

Do not start any new idea while closing tells appropriately about what the topic is all about. Your heading must be short and specific.

Here we are sharing some important topics that you can prepare for English descriptive writing for NABARD Grade-A mains

  • Soil erosion and water conservation
  • Farmers Loan must be looked upon as a good investment.
  • Fisheries and foresty
  • Alternative Sources of Energy
  • Market Access to rural handicrafts.
  • Women and Handloom sector
  • Progress of Rural Electrification Programmes in India
  • How can India strengthen its financial system?
  • Financial inclusion for economic security

Note: We have given a list of topics for your practice and those which are important from the examination point of view.

Next, comes to the ESI and ARD section where your general knowledge about the sector and section will be put to test. Well, solving questions on General awareness does not take much time as you will be free from those complex calculations like quant. So here time given to answer the questions would be enough if your reading skills are good and you have prepared well for the exam.

As there will be two sections in NABARD Grade A mains paper-II, we will discuss them separately.

Let us break the first section, that is

1.ESI (Economic and social issues) in two different parts.

1. Basic knowledge of ESI

2. Static knowledge or deep knowledge of ESI

You can include mock test analyzation as the third and main segment of the ESI part.

Focus more on topics of agriculture and growth development. Questions can be asked from this topic. Although there can be other chapters and questions which we have discussed below.

1. Industrial and labour policy

2. Monetary policy

3. Financial institutions, national and international both

4. Human development

5. Fiscal policy

6. Economic planning role in India


8. Environmental issues

9. Migration, social structure

10. WTO (World Trade Organization)

Types of questions to be prepared for ESI section:

Questions from social welfare schemes recently launched the scheme by govt can be asked, for example, Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) or schemes that are launched for children, old age people, etc.

Committees like Shanta Kumar committee set up by the government, and questions on social programs and mission, etc.

India rank on various indexes

Population policy, poverty alleviation in India.

There can also be questions on Economic survey.

Current affairs based on economic issues.

Preparation Tips for ESI Section for NABARD Grade A mains

1. Select any topic and read about it concepts in detail.

2. Do not just overview the topics, scan the topics thoroughly.

3. Devote enough time or days to finish a specific topic as you might end up skipping some important points.

4. Learn current affairs including all facts and figures which are important from examination point of view.

5. Read all about schemes and their full forms.

6. Most of the questions can be from the current affairs section on economic and social issues. So prepare it wisely.

2. ARD (Agriculture and rural development)

A list of the chapters is provided below, pay attention to them rigorously and cover them as there can be direct questions from these topics.

  • Agronomy (Basics of Agriculture)
  • Fisheries
  • Irrigation Management
  • Poultry
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Soil Science
  • Plantation & Horticulture

As per the NABARD Grade A prelims exam, mostly questions were asked from the latest current affairs and economic issues. Current affairs from December to exam date need to be covered as they may carry the maximum weightage.

According to the syllabus, Government schemes are to be prepared dedicatedly to score well in the exam.

  • Agriculture Schemes
  • Rural Development Schemes
  • Agriculture Budget 2020

Also, prepare from old and new government schemes for the exam, and changes introduced in them if any.

Do not forget to cover union budget and economic survey 2020-2021, as there may be questions from this topic also.

Students, we hope this article will help you with your preparation for NABARD Grade A mains exam and you will be able to score maximum marks based on your preparation level. If you have any query regarding the same, do let us know below in the comment section.

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