After filling up the applications for the NABARD Grade-A exam many candidates are now wondering how to prepare ARD for the NABARD Grade-A exam. Agriculture and Rural Development is an important section as it carries 40 marks. Thus, it becomes crucial for you to create the right approach for the preparation of the ARD section. Here in this article, we are providing key beneficial tips to prepare for the ARD of the NABARD Grade A exam.
NABARD Grade-A exam is conducted in three phases; Preliminary exam, Mains exam, and the interview process.
Candidates who clear the preliminary exam are promoted to sit in the mains exam and only those who clear the mains exam are eligible to appear for the interview.
The two phases of the examination, however, do not have any difference in the syllabus, the pattern of the questions, and the type of questions. Therefore, agriculture and rural development topics (ARD) remain of equal importance in both preliminary and mains exams. Let us take you through tips on how to prepare ARD for the NABARD Grade-A exam, in this article.
How to Prepare Agriculture and Rural Development for NABARD?
The time period between the NABARD exam notification and the date of examination is around 6 months. This means, even if candidates start preparing only after completing their application process, they have 6 months for the preparation. Discussed below are some of the tips to prepare for the NABARD exam with special reference to the ARD section.
- Having a timetable
- Reading newspapers and magazines
- Watching the national channel on agriculture
Let’s discuss the above points on agriculture and rural development for NABARD in a little detail:
Having a timetable to keep you organized and in check with the progress. Since the exam is divided into different sections including ARD and the syllabus of this section is vast in itself the timetable helps in structuring your preparations. As you complete your required hours of study for the ARD section each day, mark them in your timetable.
Similarly, as you finish one of the topics, mark it in your NABARD Grade A syllabus list. Once every week check your study hour progress and once in a month check your progress in terms of topics you have covered.
Read newspapers and magazines and make notes of important issues and the latest development in the field of agriculture. Before making notes for the new day, make sure that you revise your notes from the previous day. This helps not only in gaining knowledge but also in retaining the information for the exam.
Best Tips to Prepare ARD Section for NABARD
Newspaper to read
Some of the newspapers and annual reports that candidates can refer to the information on agriculture and development are:
- The Hindu
- The Economic Survey
- The Union Budget
- News on Schemes & Sub-Schemes
- Annual report of the Ministry Of Agriculture
- Annual report of Ministry of Rural Development
- NABARD annual report
- Annual report of Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change
Watching television can never be a strategy for any examination, but NABARD has the exception for this. The DD Kisan is a national channel which is dedicated to farmers and farming. It telecasts the latest news and all the information that a farmer would need for better farming.
Sometimes reading does not interest many people and hence watching the channel may make it a little easier to know about the latest news, reports, and development in the area of agriculture.
Practicing the exam before appearing for the actual exam prepares a candidate in many ways. Test series are available in both online and offline modes. Taking the test series makes the candidates aware of the exam and the type of questions that will be asked.
Additionally, practicing the test within the given time and in a classroom prepares candidates to understand the pressure that they will face in the exam hall. Similarly, the evaluation will help them to know the weak areas that they need to work on.
NABARD ARD Exam Pattern
The preliminary exam is divided into seven sections as given below, and the agriculture and rural development section are referred to as ARD.
Name of the Section
Economic and Social Issues
Agriculture and Rural Development
The total composite time allotted for the exam is 2 hours. Candidates have to attempt all the sections and must clear each section separately. However, the composite time gives the liberty to candidates to attempt the sections in any order as per their convenience and time management.
ARD Syllabus and study plan:
Coming back to ARD, then it is one of the three sections of the preliminary exam that has been given more marks value than other sections and if candidates focus better on these sections, they can improve their overall score. The syllabus highlights for the ARD section is as follows:
|Soil and Water Conservation|
|Farm and Agri Engineering|
|Plantation & Horticulture|
|Ecology and Climate Change|
|Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities|
(b) Rural Development:
This one section of the preliminary exam has a vast syllabus and candidates have to prepare this while preparing for other sections as well. Therefore, the study plan must include a couple of hours every day from this section. The current affairs related to agriculture and development can help in the current affairs section of the exam as well.
Similarly, reading through the latest reports and journals of agriculture, to understand and learn about government policies, will help in reading comprehension of the English language section.
Like any other entrance exam, the NABARD Grade-A exam builds the same pressure and anxiety among the candidates appearing for it. However, if candidates start preparing in time with a strategy in mind and a study plan to follow, it is not difficult.
The simple answer to the vast syllabus requiring wide knowledge is consistency; consistent hours of study, a consistent timetable and consistent practice.
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