NABARD Grade A Old Practice Set Papers, Model Sample Papers

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NABARD Grade A Syllabus 2021

NABARD Prelims Syllabus

Name of Section

Topics asked

Reasoning Ability

  • Puzzles & Seating arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Data sufficiency
  • Statement based questions (Verbal reasoning)
  • Inequality
  • Miscellaneous Questions
  • Input-Output
  • Blood relations
  • Coding-Decoding

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Number Series
  • Simplification/ Approximation
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Arithmetic Questions
  • Quantity Comparisons
  • Mathematical Inequalities

English Language

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Cloze test
  • Sentence improvement
  • Spotting the errors
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence rearrangement
  • Para Jumbles
  • New pattern questions

General Awareness

  • The questions in this test will be from Current Affairs and Banking and Economy, Insurance.
  • In current affairs, questions can be asked from recent appointments, awards, and honors, sports, new schemes, national and international news, latest developments in science and technology.

Computer Knowledge

  • This section covers topics from various topics like Networking, Input-output devices, DBMS, MS Office, Internet, History of computers & generations, Shortcuts.

NABARD Mains Syllabus 2021

 Paper I – English Writing

  • This paper is descriptive in nature. 
  • This paper consists of questions based on Essay, Précis writing, comprehension, and Business/Office Correspondence.
  • The objective of the paper is to assess the writing skills including expressions and understanding of the topic.
  • Paper I is common for Grade ‘A’ – RDBS, Rajbhasha, and Legal


(a) Economic & Social Issues:

Topic Name

Syllabus Detail

Nature of Indian Economy

  • Structural and Institutional features
  • Economic Underdevelopment
  • Opening up the Indian Economy
  • Globalization
  • Economic Reforms in India
  • Privatization.


  • Trends in Inflation & their Impact on National Economy and Individual Income.

Poverty Alleviation and Employment Generation in India

  • Rural and Urban
  • Measurement of Poverty
  • Poverty Alleviation Programmes of the Government.

Population Trends

  • Population Growth and Economic Development
  • Population Policy in India. 


  • Characteristics / Status
  • Technical and Institutional changes in Indian Agriculture 
  • Agricultural performance
  • Issues in Food Security in India
  • Non-Institutional and Institutional Agencies in rural credit.


  • Industrial and Labour Policy
  • Industrial performance
  • Regional Imbalance in India's Industrial Development
  • Public Sector Enterprises.

Rural banking and financial institutions in India

  • Reforms in the Banking/ Financial sector.

Globalization of Economy

  • Role of International Funding Institutions
  • IMF & World Bank
  • WTO
  • Regional Economic Co-operation.

Social Structure in India

  • Multiculturalism
  • Demographic trends
  • Urbanization and Migration
  • Gender Issues Joint family system
  • Social Infrastructure
  • Education
  • Health and Environment. 


  • Status & System of Education
  • Socio-Economic Problems associated with Illiteracy
  • Educational relevance and educational wastage
  • Educational Policy for India.

Social Justice

  • Problems of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes
  • Socio-economic programmes for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes and other backward classes.

Positive Discrimination in favor of the underprivileged

  • Social Movements
  • Indian Political Systems
  • Human Development

(b) Agriculture & Rural Development:

Topic Name 



  • Definition, meaning, and its branches
  • Agronomy: Definition, meaning, and scope of agronomy.
  • Classification of field crops.
  • Factors affecting crop production
  • Agro Climatic Zones
  • Cropping Systems: Definition and types of cropping systems.
  • Problems of dry land - Seed production, seed processing, seed village
  • Meteorology: weather parameters, crop-weather advisory
  • Precision Farming
  • System of Crop Intensification
  • Organic farming

Soil and Water Conservation

  • Major soil types
  • Soil fertility
  • Fertilizers
  • Soil erosion
  • Soil conservation
  • Watershed management

Water Resource

  • Irrigation Management
  • Types of irrigation
  • Sources of irrigation
  • Crop-water requirement
  • Command area development
  • Water conservation techniques
  • Micro-irrigation
  • Irrigation pumps
  • Major, medium, and minor irrigation.

Farm and Agri Engineering

  • Farm Machinery and Power
  • Sources of power on the farm- human, animal, mechanical, electrical, wind, solar and biomass, biofuels
  • Water harvesting structures
  • Farm Ponds
  • Agro-Processing
  • Controlled and modified storage, perishable food storage, godowns, bins, and grain silos.

Plantation & Horticulture

  • Definition, meaning, and its branches
  • Agronomic practices and production technology of various plantation and horticulture crops
  • Post-harvest management, value and supply chain management of Plantation and Horticulture crops.

Animal Husbandry

  • Farm animals and their role in the Indian economy
  • Animal husbandry methods in India
  • Common terms pertaining to different species of livestock
  • Utility classification of breeds of cattle.
  • Introduction to common feeds and fodders, their classification, and utility.
  • Introduction to the poultry industry in India (past, present, and future status)
  • Common terms pertaining to poultry production and management
  • The concept of mixed farming and its relevance to socio-economic conditions of farmers in India
  • Complimentary and obligatory nature of livestock and poultry production with that of agricultural farming.


  • Fisheries resources
  • Management and exploitation - freshwater, brackish water, and marine
  • Aquaculture- Inland and marine
  • Biotechnology
  • Post-harvest technology
  • Importance of fisheries in India
  • Common terms pertaining to fish production.


  • Basic concepts of Forest and Forestry
  • Principles of silviculture, forest mensuration, forest management, and forest economics
  • Concepts of social forestry, agroforestry, joint forest management
  • Forest policy and legislation in India, India State of Forest Report 2015
  • Recent developments under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

Agriculture Extensions

  • Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programmes
  • Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra's (KVK) in the dissemination of Agricultural technologies.

Ecology and Climate Change

  • Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources, sustainable management, and conservation
  • Causes of climate change, Green House Gases (GHG), major GHG emitting countries, climate analysis
  • Distinguish between adaptation and mitigation
  • Climate change impact on agriculture and rural livelihoods
  • Carbon credit
  • IPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetings
  • Funding mechanisms for climate change projects
  • Initiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, INDC.

Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities

  • Recent trends
  • Major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance
  • Viability of agriculture
    Factors of Production in agriculture
  • Agricultural Finance and Marketing
  • Impact of Globalization on Indian Agriculture and issues of Food Security
  • Concept and Types of Farm Management.

(c) Rural Development:



Rural Development

  • Concept of Rural Area
  • Structure of the Indian Rural Economy
  • Importance and role of the rural sector in India
  • Economic, Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economy
  • Causes of Rural Backwardness.
  • Rural population in India
  • Occupational structure
  • Farmers, Agricultural Laborers, Artisans, Handicrafts, Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes, and others in rural India
  • Trends of change in rural population and rural workforce
  • Problems and conditions of rural labour
  • Issues and challenges in Hand-looms
  • Panchayati Raj Institutions – Functions and Working.
  • MGNREGA, NRLM – Aajeevika, Rural Drinking water Programmes, Swachh Bharat, Rural Housing, PURA, and other rural development programs.

NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern 2021

The updated NABARD Exam pattern for prelims and mains is given below in detail:

NABARD Grade A Prelims Exam Pattern


Name of Test

Number of Questions

Maximum Marks

Total Time


Reasoning Ability



120 minutes


English Language




Computer Knowledge




General Awareness




Quantitative Aptitude




Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)




Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)






NABARD Grade A Mains Exam Pattern


Name of Test

No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Total Time

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.



90 minutes

Paper II (Specific Stream Paper)

Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) - Objective



30 minutes

Paper on related discipline - Descriptive

6 questions will be asked, of which candidates will be required to attempt 4 questions [2 of 15 marks each and 2 of 10 marks each] 


90 min

NABARD Grade A Question Papers FAQs

  • Yes, all the NABARD Grade A Previous Year practice papers are free of cost. You can practice the NABARD Grade A Previous Year Question Paper at your own convenience and for better results. 

  • You can practice NABARD Grade A Previous Year practice set papers online for 2020.

  • Yes, you can practice NABARD Grade A Previous Year Exam Papers for Prelims and Mains online at BYJU'S Exam Prep.

  • You will get the following sections in the for NABARD Grade A previous year papers depending upon the stage of exam:

    • Logical Reasoning
    • Quantitative Ability
    • English Language
    • General/ Financial Awareness
  • At the end of each test, you will be provided with your performance review with the following details:

    • Your total as well as a sectional score out of the total marks
    • Your All India Rank 
    • Your accuracy%
    • Subject wise exam analysis
    • Number of correct, incorrect attempts made by you
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