Are good with policy formation for financial assistance and economic development for Backward and Rural Area?  Well, if your answer is a yes then this article is you.

NABARD stands for National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, being a supreme development financial organization in India, having its headquarters in Mumbai with branches spread across the entire nation. NABARD has been delegated with affairs like planning and operations, framing of various policies with respect to credit to agriculture, and credit for economic development actions in Rural Areas in our Country. NABARD is one of the members of the Alliance for Financial Inclusion and is actively contributing to the same.

The official Notification will be released by NABARD for recruitment of Grade -A officer very soon. The Exams are conducted in an Online Mode every Year. Once the official notification is issued you will have to register yourself online. For various details, aspirants are instructed to regularly check the official website i.e. 

NABARD GRADE A 2021: How to apply?

  • Applicants need to register themselves by filling the application form in Online Mode which will be available on the Official website of NABARD.
  • Fill in all the credentials properly and generate your Registration ID and Password.
  • Make sure to validate all the information punched in before the final submission of the application form.
  • Upload all the required documents in the specified formats including your scanned photograph and scanned copy of your signature. Also, a scanned copy of the left thumb is to be uploaded.
  • A handwritten Declaration is also required to be uploaded.
  • Make the payment of the application which is to be done in online mode only as per the guidelines for the same.
  • Download the E-Receipt as a payment acknowledgment and take multiple print outs for the same for further references.
  • Applicable fees for the various category is given below:-
  • Categories are other than ST/SC – Rs. 750/- (inclusive of immigration charges of Rs. 100/-)
  • For ST/SC Applicants- Rs. 100/- /  (inclusive of immigration charges of Rs. 100/-)

 NABARD GRADE- A 2021:- Age Criteria

The applicant should be 21 years or more and 30 years or less as of 01-01-2021 with Categorical  Age Relaxation which is described below:-

Categories Age Relaxation
SC 05 Years
ST 05 Years
OBC 03 Years
Ex-Service Men 05 Years
For General Category 10 Years
For SC/ST Category 15 Years
For OBC Category 13Years

 Exam Pattern:- NABARD GRADE A- 2021

The entire recruitment system of  NABARD is divided into 3 Stages namely Stage I – Preliminary Exam, Stage II – Main Exams, and Stage III is Interview.


It is an Online Exam that is MCQ based with 200 questions in total, each question being of 1 mark each. There is also a negative marking scheme of 0.25 marks for every incorrect answer. The total time allotted is 2 hours for the paper. The entire paper is divided into a various section which is described below:-

  • English- Total number of Questions is 40 for a total of 40 marks.
  • Agriculture & Rural Development- Total number of Questions is 40 for a total of 40 marks.
  • Economic & Social Issues- Total number of Questions is 40 for a total of 40 marks.
  • Reasoning- Total number of Questions is 20 for a total of 20 marks.
  • General Awareness- Total number of Questions is 20 for a total of 20 marks.
  • Computer Aptitude- Total number of Questions is 20 for a total of 20 marks.
  • Quantitative Aptitude- Total number of Questions is 20 for a total of 20 marks.

This Exam is qualifying nature exam therefore the marks obtained will not be counted while preparing the Merit List. The moment you qualify the sectional Cut- off and also the total Cut-off you are eligible for the Main exams.


This is again an Online Mode Exam but has both sort of Question i.e. MCQs and Descriptive type which is conducted in 2 parts namely, Paper I: Descriptive Test & Paper-II: MCQs. Paper I is common for all the varied posts but Paper is Different considering the field & the post. Total marks are 200 with 3 hours duration. Unlike Prelims, this is a Selective based Exam and has a 0.25 negative marking scheme for every single wrong answer. The detail for both the paper is enumerated henceforth:-

  • Paper I- General English – Maximum Marks – 100 with 90 Minutes Duration.
  • Paper-II – Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development – Maximum Marks – 100 with 90 Minutes Duration.
  • Paper-III – Paper on Related Discipline – Maximum Marks – 100 with 90 Minutes Duration.


Once you clear your Mains Exams you are eligible for the next round of Personal Interview which is for a total of 25 marks. This round tests the mental ability of the Candidate to check the Suitability of Applicants for the post.