NABARD or ‘National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development’, is a top-level Development Financial Institution (DFI) or development bank. It’s services are focussed on rural prosperity but it does not do retail banking and is thus different from RRBs (Regional Rural Banks).

NABARD conducts two separate exams to recruit Grade A Assistant Managers & Grade B Managers in the Rural Development Banking Service (RDBS) of NABARD. Once you qualify this exam, you are hired as an Assistant Manager (Grade A) or Manager (Grade B) in the prestigious NABARD

NABARD Assistant Manager 2019

NABARD has released the recruitment drive for Grade A for the year 2018. The important exam dates for Application process, Prelims & Mains exam are:

Important Events Important Dates
Opening Date of Online Registration & Fees Payment 13th March 2018
Closing Date of Online Registration & Fees Payment 27th April 2018
Download of Phase I Admit Card 2nd April 2018
Phase I Prelims Exam Date 19th May 2018
Phase II Mains Exam Date 6th June 2018


The educational qualifications, age limit, and nationality of the candidates are considered in the eligibility criteria of NABARD Assistant Manager Recruitment 2018 for the post of probationary officers. The candidates who applied for the SBI probationary officers post should be a citizen of India. Check out more details about the eligibility criteria below.

Educational Qualification: (AS ON 01.01.2018)


  • General
    • Bachelor’s Degree in any subject with minimum 50% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants 45%) in aggregate. Or Post Graduate degree with minimum 50% marks in aggregate (SC/ST/PWBD applicants 45%) from a recognized University or Ph.D
    • Chartered Accountant / Cost Accountant / Company Secretary with Bachelor’s degree.
    • Two-year full-time P.G. Diploma in Management / full-time MBA degree from Institutions / Universities recognized by GOI Page 7 of 28 / UGC with Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline.
  • Animal Husbandry
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Veterinary Sciences / Animal Husbandry with a minimum of 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate.
    • Post Graduate degree in Veterinary Sciences / Animal Husbandry with a minimum of 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate from any recognized University / Institute.
  • Chartered Accountant
    • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized University / Institution with Membership of Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). The Membership of ICAI must have been obtained on or before 01 March 2018.
  • Economics
    • Bachelor’s Degree with Economics/Agriculture Economics with 50% marks (ST applicants -45%) in aggregate
    • Post Graduate degree in Economics /Agriculture Economics with a minimum of 50% marks (ST applicants-45%) in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution. Candidates with Economics as one of the main subjects at all years/semesters of the course will only be eligible.
  • Environmental Engineering
    • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science / Environmental Engineering / Climate Change / Climate Change Adaptation with 50% marks in aggregate.
    • Post graduate degree in Environmental Science / Environmental Engineering / Climate Change / Climate Change Adaptation with 50% marks in aggregate, from a recognized University/Institution.
  • Food Processing/Food Technology
    • Bachelor’s degree in Food Processing /Food Technology with 50% marks (ST applicants 45%) in aggregate.
    • Post Graduate degree in Food Processing / Food Technology with 50% marks (ST applicants 45%) in aggregate from a recognized University / Institution.
  • Forestry
    • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry with 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate.
    • Post Graduate degree in Forestry with 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate from a recognized University/Institution.
  • Land Development (Soil Science) / Agriculture
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture / Agriculture (Soil Science/Agronomy) with 50% marks (SC/ST applicants – 45%) in aggregate.
    • Post Graduate degree in Agriculture / Agriculture (Soil Science/Agronomy) with a minimum of 50% marks (SC/ST applicants 45%) in aggregate from a recognised University / Institution.
  • Minor Irrigation (Water Resources)
    • Bachelor’s degree in Hydrology/Applied Hydrology.
    • Geology/Applied Geology with Hydrogeology /Irrigation /Water Supply & sanitation as one of the subjects with 50% marks (SC/ST applicants 45%) in aggregate.
    • Post Graduate degree in Hydrology/Applied Hydrology or Geology/Applied Geology with Hydrogeology /Irrigation /Water Supply & sanitation as one of the subjects with 50% marks in aggregate (SC/ST applicants 45%) from a recognized University.
  • Social Work
    • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate.
    • Post Graduate degree in Social Work with 50% marks (SC applicants 45%) in aggregate from a recognized University..


Age Limit (As on 01.04.2018)

The candidate’s age should not be below 21 and not more than 30 years as on 01. 04. 2018 which means he/she must not be born before 01.04.1997 and not after 02.04.1988 . Check out the age relaxation for various categories in the table below.

Relaxation Of Upper Age Limit:

Sr. No. Category Age Relaxation
1. SC/ST 5 Years
2. Other Backward Classes (OBC) 3 Years
3. PWD(GEN) 10 Years
4. PWD (SC/ST) 15 Years
5 PWD(OBC) 13 Years
6 Persons Domiciled in Jammu & 5 Years


Sr.No. Category Total
150/- (Intimation Charges only)
2. General and OBC 800/- (App. Fee including intimation charges)
3. Staff NIL


NABARD has announced the recruitment drive for Grade A only with 92 vacancies. These vacancies can be divided across various disciplines as given below:

Name of the Discipline No. of Vacancies
General 46
Animal Husbandry 05
Chartered Accountant 05
Economics 09
Environmental Engineering 02
Food Processing/Food Technology 04
Forestry 04
Land Development (Soil Science)/Agriculture 08
Minor Irrigation (Water Resources) 06
Social Work 03
Total 92

NABARD Assistant Manager 2018 Exam Pattern:

NABARD selection process consists of 3 stages, which are:

  • Prelims Exam (MCQ)
  • Mains Exam (MCQ + Descriptive)
  • Interview

Now let’s have a look on the exam pattern of all the stages one by one:

NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern – Prelims

This will be an objective type online test. The exam pattern will be:

120 min
Quantitative Aptitude
General Awareness
Economic and Social Issue
Agriculture and Rural Development
  • This exam is only qualifying in nature & will serve as a screening test.
  • If you clear the sectional as well as overall Cut Off then you will be called for Phase II Exam i.e. Mains.
  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.

NABARD Grade A Exam Pattern – Mains

Phase II Exam dates will be released by NABARD later. This will be an objective and descriptive type online test. Let’s have a look at the NABARD Exam Pattern for Mains Exam. NABARD Phase II Exam consists of:

  • Paper I – Common for all 14 posts
  • Paper II – Different for all posts
Total Marks
Paper I: General English
1 ½ hours
Paper II: For General Posts Economic & Social Issues & Agriculture & Rural Development
1 ½ hours
Paper II: For all other posts Paper related to the discipline of the specific post
1 ½ hours
  • For detailed NABARD syllabus of Main Exam, read the official notification given at the end of this article.
  • If you get sufficiently high rank, you will be called for the NABARD Interview.
  • There will be negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.
  • There will be sectional cut-offs as well as the total cut-offs.

NABARD Exam Pattern – Interview

If you secure a sufficiently high rank in the exam then you will be called for the Interview. The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of marks obtained by you in Mains and Interview. The Interview consists of an interview for 25 marks.

Final selection

If you qualify the Mains as well as the Interview, you will be selected as NABARD Assistant Manager Grade A or Grade B Officer.

How to apply for NABARD Assistant Manager 2018

  • Candidates to go to the Bank’s website notices & click on the option “APPLY ONLINE” which will open a new screen.
  • Candidates should have valid email ID and mobile no.which should be kept active till the declaration of results. It will help him/her in getting call letter/advices etc. by email/SMS.
  • Submit the Application Form.
  • The payment can be made by using debit card/credit card/Internet Banking by providing information as asked on the screen. Transaction charges for online payment, if any, will be borne by the candidates.
  • On successful completion of the transaction, e-receipt and application form with fee details will be generated; which may be printed for record.
  • Take out the Print Out of the Application Form for future reference.

Syllabus For NABARD Assistant Manager 2018

Given below is a list of all topics and subjects, from which the questions will be asked. You can prepare and plan for the exams by knowing the topics you have to cover.

Quantitative Aptitude Reasoning ability English language
Simplification Alphabetical Series Reading Comprehension
Number Series Blood Relation Fill in the Blanks
Percentage Coding- Decoding Para Jumbles
Profit & Loss Order & Ranking Cloze Test
Average Direction Error Spotting
Simple Interest and Compound Interest Inequalities Phrase Replacement
Ratio and Proportion Syllogisms Sentence Corrections
Problem Based On Age Input Output Vocabulary
Time and Work Data Sufficiency Para Completion
Pipe and Cistern Seating Arrangement
Partnership Puzzles
Allegation and Mixture Logical Reasoning
Speed Time and Distance
Boat and Stream

Syllabus for Phase II (Main Examination) may be as furnished below:

1) The paper I – English: Essay, Précis writing, Comprehension and Business/Office Correspondence. The paper on English shall be framed in a manner to assess the writing skills including expressions and understanding the topic.

2) Paper II – 

Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development Economic & Social Issues:
Nature of Indian Economy – Structural and Institutional features – Economic underdevelopment – Opening up the Indian Economy – Globalisation – Economic Reforms in India – Privatisation.

Inflation – 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.

Agriculture – 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.

Industry – 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 Banking/ Financial sector. The globalisation of Economy – Role of International Funding Institutions – IMF & World Bank – WTO – Regional Economic Co-operation.

Social Structure in India – Multiculturalism – Demographic trends – Urbanisation and Migration – Gender Issues Joint family system – Social Infrastructure – Education – Health and Environment. Education – 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 favour of the under privileged – Social Movements – Indian Political Systems – Human Development. Current Economic & Social Issues.

Agriculture & Rural Development:

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

a) Soil and Water Conservation : Major soil types, soil fertility, fertilisers, soil erosion, soil conservation, watershed management;

b) 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.

c) Farm and Agri Engineering : Farm Machinery and Power, Sources of power on the farm- human, animal, mechanical, electrical, wind, solar and biomass, bio fuels, water harvesting structures, farm ponds, watershed management, Agro Processing, Controlled and modified storage, perishable food storage, godowns, bins and grain silos.

d) 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.

e) Animal Husbandry: Farm animals and their role in 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 poultry industry in India (past, present and future status), Common terms pertaining to poultry production and management. 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.

f) Fisheries: 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.

g) Forestry: 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 Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
h) Agriculture Extensions: Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programmes, Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) in dissemination of Agricultural technologies.

i) Ecology and Climate Change: Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources, their 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 to agriculture and rural livelihood, carbon credit, IPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetings, funding mechanisms for climate change projects, initiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, INDC.

j) 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 Page 13 of 28 Globalization on Indian Agriculture and issues of Food Security; Concept and Types of Farm Management.

Rural Development: Concept of Rural Area, Structure of the Indian Rural EconomyImportance 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 Labourers, Artisans, Handicrafts, Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes and others in rural India- Trends of change in rural population and rural work force; problems and conditions of rural labour; Issues and challenges in Handlooms

Panchayati Raj Institutions – Functions and Working. MGNREGA, NRLM – Aajeevika, Rural Drinking water Programmes, Swachh Bharat, Rural Housing, PURA and other rural development programmes.

Admit Card for For NABARD Assistant Manager 2018

The Admit Cards for both NABARD Grade A & Grade B Exams are released just a couple of weeks before the NABARD Exam. You can find your NABARD Grade A Admit Card on the official website as soon as it gets released.

How to Download Admit Card

  • Go to and click on careers section.
  • Select download NABARD Assistant Manager 2018 call letter for preliminary examination
  • Then enter your Registration Number/Roll Number and Date of Birth/Password
  • Finally click on the submit button, your NABARD Assistant Manager 2018 admit card will be generated and take a print.
  • The NABARD Assistant Manager 2018 admit card is issued and available 10 days prior to the examination. It will be available in the official website of the bank. Candidates are required to download the admit card and get a printed copy of the same.


NABARD Grade A Cut Offs – Grand Total 2017:

Discipline Category
Agriculture 143.75 131.75 133.00 148.25
Agricultural Engineering 147.75 149.00
Animal Husbandry 143.00 133.00 140.25
Chartered Accountant 146.25 161.25 160.75
Company Secretaryt 159.25 172.75
Economics 162.50 162.25 141.50 167.00
Environmental Engineering 140.25 141.25
Fisheries 126.50 104.75 127.00
Food Processing 129.25 130.00
Forestry 149.75 159.50
General 155.50 149.50 142.50 161.75 131.25 149.75 137.25
Plantation & Horticulture 157.00 152.50 157.00
Social Work 147.00 156.50
Water Resource Devp & Mngt 112.00 146.50