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National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) releases notification to recruit Grade A officers in its organization. NABARD Grade A Agriculture Officer is one such post that is covered under NABARD (RDBS) recruitment. Let’s look at the highlights of the NABARD Grade A  Agriculture exam 2022.

NABARD Grade A Highlights 2022

Conducting Authority National Bank For Agriculture and Rural Development
NABARD Website
Name of the Posts Assistant Manager in Grade ‘A’ {RDBS (Agriculture)}
Mode of application Online
Stages of Exam

Three Stages-

  • Phase 1- Preliminary Exam (8 sections)
  • Phase 2- Mains Exam
  • Phase 3- Personal Interview
Maximum marks & Time duration
  • Phase 1- 200 marks, 2 hours
  • Phase 2-
    • • Paper 1- 100 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes
    • • Paper 2 (Objective + Descriptive) – 100 marks, 2 hours
  • Phase 3- 50 Marks
Opening Date for Submission of Online Applications To be notified later
Closing Date for Submission of Online Application To be notified later
NABARD Grade A Phase I (Preliminary) Online Examination To be notified later
NABARD Grade A Mains Exam Date To be notified later
Number of Vacancies To be notified later
NABARD Grade A 2021 Official Notification PDF Click Here
NABARD Grade A 2021 Final Result Click Here

Exam Pattern 2022

The NABARD Grade A exam for Agriculture Post will be held in three phases as mentioned below.

  • Phase 1/ Prelims – Online Written Examination – 200 Marks
  • Phase 2/ Mains – Online Written Examination (mix of MCQ and descriptive pattern) – 200 Marks
  • Phase 3- Personal Interview – 50 Marks

Prelims Exam Pattern 2022

NABARD Grade A Phase 1 (Agriculture Officer) exam 2022 will be an online multiple-choice test. Phase 1 exam consists of eight sections namely – Reasoning, English Language, Computer Knowledge, General Awareness, Quantitative Aptitude, Economic and Social Issues (with focus on Rural India), Agriculture and Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) and Decision Making. Decision Making is the newly added section in the prelims exam this year. A total of 10 marks is dedicated to this section. Apart from that, NABARD has also introduced the Qualifying section and Merit section this time. Details are below.

  • The marks obtained in the sections of Reasoning, English Language, Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, Decision Making will be qualifying in nature.
  • You will be shortlisted based on your performance in General Awareness, ESI and ARD.

Further details about the exam pattern are in the table below. 

Nature of Test Test NameNo. Of QuestionsMaximum MarksTime Duration
QualifyingQuantitative Aptitude2020Composite time of 120 minutes
Reasoning Ability2020
Computer Knowledge2020
English Language3030
Decision Making1010
Merit BasedGeneral Awareness2020
Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India)4040
Economic and Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)4040
Total2002002 Hours

Mains Exam Pattern 2022

NABARD Grade A  Agriculture Mains will be held only for those candidates who clear Phase 1. The calling ratio for NABARD Grade A Mains/Phase 2 (Agriculture) exam is 1:25. The NABARD Grade A exam Mains for Agriculture consists of

  • Paper 1 (General English) – Descriptive
  • Paper 2 – a mix of multiple-choice and descriptive types related to the Agriculture domain.

Detailed NABARD Grade A Agriculture Mains Exam Pattern 2022, is given at the table below.

PaperSubjectType of PaperNo. of QuestionsMarksDuration
Paper IGeneral EnglishOnline Descriptive (Answers to be typed using keyboard)310090 Minutes
Paper IIStream Specific paperObjective305030 Minutes
Descriptive Type (Answers to be typed using keyboard either in English or Hindi (Remington and Inscript keyboards))6 questions will be asked, of which candidates will be required to attempt 4 questions [2 of 15 marks each (with difficulty level) and 2 of 10 marks each]5090 Minutes
Total100 (Paper II)

Phase 3: Interview

After qualifying Mains exam, you will be called for an interview. The calling ratio for the NABARD Grade A Agriculture interview round is 1:5. This time the NABARD Grade A interview will be of 50 Marks (earlier it was 25).

Please note that the final merit for the post of Assistant Manager in NABARD Grade A Agriculture recruitment will be prepared on the basis of your cumulative performance in the Merit section, Phase 2/ Mains exam and interview.

Syllabus 2022

NABARD Grade A Agriculture syllabus will help you plan a proper planning strategy. Phase 1 for all the streams is the same. You can check out the syllabus of NABARD Grade A Prelims/Phase 1 below

Quantitative AptitudeTime and Work, Mensuration, Average, Speed, Distance and Time, Mixture and Allegations, Permutation and Combination, Probability, Data Interpretation, Ratio & Proportion, Simplification & Approximation, Percentage, Set Theory, Data Interpretation, Quadratic Equation, Number Series, Profit & loss, Boats & Stream, Simple and Compound Interest, Data Sufficiency
English LanguageGrammar, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Passage Making, Error Spotting, Jumble Words, Sentence Framing, Fill in the Blanks, Cloze Test, Sentence Rearrangement, Idioms & Phrases
General AwarenessMonetary Policies, Banking & Financial Awareness, Economic Terms, Current Affairs, Static GK, Financial & Economics News, Government Schemes, Agreement & Deals, Banking terms, rates, processes, National Institution
Reasoning AbilityPuzzles, Seating Arrangement – Circular, Square and Linear, Data Sufficiency, Directions and Distance, Coding Decoding, Blood Relations, Inequality, Syllogism, Machine Input Output, Verbal Reasoning, Ordering and Ranking, Alphanumeric Series
Computer KnowledgeComputer Knowledge Computer Languages, Basic Hardware and Software, History of Computer, Devices, Viruses and Hacking, MS Office, Networking
Decision MakingBehaviour Decision Making,Managerial Decision making,Eligibility Criteria based decision making,Data Arrangements Based Decision making

Mains Syllabus 2022 

Find the NABARD Grade A Agriculture syllabus details for Phase 2 – Paper 1 (English-Descriptive) from the table below.

English Descriptive(Descriptive) Essay, Precis, Questions on the Precis/para, Report/Letter Writing

Agriculture Syllabus

The NABARD Grade A Phase 2 – Paper 2 will consist of questions from the Agriculture domain. The complete syllabus for the NABARD Grade A Agriculture Officer is given in the table below.

1Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources, their sustainable management and conservation. Physical and social environment as factors of crop distribution and production. Agro ecology; cropping pattern as indicators of environments. Environmental pollution and associated hazards to crops, animals and humans. Climate change – International conventions and global initiatives. Green house effect and global warming. Advance tools for ecosystem analysis – Remote sensing (RS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
2Cropping patterns in different agro-climatic zones of the country. Impact of highyielding and short- duration varieties on shifts in cropping patterns. Concepts of various cropping and farming systems.   Organic and Precision farming. Package of practices for production of important cereals, pulses, oil seeds, fibres, sugar, commercial and fodder crops.
3Important features and scope of various types of forestry plantations such as social forestry, agro- forestry, and natural forests. Propagation of forest plants. Forest products. Agro forestry and value   addition. Conservation of forest flora and fauna.
4Weeds, their characteristics, dissemination and association with various crops; their multiplications; cultural, biological, and chemical control of weeds. Soil- physical, chemical and biological properties. Processes and factors of soil formation. Soils of India. Mineral and organic constituents of soils and their role in maintaining soil productivity. Essential plant nutrients and other beneficial elements in soils and plants. Principles of soil fertility, soil testing and fertilizer recommendations, integrated nutrient management. Biofertilizers. Losses of nitrogen in soil, nitrogen-use efficiency in submerged rice soils, nitrogen fixation in soils. Efficient phosphorus and potassium use. Problem soils and their reclamation. Soil factors affecting greenhouse gas emission.
5Soil conservation, integrated watershed management. Soil erosion and its management. Dry land   agriculture and its problems. Technology for stabilizing agriculture production in rain fed areas. Water- use efficiency in relation to crop production, criteria for scheduling irrigations, ways and means of   reducing runoff losses of irrigation water. Rainwater harvesting. Drip and sprinkler irrigation. Drainage of waterlogged soils, quality of irrigation water, effect of industrial effluents on soil and water pollution. Irrigation projects in India.
6Farm management, scope, importance and characteristics, farm planning. Optimum resource use and budgeting. Economics of different types of farming systems. Marketing management – strategies for development, market intelligence. Price fluctuations and their cost; role of co-operatives in agricultural   economy; types and systems of farming and factors affecting them. Agricultural price policy. Crop Insurance.
7Agricultural extension, its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programmes, socio- economic survey and status of big, small and marginal farmers and landless agricultural labourers. Training programmes for extension workers. Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) in dissemination of Agricultural technologies. Non Government Organization (NGO) and self-help group approach for rural development.
8Cell structure, function and cell cycle. Synthesis, structure and function of genetic material. Laws of heredity. Chromosome structure, chromosomal aberrations, linkage and cross-over, and their significance in recombination breeding. Polyploidy, euploids and aneuploids. Mutations – and their role in crop improvement. Heritability, sterility and incompatibility, classification and their application in crop improvement. Cytoplasmic inheritance, sex-linked, sex-influenced and sex-limited characters.
9History of plant breeding. Modes of reproduction, selfing and crossing techniques. Origin, evolution and domestication of crop plants, center of origin, law of homologous series, crop genetic resourcesconservation and utilization. Application of principles of plant breeding, improvement of crop plants. Molecular markers and their application in plant improvement. Pure-line selection, pedigree, mass and recurrent selections, combining ability, its significance in plant breeding. Heterosis and its exploitation. Somatic hybridization. Breeding for disease and pest resistance. Role of interspecific and intergeneric hybridization. Role of genetic engineering and biotechnology in crop improvement. Genetically modified crop plants.
10Seed production and processing technologies. Seed certification, seed testing and storage. DNA finger printing and seed registration. Role of public and private sectors in seed production and marketing. Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) issues, WTO issues and its impact on Agriculture.
11Principles of Plant Physiology with reference to plant nutrition, absorption, translocation and metabolism of nutrients. Soil – water- plant relationship.
12Enzymes and plant pigments; photosynthesis- modern concepts and factors affecting the process, aerobic and anaerobic respiration; C3, C4 and CAM mechanisms. Carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism. Growth and development; photoperiodism and vernalilzation. Plant growth substances and their role in crop production. Physiology of seed development and germination; dormancy. Stress physiology – draught, salt and water stress.
13Major fruits, plantation crops, vegetables, spices and flower crops. Package practices of major horticultural crops. Protected cultivation and high tech horticulture. Post harvest technology and value addition of fruits and vegetables. Landscaping and commercial floriculture. Medicinal and aromatic plants. Role of fruits and vegetables in human nutrition.
14Diagnosis of pests and diseases of field crops, vegetables, orchard and plantation crops and their economic importance. Classification of pests and diseases and their management. Integrated pest and disease management. Storage pests and their management. Biological control of pests and diseases. Epidemiology and forecasting of major crop pests and diseases. Plant quarantine measures. Pesticides, their formulation and modes of action.
15Food production and consumption trends in India. Food security and growing population – vision 2020. Reasons for grain surplus. National and international food policies. Production, procurement, distribution constraints. Availability of food grains, per capita expenditure on food. Trends in poverty, Public Distribution System and Below Poverty Line population, Targeted Public Distribution System (PDS), policy implementation in context to globalization. Processing constraints. Relation of food production to National Dietary Guidelines and food consumption pattern. Food based dietary approaches to eliminate hunger. Nutrient deficiency – Micro nutrient deficiency : Protein Energy Malnutrition or Protein Calorie Malnutrition (PEM or PCM), Micro nutrient deficiency and HRD in context of work capacity of women and children. Food grain productivity and food security.

Eligibility Criteria 2022

Before applying for the exam, you must check your NABARD Grade A eligibility (Agriculture) concerning Education Qualification, Age limit and other qualifications. 

Educational Criteria

For the NABARD Grade A Agriculture stream, you must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture with 60% marks which may vary for the reserved category. OR Post Graduate degree in Agriculture / Agriculture (Soil Science/ Agronomy) with a minimum of 55% marks in aggregate from a recognized University / Institution which may vary for the reserved category. 

For further details, look at the table below. 

StreamEducational Criteria
AgricultureBachelor’s Degree in Agriculture with 60% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 55%) in aggregate OR Post Graduate degree in Agriculture / Agriculture (Soil Science/ Agronomy) with a minimum of 55% marks (SC/ST/PWBD applicants – 50%) in aggregate from a recognized University / Institution.

Age Limit 2022 

As per the latest notification, you must be between 21 and 30 years of age. For a detailed NABARD Grade A Age limit (Agriculture), please look at the table below. 

PostAge Criteria (As on July 01, 2021)
NABARD Grade AThe candidate must be between 21 and 30 years of age i.e., the candidate must have been born not earlier than July 02, 1991 and not later than July 01, 2000

Age Relaxation 2022

In case you belong to any of the reserved categories and seek age relaxation, you can apply for the exam through the reserved quota. You can get relaxation within the upper age limit. Please look at the table below for further details. 

Category Age Relaxation
SC/ST 5 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates 3 years
Ex-servicemen (including Emergency Commissioned Officers/Short Service Commissioned Officers) provided that the applicants have rendered at least five years continuous Military Service and have been released on completion of assignment (including those whose assignment is due to be completed within one year) 5 years
Emergency Commissioned Officers/Short Service Commissioned Officers who have completed their initial period of assignment of five years of Military Service but whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case, on selection, the Ministry of Defence issues certificates that they would be released within 03 months from the date of receipt of offer of appointment 5 years
Children/family members of victims died in the1984 riots 5 years
Persons with Disabilities (PWBD)
  • General–10 years
  • OBC–13 years
  • SC/ST–15 years

How to Apply Online 2022

NABARD Grade A Agriculture 2022 application window is soon going to open. The step by step process for the NABARD Grade A Agriculture exam is given below

  • Log on to the official website of NABARD, i.e.
  • Check out the ‘’ notices and look for the ‘Apply Online link’
  • New registrants must click on the ‘Click here for New Registration’ tab and provide details such as full name, email ID and contact details
  • Registrants will receive a Provisional Registration Number and Password
  • Use these login credentials to complete the form by providing correct details
  • Validate the details by selecting the ‘Validate your details and ‘Save & Next button
  • Upload the documents (Photo & Signature) taking care of the specifications
  • Verify for the last time before ‘Final Submit’
  • Select the ‘Payment’ tab to remit the application fee
  • Take a print of the application form and fee receipt for future use
  • Guidelines for Uploading the Photograph
    • The dimensions of the photograph should lie between 200 x 230 pixels
    • The photograph must be clear and passport size
    • The file size of the photograph should be between 20KB – 50 KB
  • Guidelines for Uploading the Signature
    • The signature should be clear and legible
    • The file size of the signature should be between 10KB- 20KB. If it is below the limit or if it exceeds the mentioned limit, the application will be rejected
    • The dimensions of the signature should lie between 140 x 60 pixels

Application fee

After submitting the application form, you need the application fee. Please note that your application will not be considered complete until you pay the fees. You can pay the fees via online mode only, no other mode is available. The NABARD Grade A fee details are as follows.

For SC/ ST/ PWBDRs.150
For all othersRs. 800

Salary 2022

NABARD Grade A Agriculture Officer draws a starting basic pay of Rs 28150/ month.

Besides this, he is also eligible for

  • Dearness Allowance
  • Local Compensatory Allowance
  • House Rent Allowance and many more.

The PayScale- Rs.28150-1550(4)-34350-1750(7)–46600–EB-1750(4)-53600- 2000(1)-55600.

Gross Salary – Rs 70,000 approximately

Further details about NABARD Grade A Salary are in the table below.

Post Salary
  • Basic salary – Rs, 28,150
  • Scale of 28150-1550(4)-34350-1750(7)–46600–EB-1750(4)-53600-2000(1)-55600
  • Approximately Rs. 70,000

Job Profile

NABARD is an apex institution and a regulator so you won’t regret joining/working for NABARD. Office Timings’ of a NABARD Grade ‘A’ officer would be: 9:30 AM to 5.30 PM, 5 days a week. The following will be your NABARD Grade A job profile once you start working as an Agriculture Officer 

  • Identifying and mapping of resource potential under related sectors and sub-sectors of rural economy and SWOT analysis thereof, credit-linked planning, preparation of sectoral papers, State Focus Papers, etc.
  • Meeting requests from client institutions, especially Banks and Government Departments, for periodic updating of techno-financial parameters and unit costs of various developmental activities.
  • Provision of expert views, advisory services, consultancy, etc. to individual entrepreneurs, Corporates, Institutions, Government Departments etc. seeking such advice. This may be in contexts of preparation of DPRs, standardisation of techno-financial norms with specific reference to new agri-business ventures such as high-value agriculture, value chain financing, processing and value addition, organic farming, etc.
  • Liaison with National / Regional Research Institutes to support their R&D interventions to develop solutions to field level technical /operational problems and innovative technologies.
  • Liaison with Line Departments of Central as well as State Governments, ICAR, and State Universities of related disciplines.
  • Advisory services at District/State/National level in the operationalization of several Government-sponsored schemes pertaining to related disciplines.
  • Representation on various technical committees/ sub-groups constituted by State / National Level institutions etc. towards policy advocacy.
  • Provision, and simultaneous internal capacity building, in the emerging areas of NABARD’s interest and projects being implemented by NABARD requiring specialisations/expertise from a related discipline.
  • Miscellaneous areas – suggestions/advice for effective policy formulations and business plans, Appraisal & Monitoring of proposals having NABARD’s interest and/or involvement. Documentation of Success stories and dissemination technology for replication. Any support related to technical discipline sought from time to time

Career Growth

You will get promoted to Manager post after going through departmental exams and interviews. The hierarchy of posts right from the post of Assistant Manager (Agriculture Officer) is as follows.

  • Director
  • Executive Director
  • Chief General Manager
  • General Manager
  • Deputy General Manager
  • Assistant General Manager
  • Grade B ( Manager)
  • Grade A ( Assistant Manager) ← You are here

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Exam Dates 2022

NABARD Grade A notification 2022 for Agriculture post is a good opportunity for every aspirant who wants to make a career in the government sector. NABARD Grade A Prelims 2022 for Agriculture Officer has not been announced yet. Refer to the table below for more details.

NABARD Grade A Exam Dates 2022

EventsExam Dates
Online Registration and Payment of Online Fees/Intimation ChargesTo be notified later
Last date for submission of NABARD Grade A Online ApplicationsTo be notified later
Download of Phase 1 (Preliminary Exam) Admission Letters
(RDBS) / (Rajbhasha Service)
To be notified later
NABARD Grade A Phase 1 Date (Preliminary Exam)To be notified later
NABARD Grade A  (RDBS) / (Rajbhasha Service)
Phase I Result
To be notified later
Call Letter for NABARD Garde A Online Main Exam (Phase – II) To be notified later
NABARD Grade A Mains Exam DateTo be notified later
Result for NABARD Garde A RDBS Online Main Exam (Phase – II) To be notified later
Result for NABARD Garde A Rajbhasha Online Main Exam (Phase – II) To be notified later
NABARD Garde A Interview DateTo be notified later
NABARD Grade A 2021 Final ResultClick Here

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