The National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) invites applications from all eligible Indian citizens for the post of NABARD Assistant Manager in Grade A across functions like Rural Development Banking Service (RDBS) / Rajbhasha Service and Legal Services. NABARD Legal Officer Grade A is covered under NABARD recruitment. Candidates can visit the official website at


Overview: NABARD Legal Grade A

NABARD stands for National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development. The exam is a Grade A level examination and is conducted online once a year. The positions offered in this exam are Manager and assistant manager. NABARD legal officer grade A exam is divided into three stages, namely, Prelims, Mains and Interview.


NABARD Recruitment 2021: Salary

NABARD Grade A Salary

Basic PayRs.28,150/- per month
Pay Scale: 28150-1550(4) -34350-1750(7) – 46600 –EB – 1750(4)- 53600-2000(1)-55600
Allowances: Dearness Allowance, Local Compensatory Allowance, House Rent Allowance, and Grade Allowance
Initial Gross Emoluments(Approx) Rs. 62,600/- per month


NABARD Grade B Salary

Basic PayRs.35,150/- per month
Pay Scale: 35150 – 1750 (9) – 50900 – EB – 1750(2) – 54400 – 2000 (4) – 62400
Allowances: Dearness Allowance, Local Compensatory Allowance, House Rent Allowance, and Grade Allowance.
Initial Gross Emoluments(Approx) Rs. 73,600/- per month


NABARD Grade A Legal Exam Pattern: NABARD Legal Grade A

NABARD Grade A selection process for Legal Post consists of an online written examination i.e. divided into three stages Phase 1, Phase 2 followed by the Interview.

1. Phase-1 – Preliminary Examination (Online Exam) – 200 Marks

2. Phase-2 – Main Examination will be online and will be a mix of MCQ and descriptive patterns. – 200 Marks

3. Phase-3 – Interview – 50 marks


NABARD Grade A Legal Exam Pattern: Phase 1

NABARD legal Grade A phase 1 comprises of 8 sections and has 200 questions of 200 marks in total.

Name of the exam

No. of questions

Maximum marks

Test of Reasoning



English Language



Computer Knowledge 



Quantitative Aptitude  



Decision Making



General Awareness 



Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India)



Agriculture & Rural Development (with emphasis on Rural India)



Total composite time: 120 minutes




Phase 1: NABARD Grade A Legal

Qualifying Section – Test of Reasoning, English Language, Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude, Decision Making.

Merit Section – General Awareness, Eco & Soc. Issues (with focus on Rural India), Agriculture & Rural Development with Emphasis on Rural India.

Shortlisting of the candidates for the Main exam will be based on marks scored in the merit section only.


NABARD Grade A Syllabus 2021- Phase-1 (Prelims)

NABARD Grade A Legal: Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus 2021- Phase-1

  • Data Interpretation
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Number Series
  • Simplification / Approximation
  • Profit & Loss
  • Simple Interest & Compound Interest
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Partnerships
  • Discounts
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Problems on Ages
  • Mensuration
  • Percentage


NABARD Grade A Legal: Reasoning Syllabus 2021- Phase-1

  • Seating arrangement
  • Linear seating arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Data sufficiency
  • Statement based questions
  • Inequality
  • Input-Output
  • Blood relations
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Series completion
  • Order and Ranking
  • Miscellaneous 


NABARD Grade A Legal: English Syllabus 2021- Phase-1

  • Reading comprehension
  • Cloze test
  • Sentence improvement
  • Spotting the errors
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence rearrangement
  • One word out
  • Fillers- Single / Double
  • Idioms and Phrases
  • Vocabulary-based questions


NABARD Grade A Legal: General Awareness Syllabus 2021- Phase-1

  • Current Affairs (Agriculture Focused)
  • Banking Awareness and Economy (Agriculture Focused)
  • Agricultural Insurance
  • Important people in the news
  • Sports News
  • Appointments


NABARD Grade A Legal: Computer Knowledge Syllabus 2021- Phase-1

  • Networking
  • Input-output devices
  • Database Management System (DBMS)
  • MS Office
  • History of computer & generations
  • Abbreviations
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Computer Terminology
  • Operating system


NABARD Grade A Legal: Decision Making Syllabus 2021- Phase-1

  • Logical Puzzles
  • Syllogisms
  • Interpreting Information
  • Probabilistic Reasoning
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Recognising Assumptions


NABARD Grade A Legal: Agriculture and Rural Development Syllabus 2021- Phase-1

  • Agronomy
  • Classification of field crops
  • Factors affecting crop production
  • Agro-Climatic Zones
  • Cropping Systems
  • Problems of dry land agriculture
  • Seed production
  • Seed processing
  • Meteorology
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Water Resource
  • Farm and Agri Engineering
  • Plantation & Horticulture
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Ecology and Climate Change
  • Rural Development
  • Panchayati Raj Institutions


NABARD Grade A Legal: Economic and Social Issues Syllabus 2021- Phase-1

  • Nature of Indian Economy
  • Structural and Institutional features
  • Economic underdevelopment
  • Opening up the Indian Economy
  • Globalisation
  • Reforms in India– Privatisation
  • Employment Generation in India
  • Measurement of Poverty
  • Population Trends
  • Agriculture Industry
  • Rural banking and financial institutions in India
  • Reforms in Banking/ Financial sector
  • Social Structure in India


NABARD Grade A 2021 Phase 2 Exam Pattern

NABARD Grade A- legal Main Examination (Phase 2) will be conducted online and will be a mix of MCQ and descriptive patterns.

Paper 1

General English

Online descriptive paper

No. of questions: 3

Marks: 100

Duration: 90 minutes

Descriptive answers, typed using keyboard

Paper 2

Economic social issues, Agriculture and Rural development

Objective paper

Descriptive paper

No. of questions:30

6 questions will be asked of which candidate is required to attempt 4.

Marks: 50


Marks: 50

(2 questions of 15 marks each and 2 questions of 10 marks each)

Duration: 30 minutes

Duration: 90 minutes



Descriptive answers, typed using keyboard



NABARD Grade A 2021: Negative Marking & Cutoffs

For every wrong answer marked, 1/4th of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty in Phase 1 and Phase 2, both.


NABARD Grade A 2021 Phase 2: General English

English paper is conducted to assess the writing skills of candidate. The paper comprises of

  • Essay writing
  • Comprehension
  • Paragraph writing
  • Letter writing
  • Report writing


NABARD Grade A Syllabus 2021- Phase-2 – Paper 2

Economic & Social Issues: Syllabus

  • Nature of Indian Economy
  • Inflation
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Employment Generation in India
  • Agriculture
  • Social Structure in India
  • Rural banking and financial institutions in India
  • Positive Discrimination


NABARD Grade A Syllabus 2021- Phase-2 – Paper 2

Agriculture & Rural Development: Syllabus

  • Meteorology
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Rural Development
  • Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities
  • Agriculture Extensions
  • Ecology and Climate Change
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Plantation & Horticulture
  • Farm and Agri Engineering
  • Water Resource


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