NABARD Grade B Exam Analysis

National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD) conducted an online examination for the recruitment of Assistant Manager (RDBS) in Grade ‘B’ across the country on 6th August 2017.

There were 200 questions, which had to be answered in 120 minutes time period. There were seven sections, divided into two parts –  Part I and Part II.

NABARD Grade B Examination Pattern

Questions asked in each part were as follows:

Part I: Reasoning, English Language, Computer Knowledge, Quantitative Aptitude and General Awareness

Part II: Economic & Social Issues and Agriculture & Rural Development

All the other sections, except the English Language section, were available bilingually (English and Hindi language). The questions asked were Multiple Choice objective type questions, which consisted of 5 options and was of 1 mark each. Also, there was a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer.

Breakdown of the Paper

Detailed breakdown of the paper is as follows:

Section Total Questions Max. Marks Level of Difficulty Possible Attempts Possible Score Approximate Time Taken
Economic and Social Issues 40 40 Moderate 25 -30 23 – 30 18 minutes
Agriculture and Rural Development 40 40 Moderate 22 – 27 22 – 25 18 minutes
Reasoning 20 20 Easy 13 -15 14 – 16 15 minutes
English Language 40 40 Easy – Moderate 32 – 35 31-33 30 minutes
Computer Knowledge 20 20 Easy – Moderate 15-17 13 -16 10 minutes
Quantitative Aptitude 20 20 Easy – Moderate 12 – 15 12 -15 17  minutes
General Awareness 20 20 Moderate 11-15 11-13 12 minutes
Total 200 200 Moderate 120 – 128 120 minutes

Detail analysis of Each Section

Economic and Social Issues

Most of the questions asked in this section were based on Banking and Insurance, Government Committees, Economic Policies, Budget, Social Issues, Crop insurance, Aids to farmers. Students felt this section was of easy to moderate difficulty level. An overall attempt of 23 to 30 questions can be considered a good attempt.

Agriculture and Rural Development

Most of the questions asked in this section were based on the Agriculture and Animal Husbandry. Questions were basically based on like the Types of Seeds for particular seasons, Soil types, Irrigation, Names of Crop Varieties, Poultry, etc. It can be said that an overall attempt of 20 to 25  questions can be considered as a good attempt.


This section saw moderate level of questions. A student could have attempted at least 15 questions from this section. Test takers felt that the questions were not time consuming. There were questions based on Circular and Parallel Sitting arrangement, Syllogism, Inference, Direction, Linear Arrangement, etc.

Detailed analysis of the difficulty level of questions from a scale of 1-10

Scale Difficulty Level
1-3 Easy
4-6 Easy to Moderate
7 Moderate
8-10 Difficult

English Language

This section contained questions on topics like Fill in the blanks, Reading Comprehension, Phrase Replacement, and two types of Error Spotting. It can be assumed that an overall attempt of 33 questions to be a good attempt.

Computer Knowledge

The questions were based on basics concepts of computer like internet, Virus, Antivirus, Biometrics, Business Software, etc. However, a major chunk of questions were on Business Software. Students found this section was of easy to moderate difficulty level and an attempt of 16 questions can be considered as a good attempt.

Quantitative Aptitude

Students found this section was of moderate difficulty level. A major part of the questions paper consisted of questions from DI – table and line graph, Data Sufficiency, Partnership, Time and Work, Probability, Mixture and Alligation, Series and Percentage. The questions of DI (Table) were computative in nature. The questions based on Data Sufficiency and Probability were moderate to difficult. However if a student is well prepared, he/she could have easily managed to attempt around 15 questions in this section.

General Awareness

General Awareness comprised questions of moderate difficulty level primarily based on current affairs. There were 15 questions from the Current world affairs of the past three months. However, candidates who have kept themselves up-to-date with current affairs of the past three to four months would have easily answered most of the questions in this section. Some other questions were on Geography, History, Politics.

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