NABARD 2017- FREE Agriculture Schemes Document

Dear aspirants,

Our team is working hard to deliver the most relevant and thorough content for the upcoming NABARD Grade A and B examination 2017. We have just finished compiling all the important AGRICULTURE SCHEMES at one place.

A lot many questions are asked in the examination, both Phase 1 and 2, from government schemes. We have included all important aspects like budget outlay, aim, implementing ministry, target, current affairs, etc related to each scheme in this document.

You can download the document for free, follow these steps:

  • Go to
  • Click on the course named FREE LESSONS- RBI and NABARD
  • Click on Enroll for Free
  • Enter your email id and password if you have already signed up on, else click on sign up
  • Go to the sub course named NABARD- Pattern, Eligibility, Cut offs and Sample Material
  • Scroll down and click on the section named Detailed Schemes Document- ESI and ARD
  • Click on Agriculture Schemes
  • At the right hand corner, click on the attachment link and the file shall download

Happy learning!



NABARD 2017- Content update by EduTap

Dear aspirants,

We hope your preparation for the upcoming NABARD examination is going well.

As part of our paid course, we have uploaded the following content till date in our NABARD Grade A/B course for 2017.

  • Concept notes on Units 1-4 of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Concept notes on Unit 2 and Unit 3 of Economics and Social issues (We have revamped our RBI notes)
  • Quiz 1- 12 based on Kurukshetra magazine
  • Quiz 1-5 based on Yojana magazine
  • Quiz 1-4 based on annual report of Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE) under Ministry of Agriculture (MoA)
  • Quiz 1-4 based on annual report of Department of Agricultural Cooperation and Farmers Welfare (DACFW) under MoA
  • Quiz 1-4 based on annual report of Department of Animal Husbandry, Diarying and Fisheries (DAHDF) under MoA

More than 1500 MCQs have already been uploaded, 4500 + more shall be uploaded as per the schedule (the schedule has been uploaded as the first lesson of our course on

We shall be providing you concept notes for each unit of ESI and ARD. Our 100% video course for English shall cover each aspect of Phase II English descriptive paper.

You can view the sample lessons here:—RBI-and-NABARD

You can also download the free material from the google drive:

We are offering a discount of Rs 1500 to our existing subscribers, drop us a mail and we shall send you the discounted payment link.

Also kindly note that NABARD has released a press note today stating that both the examinations i.e Phase 1 as well as Phase 2 shall be held on different days for Grade A and Grade B. Strange as it may sound, its true!

We at EduTap are covering each component of the syllabus in a comprehensive manner and leaving no stone unturned to bring to you the best of material and MCQs.

Do write back to us at or call us at 8146207241 in case you have any query.

Happy learning!


NABARD Grade B 2017 notification out!

Dear aspirants,

As we had been saying all along, NABARD Grade B notification is out today. Grade A notification is expected to be released very soon. Very very soon!

The phase 1 examination as per the notification shall tentatively be conducted in Aug 2017.

Some important changes that have been made this year are as follows:

Phase 1 pattern

i) Test of Reasoning – 20 marks (down from 40 marks)

ii) English Language – 40 marks

iii) Computer Knowledge –20 marks

iv) General Awareness – 20 marks

v) Quantitative Aptitude – 20 marks (down from 30 marks)

vi) Economic & Social Issues (with focus on Rural India) –40 marks (up from 25 marks) (Focus on rural India has been added)

vii) Agriculture & Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) – 40 marks (up from 25 marks) (Focus on rural India has been added)

Phase 2 pattern

Paper–II (MCQ) Economic and Social Issues and Agri. and Rural Development (with focus on Rural India) (This has been added which points towards the importance the rural development topic shall hold in this year’s examination)

We have launched the comprehensive course for NABARD Grade A, Grade B shall be launched shortly. We have also carried out a detailed analysis of the eligibility, pattern, cut offs as well as previous year papers. See the videos here

Our course can be accessed here

We are also offering a discount of Rs 1500 to our existing subscribers on the 2nd and 3rd course priced at Rs 5000 and Rs 5500 respectively.

Our students can subscribe to the ESI and ARD + English NABARD course at a discounted price of Rs 3500 at the following link:

For subscribing to the ESI and ARD+ English +Phase 1 at Rs 4000 click:

What are the Features of  of ESI and ARD Course?

  1. Coverage of Current Affairs of ARD through MCQs from vast resource pool including but not limited to Kurukshetra, Yojana, Ministry of Agriculture Reports, Ministry of Rural Development Reports, Annual Report by NABARD, Report by Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, State for Forest Report, India Year Book and Press Releases by Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Schemes related to Agriculture and Rural Development
  2. Coverage of Current Affairs of ESI through MCQs from vast resource pool but not limited to Economic Survey of India, Budget, Demonetization Report by RBI, Monthly Policy Reviews by Government of India, GK Today, Yojana, India Year book, Government Schemes, Insights on India compilations, PT365 compilations,  Partiyogita Darpan, news related to Economics and Social Issues etc.
  3. More than 6000+ MCQs along with detailed and lucid explanation
  4. Concept Notes on each topic of ARD and ESI as per syllabus
  5. Additional Chapter wise MCQs on ESI as per syllabus
  6. Special Schemes document on Schemes related to Economy and Social Issues
  7. Special Schemes document on Schemes related to Agriculture and Rural Development
  8. 4 Full Length Tests on ESI and ARD

Happy Learning


EduTap- FREE 1000+ General Awareness MCQs


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Practice more than 1000+ MCQs for the General Awareness section of Phase 1 of RBI Grade B 2017 examination for free!

These MCQs cover the current events from Jan 2017 to June 2017.

Enroll for free here:

Practice 10 full length mocks + MCQs on survey + budget + schemes + monthly policy review for Rs 750 only. Subscribe here

We have also slashed the prices of our Phase 2 courses by 50%. The details are as under:

1) Phase 2 English video course is now available for Rs 750 only. Subscribe here

2) Phase 2 Test Series (5000+ MCQs) is now available for Rs 999 only. Subscribe here

3) Phase 2 ESI course (concept notes + MCQs) is now available for Rs 1750 only. Subscribe here

4) Phase 2 FM course (concept notes + few videos + MCQs) is now available for Rs 1750 only. Subscribe here

5) Phase 2 ESI + FM course is now available for Rs 3500 only . Subscribe here

6) Phase 2 ESI+FM+English course is now available for Rs 4250 only. Subscribe here

Avail the offer now and boost your preparation for the upcoming exam.

Call us at 8146207241 in case you have any query.

Happy learning and all the best!


How to crack NABARD Grade A exam 2017? Interview with Mr. Aarif- NABARD Grade A Officer 2016 Batch

NABARD Grade A/B notification is expected soon and it is high time that an aspirant chalks out a strategy with a proper study plan for the same.

The questions that often come to the mind of the aspirants are many, like:

What topics do I have to study?

What all books should I cover covered to prepare for the exam?

How much time do I need to devote towards my preparation?

Which is best resource to cover Current Affairs?

What is the Job profile at NABARD, what is the Salary, Perks etc.?

Will I get rural posting or urban posting?

NABARD is one such exam where not much information is available in the public domain and with the changed exam pattern since 2015, it has become even more difficult to find satisfactory answers to such questions.

Continuing with our series of interviews/videos with NABARD Grade A and Grade B officers, EduTap is pleased to present insights into NABARD Grade A exam preparation strategy and Job Profile by Mr. Aarif Khan.

He cleared the NABARD Grade A exam last year and is currently posted NABARD Regional Office.

Aarif, first we at Edutap would like to congratulate you for making it big. After All, NABARD Grade A is one of the most sought after job in India. What was your first reaction after getting selected?

Thank you! As the final result was in my favor, I was quite happy and relieved.

Where are you currently posted? Could you please clear the myth that people have regarding rural postings in NABARD?

I’m posted at the Dehradun office. All the selected candidates, after their training, join either at one of the Regional Offices (in state capitals) or the Head Office (in Mumbai). Unlike PSBs, there is no concept of rural or urban postings in NABARD.

What are the Job Profiles offered to candidates after selection and what is the job profile that you are having?

The profile, nature of responsibilities and other functions vary from person to person depending upon which department they work in. The nature of work is quite diverse and in due time, everyone gets an opportunity to work in different areas and positions.

How is the career growth in NABARD?

The career progression is similar to RBI and other PSBs. Initially, one begins his career as Asst Manager (Gr A), and then is promoted to Manager (Gr B), AGM (Gr C), DGM (Gr D), GM (Gr E) and CGM (Gr F).

Tell us something about your Education and Work experience. Do you think it is manageable to clear the exam without background in Agriculture or Economics?

I did my B.Tech in E&C from Delhi, and prior to NABARD, I was working with SBI as a PO. Although having a background in either agriculture or economics might give an extra edge, it’s not required as such. A major chunk of the selected candidates this year had no such background (including me). As the questions in the exam test one’s basic understanding of the subjects, a proper study from standard books is all that’s necessary.

Can you please let us know about your scores in Phase 1 and Phase 2 (subject wise)?

My scores were as:

Phase 1: ES (13.25) AR (16.50) RE (20) EL (31.25) CK (17.50) GA (9.25) QA (17.75)

Phase 2: General English (62) Eco & Social Issue, Agri & RD (72.25)

How did you manage time in Phase 1 because it can be very tricky to clear cut offs in all the 7 sections in Phase 1?

In Phase 1, each candidate has his/her own strategy molded according to one’s strengths and weaknesses. My strategy in this paper, as in every other exam, was to attempt GA first, followed by EL, CK and then QA and RE. I attempted ES and AR towards the end. The idea was to solve the easier sections first before proceeding to the calculative ones. However in Phase 1, one must always be wary of sectional cut-offs and the amount of time being devoted to each section.

Computer Knowledge is one section in Phase 1 where cut off was pretty high (around 10.5 out of 20). Was it that easy a section or one should not take a chance and prepare well for this section?

The questions in this section did not require any additional preparation; they were quite straightforward and based on our day-to-day knowledge. However, if one is under-confident and wishes to specially prepare for this, there are a number of books/short notes available online.

How did you prepare for Phase 2 exam? Which all resources you read to cover both theoretical and Current Affairs Part for ESI?

Regarding Phase 2, it is very important to follow the syllabus mentioned in the notification and prepare accordingly. The trend is that most questions are being asked from current events, news etc, and only a few questions from the traditional and static portions.

For ESI, I followed ‘Indian Economy’ by Ramesh Singh; reading it selectively and not cover to cover. I also referred Pratiyogita Darpan’s Economy Issue. For the dynamic portion, I relied on reading newspaper, Vision IAS Monthly current affairs and GK Today. A thorough reading of Economic Survey, Union Budget and Govt schemes is also required.

For the social portion, I focused mainly on currents affairs and read the Census, SECC etc

Which all resources you read to cover both theoretical and Current Affairs Part for ARD?

For ARD, there’s no one good book/source available in the market. So I again referred mostly to Ramesh Singh for the static part. For selected topics of agriculture, I read ‘Geography of India’ by Majid Hussain, and a brief reading of reports of M/O Agriculture and M/O Rural Development. I focussed more on the topics related to ARD in the news, related schemes, Forest Survey of India report etc. For this section, Kurukshetra will be a useful magazine.

Since you mentioned you did not read much for the static part but you still cleared the exam, so can we say that current affairs hold much importance for the exam and one can clear the exam if he/she covers the current affairs thoroughly?

The recent trend of focussing on current affairs not just in NABARD, but in other exams as well, only underscores its increasing importance. Fortunately, there are a number of sites/magazines from where current affairs can be prepared along with the newspaper. This does not, however, mean that one should completely ignore the static portion as it builds a foundation for understanding the news, and questions from here will always be asked; although less in number.

What was the weightage of ESI and ARD respectively in the Paper 1 and which one among ESI and ARD is more scoring?

The weightage of both was equal; each being of 25 marks. Between the two, I found ARD comparatively easier as many schemes were asked. Both are scoring, and it ultimately all depends on a person’s preparation.

What would be those 2-3 things that you were not able to execute but you would like aspirants to do or follow?

There were definitely a few sources which I could not touch upon as much as I had wanted such as the annual report of NABARD, Kurukshetra magazine etc.

Does one has enough time in the exam to solve the entire set of questions in ESI and ARD paper?

Time is not an issue when it comes to ESI and ARD papers. One can easily attempt all questions in all the sections. The test here is of knowledge, and not speed.

You got very less marks in English; In fact you just cleared the cut off.  How should one prepare for English as it accounts for 50% of marks in Phase 2?

English is definitely a paper which is both easy and scoring, and the expected topics can also be predicted to some accuracy. No special reading is required for the essay, as the points are derived from our general preparation and following of the events around us. The key to this paper is writing practice, and retrospectively; I think that is where I could’ve worked more on. Following Yojana and Kurukshetra magazines can be hugely beneficial for the essay, in my opinion.

What would be your message to Grade A aspirants who want to follow your steps?

Be it any exam, the fundamentals of preparation continue to revolve around reading, revising and practicing. Regardless of the educational background, anyone can do well in the exam. All that’s required to is to properly strategize with a balanced approach and follow previous years’ papers. Given the fact that it’s a competitive exam, it’s important to focus on clearing sectional cut-offs and time management. Other than that, ample guidance is available online and ultimately it all comes down to a person’s perseverance. With this, I wish all aspirants the best of luck for their forthcoming exams.

EduTap’s comprehensive courses for the upcoming NABARD examination are available here:

Write back to us at or call us at 8146207241 in case you have any query.

Happy learning!


Insights into NABARD 2017 preparation by NABARD Grade A Officer of Batch 2016

Every Candidate has a unique strategy to crack a prestigious exam like NABARD Grade A and B. No one strategy shall be called the best strategy but definitely some strategies are better than the rest and that is what makes all the difference.

Continuing with our series of interviews/videos with NABARD Grade A and Grade B officers, EduTap is pleased to present the preparation strategy and much more by Ms. Nidhi Verma (Name Changed due to personal choice of candidate to keep the identity secret).

Ms. Nidhi cleared the NABARD Grade A exam last year with flying colors and currently she is happily pursuing her job with good work life balance

Nidhi, first we at Edutap would like to congratulate you for making it big. After All, NABARD Grade A is one of the most sought after jobs in India. How are you feeling these days? Happy, Elated!!! or Just about being Normal

Yes. Definitely Happy with the outcome!!

Tell us something about your Education and Work experience. What made you interested in NABARD Grade A exam?

I am a B.E. graduate and  was working with a software firm, when I thought of preparing for government exams.I appeared for a lot of banking and insurance exams out of which one was NABARD. Unlike Commercial banking, NABARD is a development financial Institution, which offers more opportunities and exposure. Moreover, I heard a lot about its good work culture and the kind of right work life balance it offers , it inspired me to appear for it and it was my 2nd attempt.

You are not from IIT or IIM and do not have any background in Agriculture or Rural Development or even in ESI. Did this factor lead to any negative thoughts in your mind at any point of time? What was your strategy to circumvent all these limitations and make a mark in the exam?

No doubt NABARD Grade’A’ is challenging for someone who is not from Agricultural Background considering the kind of diversified syllabus it has. But at the same time, if you analyse the type of questions being asked, you would realize that background here hardly matters.

My strategy here was simple. Analyse the syllabus and accordingly work for Phase-1 and Phase 2. I prepared my strategy for all 3 stages of this exam- Phase-1 , Phase-2 and interview and  accordingly priortised areas of work.

We will start with Phase 1 which is although qualifying but still cannot be neglected. How is Phase 1 of NABARD different from Phase 1 of RBI and how did you prepare for Phase 1?

There is not much difference if you compare the level of the both the exams. But yes, since NABARD has a more diversified syllabus, Phase 1 consists of 7 sections unlike 4 in RBI. So, the type of preparation required for NABARD Phase 1 needs to be more comprehensive. Also, to manage time in NABARD phase 1  is more challenging as compared to RBI phase 1.

EduTap input: Check out our analysis of NABARD Phase 1 here:

What was your strategy with respect to time spent in each of the 7 sections in Phase 1?

Everybody has their own strategy to crack Phase 1 as here unlike Phase 2 management of time is the key. I knew my weak areas out of all the sections and I ensured that I give more time to them so as to clear sectional cutoff. Also if one if is good at current affairs sections, it boosts your score with very less time to be allotted. So I started with General Awareness section, then English then Reasoning and Quant.

I believe in order to boost your overall score scoring good in General Awareness section is very important. But again I would emphasize that everyone has his own strategy and one should manage time well.

What was the Phase 2 exam like? Was it more of a fact /current affairs based or was it bookish/concepts based?

It was mostly current based. Most of the questions were from Economic Survey, Budget, Government schemes related to agriculture and rural development, NABARD in news, various reports etc. Very less questions were asked from the static portion of the syllabus.

EduTap input: Check out our analysis of NABARD Phase 2 here:


How one must go about the preparation since standard books are not of much use and there are not many resources available which cover the syllabus for NABARD?

As I mentioned, one should  thoroughly read economic survey and budget, government schemes in detail ( with special emphasis on agriculture and rural development  related), various reports in news, recent developments in agriculture and rural development.

What was the weightage of ESI and ARD respectively in the Paper 1 and which one among ESI and ARD is more scoring?

Both sections comprise of 25 marks each, I think ESI is more scoring than ARD as ESI is more of general awareness. In ARD, you may get some static questions related to agricultural concepts which may be difficult to answer. But again it depends on the level of preparation.

EduTap input: Check out the pattern of the examination here:

How should one prepare for ARD section since most of us do not have any background in that and questions asked were mostly from the current affairs? Any strategies/hacks/points that you would like to suggest to all the aspiring candidates

For ARD section, government schemes , recent developments like issue of GM crops, loan waivers, reading newspaper, etc would only help. I myself didn’t prepare static portion much and relied mostly on current topics.

But the exam had this trend last year, we cannot say about this year. So one should not ignore other  topics and concepts mentioned in the syllabus during course of preparation.

What are key areas which one needs to give attention to in ESI section? What are the sources that one should prepare from? Moreover since the syllabus for ESI section in NABARD and RBI is almost same, how should one augment their preparation for ESI section in NABARD after having prepared for RBI?

Yes ESI portion for RBI and NABARD is similar but not same. NABARD’s syllabus is vast in comparison to RBI. For Phase 2, detailed reading of the current policy changes related to agriculture, schemes launched, issues and challenges in agriculture and rural development, reports like SECC, Agricultural census etc is needed.

If one has prepared for RBI earlier, then more emphasis on ARD portion is needed. Sources will be same as I mentioned earlier.

EduTap input: Check out the similarities and differences between RBI and NABARD here:

Many of the students over prepare for ESI and ARD at the cost of under preparation in English. Most of us believe English needs minimum preparation as it is very generic. According to you what is the importance of English component in NABARD, especially Phase 2?

Please remember, there is a sectional cutoff in Phase 2 here unlike RBI. So here each paper play a key role. So one should prepare for English paper thoroughly with special emphasis on Essay Writing. Also typing speed is important when it comes to English as English has 4 questions to be typed in 1.5 hours which may seem a challenging task.

What all was asked in English exam and specifically what kind of essays are asked in the exam?

English paper consisted of 4 questions- Essay, Precis, Reading comprehension and Letter writing .Essay topics were like MNREGA, Rural Entrepreneurship and some current topics which I don’t remember.

You missed Grade B by short margin? Do you still feel the pain or are you feel motivated enough to give it another go this year?

Yes I do feel the pain considering the time constraint I had for preparation of Grade B as I was working. Grade’B’ is definitely a motivation for me and I plan to appear for it this year.

At last what would be your message to all the budding Aspirants for NABARD Grade A?

My message would be no matter what your background is, you can clear this exam if you strategize your preparation in the right manner and work accordingly. Do work on weak areas as one sectional cut off can cost you huge. What this exam needs is SMART work and not hard work.

 I wish all the future aspirants best of luck for upcoming Grade A exam.

EduTap’s comprehensive courses for the upcoming NABARD examination are available here:

Write back to us at or call us at 8146207241 in case you have any query.

Happy learning!