NABARD Grade A examination, conducted by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development for the recruitment of officers in the post of Assistant Managers, is soon approaching. So, students must be done with their preparation and now they are in the final phase of their revision.
To reduce the stress of the students and to guide their way through this final phase, we are providing a detailed revision strategy for NABARD Grade A exam.
But before moving on to the revision strategy, let us briefly take you through the sections of the exam along with the weightage of each section.
- Test of Reasoning: 20 marks
- English Language: 40 marks
- General Awareness: 20 marks
- Computer Knowledge: 20 marks
- Quantitative Aptitude: 20 marks
- Economic and Social Issues: 40 marks
- Agriculture and Rural Development: 40 marks
As the ESI and the ARD sections carry 40 marks each in the NABARD Grade A prelims and 100 marks in Mains, so you need to pay special focus on these topics.
Given below is a subject wise revision strategy to add that extra edge to your preparation of NABARD Grade A:
- Agriculture and Rural Development: A systematic revision plan needs to be implemented where the following topics should be included – agriculture basics and its branches, the definition of Agronomy and its application, classification of field crops, factors affecting crop production, the definition of different cropping systems and their types. Other topics such as organic farming, precision farming, soil and water conservation, animal husbandry, forestry and fishing, meteorology, and weather parameters need to be next on your revision list. Other topics which are important are Indian agriculture and allied activities, farm and agri-engineering, plantation and horticulture, seed production and processing, rural development and rural population, and Panchayati Raj institutions.
- Economic and Social Issues: The revision of the ESI section should include the following – Nature of Indian Economy and its growth and development, poverty alleviation in India, economic and social reforms in India, and banking and financial institutions of India. Students should also revise the recent schemes and programs such as the government schemes towards employment, educational programs and schemes, socio-economic programs for scheduled castes and scheduled tribes, and health programs in India. Other topics like rural banking, reforms in banking and financial sector, international financial institutions, food security and rural credit, and inflation are also important and needs to be revised thoroughly.
- Reasoning: You can allot one or two topics of Reasoning to each day. The revision of the topics can be in this order – order and ranking, direction based problems, blood relations, statements and assumptions, statements and arguments, statements and conclusions, coding and decoding, seating arrangement, questions on input and output, coded inequalities, syllogisms, and verbal reasoning. Solve two or three puzzles daily to strengthen your grasp on puzzles.
- English: The topics for revision of English include descriptive English, grammar rules, sentence rearrangement, single and double fillers, fill in the blanks, paragraph completion, sentence completion/cloze test, paragraph completion, and error spotting. After you are done with the thorough revision of the basics, move on to the complex questions. Make it a habit of solving one Reading Comprehension every day so that you do not lag on your reading speed in the last few days.
- General Awareness: The examination consists of current affairs questions from the last six months. So, the last few days of the revision should be devoted to the revision of the current affairs of those months. Follow magazines catering to the GK questions of competitive exams and practice the MCQs from those magazines. This will help you in brushing up your general knowledge. Also, you need to know about the latest schemes, events, and happenings related to the sections of ARD and ESI. Stay updated with the news of banking, finance, and economy.
- Quantitative Aptitude: Revise a lot of questions from data interpretation as maximum weightage is given to this section. The questions range in the topics of bar graphs, pie charts, tabular DIs, caselet DIs, etc. Apart from data interpretation, practice questions from quadratic equations by applying the tricks as you can correctly attempt five questions of quadratic equations in as little as 2 minutes. The next topic of revision should include geometry, mensuration, number series, time and work, speed, time and distance, problems on ages, percentage, profit and loss, simple interest, compound interest, and partnership, boats and streams, and pipes and cisterns.
- Computer Knowledge: Start the revision of the computer section with the basics of MS office and the shortcut keys. A large chunk of questions are also asked from the history of computers, so the said topic needs to be next on your revision list. If you are a student who belongs to the non-technical background, you should pay special attention to the section of Database Management System (DBMS) as NABARD Grade B asks a lot of conceptual questions from this topic. Last but not the least, you should also focus on the topic of networking.
Merely studying the topic will not help you until and unless you follow a good revision strategy to back up your preparation. By following these subject wise revision tips, we hope you are able to give your best in the exam.