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National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) is an apex level development bank in India that is dedicated to “matters concerning Policy Planning and Operations in the field of credit for Agriculture and other Economic activities in Rural areas in India.” NABARD conducts a common Exam to recruit Development Assistant in the Rural Development Banking Service (RDBS) of NABARD.

Emoluments:

Selected Candidates will draw a starting basic pay of Rs. 14,650/- per month(including two advance increments) in the scale of Rs.13150 -750 -15400 -900 -19000 -1200-26200 -1300-28800-1480-33240 -1750 -34990 (20 years) and other allowances, viz. Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance, City Compensatory Allowance, Transport Allowance etc., as admissible from time to time. At present,initial monthly Gross emoluments for Development Assistant/Development Assistant(Hindi) is approximately Rs.32,000/-.

Vacancies:

The total vacancies for the post of NABARD Development Assistant 2019 were 82 (DA) & 9 (DA-Hindi).

Exam date and registration:

The registration started in September 2019 and the exams were scheduled in October-December 2019.

Essential academic qualifications and experience:

You should have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline with minimum 50% marks in aggregate.

Developement Assistant (Hindi) - Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised University in English/Hindi medium with Hindi and English as a compulsory or elective subject with a minimum of 50% marks (pass marks for SC/ST/PWBD/EXS candidates) in the aggregate, OR Bachelor’s Degree with Hindi and English as main subjects with a minimum of 50% marks (pass marks for SC/ST/PWBD/EXS candidates) in the aggregate.
Note: Candidate must be able to translate from English to Hindi and vice-versa.

Age and number of attempts:

General Candidates should not be below 18 years and above 35 years. There are provisions for category based age relaxation according to existing government norms. There is no limit to the number of attempts.

Any eligible candidate, who aspires to join NABARD as a Development Assistant is required to register online for the recruitment process. In 2019, application fees for general candidates is Rs. 450 and for reserved category candidates was Rs. 50.

To know about the procedure in detail you can click on the link given below.

NABARD Development Assistant 2019 Official Notification

The examination will be held in two phases i.e. Phase-I (Prelims), Phase-II (Mains). The candidates who are shortlisted after Phase-I examination will have to appear for Phase-II examination.

Phase-I: Preliminary Examination (Online)

Phase-I Examination is an Objective Test for 100 marks and composite duration of 60 minutes. The mode of exam is online. The questions are in English and Hindi both (except English Language Section). There is negative marking for wrong answers (1/4th of total marks allotted for that question). The Prelims is only qualifying in nature and is meant to serve as a screening test.

Phase-I Exam pattern DA (2019)

Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks
Test of English Language 40 40
Test of Numerical Ability 30 30
Test of Reasoning 30 30
Total 100 100

Phase-I Exam pattern DA Hindi (2019)

Section No. of Questions Maximum Marks
Test of English Language 40 40
Test of Professional Knowledge (Hindi) 30 30
Test of Reasoning 30 30
Total 100 100

Phase – II Examination:

The Preliminary Examination is only qualifying in nature and is meant to serve as a screening test. Only those candidates who score sufficiently high in both, individual tests & in aggregate, shall be shortlisted for Main Examination in the calling ratio of maximum 1:25 based on the cut off arrived on performance of the candidates in the examination.
Phase-II Examination consisting of Objective and Descriptive Test for 200 marks is conducted with a composite time duration of 90 mins for Objective test and 30 mins for Descriptive. The mode of exam is online. The questions are in English and Hindi both (except English Language Section). There is negative marking for wrong answers (1/4th of total marks allotted for that question).

Phase-II Exam pattern DA (2019)

Section No.of Questions Maximum Marks
Test of Reasoning 30 30
Quantitative Aptitude 30 30
General Awareness (with special reference to agriculture, rural development and banking) 50 50
Computer Knowledge 40 40
English Language Descriptive (Essay, Precis, Report/Letter Writing) - 50
Total 150 + Descriptive 200

Phase-II Exam pattern DA Hindi (2019)

Section No.of Questions Maximum Marks
Test of Reasoning 20 20
Test of Professional Knowledge (Hindi) 50 50
General Awareness (with special reference to agriculture, rural development and banking) 40 40
Computer Knowledge 40 40
English Language Descriptive (Essay, Precis, Report/Letter Writing) - 50
Total 150 + Descriptive 200

Final selection

Those who qualify for selection and produce 10th or 12th standard mark sheet/certificate indicating official language as one of the subjects will not be subjected to Language Proficiency Test. In case of others (qualified for selection), the language proficiency test will be conducted after the declaration of result of Main examination at the Regional Office of concerned State. The language proficiency test will be conducted in the official language of the State concerned. Candidates not found to be proficient in official language would be disqualified, i.e. candidates who fail to qualify this test will not be offered appointment.
Only such candidates who score the cut off marks or above in the Main Examination will be shortlisted for selection. Final selection will be on the basis of candidate's performance in the online Main examination in the order of merit and biometric verification. The decision of the Bank in this regard will be final.

Candidates should realise that to perform in competitive exams such as NABARD Development Assistant, they should be good at both concepts and application. Rather than going through concepts from various sources, one should concentrate on a single resource for conceptual clarity. Once concepts are clear, practicing regularly is key to performing well in competitive exams like these. We have provided playlists of important concept lectures below. Candidates can take help of these lectures from Meritshine to strengthen their fundamentals for this exam.

Our Free Resources (click on the links below for accessing the relevant content)

Lectures for Objective Paper (Prelims and Mains)

Lectures for Phase-II

Lectures for Descriptive Paper (Mains)

Lectures for Interviews

Our Paid Programs
While we do not conduct a separate program for NABARD-DA, our other paid courses such as IBPS PO and SBI PO are designed on similar lines and we recommend them to the aspirants for all such exams. Look out and register for these programs for a more intensive preparation.

The cut-offs are released state-wise, category-wise. The cut-offs differ every year, according to the competition and the paper’s difficulty level. One year's cut-off is in no way predictive of subsequent years' cut-offs. The final cut-off of NABARD-DA + DA Hindi 2019 can be found below:
DA Hindi Prelims
DA Hindi Mains
DA Prelims
DA Mains

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