Agriculture and Rural Development

How to Prepare Agriculture and Rural Development for NABARD Grade A Based on Latest Exam Pattern and Syllabus. In NABARD Grade A 2021 Notification NABARD made some major changes in exam pattern and syllabus of Agriculture and Rural Development. In this Article we have provided you the complete insight on how to Approach Agriculture and Rural Development Section.

How to Prepare Agriculture and Rural Development

NABARD Grade A Exam : Important Topics of ARD
  • Basics of agriculture
  • Soil science
  • Irrigation
  • Animal husbandry
  • Horticulture
  • Agriculture extension
  • Agronomy
NABARD Grade A Exam : Important Reports to Cover 
  • Livestock Census 
  • NABARD All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey (NAFIS)
  • Agriculture Census 2015-16
  • Indian state of forest report 2019
  • State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World by FAO
  • NABARD Notification and Circulars
  • Latest Production estimates for various crops by Govt.
NABARD Grade A Exam : Government Schemes from Ministry Website
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare
  • Ministry of Rural Development
  • Ministry of Panchayati Raj
  • Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy
  • Ministry of Food Processing
  • Ministry of Environment and Climate Change

NABARD Grade A Exam : Agriculture and Rural Development Syllabus


Agriculture : Definition, meaning and its branches, Agronomy: definition, meaning and scope of agronomy. Classification of field crops. Factors affecting on crop production, Agro Climatic Zones; 

Cropping Systems : Definition and types of cropping systems. Problems of dry land agriculture; Seed production, seed processing, seed village; 

Meteorology : weather parameters, crop-weather advisory; Precision Farming, System of Crop Intensification, organic farming;

Soil and Water Conservation : Major soil types, soil fertility, fertilizers, soil erosion, soil conservation, watershed management;

Water Resource : Irrigation Management: types of irrigation, sources of irrigation, crop-water requirement, command area development, water conservation techniques, micro-irrigation, irrigation pumps, major, medium and minor irrigation.

Animal Husbandry : Farm animals and their role in Indian economy, Animal husbandry methods in India, common terms pertaining to different species of livestock, Utility classification of breeds of cattle. 

Introduction to common feeds and fodders, their classification and utility. Introduction to poultry industry in India (past, present and future status), Common terms pertaining to poultry production and management. Concept of mixed farming and its relevance to socio-economic conditions of farmers in India. 

Complementary and obligatory nature of livestock and poultry production with that of agricultural farming.

Fisheries: Fisheries resources, management and exploitation - freshwater, brackish water and marine; Aquaculture- Inland and marine; biotechnology; post-harvest technology. Importance of fisheries in India. Common terms pertaining to fish production.

Agriculture Extensions: Its importance and role, methods of evaluation of extension programmes, Role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in dissemination of Agricultural technologies.

Plantation & Horticulture: Definition, meaning and its branches. Agronomic practices and production technology of various plantation and horticulture crops. Post-harvest management, value and supply chain management of Plantation and Horticulture crops.

Forestry: Basic concepts of Forest and Forestry. Principles of silviculture, forest mensuration, forest management and forest economics. Concepts of social forestry, agroforestry, joint forest management. 
Forest policy and legislation in India, India State of Forest Report 2015. Recent developments under Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

Farm and Agri Engineering : Farm Machinery and Power, Sources of power on the farm- human, animal, mechanical, electrical, wind, solar and biomass, bio fuels, water harvesting structures, farm ponds, watershed management, Agro Processing, Controlled and modified storage, perishable food storage, godowns, bins and grain silos.

Ecology and Climate Change: Ecology and its relevance to man, natural resources, their sustainable management and conservation. Causes of climate change, Greenhouse Gases (GHG), major GHG emitting countries, climate analysis, distinguish between adaptation and mitigation, climate change impact to agriculture and rural livelihood, carbon credit, IPCC, UNFCCC, CoP meetings, funding mechanisms for climate change projects, initiatives by Govt of India, NAPCC, SAPCC, INDC.

Present Scenario of Indian Agriculture and Allied activities : recent trends, major challenges in agriculture measures to enhance viability of agriculture. Factors of Production in agriculture; Agricultural Finance and Marketing; Impact of Globalization on Indian Agriculture and issues of Food Security; Concept and Types of Farm Management.

NABARD Grade A Exam : Rural Development Syllabus 

Rural Development: Concept of Rural Area, Structure of the Indian Rural Economy Importance and role of the rural sector in India- Economic, Social and Demographic Characteristics of the Indian rural economy, causes of Rural Backwardness.

Rural population in India : Occupational structure, Farmers, Agricultural Laborers, Artisans, Handicrafts, Traders, Forest dwellers/tribes and others in rural India- Trends of change in rural population and rural work force; problems and conditions of rural labor; Issues and challenges in Hand looms

Panchayati Raj Institutions – Functions and Working. MGNREGA, NRLM – Aajeevika, Rural Drinking water Programmes, Swachh Bharat, Rural Housing, PURA and other rural development programmes.

NABARD Grade A Exam : Suggested Books and Study Materials

I. Agriculture Book by Nem Raj Sunanda - This Book is sufficient for Prelim Exam but as NABARD has changed the mains exam pattern to Descriptive so many you have to read another book as this is in One Liner Form, It doesn't discuss concepts in Detail.

II. Guide for Agricultural Competitive Examinations by R K Sharma is another most recommended Book to cover ARD Syllabus of NABARD Grade A, so if you feel Nem Raj Sunda is not sufficient then you can use this book.

III. www.eagri.org B.Sc Agri 

IV. https://agritech.tnau.ac.in/

NABARD Grade A Exam : Important Chapter of Suggested Books

Important chapters of Nem Raj Sunda Agriculture Book for NABARD Grade A Exam 2021.

Its not that other chapters are not important but based on the trends of previous years, these chapters are very important



Guide for Agricultural Competitive Examinations by R K Sharma is another most recommended Book to cover ARD Syllabus of NABARD Grade A in detail, so if you feel Nem Raj Sunda is not sufficient then you can use this book.


Agriculture Current Affairs 2020-21 - Get this Book to Cover Agriculture Current Affairs but this Book was Published on 2nd February so when exam used to be in March/April, it was a recommended reading for Current Affairs but as this time it has shifted to Aug/Sep so you will have to rely on Current Affairs PDF of Some Coaching Institutes




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  1. Thank you so much, Sir. Is this the complete syllabus or there are more we need to follow?

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