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Sunday, March 29, 2009

NABARD Exam - 29.03.2009

The exam for the position of Assistant Manager (Grade - 'A') in NABARD was held across India on 29th March, 2009. Here's a brief analysis of the paper : 

Objective : Objective part had the following four sections with 50 Questions in each part and 2 hours time in total i.e. 120 minutes. 

1. General Awareness: This section had a lot of questions related to the Agricultural sector, NABARD being a rural development bank. There were a lot of question on Nabard itself. Like its policies, the places it takes loans from, When was Nabard set up, its Headquarters and other similar questions. Some of the other questions from memory:   

  • Ramon Magsaysay Award : Prakash and Mandakini Amte
  • Sania and Mahesh Bhupathi recently won which tournament : Australian Open
  • G-20 Summit in November held in :
  • Between the assassinations (book) : Aravinda Adiga
  • Intn'l understanding Prize:  Hosni Mubarak
  • Microfinance started in: Bangladesh
2. English : The section had following type of Questions : 

  •  Reading Comprehension and answering questions based on the passage
  •  Meaning of Idiomatic expressions
  •  Correct the grammatically incorrect
  •  Fill in the Blanks
3. Quant/Maths: This section had questions divided into basically the 'Calculative' questions where all you needed was fast speed and good calculation and DI sets where questions had to be answered based on the sets. Apart from these, there were individual questions based on the following chapters: 

Time and Work
Simple and Compound interest
Permutation and Combination.
Simple equations. 

4. Reasoning: The first 10-15 questions were just logic questions quite similar to the pattern followed by all bank exams followed by the following type of questions : 

NOTE : These are examples, NOT the questions that came in the exam. 

1. Study the following arrangement
carefully and answer the questions given below :

B  #  A  R  5  8  E  %  M  F  4  J  1  U  @  H  2  ©  9  T  I
6  W  3  P  #  K  7  $  Y

2.  In the following questions, the symbols @, ©, %, $ and δ δ are used with the following meanings

‘P % Q’ means ‘P is greater than Q’.
‘P δ Q’ means’ ‘P is neither greater than nor smaller than Q’.
‘P @ Q’ means ‘P is smaller than Q’.
‘P © Q’ means ‘P is either smaller than or equal to Q’.
‘P $ Q’ means ‘P is either greater than or equal to Q’.

Give answer:
(1) if only conclusion I is true.
(2) if only conclusion II is true.
(3) if either conclusion I or conclusion II is true.
(4) if neither conclusion I nor conclusion II is true.
(5) if both conclusions I and II are true.

3. The questions where you are given information about six guys sitting around a table and you have to figure out the order....

4. The following type : 

Statements :
Some shoes are socks.
All socks are towels.
All towels are bedsheets.
No bedsheet is blanket.

Conclusions :
I. No towel is blanket.
II. Some shoes are towels.
III. Some shoes are bedsheets.

(A) Only I and II follow
(B) Only II and III follow
(C) Only I and III follow
(D) All follow
(E) None of these

DESCRIPTIVE : The Descriptive part was a one hour test comprising of 50 marks which were divided into various questions as follows: 

1. Write a 400 word essay on any of the following: 

Options included topics like Gender Violence , Women Empowerment.

2. Answer questions based on a passage. 

3. Write a letter to the Manager of the local transport authority informing him about frequent breakdown of buses during the peak hours and consequent trouble faced by the commuters. 

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