NABARD Development Assistant 2018 Detailed Guide

Applications are invited from eligible Indian citizens for the post of Development Assistant in NABARD. Registrations are now open and will be accepted till the 12th of September, 2018.

To view the detailed advertisement, use this link NABARD Development Assistant Detailed Advert.
To apply for the post of Development Assistant, use this link Development Assistant Post Registration

National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development is an apex development financial institution in India. Some of the basic responsibilities assigned to Development Assistants are:

  • Managing relationships with current and prospective donors of the bank organisation.
  • Updating donor databases, responding to member queries and sometimes approaching benefactors for appeals.
  • Conducting research, analyzing data and compiling reports on current or prospective donors.

Important Dates

Website Link Open – Online Registration and Payment of Online Fees/Intimation Charges 27 August 2018 to 12 September 2018
Phase-I (Preliminary) – Online Examination September / October  2018

 Vacancies and Reservation

* 2 posts in Srinagar Cell.

$ Posts at BIRD, Mangaluru.

# Likely to be shifted to new capital of AP state in due course.

Abbreviations: SC – Scheduled Caste, ST- Scheduled Tribe, OBC – Other Backward Classes, UR – Unreserved, EXS-Ex-Servicemen, PWBD-Persons with Benchmark Disabilities.

Note: Candidates can apply for vacancies in one State only. The Bank reserves the right to increase / reduce the number of vacancies or not to fill up any or all of the vacancies or cancel the recruitment process.


(A) Age (as on 01/08/2018)

Candidate must be between 18 and 35 years of age.

Candidates born not earlier than 02-08-1983 and not later than 01-08-2000 (both days inclusive) are eligible to apply.

Relaxation in the Upper Age Limit:

Category Relaxation in Age
Scheduled Caste / Scheduled Tribe By 5 years, i.e. up to 40 years
Other Backward Classes (OBC) By 3 years, i.e. up to 38 years
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PWBD) By 10 years (GEN), 13 years (OBC) & 15 years (SC/ST)
Ex – Servicemen To the extent of service rendered by them in Armed Forces plus an additional period of 3 years subject to maximum of 50 years
Widows/divorced women/ women judicially separated who are not remarried By 10 years
Candidates who had ordinarily been domiciled in Kashmir Division of the State of Jammu and Kashmir between 1st January, 1980 and 31st December, 1989. By 5 years

Note: No cumulative age relaxation will be available to any candidate, save as provided above

(B) Educational Qualification (as on 01/08/2018)

Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognised University/Institutions with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate (pass class for SC/ST/PWBD candidates).

Scheme of Selection

The selection process will involve two phases viz. Preliminary and Main Exam, both online, as under:

Phase I – Preliminary Examination (Online)

Sr. No. Name of the Tests (Objective) No. of Questions Max. Marks
1 Test of English Language 40 40
2 Test of Numerical Ability 30 30
3 Test of Reasoning 30  30
Total 100 100


Phase II – Main Exam (Online)

Duration: Composite time of 90 minutes for Objective Tests and 30 minutes for Descriptive Test

Sr. No. Name of the Tests No. of Questions Max. Marks
1 Test of Reasoning 30 30
2 Quantitative Aptitude 30 30
3 General Awareness (with special reference to agriculture, rural development and banking) 50 50
4 Computer Knowledge  40 40
5 Test of English Language (Descriptive) Essay, Precis, Report /
Letter Writing
Total 200

i. The above tests except English, will be available bilingually, i.e. in English and Hindi.

ii. The Preliminary Examination is only qualifying in nature and is meant to serve as a screening test.

iii. There will be negative marks for wrong answers in the Objective tests in both the phases. 1/4th mark will be deducted as penalty for each wrong answer

Pre-recruitment Training for SC/ST/OBC/PWBD candidates

NABARD arranges pre-recruitment training at certain centres for a limited number of SC/ST/OBC/PWBD candidates as per the guidelines issued by Government of India in this regard.

The applications for pre-recruitment training should reach our offices on or before 14 September 2018.

Service Conditions / Career Prospects

(i) Pay Scale

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 Assistants is approximately Rs.31,000/-.

(ii) Perquisites

The available perquisites include NABARD’s residential accommodation subject to availability, reimbursement of petrol for vehicle for official purpose, Newspaper, Brief Case, Book Grant, Allowance for furnishing of residence, etc., as per eligibility, dispensary facility besides reimbursement of medical expenses for OPD treatment/hospitalization as per eligibility; Interest free Festival Advance, Leave Travel Concession (once in two years for self, spouse and eligible dependents). Loans and Advances at concessional rates of interest for Housing, Car, Education, Consumer Articles, Personal Computer, etc. The candidates selected for the post will be governed by the “defined Contribution to New Pension Scheme (NPS)”, in addition to the benefit of Gratuity and Optional Group Term Insurance Plan.

(iii) Promotion

There are reasonable prospects for promotion to higher grades.

(iv) Location

Selected candidates will be initially posted in NABARD’s Head Office/Regional office/TE for which they have applied. However, they are liable to be transferred anywhere in India.

How to Apply to NABARD Development Assistant

Registration and Application

1. Candidates to visit the NABARD’s website – career notices click on the option “APPLY ONLINE” which will open a new screen.

2. To register application, choose the tab “Click here for New Registration” and enter Name, Contact details and Email-id. A Provisional Registration Number and Password will be generated by the system and displayed on the screen. Candidate should note down the Provisional Registration Number and Password. An Email & SMS indicating the Provisional Registration number and Password will also be sent.

Document Upload Details

File Size Specifications 
Other Information
Photograph of the Applicant (4.5cm × 3.5cm) 200 x 230 pixels (preferred) 20kb–50 kb Image file should be JPG or JPEG format
Signature of the Applicant 140 x 60 pixels (preferred) 10kb – 20kb


The applicant has to sign on white paper with Black Ink pen.

Thumb impression of the Applicant 140 x 60 pixels (preferred) 10kb – 20kb Left thumb impression on a white paper with Black or Blue ink
Scanned copy of handwritten declaration 140 x 60 pixels (preferred) 20kb – 50kb

“I, _______ (Name of the candidate), hereby declare that all the information submitted by me in the application form is correct, true and valid. I will present the supporting documents as and when required.”


Payment of Fees

1. The application form is integrated with the payment gateway and the payment process can be completed by following the instructions.

2. The payment can be made by using Debit Cards (RuPay/Visa/MasterCard/Maestro), Credit Cards, Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards/ Mobile Wallets.

3. There is facility to print application form containing fee details after payment of fees.

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