In this post, we will go through the Best books for NABARD Phase 2 Exam for Assistant Manager and Manager Posts in Rural Development Banking Service (RDBS). If you are looking for NABARD Phase 1 Books – Go to this post.
As you can see from the new paper pattern, NABARD has completely revamped the recruitment process (especially Phase 1). The Phase 2 process, however, is not all that different from what it used to be. The only major difference I find is that now the exam will be conducted online.
Depending on which post you are applying for, you will have to appear for a total of 2 or 3 papers as follows.
- Paper I – General English: Common for both.
- Paper 2 – Economic and Social Issues: Common for both.
- Paper 3 – Analytical Paper on Development Economics, Statistics, Finance and Management: Only for Manager post.
All the papers will be of 100 marks each, to be answered in 1.5 hours. Paper 1 is descriptive, but the other two are both objective type (multiple choice questions).
Now let us find out the books for NABARD Phase II Exam 2017 so that you can get on with your preparations.
Books for NABARD Phase II Exam 2017 – Paper 1 – General English
In Paper 1 i.e General English you will be tested on two key skills in written language:
- Analytical skills – how well you understand and interpret written content, and,
- Drafting ability – how well you are able to convey your understanding through written English.
Needless to say, both are critical skills in an office environment.
The paper will have questions from — essay writing, comprehension, report writing, paragraph writing & letter writing.
You will agree with me when I say that the art of essay writing, paragraph writing or letter writing cannot be learned in a day. These exercises require a command on the English language backed up with lots of practice. So even though you might be aware of these things, you should spend some time to actually sit down and practice writing them.
In a previous post, I had written about how you can approach the English section. Here is another useful article on essay writing. Both of these posts were written for other exams, but they provide a lot of information which will be helpful for NABARD Phase 2 (mains) as well, so make sure that you go through them.
Also, you can go through the books mentioned below to hone your skills and to have a better understanding how to attempt descriptive English paper :
|Descriptive General English by S.P. Bakshi and Richa Sharma||This is a complete book for descriptive English. If you are only going to buy one book for Paper 1, buy this one||Buy||Buy|
|Descriptive English by K. Kundan||Another option, in case you have a problem with Mr. Bakshi||Buy||Buy|
Now let’s take a look at the second paper.
Books for NABARD Phase II Exam 2017 – Paper 2 – Economic & Social Issues And Agricultural & Rural Development
This paper is for candidates who have applied for the Assistant Manager (RDBS) or the Manager (RDBS) posts. Paper 2 will test you on your knowledge of the Economic & Social Issues And Agricultural & Rural Development. In a single 1.5 hours long paper.
Since Paper 2 will be of objective type, you can only expect knowledge based questions here. So it is important that you read a lot, at least cover the basic syllabus, and also revise it a few times (two or more) before the exam.
If you spend time on actually reading and studying (and not worrying) you will be amazed of how much you can cover!
Starting with the books, following books will cover the bulk of the syllabus.
|Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh||Buy||Buy|
|Social Problems in India by Ram Ahuja||Buy||Buy|
|Agriculture at a Glance: Enhanced Competition Explorer||Buy||Buy|
For Rural Development and some other topics, I have already given study material download link in Phase 1 books post – check this page.
I have said this before and I’ll say this again, THIS IS NOT UPSC EXAM. This is NABARD. You should focus more on covering the syllabus at a basic level but you don’t need to go very deep. Even when you are reading the books, you should do a selective reading of chapters. If any of the chapters is not directly related to the syllabus, you can either read them later (not going to happen 😛 ) or skip them all together.
If you are superhuman, and you still have time left, you can go through some of the articles in the ‘knowledge bank’ section on NABARD website – follow the link.
For most of the topics, you can also search on the internet for more information.
Those appearing for other Posts, will be asked discipline related multiple choice questions.So cover the syllabus and revise well. You can use the books you used during your graduation/post-graduation. In case you need book suggestions, ask in the comments.
NABARD Phase II Exam Practice Papers
NABARD exam takes deep inspiration from the RBI Grade B exam. Since practice papers are not available in the market for NABARD, it would be a good idea to use the available RBI Grade B practice material.
Kiran’s RBI Grade-B Officer’s Exam Phase 2 Descriptive Type Test Practice Work Book covers Descriptive English, Economic & Social Issues, and Finance and Management. You can check it out at Amazon and Flipkart.
In case you have any suggestions especially on better study material or need more help, please let me know in the comments.