IBPS PO Mains 2017 – Tips & Topics for Descriptive Test

IBPS PO Mains 2017 exam is scheduled on 26
November 2017. The PO mains paper also consists of a descriptive writing test
that is qualifying in nature. Here are few tips on how to prepare for these
tests, the evaluation criteria and some dos and don’ts. These tips are brought
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IBPS PO 2017: Main Exam Pattern

Main exam also consists of an English Language Descriptive Writing Test.
  • Questions: 2 (1 on
    essay writing; 1 on letter writing)
  • Maximum Marks: 25
  • Time Allotted: 30

In the IBPS PO 2017 Mains Descriptive Writing
Section, there will be two questions: Essay Writing and Letter Writing.

 Click Here To Read: Sample Essay With Proper
Click Here To Read: Sample Letter – Proper

essay writing is slightly longer than letter writing, candidates are advised to
allocate their exam time accordingly.
IBPS PO Mains Descriptive Writing: Evaluation
There are no set evaluation criteria for the
descriptive section paper; however few common things that are taken in to
consideration are:
Content: Address the
topic from differing viewpoints and cover various aspects. Provide
details, examples and explanations. The examples should support the point of
view shared.
Formal Requirement: Especially
for letters, strictly adhere to the prescribed format. If it is not
present, marks might be deducted. For essays, make sure you don’t exceed the
mentioned word limit. Structure the essay in multiple paragraphs.
Structure and Coherence: Make
sure you address each of the following while developing any essay. 
  • Does
    each paragraph contain just one idea or concept?
  • Does
    the evidence presented support the writer’s argument? 
  • Does
    this paper have a beginning (introduction), a middle (body), and an end
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Vocabulary and Spelling
should be
carefully checked for both letter and essay writing.
IBPS PO Mains Descriptive Writing: How to Prepare
  1. Read
    newspapers, magazines, novels etc.
  2. Start
    writing. Pick up any topic and practice writing.
  3. Edit
    once you are done with writing to give the entire write-up a proper structure
  4. Analyze &
    Evaluate: It’s a good idea to let another person (preferably one who is
    good at writing) analyze and evaluate your writing.
  5. Continue this cycle
    of writing editing and analysing till you are satisfied with the essay or
  6. Stick to the word
    limit provided. If no word limit is provided, try to limit your essay to around
    250-300 words.
  7. Avoid using
    colloquial, slang, SMS ‘lingo’ while you type. No using “I’m”, “wat”,
    “thx”,”ASAP”, “gr8” etc. or informal words such as ‘veggies’ instead of
    vegetables, ‘Kids’ instead of Children, ‘Anyway’ instead of Nevertheless etc.

IBPS PO Mains Descriptive Writing: Sample Topics
for Practice
  • Consequences of
  • Merger of SBI with
    its associates
  • Resentment over 7th
    Pay Commission
  • MPC (Monetary
    Policy Committee) formation
  • Rising NPAs of
    Indian Banks
  • India’s NSG Debacle
  • What to expect from
    the new RBI Governor
  • 7% Growth in Indian
    Economy: Figures and Realities
  • Make in India:
    Where we have reached
  • Modi Government:
    Achievements and Challenges

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