Preparation Tips for IBPS PO Mains 2018 | Letter Writing & Descriptive Paper


Before providing Letter writing & Descriptive Paper Preparation tips for IBPS PO Mains 2018, candidates need to acquaint with some of the guidelines required to understand IBPS PO Mains Descriptive Test.

Here they are,

  • The descriptive paper will be for the duration of 30 minutes with 50 marks assigned to the test.
  • You will be tested on Letter Writing & Essay Writing.
  • It is an online based test.
  • And, the most important thing is that the Descriptive section will only be evaluated after Qualifying marks in Objective tests.

IBPS PO Mains 2018 Exam Pattern

In any of the resources, I have seen people teach directly about the pattern of writing formal or informal letters. But, they never talk about the art for which writing is meant for. You can excel any test if you know to capture the right words on the given occasion.

Descriptive Paper Preparation Tips for IBPS PO Mains 2018

If you are here just to learn the format you are at the wrong place but, if you are here to explore every dimension related to this art called writing you are at the right place. Read more about english preparation tips for IBPS PO Mains 2017.

A lot of people ask me about the secret to winning the contest which they face between their content and word limits. Most of the times they surrender to their emotions and trespass those limits and the result of which discomforts them. The answer to this is simple.

Use of power words.

Rather than describe what I mean, let’s deconstruct an example from the great Winston Churchill:

We have before us an ordeal of the most grievous kind. We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land, and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.

Inspiring, right?

He chose words. Or, to be more accurate, power words such as ordeal, grievous, struggle, monstrous tyranny etc.

The method you have to conquer is the use of the right words. Words can let you unleash the physical as well as internal emotions. Long sentences will reduce the efficiency of matter which you have to abandon anyway.

In the span of 30 minutes, you have to attract the attention of the examiner and you can’t ignore this important idea of choosing right words as it can result in another one long year of preparation.

Another problem aspirants face is about the structuring of an essay?

The first thing you can do to solve this problem is reading. A meticulous eye for the writing pattern of articles published in leading dailies can really be very beneficial.

Secondly, it would be really better if you follow Inverted Pyramid Method.

  • The first paragraph, which is the lead, will be your essay’s first mark on the reader. The best way to draw the reader towards the rest of the essay on a positive note is by relating your topic to current events. You should also highlight the overall significance of the topic in this paragraph.
  • Enlist the supporting details of the topic in the subsequent paragraphs. Try to describe the factual part of this part and some of your own observations.
  • Lastly, conclude your IBPS PO essay neatly summarizing your views. Also use a quote, preferably from a famous person. Make sure that your conclusion is in harmony with your introduction and doesn’t contradict it.
  • The inverted pyramid is very basic but effective way to score high in the exam.

Writing Essay tricks for IBPS PO

Letter writing Preparation Tips for IBPS PO Mains 2018

Talking about the format of the letters for IBPS PO Mains I will illustrate it with an example,

Tips for writing a Formal letter

The following illustration will give you an idea of writing a formal letter.

Question:   Write a letter to a bank manager for opening a new savings account.

The formal letters usually begin with the address of a sender that should be written in the top-left hand corner of the letter. The address of the recipient should be written on the left side just below the sender’s address.

An example of this is mentioned below for the student’s reference.

B- 168 Vivek Vihar
Near Shivam Apartment
Delhi -110094

27th October 2017

The Account Manager
State Bank Of India
Vivek- Vihar Branch
Delhi – 110094

After that, the subject is written, which should be in capital letters and in few words.


Subject: Letter for opening a new savings account.

Next is the salutation section.

In this line, if you don’t know the recipient’s name then it is ideal to address them with Dear Sir or Madam. The gender of the recipient should be clear in your mind.

The main section is the content that communicates sender’s message clearly. A message can be in the form of request, complaints, inquiry, information, issue etc.

Last but not the least the closing line of the letter should be thanking you and after that, the final line should be Your Sincerely or With regards.

Tips for writing an Informal Letter

Go through the illustration below for writing letters to friends, parents, relatives, and acquaintances.

Dear -_________

Body of the letter

Yours lovingly
Name _________

Question. Write a letter to your sister in about 300 words telling her of the dangers of consuming drugs.

I will present the body with this letter.

Dear Radha,

Hope this letter finds you in best of your spirit.

I am writing this letter especially to tell you about the dangers of consuming drugs. Drug consumption initially starts just out of curiosity, but when coaxed by friends, people start consuming for pleasure. This, slowly over a period of time, turns into a habit.

Some start consuming drugs to get over boredom. Soon with regular consumption, they start having depression symptoms. It then becomes a necessity. They lose interest in things around them, their hands start shaking and they lose their appetite, they do not retain any interest in sports, academics etc. Those who consume drugs regularly have temper tantrums. The person becomes a slave of drugs and if he is deprived, he develops several withdrawal symptoms.It slowly kills a person from inside.

We need to treat such people with understanding & sympathy.

Dear Radha, drugs are a curse for the society and one should not even try them.

Convey my regards to all.

Yours affectionately


Letter writing topics

You guys can also check these really cool books for reference, here is the link,

Guys, descriptive part is really an easy section to achieve. Remember, practice & only practice is the key.

Good Luck.

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