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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 to you by Oliveboard, an online exam preparation platform for banking and government jobs. Let’s have a quick glance through the exam pattern first.

IBPS PO 2017: Main Exam Pattern




The 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 minutes


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 AnalysisClick Here To Read: Sample Letter – Proper Format


As essay writing is slightly longer than letter writing, candidates are advised to allocate their exam time accordingly.

IBPS PO Mains Descriptive Writing: Evaluation Criteria

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 (conclusion)?


Grammar, 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 precis. 
  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 Brexit
  • 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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