A job in the banking sector is the dream of many. A job in any bank isn’t enough for most of them. The job seekers aspire for a job in the largest Public sector bank in our country, the State Bank of India (SBI). The notification for the much sought out SBI Probationary officer (PO) will be out soon and needless to say, the competition level will be tough. The SBI will have to choose the candidates from lakhs of applicants and hence mere preparation is not enough. Preparation should be done in a well-planned smart way to crack the exam. Here are a few essay writings tips for descriptive paper for Bank PO 2020. Before going to that let, us take a look at the exam format.
The exam for SBI PO will be conducted be conducted in three stages:
Preliminary examination (Online mode) which will test the English language, Quantitative aptitude and reasoning ability of the candidate for a total of 100 marks. There will be time limit to answer each of these sections. The exam duration is for one hour. Candidates who clear this phase will go to the next one.
Main examination (Online mode)
There will be two examinations in this phase.
a) Objective test – The first exam will be of objective format for a duration of 3 hours for 200 marks. The exam will be online and the test will check the candidate’s knowledge on computer aptitude and reasoning, ability to interpret data, general /economy/banking awareness and English language. Each section will be timed separately.
b) Descriptive paper – This exam is for a duration of 30 minutes with two questions of 25 marks each to check the English language of the candidate. It will be conducted immediately after the objective test. There will be a question on letter writing and another to write an essay.
Group discussion and personal interview – Those short-listed on the basis of aggregate marks of the main exam will be called for a Group Discussion and personal interview.
Preparation Tips to score well in Essay Writing for Descriptive Paper
Now, here are some preparation tips to score well in descriptive paper-both letter writing and essay writing.
1. Be aware of the format of both formal and informal letter. Know the difference between the two and write accordingly. The point to keep in mind is that the letter must convey their issue in few words. It is better to keep the letter to the point and be precise while conveying the point than being elaborate with fancy words. Here is the format of a letter:
From – writer’s full address
To – Full name and address of the recipient
Greetings – Like dear, hi, hello
Subject – Main matter of the letter
Body – convey your issue here
Closing – Like your’s sincerely, your’s faithfully. regards, best wishes
2. No matter what you are writing, be it essay or a letter, start off with an impressive introduction. Once you get the attention of the examiner, your chances of getting a good mark is more as they will read the essay or letter with interest.
3. While writing an essay divide it into three parts – an introduction, the body and conclusion. Introduce the topic with a brief overview of the topic and then go into the details of the topic in the body. The main body should carry explanations in various paragraphs and finally conclude the essay by strongly summarizing the main points of your essay.
4. It will be of great help to score marks if you can provide statistics and facts on the topic. Try to keep the sentences short as lengthy lines can often lead to boredom and the reader might lose the beginning.
5. Practice writing some of the common and current topics related to banking, while preparing for essay writing. For example, practice on topics like demonetization, GST, mutual funds, cryptocurrency, safety of online mode of money transaction etc.
6. Similarly, practice general topics on which you may have to write a letter. Say, a letter to the Bank Manager to reissue your ATM card, complaint letters, letter to your relative regarding the benefits of any banking schemes etc.
These are the preparation tips for descriptive paper for SBI PO Exam from our team. Make consistent writing practice as your mantra and watch yourself acing the descriptive part.Good luck!