Essay Writing Format In English For Bank Po Exam Details

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The SBI PO Main Paper is around the corner. You must be prepared by now with your syllabus for the Main Paper. The best help for you at this time must be actual letter samples for SBI PO Mains, which will give you an exact idea of what to write in the descriptive paper.


Points to Remember when tackling Letter Writing:

  1. Decide: Are you more comfortable with Informal Letters or Formal Letters? Formal letters have a set structure and you can limit it to the subject at hand. Informal letters flow more easily and you have more flexibility in controlling the content of the letter. You will likely be given a choice between two or three subjects – one might even be an informal letter. So choose your subject well.
  2. Stick to Format:Follow the standard format in letter writing. Each letter simply must have the following parts in order.
  • Your (Fake) Address
  • Today’s Date
  • Subject (There is no need for a subject in an informal letter)
  • Salutations (e.g. ‘My Dearest Sister’, ‘Dear Sir’ or simply ‘Madam’ etc.)
  • Introductory Paragraph, Body (dealing with the subject of the letter), Concluding Paragraph
  • Sign off/ Complimentary Closing
  • Your (Fake) Name (and Designation where necessary)
  1. Word Limit:Keep the subject in mind when writing the letter. You definitely have a time limit and will likely also have a word limit, so don’t wander off topic.
  2. Letter Body:The body must cover the entirety of the subject that has been given in the question. The introduction should introduce who you are and why you are writing this letter. The conclusion should be a polite but firm call to action.
  3. How to End: The sign off or complimentary closing must be appropriate. “Yours affectionately” may be appropriate for a personal letter but not for a formal one. “Yours sincerely” or “Yours truly” would be apter for formal letters.
  4. Salutation: If you know who you are writing to, make sure your salutations are gender appropriate. Else, you can just say “Sir”.
  5. Golden rule for Formal letters: Keep the formal letters as respectful as possible, even if you are complaining.

Here are some sample letters for you to get an idea. You can follow either of the formats for the formal letter…

Letter Samples for SBI PO Mains Descriptive Paper

1. Informal Letter Samples for SBI PO Mains

  1. Write an Informal Letter to your mother in about 300 words telling her of your achievements in college.


A-607, Hillcrest,



22nd July 2015.


Dear mother,

I hope this letter finds you in the best of your health and spirits. I am writing this letter to you to tell you about my achievements at the college this year.

This year has been one of the most eventful years of my life. In the first month of college itself, I was elected as the class representative for the year. My classmates and teachers believed that my responsible and humble demeanour made me the perfect choice for this position. This was just the beginning. Once college began full swing, I became as busy as a bee.

My next successful endeavour was being a part of the organising committee of Mumbai’s largest college festival – Unnati. I participated in the organisation of this event in the capacity of the President of the entire organising team. Managing a multitude of people and ensuring that all that was planned was executed effectively almost took a toll on my physical and mental health. However, the satisfaction of its fruition was unparalleled. Besides this, I took part in a variety of conferences to realise my public speaking potential. Being awarded the ‘Best Speaker’ at several of these symposiums instilled a huge load of confidence in me. Academically, too, I have been working hard and I managed to achieve a position among the top three ranks in each semester. I do not think that this would be possible without the constant support of my teachers and friends who helped me cover up the classes I missed so often.

After such a tiring but fulfilling college year, I will be coming home over the summer break. I have been missing Papa, you and Vedika a lot and hope to see you soon!

Yours lovingly,

2. Formal Letter Samples for SBI PO Mains

  1. Write a Formal Letter to your Municipal Corporation in about 300 words complaining about the state of roads in your area and the lack of street lights there.

B-515, Royal Ensign,                                                                  Sector-64, Ashok Vihar,  New Delhi, Delhi – 110052.        23rd July 2015


Mr K. K. Dahiya
Director (Personnel) – South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC)
Palika Bazar, Connaught Place
New Delhi, Delhi -110056



I, Ankita Vasudha, am a resident of Ashok Vihar. This letter is to draw the attention of the SDMC to the pathetic condition of roads in Ashok Vihar.  The stretch between sector 64 and sector 125 has been in a very poor state since the last 6 months. This stretch, which is one of the busiest roads in New Delhi, also lacks street lighting.

The onset of the monsoon has only worsened the situation. There are huge potholes on this road which along with zero maintenance of this stretch leads to huge traffic jams during the peak hours. Needless to say, the damage it causes to the vehicles plying on this road is costing the citizens heavily. Almost every other day, a vehicle is punctured or dented or it gets stuck. Lack of proper lighting only adds to the misery of the people. The number of accidents occurring here has also gone up significantly.

Further, it has become very difficult for the pedestrians to walk along this road due to the fact that the vehicles including company buses, cabs and cars tend to avoid the potholes and drive along the sides of the roads, where pedestrians tend to walk because of the lack of proper footpaths.

These conditions have caused a lot of inconvenience to the residents of this area as well as commuters.

Keeping the above in view, I hope that the SDMC will initiate expeditious steps to ensure the repairing of this road with proper lighting.

Thanking you.

Yours faithfully,
Ankita Vasudha.

2. Write a Formal Letter to the Principal requesting him to increase security for women in the college.

Sanaya Sinha,
A-650, Hillcrest,
Aahat Enclave, Andheri,
22nd July 2015.

The Principal, St. Xavier’s College,

Subject: Request for increasing security for women in college

Dear Sir,

I, the undersigned, am writing this letter to you to request you to hike the security for women in the college. I am a student of your institution and am pursuing Economics. I am voicing out such a concern on behalf of all the other female students of the college.

Given the current scenario in the Indian diaspora and numerous untoward incidents that are being reported almost daily, I believe that women’s security is an issue that needs to be tackled effectively at the earliest. Most of the female students in the campus travel from faraway suburban areas and often stay back in the college campus even after the lectures are over because they participate in a wide range of extra-curricular activities. As such, it is imperative that the surveillance be increased for women in the college lest we face undesirable consequences.

This is why I earnestly request you to take some action as soon as possible. I would be highly obliged if you would do the needful and heighten the security in and around the college campus for all the females. I thank you in anticipation.

Yours truly,
Sanaya Sinha.

Follow these rules and these samples to ace your SBI PO 2017 exam. Best of luck!

If you liked these Samples for SBI PO Mains and are looking for Essay writing tips, you can find the links here.

Sample Essays for descriptive Paper – Part I

Sample Essays for descriptive Paper – Part II

Your descriptive paper will be evaluated only if you clear the objective stage of the SBI PO Mains. So make sure you start your preparation now!

IBPS has added a descriptive test in the Mains phase of PO from this year onwards. This means that an additional test of Letter and Essay writing would be conducted after the objective test of IBPS PO Mains 2017. We have shared some important tips for the descriptive paper of IBPS PO Mains in this post today. Check out these expert Essay and Letter writing tips now to score better in the descriptive test of IBPS PO 2017.

Descriptive Test Pattern of IBPS PO 2017

The Descriptive test of IBPS PO Mains 2017 will include 2 topics, namely

  1. Letter
  2. Essay

These questions will carry total 25 marks and one will have 30 minutes to attempt them. The test would be conducted online, i.e. the candidates will have to type their answers through the keyboard. You can take a look at the syllabus of IBPS PO Mains, if you haven't yet.

If you wish to score better in this section, you should have a good hold over sentence structuring in English as well as a fair typing speed.

Tips to prepare for Descriptive Paper in IBPS PO Mains Exam

A lot of students are afraid of the Descriptive section in the exam. To help you all overcome this fear, we are now going to share some important experts tips that will help you get through this section with ease.

Let us now take up the individual topics that would be asked under this section and see how to deal with them.

1. How to prepare Essay Writing for IBPS PO Mains Exam 2017?

Essay Writing is all about how well you present your thoughts on a particular topic in a well-structured manner. It requires imagination as well as good writing skill. Both these skills are essential since both these factors together will help you present a good essay. Only gathering thoughts on a particular topic won’t help you if you are not able to present them effectively. Likewise, just good writing skills are no good if you are not able to think of innovative and relevant points for the given essay topic.

Check out the tips below to score well in the essay writing section of IBPS PO Exam.

1. Daily Reading Habit

  • Try to go through the newspaper editorials as well as the daily news.
  • It will not only help you gather ideas for the essay, but will also strengthen your General Awareness. So, make a habit of reading newspapers regularly.
  • Try to write the articles that you read in your own words. Start with 100-200 words by writing the gist of the article.
  • It is preferable if you go for this practice online, i.e. type on your desktop/ laptop rather than using pen and paper.

2. Use of Dictionary

  • Try to consult a dictionary whenever you come across a new word, or you have any query about the usage of the given word.
  • This will help you understand the word usage in sentences in a much better way and will also help you strengthen your vocabulary.

3. Try writing at least one article daily.

  • You can pick up any current topic from the newspaper or a trending topic and try to write down an essay/ article on it in your own words.

While writing an essay, you should take due care of the following:

  • Make sure that you go through the instructions given in the question as well as the word limit properly before you begin your essay.
  • Go for the topic you are well aware of. You should have a proper knowledge of the topic on which you are about to present the essay.
  • Try to divide your essay into at least 3-4 paragraphs.
    (a) The first paragraph should be the introduction part where you go for general discussion about the topic.
    (b) The body of the essay should be divided into at least 2 paragraphs.
    (c) The last paragraph should be the conclusion.
  • Do not go for a very flowery language. Be precise and write to the point rather than exaggerating.
  • Try to avoid repetition of sentences in your essay.
  • Make sure that your essay is free of grammatical mistakes.

2. How to prepare Letter Writing for IBPS PO Mains Exam 2017?

The aim of letter writing is to inspect how well the candidates are able to communicate themselves with the other to whom the letter is addressed. To prepare for this section, first and foremost, you should be aware of the type of letters that are asked.

Letters can be broadly classified into Formal and Personal (or Informal) letters. Each type of letter has a particular set format and it is important that you follow it while writing the letter in the exam.

Formal Letters:

These letters are usually written in cases of professional relationship, where you need to address any government/ bank/ academic/ other field related official or any other dignitary.

Informal or Personal Letter:

These type of letters are often addressed to your near and dear ones, for instance, your family members, friends, relatives etc.

Proper Format for Letter Writing

Here are some quick tips for you to score better in the letter writing section of the IBPS PO Mains Exam 2017:

  • Make sure that your content is left aligned while writing.
  • Ensure proper spacing between salutations, date, subject, addresses etc.
  • Do not miss out the salutation or the greeting. You should always begin your letter with it.
  • For formal letters, you can go for Respected Sir/ Ma’am or simply Sir/ Ma’am/ Madam. In case of formal letters, informal greetings such as Dear or Hello can be used.
  • In the introductory paragraph of your letter, try to give the gist or the prime reason for writing that letter and then start with the main body of the letter. Make sure that you give the conclusion of the letter in a separate paragraph.
  • While concluding formal letters, you can go for ‘Your faithfully/ Sincerely’ etc or ‘Sincerely Yours’.
  • Make sure that you do not write your name in the letter. Try to prefer ABC or XYZ wherever required, unless specifically asked in the exam.

For better understanding, here is the proper format of the letters:

1. The format of a Formal letter:

<Sender's Address>


<Receiver's Address>

<Subject of Letter>


<Body of the letter including introduction, main content and conclusion>

Yours Faithfully


2. The format of an Informal Letter:

<Receiver’s Address>



<Body of the Letter>

Yours Sincerely


We will share some sample essays and letters as well as important expected topics for essay and letter writing in the upcoming IBPS PO Mains exam shortly.

Moreover, you can see the resource for IBPS PO Interview question and preparation. 


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