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How to attempt SBI PO Descriptive Paper

On request of many readers, Today I am writing few tips for descriptive papers of SBI PO. Let's admit that you didn't prepare for descriptive paper at all and it is a fact that many candidates are rejected because they score really bad because of their performance in this section.

This section is further divided into four parts :-

  • Reading comprehension
  • Precis writing
  • Letter writing
  • Essay writing

Reading comprehension

In reading comprehension part, candidates are given a paragraph and questions are asked from this paragraph. Then few questions are asked from paragraph. Mostly the questions are asked about author's tone, title of paragraph, remedies, solution to a problem stated in paragraph etc. Many of the candidates unable to perform well because of following problems :-
Descriptive RCs are different from RCs in online exam as in Descriptive paper it will be subjective. There will be no options, you need to write answers yourself.


  • Understand the paragraph
  • Be Specific
  • Long answers won't fetch you high marks
  • Don't copy lines from paragraph, draft answers in your own language.

Precis Writing

In precis writing people just pick few lines from the paragraph and make it short. When you try to read it, it is simply not readable.

What is tested

  • Do candidate able to understand long paragraph and write in his own words.
  • Can candidate translate difficult words
  • Is candidate able to understand any kind of document and then explain it to their colleagues.
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Letter writing

In this part format is very important. Many readers have misconception that long answers are going to fetch high marks but things goes in opposite way. Long letters fetches less marks as in long letters takes more time to extract information.

What is tested

  • Is candidate able to write formal letters?
  • Do candidate understand the format of formal letter and channels of written communication ?

Essay writing

This part is bit easier as there is no proper format and you have authority to write whatever you think.

What is tested

  • Is candidate able to deliver logical arguments ?
  • Is candidate aware about of current affairs ?
  • Do candidate have the ability to draft his ideas on paper?

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  1. neena manchanapalliNovember 22, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Raman sir,
    What is NICL exam , who is eligible

    1. Hi Neena,
      NICL stands for National Insurance Company Limited. Four public insurance companies conducts a common recruitment exam for various posts. In search box in right sidebar, search - NICL

  2. Sir if it's possible kindly explain - How to write,main line,key punch,heading,data & conclusion in all the part of this paper as it's very imp. upcoming exam sbi assosiate & nicl both have this section kindly make a pdf file with an appropriate example. thanx in advance.

    1. I need to write a detailed post on this topic. Will post this soon

  3. Sir please provide some sample essay topics for upcoming NICL AO exam. We are very much thankful to you, as your providing good support to many students.

    1. Sir please provide some essay topics for NICL AO, my exam is on 15th Dec

  4. sir,
    My nicl application is missing. Is there any chance to download it again?? Is it compulsory to have application form?? Plz reply sir

  5. nicl is taking exam again.can fresh candidate fill the form?

    1. It is not fresh exam, just re-exam which means those who appeared previously, for them only

  6. Hello Sir,
    I m anurag i hv a one question,, question is i have a 40% haring loss this 40% hearing loss they are in PWD (HI )category ya not, please tell me answer

  7. Sir
    please give some tricks to solve jumbling para .I find it very difficult.

  8. Sir,
    I just want to know the expected cutoffs for every section in ibps clerk 2013
    Plz infrm asap.

  9. hello sir,i m nikita...there are several ideas develop in my mind for GD but i cant explain my ideas through words coz of english fluency...wat cn i do? pls suggest something....

  10. Sir could you tell me the vacancy details of sbi po 2014 in delhi for general candidates.

  11. sir any idea about when joining process of punjab and sind bank will start for po4 please reply with information waiting so long

  12. sir,accoding to this year's notification,there won't be any precis and why did you mention that the descriptive is further sub-divided into 4 was true till last year.but this year it will be only 2 sub-divisions.isn't it??

  13. In notification only letter writting and essay is mentioned...


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