SBI Associate PO - Essay Writing Guide

In continuation to the discussion in the last article, let’s go ahead with the –

Golden rules to succeed in descriptive:


Project confidence:

Confidence of a person is gauged by the ease of communication.

And essentially this means “grammar” and “Vocabulary”.


Generally, the term ‘grammar’ itself creates jitters. Please remember that grammar is nothing but a tool to communicate efficiently. Let’s limit ourselves here only to the essentials of Grammar most useful to writing descriptive exams.

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1. STRUCTURE AND CONSTRUCTION:

A haphazard pile of statements, however well-meaning they are, will not help in convincing anyone.

Structure is thus immensely important.

Once you have jotted down your points on the issue somewhere in the side margins or so. Take a moment to organise those points too.
  • A standard structure for essays is that which consists of an introductory paragraph followed by 2-3 paragraphs that comprise of all essential points, and finally the conclusion, which suitably sums up the view or opinion presented in the essay.
  • With a particular reference to the last article about positive approach we can plan the body of the essay to consist 2 paragraphs of positive opinions and another paragraph of not-so positive opinion.


Typically the structure of an essay of 200-250 words looks like this;


Introduction:     topic sentence……………………………………………………
                             ……………definition………………………………………………
                             …..supporting statement……………2-3lines…………..
Body: Para-1:      …………………..5-6 lines.....................positive........................
          Para-2:      …………………..5-6 lines................positive...................
          Para-3:      ………………..5-6 lines...............negative………...........
Conclusion: ………………..2-3 lines……………………………………………

  • No sub headings absolutely, nor should there be any thoughts expressed as points or bullets.
  • The introduction to the essay must be made. Since it certainly carries marks. Also it’s feasible to make the topic sentence as the very starting to it.
  • It is advisable to use a present perfect tense for the introduction and continue in the same tense as long as possible. Present tense is always the best for generic terms.
  • Define succinctly the terms in the topic in the introduction itself. Also provide a satisfactory supporting statement.

Tips to score more marks in Essay Writing

  • The body must be divided evenly among the points.
  • Let not redundancy creep in.
  • To be concise and precise is important.
  • Use only short and well-meant sentences.
  • As per the use of adjectives make sure it is perfectly suitable to express your idea.
  • Conclusion must not be too long, but must precisely convey the idea of the essay.
  • Take care of the common errors in English that creep into our general communication.
  • And last but not the least important, let the handwriting be legible and neat.

VOCABULARY

It is commonly noticed that although we do know a lot of good words to use in particular contexts, we seldom use them.

Remember “words get rusty because of lack of usage”.

  • They are, as the language experts put it, two parts of our knowledge and vocabulary. The ‘Active’ and ‘passive’ parts, which need a little practice to interconvert.
  • The active part of our vocabulary, which comprises almost in its entirety, a very few words like ‘thank you’, ‘sorry’, ‘just a minute’, ‘good morning everyone’, etc.
  • While the passive part consists of all the elegant English we would have learnt through years.
  • The challenge is therefore to convert the hitherto passive vocab into an active one.
  • While writing and speaking English on daily basis helps to turn most of the passive vocab to active vocab almost unconsciously, we must also consciously make efforts to improve vocabulary on daily basis.
  • Avoid spelling mistakes and contextual misfits.
Like a painting, an essay must beautifully envelope the idea we are to present. So confident strokes of expression and vocabulary are essential.

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