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Precis Writing Tips and Examples - PDF

Published on Friday, November 10, 2017
Descriptive paper is an important part of SBI PO Mains exam. Many of you who never faced any descriptive exam, need to prepare to prepare for at least one week for this exam. You need to write long paragraphs with grammar mistakes and sentences that make sense. 

Today I am going to share how to attempt Precis Writing part.

Two Golden rules for writing Precis

1) Precision - Keep your precis accurate. Never include information that is not the part of paragraph. You can't conclude anything of your own. You are supposed to rewrite to paragraph in less number of words.

2) Brevity - Avoid unnecessary words and sentence that don't' help the precis to convey the message. Try to make long sentences shorter.

Example :-

Paragraph - Putting an end to the 60 years old practice of barring women from becoming makeup artists in the Mumbai Film industry, The Supreme Court on November 11, 2014 allowed qualified women to be appointed for this job.

Precise - On 11 November 2014. Supreme court allowed women to work as make artists in Mumbai film industry.

If you read the above example closely, I have used same words and didn't miss any information. In the above example date of order and name of the industry is important, if you ignore these words, you won't fetch good marks. 

What I was trying to convey is - Don't skip any important information for the sake of Brevity as Precision is also important. You need to make a balance between Brevity and Precision.

Make it short and useful. 

Steps :-

  1. Read the paragraph and count the words
  2. Write important points and link them
  3. Start writing the paragraph and review them
  4. While writing, don't go back and read paragraph again
  5. Edit and modify

Tips for writing Precis

  1. Number of words in Precis should of 1/3 of the actual paragraph
  2. Don't change the central idea of paragraph
  3. Retain the keywords of the paragraph
  4. Don't waste your time in counting words, instead count lines.
  5. Your precis should be completed in one paragraph only
  6. Avoid weak sentences

Common mistakes

  1. Don't give your personal opinion
  2. Don't use any idiom of your own
  3. Never conclude anything of your own
  4. Never assume anything

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