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SBI PO Descriptive Paper – Pattern, Cutoffs and Previous Papers

Published on Monday, July 25, 2016
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Hello students,
As you all know the upcoming SBI PO 2016 exam is knocking the door. We hope you all are toiling hard to score maximum marks as possible.

We have already posted several important theories and questions which are very crucial to the crack the nut. And with this continuation today we are here to provide you with important strategies to attempt DESCRIPTIVE QUESTIONS FOR SBI PO. ‘HOW DO I PREPARE FOR SBI PO DESCRIPTIVE TEST’ is the most common query of the students. Students from Hindi medium generally face great difficulty in attempting it.

Often students on the lanes of preparing for bank exams, doesn't give much attention to descriptive or they find it very silly. But remember students each and every phase of the exam is very competitive in itself. So ignoring it may trouble you.

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The SBI PO RECRUITMENT MAIN PAPER EXAM 2016 comprises two sections.

  • Objective Test for 200 marks(Time Allotted 120 minutes)
  • Descriptive Test for 50 marks(Time Allotted 30 minutes)
NOTE: - Descriptive paper of only those students will be evaluated who have secured pass marks in the main objective exam.

Why Descriptive Test?

An officer recruited in the bank is supposed to do many such works which require skills of English literature. For instance, drafting Letters, preparing presentations to colleagues of communicating to higher officials. That is why it is important that an officer possess all communication skills.


The descriptive test question paper will have only two sections namely;
  1. Letter writing
  2. Essay writing
Questions will be allotted only in English Language and can be answered only by using keyboard. Descriptive paper will just commence as Objective paper is over.


Year General ST/SC/OBC Total Marks
2013 20 18 50
2014 20 18 50
2015 20 17.5 50

Students, as you look over it, it can be easily concluded that cutoffs in previous years hover around 20 and 18 for General category and ST/SC/OBC category respectively. So the expected marks of the descriptive exam of the SBI PO 2016 would probably be the same.


We have collected few questions already appeared in the exam which are undoubtedly very important. Try to practice these on daily basis.

Letter writing:

  1. Letter to the bank manager for extension of joining date
  2. As a manager, write a letter to your colleagues to conduct a meeting on PR strategy.
  3. Letter to your brother indicating him on why you want to choose career in banking.
  4. Letter to the bank manager apologizing for the delay in EMI payment.
  5. Write a letter to your younger sibling explaining the importance of saving money
  6. Write a letter to the manager of a firm to increase credit amount of loan taken.

Essay writing: (250-350 words)

  1. Importance of education in vernacular languages
  2. Pros & cons of winning lotteries
  3. Do brokers deserve the cut that they make on deals?
  4. Security of women in workspace, an increasing cause of concern
  5. How useful is aadhar card?
  6. Impact of unearthing of black money on indian economy
  7. Entrance exams – a necessary evil
  8. Pros & cons of Inflation
  9. Does providing educational loans help in empowering employment to youth?
So students now you are aware of the pattern, cutoffs and what kind of topics that are generally asked in the examination. So why wait; Start your preparation right today . Further on our part we will be assisting you by sample topics with their answers too.

So, keep visiting Bankexamtoday.com to give your preparation a new height.

Thank you….

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