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Essay & Letter Writing Tips for BOB/Dena Bank Descriptive Paper 2017

Today we are going to discuss how you should prepare for Descriptive test for upcoming Dena Bank PO and BOB PO Exams 2017. These tips will help you understand how to prepare for Essay and Letter writing in the BOB PO and Dena Bank Exams. The descriptive test plays an important part in the selection process of BOB PO and Dena Bank PO exams as both follow almost the same test pattern. Descriptive test is one area which is commonly asked by aspirants appearing for PO recruitment.
Make sure that you go through all the tips mentioned below to prepare well for the Descriptive section of Bank of Baroda and Dena Bank PO Exams.  
This English paper is one of the crucial sections to qualify for further rounds, and candidates are quite serious about getting it right. The descriptive test requires explanatory answers in English in both Letter Writing and Essay Writing question. A candidate having good English language skills and fair writing skills can clear this section with an ease. Candidates especially from rural areas find this part to be very difficult as compared to objective test as it involves writing detailed answers in English language and most of them have generally studied in Hindi medium in there schools.

BOB & Dena Bank PO 2017 Descriptive Test Pattern

By knowing the exact pattern of exam along with the type of questions, it is possible to plan accordingly and crack the descriptive test. The main exam paper has two sections –
  • Objective Test for 200 marks
  • Descriptive Test for 50 marks.

The descriptive test question paper has 2 questions which are related to:

  • Letter Writing
  • Essay Writing
The descriptive test is conducted immediately after the Objective test. It carries 50 marks, and candidate has to complete it within 30 minutes. This section tests your English letter and Essay writing skills. You should have a fairly good command of English and a moderate typing speed in order to excel in this section. 
The marks that a candidate secures in this test are almost of qualifier. Only those candidates who have scored high marks in the objective test are considered successful, and only they will be evaluated for the Descriptive Test.

How to Prepare for Descriptive Paper in BOB & Dena Bank PO Exams

Maximum candidates have the fear of descriptive section. Below mentioned tips will be very helpful in reducing this fear and anxiety. This section would comprise of 2 topics, namely, Essay Writing and Letter writing. 

How to prepare Letter Writing for BOB & Dena Bank PO Exam?

This section tests a candidate’s ability to altogether communicate effectively with the person to whom he/she is addressing the letter. There are different kinds of letters asked in the exam. For examples, there are personal letters and formal letters. The form of each letter is determined by its kind. For example, personal letters are written in a friendly tone where as formal letters are written in a formal style.

What is a Formal letter?
If you're writing to any government official, academic official, bank manager, dignitary or anyone else with whom you wish to have a professional relationship, the letter should be formal?

What is an Informal letter?

If you are writing a letter to your friends, a co-worker, relatives or an elderly and distant relative, the letter should perhaps be informal.

Format of the letter

Writing a letter in appropriate format is important to score good marks in the descriptive exam. An examiner first looks if the letter is written in the correct format and then grants the marks accordingly. While writing letters, some of the key points to remember are –
  • Everything should be written on the left hand side in the document.
  • In the first line, write your name and below that write your street address, city, state and pin code.
  • Leave one line below your name and address and mention the date.
  • Leave one line and mention the recipient's name, followed by his/her address.
  • Once you have written recipient's name and address, write the subject of the letter.
  • Start the body of the letter with a salutation (greeting or acknowledgement).
    If you're writing a formal letter, you can use Dear Sir, Dear Madam or Respected Sir/Madam.If you're writing an informal letter, you can use "Dear" or "Hello," as well as more informal greetings such as Hi.
  • After the salutation, write the main body of the letter. Try to make notable points in each paragraph, and make sure usage of spelling and grammar is correct.
  • Try to end your letter with a complimentary ending and the name you select.
    For formal letters, write sincerely yours, Kind regards or yours faithfully.
    For an informal letter, you can use sincerely, best or regards. You can also use "Very sincerely," "Very best," or "Cordially."
  • Do not mention your name in anywhere in the letter. You can use ABC or XYZ or any random name of your choice.

Here is the format of the formal letter -

<Sender's Address>
<Date>
<Receiver's Address>
<Subject of Letter>
<Salutation>
<Letter Body/ Content>
Yours Faithfully
ABC

How to Prepare for Essay Writing for BOB & Dena Bank PO Exam?

Essay writing is another important part of the descriptive test. It involves organizing and structuring your thoughts and ideas in a proper manner. It requires good writing skills and imagination power. Before writing an essay, plan your thoughts and ideas and put them on the paper in a very structured and organized manner. Following tips will help you with Essay writing in exams - 
  • Reading daily English Newspapers helps. Make a habit of reading it daily this will not only help you in essay writing but will also improve your general awareness.
  • Read articles and editorial columns of newspapers and then try to write some of those articles in your own words by typing out the same on your desktop or laptop. Focus on typing than writing as you need to have good typing speed during the exam.
  • Refer to the dictionary if you come across a new word, or when you are in doubt about any unfamiliar usage of a word. Find the antonyms and synonyms of the word. This will make your vocabulary strong.
  • Reading and writing articles will everyday help you in innovating new ideas and will ensure that you have good command over language.
  • Buy books for essay writing and try to write at least two essays daily.

Important points to keep in mind before writing an essay -

  1. Read the questions and follow instructions as cited, before you start writing any essay in the exam.
  2. Choose the topic that can fetch you maximum marks of which you are most confident, have proper knowledge and can write easily.
  3. Note down all your ideas on a rough sheet and then write in an organized way and then start writing your essay, this prevents confusion.
  4. Organize your essay and try writing it in three parts - Introduction, Subject and Conclusion.
  5. Always try to write in a simple and to the point manner. Do not try to exaggerate or go beyond word limits.
  6. Try not to repeat any sentence in the essay as it can put a negative impression.
  7. Avoid grammatical errors.
Practice Makes a man prefect So keep Practicing.......

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