How to Prepare Descriptive Test for SBI PO Exams 2022?

By Akash Mishra|Updated : July 9th, 2019

How to Prepare Descriptive Test for SBI PO & Other Related Exams 2019! The descriptive test plays a crucial part in SBI PO & Other related exams, so the right preparation & practice is the key to get success in the exam. To get an interview call, you need to qualify both the written exam as well as the descriptive test paper. If you perform well in the written test but fail in the descriptive exam, you may not be eligible for the interview process.

How to Prepare for the Descriptive Test?

In SBI PO & Other related exams descriptive test, you have to answer all the questions in English and if you have good writing skills you can easily clear this test.

Do note that, the descriptive test will be held in online mode.

You will have to answer Descriptive Test by typing on the computer immediately after the completion of the written exam, the Descriptive Test will be administered.

The nature of the Descriptive test in itself ignites fear in the mind of most candidates. And when it is combined with the English Language the nervousness and the fear has no bounds. Like many, you must also be scared of the English Descriptive test.

Therefore to alleviate your fear of English Descriptive Exam, we have come up with the preparation Tips for Descriptive Exam. We hope this will help you in your SBI PO & Other related exams preparation. Let's start with exam pattern-

Descriptive Paper Pattern of SBI PO & Other related Exams 2019

As per the pattern of the SBI PO & Other related exams,

1. The Descriptive Test will be of 30 minutes duration with 25 marks.

2. This Test will contain questions from Letter Writing & Essay topics.


Descriptive Paper Preparation

Now, let us discuss "How to prepare for the Descriptive Test"? For this, you have to develop a well-framed exam strategy and prepare accordingly.

Now let's discuss the topics covered in the descriptive test –

 Letter Writing Tips (150 Words)

This topic tests a candidate's ability to precisely and effectively communicate with the person to whom the letter is addressed. 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. Formal letters, on the other hand, are written in a formal style.

What is a Formal letter: If you're writing to a Bank Manager, any government official, dignitary, academic official or anyone else with whom you hope to have a professional relationship, the letter should be formal.

What is an Informal letter: If you're writing to your friend, to your relatives, a co-worker, a distant or elderly relative, the letter should probably be informal.

Key tips you need to keep in mind before writing a letter in descriptive test

The format of the letter: In order to fetch good marks in the descriptive test paper, the letter should be written in the correct format. An examiner always looks at whether the letter is written in the correct format and gives marks accordingly.

Below is the correct format of letter writing


A - Wing,

DLF Phase 2, A

MG Road, Gurgaon

Pin Code -122001

Date: June 18, 2018


The Regional Manager,

State Bank of India

DLF Phase 2, Gurgaon

Subject: ______________.

Dear Sir,

Body: Write your message here.

Yours faithfully



(i) Everything should be written on the left-hand side (left aligned).

(ii) If you're writing a formal letter, you can use "Dear Sirs," "Dear Madams," or "Dear Sirs/Madams." "Respected Sirs/Madams".

(iii) If you're writing an informal letter, you can use "Dear" or "Hello," as well as more informal greetings such as "Hi" or "Hey."

(iv) During an exam, you need not to mention your original name in the letter. You can use ABC or XYZ in place of your name.

Letter writing Topics asked in Descriptive Test Paper various exams 

LIC AAO Main 2019 Exam 

  1. Write a letter to change address in the policy
  2. Your Friend started a new job so advice saving by insurance with an informal letter
  3. Write a Letter to your company to bring group insurance for employees

IBPS PO Main 2018 Exam

  1. Write a letter to favorite writer praising his/her recently published book.
  2. Write a letter to the Bank Manager to assign a separate counter for a senior citizen.
  3. Write a letter to the Municipal Commissioner to bring to the notice the illegal encroachment by hawkers and
    request to put an end to it.
  4. Write a letter to the editor on types of pollution and how to reduce it.
  5. Write a letter to your neighbor thanking them for their help during a family emergency.

SBI PO Main 2018 Exam

  1. You transfer some amount of money to your friend using UPI. Your friend is an account holder of a cooperative bank but the transaction fails as there is no facility of UPI in the cooperative bank. Write a letter to the General Manager of the same bank to add this facility so that customers are benefitted. Also, write some benefits of using UPI.
  2. These days, many vegetables and fruits are injected to keep them fresh for long. This is harmful to our health. Write a letter to the concerned authorities regarding the same.

BOB Manipal PO Main 2018 Exam 

  1. Write a letter to your cousin to congratulate her. She has passed in an exam with distinction.
  2. Write a letter to the editor to the aware public regarding Fake news and Incorrect event information.
  3. Write a letter to your friend and convince him to invest in mutual funds.
  4. You are working as a PO in the bank. You have to do MBA and write a letter to your senior manager to convince him for granting permission to pursue MBA.

IBPS PO Main 2017 Exam

  1. You have been observing that your subordinates are not working properly. Write a letter to the HR department about the same. 
  2. You have lost your Credit Card. Write a letter to the bank Manager, requesting him/her to block your card and issue a new one. 
  3. Write a letter to your friend, to start his own startup (Informal Letter)

Indian Bank PO Main 2017 Exam

  1. Letter to editor about youth politics (Should youth join politics yes or no)
  2. Letter to a friend complaining and advising about his son's over usage of mobile phone.
  3. Letter to a higher authority for recommending oneself to fill the position which recently got vacant. 

SBI PO Main 2017 Exam

  1. Write a letter to your Branch Manager regarding Non-Credit of the amount deposited in ATM.
  2. Write a letter to the Editor expressing your concern over the impact of irrelevant news through social media
  3. Write a letter to your sibling giving them advise related to stress and anxiety. Or write to an author thanking for authoring a book on ‘fighting depression’.

BOB Manipal PO Main 2017 Exam 

  1. Write a letter to the editor expressing your concern about the increasing rate of Cyber Crime.
  2. Write a letter to your friend elaborating on your experience of a recent foreign tour.

Essay writing (250 Words)

This is an important part of the descriptive test paper, as maximum marks are assigned for essay writing. It involves organizing and structuring your thoughts and ideas. It requires good writing skills and imagination. Before writing an essay, plan your thoughts and ideas and put them on the paper in a very structured manner.


How to prepare for Essay writing for Descriptive Exam?

1. To improve your writing skills, you should make a habit of reading English Newspaper on a regular basis. Generally, in competitive exams, essay topics are asked about current issues. So, reading a newspaper will not only improve your writing skills but it will also help you in increasing your general knowledge.

2. While reading articles or editorials, always jot (write something quickly) down relevant points and make notes of important lines and quotes. This exercise will help surely help you in improving your English Grammar.

3. Write articles using your own words on any topic, this exercise will boost your confidence before an exam.

4. Always refer to the dictionary if you do not know the meaning of a word or when you are in doubt about any unfamiliar usage of a word.

5. Reading and writing articles will help you in putting your ideas on paper and will ensure that you have good command over the language.

6. Buy books for essay writing and start your preparation. Write two essays daily on a regular basis.

Essay writing Topics asked in Descriptive Test Paper various exams 

LIC AAO Main 2019 Exam 

  1. Profit of travel insurance
  2. Financial planning
  3. Mutual fund and insurance comparison

IBPS PO Main 2018 Exam

  1. Does India need a universal Health Care's System?
  2. What is Fake news? How to Identify and avoid them?
  3. Pros & Cons of a NOTA while voting in an election.
  4. Advantages of learning foreign languages.
  5. Many magazines have stopped the printing physical copy and switched to the Digital Mode due to the lack of readership. 

SBI PO Main 2018 Exam 

  1. Monsoon wreaks havoc in many Indian states. Write measures or steps that can be taken to minimize the damage.
  2. In many schools and colleges, students are given many projects and assignments related to the project although there is no research paper published as compared to the number of teachers and students. Write your views on it.

BOB Manipal PO Main 2018 Exam 

  1. Investment in share market. Reward/Risk
  2. Comparison between Animals who are living in zoo and Animal who are living in a home.
  3. Write an essay on "Swacch Bharat Campaign".
  4. Write an Essay on spreading awareness about spending excess money on weddings. 

 IBPS PO Main 2017 Exam

  1. Which reform in Indian education can be compared with an International level
  2. Advantages and Disadvantages of Cashless economy
  3. Effects of gadgets on intellectual capabilities of humans

Indian Bank PO Main 2017 Exam

  1. National Pension Scheme (advantages and disadvantages).
  2. Fear of employees of losing a job due to digitization in the banking sector.
  3. People joining GYM a lot nowadays (Good or Bad, If bad What can be alternative).

SBI PO Main 2017 Exam

  1. Travelling is better than watching movies and documentary. 
  2. Why Technology’s being in power is a menace?
  3. Write an essay on the effect of social media and its consequences on our population.

BOB Manipal PO Main 2017 Exam

  1. Write an essay on the Importance of time management in professional life.
  2. Write an Essay related to the effect of the environment and a person's genes on the development of his personality traits.

Key Tips while writing an Essay

1. Read the instruction carefully - Read the questions and instructions carefully, before start writing an essay in the exam.

2. Pick a topic - Select the topic in which you are most confident and about which you have proper knowledge.

3. Prepare an outline or diagram of your ideas - Note down all your ideas on a rough sheet, before writing an essay.

4. Always write an essay in three parts - Introduction, Body, and Conclusion.

(i) Introduction - The introduction should attract examiner attention and show the focus of your essay.

(ii) Body – The body of essay explains or describes the topic in detail manner. Do not repeat any sentence in the essay.

(iii) Conclusion - The conclusion is the end of the topic and sums up your overall ideas while providing a final perspective on your topic.

Descriptive Paper Preparation Books

1. Descriptive English book - Kiran Prakashan

2. Descriptive General English book- S.P. Bakshi and Richa Sharma

3. Crack Descriptive English - Varuna Sharma

4. Descriptive English- SC Gupta

5. Descriptive English - K. Kundan 

At last-

  • As a descriptive test will be held in online mode, then make a habit of typing articles and letter in your desktop or laptop.
  • This will improve your writing skills and as well as increase your typing speed.
  • Write 1 essay and letter on a daily basis.
  • Reread your essay or letter and check to see if it makes sense.
  • Review what you have written and improved it.

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