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Now that only 2 days are left in SBI PO Mains, we hope that your revision would be going on in full swing. In this article, we are covering the tips for Essay & Letter Writing. To acquaint you with the essentials, the descriptive section is of 50 marks, contains 2 questions and is of 30 minutes. The questions are of 2 types: Essay Writing & Letter Writing. Please be informed that the descriptive test will only be evaluated for those who have cleared the objective test. Also, keep in mind that the descriptive test is not of qualifying nature. As per the official notification, the marks obtained in Main Examination (Phase-II), both in the Objective Test and the Descriptive Test, will be added to the marks obtained in GE & Interview (Phase-III) for preparing the final merit list. Take a Free Mock Test of SBI PO Mains on PracticeMock App now and know your country-wide rank. Also, take daily mini mock tests and topic-wise quizzes on English, Quants & Reasoning free of cost

Now that you have all the information about the descriptive test, please also keep in mind that you will be competing with those who have already clear the Prelims and therefore you have to ensure that you don’t miss out by even 1 mark. Therefore, it is prudent that you put all your efforts while answering the descriptive section. Let’s have a look at the tips you should keep in mind while answering this section.

Essay Writing


  • Ensure that there isn’t any error in terms of grammar & punctuation. These errors will unnecessarily attract negative marks.
  • Put your arguments with examples, facts & figures. This will put more cogency to your arguments.
  • There are 3 parts of an essay: Introduction, Body & Conclusion.
  • In the Introductory paragraph, put a brief introduction of the topic and you may also include a quotation, fact or figure to start with. Also, put across a few lines on the status quo of the given topic.
  • In the second part of the essay, start with your stand on the topic with an example. Put the strongest point first with the second strongest point following it and so on.
  • The third part of the essay needs you to quickly reiterate your stand in a summarized way. Please ensure that you use different words when you put across your viewpoint.


  • Protectionism vs Globalization
  • Trade War: Effect on Indian Economy
  • Universal Basic Income Vs Subsidy
  • Bank Mergers: A Step in the Right Direction?
  • The Merger of General Insurance PSUs
  • Pollution Crisis in Metros
  • Social and Religious Practices vs. Legal System of India
  • Blockchain Technology: Future Ahead
  • Digital Economy: A step in the right direction?
  • Dangerous Aspects of Artificial Intelligence
  • Socialism: A panacea for Inclusive Growth
  • Increasing interference of government in citizens’ private life
  • One Nation, One Election: A much needed electoral reform?
  • Importance of unbiased media in a democracy
  • Mobocracy: Where are we heading?
  • Rising fuel prices: Was deregulation a bad move?
  • Recapitalization of Banks and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code: Remedy to all banking issues?
  • Listening is a dying art. We hardly listen to understand. We only listen to refute or reply.
  • Deepening Water Crisis: Thirsty Indian cities
  • Is Indian Judiciary going through its worst phase?
  • 2019- the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, how successful Swachha Bharat Abhiyan has been?
  • Rising cases of molestation: Are we serious about women security?

Letter Writing


  • Needless to repeat- the letter should be error-free as well in terms of grammar & punctuation.
  • There are 2 categories of letters: Formal letters which are written addressing relatives & friends and Informal letters which are written addressing officials, editors etc. Choose a topic about which you know more than a difficult one.
  • In formal letters, keep the letter to the point and don’t make it verbose.
  • A letter comprises of 3 parts: Address, Body, Closure & Signature. Have a look at a sample letter to understand the structure.
  • Since you need to write the letter on a keyboard, you need to do enough practice typing on a computer. You may get an old keyboard which may be a little rough when compared to your sophisticated laptop’s keyboard.
  • Before starting with the letter, spare a minute to structure it.
  • Avoid using very complicated words just for the sake of using it. Use a complicated word only if it fits very well in the context.
  • Use your creativity when writing the letter. Even formal & informal letters could be made interesting.


  • Write a letter to a newspaper editor telling him about the importance of voting in General Elections.
  • Write a Letter to your friend encouraging and advising him to plan his own start-up
  • Write a letter to the bank manager requesting him to block your credit card as you’ve lost it and ask him to issue you a new card.
  • Write a letter to the bank manager to share an innovative idea on File management system in banks.
  • Write a letter to the newspaper editor on how to stop crime in your city.
  • Write a letter to your old teacher to thank him/her for making you a good human being.
  • Write a letter to your parents telling them about your success in your job and about your new life in a new city.
  • Write a letter as a principal to the parents telling them about the importance of parents in children education.
  • Write a letter to a news editor and tell them about the selfie-menace.
  • Write a letter to your Branch Manager regarding a non-credit of an amount deposited in ATM.
  • Write a letter to the Editor expressing your concern over the impact of irrelevant news through social media.
  • Write a letter to your sibling advising on stress and anxiety.
  • Write to an author thanking for authoring a book on ‘fighting depression’

We hope these last-minute tips will help you in your preparation for the descriptive section. Wishing you all the best for your SBI PO Mains exam!

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