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SBI PO 2017 MAINS Descriptive Test Preparation Plan

Overview:  SBI has released the notification for the recruitment of Probationary Officers recently. This recruitment is valid for every region and the number of vacancies is also high in number i.e. 2313. Candidates have to submit their application form before the last date i.e. 29-30th of Apr & 6th-7th May 2017.


SBI PO 2017 Exam Pattern:  SBI has made done some major changes in SBI PO Exam pattern and SBI PO syllabus 2017. The exam pattern of SBI PO consists of three phases –

Phase-I –> Preliminary Examination

Phase-II –> Main Examination

Phase-III –> Group Discussion & Interview

Note: –

  • Prelims Exam will consist of fewer questions and of shorter duration. The marks of Prelims exam will not be considered for preparing the final merit list.
  • Candidates have to qualify in each of the three tests in PRELIMS Exam by securing passing marks to be decided by the Bank. Adequate number of candidates in each category as decided by the Bank (approximately 20 times the numbers of vacancies subject to availability) will be short-listed for the Main Examination. 
  • Main Exam will consist of more questions and of longer duration. The marks of Main Exam will only be considered for short listing for group discussion and personal interview.

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Preparation Plan for Descriptive Test in SBI PO 2017 MAIN EXAMINATION:  Main Examination will consist of Objective Tests for 200 marks and Descriptive Test for 50 marks. Both the Objective and Descriptive Tests will be online. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive Test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered.

Note:  Descriptive Test paper of only those candidates will be evaluated who have scored qualifying marks in the Objective Tests and are placed adequately high as per total marks in Objective Test.

Tips for cracking Descriptive section are:

Mere knowledge of Grammar (Tested during the objective Tests) will not be sufficient. Hence, in addition to the objective Test on Grammar, a Descriptive paper on English Language is also included – Comprehension tests your ability to grasp and understand the given passage; Short Precise tests your ability to prepare short summaries for your superiors; Letter Writing tests your ability to precisely and effectively communicate a matter to the addressee and, Essay writing reveals how systematic your thought process is, and tests your ability to present your thoughts in a coherent manner.

Descriptive test will be conducted in On-line Mode. Candidates will have to answer Descriptive test by typing on the computer. Immediately after completion of Objective Test, Descriptive Test will be administered. The Descriptive Test of 30 minutes duration with 50 marks will be a Test of English Language (Letter Writing & Essay). The candidates are required to qualify in the Descriptive Test by securing passing marks, to be decided by the Bank.

In Descriptive section, questions are asked from different topics like –>

  • Letter Writing (Formal and Informal)
  • Essay Writing
  • Precise Writing
  • Paragraph Writing

Letter Writing –

  • Decide the format or layout of the letter – salutation, closing greeting, signing off etc. – depending on whether the letter is formal or informal and the assumed status of the addressee.
  • Familiarise yourself with different formats of formal and informal letters regarding (a) placing your name, (b) placing your address, (c) placing name/Designation and address of the addressee (d) placing date (e) Subject in case of formal letter (f) Appropriate ending depending on the subject of the letter (g) Appropriate salutations & closings etc.
  • While all letters must be polite and decent in language, words in a formal letter have to be chosen more carefully than in an informal letter.
  • Use simple and clear language.
  • Short sentences are better than long ones.

Precise Writing –

  • As you read the given passage, do so carefully, taking in the key information and ideas.
  • While reading, also learn to omit details such as examples, quotations, repetitions, statistics, explanations / elaborations etc.
  • Mark / underline important ideas & information.
  • Before you begin to write, take a minute or so to organise the thoughts in your mind, condensing them as much as possible.
  • Once you start to write, present the ideas in your own words logically, avoiding repetitions and unimportant issues.

Pattern from previous years question papers – In the previous written examinations for SBI PO/MT posts, descriptive test paper consisted of the below questions (Based on Memory):

  1. Write a letter to a –
  • Branch for closing saving account
  • Friend inviting him/her for seminar on Net banking
  • Bank for higher education loan
  • Editor expressing your concerns about adult graded cinema and its impact on youth
  • Student, giving tips on healthy study habits for board exam
  • Manager, seeking leave for attending family function
  1. Write an essay on any of the below topics —
  • Right to Education
  • Financial Inclusion
  • How technology can benefit Banking Industry
  • Blessings of science
  • Socialism
  • Features economic recession
  • Impact of interest rate change on economy
  • Risks in Stock market trading
  • Banks are manufacturers of money
  1. Paragraph Writing –
  • Rural Banking
  • Impact of autonomy to banks
  • Globalization
  • Democracy, polity, freedom, development
  • India’s society, culture, media
  • Judiciary, law and order
  • Youth, education, sports

Below table reflecting data from the previous examinations:

Topic Options? Words Marks
Letter writing Any 1 out of given 3 150 10
Essay_I Any 1 out of given 3 150 8
Essay_II Any 1 out of given 3 250 12
Precies 1 passage 10
Reading comprehension 1 passage 10

If you have any doubts related to SBI PO Exam, your doubts will be cleared by our experts or fellow SBI aspirants in the discussion forum.

All the best Guys. .!!

5 Comments on SBI PO 2017 MAINS Descriptive Test Preparation Plan

  1. dis Is my first attend to write sbi xam fr post of po.plz give some guidance how to prepare fr it to crack d xam and also reference fr dis xam.

  2. dis my frst attempt to write bank xam fr po post of sbi. I dnno how to prepare d xam plz give some suggestions regarding dis xam and It ll be help fr me

  3. plz send me sbi po main exam syllabus and which book i have to prefer…plz tell me

  4. Kindly suggest me how to prepare for descriptive paper?

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