As you all know that IBPS PO MAINS EXAM is near.One of the most important part of this Exam is Descriptive Wrtiting Exam which is recently added by IBPS that test Your writing skills, so we are providing all the aspects: question types, how to prepare, the evaluation criteria and some DOs and DONTs for this section.
How to Attempt descriptive paper and Dos or Don’ts
Content – The examiner would see whether aspects of the topic have been addressed in the essay and if provided details, examples and explanations are appropriately supporting the candidate’s point of view.
Formal Requirement – As the paper is descriptive in nature there are certain requirements that must be fulfilled by the answers. For letters, the format must be strictly adhered to. Although extra marks might not be awarded for the format/ structure, an absence of it might cause a deduction in your marks. For letter writing, stick to the prescribed formats of formal and informal letters. For essays, make sure the word limit (if any) is not exceeded. Also, make sure that the essay is in paragraph form.
Development and Structure – How well the topic has been understood and explained is main criteria of evaluating any piece of descriptive writing. The examiner sees whether there are any examples given, what is the range of thoughts/ ideas presented and how logically they are penned down. The following might be the few things an examiner is looking for in your piece of writing:-
Does each paragraph contain just one idea or concept?
Does the evidence presented support the writer’s argument?
Does this paper have a beginning (introduction), a middle (body), and an end (conclusion)?
Grammar – This is also a very important criterion. An essay may be logically presented, it may have a variety of ideas, but if the grammar is bad, it makes the entire essay ‘not so good’. Examiners don’t expect complex sentences. Just make sure you create simple and correct sentence structures and convey your thoughts effectively.
Does this paper have proper punctuation?
Does the author provide full and complete sentences?
Does this paper have consistent verb tense, voice, and third-person usage? (essays are normally written in third person)
Vocabulary & Spelling – Again we would like to clarify that a test taker is not expected to use difficut English words. As long as you have the right word for an idea, that’s good. A simple example of this would be:
If you want to say “very good”, say “excellent”.
Also, avoid spelling mistakes as they point to a careless attitude.
Time Management – Here, we would like to mention one important thing: Time Management. Make sure you divide your time as per the weightage of the question. Since, an essay has higher marks, allot more time to it.