Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Important TIPS for Descriptive Paper for BOB Exam 2016

Dear Readers,

As not much time is left for Bank of Baroda Examination, so you must speed up your preparation. And today we’ll discuss an important section of BOB Exam i.e. Descriptive Section.


Descriptive section in BOB Exam is of 50 marks and you’ll be given 30 minutes. And descriptive sections have two topics: Letter Writing and Essay Writing. Many students find descriptive section a bit challenging, but don’t worry here we’ll simplify it for you and give you some so that you can make this into your scoring section easily.

Do you wonder why do many organisations conduct Descriptive test? It’s important for you to know what they are looking for. And if you know the agenda behind it, you can easily understand how you can improve to fulfill their requirement and get you dream job.



There are several reasons for which any organisation takes descriptive test of the candidate. Some of the reasons are:
1) To check the grammatical Knowledge over the English Language of the candidate.
2) To check whether the candidate is familiar with the basic formats of Letters, Reports, Essays etc. 
3) To check that whether the candidate will be able to submit the reports and documents in proper way.
4) To check the typing speed of the candidate i.e. how much is the candidate familiar with the computers.

Today we’ll discuss LETTER WRITING


There are two types of Letters:

1) Formal Letter

2) Informal Letter



Formal Letter

These letters are written to some organization's authority for some specific purpose or work e.g. letter to the bank manager, school principal, municipality or any other organisation. The Addressee in the formal letter is not your relative or friend. 

On a broader sight, formal letters which can be asked in the exam are of following types:

(a) Letter to the bank manager, credit officer or any other Financial Institution regarding some problem related to bank account, credit/debit cards, request for loan, registering complaints etc.
(b) Business or official letters to some organisation (for making enquiries, registering complaints, asking for or giving information, placing orders and sending replies).
(c) Letters to the editor (giving suggestions on an issue).

There are many formats to write a formal letter, but, here we will take a single standard format which can be used for any formal letter

Format:
 Keep all the text aligned to the left margin of the page.
 Start with your own address.
 Mention the date after your address.
 Now, Mention the address of the person to whom you are writing the letter.
 Then mention the subject.
 After mentioning the subject, start with the salutation 'Dear Sir/ Dear Ma'am'
 Now start the body of the letter. Remember not to be personal like asking the well being of the addressee or elaborating about your identity. You need to be specific to the topic regarding which you are writing the letter.
 After elaborating about the purpose of your writing to the authority, request the authority to resolve your problem in the second paragraph.
 Conclude the letter in a small third paragraph by thanking the authority.
 End the letter with a valediction like 'Yours faithfully', 'Yours sincerely' etc. and mention your name below.


Note: Do not make spelling mistakes, keep in mind the grammar while forming the sentences. Do not try to use heavy words about which you are yourself not sure.

Some important topics for practice:
 You have received a letter from your bank, asking you to acknowledge receipt of a new bank card. However, the card was missing from the envelope. Write a letter to the bank's head office.
 You have lost your credit card while travelling from Mumbai to Delhi. Write a letter to the bank requesting for a new credit card.
 You have lost your car loan documents while travelling from Delhi to Lucknow and your due date for paying the EMI is just after 10 days. Write a letter to the bank manager to provide you the loan account number so that you can pay the EMI on time.
Write a letter to the bank manager for getting an education loan for your higher studies. 

Informal Letter

Informal Letter means write a letter using all easy words, sentences and normal language. No need to be very much formal. Informal letters usually using for personal correspondence with very close person. These letters are written to some relatives, friends, your old teachers etc. for some personal cause or reason.


On a broader sight, informal letters which can be asked in the exam can be of following types:

(a) Letter to thank any known person for something.
(b) Letter to invite someone on some occasion.
(c) Letters to show concern regarding something.
(d) To suggest someone for the advantages using of something.
(e) To motivate/ inspire someone.
(f) To advice something to someone.
(g) Miscellaneous.

Tips to write informal letters:

  • You can even use Idioms for close expressions. 
  • You can use Imperatives sentence in the Informal letter. Imperatives are sentences that start with a verb. Ex - Do your home work, Help your mother more, Send it soon!
  • You can use exclamation symbol. Ex - WOW! YES!
  • Avoid the strong words in the Informal letter


We are providing you two formats to write an informal letter which can be used for any informal letter, so that you may not get confused in the examination that which format to use and which not. 

Format 1: 

 Keep all the text aligned to the left margin of the page.
 Start with your own address.
☑ Mention the date after your address.
☑ Now give a salutation or greeting  'Dear Name'
 Now start the body of the letter. Remember not to be very formal and avoid using heavy words. 
☑ You can also ask about the well being of the person in the 1st paragraph.
 In the 2nd paragraph elaborate your topic provide.
 Conclude with a small 3rd paragraph.
 End the letter with a valediction like 'Yours Relation' and mention your name below.


Format 2:

Written as per the format below:




✖ Note: Do not make spelling mistakes, keep in mind the grammar while forming the sentences. Do not try to use heavy words about which you are yourself not sure.

Some important topics for practice:



Write a letter to your cousin explaining him how to prepare for bank BOB exam.
Write a letter to your friend arranging for a get together with his accepting reply.
Write Letter to your father in about 300 words telling her of your achievements in college.
 Write a letter to your old teacher to thank him/her for making you a good human being.
A letter to your friend for encouraging and wishing him for BOB PO Exam which he is writing for the third time.

So students study well and we'll be conducting BA DISQUS'sion on Letter Writing for your practice.




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