Thursday, 24 August 2017

How to write a Formal Letter | Descriptive Writing Test

Dear Readers,


Writing skills are an important part of communication and Descriptive Test (of English Language) will test your writing skills, understanding, analysing and summerising skills. Learning how to write essays and letters can be one of the drearier experiences for students, but it is also one of the most important. It puts all your knowledge of language and General Awareness to Test. By working on your writing skills you will become more capable of analyzing data, interpreting data, and thinking critically. This year IBPS has also re-introduced Descriptive Test in the Mains Examination of Probationary Officer Recruitment, so you must start working on it when you have ample of time.


In our effort to provide you all with the latest topics with solved examples and practice exercise set for descriptive writing we bring you A Guide to Descriptive Writing eBook which will encourage you to be prepared to face toughest questions with a proper strategy. You can get the Descriptive Writing ebook from store.adda247 for a nominal price of Rs.49.


Letter Writing


In recent competitive exams, we’ve seen letter to the editor and informal letters were the hot topics asked in the descriptive paper. While writing a letter one should keep in mind to write letters that get your message across without the reader calling you for clarification. Letters shouldn't be verbose and usually, in competitive exams, there is a prescribed word limit.

Here is an example of Formal Letter Writing from the e-book:

Q. Write a letter to the SHO of your area complaining against the violation of traffic rules by the people. (WORD LIMIT- 150)

17-B, Sadar,
Nagpur

24th August 2017

The SHO,
Sadar, Nagpur,
Maharashtra

Sir,

I wish to draw your kind attention towards the increasing incidents of road accidents in our area. The major cause of such incidents is the violation of traffic rules and absence of traffic police on signals. People are in a habit of breaking laws. Everybody on the road seems to be in a hurry.
It is very common that many people talk over mobile while drive and also jump red lights. Over speeding is another cause of road accidents. All these have contributed to the increase in the road accidents. Pedestrians do not feel safe while moving on the road.
It is, requested to take immediate necessary action to check the incidence of road accidents. Traffic police may be deployed on every street to punish those who dare to break the traffic rules.

Yours faithfully,
Imraan Malik


To help you understand the art and pattern of letter writing we have included tips and letter writing aids of both Formal and Informal Letter separately, along with solved examples of Letter to Editor, Complaint Letter, Grievance Redressal Letter, Formal Invitation etc. in Formal Letter Category and Personal Letter/ Expression of Concern, Condolence Letter, Informal Invitation, Letter of Congratulations, Thank You Letter/ Gratitude Expression etc. in the Informal Letter Category.

Along with solved examples, you’ll get a practice exercise of both Formal and Informal Letter that you must practice keeping in mind the word limit of 150 words to hone your skills of Letter Writing for the Descriptive test.



Try it Yourself | Practice Letter Writing

  • Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper regarding pollution in the festive season.
  • You have ordered a digital camera online form a reputed company, but when the article was delivered you found that the article was not the same as you had ordered. Write a grievance redressal letter to the concerned company. 
  • Write a letter to your branch requesting them to transfer your savings account from Hari Nagar, Delhi branch to Gomti Nagar, Lucknow branch because of your transfer.


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