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IBPS PO Mains is just around the corner. Have you taken a Free Mock Test yet? Take it now to assess your preparation level. Here we are to help you with the guidelines & tips to help you write a letter which is a part of the descriptive section in IBPS PO Mains 2020 exam. Below is the complete exam pattern of IBPS PO Mains:

IBPS PO Mains 2020 Exam Pattern

No.Name of testNo. of QuestionsMax. MarksMedium of ExaminationTime Allotted
1Reasoning & Computer Aptitude4560English & Hindi60 minutes
2English Language3540English only40 minutes
3Data Analysis and Interpretation3560English & Hindi45 minutes
4General, Economy/Banking Awareness4040English & Hindi35 minutes
Total155200180 minutes
English Language (Letter Writing & Essay)225English30 minutes

Note: Negative marking of 0.25 mark per incorrectly answered question is there.

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There will be 2 questions in English Language (Letter Writing & Essay). 1 essay and 1 letter writing will be there for which the maximum marks set is 25 and you will be given a total of 30 minutes to complete this section. In this 30 minutes, you need to decide a topic, think about what to write on the topic by giving a proper structure to your thoughts and do the writing part.

If not practiced well, you will be prone to falling short of time. Therefore we suggest that you start writing 3 essays and 2 letters in a week. As you start writing letters, you will slowly memorize the format of letter and will not do any mistake in the exam. To help you with your preparation, we have come up with a Free PDF on Letter Writing which has the format of letter writing, tips for letter writing and sample letters. We have provided 5 sample letters (formal/informal) so that you can get a good idea of how to write letters on different subjects.

Start practising today. Download the Free PDF (link below) and get started with the preparation of the descriptive section right away.

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Generally, two types of letters are asked in the exam:

  • Formal Letter
  • Informal Letter

Letter Writing Format

One of the most important things while writing a letter is its Format. Candidates must stick to the right format of a formal letter while writing a letter in the examination. Below mentioned is the step by step letter format:

  • At the top left corner, write sender’s address and today’s date in a standard format such as 22 September 2020.
  • The name and address of the recipient is then to be mentioned
  • Write the Subject of the Letter
  • Don’t miss out on the salutation “Sir” or “Madam”
  • Then comes the Body of the Letter
  • At the end, left corner write Yours Faithfully or Yours truly
  • Name and designation to be mentioned at the end followed by the above step on the left corner.

Important Tips on Letter Writing

Before jumping onto writing the letter it is important to first analyse what type of letter you need to write and on what type you can focus better. Mentioned below are few tips to be considered:

  1. Identify the Type of Letter

Understanding the type of letter being asked to write in the exam is extremely important in the first go. A letter can be both formal or informal, however you would have to choose your preference according to the format you are more comfortable with. Writing a letter to the newspaper editor for asking something is a formal letter, while writing a letter to your brother congratulating him on his promotion is an informal letter. Thus, everything depends upon the type of letter you choose.

  • Opening and Closing of the Letter

Different letter formats will have different openings and closings. For example, a formal letter has a different format and a structure and so is the case with the informal letter. the greeting in a formal letter must start with Sir/Madam and has to be formal in nature, on the contrary the informal letters can be addressed in the person’s name. Same is to be followed while closing the letter.

FormalDear Sir, Dear MadamYours faithfully,
Dear Mr Agarwal, Dear Ms AgarwalYours sincerely
InformalDear Akhil, Dear AkritiBest regards, Warm wishes
  • Intent of the letter

Identifying the purpose of writing a letter is also important as it will help you to structure your thoughts. For example, writing a letter asking for some help, inviting someone, complaining or even thanking someone.

  •   Focus:

Sticking to the point while writing a letter would be important. This will only be possible if you have done enough practice for letter writing.

  • Keep it Short & Crisp:

It is quite an important point as there will be a word limit for the letter and dragging it unnecessary won’t make sense. The letter should be kept concise, focused and factual. There might be negative marking if you exceed the prescribed word limit.

  • Spelling and Grammar Errors:

Make sure to check for any spelling and grammatical errors after you have written the final version of the letter. Writing a letter with obvious spelling and grammatical mistakes looks sloppy and unprofessional.

  • Proof Read and Revise if required:

After you have written the letter, you should carefully review it and make any changes if needed. It is always a good idea to put yourself in the place of the recipients and then check if the intended message is being delivered correctly or not. 

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Letter Writing – Samples for IBPS PO Mains

Sample Letter 1

Write a letter to the Editor regarding the Selfie Menace and several risks associated with this.

134 B, 2nd B Main,


Bangalore- 560054

Oct 25, 2020


The Editor,

The Times of India,

21-F, Richmond Road, Bangalore-560025

Dear Sir,

Subject: Regarding the Selfie-Menace 

With due respect, I want to attract your attention to an issue with which everybody these days seem to be obsessed with. I’m talking about the selfie-menace which has taken many lives, hurted many people and put countless people in danger. Almost everybody possesses a camera phone these days and put themselves in danger while posing for selfies at beaches, mountains etc. What is common among all these people is the want of a good background but little do they know that this want can harm them fatally.

By this letter, I want to attract the attention of all these people who take a selfie without taking any safety precaution and request them not to be engrossed while taking a selfie; rather be alert of the surroundings.

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely

Kritika Dev

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Sample Letter 2

Write a letter as a principal to the parents telling them about the importance of parents in children education.

St. Xavier School

19, MG Road,

Bangalore- 560001

Nov 14, 2019


Mr. Arvind Sinha,

21-F, Richmond Road,


Dear Mr. Sinha,

Subject: Regarding parents’ role in their child’s education

It is with pleasure that I’m writing you this letter to inform you about your role in helping your child achieve a good education and making the most of it in his future. It is said that “Parents are the first teachers and teachers are the second parents”. While the core education of your ward is something which is dealt with by us at the school, I seek your help in making his educational journey more comprehensive and fruitful. Push the child to ask questions about his surroundings and help him understand the logical reason behind them. This would make your child inquisitive and will help him immensely in his long educational journey.

Thanking you,

Priyansh Gowda


St. Xavier’s School
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Sample Letter 3

Write a letter to the Editor expressing your concern over the impact of irrelevant news through social media.

408 B, 2nd B Main,

Muthiyal Nagar

Bangalore- 560054

Apr 12, 2019


The Editor,

The Times of India,

21-F, Richmond Road, Bangalore-560025

Dear Sir,

Subject: Regarding the Impact of Irrelevant News through Social Media

With due respect, I want to point out that general elections are around the corner and this is the juncture where the sensitivity of people increases to a great extent. Political leaders while giving speeches, may sometime speak on a burning issue to gain political mileage and any small issue/ conflict could snowball into a major issue.

On top of that, people forward and share sensitive news on their social media without checking the authenticity which could evoke unnecessary tension and complicate situations. My humble request to people is to double-check every news they receive on social media before forwarding it. I wish we have a peaceful and participative election-season.

Thanking you,

Yours sincerely

Nikhil Kumar

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Sample Letter 4  

Write a letter to your elder brother asking him to guide you in making a career choice.

A-25, Sachin Tower Complex


Mumbai – 400079

Dear Brother,

I hope this letter finds you in good spirits. It seems you have been keeping busy these days with your own office work, however I am writing this letter to seek some career advice from you since you have a good experience by now with your career. I intend to take up a management course and after its completion I think a banking job will be a good fit for me. Since you have been in the banking job since quite some time now so, I thought of asking you. One more thing which I am confused about is whether I should opt for a public or private sector bank? Hopefully I should have a better understanding with your suggestion. I know you must be busy in your daily life, please reply when you get time.

Yours lovingly,


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Sample Letter 5

Write a letter to your Municipal Corporation complaining about the lack of street lights on the road

B-25/12, M2K Towers,

Sector – 13, Rohini,

New Delhi, Delhi – 110085

Apr 12, 2019


Mr. S Gaekwad

Director (Personnel) – North Delhi Municipal Corporation

Rajouri Garden

New Delhi, Delhi – 110027

Subject: Lack of Street Lights in Rohini Area


With due respect I am writing a letter on behalf of the residents to draw your attention towards the lack of street lights particularly in our sector. The stretch between sector 11 to 13 has been in a poor state since few months now. Although, this road is a busy one however, still there are no street lights due to which number of accidents on this stretch has also gone up significantly causing inconvenience to pedestrians and residents.

Keeping the above in mind, I would request you to take some necessary steps to ensure safety and security of the residents.

Thanking you

Yours faithfully,

Roshni Yadav

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This is all from us in this article. Wishing you all the best for your preparation!


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