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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. This year, the number of vacancies in IBPS PO notification is less when compared to previous years. So, it is obvious that you need to work very hard towards the preparation of this exam. The competition is going to be very tough and only those aspirants who have been preparing well for this exam since day 1 can make the mark. Before proceeding, let’s have a look at the exam pattern of IBPS PO 2020 Mains:

IBPS PO 2020 Mains 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. Remember: If you want to clear the exam, you should get as many marks in letter writing & essay as possible. Each and every mark counts in this exam can be a differentiating factor. In the below PDF, we are going to describe the different parts of an essay, how to write those parts, tips on letter writing and most importantly samples of essay.

This PDF will definitely be going to be helpful in your preparation towards the English Language (Letter Writing & Essay) section. Have a look:

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Writing the Essay

We believe that most of you, if not everyone, would have written an essay at least once be it during your school days or in your graduation. Hence, you would be aware that an essay consists of three parts, namely,

  1. Introduction, where you introduce the topic
  2. Body, where you discuss the topic in detail putting forward your views and backing in up with relevant data points
  3. Conclusion, where you sum up your ideas and close the topic


The first and the most important paragraphs of your essay because a good introduction will help you gain the attention of the reader, thus, creating a good impression in the minds of the reader. Here, you are required to introduce the topic and state the purpose of writing your essay on that particular topic. One of the best ways to begin your introduction can be by starting with a hook, such as a story, dialogue, shocking revelation, a quote or a topic summary. Also, please keep in mind that introduction should not be very long and about 5-6 lines should be sufficient for IBPS PO 2020 Mains exam.

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This is the part of your essay where you are required to explain, discuss or argue on the topic. It can extend to multiple paragraphs as the most vital and important content of your essay will be here. Further, it can be a good idea to include facts and figures from reliable sources while putting your views across as they will only strengthen your points. However, it is important that you be careful while writing this part of your essay. The reason being that we generally have a lot of information which we can provide and writing it in a haphazard manner will leave the reader confused. Hence, it is important to organize your thoughts and content well and follow a systematic approach which will enable the reader to comprehend.


In this part, you are required to sum up your story and arguments. Just like the introduction, the conclusion is important as well as you need to close the topic well, leaving no hanging thread. At times, the conclusion may even mirror your introductory paragraph but make sure the words and syntax are different. Also, in this part, you should not introduce any new ideas and keep yourself limited to summarizing your arguments only. Most importantly, keep it short, perhaps limited to 5-6 sentences only.

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Some Quick Tips on Essay Writing

  • Ensure that there isn’t any error in terms of grammar & punctuation. These errors will unnecessarily attract negative marks.
  • Put your arguments with examples, facts & figures. This will put more cogency to your arguments.
  • We suggest that every day you should pick a topic and write an essay on it. This will not only help to improve your writing skills but also help you get into the habit of writing so that when you write an essay on the actual day of exam, you are at ease.
  • It would also be a good idea if you practice writing the essay on a computer or laptop as it will help in improving your typing speed.
  • Have your own stand on various issues and back it up with relevant data.
  • Make sure you use simple and crisp language as complicated and difficult words will only break the flow of your sentence.
  • Essay topics in competitive exams like IBPS PO Mains general pertain to current affairs. Hence, reading a newspaper daily will help you become aware of the important events that are in the news.
  • Structure the flow of your essay so that it is connected from top to bottom. Also, do not leave any points unexplained. If you cannot explain it then do not include that specific point at all.
  • Always stick to the word limit mentioned in the exam. It is suggested that you neither exceed nor fall short of the word limit specified.
  • Finally, avoid making spelling or grammatical mistakes at all cost. This leaves a bad impression on the reader.

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Essay Writing- Samples for IBPS PO Mains

Sample # 1: Lending Hands to Someone is Better than Giving a Dole

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. According to Dalai Lama, our prime purpose in life is to help others. Helping each other is what makes us humans special. Compassion and altruism are the basic components of humanness although different people use it in different ways. It is rightly said, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

Taking the example of the recent floods at Chennai where life stood to a standstill for some days, help poured in from different parts of the world in the form of money which obviously helped in rehabilitation but what provided the victims as an instant help was safe & dry shelter, free calls, food delivery etc. This clearly shows that money helped but what helped more was the helping hand provided by individuals and different companies.

Rather than giving money to beggars which actually encourages begging, one should buy something from a street hawker. That would obviously be a better use of money as it would be equivalent to appreciating his efforts. To conclude, it’s always better to help people help themselves.

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Sample # 2: Climate Change

Gandhiji rightly said, ‘our earth is not an inheritance but a loan from future generations.’ Climate change can be defined as a long term alteration in weather, temperature and rainfall pattern, the predominant cause of which are human actions. Climate change leads to erratic rainfall, desertifying lands and loss of biodiversity. Talking about the causes of climate change, unfettered consumerism, globalization and blind pursuit of development are the main factors behind climate change. Developed nations feigning ignorance on this issue has only aggravated the situation.

A worldwide movement to create its awareness will go a long way to help resolve this issue. When people know about climate change and its repercussions they can adopt best practices and do their bit. Usage of vertical farming, energy-efficient buildings, electric vehicles, solar energy etc. will definitely pave the way to a better & sustainable climate. Even the international community (particularly the developed nations) should recognize and abide by the core principles of equitable climate emission norms.

Going by the ill-effects of climate change, the need for a better climate is obviously there and no entity should run away from its responsibility no matter if it’s an individual, business or a nation.

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Sample # 3: The New Emerging Women-Power: Ground Realities

Gender issues and ‘women-empowerment’ has become the new buzzword across the globe in the last few decades. Women have started to become aware of the limitations and confines of the territories within which they have been placed all these years. They have demanded control over their own bodies, equal spaces in the social institutions and an acknowledgement for their identity.

Government schemes such as ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’, ‘Janani Suraksha’ have done their bit to ensure better health care and education facilities. Census 2001-2011 has recorded a significant rise in the literacy rate of women and the expansion of the service sector has generated fresh work opportunities for women. But at the same time, the crime against women has also been on a rampant rise. And it won’t be a hyperbole to say that as the nation basks in the various scientific and economic achievements, half of its population writhes under the fear of rape, trafficking, domestic violence, honour killing, acid attacks, and sexual harassment.

While the headline ‘New Emerging Women-Power’ may sound catchy, it’s obvious that there is still a lot of scope of improvement when it comes to doing the groundwork to ensure that women realize their true potential.

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