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May 15, 2014

Example of Precis Writing for SBI PO Exam with Tips - Topic 6


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Make a precis of the following passage in not more than one third of it's length and give it an appropriate title.

Of all the amusements which can possibly be imagined for a hardworking man, after his daily toil, there is nothing like reading an entertaining book - a thriller, a murder mystery or even a travelogue. It calls fo rno bodily exertion of which he had enough through the day.

It relieves his home of its dullness. It transports him to a livelier and more interesting scene, and while he enjoys himself there he may forget the eveils of the present moment, be it prersonal or general. It accompanies him to his next day's work and if the book he has been reading be anything above the very idlest and the dullest, it gives him something to think about, besides the durdgery of his everyday occupation, his day to day frustration, the ufss that people make over insignificatn happenings, etc.

If I were to play for a taste which should stand me in good stead under every variety of circumstances and be a source of happiness and cheerfulness through life, it would be a taste for reading. This habit of reading once developed brings lifelong happiness and companionship, a contentment which can only be believed once experienced. Give the man this taste, and the means of gratifying it, and you can hardly fail to make him happy unless indeed you put into his hand a most perverse selection of books. This perverse selection however whould put him off books completely for the rest of his life. It is thus the right book which makes his leisure hours not only rewarding but gives him a new lease of life.

Before going to write your precis, have a look at the important tips of Precis writing for SBI PO Exam from here

Now have a look at the above passage. From the first line itself you can say that the passage is about Books. So you can go with the title "Importance of Books" / " Advantages of Books" / " Book is a real friend" and so on... Later try to understand the motive of the passage and write it in your own words. If you observe the below precis, you will find the words like contentment, companionship etc. Contentment means, the state of being happy and satisfied. Usually if somebody says that he / she is happy, you will imagine the person is dancing with excitement. But contentment is not that kind of happiness. Contentment means a peaceful ease of mind. It’s being satisfied with what you have, whatever that is. You might feel a sense of contentment knowing you have a cup of hot chocolate and a good movie to look forward to tonight (Reading books in our case). We could save almost 3 lines of information by using a single word "Contentment". In the same way, companionship... This means the good feeling that comes from being with someone else. In this way, try to simplify the given essay in your own words. Now lets have a look at the final output.

Title of the Precis : Book - A true Companion

Precis : Reading an entertaining book is a good amusement for a hardworking man. It needs no bodily exertion. It relieves his home of dullness and transports him to a livelier and interesting scene. Man forgets hte evils of the present moment and frustration. Reading stands in good stead in every variety of circumstances. The habit of reading once developed brings lifelong happiness, companionship, contentment which can only be believed once experienced. But perverse selection of books would put a man off books. The right book gives new lease of life. 

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  1. Is it compulsory that during the exam,we should first write a rough precis and strike it off and then again write a fair one??

    1. Not compulsory. You can directly write your precis if you are capable of handling and editing your thoughts in your mind without using paper.

  2. If possible then please upload some GK questions for Postal assistance. Mine will be on 18th in Punjab.


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