Letter to the Editor: Formal & Informal, Format, Examples & Practice Questions in PDF

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Witnessed an accident on the road due to the manhole, or wanted to address the increasing attacks on elders who live alone? However, one can directly try to approach the authority by writing a letter to the editor formally in a format that can help in spreading awareness. 

Letter to Editor for Class 10 and 12 Students is added to the CBSE syllabus to ensure public expression and effective communication. It can help students in learning how to bring attention to the main issues and help in reaching a large set of audience. The letter to the editor can address both the latest occurrence and first-hand experience. 

This article will include a Letter to Editor Format, Topics, Samples for CBSE Class 10 and 12, and tips for effective letter writing to the editor. 

S.No. Table Of Content
1 What is a Letter to the Editor for CBSE Class 10 and 12 Students?
2 Letter to the Editor: Format
3 Letter to the Editor: Examples
4 How to Write a Good Letter to the Editor?
5 Practice Questions
6 Frequently Asked Questions

Students can download solutions for Letter to the Editor practice questions PDF from the link.

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What is a Letter to the Editor for CBSE Class 10 and 12 Students?

There is a high probability that writing a letter directly to the concerned authority would reach them or the highlighted issue would be addressed. To ensure it reaches not only the authority but the wider audience, a formal letter to the editor is written that can be published in a newspaper or a magazine. 

Source: The Hindu Editorial Section 

The letter to the editor can also include feedback from the reader over a news column and is published under the “Letter to the Editor” as seen in the image above. 

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Letter to the Editor: Format

If the students are asked to write a letter to the editor, they must follow the required formal letter format to score good marks. Understand the format better with this example. 

  1. Sender’s Address: This section includes the sender’s address and contact information. If the question includes any additional information like email or contact number, then include it too. 
  2. Date:  Add a one-line space and mention the date (given or current). The date can be written on May 29, 2024, or 29 May 2024 format.
  3. Receiver’s (Editor’s) Address: The editor’s address, usually the newspaper’s office address is mentioned.
  4. Subject: The one line that conveys the purpose of the letter
  5. Salutation: Respected Sir/Ma’am
  6. Body: The section is divided into three paragraphs. The first paragraph includes the introduction of the sender and the purpose of the letter. The second paragraph includes the details of the concern and the third paragraph concludes with the action the sender expects the editor to take like publishing. 
  7. Complimentary Closing and Sender’s Name: Includes the Sender’s name and designation

Letter to the Editor: Examples

Q1: The household water supply in your locality is muddy and not fit for drinking. Despite several complaint letters to the civic authorities, the problem is still unresolved. Write a letter to the editor of a local daily, in about 120 words, expressing your concern about the situation and suggesting measures to resolve the problem and drawing the attention of the concerned authorities. You are Somil / Soumya of 768, Silver Apartments, Ajitha Vihar, Karampeeth. [CBSE Class 10 Board Exam 2024]

768, Silver Apartments,

Ajitha Vihar, Karampeeth 

13 February 20XX 

The Editor 

The Times of India 

Kasturba Gandhi Marg 

Karampeeth 

Subject: Issues Regarding Household Water Supply 

Sir, 

I am an avid reader of your esteemed newspaper and through its columns, I would like to draw the attention of the concerned authorities regarding the household water supply in our community which is unfit for drinking. 

The contaminated water not only makes it unfit for drinking but also raises concerns about its impact on hygiene and sanitation. Numerous waterborne diseases can be brought on by dangerous bacteria, viruses, and parasites that are present in contaminated water. Residents may thus be compelled to spend money on water purification systems or bottled water as alternatives. This places an additional financial burden on households

There is an urgent need to take certain steps to alleviate this issue. I hope that this letter draws the attention of the concerned authorities. 

Yours truly 

Somil/Soumya

Q2:Write a letter to the editor of a local daily, in about 120 words, expressing your concern about the heavy school bags and suggesting measures to resolve the problem and drawing the attention of the concerned authorities. You are Anu / Aniket of 768, Silver Apartments, Ajitha Vihar, Karampeeth. 

768, Silver Apartments,

Ajitha Vihar, Karampeeth 

29 May, 20XX 

The Editor 

The Times of India 

Kasturba Gandhi Marg 

Karampeeth 

Subject: Concern Regarding Heavy School Bag

Sir, 

Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I would like to draw the kind attention of the concerned authorities towards the problem of students carrying excessive weight in their school bags. This problem needs to be addressed since it can lead to extreme physical strain causing back and neck pain to students. 

As we can see throughout the years, the schools are introducing lots of books and materials as the syllabus advances. This results in an increase in the weight of the students' school bags. I continuously witness children carrying bags that are almost double their weight, and it might lead to serious injury in the future. Some students might commute via buses or other vehicles, but they still have to carry their bags to their homes from the stop.

There is an urgent need to take certain steps to alleviate this issue, like effective timetables or lockers in schools for extra books. I hope that this letter draws the attention of the concerned authorities.

Yours truly 

Anu/Aniket

How to Write a Good Letter to the Editor?

Writing a letter to the editor isn’t difficult. Students can score full marks in the CBSE board exam by following these technique pointers. 

  • The concerned authority’s attention must be drawn towards the raised issue, not the Editor.
  • Keep the subject line precise and state the purpose clearly.
  • Use facts, evidence, and statistics for a strong argument. 
  • Provide justifications/points or issues related to the topic.  
  • Mention the expected actions or steps to be taken.  
  • Conclude with a hopeful and timely action on the above request
  • Keep the tone formal. 

Practice Questions

List of all the topics for a Letter to the Editor in English practice.

Letter to the Editor Topics for Practice
Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper criticising reckless
and rash driving. You are Meena Sharma, a resident
of c 501, sector 21, Karnal, Haryana.
Letter to the Editor about a road that needs repair
You are Hema Hemant and 14 / 9 Hill Apartments Jaipur
you are not satisfied with the facilities for tourists in Jaipur.
Write a letter to the editor of a local daily suggesting ways
to improve the facilities for tourists.
You have realized the necessity of education and financial
independence of women for their families, society and in turn
for the nation. Write a letter to the Editor, ‘The National Times’
highlighting your ideas on the importance of education of women
leading to a better status for them. You are Tarun/Taruna,
B-7/9, Mall Road, Delhi. (100 – 125 words)
Kerala was badly hit by floods due to heavy rains.
Even today the victims are suffering financially, physically
and mentally. Write a letter in 120 – 150 words to the Editor,
‘The Times of Kerala’ giving details of the loss of life and property.
Also, make an appeal to the people and the Government to
provide help and relief to the afflicted. You are Varun/Vandana,
31 Shastri Nagar, Trichi.
The elderly living alone in cities are not safe. Reports of violence
against them are very disturbing. The recent murder of two elderly
persons has rocked the city. It seems the police are not taking
adequate steps to make the elderly feel safe and secure.
Write a letter in 120 – 150 words to the Editor, ‘Modern Times’ to
draw the attention of the law and order authorities to the problem
and take effective steps to deal with it. You are Sohan/Sangeeta,
12, Roshan Colony, Alampur.
You are Kamini/Kamal of 21/14, Civil Lines, Indira Nagar, Agra.
The main road leading to the colony has three uncovered manholes
which have caused a couple of accidents. Describing the accidents,
write a letter to the Editor, ‘National Times’, drawing the attention of the
Municipal Commissioner to this problem of the residents,
requesting him to take appropriate action.
Write a letter to the Editor, ‘The Indian Times’, Jaipur highlighting the
need to tap the sports talent at a young age by sports teachers,
coaches etc. so that it does not go unrecognized. Thus, we shall have
a large pool of talented young sportsmen who can be groomed.
You are Poorva / Paras 78, Inderpuri, Jaipur.
A book fair was organised in your city, Bhopal. Thousands of people
including a large number of students visited the fair. It aroused a great
interest in reading and buying books. You want such book fairs to be held
in other cities of the state also to promote the habit of reading. Write a
letter in 120-150 words to the editor of a local newspaper giving your
views. You are Navtej / Navita, F-112 Malviya Nagar, Bhopal.
Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper highlighting the importance of
cleanliness and the need for public participation in the cleanliness
drive in your district.
A 72-year-old Municipal Councillor of your area expired last Friday and as
she had desired, her body was donated to Army Medical College. It would
be a second life for some persons receiving some vital organs retrieved
from their bodies. Write a letter to the Editor, ‘Indian Times’, Chennai,
highlighting the importance of donating eyes and other organs to needy
persons. You are Navita/Namit, 125, Sohna Road, Kodaikanal.
Wedding processions these days have become very noisy and unruly.
People dancing to the tune of the band occupy most of the road. They even
become a nuisance for the other road users. Often there are traffic jams.
Write a letter in 100 – 120 words to the editor of a national newspaper raising
your voice of protest against such processions. You are Arun/Anita, 1
22, Mall Road, Agra.
You are Ram/Rani of B-107, Fateh Nagar, New Delhi. The government has
banned single-use plastic in the country. You feel that the government has
taken the right step towards the improvement of the environment and if
implemented sincerely at all levels, it can produce a great change. Write a
letter to the editor of a local newspaper expressing your views on the use of plastics.
You are Shyam/Shobha of 88, Jal Vihar, Wazirabad, New Delhi. You are disturbed
by the increasing level of pollution of the river Yamuna. Household sewage and
industrial waste are thrown into the river. Even leftovers from the religious ceremonies
(flowers etc.) are dumped into it. As a result, living beings in the river are dying. Water is
not fit for drinking or even bathing and washing. Write a letter to the editor of a
local newspaper giving your views on the problem
Write a letter to the Editor, ‘Everyday News’ highlighting the importance of educating girls
and how the government can spread awareness among people regarding the same.
You are Rohit /Reena of 1/117, Kailash Colony, Mathura. You are preparing for your X
Class Board examination, but due to constant electricity cuts, it is becoming difficult for you
to concentrate. Write a letter to the editor of a national daily highlighting the problem
Write a letter to the local newspaper editor expressing the concerns of misbehaviour
of an autorickshaw driver in a city
Promila/Praveen Chopra reads the following news report in a newspaper and feels
deeply troubled. She/He writes a letter to the Editor, “The Times of Delhi, New Delhi
voicing her/his concern for the ill effects of synthetic milk on the health of unsuspecting
consumers and suggesting ways to deal with the offenders. Imagine yourself as Promila/Praveen
Chopra, 12/15, Kunj Vihar, Alapur and write the letter for her/him in 100- 120 words.
Write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper complaining about the bad condition of roads
Roadside trees and colony parks are the lungs of the cities. You find that a large number of trees
are being cut to widen the roads. Parks are not being properly maintained. Write a letter
(100-150 words) to the editor of a local newspaper raising your voice against the felling of trees
and requesting that the parks be looked after properly. You are T.K. Prasaran/Sanjitha,
F-114 Beach Road, Kottayam.
Write a letter to the editor of a newspaper complaining about the bad condition of water supply

FAQs

What is a Letter to the Editor?

Letter to the Editor refers to a letter written to an editor to raise a concern or spread awareness to a wider audience. A formal Letter to the Editor is added to the CBSE Class 10 and 12 syllabus to help students in public expression and effective communication. 

What are the good topics for Letter to the Editor?

It is usually asked for 5 marks in the board exam. These are some of the good topics for Letter to the Editor that are frequently asked in the CBSE board Exams.

What is the Format for a Letter to the Editor for CBSE Board Exams?

A simple formal format for a letter to the Editor must be used for the board exams. Students must start with the sender’s address, date, receiver’s address, subject, and a salutation. The introductory paragraph must be the sender’s introduction and address to the problem. The para 2 follows the problem in detail and the last paragraph concludes the desired action and what the sender expects from the Editor. 

Why Can't We Write “Dear Sir” for Editors?

Using “Dear Sir” is a part of the informal addressal usually used for friends and family. The letter to the Editor must be written in a formal tone.

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