Profile Evaluation

Your profile evaluation is the customary question in every discussion forums related to studying in Canada. It is really natural to be nervous about your chances of getting an admission. There is no ‘precise’ technique for analysing a student’s profile. No one can accurately determine how the profile will fare against all the other competitive ones. Although the profile evaluation is hard to generalise, we have given a brief analysis of each criterion considered during admission and have tried to come up with a simple, general evaluation. We believe this might help anyone who needs a preliminary idea.

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1. Bachelor's percentage or GPA

This is easily the most significant criterion for your admission. Your GPAs holds a vital priority in getting your application chosen.

2. Work Experience

If you have any work experience related to your programme, it certainly adds up. Not only is it an icing to the cake for your university admission, but it also helps in getting you part-time employment. Also, finding a job after your postgraduation is much more comfortable. (That being said, students applying directly after their bachelor’s degree have their own advantages too!)

3. Statement of Purpose (SOP)

Your SOP is your tale. Your inspiration, your enthusiasm, your interests, your ideologies, your future plans, can all be expressed in your own story. In many cases, an effective SOP will quickly put you ahead of your competitors. In our opinion, this is the third most important document in your application.

4. Letter of Recommendations (LOR)

LORs are highly valued and respected. They give an idea about the individual you are to work with and your individuality in the point of view of a third person. If possible, arrange for your LORs from people in high positions in your organisation.

5. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Your CV is a display of all your academic & professional successes; thus, you must craft it well. It portrays how professional you are in maintaining your documents and present yourself in a concise, impressive way. This is generally the only submission that’s scanned well in the first phase of the selection. So it does have a vital role in your application.

6. IELTS / TOEFL

These are exams testing your English language proficiency. It is just another eligibility criterion for a Masters programme (and the Study Permit as well).

7. GRE

The GRE Exam is considered another significant factor affecting your application. It displays your aptitude and examines the potential of the candidates applying at the institution. It tests a student’s fundamental skills

8. Internships, Workshops and Extracurricular Activities

Any relevant extracurricular activities will be adding on to your profile strength. Apprenticeships/traineeships will give a good look on you as a candidate. They are great fillers for any study gaps you have taken/for the summer holidays. Workshops & student clubs indicate that you are a proactive participant, and are an enthusiast in a variety of activities/events. Reinforce your application with these experiences because they will be valued.

9. Research Papers, Patents

If you have published any conference paper or journal, it is going to add significant credibility to your application. These are the main indicators of your ability to perform/handle important tasks. It acts as a brownie point to the profile.

10. Class X, Class XII grades

Your Grade X and Grade XII marks, combined with your recent GPA, show your consistency in your academic contributions. If it shows a positive increasing trend, it is a good point for you.

11. Backlogs

If a student has any backlogs while studying, they are likely to have a lower GPA, which can affect their profile. However, if you have a good GPA even though you have had a few backlogs, you can simply defend it with explanations in your Admission Essay/SOP. If the overall profile has a positive outlook, backlogs might be ignored.

Sample Profile

  • Class X: 92 %
  • Class XII: 89 %
  • Bachelor's GPA: 9.08
  • Work Experience: 2 years (in relevant field)
  • GRE: 311
  • IELTS: 7.5
  • Research papers: 1

How to evaluate?

  • Evaluate each criterion out of 100.
  • Multiply with the respective fraction.
  • Add up all the values to get a final prediction for the probability of getting an admit.

Evaluation

CriterionRelative Importance ( % )My Profile Evaluation
Bachelor's GPA (min. 60%)
Work Experience (2-4 years)
SOP
Class X, XII GRE IELTS GATE German language
Internships Workshops Research papers Extracurricular activities
LOR
CV
Backlogs
Grand Total

Interpretation of the result

Profile evaluation scoreChances of admit (in general)
85 – 100Very high
75 – 85High
65 – 75Moderate
60 – 65Low
50 – 60Very low
< 50Nil

Trivia

  • If your Bachelor's final grade falls between 60% - 70 %, your chances of getting an admission may be low. But, if it falls under 60%, there is, unfortunately, no chance of getting through.
  • Even though you have a good CGPA, the relevance of the course & subjects in your Bachelor’s degree holds a lot of importance. For example, if you have pursued your Bachelor's in Instrumentation Engineering, it would be difficult to get an admit for Aerospace Engineering course. If you are switching from your domain of studies, then justify the same in your essay.
  • Always list all the recent experiences first while preparing any document.
  • You may even have to go through telephonic/Skype interviews, questionnaires, online tests, etc.

Why is Bachelor's grade so important?

Every year, Universities receive hundreds of admission applications from all around the world, having varied profiles and strengths of all the students interested. All these profiles have different grading systems, and assessing all the profiles on a common ground would be a tedious task. Thus, the Undergraduate GPA is highly persuasive in deciding your admit at the University. Although this is not reasonable, they have a tendency to value a portfolio with a higher GPA above other credentials.

How can I improve my chances if my Bachelor's grade is less?

Here are a few ideas that can offset the effect of a low GPA and give you a slight upper hand on receiving an admit.

  • Collect persuasive, positive academic/professional recommendation letters
  • Score well on all online tests, interviews (if any)
  • Take up Internships relevant to your domain
  • Do relevant online training & get certifications
  • If there are any non-academic situations which may have had an impact on your performance, you can justify so in your essay and indicate what you have done to get over those situations. You must not sound like you are making an excuse.

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