Statement Of Purpose

A perfectly written SOP exhibits the candidate’s personality, their strengths and weakness, something which the CV and LOR can’t do. This is your opportunity to pen down your story in your words. It is the only non-official record that can have up to 30% weightage in deciding your admit. You need to bring out the best notes on what makes you the perfect candidate.

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Highlights

  • Every SOP (or Graduate Essay) is supposed to be unique!
  • Your SOP must depict you, and also puts to display your English skills and mastery in connecting with others.
  • A well-penned SOP has good, clearly used vocabulary and is free from grammatical errors.

Before You Start

  • Check the University Requirements to see if there is a theme for the SOP.
  • Note down the word limit - 500 words/1 pages/ 4500 characters etc.
  • Never refer any SOP before beginning yours. Just be acquainted with the standard structure and prepare a draft.

Requirements

  • Your CV (optional)
  • Microsoft Word (or any text editor)
  • Text to PDF converter (optional)
  • Grammarly and Hemingway editor (Optional)

Step by step Guide

Your SOP is your fable, and no one can tell your tale better than you. This guide should give you a proper framework with which you can build your story.

  • Go through your CV once. This will set you on the track immediately and will show what main points can be mentioned in the SOP. This will also help you in differentiating the SOP from a CV.
  • Remember - all academic information & qualifications are already in the CV, so you shouldn't be restating them in the SOP.
  • Think about an apparent incident, the one that has driven you to set your foot on your present path and is a noteworthy factor for you to pursue the degree.
  • Now you have enough information to begin. You must now breathe life & add emotions.
  • Get your marks cards & achievements to speak for you - tell the story behind them. Engage in deep thinking. Just let it all flow, you can do edit later.
  • Mention what has encouraged you in opting for the particular domain, and why that University.
  • Have someone check your document to get a different opinion. Check (i) Is the essay coherent? (ii) Does it reflect your work & personality? (iii) Does it give the right spirit? Do the correction accordingly.
  • Keep editing it for a few days.
  • Now have a look at other SOPs online. This is to see if your SOP is on par with the competition. You may include/omit some information based on this.
  • If your institution expects you to answer a specific question(s), ensure you have addressed every single part of the question
  • Now you do the final editing. You can use free online tools such as Grammarly or Hemingway editor.
  • Lastly, use these tools on MS Word (i) Justify (ii) Insert the header & footer.
  • Save this document as a PDF.

Trivia

  • Writing a brilliant SOP needs a lot of time & a lot of thought. See to it that you have sufficient time to prepare, make changes and proofread your SOP.
  • 3-5 minutes is the maximum time given to your SOP; thanks to the unlimited application the Universities receive. If your SOP is similar to others, it won't impress them.
  • Different Universities have different accomplishments, ranked for various courses, accredited by different organisations. Mentioning this would give the impression that you have done your homework on the background of the institution.

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