Statement Of Purpose


Your Statement of Purpose (SOP) is a reflection of your goals, aspirations, academic highlights, co-curricular achievements and your enthusiasm for higher studies. You will have to pay special attention to draft your SOP. 

Be very meticulous in framing your SOP. It is something that the professors are surely going to read. You need to highlight all your strong points and also explain (in short) the reasons of any shortfall in your application. 

You need to spend a lot of time on your SOP. 

The step by step manner in which it should be prepared is:  

  • Academics : Write down all your academic highlights that you want to put in your SOP. Brainstorm for all the academic projects, scholarships that you got, college level technical prizes etc. You need to prepare a exhaustive list of all the things you want to mention in the SOP.  Once done with the list, sort it in the order of most important achievements to the trivial ones. 
  • Extra Curriculars : List all your extra curriculars (like sports, music, dance etc.).
  • Work Experience : Write down all details from your internships and work experience.
  • Structure : Most people prefer a good punch line/starting phrase to start the SOP with. You can find or draft one in case you want to open with a quote. 
  • Story : Depending on the program you are applying, you need to prepare a storyboard from your list of achievements. Put them in most coherent manner so that you state your goals, objectives and aspirations very clearly.  
  • Content : Write a text of about 2 pages (600 - 700 words). 
  • Spell Check : Review it for any grammar/spelling mistake.  
  • Proof Reading : Once done from your side, get it reviewed by some of your seniors who have written it before. Incorporate the suggestions from them.  
Once done with the reviews prepare a final draft of your Statement of Purpose.  

Note: Although the basic content of the SOP remains the same for all the Universities, you need to modify the specific contents based on the program and University you are applying for. For example, if your are applying for network security program, your SOP should highlight your network related works. If you have applied for Operating Systems specialization in another University, this time your OS related projects and research needs to be highlighted.  I have a nice collection of sample Statement of Purpose. I took extensive help from these SOPs. By reading them, I got a fair idea of what all things a good SOP should have. I am sharing this collection of statement of purpose. You can download them from below.

Downloads:

SOP Guidelines Link : SOP Guidelines
SOP Download Link  : Computer Science Engineering
SOP Download Link  : Electrical Engineering
SOP Download Link  : Industrial Engineering
SOP Download Link  : Mechanical Engineering
SOP Download Link  : Civil Engineering
SOP Download Link  : Chemical Engineering
SOP Download Link  : BioMedical Engineering

7 comments:

  1. As a graduating student, I think that the statement of purpose is the hardest thing I will ever write.
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  2. Hi!

    I got my statement of purpose written by http://www.dissertationdesire.com/ They do produce a good quality work but then they are from India. I got the SOP well written but then I told them to get it proofread by someone from England or USA. They got it done. I had planned for this extra service to make sure that their English is of top university level. The charged me for this extra service but then the work was absolutely good. I liked it and of course the university liked it too because I got admitted in a top university! However, I think that they should have got it proofread on their own instead of me telling them. I don’t say that the earlier SOP produced by them was bad but yes it did have some grammatical mistakes which then needed a proofreader. They are not cheap but yes they are legit. This was just my experience and the experience of my boyfriend with them. Hope it was helpful!

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  3. I read lot of articles and really like this article. This information is definitely useful for everyone in daily life. Fantastic job.

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  4. Hey, thanks for the post! Also I have a question. I read at this website about statement of purpose that you shoudn't write irrelevant to your field extra curriculars but here you mention sports and music, so is it okay to mention them because baseball is pretty important for me and I've gained some achievements in it. Thanks for your time!

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  6. Great article, thanks. But I also have an idea to write a diversity statement to increase your chances of succesfull admission. I hope that it will imprees the comittee and they will accept me at once. Unfortunatly I do not know how to write but I believe I will find help here.

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  7. I think spell check is one of the tricky things appearing during writing. If you want to get statement of purpose scholarship, you should be attentive here. I mean, we often cannot see mistakes, even after double check because our brain just doesn't perceive them. So, when you finish with writing, just remember that it's not the end, and try to ask help for checking your paper in order to be sure.

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