How to Write a Statement of Purpose (SOP)

How to write SOP

What is Statement of Purpose (SOP)?

The Statement of Purpose (SOP) is a long essay required to submit to the abroad universities and some of the Indian universities during the application process.  

Besides, the SOP is an essay that states the purpose of applying to a specific course in a particular university. It consists of a gist of the following:

  •  Who you are?
  •  What do you want to become?
  • How ready are you to pursue a particular course in an institution?

Moreover, it provides an understanding of the applicant’s life, his/her motivations for choosing a particular career. Finally, it deals with his/her goals.

Additionally, an SOP is also referred to as a reflection of your personality you portray in front of the university admission committee.

Furthermore, this essay is the best chance to impress the admission committee to present your profile strongly, which is not covered in your academic documents.

Why is SOP important?

It is the only document in your application that gives you the opportunity to prove that you have something unique that makes you stand out from the crowd. As such, it is the document of your application docket that can hugely determine your admission.

A well-written SOP is highly critical for you to admit to an abroad university. Of course, there are several aspects of a candidate’s application inspected before finalizing any decision.

Furthermore, the academic and other scorecards are purely objectively whereas an SOP is truly subjective. 

Up to now, you have seen what an SOP is and why it is important for admission to a foreign university. Now, it’s time to look at the SOP creation process.

How to write a SOP?

The Statement Of Purpose is one of the most misunderstood concepts of graduate applications. Most candidates qualify in it as off like it is just another essay about them. Moreover, writing monotonous stuff does not stand out.

This is the reason why the abroad university committees put a hefty weight on the Statement Of Purpose and their structure. Furthermore, they want to see whether you take interest in letting them know how much you want to study at their university.

What is the basic structure of SOP?

IntroductionIntroduce your academic field of interest
Mention the reasons why it interests you
Your aspirations in this domain
BackgroundProvide the following details:
Information of your school or college
Training experience and industrial exposure
Professional Experience
Extracurricular in Graduation and Under Graduation
Why this CourseSpecify why you wish to pursue this course particularly
Mention the skills you enhance during the course
Discuss the course curriculum
Career GoalsSpecify your goals after this course completion
Portray your plans
Why this particular universitySpecific features of this university attracting you
How it can help you realise your goals
ConclusionSum up clearly what you have written
Do not include anything about financial assistantship

The general format of an SOP:

  • 12 point Times New Roman font
  • 1-inch margins on all sides
  • 1.5 line spacing

The general SOP format will make your writing easier to read but won’t allow getting bonus points due to its regular visual formatting.

Therefore, follow these tips to create an outstanding SOP that helps you to show that you are a truly competent writer:

Your statement of purpose shouldn’t have any spelling or grammatical errors

Create a Narrow Statement focusing on Convincing the Intended Reader

You need to write the statement which is clear and open convincing the reader with the information you are providing.

Remember, the information provided should not contradict your statements.

Be careful in making it purposeless as the SOP’s too often are poorly focused autobiographical essays that become inadvertent disclosures.

Now, you are aware of what is SOP and its structure. let’s look at the key features which makes the SOP perfect.

What makes a perfect SOP?

Making a perfect SOP is not a surprising task. Moreover, including some key components makes the SOP a perfect one which attracts the admission board of your dream university where you are dreaming to study.

Make it a narration of your accomplishments

Mention your accomplishments along with your academic qualification in the SOP for applying for a program. Remember that you shouldn’t emphasize your achievements to persuade the reader.

Besides, it is a shred of evidence to know that you are mashing up with your academic background and interest in pursuing a career.

Tailor your SOP in accordance with the need of a specific institution that you are applying

Target the institution to which you are looking specifically. You must be well equipped with the knowledge of a specific university, its particular department you are applying to.

Do your homework before writing SOP?

You should also focus on the course content you are wishing to apply.

Moreover, you should possess a strong case while understanding all the particulars.

Most applicants fail to stay within the limitations and provide a wrong view of their applications. Therefore, it is essential to follow the format of SOP

A statement of purpose should be of the right length.

Maintain the right length 

Academic experts say that the statement of purpose should be of two pages.

Most students neglect this detail carrying out to write a substantially large SOP. Moreover, large documents won’t be read out by the faculty easily.

Obviously, if there is a wide number of applicants, the SOP needed to be gone through by the faulty. Therefore, keep it short and precise with fewer words to transfer your message.

Make it free from Misspellings, Grammatical or Factual Errors

A good SOP must be equipped with the right abbreviations, spellings, and appropriate grammar.

However, many applicants fail to impress the reader due to making small errors in writing SOP.

Besides, factual errors and poor writing will become strong evidence that you are not ready for graduate school.

Additionally, there are many particular requirements based on the particular university or college. 

If you are the one applying for any specific graduation college, do proper research on their website. This helps you find specific guidelines for that university.

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