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Basic Elements of SOP and Their Organisation

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The Statement of Purpose (SOP) is referred to as Personal statement, Cover letter or Application Essay depending upon the USA colleges or universities. Basically Statement of Purpose is just like other academic genre which follows a logical structure as well as development. The main aim of SOP is to depict and portray why you are the best candidate for particular course or grant and simultaneously why the particular course is the best or right choice for you.

Structure of Statement of Purpose

SOP Structure

As the word ‘purpose’ itself suggests ‘what you want to do’, it is also known for the quality of getting to know, that you are capable as well as want to do something in regards to your Higher Education. Therefore SOP here means ‘direction’ and therefore it becomes important that it should have relevant direction. An effective SOP has following structure:

• Contains brief about your past

• Brief about proposed course of study

• Lastly your future career

Thus the committee should be able to visualize you as what you are. The model for SOP which should start with past and present studies must be followed by proposed plan of studies and end with future plans for career goals.

Few Questions which Your SOP should answer


• What motivated you to take up this field?

• Why do you want to pursue further studies?

• What is your background in the field, including the modules project, etc. and various programs taken by you ?

• Which all Mentors/Faculty have taught the program?

• Which publications or presentations of conference, company, college, etc. have been attended by you?

• Which extracurricular activities are your specific strengths, which can help you in being successful in the chosen program?

• Why did you select the particular university (research professor profile, program features, etc.)?

• What do you like the most (about the feature) that made you apply here?

Details which should be provided in an Organised SOP

• Stay within the provided word limit and do not exceed the word limit or fill SOP with unnecessary or not required verbiage just to reach the word limit.

• Since there is a word limit, you need to be highly selective. Gather all the important information and try to inculcate it within the word limit.

• Divide the word-limit section-wise, allocating almost equal word limit to each section of SOP, so that you can cover all the points.

• Show your command on English by using appropriate vocabulary and completely avoid slangs. Show that you are capable of writing sentences which are longer containing more than five words.

• Thorough editing of SOP should be done to avoid any type of mistakes. Write first a draft and then review it re-expressing unclear statements. Use longer sentences but very long ones, should be revised and more than 30 words sentences should be split into two.

Therefore before your start writing your SOP be sure about the theme, structure as well as information to make it an effective and well organized SOP.
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