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Statement of Purpose

INTRODUCTION

Students who wish to join a university are asked to submit a Statement of Purpose. It is an essay that briefly describes the career goals and research interests of the person applying for admission. Although the applicant’s eligibility is not decided on the basis of this essay alone, it plays a vital role in the admission process. The Statement of Purpose is the only part of the application process that informs the admission committee about the applicant. This chapter discusses the importance and the nuances of writing an effective Statement of Purpose.

A student who might be an excellent candidate but fails to draft a Statement of Purpose that highlights his credentials has every chance of being rejected. ...

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