How to Write a Killer Statement of Purpose (SOP) ?

    Updated on: 05 Sep 2023 6 min read

    We may not be the brightest bulb in the tannery; unaware of current updates, how to apply for education loans or how to kill a Mockingbird. Nonetheless, there’s one skill that we all have mastered in – boasting about our achievements, no matter how insignificant they are.

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    Is it okay if I exceed the word limit in my SOP?

    Ideally, you should try as hard as possible to stick to the word limit. The admission committee wants to get a quick idea of your achievements, objectives, and personality. One thing you should remember is that beating around the bush or repeating the same point will not emphasize your achievements. Instead, it will make the SOP unreadable. If at all you need to exceed the word limit, make sure it is not much, and that the content is not boring. It must clearly convey your intentions and should be relevant to the SOP.

    Can a good SOP make up for a weak academic profile?

    Yes. A good SOP can make up for a weak academic profile. So even if you have an average performance on your scorecard, your SOP can speak better for the objectives and ambitions you have. If the admissions committee is convinced that you are driven and willing to put in efforts to realize your objectives, it forms a good impression of you and diverts attention from your weak academic profile. So if you have a weak academic profile, you still have the opportunity to seal your admissions by writing a good SOP!

Written by Ankit Mehra

Ankit is the co-founder and CEO of GyanDhan. An IITK / IESE alum who previously worked at Capital One / Credit Suisse, his aim is to equalize and expand access to higher education. His interests include playing football (soccer), and basketball, trading/investing the limited money that he still has, and discussions on economics / politics.

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Aman Jain graduated from IIT Kanpur, and currently functions as the CMO at GyanDhan. He is deeply passionate about creating equality in higher education and has directly interacted with 2 Lakh students in his 8-year-long journey.

Specializes in:
Education loan , Study Abroad Admissions

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