SOP Essays – Guidelines
How to write ‘good’ answers to the questions that require you to write ‘Statement of Purpose (SOP) essays is one area that troubles most applicants.
The following broad guidelines will help you in writing and structuring your essays and also help you in ensuring that you are well-prepared to answer the questions that you may be asked in the Personal Interview relating to your answers to the ‘SOP’ questions:
1. Language: KISS (Keep it Short & Simple). The objective is not to impress the reader with your vocabulary.
Use simple and commonly used words - do not try to use all those high-funda words that you learnt in your Vocab sessions.
2. Structure: Avoid long sentences. Flow is the key property of a good essay.
3.Consistency: Be consistent when more than one essay has to be written. Show your essays to a friend/parents/teacher to go through - if there are inconsistencies (that you may not notice), they will be able to point out.
4. Clarity: Even when you are not required to write ‘why’ & ‘how’ in response to a question, be prepared with your answers to these. This will also bring a greater clarity to your essay.
5. Length: Please make judicious use of the space provided – at least 80% of the given space should be used up in answering the question. Do not use any additional space unless the form specifically allows it.
6. Honesty: Be honest in answering the questions. Do not invent examples / instances/ qualities that you do not have.
For example, if you do not have any extracurricular activities, do not fill anything under that head.
7. Career Goals / Milestones: Career goals may be likened to the other side of the river which you need to cross to reach it. You can swim, build or hire a boat or look for a bridge if any exists or even build a new one! Some even think of flying across!
Goals may be divided into short, medium or long term goals. All the intermediate steps taken to reach your goals...