How to write a successful Statement of Purpose (SOP)

A well-written Statement of Purpose makes a profound impression on the selection committee. Every student, who wishes to apply to a university of his choice, must put in extra efforts while drafting the SOP. This job should not be left for the last moment. However, most students underestimate the importance of a well-drafted SOP. In this article, we will give you tips about how to write an impressive SOP.

An SOP must mention in great detail your past academic record and significant achievements. It should also mention your job experience in detail and your job profile in each role.

Next, the SOP should clearly state your future plans. All this information must be weaved seamlessly, in a logical if not chronological order.

Universities want to gauge your focus, commitment and your personality through the SOP. For this reason, you can adopt several styles to write the SOP. It need not be a staid document written in extremely serious, official tone. You can use imaginative description, wit and sensitivity while drafting your SOP. You should, however, keep the word limit in mind at all times. Do not let any aspect of your SOP get so wordy that you cannot give enough information about other important aspects. We will explain how to collate all important information within the word limit by giving some examples below.

Suppose your SOP has the word limit of 1500 words. Now, first take a rough paper and make bullet points of the things you wish to tell the selection committee. Write in order of priority. Suppose you have made a list of five achievements that must feature on your SOP. Then, decide which of these five points needs the most explanation. Keep 800 words for the three most important aspects of your academic and professional career. Thus, you will get roughly 250 words for each. Use the remaining 500 words to explain why you need to study at the said university and explain in your SOP your dreams and future plans that the particular course will help you fulfill. Keep 150 words for introduction, 150 for a conclusion. Do not end the essay abruptly.