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  • Introduction 2

  • MS vs PhD MS

    Duration - 1-2 years Focus more on Coursework Difficult to get funding initially,

    need to compete with PhD students for RA, TA appointments

    Ideal for students interested in a short stint at graduate school to improve their knowledge in a particular area

    Easy to get jobs and has much more flexibility with respect to roles

    Serves as a good primer for a PhD program

    Low opportunity cost

    PhD Duration 5-6 years Focus is more on research PhD admits almost always come

    with full funding Ideal for students interested in

    Academic/Industrial research positions

    Difficult to find jobs as focus is much more narrow (specially after coming back to India)

    Even after PhD, academic positions are highly competitive in US

    Higher opportunity cost



  • WHAT MAKES AN IMPRESSIVE PROFILE? GRE and TOEFL scores Statement of Purpose Letters of Recommendation Research experience Internships GPA



    GRE Score is one of the prerequisites for applying to many universities across the world.

    GRE scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement your undergraduate records, recommendation letters and other qualifications for graduate-level study.

    GRE score is valid for 5 years from test date.



    Verbal Reasoning Measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words and concepts.

    Quantitative Reasoning Measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis.

    Analytical Writing Measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.



    (Quant-170, Verbal-170 and AWA -6). 2 sections each of quant and verbal. 1 experimental section of quant/verbal. Analytical Writing- 2 essays. Each section is of 30 minutes.



    Your target score should be 330+ . Scoring 170 in Quant is easy and desirable. Anything above 160 in Verbal is an impressive score and this

    should be your target. AWA score should be more than 4.



    It is all 10th grade math. All you need to do is be careful during exam. You will have ample time to do the whole section twice if you are

    quick. Need not worry much about this part unless you are very weak in

    general math.



    All your preparation is for this section Strengthen your vocabulary skills Barrons word list is The Bible.


  • AWA

    It consists of two essays- Analyze an argument and Analyze an issue.

    You should be able to think and write coherently in a limited time frame.

    Read as many sample AWAs as possible to get an idea about the way of presentation.

    Practice the topics given in the ETS website.



    Start mugging your word lists at least three months before test date. Try to finish the list before a month and then start practicing

    intensively. Spend at least 1 hour daily a month before exam on GRE touch.


  • Practice, Practice and Practice!

    Online tests: GRE POWERPREP software from the ETS website. Take at least 4 full length practice tests. Most important thing- Patience to take a 4 hour online test.



    TOEFL, Test of English as Foreign Language, is a test of English proficiency for those applicants whose native language is not English.

    TOEFL score is valid for two years. TOEFL is taken in three formats iBT, CBT and paper based test. iBT is the one most preferred.




    The full score is 120 and there is no reason you can not get a score above 110 if you are good with your secondary level English and confident on the day of examination.

    This test doesnt determine your competency. Its is sufficient if you clear the cut off which may vary from 80 to 114.

    TOEFL scores matter when you apply for a TAship.


  • Practice modules can be downloaded from ETS website once you register for the test.

    Take a full length practice test so that you are comfortable with the pattern.

    Its just simple school level reading, listening, writing and speaking.


  • Statement of Purpose

    The Statement of Purpose is possibly the most important component of your graduate school application packet.

    This is your opportunity to inform and convince the admissions committee that you are the right candidate for the program and you have what it takes to succeed.


  • SOP Tips: Before you Begin

    Visit the graduate program Web site for information about faculty and their research, courses offered, graduate student profiles, and student support and professional development activities.

    This will help you get a sense of the culture and priorities of the program, what they may be looking for in a potential student, and if it is a good fit for you.


  • SOP Tips: Items to Consider

    Be specific about your interest and knowledge particular to this program.

    Pick out the relevant facts about your academic and professional interests that make you a good fit with the program and institution to which you are applying. (A statement of purpose is not a place to list everything you have done!!!)

    Mention extra-curricular achievements to illustrate additional dimensions of your personality.

    Demonstrate curiosity, creativity, enthusiasm for learning, a capacity for teamwork, ability to think independently, and pride in your work. Using brief anecdotes is a good way to make your points.


  • SOP Tips: Items to Consider

    Explain (briefly) any incongruity in your application material; GRE scores or a low semester grade.

    Stay within the page limit specified by the graduate program. If there are no specifications, limit yourself to two pages.

    Be succinct and clear.


  • Personal Statement

    Discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree.

    Include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, community service, outreach activities or opportunities relevant to your academic journey.

    Explain how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity within your chosen field

    Explain how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.


  • Before you Submit

    Let at least two people read your statement, preferably a faculty member and an academic advisor, and ask them to provide feedback.

    Proofread, proofread, proofread to ensure there are no grammatical or spelling errors. Do not depend on your word processor to do this for you.!!!!


  • Letter of Recommendation

    Generally grad schools ask for 3 LORs. Make sure you mix and match your referees!!!! Preferably go for your project guide, your internship professor. Pick only those who will definitely put in a good word for you. Choose professors who belong to the same field that you are

    applying to. For recommendations choose professors in the order of Professor,

    Associate Professor and Assistant Professor if they all know you equally well.


  • Grade Point Average The most important factor in your application. Your GPA will decide the Tier of the university you can get

    into. High ranking universities typically accept only department

    rankers. But a high GPA does not in itself guarantee admission into a

    top rated program as the entire application pool comprises of toppers.

    An excellent GPA is necessary but not at all sufficient on its own.

    Most universities will not only look at your final GPA but your grades in courses relevant to your area of study.

    Benefits of maintaining a good GPA are : Easier selection into internship programs. Easy to get desired projects under faculty of choice. Basically gives you an upper hand.


  • Research Experience

    Research Experience the one thing which can account for your low grades and less GRE Score.

    Common mistake of students : Doing lot of projects but without having a synchronization among them.

    Try to keep a single area of research and do multiple projects in that area.

    For eg. If you choose Signal Processing then try doing all your internship's and BTP etc. in the same area.

    Research experience can mainly be accomplished by doing internships in good organizations during the summers of 2nd and 3rd year and by doing projects with the Professors in our Institute.

    The crux is Right from your first year, you should always be working on a project!


  • Internships

    They play a major role in defining your research experience. They are one amazing source for providing you excellent

    recommendation letters as the researcher you work with will have a much better idea about your research work as compared to an ordinary professor (may be having a big na


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