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Hey guys!!
I need help to ascertain whether my categorization of shortlisted universities is correct or not

GRE - 326 (Q-167/V-159/AWA-4)
TOEFL : Yet to give expecting around 110

B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi
Aggregate Percentage : 76.5(Till 6 semester)

Internship :
1. Tata Consultancy Group - Java Trainee (6 weeks)
2. Defense Research and Development Organization - Network Security (4 months)
3. Gurugram Police Cyber Cell - Cyber Security (4 weeks)
4. Nevco Engineers Pvt. Ltd - Machine Learning[Supervised Learning Algorithm](6 Months)

Projects :
-As part of my internship/training at ISSA Lab under D.R.D.O my task was to understand the nuances of AES -256 encryption and propose customization to it as well. I implemented Customized AES-256 using java.
-Developed some minor projects as part of my college curriculum.

Research Paper :
->Co-author of paper presented in IEEE conference and published in IEEE Digital Xplore (Internet of Things Security)
->First author of paper published in an Indian journal indexed in some of the more popular databases (Big Data and Artificial Intelligence)

Extra Curricular :
Co-Organizer of TEDxGTBIT
Co-Organizer of some events at college fest
Worked as a volunteer for a N.G.O named \\\'Umeed\\\' where my task was to teach students coming from underprivileged section of society.
Here are some of the universities i have in my mind

Ambitious :
1. U.C.S.D
2. UMass
3. Columbia
4. U.C.L.A

Moderate :
1. U.C Irvine
2. TAMU
3. U.C Davis
4. UM Twin Cities
5. U.C Santa Barbara
6. Penn State/U.S.C

Safe :
1. Stony Brook University
2. N.C.S.U
3. U.C Riverside
4. Rice University

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Until you understand this thread, keep reading it. Unless, and until you understand it, please try avoiding to apply to US.
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(08-04-2017 01:54 PM)gupta96abhinav Wrote:  Hey guys!!
I need help to ascertain whether my categorization of shortlisted universities is correct or not

GRE - 326 (Q-167/V-159/AWA-4)
TOEFL : Yet to give expecting around 110

B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi
Aggregate Percentage : 76.5(Till 6 semester)

Internship :
1. Tata Consultancy Group - Java Trainee (6 weeks)
2. Defense Research and Development Organization - Network Security (4 months)
3. Gurugram Police Cyber Cell - Cyber Security (4 weeks)
4. Nevco Engineers Pvt. Ltd - Machine Learning[Supervised Learning Algorithm](6 Months)

Projects :
-As part of my internship/training at ISSA Lab under D.R.D.O my task was to understand the nuances of AES -256 encryption and propose customization to it as well. I implemented Customized AES-256 using java.
-Developed some minor projects as part of my college curriculum.

Research Paper :
->Co-author of paper presented in IEEE conference and published in IEEE Digital Xplore (Internet of Things Security)
->First author of paper published in an Indian journal indexed in some of the more popular databases (Big Data and Artificial Intelligence)

Extra Curricular :
Co-Organizer of TEDxGTBIT
Co-Organizer of some events at college fest
Worked as a volunteer for a N.G.O named \\\'Umeed\\\' where my task was to teach students coming from underprivileged section of society.
Here are some of the universities i have in my mind

Ambitious :
1. U.C.S.D
2. UMass
3. Columbia
4. U.C.L.A

Moderate :
1. U.C Irvine
2. TAMU
3. U.C Davis
4. UM Twin Cities
5. U.C Santa Barbara
6. Penn State/U.S.C

Safe :
1. Stony Brook University
2. N.C.S.U
3. U.C Riverside
4. Rice University

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Stony Brook University: Moderate
Rice University: Moderate
U.C Riverside: No idea
N.C.S.U: Safe
U.M Twin Cities : Ambitious
Rest are fine

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(08-04-2017 01:54 PM)gupta96abhinav Wrote:  Hey guys!!
I need help to ascertain whether my categorization of shortlisted universities is correct or not

GRE - 326 (Q-167/V-159/AWA-4)
TOEFL : Yet to give expecting around 110

B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, New Delhi
Aggregate Percentage : 76.5(Till 6 semester)

Good scores.

Internship :
1. Tata Consultancy Group - Java Trainee (6 weeks)
2. Defense Research and Development Organization - Network Security (4 months)
3. Gurugram Police Cyber Cell - Cyber Security (4 weeks)
4. Nevco Engineers Pvt. Ltd - Machine Learning[Supervised Learning Algorithm](6 Months)

Varied internships. Cyber security and ML. Depending upon your interests in specialisation, give appropriate importance to the one you'd apply for in your SOP.

Projects :
-As part of my internship/training at ISSA Lab under D.R.D.O my task was to understand the nuances of AES -256 encryption and propose customization to it as well. I implemented Customized AES-256 using java.
-Developed some minor projects as part of my college curriculum.

Research Paper :
->Co-author of paper presented in IEEE conference and published in IEEE Digital Xplore (Internet of Things Security)
->First author of paper published in an Indian journal indexed in some of the more popular databases (Big Data and Artificial Intelligence)

Extra Curricular :
Co-Organizer of TEDxGTBIT
Co-Organizer of some events at college fest
Worked as a volunteer for a N.G.O named \\\'Umeed\\\' where my task was to teach students coming from underprivileged section of society.
Here are some of the universities i have in my mind

Ambitious :
1. U.C.S.D
2. UMass
3. Columbia
4. U.C.L.A

Moderate :
1. U.C Irvine
2. TAMU
3. U.C Davis
4. UM Twin Cities
5. U.C Santa Barbara - safe
6. Penn State/U.S.C - safe

Safe :
1. Stony Brook University
2. N.C.S.U
3. U.C Riverside - too safe. Probably drop it.
4. Rice University - not sure about this one.

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I'd suggest that you look what specialisation you want for yourself and then look into department research going on in that university. Trim down your list to 10-11 max. Also, I'd say that your are playing it too safe.

You could consider applying to Purdue (ambi), Gatech (ambi). Pick either or both after picking a specialisation.

You can drop a few as well. Like Penn State/USC, Rice, UC Riverside, Columbia (extremely expensive and competitive too.)

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Lakshay Kharbanda The reason i chose to do internships in varied field is because i am not too keen to pick a specialization, I'd like my subjects to be from different areas.
So with that in mind would it be wise to apply to just CS without any major.
Also wouldn't Gatech be Ambi+ for my profile
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You have a good varied profile. As suggested by Lakshay, you have to pick a specialization first. You cannot just go about and say "hey I do not have anything sorted as of now, but I'd like to MS from your esteemed university". The stakes are too high for this. Realize that there are many other students from IITs/NITs/BITS who are applying for the same course as you are, and be wary of the applicant pool.

Also, think of this when you write your SoP. You need to basically address 4 major things:

1. Why you did what you did?
2. What you actually did?
3. How what you did has helped you and how it has been a deciding factor for you to pursue this course at this University.
4. What you will do after you get this MS degree?

The above points apply to almost everyone when they are drafting their SoP.

Next, for university comments see below:

Ambitious :
1. U.C.S.D
2. UMass
3. Columbia - drop
4. U.C.L.A - maybe drop

Moderate :
1. U.C Irvine - maybe drop
2. TAMU
3. U.C Davis - drop
4. UM Twin Cities
5. U.C Santa Barbara - mod-safe, maybe drop
6. Penn State/U.S.C - drop

Safe :
1. Stony Brook University
2. N.C.S.U
3. U.C Riverside - drop
4. Rice University - drop

The rest of the list is fine. You can consider adding Purdue in place of UCLA. Gatech is too ambi. Do remember UMass does not offer assisstantships to MS students, however, it is a great school.

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To add to what Gurkanwal has written, I'd say this:

Quote:1. Why you did what you did? - this should be about 10-15% of your SOP
2. What you actually did? - ideally this should be covered in your resume/CV, so you don't really need to go into every painstaking detail on this in the SOP (and an SOP is not for that anyway, don't rehash your CV there), so this would be about 15-20%
3. How what you did has helped you and how it has been a deciding factor for you to pursue this course at this University - this is the "why", the "purpose" part of an SOP and as such should be the meat of it. I'd say about 50-60% of your SOP should be devoted to telling the AdCom why you want to get into that school and into that specific program, given that there are thousands of programs you could've applied to, and thousands of applicants for each program you're applying to. Essentially two things go into this part of the SOP: (a) why you're a good fit for that specific program, and (b) why that program is a good fit for you specifically (and the part in the above paragraphs that explain your background and motivations to the AdCom serve as preparation to explain why that specific program entices and excites you.
4. What you will do after you get this MS degree? - this should cover the rest of the SOP, say about 10-20%, depending on how you distribute the content into the other sections. Here is where you tell the AdCom about how the perform you're applying to fits into your short- and long-term goals. Where do you see yourself with the skills you'll obtain through that program, immediately after your MS, or 5/10/15/20 years after it?

At this point, let me repeat these two very important points: (1) an SOP should be tailored towards each specific program you're applying to, and is such, unique. You can read through other sample SOPs if you want to, but the basic content has to be your own. Each SOP has to be unique and portray YOU to the AdCom. It's okay to borrow overall ideas from sample SOPs, but the justification has to come from you and your background, and therefore each SOP you write must be customised to build upon your strengths as an applicant and how they relate and add to that specific program's cohort. (2) the SOP is the place where the AdCom gets to know you, in ways that they can't or don't from the rest of the application packet. Your GPA, your test scores, your recommendations and your CV all tell different things about you, all of which are things you cannot (beyond a point) control. However, continuing from point (1) above, the SOP is the one place in the application where you get to explain your motivations and talk about yourself as a strong applicant and your suitability for the specific program you're applying to. So, don't rehash anything you've said elsewhere in the application e.g. saying in one like that you topped XYZ subject in your undergrad is fine, but don't devote any more than a line to anything that the AdCom can find in your resume/CV/transcripts. A lot of applicants don't understand that, and think that a good SOP is about mentioning their past, so they drone on and on about stuff they've done. Tellling the AdCom about your past achievements in short to set the stage for talking about your future plans/goals is one thing, and that's fine and what's expected in an SOP, but just talking about the past and not about the future is plainly a waste of valuable SOP space.

1) Please mention as many details as possible about your academics, research and work-ex, in terms of projects worked on, technologies used, roles/responsibilities handled, papers published/presented, awards/honors obtained, etc. All those have to be put in the misc details section of your UniSearch profile if you expect any help on Edulix. Also, before requesting for profile evaluations, please go through this excellent post.

2) Please take some time out to read these three threads in their entirety. PLEASE do that before asking questions about universities from a comparison perspective, or jobs, or coursework, or H-1B visas, or "placements", irrespective of which univ/department/program/major you're applying to.

I love to read, and then I regurgitate. I write - a lot - as my posts here and on other outlets would show. I do not make apologies for what I write (and how long it is). I do not sugarcoat things either. I don't tolerate vague questions, for any reasons - ignorance arising out of an inability to locate information when the necessary tools to do so (i.e. the internet, libraries, university websites, other forums/bulletin boards, etc.) are readily available, is not any kind of an acceptable excuse.

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"With the exchange rate where it is now, it should be a strong deterrent against picking a slightly better program for a lot more tuition fees." - coolguru
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(08-06-2017 02:46 AM)The_Observer Wrote:  To add to what Gurkanwal has written, I'd say this:

Quote:1. Why you did what you did? - this should be about 10-15% of your SOP
2. What you actually did? - ideally this should be covered in your resume/CV, so you don't really need to go into every painstaking detail on this in the SOP (and an SOP is not for that anyway, don't rehash your CV there), so this would be about 15-20%
3. How what you did has helped you and how it has been a deciding factor for you to pursue this course at this University - this is the "why", the "purpose" part of an SOP and as such should be the meat of it. I'd say about 50-60% of your SOP should be devoted to telling the AdCom why you want to get into that school and into that specific program, given that there are thousands of programs you could've applied to, and thousands of applicants for each program you're applying to. Essentially two things go into this part of the SOP: (a) why you're a good fit for that specific program, and (b) why that program is a good fit for you specifically (and the part in the above paragraphs that explain your background and motivations to the AdCom serve as preparation to explain why that specific program entices and excites you.
4. What you will do after you get this MS degree? - this should cover the rest of the SOP, say about 10-20%, depending on how you distribute the content into the other sections. Here is where you tell the AdCom about how the perform you're applying to fits into your short- and long-term goals. Where do you see yourself with the skills you'll obtain through that program, immediately after your MS, or 5/10/15/20 years after it?

At this point, let me repeat these two very important points: (1) an SOP should be tailored towards each specific program you're applying to, and is such, unique. You can read through other sample SOPs if you want to, but the basic content has to be your own. Each SOP has to be unique and portray YOU to the AdCom. It's okay to borrow overall ideas from sample SOPs, but the justification has to come from you and your background, and therefore each SOP you write must be customised to build upon your strengths as an applicant and how they relate and add to that specific program's cohort. (2) the SOP is the place where the AdCom gets to know you, in ways that they can't or don't from the rest of the application packet. Your GPA, your test scores, your recommendations and your CV all tell different things about you, all of which are things you cannot (beyond a point) control. However, continuing from point (1) above, the SOP is the one place in the application where you get to explain your motivations and talk about yourself as a strong applicant and your suitability for the specific program you're applying to. So, don't rehash anything you've said elsewhere in the application e.g. saying in one like that you topped XYZ subject in your undergrad is fine, but don't devote any more than a line to anything that the AdCom can find in your resume/CV/transcripts. A lot of applicants don't understand that, and think that a good SOP is about mentioning their past, so they drone on and on about stuff they've done. Tellling the AdCom about your past achievements in short to set the stage for talking about your future plans/goals is one thing, and that's fine and what's expected in an SOP, but just talking about the past and not about the future is plainly a waste of valuable SOP space.

Thank you for replying on the thread. i really appreciate your guidance in writing SOP
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i think it's a balanced list but maybe try for a little more ambitious ones as well,
GaTech, UT Austin, Maryland, also i would suggest to only apply to one safe, pick the one you like the most, if i were you i'd go with ncsu.
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^ I beg to differ there, and would recommend not adding UMD to your list, if applying for CS. They're a very competitive school, and from what I know, they haven't been known to take in a lot of Indian folks not from the IITs/NITs.

1) Please mention as many details as possible about your academics, research and work-ex, in terms of projects worked on, technologies used, roles/responsibilities handled, papers published/presented, awards/honors obtained, etc. All those have to be put in the misc details section of your UniSearch profile if you expect any help on Edulix. Also, before requesting for profile evaluations, please go through this excellent post.

2) Please take some time out to read these three threads in their entirety. PLEASE do that before asking questions about universities from a comparison perspective, or jobs, or coursework, or H-1B visas, or "placements", irrespective of which univ/department/program/major you're applying to.

I love to read, and then I regurgitate. I write - a lot - as my posts here and on other outlets would show. I do not make apologies for what I write (and how long it is). I do not sugarcoat things either. I don't tolerate vague questions, for any reasons - ignorance arising out of an inability to locate information when the necessary tools to do so (i.e. the internet, libraries, university websites, other forums/bulletin boards, etc.) are readily available, is not any kind of an acceptable excuse.

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