India is a young country. Compared to this aging world, here are the youngest people. In a report shared by the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, Government of India, the average age of the population of India is around 28 years. Although India is developing very fast, but India’s education system is still far behind compared to other countries of the world. For this reason, there has always been a demand for foreign education here. But due to globalization and easy knowledge exchange, there has been a considerable increase in the trend of study abroad among Indians during the last two decades.
The special thing is that students who want to pursue higher education in some specific areas do not have much choice in India and thus a suitable global program becomes the right fit for them. Most of the students going abroad for higher studies also aim to settle there in search of better living standards and global environment. With more and more Indians applying to countries like the US, UK, Canada and Australia, these countries have seen an increase in Indian exodus, which has become a cause for concern. For this reason, most of these countries have tightened their immigration laws and are accepting limited applications for study or work permits to prohibit immigration. As the norms have become tougher, it has become extremely important to get the papers accurate.
One such most important document is the Statement of Purpose (Statement of Purpose). SOPs are required when a candidate applies for a student visa or job-work visa abroad to study in reputed foreign colleges. There are many types of SOPs and universities and colleges ask different types of questions like personal statement, letter of intent, motivation letter etc. They all have the same importance and even the writing style is almost the same, with a few exceptions, where colleges or universities give a specific guideline. Apart from SOPs, there are some other documents that are often asked for by colleges or universities, such as recommendation letter, updated resume, scholarship papers, GMAT waiver letter or diversity statement. Sunit Kumar Singh is the founder of India’s leading SOP writing agency ‘Kontholic’.
He shared with us his experience of the overseas education industry in India, which is largely unorganized. He says that 90% of rejections, be it course application or visa application, are due to stolen SOPs. Sunit Kumar Singh points out that even the meritorious students who write their own SOPs and other documents are not aware of SOP theft. According to him most of the visa agents or study abroad consultants have their own fixed template of SOP and they simply copy the same content and change the name, course and college details. This has led to a huge increase in the rejection rates of Indian applications. Sunit Kumar Singh explains that this industry is changing rapidly and the norms are also changing, thus it becomes very important to follow all the norms and guidelines to avoid rejection in visa and course applications. Many organizations and consulates have changed the rules and regulations after the spread of COVID 19 and thus it is advisable to thoroughly re-check all the guidelines and instructions to avoid rejection.