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My strong recommendation is to modify your application strategy. There is nothing wrong about applying to top tier schools, but you limit your chances of getting any bid if you limit it to that. The US (where it seems you will be applying), has may very fine schools, often state universities, within the top 100 institutions. Some are stronger in some fields ...


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This is not something for the CV, which lists your past accomplishments of various kinds. It is more the stuff for the SoP, but it might be a bit too detailed - especially listing specific courses. But you should at least talk about which major subfield(s) you are most interested in. In my case it was both Analysis and Topology. But it was a bit more ...


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Well, it just so happens that today, I received a message from AAAI, one of the top conferences in my field, informing me that my paper had survived to the 2nd phase of their reviewing process. You may be in a similar situation as I am, so maybe you can benefit from my assessment of his situation. The message stipulated that papers had been reviewed by at ...


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Probably not. My outsider impression, which perhaps would differ if I knew something more specific about this conference, is that the first phase is a step to just weed out the "complete junk". "I made it to the second phase of review!" seems roughly equivalent to saying "my work isn't absolute trash!" Perhaps the phrase damning ...


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If your critical position paper would be considered controversial by anyone (anyone!) it might be a mistake to use that. You don't want to be upsetting people you don't know, but have some influence over your future, at this point. A research paper is more pertinent to the evaluation of a doctoral application. But, it may be that one of them is much more &...


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What’s wrong with just talking to them about your plans, and asking them to be discreet about this until you make them public? If they can’t respect that I doubt they will provide good peer references.


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In the US (maybe elsewhere) it depends on the circumstances. If it is a blind email, make it short and sweet asking only if they are likely to take on students, giving a very short statement of your interests and offer to provide whatever additional information they would like to see. If you flood them, you are likely to get trash canned. If they have put ...


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In some form, yes. What's probably implied is: Don't attach it as a separate file and make it essentially the body of your email instead. Related: one, two.


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There is no doubt that your low score makes it difficult. However, it does not make it impossible. There are national competitive tests (GATE/NET ...) of various kinds for admissions to Master's (and higher) programmes in India. If you do well in them, you improve your chances quite a bit. Note that eligibility for these programmes in centrally funded ...


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I think part of the goals in the PhD application process is to know what you want to learn, and how you want to contribute to that position. If you do not know that, then it is not a good fit for you. If you feel you need to learn the skill to draft such documents, then you can find plenty of websites on the internet where you can learn how to structure and ...


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While I agree with eykanal that a cover letter is supplementary to the CV, it is also good practice to draw attention to the main strengths in your CV. For application to a graduate program, any peer-reviewed academic publication in any field is helpful. Even if it were a publication on 14th century French poetry, it still shows that you have experience ...


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I would suggest either going for an international format as <Title/s> or as you mentioned is the format in your country <Title+first name+middle name> since it makes it easier to read. You can find this post helpful which states that if there is a convention you need to follow then you can do that.


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Sorry, but you are suggesting gaming the system at the extreme margins. If I'm on an admissions committee, how/why would I boost your chances by knowing that you're applying to MIT or to East Podunk State College? Your acceptance will be based (in the US) on a completely different set of criteria. I might take such a statement from you as a mark of whether ...


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At my university, this serves the same purpose as mentioning a specific professor in your personal statement. Namely, if your application passes an initial screening, then it will be sent to that professor to see if they are interested in supervising you. So (although it is redundant) I would treat this as if it said "who would you like to work with ...


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There are many points to consider. You should think about what is your priority in the long-term since a PhD typically will take 5 years in India and 3 years in some other countries in the least, that too after a 2 years Master's degree. So if you don't really see yourself working on academic research for 3-5 years down the line, then a PhD is probably not ...


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