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In physics culture, most people do not care what inspired you. Telling stories (in the sense of a narrative with a sequence of events) is not a popular activity among physicists. I would not include an inspirational or motivational story in an application for anything relating to physics. Your statement should describe what you want to do (your purpose) ...


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NO!!! Telling stories about your childhood will not "grip the reader from the first line on," it will put them to sleep. Possible exception if something truly unusual happened during your childhood (e.g., being hunted by the mob), but chatting with your father's friend does not rise to this level. Moreover, this is a professional document in which ...


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It was okay to mention colleagues/relatives/family friends getting you interested in some particular topic during the initial assignment at the university right after high school, at least where I'm at. By the time of writing master's SoP, however, one is expected to know lot more about various areas of modern physics. Writing about "inspirational" ...


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No one is going to reject an application that otherwise warrants admission because of two typos, even more so if it’s from a non-native speaker as in your case.


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A MS in the US doesn't have a national definition. It is defined by the individual university (or university system). So, the time to completion of the degree gives you almost no information about its quality. Since Stony Brook is highly reputable (one of the top two state universities in New York) I'd expect that education there to be high quality. It is ...


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I took comprehensive exams and remember them to be quite difficult. However, I get the impression that every school makes their own exams - there is no "standard" comprehensive exam. So maybe one school is hard and the other easy. It is a high-stakes exam because there are limited attempts. I remember when sitting for my comprehensive exams ...


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I would apply to the master's programs at a few second or third-tier graduate schools and see what happens. Explain your late bloom and newfound goals in your statement of purpose and personal statement. The worst they can say is no.


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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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It is fairly common in a CV to have a section called "Work in Progress". It is fairly common in other application materials to have a discussion of "Future Work" or "Future Directions", though that is a bit less common in a CV. The SoP is an appropriate place for such things. It is actually an advantage to list these sorts of ...


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I see no problem with this. Departments are well aware that people often need to make multiple applications in case they are not accepted into their preferred program. To ensure you don't waste the department's time you should be explicit in your application for the masters program that this is a "fallback" position if your application for a PhD ...


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Finding out about your salary in a TV-L or TV-ÖD setting is pretty straightforward. For TV-ÖD you can simply look it up here (note that Jochen Glueck's link in the comments refers to the table for 2020). Net salary for a 65% position would roughly be 1754.40 €. While the final amount depends on some personal factors (such as Steuerklasse), it should not be ...


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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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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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While I agree with the answer of Nicole Hamilton, let me add a bit more. I think that a second bachelors in the US would not be your best option as you would probably need to repeat a lot of courses that you already had. What you need to do is find a way to convince people that the past is the past and that you have good potential for success in the future. ...


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