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Is it better to merge my SOP and PS into a single essay or just join the two files one after the other to create a single file?

It is impossible to say whether any given university uses them interchangeably, though it is likely that some do. Actually, I'd suggest that you write three documents; an SoP, a PS, and a combination ...
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Is academic letter of recommendation necessary for MS admissions through GRE?

I doubt that any place in the US with competitive admissions will admit a student based only on GRE general test scores. In fact, that is starting to disappear as a requirement (COVID among other ...
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Best website for giving details of a book mentioned in a Statement of Purpose

I'd suggest no link at all for several reasons. Most important is that you don't want the reader to go off somewhere else while reading your SoP. You want them to focus on what you write. Also, as you ...
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Does plagiarism count if 2 recommenders use the very silmilar style of writing?

Plagiarism really isn't the issue. If two such letters landed on my desk, I would probably think that the student had provided some sort of draft letter to both professors, who modified it to suit ...
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Reasons for differences in the Ph.D. admission process in India vs U.S. and Europe

The main reason is the number of applicants. I know PhD applicants and Phd students from both India and Europe. I have also been part of interviews to select students from both. European countries are ...
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Best website for giving details of a book mentioned in a Statement of Purpose

From my experience, only mention it in the PS if that book is truly important for your development (Do you have a good reason to justify that to yourself?). If the book is popular, it is probably ...
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Can professors arrange for an MSc scholarship if you contact them by e-mail and they are interested in working with you?

germany Teaching and Research Assistants, not Scholarships Compared to some other countries, scholarships in Germany are underdeveloped. (On the other hand, university fees are very low, but a student ...
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What to include in a grad school reccomendation on behalf of my referee based on a course?

I assume that your instructor asked you to write a draft of the letter of recommendation that they then send out. That's a trick used by people asked to write references. When it comes to writing a ...

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