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Profile Evaluation

Your profile evaluation is the habitual question in all the discussion forums related to studying in the Republic of Ireland. It is really likely to be apprehensive about your chances of getting an enrollment. There is no ‘precise’ procedure for analysis of a prospective student’s profile. No one can perfectly determine how your profile will fare against all the other competitive ones in your specific field at your target University.
Although the profile evaluation is gruelling to generalise, we have given a brief breakdown of each criterion measured during admission. We believe this might help anyone who needs an initial idea about their chances of enrolling.

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1. Bachelor's percentage or GPA

This is easily the most significant criterion for your admission. Your GPAs holds a vital priority in getting your application chosen.

2. Work Experience

If you have any work experience related to your programme, it certainly adds up. Not only is it an icing to the cake for your university admission, but it also helps in getting you part-time employment. Also, finding a job after your postgraduation is much more comfortable. (That being said, students applying directly after their bachelor’s degree have their own advantages too!)

3. Statement of Purpose (SOP)

Your SOP is your tale. Your inspiration, your enthusiasm, your interests, your ideologies, your future plans, can all be expressed in your own story. In many cases, an effective SOP will quickly put you ahead of your competitors. In our opinion, this is the third most important document in your application.

4. Letter of Recommendations (LOR)

LORs are highly valued and respected. They give an idea about the individual you are to work with and your individuality in the point of view of a third person. If possible, arrange for your LORs from people in high positions in your organisation.

5. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Your CV is an exhibition of all your academic as well as professional accomplishments; thus, it is essential to craft it well. It describes how professional you retain your documents and present your profile in a concise, striking way. This is generally the only document that is skimmed through accurately in the first phase of the admission selection process.

6. IELTS / TOEFL

These are exams/tests conducted to assess your English language proficiency. It is just an entitlement criterion for a Masters programme at any foreign university.

7. GRE

The GRE Exam scores affect your application and your ranking amongst all the applications. It displays your aptitude skills and shows the potential of prospective candidates. It tests the essential skills of a student but is not actually mandatory (unless mentioned) at all Universities in Ireland.

8. Internships, Workshops and Extracurricular Activities

Any relevant extracurricular participation is complementary to your profile strength. Traineeships will give a constructive outlook on you as a candidate. They are great fillers for any education gaps you have taken as well as for the summer holidays. Partaking in workshops and student-clubs indicate that you are a positive, enthusiastic student, and are a fanatic of participating in a variety of events. Highlight your application with all the relevant experiences because they will be valued.

9. Research Papers, Patents

If you have written and published a conference paper/journal, it is going to add considerable credibility to your portfolio. These are noteworthy indicators of your ability to achieve/handle pressing tasks. It is a brownie point for your profile!

10. Class X, Class XII grades

Your SSC and HSC scores, collectively with your recent GPA, shows your consistency in your academic performance. Having an increasing trend is a positive argument for you.

11. Backlogs

If a student has any backlogs while studying, they are likely to have a lower GPA, which can affect their profile. However, if you have a good GPA even though you have had a few backlogs, you can simply defend it with explanations in your Admission Essay/SOP. If the overall profile has a positive outlook, backlogs might be ignored.

Sample Profile

  • Class X: 92 %
  • Class XII: 89 %
  • Bachelor's GPA: 9.08
  • Work Experience: 2 years (in relevant field)
  • GRE: 311
  • IELTS: 7.5
  • Research papers: 1

How to evaluate?

  • Evaluate each criterion out of 100.
  • Multiply with the respective fraction.
  • Add up all the values to get a final prediction for the probability of getting an admit.

Evaluation

CriterionRelative Importance ( % )My Profile Evaluation
Bachelor's GPA (min. 60%)
Work Experience (2-4 years)
SOP
Class X, XII GRE IELTS GATE German language
Internships Workshops Research papers Extracurricular activities
LOR
CV
Backlogs
Grand Total

Interpretation of the result

Profile evaluation scoreChances of admit (in general)
85 – 100Very high
75 – 85High
65 – 75Moderate
60 – 65Low
50 – 60Very low
< 50Nil

Trivia

  • If the final grade of your Undergraduate Degree falls between 60% - 70 %, the chances of selection may be quite low. But, if it falls below 60%, there is, unfortunately, no possibility.
  • Even though you have a good GPA, the relevance of the programme and the subjects taught in your Undergraduate degree holds chief importance. For example, if you have pursued your Bachelor's in Biotechnology Engineering, it would be a little challenging to bag an admit for a Masters in Chemical Engineering. If you are planning to switch from your domain of studies, then justify the same in your SOP.
  • Always list the most recent study/experiences first while preparing your documents.
  • At a few universities, you may have to go through questionnaires, telephonic interviews, online tests, etc.

Why is Bachelor's grade so important?

Every year, Universities receive hundreds of admission applications from all around the world, having varied profiles and strengths of all the students interested. All these profiles have different grading systems, and assessing all the profiles on a common ground would be a tedious task. Thus, the Undergraduate GPA is highly persuasive in deciding your admit at the University. Although this is not reasonable, they have a tendency to value a portfolio with a higher GPA above other credentials.

How can I improve my chances if my Bachelor's grade is less?

Here are a few ideas that can offset the effect of a low GPA and give you a slight upper hand on receiving an admit.

  • Score well on all online tests and interviews (if any)
  • Participate in Internships which are relevant to your course
  • Collect persuasive positive recommendation letters
  • Do related online trainings and get certifications
  • Attend conferences, workshops
  • If there are non-academic situations which may have affected your performance, you can elucidate so in your essay and specify what you have done to come over those circumstances.

Disclaimer:  This post only gives you a general idea about the evaluation of an admission profile. The priorities/significances will differ based on the University, the programme, and several other aspects depending on the University.

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