Before You Start
Get your academic certificates, achievements, medals, etc. all in one place so that you won't forget to mention something which is important.
Do some homework and determine what kind of candidate that your target university is looking for. You can go look at things like course details, research groups, Professor profiles etc. For example, if you're applying to TU Ilmenau (focus: Mobile Communications), you might want to include that summer internship at BSNL in your CV.
Read this document to learn about the 'German' CV.
All the important academic and extra-curricular achievement certificates.
Your publications, patents, experience certificates, language certificates, training certificates, if any.
Your bachelor thesis details.
Step by step guide
Check whether you want to build a CV from scratch or update your existing CV. Decide if you want to do so online or in your PC.
Update your personal details. Include/exclude some sections and sub-sections to suit your academic and job profile. Match details to the target university profile. Do not exceed two pages.
Once all the editing is done, cross-verify whether you have entered the correct details. Save the document in its original format and as a PDF file.
Frequently Asked Questions
It is highly recommended not to use the Europass format as it is. Please make necessary modifications to make your CV look unique and not made from the Europass template.
In general, your CV should be confined to two (A4) pages.
Admission officer probably spends no more than 2 to 3 minutes scanning your Curriculum Vitae, so make sure it is clutter-free and easy to read.
Do not forget to mention the timeline for the different events (recent first).
Putting your photo in the CV is a quite common practice in Europe and a style that is well accepted. But it is left to your discretion.