The profile evaluation is the customary question in all the discussion groups and forums related to studying in Germany. While it is natural that one could be anxious about their chances of getting an admit these are generally considered as annoying questions. This is because there is no ‘exact’ procedure for analysis of one’s profile. No one can accurately tell how your profile is going to fare against all the other ones in your specific domain and the university.
Although this process is the hardest to generalize, I have given a brief analysis for each criterion and tried to come up with a general evaluation process. I believe this will help anyone who needs a preliminary idea about their chances of getting an admit.
1. Bachelor's percentage or GPA
This is easily the single most important criterion for your admission. It is more so for Universities (including Technische Universität) than Fachhochschulen. Fachhochschulen in general also give importance to relevant work experience but in the case of TUs, GPA of your bachelor’s degree is given a very high importance.
2. Work Experience
If you have a relevant (to your course) work experience, that certainly adds up. Not only is it important in getting you a university admission, it makes fetching part time jobs and even finding jobs after your masters much easier. (That being said, students directly from bachelors have several other advantages too!)
Fachhochschulen consider this as an important factor admission. Even TUs will have positive impressions if your job experience is technical or research oriented.
3. Statement of Purpose (SOP)
This is the only document that tells your personal story to the admission committee. This carries information about your motivation, interests, ideas, future plans, etc. In many cases, a compelling SOP will easily put you ahead of your peers. In my opinion, this is the third most important document in your application.
4. Letter of Recommendations (LOR)
LORs are highly respected and given great consideration in Europe at large and more so in Germany. If possible, get your LORs from people in higher positions in your organization. They matter!
5. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Although your CV is just a display of all your academic and professional achievements, it is important to craft it well. This is the only document that’s scanned through in the first phase of selection process. So it does play a critical role in your application.
6. IELTS / TOFEL
Contrary to popular belief, these tests aren’t as important in most cases. These are tests to check your English language proficiency. This is just an eligibility criterion for Masters course in any foreign university. If your IELTS band is more than 6.5, you’re eligible. It doesn’t have a big influence on your profile evaluation for a technical course.
Only a handful of German universities will require you to produce your GRE score card. If GRE is a mandatory requirement for the course, then it is an important criterion for admission. In such a case, the focus is given more for your Quant score which indicates your expertise in math.
If GRE is listed as a non-mandatory requirement, it still carries a good value. However, if GRE is not listed as an admission requirement, it will NOT be given any consideration.
8. Internships, Workshops and Extracurricular Activities
Anything that is relevant to your course will be complementary to your profile strength. Internships will give a positive outlook. They are great fillers for education gaps and summer holidays. Workshops and extracurricular activities indicate that you are a proactive student. Reinforce your application with all the important and relevant experiences, because they will be valued.
9. Research Papers, Patents
If you have published a journal or a conference paper, it is going to add much credibility to your profile, especially for a TU. The same is true with Fachhochschulen if you own or filed a patent. These are big indicators of your ability to perform or handle serious tasks.
10. Class X, Class XII grades
Your SSC and HSC scores, combined with your recent GPA, give the information about how consistent are you with your academic performance. If it shows an increasing trend and consistency, it is a positive thing.
11. German Language
You can get away without any German language certificates for most of the English taught courses. However, if the program is partially or completely taught in German, you are expected to complete at least level B1 before applying. This is an eligibility criterion just like IELTS/TOFEL.
Although you can get an admit, it is not a good idea to travel to Germany without basic knowledge of German. You will find almost everything (official documents, signboards, place names etc.) in German and it can be overwhelming and frustrating if you don’t have the basic understanding. Complete at least A1 level while in India.
In most cases, if one has backlogs they are likely to have low GPA which can rule out their admission. However, if you have a decent GPA but with a few backlogs, you will have a chance to justify it with reasons in your SOP. Make use of this and provide adequate reasons.
If your overall profile has a positive impression, backlogs might be ignored since retaking the exams is quite common in German universities.
How to evaluate?
|Criterion||Relative Importance ( % )||My Profile Evaluation|
|Bachelor's GPA (min. 60%)||50||90 × 0.5 = 45|
|Work Experience (2-4 years)||10||100 × 0.1 = 10|
|SOP||10||70 × 0.1 = 7|
|Class X, XII GRE IELTS GATE German language||10||80 × 0.1 = 8|
|Internships Workshops Research papers Extra curricular activities||10||90 × 0.1 = 9|
|LOR||5||80 × 0.05 = 4|
|CV||5||80 × 0.05 = 4|
|Backlogs||-5||0 × -0.05 = 0|
Interpretation of the result
|Profile evaluation score||Chances of admit (in general)|
|85 – 100||Very high|
|75 – 85||High|
|65 – 75||Moderate|
|60 – 65||Low|
|50 – 60||Very low|
Why is bachelor's grade so important?
The reason why your bachelor’s GPA is so important is mainly because of the high number of multinational applicants and a variety of grading systems. It would be a painful job for the admission committee to find a common ground to compare the students (this is also the reason why there is no cut-off grade for the application). Thus, although it may not be fair at times, they tend to value a good GPA more than other credentials.
What can I do to improve my chances, if my bachelor's grade is less?
Here are few things that can do to offset the effect of a low GPA and put you in a slightly better position to receive an admit.
Disclaimer: This post is created only to give a rough idea about profile evaluation. The process will vary based on the university, the course, and several other factors.