The most important documents

  1. The application form

Fill in the application form carefully and properly; use a computer if you need to type in the information. This makes it so much easier for the admissions officer to read.


  1. Certificates

If you’ve just completed your high school, you will need your certificates and transcripts

If you have already finished your bachelors’ degree or postgraduate degree, you will have to produce your degree certificate and transcripts.


  1. Competitive exam scores

This is one important document if English is not your first language. Usually for arts courses you will require either TOEFL or IELTS scores for your admission. Many universities require GMAT, GRE, and ELSAT and so on for other courses. This test certificate is extremely important and has a validity date. So make sure the certificate is valid while submitting it to the university.


  1. Statement of purpose

This written document will signify who you are, what made you choose your career path, why you opted for that particular university, what are you planning to do after the course, interests and other personal details.


  1. CV

Right after you finish your high school, it is a good idea to prepare a powerful resume. It is wise to get help while preparing your resume; stick to two pages at the most, if possible.


  1. Letters of recommendation

People always want to know what others think of you. Find the right opportunity to ask for a recommendation letter from someone who knows you really well.


  1. Passport size photographs

Always double check the dimensions of the passport size photo, be it admissions or visas.


  1. Experience Documents

If you are applying for grad school, make sure you have relevant experience documents.


  1. Additional documents

Many a times the smallest award that you have received will push your application a little harder. Produce proof of achievements and other certificates that will explain your talents and extracurricular activities you’ve undertaken. If you’ve always been a book worm, never mind!


  1. Re-check

Once you have all the right documents, re-check it as many times as you want. This will take you one step closer to your dream university. Have attested copies of all the documents in a folder and arrange it according to the check list. This will help you organize your application better.

It might seem like you have all the documents necessary, but never be too confident. Plan ahead of time and prepare all the documents a couple of months before the application process starts. This will ease your blood pressure and that of your parents!