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The content for this sample resume and the following tips have been contributed by Nistha Tripathi, author of MS Book - Smart Engineer's Complete Guide to MS in USA. She runs Scholar Strategy, an online application guidance service for MS/MIS applicants which has consistently helped students get into top programs such as CMU, UT Austin, UC San Diego and Cornell. 

The resume was created using the beautiful Resumonk Charisma template.

1. Decide the areas/skills in your profile that your resume should be highlighting. e.g. If you are showing interest in research/applying for PhD etc, your highlight should be on your research projects and publications. Similarly, if you are applying for a MCS kind of program (geared towards landing corporate jobs upon graduation), your focus should be on professional skills, industry experience etc.

2. Do not include an objective section or a references section. And, you should not mention your gender or marital status.

3. Use phrases instead of full sentences and write in first person. Never use passive voice.

4. Lastly but most importantly – Your resume's length should not exceed 1.5 pages (2 if you have a lot of publications or projects).


Jane Smith

Phone: +91-98100XXXXX
Address: 42, ABC St, City, AB 000000, India


XYZ Institute of Technology, Indore, India

B.E. Computer Engineering

Aug 2003 to June 2007

Gold medallist (Rank 1/120) GPA: 4.00

  • Vice-President cum Treasurer, IEEE Students Chapter (2003-04) - increased students' membership by ~150%
  • Organizing Committee Member for IMA Management National Convention (2003), One Day Workshops and IEEE Students' Branch activities (2003-04)

Relevant Work Experience

Citigroup Capital Markets & Banking, New York

Intern, Derivatives Execution Services (DES)

July 2007 to June 2009
  • Implemented scheduling algorithms to retrieve market data from multiple pricing engines. Awarded for best internship project presentation.

Systems Lab, SGSITS, Indore, India

Lab Assistant, Wireless Networking Group

Aug 2005 to May 2007
  • Implemented real-world framework for multi-channel rate adaptation protocols in wireless chipsets while working with a doctoral candidate.

Academic Projects

Used Books Exchange Portal, Software Engineering

Aug 2006 to Dec 2006
  • Created a website using Python, MySQL and Twitter Bootstrap that allowed students to buy & sell used textbooks on campus.
  • Demonstrated the understanding of full SDLC and presentation skills. Received A- on the project.

Interplanetary Sensor Network, Wireless Networking

Jan 2007 to May 2007
  • Designed a wireless sensor network communicating in deep space.
  • Applied various design patterns of cellular & satellite communication systems.

Related Coursework

  • Networking – Protocols, Topologies, OSI Model, TCP/IP, LANs, MANs, WANs, Devices, Data Transmission
  • Internet Design – HTML, UNIX, Telnet, FTP, PERL, Java, JavaScript, Relational Databases



C, C++, C#, VHDL, Java, Assembly, HTML, Python, MySQL, Linux


National Scholarships Scheme Merit Certificate, Govt. of India

May 2001


  • Gave computer lessons to children (8-12 yrs old) at local computer institute in neighborhood during my semester break (Dec 2003 – Jan 2004).
  • Contributed 13 sports articles to (currently featuring >10,000 moderated articles).
  • Contributed web-designing articles to Smashing Magazine’s Noupe blog (
  • Active oil and watercolor painter. Read and write poetries. Active blogger.
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