Hello Friends, My name is Chetan Waghela and I have done M.Sc Physics from Pune University, India. My specialisation course has been Quantum Field Theory but I want to work on more application based subjects like BEC or Quantum Optics. I have very low grades i.e. 3.35/6 in MSc which amounts to a C grade. I have always scored a First Class in my academics, but have scored low in MSc due to aggravation of a disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis. I feel a bit worried and awkward to write it in My CV, but is it professionally and formally correct to mention it in SOP or CV? I have worked independently on Non-Hermitian QM and have submitted my work to Int.J.Theo.Phys. Does having a paper and that to "independently" add to the credibility while specifically applying to Europe? I would confess that my work is not a major breakthrough but clears out a good amount of ideas related to people working on it. Also, I keep reading a lot of research work related to these subjects does it add upto credibility by mentioning in SOP ? Can anyone give an example of a friend or an acquaintance who has been through such an issue and got a PhD position. Thanks in advance.