How about some more information on what this poll is all about?
P.S. You forgot not a great decision in the first place
PhD is more about hard work with full use of brain. Here we learn proper planning of various research activities, handling new instruments, caring about many thongs altogether.
But I have seen many people who keep digging with full dedication and knowledge but dont get any thing substantial. In those cases we say hard-luck!
So all of the above
I am so sure for lifesciences one need to have all of them to get the PhD.My personal feeling and experience is that especially in india it has been very common to get PhD with recommendation rather hardwork or etc.,
This poll is about just to know our fellow researchers opinion. Good luck dude.
I agree with you scientist. But dont blame our system even its bad. Instead we do our best for whatever comes. Good luck.