Jan 202018

Around 86 percent of the Indian students face increased levels stress and anxiety after their 10+2 exam, compared to around 62.5 percent after their 10th exam, says a recent survey by ASSOCHAM.

And the reason for that is quite obvious! After 10+2, students are in the throes of deciding a career path for life. Often, the decision-making becomes even more stressful as most parents keep unrealistic expectations from their kids.

The ASSOCHAM study further reveals that science students experience higher levels of stress and anxiety than their commerce or arts counterparts.

While career choices are limited by your academic performance, there could still be many options to choose from. So what career path should you choose? Here are the top options after 12th science.


1. Engineering

Engineering happens to be one of the most preferred career choices among students from the science background. You need to secure high marks in the engineering entrance examination for getting admission into your preferred engineering college. You can choose from a range of streams, such as, computer science, mechanical, electronics and telecommunication, electrical, civil and information technology. There are also some lesser-known streams, such as, biomedical engineering, nanotechnology engineering and aerospace engineering.

2. Medicine

Medical science is another rewarding career option for students who studied biology, physics and chemistry at the 10+2 level. An MBBS degree is your ticket to becoming a doctor and many other career opportunities. However, you must have high grades in your 10+2 exam and clear a national-level medical entrance test to be able to study medicine. Apart from the MBBS, other courses for a medical career include Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BHMS), Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (BUMS), Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) and the nursing courses.

3. Management Studies

Management studies and business administration courses are available for both science and commerce students. After 10+2, you can enrol in a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) course.  Once you complete BBA, the next step is to join a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) course. Alternatively, there is the Bachelor of Management Studies course followed by Masters in Management Studies (MMS). Remember, however, that you need to secure a high rank the entrance test, if you want to get admission into your preferred management college. Also, it is always a good idea to pursue your management studies from a metropolitan city versus a smaller town. The former will definitely offer you more job opportunities after you complete the course.

4. Architecture

If you are interested in architecture, consider joining the Bachelor of Architecture, which is a five-year course after 12th. Candidates for the course are mostly selected through national-level entrance examinations, such as, BITSAT, UPSEE, IIT-JEE and GATE. Some state level entrance tests are also conducted. In order to qualify for the B Arch entrance examination, you should have at least 60 percent marks in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in your 12th examination.

5. Merchant Navy

If you are the adventurous type, a career in the Indian Merchant Navy could be your choice. To enter into this field, consider doing a course in nautical science and marine engineering after 12th science. For instance, you can enrol in the one-year higher national diploma (HND) in nautical science or marine engineering. Another option is to complete a Bachelor of Science course in nautical technology from any acclaimed institute in India. You can also join Bachelor of Technology in naval architecture and shipbuilding. For getting admission into one of the above courses, you should study Physics, Chemistry and Math in your 12th exam. You will also need to clear the All India Merchant Navy Test (AIMNET).

Some other rewarding career options after 12th science include veterinary science, pharmacy, agriculture science and biotechnology. Make sure you choose a career that suits your personality.

Jan 092018

Did you know that every year more than 3 lakh students travel overseas for undergraduate courses? According to a recent Economic Times report, many of those students are from the Arts stream.

Many arts students (and their parents) believe they have limited career opportunities in India and the only way they can land a job after college is by earning a degree from a foreign university. That is, however, far from the truth. In fact, the arts discipline offers the most diverse range of career choices to students. Here are the top five career options after 12th Arts.


1. Management

Management is by far the most popular career option after 10+2, mainly because it accepts students from any discipline, be it arts, commerce or science. Courses you can join after your 10+2 include Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) and Bachelor of Business Management (BBM). Depending on your individual preferences, you can seek specialization in human resources, marketing, operations, finance or supply chain management, among others. Although you can easily find a job with a bachelor’s degree in management, it is always a good idea to complete your master’s degree for better opportunities.

2. Journalism and Mass Communication

The exponential growth of the Indian media over the last decade has propelled many arts students to build a career in journalism. The sheer escalation in the number of news channels in the country is proof enough! At present, there are more than 700 news channels in India and many more continue to make their foray into this space with every passing day. Once you complete your course in mass communication and journalism, finding a suitable job should not be a problem. However, to excel in this field, you should have strong language and public speaking skills.

3. Teaching

Many arts students plan a career in teaching, but most of them are not fully aware of the different ways to enter into this profession. For instance, many students think they must complete a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) course after graduation to be eligible to apply for teaching jobs in India. While this is true for those who want to be a teacher in a secondary school (Standards IX and X), you don’t need a bachelor’s degree to teach in nursery or primary schools in India. If you secure 50 percent marks in your 10+2 exam, you can enrol in either a Nursery Teacher Training (NTT) course or a Bachelor of Elementary Education (B.EL.ED) course. After completion of the course, you can apply for a teaching job in nursery or primary schools in India. Alternatively, you can continue your studies and prepare yourself to become a teacher in secondary/senior secondary schools or colleges and universities in India.

4. Multimedia and Animation

Animation and multimedia is one of the fastest emerging career choices in India. Although you do not need any formal qualification to enter into this field, completing a course surely helps you land the first job more quickly. After 10+2, you can join either a degree or a diploma course on the subject. A course in multimedia incorporates several streams, including game design, product design, visual designing, and graphic designing. You can choose one that interests you and pursue it further. A degree is any-day better than a short-term diploma course. After the course, you can become a professional animator, graphic designer, video editor, sketcher or even a movie maker. Remember, however, that you need to continually update your skills to stay valuable in the marketplace.

5. Fashion Designing

Fashion designing is another popular career option that offers a plenty of opportunities. Starting a career in fashion designing becomes easier if you can complete a course after your 12th arts from one of the top fashion designing institutes in India, such as, National Institute of Fashion Technology and Pearl Academy. Some institutes even offer merit-based scholarships to some students. To excel in this career, you should have excellent aesthetic sense, knowledge of fashion trends and an eye for detail.

Apart from the above career choices, there are also some off-the-beaten-track options for the arts students after their 10+2. For instance, you can consider doing a diploma in hotel management or event management, learn a foreign language or consider building a career in digital marketing.