Wide Choices Beyond PUC

Wide Choices Beyond PUC

PUC results are out, CET exams are over, and there is a mad rush for admissions. It will help to take a few minutes and explore that though competition has increased tremendously, opportunities have in fact increased much more. Here is a quick check-list (definitely not exhaustive, there are many more) of courses a student who has completed PUC can consider:

For those who have completed PUC / 12 th with Physics, Chemistry and Biology:

Medicine (MBBS, 5-1/2 years)
Dentistry (BDS, 5 years)
Homeopathy (BHMS), Ayurveda (BAMS), Unani (BUMS), all 5- 1/2 years, Naturopathy (BNYS) 5 years Nursing
More than 10 different paramedical courses offered through recognized 3 and 4 year degree courses
Agricultural sciences, horticulture, and many other allied courses
Pure sciences in reputed institutions like IISc, IISERs, NISERs, IITs, BITS etc.

For those who have completed PUC / 12 th with Math, Physics and Chemistry:

Engineering (30 branches offered in Karnataka alone)
NTTF type private technical diplomas
Pure sciences as mentioned above
Architecture (open to those who have studied Math with Commerce also)
Commercial pilots (only Math & Physics required)Integrated 5 year Bachelors + Masters degrees in engineering, science and management
Technical Diplomas in fields such as Sound Engineering, Cinematography etc.

For those who have completed PUC / 12 th with Commerce or Arts subjects (and of course also for science students):

Some branches of Indian Army through NDA (Air Force and Navy require science)
Art, Design, Computer gaming, web page management etc. (most design courses are now offered in regular 3-year university degrees)
Chartered Accountancy (also open to Science students) through Common Proficiency Test (CPT), while you are doing your degree in any subject. Also Chartered Management Accountants, Company Secretary etc.
3 or 4 year degrees in hotel management/ culinary arts
Bachelor of Computer applications
Bachelor of Business Management / Administration
Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Commerce (also offered with tourism, computers, business process management as additional courses)
Bachelor of Music, dance, sports
5 year BA + Ll.B or BBA + Ll.B (with option to stop after getting a 3 year degree)
Mass Communication (offered in BA with 2 other subjects). Bachelors degrees in languages, translation, book publishing
Bachelor of Travel Administration
Government recognized 3 year diplomas in Library Science, Business Administration
Two year Diploma in Education (D.Ed.)
Degrees in social sciences covering psychology, sociology, economics, political science, history, and many other subjects
Employment as Airman in the Indian Air Force, with many opportunities to pursue higher studies while you get full salary.

For those who have not been able to get through PUC

Those above 18 years in age can apply directly to Open Universities for Degree courses in Arts, Commerce or Science through a simple Bachelors Preparatory Exam.
Polytechnical Diplomas in Engineering etc, with possibility of subsequently getting admission directly in 2 nd year B.E. through special CET (lateral entry)

As mentioned above, this is only an indicative list, there are many more. Explore thoroughly before you take the next step. And ensure that the course you select matches your interest, aptitude and personality.

By Ali Khwaja

Career Guidance

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