Career Guidance | Best career options for Science PCM students after Class 12

Every student aspires a progressive career and the choice of the professional degree course that you’ll choose after Class 12th will lay the foundation of your career goals.

CBSE Class 12th Board Exams: Best career options after HSC exam in Science stream PCM
Engineering is the numero uno choice for PCM group.
By: ABP Live
Updated: 07 Feb 2019 06:31 PM
Class 12th Board Exams: The school life comes to an end after Class 12th and there begins the journey towards a professional degree. Every student aspires a progressive career and the choice of the professional degree course that you’ll choose after Class 12th will lay the foundation of your career goals. As per the education trends in India, a major chunk of bright students opt for Science stream after class 10th. Those who aspire to be in the medical field, choose Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB) as their major subjects, while the ones with a greater interest in technology, engineering and fields other than medical, opt for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM).

Engineering is the numero uno choice for PCM group. In fact, students choose the Science stream after Class 10th in order to pursue engineering and to become an engineer one day. If you too aspire to be an engineer, then you must prepare for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Main to grab a seat in private, self-funded or government engineering institutions in India. Also, only the crème de la crème secure admissions to IITs after clearing JEE Advanced.


Architecture and Planning is another popular choice and students need to either clear JEE Paper II or NATA to secure admissions in architectural colleges.

Though almost every second student who opts for Class 12th Science (PCM) group prepares for engineering entrance exams seeking admissions in IITs, CFTIs, NITs and other engineering institutions, but many end up in securing a seat in an institution that isn’t remarkable, while there are others who do not nurture great interest in engineering.

If you too fall in the former or latter category, then worry not as there are a plethora of career choices that can be made besides engineering for students of PCM. Right after Class 12th, you can kickstart a professional journey in the Merchant Navy as Deck
Cadets or to join as a Deck Officer enrol into B.Sc Nautical Science. The career is highly rewarding money-wise and takes you to places like no other profession.

Aviation too has its gateways open for Science students who can pursue B.Sc Aviation or if finances allow can take Commercial Pilot training. Students can also enrol in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering (AME) course.

Joining the Defence forces is another fulfilling option right after Class 12th if you’ve had PCM. Prepare well for the UPSC CDS or NDA or NA exams to secure admissions in the Indian Military Academy, National Defence Academy, Naval Academy or join the Indian Air Force by applying for AFCAT after graduation. However, one must fulfil physical standards and efficiency requisite for various courses.

The world of Information Technology is expanding at a magnanimous speed, Science students with computer science as a subject in Class 12th can choose a career in Information Technology and IT enabled Services. The job roles are plenty viz Application Developer, Database Administrator, Programmer, Network Administrator, System Architect, Web Developer, Video Developer, Animation, VFX and so on. Students can enrol in B.Sc with specialization in a specific field, or choose to do BCA. Various diploma courses are also available online as well as offline that promise a rewarding career.

Advanced careers in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and alike have expanded the horizons for Science students who have basic knowledge of computer algorithms and programmes.

On the other hand, if moons, stars and the space interest you, then B.Sc in astonomy, astrophysics, etc can take you to places like ISRO. For students who have a knack for chemistry, can pursue B.Sc in organic or inorganic chemistry in the field of their choice to go on to become a Scientist.

The career opportunities after Class 12th for Science (PCM) students are plenty and as Knowledge is power, knowing all your options helps you to choose a course and pursue a career that you will cherish all your life.

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