What To Do After High School?

Last updated 10 Jun 2019 . 1 min read

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As teenagers, we’re made to believe that there’s nothing bigger than board examinations for class 12th. Doing well in high school examinations is very helpful but at the same time, it’s not everything that matters.

While some students have already decided what they want to do after 12th standard, there are still about 70% teenagers, clueless about what career path they would want to pursue. Most of the kids are unaware of the number of options there are out there for them. The options mostly limiting to Engineering, Medicine, Law, Civil Services, Defence and numerous options for jobs and businesses.

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Due to lack of exposure and sometimes the right guidance, most of them aren’t aware of what it takes to get there. An idea alone is not everything that you should consider while picking a profession.

Lucky for them, times are changing and all information regarding your choice of career is out there, a click away, on online portals or even through counsellors. There are many provisions like an aptitude test to help you pick your career. A combination of your passion, your aptitude, your inclination and feasibility is what could help you pick what's right for you.  

At the same time, you're allowed to be confused. You’re allowed to be nervous and clueless, for it's a matter of what you’ll do for the rest of your life.

Did you know there are about 847 courses one can do after 12th standard? Some of these courses are stream specific, while the others are common to all streams. Now, there is no need to panic, for we will take you through all your available options step by step.

Before we start with the listing of options available based on your stream, we want you to know that it isn't necessary to follow the most ideal path according to your stream. To follow what is the most interesting line of career to you, is perfectly acceptable, for it is your happiness and satisfaction, that matters.

Stream Specific Courses

Science with maths/biology - Most people entering the science stream start off with the idea of becoming an engineer or a doctor depending on if they have maths or biology.

Whether you picked science because you are a science buff and dream of being our future astronaut or simply because you scored well in 10th grade and ended up here. It seemed like the next natural step to take, there are plenty of options out there for each one of you. Science related or even otherwise. For those actually passionate about science, here are some exams you can take to enroll in courses of your choice-

Entrance exams For Science Stream Students -

  • Engineering Entrance Exams-JEE Main, JEE Advanced
  • Medical Entrance Exams-NEET UG, AIIMS MBBS, AFMC, PGI,
  • Science Entrance Exams-NEST, IIT JAM, JEST

Courses Available After 12th -

The options of courses available for students from science include numerous professional courses, depending on the individual’s interest in career fields like engineering, medicine etc:

  1. BE/BTech
  2. Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)
  3. BSc (Science)
  4. BCA (IT & Software)
  5. BSc (IT & Software)
  6. MBBS
  7. BDS
  8. BAMS
  9. BSc Science (Non-Math subjects)
  10. BSc Post Basic Nursing
  11. Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharma)


If your interest lies in the activity of buying and selling, trading, business, dealing and taxes, you already have your path planned out in front of you. Lucky for you, not all courses require you to give an entrance exam. Scoring well in your 12th boards is your direct ticket to courses in prestigious universities like Delhi University.

With percentages shooting the sky when it comes to 12th board examinations, one might feel perturbed. But lucky for CBSE students, exam marking has become lenient by the day, because of which passing out with a good percentage becomes easier.

For students out there who did not end up with results as good as they desired, there’s always entrance exams that let you enroll in various courses.

Accounting & Commerce entrance exams - ICWAI, ICSI, ICAI

Popular courses after 12th Commerce

  1. BCom (Hons)
  2. BCom (General)
  3. BCom in Accounting and Commerce
  4. BBA LLB
  5. BBA/BMS
  6. BCA (IT and Software)
  7. Chartered Accountancy (CA)
  8. Company Secretary (CS)

Arts/ Humanities -

Courses after 12th Humanities stream are one of the most preferred courses across the country. Even though there is a perception that Arts is for the weak or less intellectual students, this is hardly true.

Contrary to common belief, there are many courses and career options out there available to humanities students right after high school. Even students planning and preparing for the UPSC exam, consider humanities to be their preferred stream.

As we all know, Bachelor of Arts (BA) is the most popular undergraduate course that students pursue after passing out from school. There are about 900 BA colleges in India to choose from. And another additional 1400 colleges all over the country. There are so many options to choose from, once you decide what you want. Hence, if here is where your interest lies, do not hesitate to proceed with your passion for whatever it may be. Here are the exams you can give to enroll in various courses.

Entrance exams For Arts Stream - 

  • Law entrance exams - CLAT, AILET, LSAT
  • Design entrance exams - NID Entrance Exam, NIFT Entrance Exam
  • Hospitality entrance exams - NCHMCT JEE
  • MassComm entrance exams - IIMC Entrance Exam, JMI Entrance Exam, XIC- OET
  • Humanities entrance exams - JNUEE, DUET, PUBDET

Popular courses after 12th Arts

  1. BA in Humanities & Social Sciences
  2. BA in Arts (Fine/Visual/Performing)
  3. Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  4. BDes in Animation
  5. BA LLB
  6. BDes in Design
  7. BSc in Hospitality & Travel
  8. BSc in Design
  9. Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication (BJMC)
  10. BHM in Hospitality & Travel
  11. Bachelor of Journalism (BJ)
  12. Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM)
  13. BA in Hospitality & Travel
  14. BA in Animation
  15. Diploma in Education (DEd)
  16. BCom in Accounting and Commerce
  17. BBA LLB
  18. BCA (IT and Software)

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Job Opportunities After 12th

Luckily college isn't the only option for you out there, there are jobs out there that let you get employed right away. The defence services being one of the major ones. NDA (National defence academy) lets you immediately into the training programme by the army, to be commissioned into a gazetted officer later. All of it, free of cost. This is just one example. There’s many. Whether it’s a career in sports or even in art and craft. Most jobs require you to have an Undergraduate Degree but there are always options out there like startups and freelancing that actually lets you channel your talents and interests right.

All of this, with an unlimited scope of success and money! There’s so much out there to explore.

Go through all your options wisely and we trust you to make the best call. Want to ask

All the best!!

Megha Dadarwal
22, Dentist, passionate yogi who loves dogs and beaches.

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