Courses after 12th Commerce, Science, Arts- Check list of courses

by Ankita Sabharwal

Selection of course after 12th plays an important role in deciding the trajectory of social & professional life of an individual. This crucial decision is to be taken by students when on one side they are relaxed as they are done with their Board Exams while on the other side new confusion related to their future start building in their mind ‘What to do now?, Which entrance exam to appear in? Which course will help in achieving what I want to?’

While choosing a course after 12th a lot of factors have to be taken into consideration before arriving at a final decision. But these decisions are taken under the influence of peer group or under the guidance of parents, elder siblings who themselves have partial knowledge about the opportunities available.

So in this article, we will try to provide the candidates with a list of courses which they can opt for after their class 12.  Appropriate Links have been provided at various places so that student can understand the things in detail.

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Courses after 12th Commerce

Apart from the common courses given above the students of Commerce stream can opt for following specialised courses after 12th

  • Chartered Accountant (CA)
  • CS
  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.)
  • B.Com (H)
  • BBM from Delhi University
  • Actuaries is a very beneficial course for Commerce Students
  • B.Sc / BA  Economics
  • Specialised Degree Courses in Delhi University which gives admission on the basis of DU JAT - an all India common entrance exam.
    • BA Hons Business Economics
    • BBA in Financial Investment Analysis 
    • BMS

BBA, BA & Exams after 12th

Courses after 12th for Students of all Streams

  • Hotel Management - B.Sc in Hospitality and Hotel Administration- NCHMCT  is a government body which conducts an entrance exam for admission into this course across various Hotel Management Institutes in the country.
    • Step Programme by OBEROI - It is a very special programme which provides education + on the job training to students. Student after 12th can choose this course.
  • B.Design- Fashion Designing 
  • Law  After 12th 
  • Journalism - Bachelor of Mass Media, BJMC
  • NDA - Army Wing is open to male students from all streams, and on completing the training, they will be awarded a BA Degree.
  • Development Studies & Social Work - There are specialised courses by some of the well known Institutes. Like IIT Madras Offers Integrated MA Programme and admission in on the basis of HSEE Exam.
    • IIT Madras - Integrated MA in Development Studies
    • IIT Madras- Integrated MA in English Studies
    • BA Social Science  & BA (H) Social Work at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS ) and admission on the basis of TISSBAT
  • BBA - Integrated BBA & MBA programme by IIM Indore- IIM Indore IPM
  • BA / BA (H)
  • BFA- Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Foreign Language Course after 12th 
  • Integrated Courses after 12
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Music


Apart from these common courses, we have also listed the courses which are stream specific and can be pursued by students of some specific stream only.

Courses after 12th Science

For Non-Medical Students

  • B.Tech- One of the most common choices of students with a PCM combination in Class 12. Computer Science Engineering is the most in demand choice of a branch under B.Tech and on of the reason for that is the growing Internet Industry in India. There are 4000-5000 engineering colleges in our country.
  • Apart from the common Engineering branches (CS, ECE, Mechanical, Civil) the student can opt for some of a unique Engineering Specialisations Like
  • B.Architecture- It is five years professional course, and there are close to 400 Architecture Institutes in the country. 
  • BCA- A 3 years degree course
  • B.Pharmacy- It is a four years professional course where students are familiarised with basics & advanced concepts of pharmaceutics, chemistry, human anatomy, etc.- List of B Pharmacy Colleges
    • Career Prospect: Students can go for Clinical research, start their medical shop or may opt for teaching or further education
  • Bachelor of Nautical Science: It is a3 year program divided into six semesters, in which the students are educated about various Navigation techniques, Ship Managements, Marine Engineering & Control System, and Marine laws and admission in most of the colleges is based on IMU CET.
    • Career Prospect: The candidates can make a career in Merchant Navy as Marine Engineers, Deck Officers and Navigators.
  • B.S. at IISc Bangalore- It is four years Bachelor of Science (Research) Programme
  • NDA - Air Force & Naval Wings- It is open to students with Physics and Mathematics as main subjects in Class 12.
  • B.Stat & B.Maths
  • Indian Navy B.Tech Entry System - Open to only male candidates
  • Indian Coast Guard Recruitment - Only for male students with Physics & Maths a qualifying subject
  • Agriculture - The candidate can get admission to following streams by appearing in ICAR Exam
    • Agriculture Engineering
    • Dairy Technology
    • Food Sciences
    • Agriculture Marketing and Co-operation

Medical Students

  • MBBS- MBBS is a highly regularised course by the Govt. of India, MCI and there are only 77, 595 MBBS seats for the year 2015-16 in the country. Lakhs of the students sit for the Medical Entrance Exam, but only a few make it for the MBBS.
  • BDS- Bachelor of Dental Science-  After MBBS the next best option opted by many students is BDS as there is a common exam for admission to MBBS & BDS Course.
  • BHMS- Homoeopathy
  • BUMS- Unani
  • BAMS- Ayurveda 
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science- There are around 250 colleges in India offering Bachelors in a Veterinary Science
  • Agriculture - The candidate can get admission to following streams by appearing in ICAR Exam
    • Agriculture
    • Horticulture
    • Fisheries
    • Forestry
    • Home Sciences
    • Sericulture
    • Bio- Technology
  • Integrated M.Sc in Biology, Chemistry, Physics from NISER Bhubaneswar or CBS Mumbai Established by Govt. of India.
  • B.Sc 

Courses which do not lead to a degree

These courses do not lead to a degree but are very valuable courses which if undertaken are very valuable in deciding the career path for an individual.

Actuaries- It is the discipline that applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in insurance, finance and other industries and professions. Institute of Actuaries in India offers this course. The candidates have to take an Entrance Exam which is being held twice a year. Actuaries exam can be taken by students pursuing higher education and working professionals having qualifications in Mathematics subjects take up series of examination of Actuaries.

For example engineering students or professionals, chartered and cost accountants, company secretaries, management graduates, degree holders in mathematical and statistical sciences, etc. are expected to take this exam.

The students can appear in ACET Exam for admission in actuaries.

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