Studying in India

Studying in India

Choose a subject you are passionate about


Dear sir,
I am in my final year BSc in maths, electronics, computer science. I am confused as to what to study after my undergraduation. A safe career like MSc or MCA in computer science or my passion cooking. I always wanted to become chef. I’m an average student.
Please guide me. Also suggest good college for hotel management and entrances exams for scholarship available to become chef.
Chaitra

Dear Chaitra,
It is always advisable that you pursue a career which you feel passionate about and have talent in.  Since you mention that you are an average student, you may not excel in MSc or MCA and thus despite your degrees you may find yourself in a mediocre and boring career.
Being a chef is more of an art than a science. You may take up a short-term Diploma course just after your BSc to enter into the world of cooking and hospitality, as with your BSc in MECs you will not get admission in any reputed hospitality colleges.
After the diploma, you can try your hand out in practical work by taking up a job (or even setting up your own catering unit).  Once you are confident that this is your true vocation, then you can look for a good course, either in India or abroad, to get specialized training and go higher up from there.

Dear sir,
I am going to write my 10th board exams this year. I’m interested to study aeronautical engineering. But I don’t know what course to opt for. Should I choose PCMC or PCME?
Beesha

Dear Beesha,
It does not make much difference in your +2 whether you take up Electronics or Computer Science, since your eligibility is based on Math, Physics and Chemistry.  
Also, what you learn at the +2 level about these subjects can become quite outdated and not very useful by the time you enter into the professional world.  So give more emphasis to the school/ college where you would like to study the next two years, and take up either of the two subjects depending on your interest.  
Focus on doing well so that eventually you get into a reputed institution for your studies in aeronautical engineering.

Dear Sir
I have completed my engineering in 2012 with 60% aggregate(electronics and communication). Because of lack of interest in private sector, I wrote 3 to 4 government examinations, but I failed to make it, by a shortage of 3 to 5 marks. Now, my parents are pressurizing me in this regard.
So, I have decided to face company interviews in private sector. But my friends suggest that I will be expected to have a course on my resume. Due to financial problems, I am considering doing a government sponsored course like Oracle Data Base Administrator (DBA), orCloud Computing.
I want to know if these courses are considered for a job in private sector. If yes, which of the two should I opt for?
C Raj

Dear Raj,
It is nice to know that despite financial limitations you are keen to study further and make a better future for yourself. Do not feel disappointed because you could not get a job the past few months.  In fact, do continue to appear for government examinations, as many candidates succeed only in the 2nd or 3rd attempt.
 In the meanwhile, if you are a person with an exploratory mind and enjoy new technology, then you may take up the course in Cloud Computing, since it is comparatively new and not many professionals are qualified in it, and you will stand a better chance even in private organizations.
 Simultaneously, do build up your personality, communication skills, general knowledge, and confidence levels, since that ensures success in interview and GD rounds.
Choose a subject you are passionate about
Dear Sir,
I'm in 10th standard now and I plan to pursue Law/ Journalism later. Can you please tell me what subject would be the best to take up in PUC / 11th? Commerce or arts?
Also, please specify the various combinations available in these subjects and suggest the ones which will be the best for me.
I have great interest in world history, geography and the likes.
Medha.

Dear Medha,
It does not matter significantly whether you take up Commerce or Arts.  Combinations vary from college to college, and you should give more importance to getting into a reputed college even if one or two subjects are not of your first choice.
 If you are keen on taking up Law, then you should start preparing for the CLAT exam, since it contains legal portions that are not taught in regular curriculum, and entry into the National Law Schools is highly competitive.  
On the other hand, if you have a good command over language, have a very deep passion towards history and geography, and are strongly people-oriented, then you can take up Arts now and aim for a good college to do your degree with subjects like Journalism, Mass or Visual Communication, History, Geography, Sociology, or even Literature.  

Dear Sir,
I am a 2nd year BE, Electronics and Communications student. My dream has always been to get into civil services.
When is the ideal time for me to start my preparations for the same? How can I start my preparations at this stage? I am confused whether to concentrate on my degree or prepare for UPSC exams. Please suggest some good coaching centres within Bangalore.
I have also heard of IES exams by UPSC. Is this more suitable for graduates from engineering background? Please shead some light on this.
Shalini M

Dear Shalini,
At this stage you can start preparing by improving your overall personality, your communication and presentation skills, your general knowledge and current affairs.  
You can also casually start looking at the old question papers of UPSC, but mainly concentrate on your engineering studies, because that will lay a strong foundation for further progress.  
When you are in your final year you can consider coaching, but not a very rigorous one that will distract you from your college studies.
Go to any reputed coaching centre nearest to you so that you do not waste time commuting.
Once you finish your degree, do appear for the IAS and allied services exam, the Indian Engineering Service (IES) exam, and even others like IFS (Forests) or Central Secretariat Services if you are very keen to get into government service, since the competition is very tough and you do not know which service you will be able to make it to.

Dear Sir,
Currently I'm undergoing my undergraduation(BSc) and I'm also into research field. Are there any institutes in India which offers MSc Research, so that I can start preparing myself for it?
K V Gautama Reddy

Dear Gautama,
There are many reputed institutions that allow you to do practical and research work at the post graduate level, and more so if you join for an integrated MSc+PhD.  
You can explore the IITs, NITs, IISc, IISERs, and many others that specialize in the field of science that you wish to pursue.
Most of them have their own respective entrance exams whose details are available on their websites.

Dear Sir,
I am a 10th grade student from ICSE Board. I score good marks in mathematics and but I’m an average student in other subjects.
After taking many suggestions from my teachers, I am confused about which particular field to select - commerce,science, or arts. I want to become an IAS Officer. So please guide me accordingly.
Varsha.N

Dear Varsha,
If you are good in Math but not very good in Science subjects (and are not particularly fond of them either), then it may be better if you take up Commerce.  All fields other than engineering, medicine and life sciences will be open to you.

 By the time you complete your 12th you can take a decision which degree course to take up.  If you are very passionate and determined to get into IAS, then at degree level you can switch over to a BA in Political Science, Public Administration and related subjects, and spend all your free time preparing systematically for the UPSC exams that will get you into government service.

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