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Dear Sir,
My son has finished Class XII through the NIOS board from the Spastics Society of Karnataka and is interested to join BCA in a regular college. But we are worried because he has never studied mathematics or science throughout his school life and even basic calculations are difficult for him. He has studied Home Science, Data Entry, Business Studies, Mass Communication and English at the 12th standard level. He is twenty years old now. He insists on doing BCA and making a career in the computer field. We are confused.
Anupama B

Dear Anupama,
I agree that studying BCA without a background of Math and Science may be difficult for your son, and he may lose motivation if he cannot cope up. But he can still pursue a career in computer field by joining short-term vocational courses in specific areas such as SAP, cloud computing, software testing, CCNP etc. Seeing his progress, you can decide whether to give him some work experience, or to subsequently enrol him in open university course for graduation, either in BCA or in commerce/arts depending on his interest.

Dear Sir,
I am studying in Class X and my ambition is to become a scientist. I am interested in inventing something which can change the world like computers. But I am confused because I don't know which subject to be pursued to become a scientist.
A Student

Dear Student,
Understanding that choosing a specific field may be difficult for a student at 10th or even 12th level, government has established excellent courses for those interested in pure science and research. You can join IISc ( for a 4-year BS course where they teach you all science subjects (including computer science) for 2 years, and then allow you to choose your specialization. Similarly, there are 5 Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (, and two National Institutes of Science Education and Research (, which not only give excellent science education, but also provide stipend and scholarships.

Dear sir,
I am a 2nd PU science student (PCMB). I intend to join IISc after my PU. Please brief me on the procedure to get admission in IISc. Will a good rank in JEE mains fetch a seat for me in IISc? Also please tell me about the subjects which have scope in this competitive world. I am interested in pure science.

Dear Vandana,
As mentioned above, look at the IISc website and get details of undergraduate admission. Since IISc has limited number of seats and competition is slowly getting tougher, do explore other institutions mentioned above, and also BITS, IITs and NITs that offer pure sciences, and all-India institutes that offer courses in specific fields of science.

Dear Sir,
I am 16 years old and am a 2nd PU student (PCME). I had 88% marks in Class X under ICSE board. I am confused as to whether to prepare for IIT entrance exam or do engineering without wasting a year and then do MBA after engineering. Is it possible? If yes, which has more scope?
A Student

Dear Student,
There is no separate IIT entrance exam now. If you are interested in engineering, you need to appear for JEE (main) and if you are one of the top 10% selected, you are allowed to appear for JEE (advanced) which is for admission to IITs. Karnataka students also appear for CET for admission to the almost 200 engineering colleges affiliated to VTU, and separate exams for the private universities’ engi­neering colleges. All entrance exams are after you complete your 2nd PUC or 12th. Deciding whether to go for MBA or other higher studies can be done after you have completed 2-3 years of engineering.

Dear Sir,
I am studying in class IX under ICSE syllabus. I have heard about NTSE exams and want to take up scholarship exams. Becoming an NTSE scholar is my dream since childhood. Could you to suggest a few more scholarship exams and websites from where I can gather information about them? When should I start preparations for them?
Spoorthy S

Dear Spoorthy,
Details of NTSE exam are available on It is held for students in 10th standard, and consists of Mental Ability Test(MAT) and Scholastic Ability Test (SAT). Similar scholarship program for science students is the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) - You should start preparations right now since you are in Class IX, and if possible get guide books with old question papers so that you can practice thoroughly.

Dear Sir
I have written my B Com final semester exam and I am working with a construction company. I have completed Tally course. I would like to know what would be the best course for me to persue in the future.

Dear Nancy,
Now that you have work experience in accounts, you can decide whether you wish to go deeper by studying chartered accountancy, cost accountancy, company secretary (which are all highly competitive exams with just a few being selected every year), or whether you would like to branch off into banking, investment banking, insurance, SAP, or even teaching. Accordingly, you can select out of a very wide variety of post-graduate courses available in each of these streams.

Dear Sir,
I am a final year BSc student at Belgaum University. I would like to know about the procedure and schedule of entrance exam in Bangalore University for PG in Botany. I have more than 70% marks in all the semesters. Please suggest me also some other courses that I can pursue.
A Student

Dear Student,
Having studied BSc. for three years, you should be in a position to identify your strengths, your interest and what lifestyle suits your personality. Accordingly, you can decide, not only for a PG course in pure sciences, but also in communication, management, clinical research, domain specialization in astro-physics, bio-physics, microbiology, paramedical sciences, etc. If you are keen on studying in Bangalore University, you can get details of their entrance exams on their website

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