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Dear Sir,I have completed my second PUC in Science with 69.33% of marks. I am in a confused state as to what to take up next. I am interested in doing UG courses in IISc, but given my percentage, I have no hope. I am interested in doing engineering, but am a bit poor in mathematics. What should I do?A student
Dear student,Do ask yourself if you are genuinely interested in engineering and have an aptitude for it, or is it just because it is the most popular course.  If you are poor in math, then engineering will definitely be an uphill struggle.  Explore various streams under life sciences if you like biology; for example, paramedical courses, agricultural or horticultural sciences, environmental science, forestry and many more.  There is also opportunity for you to take up pure sciences, either at degree level, or even integrated 5-year MSc, offered by many institutes including Bangalore University, Central University Karnataka, IISERs etc.
Dear Sir,I am a student pursuing my 2nd year BSc in Biotechnology (CZBt) in an Autonomous Institute. I am in a confused state as to whether pursue MSc (Microbiology/Biotechnology) or have a job after the completion of BSc. Please guide me.A student
Dear student,If, even after two years of studying biotechnology you have not been able to narrow down your areas of interest, then it may be better to complete your degree and take up a job at least for one year, even if it is a low-paid one, as long as it is in a biotech organization.  That will give you a clear idea about the working world, your own capabilities and the prospects if you are to go in for MSc.  If you do not like it, then you have the option to move into non-biotech areas for your PG, such as MBA, civil services, computer applications, communications, marketing, and many more.Dear Sir,I am a Class XII science student. I would like to know the scope for medical electronics and biomedical engineering courses in India. Which of these is a better option? Also, could you tell whether telecommunication engineering and mechatronics have good job opportunities in India? Swetha
Dear Swetha,Both biomedical and medical electronics are in a slowly growing stage in India, since most equipment and technology is currently being imported.  You may have to struggle initially and slowly rise up if you select these.  On the other hand, there are many opportunities for telecom and mechatronics students right now.  Your final decision should be based on a combination of your deep interest and your aptitude, since if you are good at what you do, you will always find suitable employment.
Dear sir,I am a student of PUC with science stream and 19 years old. My first year performance was poor and I got only less marks in maths and chemistry. This year too, my performance in maths is poor for the second PUC. As from next year PUC syllabus is getting changed, I am confused whether to write supplementary exam or go for diploma course. After completing diploma, will I get admission in engineering colleges?A student
Dear student,If you are struggling so much with science and math at the PUC level, and have already lost a year, then do reconsider whether engineering is the ideal choice of career.  If you struggle and barely pass with very low marks, you cannot expect a very promising career in engineering.  However, if your problem is with academics, and in practical technical areas you are good, then you can certainly take up a diploma.  On completion you are eligible for lateral entry to 2nd year engineering in the same branch through special CET, and there is no age restriction.  You can take that decision after you complete your diploma.
Dear Sir,I have finished second PUC in Science. Is it possible to take MBA after BSc? If yes, will it be relevant to do so?Raghav R H
Dear Raghav,MBA can be done after a degree in any stream, but at this stage you need to decide why you are taking up BSc and what your long term goals are.  Don’t go just by the degrees, but by which field you think you will be most suited for, what work you enjoy most, and what your stren­gt­hs are.  Decide on your degree course based on that, since there are innumerable other options than BSc, and you can even move into non-science degree courses if you wish.
Dear Sir,I have finished my second PUC in Science. I would like to know about the eligibilities to become a commercial pilot. To become a commercial pilot, I would like to know whether Aeronautical Engineering is mandatory or not, and what are the job opportunities after completing Aeronautical Engineering compared to computer science.Nikhil Shankar
Dear Nikhil,To become a commercial pilot you have to complete your 12th with Math and Physics, enroll first for a Student Pilot License (SPL) which is theory, then obtain the Private Pilot License (PPL) that entitles you to fly but not take up employment as a pilot.  The next stage is to get your Commercial Pilot License (CPL), which is very expensive.  The job market for commercial pilots keeps oscillating every few years.  Aeronautical engineers do not fly planes, but work in design, manufacturing, quality control, maintenance etc.  A four-year Aero Engineering degree from a reputed institute has good job opportunities, but not if you study in a mediocre college.  Every branch of engineering (and other fields of study too) have their own scope, and you cannot compare them – you should decide based on where your genuine interest lies. Find out about which field you will be happy in and which suits your personality and traits better.
Dear sir,I am a student interested in business and entrepreneurship. I am taking up BBM this year. I had done BE earlier, but lost a year. I have always been very academic and have secured distinction all through. Is BBM or BE the right choice? Please help and suggest me apt exams and institutions.A student
Dear student,BE sharpens your analytical and logical skills, which are very useful if you wish to launch your own business.  However, after your BBM you can take up a job in a small organization where you get to work in all departments, observe day-to-day situations and get practical experience of enterprises, and then decide whether you are ready to start your business, or enhance your qualifications by going in for an MBA. Simultaneously it will be good if you could start spending free time in any business enterprise, however small, and see how they function.
Dear SirI have completed my second PUC exams 2013 and got 47% of marks in PCMC. I am confused as to which discipline to opt for, like D Pham, BSc, BE, BA, or LLB. As my score is low, please guide me to choose the right stream. My parents want me to do BE, as I've written my CET and am waiting for the results. But I am interested in BA or LLB.A student.
Dear student,The scope in any field these days depends entirely on your own capabilities, and proper training through a good college.  A law graduate from National Law Schools earns much more than the average engineer.  Since your score in core subjects was quite low, do think twice before opting for engineering, as it may be very difficult for you, and if you start failing in a few subjects your motivation and self-esteem will go down.  You have mentioned a very wide range of degrees – if your interest is so varied, then it may be better for you to take up an aptitude test, which is offered by many institutes such as Banjara Academy, Young Buzz, Crest, Promise Foundation.
Dr Ali Khwaja is the founder and chairman of Banjara Academy. Send in your queries to Education, Deccan Herald, 75, MG Road, Bangalore-560001or email us at dheducation@deccanherald.co.in

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