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Dear Sir,

I will be completing BSc nursing in the month of August. But now, I am interested in doing MBBS. Is it possible to go for it with the degree marks or will they consider PUC marks as well? I have got only 45% of marks for PUC. Is it possible for me to write entrance next year? Should I opt for CET / NEET / COMEDK? Please tell me also about some good coaching centres.

A student, Shimoga

Dear student,

Admission to MBBS is through NEET, CET or COMED-K exams, eligibility being a pass in 12th standard with a minimum of 50% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Next year there is a chance that NEET may be centralized for all states. COMED-K gets you admission in the same colleges but on a much higher fee structure.

Do make sure that after 4 years of BSc nursing you are willing to start all over again with a 5-1/2 year MBBS, since you did not score very well in PUC and not only clearing the entrance exam may be difficult, but you may also have to struggle through your medical studies.  You do have other options to study higher, such as post graduation in various nursing specializations, MBA in general management or in hospital / health-care management, medical transcription, documentation, science information, bio-informatics, LlM in medical ethics, product development in health sector, lifestyle management, mass communication or book publishing in your field, military service, psycho-therapy, rehabilitation, and clinical research, to name a few.

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 am a BE (electronics) student and have six and half years of work experience. I am now interested in doing LLB and am looking for the option of legal advice in engineering industries (IT and others) in the long run. Please let me know of options to do the course in open university / distance education. Have you any suggestions for relevant diploma courses? Also, please let me know of the employment scope for candidates with BE and LLB.

A student

Dear student,
There is no doubt that a BE + LLB will give you a unique advantage of being able to handle legal matters pertaining to the technological field.

However, people do not usually go in for it because after four years of BE you will have to study LLB for three years, and there is no law course in distance education.  
However, if you wish you may explore post graduate qualification in law (specializing in intellectual property, dispute resolution, arbitration, human rights etc) for which you need a degree from any stream, but these courses do not allow you to practice in court.

Dear Sir,

I have just finished Class XII and would like to join Indian army. Would you brief me the procedure? If I join an engineering college, can I still join the army? If so, how? I did not get selected for IIT (advanced) this year. Should I repeat Class XII or can I join a college and take the exam again?

Rao

Dear Rao,

Generally, it is not advisable to repeat your 12th.  It may be better to go ahead and take admission in the best possible engineering college, and then decide if you wish to appear for the JEE again next year. 

Since you are too late for NDA admission (for which you apply when you complete 11th with Science), you can get into the army through campus recruitment in final year of engineering, or through Combined Defense Services Exam (CDSE) when you finish your degree.

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