studying in india

studying in india

Be unconventional

studying in india

Dear Sir,
I am currently pursuing mechanical engineering and my aggregate for the past two years has been 56.48 per cent. Since I can’t hope to get a job with this percentage, kindly suggest me some methods to increase my average to 70 per cent.

Also, what kind of opportunities does mechanical engineering provide? Can I apply for any kind of mechanical job with 60 per cent or less? Suggest me some
alternative courses also.
A student

Dear Student,
It is good that you are aware of the challenges ahead of you owing to your low marks. Do start planning your time and studies systematically, revise everything that you read, ensure you understand the concepts, mark out points you do not understand and clarify them from your teachers.

The type of job you will get after BE will depend to a great extent on your personality, communication and other skills. Employers look for candidates who are confident and can deliver in any area of their expertise.

So, start identifying whether you will be able to excel in marketing, market research, product development, administration, materials, purchase, controlling labour, setting up projects, repair and maintenance, etc.

If you sharpen any of these skills, gain some experience through internships, you will be able to secure an entry level job in a small organisation and then work your way up.

Dear Sir,
I am currently pursuing my 1st year PUC in science (PCMB) and my scores are above average. I am interested in both geology and biology. I did the SWOT analysis and the scores came out good. I even took the KVPY exam recently. I am interested in
environment field. Can you shed some light on the scope of these subjects?
Anand Meherwade

Dear Anand,
Since you have wide interests, it would be good if you can take up graduation in pure sciences. If you have a good score in KVPY, you can aspire for IISc, IISERs, NISERs etc, which will give you a good foundation in science, and then you can specialise at the postgraduation level.

However, if you don’t succeed in getting admission to a national level
institute, you can still do a science degree in a combination of subjects like environmental science and biology and then aim for higher studies in a reputed institution.

Dear Sir,
I have completed BE in electronics and communication with a CGPA of 8.79 and currently, I am working as a software engineer. The conventional option for MS is electrical and computer engineering.

But I am also interested in material science and
engineering (anything related to nanoscience) which is considered
unconventional. Will the latter be the right choice?

Dear Anonymous,
Unconventional fields will actually get you better prospects than the conventional ones. If you genuinely have an interest in materials and nanoscience, then specialise in it, both by higher qualification and by gaining work

The future in these areas is quite promising. Of course, salary will depend on how good your performance is from time to time.

Dear Sir,
I am currently studying in 2nd PUC. Since I love nature, I have decided to pursue a career in geology. What are my options? Where do I study this course and what are the different kinds of branches? Also, does geology have a good scope in India?
Vaibhav Mehta

Dear Vaibhav,
Geology is a specific and specialised area of study of nature. It has its limitations in terms of employment in India, but if you are passionate about it and are willing to be patient in terms of getting high salary, then you may take up a degree in geology from a good college.

Courses are available in many universities all over India and you can decide based on the reputation of the university or college. After a year or two, you can choose your specialised branch for yourself.

Dear Sir,
I am a 10th standard student (State Board). I aspire to become an astrophysicist. Kindly give me all the details regarding this course including the courses and the universities where I could study them. Also, suggest some study tips.
Justy George

Dear Justy,
Astrophysics courses are mostly taught at the postgraduate level. We have
national institutions like IISc ( and Indian Institute of Astrophysics ( right in Bengaluru.

If you can graduate with good marks in either BSc (Physics) or in a basic stream of engineering, you will be eligible for higher studies in astrophysics and its related fields.

To study better, read up general literature about the subjects so that you know why you are studying those topics, do simple stress relief exercises before you sit down to study, write down any pending work you have to do after studies so that those thoughts don’t keep disturbing you.

Drink lots of water, do deep breathing exercises, take short breaks every 30-45 minutes. Ensure you sit in a proper posture and with correct lighting, with no sound disturbances. Always ensure that you revise what you have studied before the end of the day.

Dear Sir,
I am currently studying in 10th grade (CBSE) in Bengaluru. I read an article in Deccan Herald pertaining to product designing. I have done some research on the field and find it fascinating.

Hence, I have decided to take PCMC in 11th and 12th. What should I take up after 12th to become a product designer? Is engineering the best way to go? Also, suggest some good institutions.
Prerana Shenoy

Dear Prerana,
Product designing can be pursued
either directly after 12th by taking up a degree course in design, or by first
completing a basic stream of engineering and then doing a postgraduation in product design.

If you wish to take up design at the undergraduate level, here are some institutions you can consider: Christ University (, COMMITS (, Jain University (, MS Ramiah University of Applied Sciences (, National Institute of Design (, National

Institute of Creative Communication (, DSK Supinforcom (, Maeer MIT’s

Institute of Design (, Manipal University ( and Symbiosis International University (