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Dear Sir,
I recently completed my Class 10 (CBSE). I am interested in taking up Arts in +2 and do a specialisation in Psychology. However, many are advising me to take up Commerce and then continue with Psychology. As a result, I am confused. Could you clear this confusion? Which is the best college in Mysuru to pursue Arts? Or should I take up +2?
Gayana Vishwanath

Dear Gayana,
It is good that you have a clear idea about your career goals, and that you would like to pursue Psychology. The opportunities and prospects in various areas of Psychology are rapidly increasing, and if you pursue it diligently, you will be able to have a very satisfying career. People suggest taking up Commerce because at the +2 level, you need to take a combination of 4 subjects and not all of them may be interesting.

For example, Psychology may be offered with subjects such as History and Political Science, which may not be interesting for some. Though these subjects appear a little monotonous and dry, they do give a deeper insight into human behaviour, and it will be better if you take up Arts at +2 level. Of course, if you wish to strengthen your commercial skills, you can take up Commerce, read up about Psychology on your own, and then move on to a degree in your chosen subject.

You can even attend part-time experiential counselling programmes to increase your knowledge. Since you will not be applying for competitive exams like CET, continuing in CBSE may give you a wider perspective and better
foundation.

Dear Sir,
I am currently in Class 10, and I wish to pursue a
career in Robotics. In order to do so, should I take up +2 or a diploma in Electronics?
A student

Dear Student,
Studying a 3-year polytechnic diploma after Class 10 does give you good practical exposure and you will also find a job without much difficulty. However, you will not be able to progress into higher levels of management or technology. If you are finding academics very difficult and would not like to struggle through 2+4 years of theory subjects, then you can consider a diploma.

It is also suitable for those who have financial constraints and need to start earning within 3 years, and then possibly continue through lateral entry into 2nd year of BE and complete the degree.

Robotics, being a high-technology field, it will be good if you can study BE in Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics or Instrumentation branch and then go for higher studies specialising in Robotics.

Dear Sir,
I am studying in Class 8. In my school, I am asked to learn an international language. Which language do you think is the best option? Please throw some light on it and also places from where I can learn the subject.
A student

Dear Student,
Foreign languages are taught in most cities, both at university level and through private institutes. In Bengaluru, French is taught at Alliance Francaise, German in Max Mueller Bhavan. Central College teaches many languages through diploma and certificate (part-time) courses.

The language that you choose to take should be based on what your future goals are. If you wish to get into hardcore technology, German may be useful. If you wish to do translation or documentation work, then French or Japanese can give you good opportunities, and if you wish to get into tourism sector then languages like Spanish or
Arabic can be useful.

Dear Sir,
I am interested in BSc (Agriculture). For that, should I write all 4 papers — PCMB in CET or is it enough if I take only PCB?
A student

Dear Student,
To qualify for the 4-year BSc (Agriculture) at present, you need to study PCMB and appear for the CET in all 4 subjects for the agricultural universities based in Karnataka. Equal weightage is given to your Class 12 marks and CET marks while preparing the merit list. However, rules may change from time to time, so it is better to check with the CET cell in the year when you are appearing. For more
information, visit www.kea.kar.nic.in.

Dear Sir,
I am a Class 10 (ICSE) student and I have just completed my exams. I have decided to take up Science, with the combination, PCMB. I am looking to study Medicine, more precisely, Forensic Science. I am also interested in Criminology and profiling of criminal minds. But for that, do I need take up PCBH and do Psychology? I like Maths and Biology. Please shed light on this.
A student

Dear Student,
Since you like Maths, you can go ahead and take up PCMB at the +2 level. Studying Home Science (PCBH) may not give you any specific advantage. After finishing Class 12, you can preferably do MBBS and subsequently MD in Forensic Medicine, or you can join BSc Forensic Science course that is offered by selected universities. You can learn Psychology on your own or through open university (www.ignou.org) distance learning PG courses once you finish your graduation, and that will give you deeper insights into human mind.

Dr Ali Khwaja is the founder and chairman of Banjara Academy, Bengaluru.

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