Pure science is becoming popular

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Pure science is becoming popular

Dear Sir,
I am currently pursuing CA and BBM (1st year) from ICAI and KSOU respectively. I request you to suggest me the avenues that are open for further higher studies and the scope that is there for CA and BBM, if I want to join IIM, from when should I start preparing for CAT and other formalities. I had secured a CGPA of 9.4 in 10th and 85 % in 12th.
Karthik Bharadwaj

Dear Karthik,
Good to see your enthusiasm and your keen desire to acquire more knowledge and higher qualification Karthik. If you have cleared CPT of CA and feel that you can smoothly clear the next exams then do focus entirely on completing the requisites of becoming a chartered accountant.  As you know, it is a tough and a selection exam, hence your entire focus should be on that, while you complete your BBM through distance learning. After you become a CA, you can take up a corporate job in Finance to get a feel of management, and then slowly start planning whether you would like to do an MBA after acquiring sufficient work experience, and from which institute.  You also have various options of practicing as an Auditor, acquiring specific qualifications in taxation, business analytics, and related fields.

Dear Sir,
I am a student of class 12 science stream and I wish to learn pure science in Indian Institute of Science. But a lot of questions are haunting me. What should I pursue after a BS degree?  How long will this course extend to and what are the job opportunities after completion of this course other than teaching? What kind of work environment will I be dealing with? What is the scope in this field?

Dear Shamitha
The study of pure sciences is slowly but surely getting popular, and you can look forward to a rewarding career in it if you have a deep passion. IISc (Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore) and various other prestigious institutions like Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERS) (www.iiser-admissions.in) and National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISERS) (www.iopb.res.in/niser) all offer excellent 4-5 year degree courses for those who have completed 12th with Science in first class.  Even IITs and Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani  conduct very good courses in pure sciences. If you get admission in any of these, you will find your own path, jobs and a good career.

Dear sir,
I am currently working in a montessori pre-school. I have completed my studies in PUC II (pcmb) and am very much keen becoming a doctor. Because of my some personnel problems I couldn't continue my studies. Now am married and want to get enrolled for my BSc. degree, and as I told you, am very much keen in medicine field. I want you to guide me for choosing my subjects in BSc. so that I can be qualified for BAMS medicine field.

Dear Tanazzum,
Your desire to serve humanity through medicine is commendable.  If you yourself believe in the effectiveness of ayurveda you can seek admission for the 5-1/2 year Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) course which is conducted in 54 colleges in Karnataka.  Having completed 2nd PUC with PCMB, you are directly eligible and do not have to do a BSc. You can apply for the CET and COMED-K, and depending on your merit rank in the Indian Systems of Medicine (ISM) category you will get admission in a college of your choice. If you are not a believer in Ayurveda, you can consider Homeopathy, Unani, Siddha or Naturopathy Medicine, whose admissions are through the same process.  Do ensure that you study a field where you have a strong belief and acceptance.

Dear Sir,
I am a student of 12th standard studying in CBSE board. I want to pursue and become a commercial pilot. Is it a good career option? Can you please give me some guidance on what courses are available and what will be the career like once I get into the field?

Dear Nandini,
The field of commercial aviation has its ups and downs and there are times when plenty of jobs are available on high salaries, and periods when pilots are laid off and cannot find employment.  Also, to retain the flying licence a pilot has to be perfectly physically fit and undergo periodic check-ups for renewal.  If you are willing to take that risk you will need to complete your 12th with math and physics, and then apply to any flying training school in India or abroad for PPL and then CPL (Commercial Pilot Licence), which can be obtained in about 2-3 years. Look up websites: www.balpa.org/intranet/How-to-bec/How-to-become-a-pilot.pdf,  or www.webindia123.com/career/options/compilot/intro.htm

Dear Sir,
I am pursuing  BE in industrial engineering and management, presently in 3rd year. My aggregate so far has been 75%. Further on I am interested in doing my masters in the production line. Can you please tell me what are the opportunities in the production line. What else can be a career option after BE industrial engineering?

Dear SamairaIndustrial Engineering and Management (IEM), as you know by now, deals with mechanical, production and management aspects of engineering.  Production is a steady field with constant job opportunities, though without the fast rise or high salaries that IT related companies offer. If you can study further in specialize in production, preferably in a specific domain such as mechatronics, automobile, robotics, etc. then you will surely have good career prospects.  As an IEM engineer you also have the option of moving into any related field of hardcore technology or into management etc., but if you do have a aptitude and leaning towards managing production i.e. planning, trouble-shooting, handling labour, material management, etc., then do go by your interest.

Dear Sir,
I am going to complete my PUC (Arts). My subjects are history, geography, political science and economics. Is there any future in arts?
Which is the course I can take up that ensures me a good future? Kindly suggest courses that have a lot of job prospects.

Dear Amar
Job prospects keep changing, but those who are good at their work always keep moving ahead. Definitely there is a future in arts. There are hundreds of careers, and you will get more confused if I just print a long list. List out your attributes and skills, and match them to the right careers. Just to give you an idea, the careers open to you include military and civil services, design, computer applications, languages, law, management, marketing, media, social sciences, entertainment and many more.

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