Career Options after 12th
Updated on May 22, 2018 - 10:11 a.m. IST by Jasleen Kaur Taneja
#CBSE Class 12th

Career Options after 12th: After clearing 10th, comes the most confusing aspect of looking for career opportunities in your areas of interest. Students pursue their 12th standard in different streams namely Science, Commerce, and Humanities based on the career fields attract them the most. However, it is imperative to do comprehensive research on career options after 12th available in their domains which align with their interests too.

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We have listed down various career options available in different streams to pursue a bright start to your career. However, before we go ahead and explore the career opportunities after 12th, we have to make sure that our 12 board results are on par with the stream that we want to pursue. With CBSE 12th results and state boards like UP Board around the corner, students must do thorough research on the courses listed above keeping in mind their interests and scores. Along the mentioned Boards, boards of states like Kerala Board and Rajasthan will also declare the results for 12th in May. One needs to plan and apply for admission in a good college/institute based on 12th board result as in the case of certain fields, your score in Class 12th also determines your eligibility for admission.

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Here are the Career options you can explore after 12th:

Career Options after 12th Science

Medicine and Engineering are the two most popular and sought-after career courses after completing class 12th in Science but there are other thriving careers too. Students with interest in Biology can opt for MBBS, BDS, Optometrist, Pharmacist, Forensic Science, Microbiology and many more. Those with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) can opt from B.Tech, B.E, B.Arch, Aeronautics etc.


After clearing your 12th in Physics, Chemistry and Biology (PCB), you can become a part of the healthcare industry. This field not just suits your subjects but also makes a good career option after class 12th. You can prepare for medical entrance exams to get admission to a top medical college to pursue your MBBS degree. There are various entrance exams for admission to MBBS/BDS courses like NEET, AIIMS, JIPMER which candidates can take to get admission to the college of their choice. After obtaining the MBBS degree, you can either go for an MD to specialize in your area of interest or choose to practice medicine.


A course in Pharmacy deals with teaching students how to dispense and prepare medicines. The course also makes the student aware of drug-related information. The students of this course will be able to give advice on health care programmes as they will be more aware of the prescriptions given by doctors. They will also be able to evaluate drugs and drug use patterns. To become a pharmacist, you will have to pursue a 4-year B.Pharma programme. Many colleges/institutes conduct entrance exams for entry into this course.


The demand for career options after 12th as an Architecture is on the rise. Architects are licensed professionals who design and plan structures that are attractive, functional and safe. They can be involved in every phase of a building's development from conception to construction. To become an architect, one can pursue a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) program, which typically takes five years to complete after class 12th. Aspiring architects who have already earned a bachelor's degree in another field, like architectural history or construction management, can apply to a Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) program. These advanced programs are also open to applicants who have professional B.Arch. degrees and want to specialize in historic preservation, design theory, solar design, or another related field.

Career Options after 12th Commerce

Chartered Accountant (CA), Company Secretary (CS), Cost and Management Accountant (CMA) are a few professional courses one can choose after completing 12th in Commerce. Some regular courses include Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA), Bachelors in Economics, Bachelors in Commerce (B.Com).

Chartered Accountant (CA)

This is the most sought-after professional course for building a successful career in commerce. A profession of Chartered Accountant opens various doors to exciting career opportunities in diversified sectors. One can act as a Tax Consultant, an auditor, an advisor, a financial officer and much more. One can choose to work with a corporate or practice privately. This professional course is provided by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).

Cost and Management Accountant (CMA)

This course is provided by The Institute of Cost Accountants of India or ICWAI. Certified Cost Accountants maintain cost accounting records, do cost auditing, helps in planning, controlling and costing of products.

One can do his/her own practice as CMA or hold managerial positions in public as well as private enterprises. The role of Cost Accountant goes beyond that of Financial Accountant by helping in production operations and processes. You can choose the cost audit area, certification and consulting areas.

Bachelors in Economics

Bachelors in Economics provides practical knowledge on various economic concepts, economic policies, analytical methods and programs etc. You should certainly go for this programme if you are keen in economics and want to gain specialization about the economic framework.

Graduating in economics can prove to be an added advantage if you want to prepare for Indian Administrative Services (IAS).

Career Options after 12th Humanities

Students passing out of 12th Humanities stream can choose from plenty of career options available for higher studies. One can choose from a professional programme like law, journalism and mass communication to others like fashion design, hotel management, graphic design etc.


BA LLB, BBA LLB, B.Com LLB (5 years) and B.Tech LLB (6year) courses available to students across law colleges in the country. Students are given exposure to a number of legislation and are also given the opportunity to participate in moot courts. Graduates can practice litigation or opt for corporate law.

Fashion Design

This four year Bachelor of Design (B.Des) or Bachelor of Fashion Technology programme introduces the subjects that deal with Elements of Textiles, Pattern Making, Fashion Studies, Design Management, Fashion Forecasting etc. After completion of the course, graduates can either work as a fashion designer, interior designer, work in fashion house etc.

Hotel Management

With tourism sector of India increasing every year, the Hospitality sector is growing by leaps and bounds. The 3-year course trains students to take on managerial responsibilities in hotels. Guest Service Management, Housekeeping Management, Kitchen Management, Communication Fundamentals, Hotel Engineering etc. are some of the subjects taught in this course.

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nit me b.arch admission keleye cbse class 12th me kitna pecentage hona chahiye.


Taj, NIT me BArch me admission ke liye JEE Mains Paper 2 dena hota hai. Admission Paper 2 ke rank ke hisaab se hoga. Lekin admission ke liye aapko ya to 12th boards me 75% marks chahiye (SC/ ST ke liye 65%) ya aapko apne board ke top 20 percentile me hona chahiye.

Board wise top 20 percentile cutoff marks ke liye aap neeche diye website pe jaa skte hain:

2019 ka CBSE ka top 20 percentile cutoff marks (category wise) neeche diya hai:

  • General: 432/500
  • OBC-NCL: 424/500
  • SC: 410/500
  • ST: 390/500
  • PwD: 390/500

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how to prepare myself for humanities 12 th board papers.

Rose Mary George 12th Jan, 2020

Hi Shyam ,

First of all you should collect all the materials which you need for your preparations.This should include texts which you are planning to refer,notes and most importantly previous year question papers with answers.

Secondly make timetable so that you can complete the portions within the time provided. Just roughly refer the previous year question papers so as to get an idea about the pattern of questions .

Now it's time to study. You should understand each and every topic and also maintain your own views about  the same.

It is subject in which the examiner evaluates you on length but you should have a very good time management. Also keep in mind that examiner is not going to read all your answers.Underline important points,make flow charts etc.

Hope this helps.


Is stream change allowed after 11th?

Abinash Panigrahi 3rd Jan, 2020

Dear aspirant,

Change of stream is a very complicated procedure which can be done only while you're in your 11th and during a certain time decided by the school authorities. But you can't just change your stream after 11th.

But you can do it if you want to repeat your 11th again and start over with the 1st year itself. Only through this way you can get to change your stream.

Hope you got your answer!


when will result of nse exams (2019-2020) be declared?

ÑÍthesh 25th Dec, 2019

Hello !!
NSE exam results will be released  in the month of january 2020.Thank you!!

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