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education Updated: Jul 15, 2009 13:32 IST
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I unfortunately got compartment in mathematics in class XII. My All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE) rank is 100234 in the other backward classes (OBC) category. Is there any way through which I can apply for colleges now? Should I wait to take my compartment exam and then apply in August after my compartment result is out?
— XYZ
You can apply for admission even with compartment, provided you meet the eligibility criterion for the specific programme. The university would give you provisional admission on the condition of clearing your compartment exam within a specified time.

Under AIEEE too, you may take provisional admission based on your rank. As per the eligibility specified in the AIEEE prospectus, candidates whose results are not declared can also appear for the counselling. Such candidates will be admitted provisionally, subject to the submission of proof of passing the qualifying examination latest by September 15, 2009, at the allotted institute. You may log on www.aieee.nic.in for more details.

I have passed my class XII exams in science stream with 63 per cent marks. Please suggest a course which has wider scope and is not so time-consuming.
— Gunjan Singhal
Nowadays, everybody seems to look for short cuts, that is more scope in a career, where one can make it in a shorter span of time. But in doing this, we generally forget to seek a career which matches our abilities, skills, personality and interest. On the contrary, there could be a career which has more scope and is less time consuming too but does not match your skills and abilities which in turn causes dissatisfaction. So decide your career based on yourself, not on scope and time.

There are a multitude of career options available after science depending on what kind of profile you have. As I don't have information on whether you have medical or non-medical science, I will give you information on both. With a non-medical background, you can look into options like architecture, aircraft maintenance, biotechnology, computer science, engineering, flying (pilot) etc.

With a medical background, you can explore avenues such as medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, genetics, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, pharmacy etc.

I have scored 81 per cent in my class XII exams (commerce without maths). Which degree programmes can I avail? Does the BBA programme provide a better base for MBA, or BCom? I had a bit of difficulty in accountancy earlier; scored 73 per cent in my Board exams. I feel BCom is tougher than BBA. But many people suggest that I pick BCom.
— Navdeep

BCom is a better base for the MBA programme as it is about an academic subject. Management is just a skill which does not require five years of study that is doing BBA+MBA. But if you wish to work after graduation, BBA is a professional degree as compared to BCom.

But as you did not like accounts, going for BBA might be a better option for you. If you are a kind of practical person who likes to learn skills than doing an academic course, then you may prefer BBA to BCom.

I took my class XII exams with medical subjects. I want to apply for the BSc (H) programme in zoology in Delhi University. But I aim to become an IAS officer. Is my choice of subject right? Can you tell me what are the future job prospects of this subject? Is it wise to take this subject in graduation to qualify for the IAS? Is the civil services exam a little to tough to crack?
— Surbhi Sharma

An aspirant can sit for the civil services examination after graduation in any subject. As you need to opt for two subjects for the preliminary and main exam, you must choose a subject is in the Union Public Service Commission's (UPSC's) list, and which you also like studying. Zoology is listed among the civil services subjects. Therefore, you can take it up if you also enjoy studying it. For more information, log on to www.upsc.gov.in.

With graduation in a science discipline, you can also apply for the Indian Forest Service (IFS), another Central government service for which the selection is through the UPSC. Separate from the exam for other civil services, the one for IFS exam is open to science and engineering graduates only. The advertisement calling for applications generally appears in all major newspapers in December and the exam is held in May. Those selected are called for a personality test and interview, followed by a medical and endurance test. The latter checks the candidate's physical fitness and stamina for a service which will require much outdoor activity. Those selected for the IFS, will work as Forest Officers in the forest areas as well as with the Ministry of Environment and Forests after their initial training. Check the UPSC website for more details.

It is important to keep in mind that the IAS is one of 32 government civil services, for which entry is through a rigorous selection process. More than three lakh aspirants around the country apply for the entrance exam, but barely 300-400 candidates finally get selected for all the services. Of these, only the top hundred contenders get to select the service of their choice. To clear the civil services exam, you need to be an above average student, extremely hard-working and persevering.

If you are unable to make it to the civil services, there are several other science related-fields you can consider after graduation in zoology. With a degree in zoology, you can consider careers directly related to your degree or those where your qualification would be useful. These include fields such as environmental science, biotechnology, forestry and wildlife science, forensic science, anthropology, as also microbiology, marine science, oceanography and so on. If you are interested in research, some higher-study options include environmental technology, oceanography, marine biotechnology, marine food technology, applied genetics, fishery biology and aquaculture, medical anatomy, dialysis therapy, anatomy, forestry, as well as phyto-medical sciences and technology.

Your queries answered
Usha Albuquerque is a nationally respected television personality and a gold medallist from Madras University. She has been in the field of career guidance for the last sixteen years and pioneered it on television with two widely acclaimed series including the series, Hum Honge Kamyaab that ran uninterrupted on ZEE TV for three years. Her books, The Penguin India Career Guide - Vols. 1 & 2, are into their second edition, whilst Puffin has published her latest career guide for younger children. She is a regular columnist on careers and career counselling for several national dailies.

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