Thursday, October 13, 2011

Courses in general

Through this blog, I will start writing about the various course options available. There will be the "regular" courses and the "offbeat " courses. Regular courses are the ones which students have a general idea about and most try to get into these courses as they think it will land them a good paying job. True, but the offbeat courses are an extension of your passion or hobby and if taken seriously, they will lead not only to a steady income but also give a sense of job  satisfaction.
The "regular" courses are the engineering, medical, law, finance, etc.
A few "offbeat" courses are photography, theatre, music,choreography,linguistic, etc.
We will take brief look each course.It is imperative to look up at the individual colleges offering the choice of subject as I am only giving a general guideline for doing the course.

International Baccalaureate IB

The IB is an international recognized board.  IB board is accepted world wide; it gives more opportunities for the student to explore. Teachers don't depend on books in IB schools. This board is very versatile and practical oriented. Also the wide spectrum of subjects ensures that the student can make all round development. The system followed by the organization is also very different from the rest. There are no examinations until a student completes the Middle Years Program. The school concentrates more on enabling the students to understand 'how to learn' rather than 'what to learn'. It is a combination of three programs.       
 Primary Years Program (under grade 5)

 MYP (Middle Years Program)Grade 6 to 10

DP (Diploma Program)Grade 11 and 12
In India, there are only a limited number of educational institutes that come under the IB Board.
The name of the authority:International Baccalaureate Organization

The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE)

The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) is the examination conducted by the Council for Class 10 and the Indian School Certificate (ISC) is the examination for Class 12. The Indian Certificate of Secondary Education has been designed as a Course of General Education and all candidates are required to enter and sit for six subjects and SUPW (Socially Useful Productive Work). The English papers of the ICSE are considered to be the toughest and also the best in the country. The ICSE syllabus is considered to be more elaborate and heavy as compared to the CBSE.While ICSE has 2 papers in english, cbse has only one paper.The ICSE exams are knowledge, understanding, application and skill-set based. ICSE is useful while applying for exams outside India like SAT or TOEFL exams. One of the compulsory subjects in ICSE is environmental education. The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)conducts board exams across the country The name of the authority:The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations

Central board of Secondary education CBSE

CBSE, or the Central Board of Secondary Education, is an educational board under the government of India. The National Council of Educational Research and Training sets the curriculum for the CBSE. CBSE schools teach English in a functional way, and the teaching is more oriented for communication. Here, topics that are taught in a year will be the continuation of the previous year, or it can be said that the topics are built on top of the previous years. CBSE  is more helpful when taking competitive and entrance examinations as in  the CBSE system of teaching, there are more objective kind of questions, which prepare students for national level competitive exams. The CBSE exams are application based. CBSE students also seem to have an edge over other students when it comes to taking the UPSC administrative service examinations, such as the IAS and the IPS. CBSE will be the same all over the nation. The CBSE syllabus is framed according to the Indian standards of education.The CBSE syllabus is also comparatively easier. The main exams conducted by the board are the 10th called the AISSE (All India Secondary School Examination) and 12th called the AISSCE (All India Secondary School Certificate Examination). There are numerous schools in our country that follow the CBSE curriculum.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

State Board SSC

The state syllabus is dependent on the government of that particular State.The state education board frames the curriculum for the SSC. SSC syllabuses which are generally content based. The state syllabus gives more importance to practical implication of related subjects. The state syllabus is dependent on the government of that particular State.It would be difficult for some students to adjust to the syllabus of another Government school. .


IGCSE curriculum is balanced and lends an international perspective to studies. It also takes account of differing abilities of students. The IGCSE programme has worldwide status and credibility. In India,the course is delivered in over 130 schools with the number expected to touch 600 by 2008. It is recognised by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) as being at par with CBSE, ICSE, etc.  A noteworthy feature of the Board is its standardized curriculum. This course has got validity and the certification is accepted globally.The IGCSE curriculum is of international standards. There are five Subject Groups in IGCSE with several subjects to choose from, in each group.Five scores of 'C' or higher  in the exams indicates a students readiness to pursue +2 level qualifications, like the Class 12 CBSE, IB Diploma, Advanced Placement Diploma (US), etc. In India, there are only a limited number of educational institutes that come under the IGCSE Board. The name of the authority:Cambridge Assessment Group. CIE i.e. Cambridge International examination is part of CAG

Thursday, October 6, 2011


The advent of professional courses may have affected the popularity of  BA ,B Sc, or B com. Pursuing a graduation in pure arts,  science or commerce too can lead to a number of employment opportunities. Passing class 12 marks the transition from school to college for some students, from junior to senior college for others. Some students branch out to professional colleges for engineering , medicine, law ,hotel management, architecture, fashion design etc., at this stage. while some take up specialized bachelor’s degree course like BMS, BMM, B Com,  in accounts and Finance/Financial markets/ Banking and Insurance or B Sc,  in Biotech/IT/Aviation etc.

Options galore

MBA (Management), Master of Computer Applications (math till the plus two or during graduation), law (LLB-three years), advertising, journalism, public relations, tourism and travel, hospital management, health administration, human resource management, theatre/drama (requires participation in drama productions) film editing, film production, B Ed, are professional programmes open to BA/B Sc/B Com graduates who wish to pursue related career opportunities
Sound recording/sound engineering /pilot training (physics and math till class 12), food technology/plastic technology/cosmetic technology, (chemistry graduation), technology,  dietetics and nutrition, etc are among the professional courses open to science graduates. Popularly pursued by B Com graduates, Chartered Accountancy, Cost and Works accountancy, Company Secretary and Chartered Financial Analyst courses are actually open to BA/B Sc. graduates as well. BA/B SC, /B Com graduates may take up services sector jobs or, marketing and sales, customer service, hospitality, retail, banking, insurance, aviation,(Cabin crew, ground staff, reservation and ticketing), business process outsourcing, telemarketing, recruitment media, operations and administration jobs.  Try for jobs through direct applications, after locating opportunities from classified columns and career supplements of prominent newspapers. BA, B Sc, B Com. Graduates may apply for the civil services examinations(state and union), combined defence services examination, exam for assistant commandants in central police organizations and the Indian Forest Service (only science and engineering graduates) combined graduate level examination (by Staff  Selection Commission)and examination by the Reserve Bank of India Services Board for Officers in Grade “B”(direct recruitment-DR) etc., The defence services (Indian army/air force/navy) also offer various recruitment opportunities after graduation.        

Understand your destination

What after class 10!!! Which course to choose? This is a common debate among all tenth graders.The debate starts between science, arts or commerce. The choices can be overwhelming, but one must be careful while making the decision. Ther are a few easy rules...
1. You should be aware of your strength and weaknesses, aspirations and abilities.Write down your strength---are you good in calculations, making friends, art, repairing things etc.What is your goal in life...making money, making a change in society, power.What is your weakness...difficulty in sitting for long hours, language, fear of talking to people, difficulty in a particular subject etc...After you have made a note of this, it is eay to zero down the choices.
2.Whether you take up the traditional course or decide to choose a course and career that wasn't heard of till recently, at the end of the day, your abilities and personality will help you score in the particular field.It is a mistake to assume that there is only one formula for success and we have to somehow fit into that mould. Researching about the career scope, personality traits required for the career and if it manages to interest you is vital before taking decision.
3. Finally sitting anf deciding with parents is important as they know you intimately. But with so many careers in todays market, even parents are not aware of the numerous options. Thats where its important to talk to a counsellor who can help you to take a call.So career decision making is a combined effort between parents, counsellors andthe student.