Career Guidance – Std. X

This course aims at giving you all the information you need for making a good choice towards your career.

This course has several lessons such as Introduction, Streams, Decision-making, Scope, Science, Arts, Commerce and more.

Choosing the Right Stream after Std. 10

In order to choose the right field after std. 10, you need to :

  1. Know your areas of interest. Science, Maths, Accountancy, Technology, etc.
  2. Know about different streams available, especially the stream you are more interested in.
  3. Talk to parents, teachers, mentors regarding career choices.

Knowing Where you Stand

Comparison of the 3 Streams

It is important to realize that there is no perfect or better stream among the 3. All 3 streams provide a good scope of job. Each of these streams have their own challenges and no matter which stream you select, you need to face those challenges.

Science is full of theoretical knowledge and practical experiences.


Science is generally considered to be more difficult than the streams of Commerce and Arts. However, it also offers some lucrative jobs for the future.

In Science, you will first learn Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Biology or a Vocational Subject in your 11th and 12th Stds. Then you can move on to a specialized field of engineering, medicine or research or even switch streams to commerce or arts.

Vocational Courses

Vocational Courses are specialized courses available in HSC board syllabus as a replacement to Biology or Maths. Computer Science, Information Technology, Electronics, Psychology are a few Vocational subjects that you can select at the +2 level.

If you are aiming for Engineering, then you should choose a vocational subject over biology. If you are aiming for medicine, then you may choose a vocational subject over maths.


The Diploma Curriculum runs differently than +2 level boards. Students who opt for diploma, directly take admission to an engineering field and study it for 3 years instead of +2. These students can then join the normal Engineering Degree courses in Second Year Engineering.


Commerce comprises of accounts, business studies, economics, Maths. Commerce stream can lead you to jobs like chartered accountancy, investment banking, financial advisor, etc.

Commerce has theoretical knowledge but no practical experiences. You will have subjects like Accounts, Book-keeping, Economics, etc.


The Arts stream provides exciting career opportunities like sociology, political science, history, literature, media, journalism, etc.

Choosing Streams based on Strengths & Weaknesses

You need to have clarity about your strengths and weaknesses. Your career choices should be based on your strengths and weaknesses.

Choosing Streams based on Marks

Marks is the least important factor in choosing a career stream. If you have passion, you can overcome your weaknesses (and even marks).

Marks are not important for selecting a stream but for getting admission in to a good college. If you have the passion you may pursue your respective stream in a low cut-off average college.

So, it is important to be clear about the role of std. 10 board marks here.

Choosing Streams based on Passion

Passion is an important factor to considered while making career choices. You may be weak at a particular subject. But if you have a passion for that subject, then you should go for pursuing the subject.

However, you need to be careful as students are usually not clear about their true passion and fall for their short-term passions.

Choosing Streams based on Traits

We all have certain traits which are very important in selecting a field of work. These traits are : Aptitude, Personality and Interest.

Having Clarity

Clarity of thought is very important. You should be clear about the field that you are comfortable with. You should be clear about the consequences of choosing a particular stream. You should be clear about the subjects that you like/dislike. Out of Physics, Accountancy and History/Geography, which one would you pick ?

If you still are confused regarding which stream suits you the best, go for Science. With Science, you have the option of switching to Commerce or Arts after 2 years. Choosing Commerce or Arts doesn’t allow you to switch to science.

Things you should Know

  1. The Stream that you are going to select now is going to influence your Life & Career.
  2. If you select Science then you can switch to Commerce and Arts later. However the opposite is not true. You cannot switch from Commerce, Arts to Science.
  3. You can also choose a Diploma Course. A Diploma is a 3 year course.
  4. Analyse your Strengths, Weaknesses, Personality and Aptitude before selecting a Stream. (In this basic Career Course we have a Stream Finder App. )
  5. Along with Stream, also find out what professions are available in each of the streams. Sometimes it is easier to first select a profession and then its stream. This course contains a list of professions under each stream.
  6. Look into your hobbies/passion/areas of interest. The right stream may lie there.

Professions under Each Stream

Here is a list of professions under each Stream. Go through it and check which set of professions excite you the most.


Research & Development


Chartered Accountant
Stock Broker
Investment Analyst


Fashion Designing
Acting, Modelling & Dance
Animation/Visual Arts
Film Making
Mass Communication & Journalism
Mass Media
Hotel Management


Those who don’t wish to pursue regular 2 year junior college courses, can opt for the 3 year Diploma Course. Diploma can be divided into technical and Non-technical Courses. Technical refers to engineering and technology based courses. You will be joining these degree courses in the Second Year directly since diploma is a 3 year course instead of 2. So, while others will be in their first year course after std. 12 , you will be in your third year diploma and then you will join the regular degree course in their second year.