Career Options After PCB
After 10th boards, students get an option to select science as their stream. It is one of the most famous sought-after and famous streams, and has a lot of career options! We have already released a video before this on career options if you take non-medical stream, or Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.
In this article, we will do an overview of medical careers in science, and what are the exams that you need give to pursue those careers. We will also tell you the top institutions to study in for each of these careers.
Medical stream – if you have studied medical subjects that is Physics, Chemistry and Biology in class 11th and 12th, then the major career options that you have are:
- Research fellow/ scientist
Let us start by deep-diving into career path leading to a doctor.
1. Doctor – being a doctor is most people’s dream, but its not easy to become one! Doctors are some of the most crucial people – they look after us when we are ill, and help save a lot of lives. Being a doctor requires a great deal of precision and dedication.
There are a lot of specialisms in the field of doctor too – some of the most common courses that people go for are MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), BDS (Bachelor of Dental Sciences), B. H. M. S. (Bachelor of Homoeopathic Medicine & Surgery), B.A.M.S. (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine & Surgery) and B.U.M.S. (Bachelor of Unani Medicine & Surgery).
Please note that for all of these courses, different tests have to be given for different colleges.
- For getting admission in India’ top medical college AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences), you have to sit for AIIMS entrance exam – it comprises of physics, chemistry, biology and aptitude
- For getting admission in Jawaharlal Institute Of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER), one needs to appear for JIPMER entrance exam – it comprises of physics, chemistry, biology, english and logical and quantitative aptitude
- For admission to other colleges, you have to appear in the NEET exam (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test), conducted by CBSE – it comprises of Physics, Chemistry and Biology
2. Dentist – to become a dentist, most of the colleges take admissions based on NEET exam.
- MAULANA AZAD INSTITUTE OF DENTAL SCIENCES – [MAIDS], NEW DELHI
- MANIPAL COLLEGE OF DENTAL SCIENCES – [MCODS], MANGALORE
- SDM COLLEGE OF DENTAL SCIENCES AND HOSPITAL SATTUR, DHARWAD
- GOVERNMENT DENTAL COLLEGE & HOSPITAL, MUMBAI
- KING GEORGE’S MEDICAL UNIVERSITY – [KGMU], LUCKNOW
3. Physiotherapist – Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise or manual therapy.
Different colleges hold the different entrance exam for admission into physiotherapy courses. Some of the exams are:
- CET Entrance Exam (different for every state)
- JIPMER All India Entrance Exam
Top institutes –
- Apollo College of Physiotherapy, Hyderabad
- Indian Institute of Health Education & Research, Patna
- JSS College of Physiotherapy, Mysore
- M.G.M. Medical College, Indore
- Kasturba Medical College, Manipal
4. Pharmacist – also known as chemists or druggists, are healthcare professionals who focus on safe and effective medication use.
Some of the exams conducted for admission to B. Pharma are –
- Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT)
- Birla Institute of Science and Technology Admission Test (BITSAT)
- State CETs
Top institutes –
- National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research
- Jamia Hamdard
- Panjab University
- Institute of Chemical Technology
- Birla Institute of Technology & Science
- National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research Hyderabad
- Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Bombay College of Pharmacy
- SVKM`s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies
- JSS College of Pharmacy
5. Para-medic – a person trained to give emergency medical care to people who are seriously ill with the aim of stabilizing them before they are taken to the hospital. Paramedics have a very important role to play – like they accompany patients in an ambulance, and make sure that the patient is stable before further medication/attention can be given to him/her.
Thus, the requirements to be a paramedic are extremely rigorous. A paramedic is trained and certified to perform advanced life support (ALS), which includes administering IV fluids, injections, medications and performing advanced respiratory procedures, etc.
Now even in Paramedics, there are a number of specializations that you can do. For every kind of specialism, you need to do a different course or a diploma. Here is a list of some courses that fall under paramedics –
- Operation Theatre Technology
- X-Ray Technology
- Radiography and Medical Imaging
- Dialysis Technology
- Medical Record Technology
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- BASLP Course
- Anaesthesia Technology
6. Research fellow/scientist – just like non-medical students, medical students can also go on to do a BSc course in any of the subjects – for instance, BSc Chemistry Honours, BSc Physics Honours, etc. You can also then go on to do masters in any subject followed by Ph.D., and get a job as a professor or a teacher or as a scientist in institutes like DRDO, ISRO, etc
Apart from this, note that science students are also eligible to then go on and join Indian Administrative Services.
People choose medicine as their career for a lot of many reasons, but the most important reason should be your love to watch the sick heal, to watch the disabled try and get back on his/her own feet. You should love being a part of the therapy – either by performing surgery or by simply prescribing antibiotics.
‘Medicine’ does not only mean a grueling decade of hard work and toiling but it means struggling and striving to heal, to care and to treat!