Top Courses after 12th in India for Science, Commerce, and Arts

Modified on : 21 Jan 2022    Author : Tanvi Mittal

What after class 12th? This is the common question every student has after class 12th result. The confusion regarding career, job opportunities, and different courses prevail among the students. According to counsellors, the confusion is due to the lack of information about the courses and their career prospects. There are different courses in India that are stream (Science, Commerce, and Arts) specific and others that can be pursued irrespective of the stream. Here, we are listing the top courses after 12th in India for Science, Commerce, and Arts streams along with a few popular professional courses. Candidates can check the complete list.

Some common questions that candidates have in their minds are:

  • Should I choose a popular course?
  • Should I go for a professional course irrespective of my stream?
  • What exams do I need to take for admission?
  • Which course will offer good career prospects?

A lot of factors also affect students’ choices such as parents’ dreams/ expectations, peer pressure, income/ salary in a career, economic condition of the family, candidate’s interest and preferences. To help candidates in making the right decision, here are some tips for choosing a course after 12th/ HSC.

Tips for Choosing the Right Course

We have compiled some suggestions for choosing the course. Here are some things that candidates must do before taking admission into any course. Consider these points before you choose any course:

Deciding the Aim: This is the best way of choosing any course. Moreover, those who have any career goal or aim, they know even before class 12th what they want to do. Even if you haven’t made any clear aim before class 12th, make one now. Having a goal will show you the right path and will also shortlist the options. We suggest students decide on their goals in class 12th only, if not before.

Consider your Interests: Consider your interests and make a list of your likings i.e. the subjects which you like and want to study in-depth. When you will shortlist the subjects, you can look for the courses in those particular subjects. Make a list of 10 to 15 options that match your interest. Don’t hesitate to include subjects which you haven’t studied in class 12th but are interested in pursuing. You just need to do a little study about these subjects (to check if they interest you).

Analysis: Now that you have shortlisted 10 to 15 options, analyse each option in your list thoroughly. Check for the facts like eligibility for the course, entrance exams/ admission process, top colleges, drawbacks, opportunities, growth, salary, etc related to each of the options. You can make a pros and cons list for each course to make a better decision.

Shortlist Again: Now considering the pros and cons of different options, shortlist your options again.

Some Practical Knowledge: After shortlisting 4 to 5 options or even less, get some practical knowledge about the courses and career from the ones who are pursuing the course or working in the field. You can also check out videos from professionals about their daily work routine, if available. Practical knowledge will give you more clarity. For eg, if you want to become a lawyer, you can visit a local lawyer and ask him/ her about their job profile, what the profession demands, etc. Ask them if you can spend some time with them to understand things better.

These points do require numerous efforts but putting the efforts will be worth it if you will find the right course. We hope these points will help you in making an informed decision.

Class 12th Result 2021

Before moving ahead, candidates can check out the class 12th result 2021 for various central and state boards. Here are the dates for different result declarations.

Check out the following links for Class XII results of some of the popular school boards in India –

  • UP Board Class 12th Result 2021: Released on 31st July 2021 (Check Result)
  • Bihar Board Class 12th Result 2021: Released on 26th March 2021 (Check Result)
  • Maharashtra Board Class 12th result 2021: Released on 3rd August 2021 (Check Result)
  • PSEB Class 12th Result 2021: Released on 30th July 2021 (Check Result)
  • CISE ISC Class 12th Result 2021: Released on 24th July 2021 (Check Result)
  • CBSE Class 12th Result 2021: Released on 31st July 2021 (Check Result)

Confident about the 12th result, but not sure what to do after that? This article is just for you. Read on…

What after completing class 12th?

This question occupies each student’s mind once they complete class 12th.  Whether it’s their parents, relatives, teachers, neighbours or friends, everyone around them will ask the same question. While some students have an answer, others are confused. For those who are confused, it is best to understand all the available courses in detail. Besides, it is better to take more time in making such decisions than rushing into them and regretting it later.

The decision of pursuing any course will not only affect their professional life but will also play an essential role in their social life. Some of the most common mistakes students tend to make are; choosing the same course as their friends or selecting the choice of their parents. So, before making the final decision, they should go through all the top courses after 12th.  Having an idea about these courses will help them in making a favourable choice.

Every student wins half of their battle by selecting a stream after class 10th. The course selection after class 12th depends on the stream chosen by them in class 10th, i.e. Science, Commerce or Arts. Furthermore, students should ask themselves about their areas of interest, skills they are good in as well as their goals in life. The answers to these questions will help them reach the course of their choice.

Therefore, when it comes to choosing the right career, students should not pick the most convenient option. Instead, they should select an option that motivates them. All of us have different interests, motivations and goals. Thus, every student should select a course based on these factors and not according to someone else’s choices. We at Exams Planner will help you understand the wide range of courses available for you.

Choices after class 12th at a glance

Students in India need to choose a stream based on their aptitude and grades after completing class 10th. But the chief factor while making this decision is their interest in a subject. A student should always opt for a stream where their interest lies. Moreover, there are plenty of options available for every student in each of these streams – Science, Commerce or Arts. Here’s a brief description of all these streams after class 10th: -


Students in the Science stream have the opportunity to choose from Mathematics and Biology. Thus, the Science stream can further be divided into:

  • PCM (Physics – Chemistry – Mathematics)
  • PCB (Physics – Chemistry – Biology)

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Here are the options exclusively available for the students who opt for PCM or PCB. Some students go for both Mathematics and Biology (PCMB). Such students have both the options mentioned under PCM and PCB.

Courses after 12th Science with PCM:

PCM stands for Physics, Chemistry and Maths. These subjects along with English are compulsory for this stream. It is suitable for students who have an interest in Maths and for those who wish to pursue Engineering or Architecture in the future.

  1. Engineering (B.E/ B.Tech)
  2. B.Arch
  3. B.Des Arch
  4. Integrated M.Sc Defence (Navy, Army, Airforce)
  5. Bachelor of Pharmacy
  6. Bachelor in Computer Application
  7. Bachelor in naval architecture and ocean engineering
  8. Commercial Pilot course
  9. Merchant Navy courses
  10. B.Sc. Physics
  11. B.Sc. Maths
  12. B.Sc. Chemistry
  13. Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
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Courses after 12th Science with PCB:

PCB stands for Physics, Chemistry and Biology. These subjects together with English are compulsory for this stream. Students who have an interest in Biology choose this stream. It is the best choice for individuals who wish to pursue Medical or other related careers.

  1. MBBS
  2. BAMS (Ayurvedic)
  3. BHMS (Homoeopathy)
  4. BUMS (Unani)
  5. BDS
  6. Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry (B.VSc AH)
  7. Bachelor of Naturopathy & Yogic Science (BNYS)
  8. Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  9. Bachelor of Pharmacy
  10. Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
  11. General Nursing
  12. Biotechnology
  13. Paramedical Courses
  14. BMLT (Medical Lab Technology)
  15. Integrated M.Sc
  16. B.Sc. Botany
  17. B.Sc. Zoology
  18. B.Sc. Nursing
  19. B.Sc. Anthropology
  20. B.Sc. Radiography
  21. B.Sc. Dairy Technology
  22. B.Sc. Nutrition and Dietetics
  23. B.Sc. Home Science
  24. B.Sc. Speech and Language Therapy
  25. B.Sc. Rehabilitation Therapy
  26. B.Sc. Occupational Therapy
  27. B.Sc. Medical Technology
  28. B.Sc. Audiology
  29. Other B.Sc. Degree
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Courses after 12th Commerce

This is one of the most popular streams among students after class 10th. In this, students get to learn about financial and management practices. It is suitable for students who have excellent analytical skills. They can opt for this stream with Maths as an additional subject. Other core subjects of Commerce are- Economics, Accounts and Business Studies.

  1. B.Com in Accounting and Commerce
  2. BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration)
  3. BMS (Bachelor of Management Studies)
  4. BBS (Bachelor of Business Studies)
  5. BCA (IT and Software)
  6. Chartered Accountancy (CA)
  7. Company Secretary (CS)
  8. Integrated Law Program (B.Com LLB and BBA LLB)

Courses after 12th Arts

Gone are the days when the Arts stream was for students with low scores. With changing times, this stream has also become popular among students. It offers some exceptional career options to students and is incredibly diverse.

  1. B.A. (Honors in Political Science)
  2. B.A. (Honors in Sociology)
  3. B.A. (Hons.) Economics
  4. B.A. (Hons.) Humanities and Social Sciences
  5. B.A. (Hons.) Social Work
  6. B.A. (Hons) English
  7. B.A. Programme with Functional Hindi
  8. B.A. (Honors) History
  9. B.A. (Honors) English with Journalism
  10. B.A. (Journalism)
  11. B.A. (English)
  12. B.A. (Media & Communication)
  13. B.A. (Psychology)
  14. B.A.  Tourism
  15. B.A. (Apparel Design & Merchandising)
  16. B.A. (Fine Arts)
  17. B.A. (History)
  18. B.A. (Geography)
  19. B.A. (Mass Communication)
  20. B.A. (Sociology)
  21. B.A. Economics
  22. B.A. LL.B.

Vocational/Professional Courses after 12th (not stream specific)

Vocational courses are not stream-specific. They allow students to do something different from the usual courses and will enable them to learn new skills. With these courses, students gain practical knowledge and prepare for a specialised career. There are various programs that are fit for students and make them job-ready. One of the advantages of selecting these courses is that they can be taken online as well.  Other than that, there are few courses which are not expensive and are of shorter duration.

  1. B.Des. (Accessory Design)
  2. B.Des. (Fashion Design)
  3. B.Des. (Textile Design)
  4. B.Des. (Interior Design)
  5. B.Des. (Ceramic Design)
  6. B.Des. (Game Design)
  7. B.Des. (Leather Design)
  8. B.Des. (Multimedia Design)
  9. B.Des. (Jewellery & Metalsmithing Design)
  10. B.Des. (Graphic Design)
  11. B.Des. (Industrial Design)
  12. B.Des. (Knitwear Design)
  13. B.Sc Games & Interactive Media from Sheffield Hallam University
  14. B.Sc Multimedia & Animation
  15. B.Sc (Electronics Media)
  16. B.Sc (Hons) Digital Art & Technology
  17. B.Sc (Hospitality Studies)
  18. B.Sc (Mass Communication Journalism & Advertising)
  19. B.Sc in Animation (Distance Education)
  20. B.Sc in Fashion Designing & Apparel Designing
  21. B.Sc in Jewellery & Metalsmithing Design
  22. B.Sc in Fashion Technology
  23. B.Sc in Textile Design
  24. B.Sc in Interior Design
  25. Bachelor in Environmental Management
  26. Bachelor in Foreign Trade Management
  27. Bachelor in Foreign Language
  28. Diploma in Retail Management
  29. Diploma in Textile and Leather Designing
  30. Diploma in Human Resources
  31. Diploma in Banking
  32. Diploma in Company Secretaryship
  33. Diploma in Infrastructure and Construction
  34. Diploma in Marketing
  35. Diploma in Interior Designing
  36. Diploma in Entrepreneurship
  37. Diploma in Hotel Management
  38. Diploma in Aviation and Hospitality Management
  39. Diploma in Tourism Management
  40. Diploma in TV/Filming Courses
  41. Diploma in Foreign Language
  42. Air Hostess
  43. Anchoring
  44. Animation Film Making
  45. Animation Master
  46. Advance Diploma in 3D Animation- Expert
  47. Advance Diploma in 3D Animation
  48. Advance Diploma in Fashion Designing
  49. Advance Diploma in Interior Designing
  50. Advance Hair Diploma Holder
  51. Advanced Diploma in Digital Animation (Diploma in VFX & Animation)
  52. Advanced Diploma in Multimedia
  53. Foreign languages courses

We hope the information provided here would help you in making a well-informed career decision. Also, check out the - Top Professional Courses after 12th.


November 24, 2021
I am doing PCMC, which field of study should I select to do and earn more in future?
Exams Planner
November 25, 2021
Aviation, commercial pilot, merchant navy, and IT are some of the high-paying career options for a PCM student. You can choose from these. Moreover, if you are passionate about a job, you can make good earning.
July 2, 2021
I have taken pcbm. Which course is easy and having high salary?
Exams Planner
July 12, 2021
Medical and engineering are among the top high paying jobs after PCMB.
Exams Planner
July 12, 2021
Medical and engineering are among the top high paying jobs after PCMB.
celbration studies
May 19, 2021
very useful information. thanks for sharing such information. Your content is always unique. God bless you. Keep it up.
Exams Planner
May 20, 2021
December 21, 2020
thank you for this detail as I have been facing many problems but this content had helped me a lot.
Rupesh Verma
May 16, 2020
I wanna become to air hosted to my age.24.
Exams Planner
May 23, 2020
You need to get admission in the air hostess training programme.
April 16, 2020
I want to go for BPT...which exam i have to attend for this??
Exams Planner
May 1, 2020
Some universities conduct entrance exam for the course while others offer direct admission. You can check out the university you are interested in.
April 6, 2020
What course can do after 12th . I am computer science group What can I do????????
April 3, 2020
I wish to become a air hostess but the age criteria is 18 to 26 so what can I do after 26 ?
Exams Planner
April 6, 2020
You can check out institutes for there eligibility criteria. Some institutes might offer admission.
January 15, 2020
Does the course matters more than the college or the vice versa.
Exams Planner
January 25, 2020
Both the course and college are important. In the case of college, you must check the placement record while for the course your interest matters.
December 5, 2019
Is it possible to do BA+MA at the same time in regular mode??
Exams Planner
January 3, 2020
No. You need to have a graduation degree for pursuing PG degree.
vignesh waran
December 1, 2019
is it right to choose aeronautical course after 12th because I choose bio -mat group?
Exams Planner
January 3, 2020
Yes, you can pursue the course if you are interested in that.
November 26, 2019
There are endless options for science students after 12th it totally depends students where he wants to pursue his or her carrier they can go for neet and become a doctor they can also go for Pharmacy and become a pharmacist there is one advance course these days which students are choosing to make there carrier bright that is Radiology because these days as a growing phase of science most of the hospitals and health centers need radiologist, radiology devide in many segments such a as MRI Radio
November 26, 2019
D Pharma or Doctor of Pharmacy is a professional degree in pharmacy stream. D Pharma course duration is six years in total inclusive of 5 years of learning and one year of internship for practical learning. The only doctoral degree that can be pursued right after passing 10+2 qualifying examinations. Moreover ,D Pharma can also be pursued by B Pharma graduates by seeking admissions to lateral entry course i.e. D Pharma (Post Baccalaureate).
prabhas puri
October 19, 2019
There are many career options to choose from after 10+2. The choice is based on the personal interest, future scope of industry and career growth opportunities. After 12th you have lots of career options like, , BBA, etc. Students who like to play with Machines, Students who want to create something new using their brains, Engineering is the best career for them . if you want to pursue your career in technical field, then is good. If you are looking for top engineering college
January 15, 2020
Yes I complete agree with you
Atul singh
September 11, 2019
I have passed hsc with low percent 35 i cant decide what to do course
Exams Planner
May 23, 2020
You need to specify the field.
May 17, 2020
What college offer best studies in this field
Exams Planner
September 19, 2019
You can go for professional courses such as event management, retail management, fashion designing, interior designing, etc. There are a lot of other courses you can pursue.
Rahul jha
September 6, 2019
Diploma in hotel management is a good choice .?
Exams Planner
September 10, 2019
If you are interested in doing hotel management, you must go for UG course instead of a diploma for better opportunities.
Vanshika Kedia
July 23, 2019
Greetings, I am planning to do mass comm. But i wanted to have some other course along with it, am I planning to do right or not , if i peruse then what should i opt for.
Exams Planner
July 26, 2019
Yes, you can go for it.
Vanshika Kedia
July 26, 2019
Thank you , if i take training for cabin crew, or something else than language courses.
Exams Planner
July 26, 2019
You can do a language course or any other course in the related field.
July 6, 2019
Thanks for sharing such helpful information with all of us I appreciate your effort of writing a value able piece of content on courses after 12th.
May 6, 2019
Sir please help me ,after 12th law is best course or not
Exams Planner
May 6, 2019
Yes you can do it. Its a good course.
Jitendra Kumar
April 2, 2019
thanks sir
March 3, 2019
I have completed my 12th commerce and was looking for different career options before me. 12th coaching in JaipurThat’s when I came across this blog that listed out the career opportunities for students like me
February 27, 2019
Digital marketing is the booming industry and there is numerous job opportunity in this field. Its a best course after 12th you can explore digital marketing opportunities in the following fields: 1. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) 2. Social Media Marketing (SMM) 3. Email Marketing 4. Search Engine Marketing (SEM) 5. Content Marketing 6. Web Analytics
Komal Kothari
February 24, 2019
From a commerce badground can I do English honors ?
Exams Planner
March 7, 2019
Yes. Most of the colleges ask for the subject to be studied in class 12th. If you have studied English as one of the subject in class 12th, you can do honours.
Jatin Kumar Shrivastav
February 23, 2019
I must say this post one of the best posts for clearing mind about choosing the best courses after 12th
January 15, 2019
Neha Jain
December 26, 2018
Known to be the mainstay of Indian economy Agriculture includes Dairying, Poultry Farming and Horticulture apart from production of Fruits, Vegetables and food grains. In this field there are many options available like research and teaching. one can select among these courses after 12th science in agriculture If you are Looking for Agriculture college so Quantum University is the best option for Agriculture in Uttarakhand