The non-medical science stream is a fairly popular stream option among-st students. The main reason behind it being the range of career options it offers all over the world. With the ever expanding science and technology, the experimental fields with their respective careers are increasing at a fast pace too.
If after 10th boards a student chooses to opt for Science, he/she again has to make an internal choice between medical or non-medical stream. The difference between these two isn’t exactly chalk and cheese, given the inter-disciplinary nature of higher education and subsequent career paths we see now. But a good, clear choice based on your strengths matters the most in the long run.
The major choice between Medical & Non-Medical Stream
If needing to be put into blocks, one can note that the Medical stream gets you access to all things medical as a career. This includes MBBS, BDS, Bioinformatics, Neuroscience and the likes. Meanwhile, the Non-medical stream covers a comparatively wider range of careers giving you access to all things Engineering, and more.
In this article we will take a systematic look at the Non-medical stream. Starting from the discussing the subjects on offer, we will take a look at the scope and dispel the myths surrounding this particular stream choice and its complexity and toughness for a student. We will also list out the options for higher education after Non-medical in school, and the careers it leads to.
Is the Non-Medical stream difficult?
Well, yes and no.
The non-medical stream has got a fairly scary reputation given the reviews by many students calling it hard, and difficult to cope with. This has led to many students developing cold feet before even making the actual choice.
One can’t claim that there is no complexity in the non-medical syllabus, but the same can be said about the other streams too. For a student who has a clear bond with say history or else writing, but fumbles with science, a subject like Physics will seem challenging. Similarly a student who loves Chemistry but has trouble with understanding psychoanalytical theories will face trouble in the Arts stream.
It all comes down to what you love, and how much effort you are willing to put in for gaining excellence in it. Before making the choice take into consideration your best subjects and the career path you want to choose in the future. It’s always best to go by your strengths rather than following the crowd, that way you get a better foothold in what you excel at.
If you have had trouble dealing with Mathematics and Science during the previous school years, chances are it will only get tougher with the increased syllabus and intricacy after the 10th boards. However, if you strongly feel like you can give your 100% towards the given subjects, go ahead. Just make sure you don’t lag off.
Subjects on offer in Non-Medical stream:
- Optional subject (varies from one state/educational board to another.)
However, some of the most popular optional are Computer science, Economics, Physical education, Home Science and Fine Arts.
The subjects in themselves open up a lot of career and research related avenues. When paired with the right optional they become even better at opening academic gates which otherwise might be closed for a PCM student.
The students are required to take 3 main subjects (PCM), a language and an optional for the exams.
Careers with the core subjects:
If a student so wishes, they can pursue any singular subject from the above mentioned cores as a specialization.
If a student is interested in Physics, they could choose to pursue the following academic streams focusing solely on it:
- Nuclear and Atomic physics
- Molecular physics
- Optical physics
For a student willing to specialize in Chemistry, the following are good options:
- Chemical engineering
- Nuclear chemistry
- Medicinal chemistry
This is a field that overlaps through all the three streams, namely science, arts and commerce. The following are the subject centric options it offers:
- Applied mathematics
- Computational mathematics
- Complex dynamics
- Fluid mechanics
- Image processing
Career options after Non-Medical stream
Perhaps one of the most sought after career option in the world, engineering is a stream that asks for practical knowledge and its application. The B.E/B.Tech degree could be taken in:
- Computer science engineering
- Electronics and communication engineering
- Mechanical engineering
- Civil engineering
- Textile engineering
- Automobile engineering
- Environmental engineering
- Aerospace engineering
- Production engineering
- Manufacturing engineering
- Aeronautical engineering
B.Sc degrees have immense scope and career options after engineering. This is a three to five year (depending upon the university) course which has research oriented and interdisciplinary courses to choose from:
- Computer science
- Environmental science
- Hotel management
Apart from the science domain, non-medical students can also opt for law as a career. They could choose to pursue B.A L.L.B, B.B.A L.L.B, B.Com LLB followed by an L.L.M. Or they could also go for integrated courses like M.B.A-L.L.M.
The NDA trains its students for the three divisions- Navy, Airforce and Army. Non-medical students can appear for its entrance exams and thus get admission through merit. The course duration is of 3 years after which they are sent for training and joining.
5. Computer and IT
Quickly becoming the most sought after discipline, the IT sector now occupies a big chunk of the job market. More students are getting drawn towards it due to the obvious boom in the IT sector in recent years.
A few of the many options are:
- Software developer
- Web programmer/developer
- Software analyst
- Software engineer
- Database administrators
Interdisciplinary courses and careers
- Bachelor of arts (B.A)
- CA, ICWA, CS
- Fine arts
- Actuarial sciences
Entrance exams to consider:
- JEE (Main and advanced)
- CET’s of different states
- B.Arch of various universities
- IPU engineering
- Manipal, Jamia, AMU (B.Tech)
- Entrance exams for defense, marine and navy
- Entrance exams for various Humanities and social science courses across universities
- Entrance exams for law courses
- Entrance exams for Fashion Design and Hotel management
- Entrance exams for pure math courses
- UPSC, SSC and IBPS exams held by the government
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Finally, there is a dedicated section of the website which contains career-related and educational articles which aim to help ease the ever present confusion in a student’s mind
This article talked about the non-medical stream and the options on offer. Given the surge in the job market for engineers and scientific domains, its only natural for students to be drawn towards it. Be in national, or international, every organization is leaning heavily towards more scientific ways to progress, and this is opening more and more unexplored avenues for non-medical students.
It’s important to play by your strengths when it comes to choosing your stream, and that takes care of the misconception that certain subjects are hard to deal with. Once you’ve made your decision, dedicate yourself fully towards it. Keep your options open and be willing to experiment with different disciplines as they come your way.
Lastly, keep yourself stress free. These subjects and exams don’t define your personal worth. If you feel things are getting difficult to cope with you could always shift streams. Reach out to your parents and teachers for good counsel and advice.