Wondering which is the best career option for you after 10th class? The list of potential courses includes science, arts, commerce, diploma, ITI, defence and many more. However, selecting the right course isn’t a cakewalk. Many students completing their 10th standard are unable to decide the right career path for themselves. You may choose any stream from the course chart but if you don’t have an understanding of the choices, seek some guidance or attend educational fairs and seminars. Career exploration, self-knowledge, and future goals are some of the vital elements required for effective career planning.

For a smooth transition from school to professional life, it is extremely important to have a clear career path. But the most important factor is the interest in the chosen subject and the sole purpose for selecting that course. Before you choose any stream, let’s explore some of the major options:


It is the most attractive and commonly chosen stream for 12th standard. Science students have numerous options for subjects which brings a diverse range of opportunities. If you choose this stream, you also have an option to go for arts or commerce in college, thereby making it a more versatile course among all. The subjects in this stream include:

  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Electronics
  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

If you are interested in engineering, you should opt for PCM (Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics). But if you are interested in medicine or medical line, you should take PCB ( Physics, Chemistry, and Biology) as your main subjects. Whatever combination you may choose, it is sure to bring lucrative careers options for you.


Though it is the least preferred career option, it brings a large number of exciting and lucrative opportunities. It offers you a diverse range of subjects such as:

  • History
  • Literature
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • Humanities
  • Political Science
  • Visual arts
  • Performing arts


Those who do not opt for science are most likely to go for this stream. If you’re good with numbers, finances, and economics, you must opt for this stream. Some of the most lucrative and high-paying jobs for commerce stream are Chartered Accountants, Financial Advisors, Company Secretaries, Accountants, etc. The core subjects are:

  • Accountancy
  • Business Economics
  • Business Law

Just like the science stream, to become successful a commerce specialist, you must have a definite inclination towards it.


If you wish to gain hands-on experience right after your matriculation, you may opt for a diploma course in the field of your choice. This is a 3-year program and can be opted in various subjects that suit your interests and goals. Post completion of the diploma, you may either choose to do a job or to study further by opting for a degree program. Some of the diploma courses are:

  • Engineering Diploma: a technical degree below the undergraduate rank which aims to enable students to understand technical communication and apply the basic problem-solving techniques. Some of the specializations are computer science, IT, electronics, mechanical, civil, and electrical.
  • Diploma in Beauty culture and Hairdressing: a short-term course of duration up to a year which imparts training in body care.
  • Diploma in Garment technology: a 3-year diploma course which equips candidates with techniques of optimal resource utilization and timely delivery of merchandise.
  • Diploma in Stenography: a one-year diploma in administrative trade where candidates are equipped in taking short-hand dictations and perform clerical duties.

In addition toa 3-year diploma course, you also have an option to choose a 6-year integrated diploma-degree program.

Industrial Training Institutes (ITI):

These government-led institutes train the candidates in the technical field. One can learnthe basic skills needed for a specified trade like fitter, welder, plumber, electrician, turner, etc. Depending upon the individual trade, the course durationvaries from one year to three years.Upon completion of the course, you can find a job in government sectors like telecom, railways, etc.once you qualifya written examination. 

Defence services:

After 10th, one can join the Indian Army or Indian Navy as well after qualifying the respective written examination. After successfully clearing a physical and written test, you can also join the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) as a constable. Staff Selection Commission (SSC) also conducts several examinations for candidates who are matriculation passed.

With a plethora of options in hand, one is bound to get perplexed. Thus, seeking professional guidance is extremely helpful.Always keep in mind your future aim and past performances. Take a look at the wider picture and make your decision. If you still have any queries or need guidance, feel free to get in touch with our counselors at Lovely Professional University.