Facts & Misconception

Facts & Misconception


                 Most careers can be accessed from any subject combination

There are no ideal careers, only ideal choices




The right subject combination serves as a vital foundation stone for building a successful career in life. The subject selection process involves awareness of aptitudes and interests, class performance and eligibility requirements for courses and careers. While making informed choices it is also important to be aware of various misconceptions and facts regarding subjects and their career links.




There is not much scope for students who opt for Humanities.

As a result, regardless of a student’s aptitude and interests he/she is encouraged to take either the science or commerce subjects. This trend is highly detrimental for the intellectual development of the students who have a humanities bent of mind and infact retards their progress.

Most careers are open to students from all subject streams.

It is only the Engineering and Medical related fields that require a student to take up Physics, Chemistry and Maths or Physics, Chemistry and Biology respectively. Moreover, it is essential to emphasise that subjects like History help to develop higher order thinking skills which are a critical success factor for most careers.

Taking up Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Biology opens up wider career options in both the Engineering and Medical fields, increasing the chances of success.

Consequently, students take up these subjects whether they can cope with them or not and appear for both the engineering and medical exams without considering their aptitudes for these careers.


Whereas the engineering and medical entrance examinations are an extension of the subjects students have studied in school, the careers they lead to require different skill sets and attitudes. In Engineering you deal with machines while in medicine you deal with human beings. You see patients at their worst and have to give of your best! Leaving the career entry to chance can jeopardize your future.


Students who take up PCM must appear for the IIT JEE examinations as this is the best possible career route for them.


Those who join the IIT-JEE band wagon without considering their aptitudes and interests may face their first career dilemma after they get in and discover that they were more suited for research, architecture, law or some other field. Thus many a time the engineer ‘kills’ the scientist, architect or lawyer! It is essential to take up the right course at the right campus.


There is more scope for careers in the fields of engineering, medicine and management than in the design, media or hospitality sectors.

There are no ideal careers, only ideal choices. Each career is as good as the other. The choice depends on what matches with your profile and brings out the best in you.

It is better to opt for a professional degree after Plus Two as the academic subjects have no value.

There should be no bias regarding the pursuit of academic or professional courses.

For example, if the goal is Management or Mass Communication or Law etc. there are two key routes after Plus Two. The students who are academically oriented should ideally pursue their Bachelor’s degree in an academic field followed by a post graduate academic or professional qualification. However, for those who have a vocational bent of mind a professional programme may be more suitable after Plus Two. Thus, we must avoid generalizations and facilitate an individualised educational and career path that will tap one’s potential to the fullest.

High marks are the only indicator of future success. Consequently, students are compelled to take up tuitions at the cost of co-curricular activities.


The emphasis is on the knowledge acquired and not merely marks. In addition, hobbies like reading, painting, music and participation in extra curricular activities are essential as they develop employability skills like leadership, effective communication, and creative ability etc.

Once you embark on a career you cannot change tracks and certain careers don’t go together e.g. medicine and music.


A multi disciplinary approach is ideal for a multi-skilled person. The film ‘Soch’ has been produced by Dr. Karim who is a successful surgeon. Keki Daruwala former Director General of Police is a renowned writer.



Hugh Prather has expressed this concept succinctly in the following words “There is a part of me that wants to write, a part that wants to theorise, a part that wants to sculpt, a part that wants to teach. To force myself into a single role, to decide to be just one thing in life, would kill off large parts of me.”



Dr. Amrita Dass

Founder Director

Institute for Career Studies