Completed Class 10, what next?

Students heave a huge sigh of relief once theirClass 10 Boards are done. But this happiness does not last long. After that, they are supposed to make their career decisions in a short span of time. Every student gets burdened with looking for courses that suits their interests or aptitude.

With lots of confusing options and less guidance, it becomes like the most difficult and important decision of life. To make sure we could help, we did our research to find out what are the common streams that are applied by most of the students:

Science: If a student has a keen interest in logic-oriented things and has a good aptitude in subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Maths and Biology, then this is the ideal stream to go for. Further career options in the field of science are engineering, medical practitioner, architecture etc

Commerce: If Accountancy and Management sparks a lot of interest and curiosity in a student, this stream should be chosen without any second thoughts. The career options in commerce field are marketing, management, entrepreneurship, finance, advertising, hotel management etc.

Humanities/Arts: Good linguistic skills, creativity and communication skills in a student definitely drive him to choose this stream. Popular career options in this stream are social worker, creative artist, psychologist, journalism, lecturer, teacher etc

The following competitive exams can also be taken after completing Grade 10:

  • Technothlon: An international school championship organised by the students of IIT Guwahati convenes this examination for students of Classes 9 to 12 across various Boards like CBSE, ICSE or State Boards. Students from over 300 cities all over the India participate in the Technothlon.

The contest is organized in 2 rounds: a written preliminary examination, Prelims (which takes place in July) and Mains – which is conducted at IIT Guwahati, among the top 100 students from each IX-X and XI-XIIclass students. It is a team-based event where two students participate in one team. They attempt the paper together and also participate in the Mains event as a team.

  • NSO/NCO: Olympiad examination of Science and Computers is conducted for students of Classes 1 to 10 across multiple boards like CBSE/ICSE/IB/CIE.

The National Cyber Olympiad is a cyber concepts and knowledge competition. Conducted by Science Olympiad foundation (SOF) with the aim of identifying technologists, IT talent and future scientists at the school level, it is held for students of class 1 to 12.

  • NTSE(National Talent Search Examination): This is a national level examination convened by CBSE for students belonging to Grade 10 to identify their excellence and recognize them. Close to 10 Lakh students appear for NTSE every year, out of which less than 5000 students qualify for the next stage of the examination.


NTSE Stage 1:

  • Usually held on the first Sunday of November every year
  • Conducted at the state/union territory level
  • It is an offline exam
  • Subjects tested under SAT – Mathematics, Science, Social Science and English
  • English is tested only as a qualifier
  • Every state/union territory declares its results separately
  • Candidates must qualify at the state level (stage 1) to be eligible for stage 2


NTSE Stage 2:

  • Usually held in the second week of May
  • Conducted at the national level
  • It is an offline exam
  • Subjects tested under SAT – Mathematics, Science and Social Science
  • Candidates that qualify stage 2 are awarded the esteemed scholarship and are anointed as ‘NTSE Scholars’


  • KVPY (Kishore VaigyanikProtsahan Yojana): This is a National Fellowship Program in Basic Sciences, that is begun by the Department of Science and Technology, Indian Government for Class 11 and 12 students. The objective of this program is to encourage students to take up research careers in the stream of Science. Once a student qualifies the entrance examination, he would be able to get admitted to a five-year integrated master program at the Indian Institute for Science, Education and Research.


KVPY fellows also get the below mentioned benefits:

  • Direct admission into institutes like IISC and IIIT-Hyderabad
  • Monthly scholarship and contingency grants in your basic science and specialisation courses
  • An opportunity to do a research project every year under the guidance of a scientist
  • Participate in the Vijyoshi Camp which is held for KVPY Fellows where they get a chance to meet and interact with like-minded and motivated people pursuing research careers in science
  • Exclusive access to all the national libraries and science camps in the country

Apart from these options, students can also pursue the below courses after Grade 10:

Vocational courses: Courses like Fire and Safety, Cyber Laws, Jewellery Designing, Interior Designing, Fashion Designing and a lot more can be pursued by students after completion of Grade 10. Students on completion of one year of the course, would earn a diploma title. Once they complete their second year, they would get an advanced diploma.

Polytechnic Courses: Basic Engineering/Technical courses can be done after Grade 10 in various polytechnic colleges all over the country. Students pursuing polytechnic diploma courses can get admission into 2nd year of a B.Tech course. This course is for a duration of 3 years.

Industrial Training Institute Courses: Students wishing to pursue a technical course at a low cost should be opting for an ITI Course. After completion of one year of ITI Course, students can get admitted into a polytechnic diploma course.

National Standard Examination in Astronomy(NSEA): This examination is organized by the Indian Association of Physics Teachers and is a competitive examination for CBSE Board students studying in Grade 10 or 11.

International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO): This is one of the 12 international science Olympiads and is an annual competitive examination conducted for students of Grade 10 and 11 from boards like CBSE/ICSE/State Board. The winners of the respective national competitions are invited to participate in the IESO.

Still confused? Take your time to think about what domain you are interested in and then choose your career option wisely. It’s about your whole life, after all.

Good luck for your future!

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