Once 12th standard is completed, confusion and pressure occupy a throne in the heads of every student, and one common question rules: “What after 12th?”

Half of the battle is won when the stream is chosen after 10th, but the more important battle is fought at this stage, and career confusion is a common phenomenon.

It is important to take some time, think through the options and then take an informed decision instead of hurrying into something which you might regret later.

Below is a list categorised according to the streams of options that one may consider after 12th.



  • PCM (Physics-Chemistry-Mathematics)

PCM is one of the most preferred options, and one can pursue a career in engineering or architecture after this. If academia is where you want to be, then getting a B.Sc. degree in one of the three subjects is a great option.


  • PCB (Physics-Chemistry-Biology)

The most common misconception about PCB is one can either be a doctor or a nurse after this. Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Anthropology, Speech and Language Therapy are some of the areas one may consider after PCB.



Students learn about financial and management skills in this stream. While CA and CS seem to be the most obvious path after commerce, one can also consider BBS, BBA, and BMS.



This stream is incredibly diverse, and unlike the past days, when only students with low scores used to opt this stream, it has now become very popular among students. This stream provides several options like getting a graduation degree in a particular subject, say, Political Science or Sociology or English or Economics. One can even go for Tourism, Journalism, Law and Mass Communication after this.


Vocational Courses

One can also opt for vocational courses after 12th, and not necessarily choose a stream related course, and these courses can also be taken online. Unlike other courses in which one degree is never enough, these courses make you ready for work. Some of the options you can consider are Fashion Design, Interior Design, Animation, Foreign Trade Management, Hospitality Studies, and the list is very long.

Still, whenever you are confused about your career, just search for “career counselling near me” and seek help from the nearest career counsellor for taking an informed decision and answer to the oft-repeated question, “after 12th what?”.