Best Courses After 12th Science other than Engineering

Have you passed 12th Science with PCM subjects? Are you looking for some good professional courses other than Engineering? If yes, this article will be of help to you. Here, I’ve listed down some of the best alternative courses!

Engineering alternatives

12th Science stream can be divided into two main groups. They are –

  • Mathematics Group (PCM subjects)
  • Biology Group (PCB subjects)


Some students opt for both Mathematics and Biology subjects. This choice is usually referred as PCMB group.


PCM students have loads of professional courses to choose from. Engineering is the most popular professional course among PCM students.


But not all of them manage to bag an engineering seat at a premier college! Engineering seats at IITs, NITs and other top colleges are heavily contested by aspirants from around India. Also check – best courses in India after 12th Science.


In order to secure admission to one such college, a candidate must score well in relevant engineering entrance exam (JEE, State level, College-wise etc). In such circumstances, many students do start looking for alternatives!


Here, I’ve listed down some good courses other than engineering. PCM students will find this guide quite useful. The alternatives mentioned here will help you build a decent career!


List of Courses other than Engineering after 12th Science PCM



B.Arch. stands for Bachelor of Architecture. It is a very popular choice among PCM students. It is a 5 years long academic program. The academic program consists of classroom lectures and practical sessions.


Diploma in Engineering courses

Apart from Degree in Engineering, PCM students also have access to Diploma in Engineering programs. Diploma courses are 3 years long. Some notable examples are –

  • Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
  • Diploma in Electrical Engineering
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • Diploma in Electronics Engineering
  • Diploma in CS
  • Diploma in IT


B.Des. courses

B.Des. stands for Bachelor of Design. PCM students have wide variety of B.Des. courses to choose from. If you are creative and want your career to involve creativity, this academic program could be of help to you.


B.Des. programs are 4 years long. Some of the notable B.Des. courses are –

  • B.Des. Fashion Design
  • B.Des. Leather Design
  • B.Des. Apparel Design
  • B.Des. Textile Design
  • B.Des. Interior Design
  • B.Des. Product Design
  • B.Des. Accessory Design



B.Pharm. stands for Bachelor of Pharmacy. PCM students are also eligible to pursue Bachelor of Pharmacy course. Though it is generally considered to be a medical stream course, mathematics group students are also eligible to pursue it!


B.Sc. courses

Mathematics group students have access to numerous B.Sc. courses. These academic programs are 3 years long, when it comes to duration.


Some of the notable B.Sc. programs are –

  • B.Sc. Physics
  • B.Sc. Mathematics
  • B.Sc. Chemistry
  • B.Sc. Geology
  • B.Sc. IT
  • B.Sc. Computer Science
  • B.Sc. Biotechnology
  • B.Sc. Agriculture
  • B.Sc. Nautical Science
  • B.Sc. Hotel Management
  • B.Sc. Electronics and Communication


ITI courses

If you are interested in job oriented vocational courses, ITI courses could be of help to you. Students may pursue ITI programs after completing 10th and/or 12th. Duration of ITI programs could be 1-2 years (depending upon the type of course).


Some of the notable ITI programs are –

  • ITI Electrician
  • ITI Fireman
  • ITI Welder
  • ITI Wireman
  • ITI Mechanic
  • ITI Turner


Job oriented Diploma courses

Here are some of the notable job oriented Diploma courses –

  • Diploma in Event Management
  • Diploma in Hotel Management
  • Diploma in Air Hostess Training
  • Diploma in Fire and Safety Technology
  • Diploma in Computer Hardware Maintenance
  • Diploma in Architectural Assistance
  • Diploma in Retail Management
  • Diploma in Interior Design


Chartered Accountancy

This training program is quite different from traditional Bachelor’s Degree and Diploma programs! There’s no particular ‘college’ offering this course. Candidates may pursue this course after completing 10+2 from a recognized board.


CS (Company Secretary) course

Similar to CA training, this course is different from traditional Bachelor’s Degree and Diploma programs! There’s no particular ‘college’ offering this course. Candidates may pursue this course after completing 10+2 from a recognized board.


Teacher Training courses

There are numerous teacher training courses available in front of mathematics group students. Notable ones are –

  • D.Ed.
  • D.El.Ed.
  • NTT
  • JBT
  • Diploma in Yoga Education


Integrated law courses

LL.B. is a Master’s Degree course. You must have completed Bachelor’s Degree to pursue LL.B. However, there also exists integrated law programs, which you may pursue after completing 10+2!


Examples of integrated law programs are –

  • BBA + LL.B.
  • B.Sc. + LL.B.
  • B.Com. + LL.B.


If you want to pursue a law course right after 12th, integrated law programs will be of help to you!


Commercial Pilot training

10+2 passed students (with PCM subjects) are eligible to pursue Commercial Pilot training. To secure admission, one must crack aptitude test and personal interview. The duration is not fixed since it depends upon the aptitude of the candidate.


Management courses

Management education is a very popular choice among Indian students. The good news is that lots of management courses have 10+2 as the minimum qualification required (in order to pursue it).


Some of the notable management courses after 12th are –

  • BBA
  • BMS


Other streams’ courses

Apart from the above mentioned courses, PCM students are also eligible to pursue courses belonging to other streams (example B.Com., BA, Paramedical courses etc). Also check – Hotel management courses.


If you are unable to secure admission into a good engineering college this time, there’s no need to get upset! You may give it a shot after a year or choose a good alternative from the list of courses provided above.


Also check out – Courses after 12th Science PCM, Courses after 12th Biology group & Courses after 12th Commerce.

Arun Kallarackal
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