Different Types of Courses After 10th Standard

Have you completed 10th standard? Wondering what to do after 10th? If yes, this guide will be of help to you. Here, I’ve listed down different types of courses available in India after 10th class.

Courses after 10th10th standard is an important point in a student’s life. The stream/path that he/she chooses after 10th will play a huge role in determining his/her career path!


Thus, choosing the right course/stream after 10th is an important task! With this guide, I’ll try to inform you about various types of courses available in front of you! In short, after reading this guide, you will be able to make an informed choice!


Here’s an overview of different types of courses after 10th


Types of courses after 10th

  • 11th and 12th PUC
  • Diploma in Engineering courses
  • ITI courses
  • Other vocational courses
  • Certificate courses


Let us take a closer look at each course/stream and find our more details about them. Here we go –


Courses and Streams after 10th in 2022


1 11th and 12th PUC

This is the best and most popular choice among 10th passed students in India. After 10th, the most natural step ahead is – 10+1 followed by 10+2.


Nowadays, most jobs require Bachelor’s Degree as minimum educational qualification required. In order to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree course, you must have completed 10+2 in the first place! This shows how useful this path is!


If you are interested in following this path, you have many options available in front of you. 11th and 12th standards have three prominent streams in India. They are –


Based on your aptitude and passion, you may choose an appropriate stream and go ahead with 10+1 and 10+2 studies.


After completing 10+2, you may choose a professional course that is relevant to your stream (Arts, Commerce or Science)!


2 Diploma in Engineering courses

10th passed students may also pursue Diploma in Engineering courses! They must have had mathematics and science subjects in 10th class!


Diploma in Engineering programs are 3 years long. Various types of Diploma Engineering courses are available in India. Some of them are –

  • Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
  • Diploma in Electrical Engineering
  • Diploma in Civil Engineering
  • Diploma in EC Engineering
  • Diploma in IC Engineering
  • Diploma in Mining Engineering
  • Diploma in Textile Engineering


After completing Diploma program, candidates may secure admission directly into the second academic year of B.E. (Bachelor of Engineering) or B.Tech. (Bachelor of Technology) course. This entry scheme is called lateral entry. You may also check – List of engineering courses.


3 ITI courses

ITI stands for Industrial Training Institute. ITIs offer job oriented training programs. The main aim of an ITI is to instill skills in students. Thus, ITIs raise a skilled workforce and helps them find employment! You may also check – List of ITI trades in India.

ITI programs are 1-2 years long. Course duration depends upon the nature of the course. Some prominent ITI training programs are –

  • ITI Electrician course
  • ITI Plumber course
  • ITI Welder course
  • ITI Turner course
  • ITI Mechanic course
  • ITI Machinist course


4 Other vocational courses

ITIs, Polytechnic Colleges and other educational institutes are known to offer job oriented vocational courses. Such programs could be Diploma or certification courses. Few examples are –

  • Diploma in Hardware and Networking
  • Paramedical courses


5 Certificate courses

Other than the above mentioned courses, there also exists numerous certification programs, which 10th passed students may pursue. Few examples of such courses are –

  • Certificate in web designing
  • Certificate in ethical hacking
  • Certificate in Graphic design
  • Certificate in App development


6 Diploma in Vocation

This vocational training program is popularly known as D.Voc. Technically, it is a Diploma certificate program. At its core, D.Voc. is a vocational training program.


This vocational training program is three years long. Students who have passed 10th class are eligible to apply for D.Voc. admission.


D.Voc. course is available in different trades and disciplines. The main aim of this course is to develop relevant skills in candidates. Here are some of the popular D.Voc. courses in India –

  • D.Voc. Automobile
  • D.Voc. Agriculture
  • D.Voc. Retail Management
  • D.Voc. Textile Technology
  • D.Voc. Food Processing
  • D.Voc. Medical Laboratory Technology


7 Domain Skilling programs

These are vocational training courses. The main aim of a domain skilling program is to develop industry-specific skills among candidates.


State Governments and Central Government offers domain skilling programs through skill development initiatives. These training programs are offered at a nominal fees or free of cost!


Eligibility criteria may vary from one domain skilling program to another. Most of the domain skilling programs out there can be pursued after completing 10th standard.


8 Skill Development programs

These could be certification, informal or diploma training programs. Like other vocational courses, skill development programs are also aimed at developing relevant skills among students.


These programs usually focus on a particular domain/discipline/industry. By the time a student completes the training program, he/she will possess sector-specific skills. These skills will usually get him/her employed.


9 CAT course

CAT stands for Certified Accounting Technicians. Students who have passed 10th standard are eligible to apply for CAT course.


The program consists of three sections –

  • Foundation course (Entry level) part 1
  • Competency Level part 2
  • Internship


10th pass students are eligible to apply for the first part. They may continue 11th and 12th schooling after applying for this program.


10 Paramedical courses

After passing 10th standard, students are eligible to pursue paramedical courses (diploma and certificate). A diploma paramedical course may last for a period of 3 years. A certificate paramedical course may last for a period of 6 to 12 months. Examples of paramedical courses include – Diploma in Medical Lab Technology, Diploma in Medical Imaging Technology, Diploma in Dialysis Technology, Diploma in Radiology Technology etc. For the whole list of relevant paramedical courses, check out this post – List of paramedical courses after 12th in India.

Arun Kallarackal
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