I WANT TO BECOME NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST?

I'm a Std 12 (Humanities) student interested in Neuropsychology. What courses will I have to do to become a neuropsychologist and how much time will it take?

Neuropsychologists evaluate and treat people with various types of nervous system disorders. They may spend much of their day assessing patients for mental deficits or treating the psychological bases of mental health issues.

To enter into this field, go for a degree in Psychology, after which you should go for a Masters, followed by a doctoral degree in Neuropsychology. So you need at least 9-11 years of further study after 10+2.

Some of the institutes are: National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences, Bangalore, Amity Institute of Psychology and Allied Sciences, Indian Institute of Psychology & Research, Bangalore, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

Please note that Neuropsychologists are not medical doctors and can't prescribe medications or operate on patients. Although they investigate the brain and nervous system, they do so with statistical or psychological methods. Neuropsychiatrists are qualified and licensed medical doctors who also have psychological training.

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WHAT SHOULD I DO?

I have PCM in Std 12 and I was thinking of joining the army through NDA or do B.Tech. which can help me in my interest in computer science. After that I want to start my own company. From which engineering college should I do my B.Tech, and should I study abroad or in India? I was also thinking of pursuing MBA if I choose B.Tech. Please guide me.

NDA, B.Tech., MBA, studying abroad, starting your venture... your interests seem to be quite wide. But it looks like you're just fascinated by these words, and did not put any effort to know how to enter into these.

First, try to think what you want to do after say 7-8 years, then decide the path and the courses.

After NDA (National Defence Academy), you'll be required to serve the country on short/ permanent commission. If you want to start your own company, you should go for some professional course.

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What are the career options in BBM?

I am in Std XII and want to do BBM IB in college. What are the career options and what is it all about? Is it theory-based?

BBM IB is a specialized 3-year full-time graduation programme. The topics covered are International Business, Cost Accounting, Business Reporting and Analysis, Business Laws, International Economics, etc. Most of these topics are theoretical. The course is designed to mould students to foresee the intensely competitive global environment and transform them into pathmakers in the global market. But BBM in itself is not sufficient for good opportunities; you must go for some specialized course or MBA.

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I want to get into ISRO

I am a student of Std XII and want to get into ISRO. What entrance should I clear and what are the job options available if I take up Avionics as a subject or do B.Tech. in Aerospace Engineering?

Aerospace Engineering is concerned with the design, construction and science of aircraft and spacecraft. But Avionics deals only with the electronic systems used on aircraft, artificial satellites, and spacecraft; it is a part of Aerospace Engineering.

Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Trivandrum (IIST) is Asia's first space institute. It offers a 4-year B.Tech. degree in Avionics as well as in Aerospace Engineering. The innovative feature of this institute is that students have an opportunity to learn in depth in specific areas needed for ISRO programmes. Admission is through JEE (Joint Entrance Examination.

After completing the course, you may work in areas like design, development and maintenance. You can find jobs with government-owned enterprises such as ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation), HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.), and NAL (National Aeronautics Labs). There is no dearth of opportunities for those who wish to work abroad.

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is the premier space agency of India and the sixth largest space agency in the world. The prime objective of ISRO is to develop space technology and its application to various national needs. For a job in ISRO (http://www.isro.org) you need to appear for the entrance exam followed by an interview, after completing B.Tech. in Aerospace, Electronics, Mechanical or Computer Science.

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I like software engineering and want to find a career in this field

I am a Std X student. I like software engineering and want to find a career in this field. Which courses should I take after Std X?

In order to become a software engineer, you should first complete 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Then go for Bachelor's in Engineering (B.E./ B.Tech.) and specialize in Computer Science. Admission various engineering colleges is through NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) and other all-India level tests. After 10+2 you can also go for Bachelor's in Computer Applications (BCA).

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