I want to be a journalist

I'm studying in Std XI and have taken Arts as I have a great interest in writing articles, stories, etc. I just love to read novels. I want to be a journalist in the future. I especially have a keen interest in becoming a celebrity journalist. How can I do that? When do I have to do the course and which are the good journalism institutes in India?

Journalism studies focus on communication, for example, writing, editing, public speaking, photography and video or film-making. There are a number of universities and institutes offering training in journalism. You can do a 3-year Bachelor's in Journalism/ Mass Communication after 10+2. Some institutes also provide a 1-year course in journalism after graduation. Generally, institutes conduct their own  entrance test followed by an interview, for the selection of suitable candidates.

Some of the good institutes include Xavier Institute of Communications, St Xavier's College, Mumbai , Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media, Bangalore , Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi, AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

'Celebrity' or 'people' journalism focuses on the personal lives of people, primarily celebrities. After few years of experience, you can specialize in that field.

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I want to become a commercial pilot

I am a Std XI student and my subjects are physics, chemistry and maths. My dream is to become a commercial pilot, but due to the present situation of airlines in India I'm a bit confused whether I should go forward or choose another line?

Jobs for airline pilots fluctuate with the economy. The demand for air travel increases with the growing population and expanding economy and in turn, increases the demand for airline pilots. Even large corporate houses with their own aircraft require the services of pilots. With globalization jobs as commercial pilots are available in airline companies outside India like USA, UK, Australia and some European countries. But due to increase in ticket fares, there may be a decline in air travel, leading to decrease in the number of planes and airline pilots flying.

If you are really keen on becoming a pilot, there is another route. Join the Indian Air Force and become a flying officer. After finishing your graduation, you can enter the flying branch through the Air Force Academy, which is one of the most prestigious training establishments of the Indian Air Force. Selection is through the Combined Defence Services Examination (CDSE). Upon successful completion of the training, cadets are absorbed as permanent commissioned officers.

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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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I am interested in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering

I am a student of Std IX and I am interested in Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering. What is the scope of these subjects? How can I get a degree in this course and the institutions where these courses are available?

A Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary science including not only biology but also subjects like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Microbiology. To pursue a career in this field, take Biology, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in 10+2. After that, go for B.Sc./B.Tech. (Biotechnology). The duration of a B.Sc. programme is three years whereas it is four years for B.E. and B.Tech. courses.

Admission is generally through an entrance test. You can also do post-graduation in Biotechnology after B.Sc.

There are many colleges offering these courses. Many IITs and NITS offer B.Tech. in Biotechnology, for which you need to appear in JEE and AIEEE. This field is rapidly growing and offer wonderful opportunities, as many biotech companies are investing heavily into research of new drugs and biological products.

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I want to do B.Tech in computer science

I have just given Std X board exams. I have taken science in Std XI. I want to do B.Tech. in computer science. What are the entrance exams for admission in B.Tech. (Computer Science)? Can I prepare for IIT-JEE after Std XII board exams, taking a year's leap?

You can certainly appear in IIT-JEE after a gap of one year. But often students get distracted assuming that that they have lots of time. So take care and be focussed!

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