I wish to earn an honours degree in economics and follow it up with an MBA so that I can find a job in a foreign bank.

I have PCM and economics as subjects. I wish to earn an honours degree in economics and follow it up with an MBA so that I can find a job in a foreign bank. But will I get admission to the economics or commerce stream at the degree level since I am not a commerce student? What are the other career options I could consider after obtaining a degree in economics and MBA? Would you recommend any post-graduate study other than MBA?

Science students do take up commerce and economics after class XII. Depending upon the university, a few percentage of marks are slashed from a science student’s mark sheet to bring him on par with students from the other disciplines.

In terms of subject options after class XII, science students are at an advantage because all the three streams – science, commerce and arts – are open to them. Job options after economics and MBA range from academics and research to joining the corporate world. Or as you are saying, you can work in a bank. It will depend on the kind of work atmosphere you like to work in, your interests and aptitude. Whether you like planning, whether you like statistical work or research work, or whether you like the hurly-burly of a corporate office, it will help you zero in on your career. You can even appear for the civil services examinations after graduating in economics.

As regards MBA and post-graduation, you should do a post-graduation if you are academically oriented and want to take up a career in academics or research. But if that is not the case, and if you want to join a foreign bank, an MBA would be a better-option.


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What is the difference between MBA, PGDM and PGDBM, and which one is really worthwhile?


I am a IIIrd year student of Pune University. I want to pursue management. But I get confused between MBA, PGDM and PGDBM. 

There’s not much of a difference. MBA is a two-year masters programme in management. PGDBM is postgraduate diploma in business management. PGDM is postgraduate diploma in management. Like MBA, these are two-year programmes. All the three are at par and the nomenclature is cosmetic. What makes the difference is the institute from where you are pursuing management  studies. You should join only a reputed institute, as these courses are quite expensive, and your job prospects will depend to some extent on the institute tag. We suggest that you join a reputed management programme, like those offered by IIM, XLRI, FMS, TISS, etc.


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MCA after Graduation

I am doing my graduation from Punjab University. I want to do MCA after graduation. What is the eligibility for this course and what are the job prospects?

Master in Computer Applications is a postgraduate programme in computers. Some universities / colleges call it postgraduate diploma in computer application or postgraduate diploma in information technology. To enter this programme, you should be a graduate in any discipline and should have studied maths, at least, till senior secondary.

Some of the top universities offering this course are Delhi University, JNU, Pune University, Roorkee University and BHU, Apart from these, there are 165 government-recognised institutes throughout the country offering this course. The entrance exams are usually held between February and June. The focus in these exams is on higher maths, logical reasoning and statistics. A whole gamut of opportunities exist for you after MC, from being a systems manager and web designer to becoming a software architect for big companies like Infosys and Microsoft.


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Knotty Problem

How can I choose other subjects along with biotechnology?

On the face of it, yes, your interests are varied. Therefore, it is natural for you to be confused. But one can already see a synergy-all your pet subjects except for photography revolve around the living world, flora and fauna. If you retain all these interests along with the one subject area that you choose, it might actually turn to your advantage. Even photography might prove to be a big help in your research work. If you are very keen to take up biotechnology, and are weak in mathematics, you can take up life sciences at graduation level in college, say botany or zoology. That way mathematics will not be hindrance. After three years of graduation, you can sit for the All-India entrance exam conducted by JNU, New Delhi, for participating universities all over the country. While your subject area will be biotechnology, you will still be able to contribute to veterinary science or forestry or maybe even herpetology through your research in biotechnology.


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