Is there any aptitude test for school-going kids, which can help parents decide what is the best career path for the child? At what age can such tests be taken? Can the aptitude clearly lay down an appropriate career like medical, engineering, management, civil services, etc? Or is the test general in nature? Also, apropos the article on homeopathy in May issue, what is the duration of BHMS? What is the maximum age at which one can take admission to a BHMS course?
Yes, school students are being administered a psychometric test, to help them realize their true potential. In classes IX and X, usually the level at which schools and counseling groups start administrating the test, the objective is to guide a student about the stream he should choose after class X, so that a student who is just not fit for sciences and is under peer and family influence, does not end up taking physics or biology that will ruin his studies. In class XI and XII the psychometric test guides a student about what types of career/jobs is the person suited for. The tests ask a whole lot of questions, and accordingly assess a person’s interest, aptitude and personality. They go a step ahead in preparing a road map for students – that is, what subject they should pursue after XII to fulfill their dream. These tests, rather than pinpointing a specific career, point a range of allied fields one can take up. Say, creative writing, journalism, advertising and electronic media are good options for those with strong linguistic skills.
Regarding your second question, the bachelor’s course in homeopathy is a 5 ½ year course, including one-year internship.
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