She wants to be a psychiatrist

My daughter is in Class X. She wants to be a psychiatrist. Which stream should she take in Class XI?
Neelam Gandhi / New Delhi

Psychiatry, a branch of the medical profession, is focused on the study and treatment of mental illness, emotional and behavioral disorders. To get admission in Psychiatry, students should go for 5½ years MBBS programme for which eligibility is 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology. Admission in MBBS course will be done through NEET.

After completing MBBS, student can go for Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Diploma in Psychiatric Medicine (DPM) or a Diploma of National Board Exam (DNB) that is equivalent to an MD degree. The Master course in Psychiatry takes 3 years to complete while the diploma course takes two years.

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Dr Vibha Gupta is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. A feature writer, her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.