I’m a student of class XII Computer Science in the ISC board, about to take the biggest decision of my life or so they say. I like Maths and computer applications, but not physics. Please suggest a course which I can take up. I’m not a fan of theories but I’m good at my studies. I would like to do something different, other than engineering, which many are forcing me to go for.
Nayana Tony (18) / Kerala
Physics and Mathematics have almost equal weightage in engineering courses, but graduate programmes in Computer Science (BCA/ B.Sc. (Hons)) stress on mathematics and computer science. BCA students design and develop software for business systems whereas the B.Sc. (Hons.) student would have the option of software as well as hardware careers in industry for automation and interfacing devices with microprocessors and personal computers.
Later you can go for Masters in Computer Applications (MCA) / Masters in Computers Management (MCM) / MBA (Systems/MIS) / M.Sc. (Computer Science) / M.Sc. (Computational Mathematics). These aim at developing managers who will be able to use information technology for realizing the strategic objectives of organizations.
Dr Vibha Gupta, a feature writer, is a Ph.D. in Mathematics from IIT Roorkee. Her book Careers: A Pathfinder and articles in various publications are an attempt to guide students in choosing a career according to their natural strengths, talents and skills.