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Is your Class 12th percentage Worryingly

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The writing on the wall couldn’t have been in bolder letters. If you aren’t a genius, or a master of rote learning, you are not likely to find a place in the college of your dreams and the course of your choice.

At a time when demand outstrips supply by significant multiples, seekers of higher education with anything less than 90 per cent are seeking alternatives — especially if their heart is set upon Delhi University.

And the beauty of it is that the alternatives aren’t all that bad, for academic programmes introduced by the university in recent years offer career- specific courses that may not command a social cachet, but require low cut- offs and yet open up fruitful career tracks.

Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences, Vivek Vihar, Delhi is one address to check out if you’re not confident about going places with your percentage. The cut-offs are considerably lower in this college than elsewhere in the university — it’s 80 per cent for BSc( H) Electronics; 75 per cent for BSc( H) Instrumentation; 80 per cent for BSc(H) Food Technology; 80 per cent for BSc( H) Computer Science; and 85 per cent for BSc( H) Biomedical Science.

Considering the demand for specialised skills in applied sciences, I would any day recommend a BSc in an applied science over a BSc in Botany, Zoology or Physics.

At the College of Vocational Studies, Sheikh Sarai- II, where the BA( H) Economics and BCom( H) cut- offs for those who didn’t have commerce and economics in school are 93.5 and 92 per cent respectively, the career- focused courses, especially BA Human Resource Management and BA Marketing Management and Retail Business, have far lower cutoffs — 82 and 81 per cent respectively.

A Vocational Studies BA programme almost certainly guarantees you a job after graduation. It’s great for commerce students. It’s the same promise of a guaranteed career break that comes with the Bachelor of Business Studies ( BBS) and Bachelor of Financial and Investment Analysis (BFIA) programmes at Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Vivek Vihar. Admission to these programmes is through an entrance test, which was conducted on June 5, so your percentage really doesn’t count. “ These programmes, which are great alternatives to a BCom, equip students with skills that make them stand out in today’s job market.

For those thin on options, the School of Open Learning offers degrees in emerging careers such as radio jockeying, animation theatre and 13 foreign languages. If you have to let go of the degree with cachet, go for one that puts you on the job map. At the end of the day, jobs come to people because of their skills and not the degree they have.

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