Career Opportunities for students After 12th Grade PCM

PCM is one of the most versatile streams. It provides a broad canvas and opens every possible career option that could be pursued.

Majority of these students opt for engineering as their career, which itself has vast career opportunities based on the various streams and fields available. But there are many opportunities for PCM students after completing their 12th other than engineering.

In this blog you will find some of the most popular Job and Career options which are available for a PCM student after 12th grade.



Engineering is the most popular career choice among PCM students. To become an engineer a student needs to pursue a B.Tech/B.E. degree. There are many colleges offering degrees. The most renowned and popular institute is Indian Institute of Technology.

To get this degree you need to give entrance exams like – IIT JEE Mains & Advanced, BITSAT, etc.



Architecture is the second most popular career option for Mathematics students. The degree required to become an architect is B.Arch. There are multiple colleges that offer this degree like IITs, NITs, CEPT, etc. You can opt for a career in Interior Design, Industrial Design, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, etc.

The required entrance exams are NATA, AAT, etc.


Data Science

It is one of the fields which has very increasing demand. Data science is devoted to the extraction of information from raw data for the formulation of actionable insights. The field is growing very rapidly, and revolutionizing many industries.

Required entrance exam could be CET, but varies from college to college.



If you want to become a commercial pilot, then aviation is the right option for you. Other options like Aircraft Maintenance Engineer is also a good scope when you get into aviation. There are many aviation institutes in India that offer aviation-related degrees & training.

Pilot Aptitude Test (WOMBAT) is a way to get into this field.


 Merchant Navy

International trade, cargo, if these terms get your attention then the merchant navy is perfect for you. This is one of the most exciting fields for mathematics graduates. You can work in various departments of a merchant ship, like, deck, architecture, the engine, catering, etc.

Colleges like Indian Maritime University, International Maritime Institute, International Maritime Academy, etc, provide degrees like HND, Marine Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Nautical Technology, etc.

Required entrance exam – AIMNET.



National Defence

If you want to be a part of the Indian Navy, Indian Air Force, Indian Army, then you can opt for this option. National Defence Academy conducts an NDA exam that offers admission to a full time residential undergraduate program, where cadets are given a bachelor’s degree in various fields.


Ethical Hacking

Ethical hacking is gaining popularity among students these days. Ethical Hackers are responsible to check the security of the computer system and find fault in defence systems. They are responsible for the network security of a company or institute from cyber-attacks.

You can pursue various career options like Security Consultant, Network Security Administrator, Network Security Engineer, Penetration Tester.

To get into this career you will require certain certifications like Indian School of Ethical Hacking (ISOEH), Ankit Fadia Certified Ethical Hacker, NIIT Ethical Hacking, etc.


Forensic Science

Do you like investigating? Then this new field of Forensic science is the option for you. It is an applied field that requires knowledge of various science-related streams. You can become a Crime Scene Investigator, Forensic Ballistics Expert, Forensic Scientist, Digital Forensics Expert, etc.

There are multiple institutes that offer a degree in forensic science.


Computer Application & IT

This field has multiple opportunities for students who have an interest in computers. Career options like Software Developer, System Analyst, Web Designer, App Developer, Network Administrator, Database Administrator, etc. The degrees required for this career option are B.E./B.Tech in Computer Application & Information technology, BSIT or BCA.

There are multiple colleges and institutes that offer these courses and conduct entrance exams for admission into them.



Arts and humanities

This field of art and humanities has many opportunities for a mathematics science student. You can opt for courses like in economics, psychology, sociology, foreign languages, Travel & Tourism Courses, Mass Communication and Journalism, Performing Arts, Business Administration and Management Studies, fashion tech, animation & graphics, etc.



Physical Sciences

This domain deals with the study of inorganic material like atmosphere, space, earth, etc in the field of Astronomy, Disaster Management, Cartography, Meteorology, etc.

Institutes like IITs, TISS, NIDM, etc offer various courses in these fields.



Chartered Accountant & Company Secretary

This career option is mostly opted by commerce students, but it is not limited to them only. Even a science mathematics student can pursue a career as CA/CS. And since commerce is an important subject for this, students will require knowledge of it to get into it.

Students need a B.Com. degree to give the CA/CS entrance exam.



Research and Teaching

You can also pursue a career in research and teaching. After completing your bachelor’s degree, you will require a master’s degree for this option. There are many national level exams you can give to get into master’s courses like CSIR NET, IIT JAM. You can also go for Doctoral courses after your post-graduation.

Research Areas in Mathematics: Algebra, Combinatorics and Geometry Analysis, Partial Differential Equations, Applied Analysis, Complex Biological Systems, Mathematical Biology, Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, Topology and Differential Geometry.

These are the options you can choose from for your career after completing 12th grade. If you want to know about Govt and private job options, then you can refer to the following list.


Government Jobs

Govt. jobs have always been the most desirable option for Indian families. If you want to know which govt institute and department offer jobs for PCM student, then you should check the following list:


  • Indian Armed Forces
  • Mini Ratnas and Nav Ratnas like BHEL, GAIL, BCCL, IOCL
  • PSUs
  • Banking and Finance Sectors
  • DRDO
  • ISRO
  • National Aeronautical Limited (NAL)
  • Indian Railways and Metros
  • Meteorologists
  • Income Tax Department
  • Institutes & Universities



These are some of the most popular and upcoming career options that are available for PCM students. You can choose any of these for a successful career.




All The Best !! 

Also published on Medium.

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