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How to Choose a Right Stream/Branch after class 10?

Diksha Nautiyal
Diksha NautiyalUpdated On: July 15, 2020 01:53 pm IST

Choosing a stream after Class 10 is always a tough decision for many students. If your board exams are almost over but you’re confused about finalising a stream, then this article is for you.  

Choose a Stream After 10th

Passing the Class 10 examinations to receive the Secondary School Certificate is an important step in a student’s life. With dreams in their eyes, enthusiasm in their hearts and results in their hands, students look forward to furthering their education. With CBSE Class 10th Result 2020 announced, Now the question arises - ‘How to select a stream after Class 10th?

We are here to answer your question with the help of top 5 tips explaining you the steps to finalising a stream after 10th class. You must go through these tips and take some time to make a decision because the stream you choose today will, to some extent, influence your career scope and narrow down your options for higher education. But remember that surfing the web for a lot of research can confuse you. So, make sure that you are aware of all the options that you have with enough clarity to leave no space for confusion.

How to Choose Right Stream After Class 10?

Here are the top 5 tips to help you choose the right stream after 10th. Have a look.

1. Know Your Options

Getting aware of and then understanding the streams available to you inside out is a very important step. Without being aware of the different subject options that there are, their difficulty level and career scope, you will not be able to find out the stream that suits you the best.

So, it becomes crucial for you to grab as much information about different streams as possible. Now you must be wondering, ‘But, what are the things that I need to know about different streams?’. Well, we have got you covered in this section as well. Here is what you need to check about different subject options after 10th and then compare different streams:

  • Find out about the boards available in India for that stream.

  • Find out about the different subject combinations available in that stream.

  • Get to know about the academic programme and curriculum of the subjects offered under a stream.

  • Find out what are all the professional courses available after you opt for these streams.

  • Take out the information about career aspects and different jobs that you will be eligible to apply after pursuing these courses.

2. Do Not Let Your Marks Decide For You

Gone are the days when one’s percentage in the 10th class board exams used to decide which subject she/ he will be opting for. These are the times when you choose a stream that suits you the best and aligns with your preference and future goals.

Earlier, it was considered that if you have scored more than 90 per cent in your examinations, you are perfect for Science stream, which may or may not be true. And if you could not score this high, you either go for the Commerce stream or Arts. But, your marks are not the sole attribute to decide what you are capable of. Yes your percentage plays an important part in the process of choosing the perfect stream for you but, other things like your interests, your goals, your talents, skills, power of perseverance and many such factors decide your capabilities.

So, if you are going for a stream or subject with the sole reason of meeting its eligibility criteria, then think twice. Give yourself some time. And make a choice only when you are a hundred per cent sure.

3. Consider Your Strengths, Aptitude and Personality

It is important to be realistic while making a choice for the future. You must try to understand how you interact with people, do things, and what is your take on the day-to-day life scenarios. Try to find out whether you have a creative streak in you or you are drawn towards the corporate lifestyle. Find out which subjects give you the toughest time and which give you pleasure while studying. Realise what you are passionate about and what is your orientation style.

You must select a stream that does not make things impossible for you. It is hard to pursue something for the rest of your life without your heart in it. But, do not let others decide your capabilities as well. You need to find your interests and uncover your personality.

4. Check Scope and Career Prospects

If building a rewarding career is your prime motive then this is a very important tip for you. You definitely need to give adequate importance to your academic brilliance but, analysing each stream to check their career prospects is equally important. You must know that by signing up for a particular stream sometimes shuts the gate for some professional courses and jobs.

For instance, if you have chosen PCM (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics)/ Commerce/ Arts after 10th, you will not be allowed to pursue Medicine, Pharmacy and certain specific courses in the medical field. Likewise, if you have gone for PCB (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) after 10th, you will not be able to apply for professional courses like B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology), etc.

So, do proper research about the career prospects associated with each stream and finalise the one that takes you towards your dream job.

5. Educational Counselling

Googling ‘Which stream should I choose after 10th?’ will get you more than 100 million search results. A lot, right! Going through these pages might leave you even more confused than you were before. So, if this happens to you, you can always go to your teachers, school counsellors, parents and elder siblings or seniors in your school.

These people are experienced and have gone through the same trauma. Let them share their experiences. You never know, how important that could be proved to you. You can also make field trips to the workplaces related to your career interests. This will help you get familiarised with the working environment and give a little sense of the responsibility you will be dealing with. This can help you make a decision.


Considering all the points, in the end, what matters is your interest. They say, “Do what you love”. Indeed. If your mind is always fascinated by the outer space and unravelling the mysteries hidden inside these celestial bodies tickles your brain cells, then find out about the related courses and career options. If reading about the Human Anatomy makes your blood rush faster with excitement and you get fascinated by the idea of treating people with your capabilities, then go for courses that will feed your dreams. If financing and planning budget and consulting people do their taxes excites you, then explore your options in the commerce stream.

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There is a sea of options out there. Explore. Understand. Make a decision. You will find what you were looking for. Keep following CollegeDekho.

Good luck!


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