Which subjects should you take in Class XI

Meritnation|May 29th, 2009 03:05am

The choice of subjects after class X is a very crucial decision in a student’s life and is often met with a lot of anxiety and confusion both on the part of parents and students alike. This anxiety is not out of place since on this decision hinges the general direction that a student’s career is going to take.

It is a common practice to base this crucial decision on the marks that the student obtains in his class X examinations. So, a student who secures an 80% plus aggregate in his class X Board Exams, invariably heads towards the Science subjects and another student who secures a 60% in his Boards, assumes that Humanities or the Arts subjects is what he must be cut out for. Such generalizations often prove erroneous and students may end up disillusioned and unduly stressed.

While performance in the class X final examinations may be a fair indication of the student’s hold over academic subjects, it should not be taken as the sole indicator for the level of aptitude and interest in any given area. Take the case of Arpita, who obtained a 75 % in her class X Boards. It is reasonable to assume that her Board exam result has been a function of such factors as

  • the level of preparedness
  • memory
  • exam taking skills
  • and level of anxiety on the day of exam;
  • others
Motivation or interest per se is likely to have played a relatively insignificant role. However, the scenario will change 2 years hence when she will be looking at her Class XII Board Exam results! Along with the factors listed above, her involvement with her subjects of study and her overall interest in the same will truly reflect in her final performance. This is because studies in the higher classes (Class XI and XII) get tougher and success in the examinations at this stage can be attained only by a consistent approach and an inquisitiveness to learn that is best brought about an inherent interest in the subject matter. It therefore brings us to the central point of this write-up that the choice of stream (or subjects) in class XI should be arrived at only after taking an individual student’s interest and aptitude into account.
Some pointers to keep in mind while choosing the subject combinations:
  • Know the subject combinations offered in your school at the +2 level. Typically the streams available in the schools and the subjects offered therein are:
    • Science (Medical): Physics, Chemistry, Biology
      Optional subjects: Math, Engineering Drawing, Economics, Computer Science, Informatics Practices, Biotechnology
    • Science (Non-Medical): Physics, Chemistry, Math
      Optional Subjects: Biology, Engineering Drawing, Economics, Computer Science, Informatics Practices
    • Commerce: Business Studies, Accounts, Economics
      Optional Subjects: Math, Informatics Practices
    • Arts: History, Geography, Political Science
      Optional Subjects: Economics, PsychologyOne language (English is usually a compulsory subject in most schools)
  • Know your interests and aptitude. Co-curricular activities and inputs from friends & family can be valuable in this regard. You can also take the help of psychometric testing by certified guidance counselors.
  • Have a Career Plan revolving around a minimum of 3-4 careers in place.
  • Think it through yourself; what is good for your friend may not be good for you.
  • Explore career options and discover new opportunities that may excite you (this process should indeed continue within the broad field throughout the two years of plus two studies).
  • Be realistic and honest with yourself-no one knows you better than you do! If you know for instance, that you do not have a ‘Math-Brain’, do not fool yourself into taking Science.
  • Pay heed to the advice from parents and other adults who know you closely. Their experience can often provide you valuable insights both about yourself and the world of work.
It is important that you think through before taking this decision. Do not take it in haste or feel pressured in any way whatsoever.
All the Best!
– Payal

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  • 1. nishtha dua  |  July 16th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    hey plz tell me..i have taken i.p with commerce stream and i want to do gov. bank job in my future on good post…so plz suggest me…i have choosen the rite subjects…/?

  • 2. prabhakar  |  July 11th, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    subject for class 11th in commerce stream with math and without math plz.. give me answer

  • 3. ROHIT VERMA  |  July 9th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    i scored 80’/. marks in class 10 i want to go with Economics but my frnd told me there are no more choice exept banking. please tell me if there are more option on my email id [email protected]

  • 4. Aayushi jaiswal basti up  |  July 6th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    bestttttttttttttt

  • 5. Indradeep  |  July 5th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I Suddenly take science group in class XI in WBSC Board
    But I DO NOT TAKE BIOLOGY.I WANT TO BE A RESEARCHER IN ROBOTICS.IS BIOLOGY IMPORTANT FOR PROPER RESEARCHER IN
    ROBOTICS??????IS COMPUTER SCIENCE IMPORTANT FOR MY CARRIER??????? A SUGGESTION FALLS ME IN A PANIC THAT IF I DO NOT TAKE BIOLOGY..THE BIOLOGICAL CARRIER WILL BE CLOSED..I THINK BIOLOGY IS BETTER FOR KNOWING HUMAN BODY WHICH IS RELATED WITH ROBOTICS IS THIS TRUE

    PLEASE HELP ME !!! PLEASE HELP ME !!! PLEASE HELP ME !!! PLEASE HELP ME !!! PLEASE HELP ME !!!

  • 6. Sid  |  July 4th, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    plz help as soon as possible
    me currently in class 11
    i live in the ncr region n preparing for iit jee through vmc
    n they just give loads n loads of work
    four hour class thrice a week
    so should i opt for computers or physical education
    i have interest in it but more in science non medical
    plz help

  • 7. SHALABH  |  July 3rd, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    hi,friends i got 65% in 10th but now i confusd dat which subject does i choose i have intrst in all subject,lekin mein bus rupees kamana chahta hu aur vo b bot zada socan u tell me dat which subject line have lot of money which should i choose…plz tell me

  • 8. SHALABH  |  July 3rd, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    hi,friends i got 65% in 10th but now i confusd dat which subject does i choose i have intrst in all subject,lekin mein bus rupees kamana chahta hu aur vo b bot zada socan u tell me dat which subject line have lot of money which should i choose

  • 9. manoj  |  June 29th, 2012 at 10:28 am

    thanx for the suggetsion

  • 10. navjot sran  |  June 24th, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Sir,i won’t to ask that which subjects i take ender non-medical in +1?

  • 11. navjot sran  |  June 24th, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Sir,i won’t to ask that which subjects i take ender non-medical?

  • 12. gulam.nabi  |  June 24th, 2012 at 10:34 am

    hallo i am gulam nabi and i pass in class 10 cgpa 7.4 i take commers in

  • 13. gaurav arjune  |  June 17th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    jello

  • 14. Chandrapal Sharma  |  June 15th, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Sir,
    I Choose Commerce stream in class 11th, Can i get computer science as subject….
    I want Computer science As my subject….

    Thanks…

  • 15. ashutosh jha  |  June 15th, 2012 at 7:25 am

    i hav got 10cgpa and hav decided 2 take pcm..how many subjects r required in pcm..which r option..help me pls.. i m totaly confused

  • 16. pragya  |  June 6th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    HELLO.. I AM PRAGYA , I GOT 8.6 CGPA IN HIGH SCHOOL . I WAS ALREADY SELECTED SCIENCE (PCB) STREAM BUT I AM LITTLE BIT CONFUSE IN SELECTING OPTIONAL SUBJECT . I WANT TO BECOME A DOCTOR . SO PLEASE GUIDE ME .

  • 17. rahul  |  June 5th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    hi iam rahul,and i got 8.6 cgpa in my 10 board exam and iam little bit confuse in selecting stream in 11 class. so please help me.

  • 18. S Bhagirati  |  June 5th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    hi i am bhagirati & i got 8cgpa in class 10& i am interested in science (especially ,in biology)but i am feeling difficulty in mathematics. so please guide me.

  • 19. misty  |  June 2nd, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    I scored 70% so now I want to take science is that possible?

  • 20. priyadharshini  |  June 1st, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Hi i am priya n i am waiting for my board exam results.i am expecting 90% marks. i am confused which subject i should take in 11th.biology or computer science n i also like maths.By any means is there any possibilities to get any computer based jobs even after taking BIOLOGY GROUP in higher secondary by taking some computer course. To say it frankly I am blank about my future

  • 21. divya  |  May 27th, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    hi i am divya and i got 7.6cgpa in class 10 and now i am confuise that which subject i shoud take in 11th i want to be an army officer in my future so please guid me that what subject i shoud take in 11th class piease guid me .

  • 22. kirti  |  May 25th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    6 th subject as an additinal subject can be choosen after 10 th in XI class. Where are all these rules laid down

  • 23. divyansh  |  May 25th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    i m cnfused about which subject i take in 11th…………… if i want 2 bcome a police then subject i have 2 take…………….

  • 24. Roshan  |  May 22nd, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    meritnation.com has really helped me in choosing my subjects and make easier for me to step toward my career.
    And all i want to say u guys that stay in touch with this site.

  • 25. Saurbhi  |  May 21st, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Hi! I’ve finished my 10th and secured 84%. I’m really confused about what to do ahead. I’m quite good in english and arts. But I’m not sure if I should pursue arts ahead. I’m actually quite interested in commerce but I’ve heard it’s not a bright choice. I’ve thought about going for medical, but I’m not sure I can ace physics in the next 2 years…moreover medical entrance exam is difficult. Kindly help me out. Thanks 🙂

  • 26. shivkumar yadav  |  May 20th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    i have got 35 marks in icse class10 exams sir iam able to take PCB GROUP ICS CLASS11 OR NOT

  • 27. benazir  |  May 18th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    I was really thankful to you . Can you please give elaborate idea on selecting my group as i was almost good in all subjects.

  • 28. Hemant kumar  |  May 10th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    HI! I AM SURE I WILL SECURED GOOD MARK IN 10class. NOW I AM INTERESTED IN COMMERCE STREAM. AND I HOPE I WILL DO BEST IN FUTURE BUT STILL THERE IS FEAR IN MY MIND. SO PLEASE SEND STUDY TIPS AND FUTURE CAREER IN MY E-mail ADDRESS. I WILL BE THANKFUL TO YOU…

  • 29. Asmita upadhyay  |  April 28th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I wanna to apply for IAS, which stream should be good for me.I got 88% in 10th board exam.

  • 30. dikisangmo  |  April 28th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    wow….amazing..but still i had confussoin that which stearm i should choose…i did;nt understand…please help..me..:)

  • 31. vismaya george  |  April 28th, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    i likd ths blog very much. its really helpful. i jst want sme tips to selact a correct stream in my X1.please…….. nw am thnkg of takg biomaths.bt its a bit challenging coz am weak in maths…anyway i has scored 83 % in my board.so thnkg tht i could manage it…… thanx a looooot 4 helpg me take a decision….

  • 32. athira  |  April 24th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    which group should i take in std 11 to become a fashion designer in future

  • 33. Tooba  |  April 23rd, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    i dont like maths what subject i choose in XI

  • 34. manu  |  April 21st, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    hi!i am in 11 class and is thinking to do clat so whether is it good choice of the subject? which i mean is commerce.

  • 35. akshay  |  April 20th, 2012 at 9:52 am

    i m confuse about which subject going to take and what can i do

  • 36. Bikash Chowdhury  |  April 9th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    this blog is awsm bcoz i have inspired frm ths blog nd i score 90% in i.c.s.e

  • 37. vikram  |  April 6th, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    it’s so much confusion what i should do after my sscboard exam, please guide me

  • 38. Saahil maurya  |  April 2nd, 2012 at 1:36 am

    hi dis is saahil, my exams r over in march nd after waiting for a month i couldnt find an appropiate answer of my ques that is which subject should i select for 11, i m finding bit difficulty for the selection of subjects. its my humble request to guide me plz !!!!

  • 39. gayathri  |  March 27th, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    i m tooo confused on the subjects which i want to take in my 11 class on science medical

  • 40. prachi  |  March 18th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    i am confused that what should i take in 11 class medical or non medical

  • 41. jbsingh  |  March 16th, 2012 at 8:11 am

    in these days whenever my exanination for class X is being over and I would like to take medical subjects kindly advise me upon on medical

  • 42. feba  |  March 11th, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I failed in mathematics examination of plus one class. Icould not improve marks in retest also. now the school denayed my promotion to plus two (2012). what shall i do?

  • 43. feba  |  March 11th, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    sir,
    I failed in mathematics examination of plus one class. Icould not improve marks in retest also. now the school denayed my promotion to plus two (2012)./ what shall i do?

  • 44. arun kumar prajapati  |  March 11th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    i want to become in future software developer in india
    i doing in future bussiness with computers

  • 45. abc  |  March 3rd, 2012 at 10:46 am

    im doing my tenth xams.i want 2 study 11 but my frnds acquaintances n parents disagree.im gud at maths so sum want me as an iitan.my papa want me 2 study ias n serve de nation.i cudnt decide anything.plz help me.

  • 46. vikash kumar  |  February 20th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    i want science in class 11 .but my per is önly 65%.

  • 47. devansh sood  |  February 16th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    can you please elaborate on the subjects

  • 48. devshree  |  February 16th, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    i don’t like maths therefore, i am not taking maths with commerce
    is entreprenuership a good opt?
    i am good in chem n bio…should i take sc-bio..?

  • 49. devshree  |  February 16th, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    hi i am a 10th grader n i am interested in science but i am not a math brained person. so i am worried what to choose.
    what should i opt sc-bio or commerce-entreprenuership…
    i m quite good in chem n bio..
    plss..help

  • 50. Pitambar  |  February 7th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Prove that
    tanA+2tan2A+4tan4A+8cot8A=cotA

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