Engineering or Medical after 12th?

Choosing a career after 12th is the most crucial and important decision of one’s life. The rest of the life is dependent upon this one decision so let’s make a wise decision, especially when it’s between the two careers, which are most sought; Engineering and Medical.


The most basic requirement for choosing engineering after 12th, is one should have studied Physics, Chemistry and Maths at HSC level while for medical, it is important to have studied Biology along with Physics and Chemistry at HSC level.



It is one of the fields, which is considered as one of the most respectful courses in India.

May it be MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery), BDS (Bachelor in Dental Science) or BHMS (Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicinal Science), BVS ( Bachelor in Veterinary Sciences ) or B.A.M.S ( Bachelor in Ayurvedic Medicinal Science ).

After completing the course, one is recognised as Doctor who diagnoses and cures the patient.

The best part of the course is, after getting enough experience through internships and being a junior doctor at various hospitals, one can always have his own private clinic or hospital.


Depending on the branch of the engineering course chosen (IT, civil, software, aeronautical, computer science, instrumentation, electronics and communication, mechanical), the scope also varies.

Few branches like IT and Software gives a great scope to grab a job abroad as well.

With increasing industrialisation and increase in number of developmental projects in country, an engineer is always in demand. But with the high competition levels, it is important to be a best one in your specific branch.



The most important skill rather attitude one should have to become a medical practitioner is that of service. One should be ready to serve, at any given time at any place, keeping aside all other priorities.

Medicine is a field where the person should have the ability to analyse and diagnose the problem at the soonest with the symptoms and should be free of a corrupt mind (like extracting money from the person rather than curing).


It is a practical field wherein your brain should have the ability to calculate and measure like a computer and solve the technical issues by understanding them at the first sight.

For an engineer maths is a part of living so people who dislike maths, numbers and calculations, it’s better to stay away from this field.

Steps to take after 12th

Post HSC, go for entrance exams at National level as well as state level to acquire seats on merit basis. Few deemed universities might have their own entrance exam as well. So depending on the university and state one wishes to take admission in, one can go for the entrance exam.

Costs involved


The fees of Govt. Medical Colleges in India range between Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 75,000 every year depending on the state, but there are only15,000 Govt seats as compared to around 3 to 4 lakh applications.

So to get a seat in government quota, one has to really work hard. If one does not acquire a seat in Govt College, then the only option is to shell out lakhs and crores of rupees to get a seat in a private or deemed university college.


The fees of Govt Engineering College vary from Rs 30,000 a year to Rs 1 lakh depending on the university and the state. Meanwhile, when it comes to take admission in private college, one will have to shell out much more than this.

Pros & Cons



  • Being able to help people
  • Respect in society
  • Self reliant job
  • Money earned is huge


  • Cost of course and number of years
  • Responsibility of every patient
  • Personal life affected



  • Not many years have to be invested in the course
  • Higher opportunities to go abroad for job
  • Higher chances of escalating to management level position
  • Good salary packages


  • Stressful job
  • Competitive atmosphere for promotions
  • Workload unpredictable
  • Transfers in job


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