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Exploring Diverse Career Paths Beyond NEET And IIT-JEE: Expert Advice

In the world of education, there are alternative routes to pursue a fulfilling career, and expert advice can shed light on various options. Here’s a snippet from a conversation with rediffGURU Mayank Chandel, offering insights and suggestions to individuals considering paths other than NEET and IIT-JEE:

Amit’s Inquiry On Alternatives To NEET:

Amit sought advice for his daughter in Class XI, exploring career options beyond NEET. Mayank suggests alternative healthcare fields such as Medical Laboratory Technology, Optometry, Respiratory Therapy, and more. These pathways open up opportunities in diagnostics, vision science, and respiratory care.

Anonymous: Exploring Biology Beyond Medical Aspirations:

For students like Amit’s daughter, lagging in Physics or not scoring well in NEET, Mayank suggests diverse biology-based options like Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Microbiology, and Forensics. This broadens the horizon for those passionate about life sciences.

Navigating The Gap Year For IIT Aspirants:

An anonymous individual, facing a two-year gap before the 12th, wonders about IIT admissions. Mayank clarifies the eligibility criteria for JEE Main and Advanced, offering insights into age requirements for different categories, thereby addressing concerns about pursuing IIT after a gap year.

Pramodh’s Challenge With Chemistry Requirement:

Pramodh seeks guidance for his son, aiming for computer science without taking Chemistry. Mayank highlights the challenge but suggests checking with private universities like Manipal. This emphasizes the importance of exploring various institutions and their admission criteria

Javed’s Aspiration For Medical Research:

Javed, with a child in Xth, aims for a career in medical research. Mayank provides a step-by-step guide, emphasizing the need for relevant degrees, research experience, networking, and specialization. The diverse career options include roles like Research Scientist, Clinical Research Coordinator, and more.


The world of science and engineering offers a multitude of opportunities beyond the traditional pathways defined by NEET and IIT-JEE. This comprehensive guide provides insights into alternative career options, reassuring students and parents alike that there are diverse and rewarding paths to explore based on individual interests and strengths.

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