This is the most confusing question students face after clearing their Grade 12 board examinations. Choosing what to study after class 12 is the most critical decision for a student as it greatly influences their career prospects and job opportunities in the future.
Unfortunately, too many students choose their course at the last minute without proper research and end up on paths that are popular but not on par with their preference, abilities, passion, and aptitude.
The plethora of courses available after Plus Two (+2) makes it quite challenging for the students to choose the right choice. Lack of proper, timely information makes the situation even worse.
Therefore, it is important to begin early and know what options lay ahead of you after class 12 to make an intelligent and calculated decision.
Also Read: NEB Class 12 Results 2077 with Marksheets
There are numerous exciting and lucrative courses available after 12th in Nepal, and choosing the best option requires self-analysis, critical thinking, and well-informed decision-making.
Here are some of the suggestions from NepaliSansar to help you choose the right course:
There are several undergraduate courses in Nepal that are categorized based on various academic streams, including Science, Arts, Commerce, and Humanities. Scroll down to explore all the bachelor’s degree courses.
The Science stream is categorized into PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) Group and PCB (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) Group.
Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) or Bachelor of Engineering (BE) is the most preferred undergraduate course in Nepal for Plus 2 students with mathematics stream.
It is a four-year-long degree program. The scope and popularity of engineering in Nepal are gaining more popularity with increased colleges and institutes affiliated to Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu University, and Pokhara University.
Popular engineering specializations in Nepal:
Exciting and futuristic Engineering Specializations:
|Data Science and Engineering||Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning||Mechatronics Engineering|
|Robotics||Materials Science and Engineering||Automobile Engineering|
|Agricultural Engineering||Architecture Engineering||Geomatics Engineering|
|Geological Engineering||Environmental Engineering||–|
Bachelor of Science (BSc) is an undergraduate degree course usually for three years duration. It is one of the most popular course choices among 12th Science students who want to make their career in the field of Science.
It is offered in a variety of Science subjects at a majority of universities in Nepal. Some of the top BSc courses in Nepal are:
B.Arch. (Bachelor of Architecture) is a five years long undergraduate level degree course related to the field of Architecture. Students require a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in PCM subjects.
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) is the first preference for 12th students with PCB background. The duration of the MBBS course is five years and six months, including one year of internship. There are many medical colleges in the country, including Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University, Patan Academy of Medical Sciences, and BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences at Dharan.
Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) is a 5-years long undergraduate course. There are many TU- and KU-affiliated colleges that offer BDS courses. Increasing awareness of oral health and the introduction of non-fields like oral pathology, periodontist, and orthodontics in Nepal has enhanced the scope in this field.
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) is a five-and-a-half-year course, including one year of internship. This field’s scope is very high as Ayurvedic medication is gaining popularity in Nepal and across the world.
Bachelor of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery (BHMS) is a five-and-a-half-year course that mainly focuses on the alternative medical system of homeopathy. However, Purbanchal University is the only institute that offers a BHMS course.
Bachelor of Pharmacy (B.Pharm) is a 4-years long undergraduate course in the field of pharmaceutical science. It is a career-oriented course, and it is mandatory for those if you aspire to be a pharmacist.
Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) in Nepal is a recent phenomenon. Nepali Government introduced the course in 2010. Kathmandu University is the only institute offering a Pharm D program.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) is a 4-year UG course that deals with the science of physical movement and preventing disability and diseases of movement. Currently, Kathmandu University and Pokhara University are the only institutes offering BPT in Nepal.
Bachelor of Science (BSc) is a 3-year undergraduate degree course. Some of the BSc programs for Biology Group students are:
|B.Sc. Biology||B.Sc. Nursing||B.Sc. Physics||B.Sc. Chemistry||B.Sc. Biotechnology|
|B.Sc. Biochemistry||B.Sc. Environmental Science||B.Sc. Occupational Therapy||B.Sc. Physiotherapy||B.Sc. Radiology|
|B.Sc. Bioinformatics||B.Sc. Anthropology||B.Sc. Microbiology||B.Sc. Zoology||B.Sc. Forensic Science|
|B.Sc. Pathology||B.Sc. Speech Therapy||B.Sc. Genetics||B.Sc. Health Science and Nutrition||B.Sc. Botany|
|B.Sc. Audiology||B.Sc. Agriculture||B.Sc. Horticulture||–||–|
There are many popular courses at the UG level for students who have studied 12th Commerce (with/without maths). Some of the most common course after 12th Commerce in Nepal are:
Bachelor of Arts (BA) is the most popular choice among 12th students with an Arts background. This 3-year long program covers a host of subjects, providing a wide variety of courses for Arts students. Some of the BA courses are:
|BA in Hindi||BA in Nepali||BA in English||BA in Sanskrit||BA in Anthropology|
|BA in Film Studies||BA in Geography||BA in History||BA in Economics||BA in Psychology|
|BA in Sociology||BA in Linguistics||BA in Music||BA in Dance||BA in Buddhist Studies|
|BA in Strategic Studies||BA in Home Science||BA in Political Science||BA in Population Studies||BA in Rural Development|
|BA in Social Work||BA in Journalism and Mass Communication||BA in Nepalese History, Culture, and Archaeology (NeHCA)||–||–|
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a 4-year undergraduate degree in the field of arts and design. It aims at developing students’ artistic skills and creativity.
There are many UG level programs available in Nepal for class 12 students from any steams, including PCM, PCB, Commerce, and Arts. Depending on your aptitude and personal interest, you can pick any of the below courses:
Want to serve the people by fighting for their justice? Choose LLB (Bachelor of Law) degree
Gifted with an artistic bent of mind? Pursue courses in the following fields:
|Fashion/ Apparel / Costume / Knitwear Design||Textile Design / Surface Design||Fashion Merchandising||Lifestyle Accessories Design/ Leather Design/ Jewellery Design|
|Animation Design||Visual Communication Design||Graphic Design/ Web Design/ UI-UX Design||Digital Design|
|Film and Video Design / SFX/ VFX Design||Game Design||Fine Arts/ Visual Arts/ Sculpture||Material Design/ Ceramic Design/ Craft Design|
|Interior / Furniture Design||–||–||–|
Proficient in language and communication? Choose:
Looking to kick-start your career? Pursue a degree in:
Interested in fitness and health? Prefer:
The list is not exhaustive!
There are plenty of other non-academic/technical courses and training programs in Nepal.
However, despite the vast number of courses available, the six suggestions mentioned above will help you choose the course that best suits your interests. Start early, research deeply, and make a well-informed decision.
All the best!