Failing in class XII is not the end of the world. While initially you might be disappointed and feel embarrassed, you must use this as an opportunity to work harder and develop resilience to prepare yourself for greater challenges in life. Below are some tips for you to plan your way ahead.
Prepare to pass
There is no escaping the board examination. The class XII curriculum forms the basis of your next career choice and it is important to attain basic proficiency in this to plan your next move. These are the options to clear the boards:
CBSE compartment exam: Re-examination of subjects in which the student has failed takes place the same year in May. The results of compartment exams are declared in July.
CBSE Open School (Patrachar Vidyalaya): You do not need to attend the school but can appear for the examination the next year. The syllabus of Patrachar Vidyalaya is similar to any private CBSE school and study material is provided. Open School also provides regular coaching and allows the students to earn the same certificate as a regular CBSE school does.
Classroom programme: Reappear for the Boards the following year.This allows you comprehensive in-classroom training and a chance to strengthen your fundamentals across subjects.
Enrol in other Boards or National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS): This allows you to change your stream (for instance, move from Science to Commerce or Commerce to Humanities) and prepare from home without having to attend classes. This flexibility also allows you to prepare for the entrance examination, go for ITI training or diploma courses.
On-demand examination (ODE) by NIOS: This is open for students from all across India and can help you save a year. The novel concept of ODE is to make the system of examination independent of the time frame and help students take up the examinations as per their wish and preparation. Student can walk into the examination centre as and when he/she feels ready for the examination.
Prepare for the Entrance Exam
Just as it is important to clear the board examination, it is equally important to have a plan B. In this case, the best option is to prepare for the entrance exams. These examinations can open your doors that were otherwise shut down owing to less marks in the Boards. Some courses for which you can prepare for the entrance include Design (BDes), BBA, BBS, BSW, BA, Social Sciences, BEl Ed, and more. For instance, IIIT Jabalpur and IIT Bombay allow you to pursue Bachelor’s in Design without the compulsion of PCM in class XII.
You can also plan to pursue Hotel Management, Culinary Arts, or Bachelor’s in Mass Communication offered by recognised universities. These courses are irrespective of the stream one has chosen.
The additional one year can offer a unique opportunity for you to acquire skills that otherwise would have been out of your scope at that age. Learn a new language, intern at a firm, or pursue a certification that are relevant in the job market. Below are some useful tips for you to consider:
Take up internships at a publication or media house, school, bank, NGO, or an event management company
Opt for a language or vocational course
Learn a foreign language that will make way for a job in an embassy or a tour guide or as an interpreter. Join a similar course in graduation to up your skills. Some of the institutes that offer these courses include Max Mueller Bhavan, Japanese Information and Cultural Center, Jawaharlal Nehru Academy of Languages, Alliance Francaise de Delhi, etc. Online certification is gaining widespread <01Justify>popularity. Some popular online <01Justify>courses are:
Computer language courses such as Python, R, R+, Agile, Angular Java, etc.
Public speaking and creative writing
(The author is the founder and CEO of Mindler)