What if you don’t qualify NEET? – Undeniably, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is a highly competitive exam in the country because of the lower selection rate. Every year over 15 lakhs candidates register for NEET for admission to 76,928 MBBS, 26,949 BDS 52,720 AYUSH, 1205 AIIMS and 200 JIPMER seats. However, with limited availability of seats in government deemed and private colleges, the competition is increasing with each year. The competition is tough and the seats are limited in numbers, and yet students spend two years preparing relentlessly for the exam. One can imagine how much pain a candidate feels when they don’t qualify NEET.
After being unsuccessful, some general questions which bother the candidates are – Is it better to take a drop year? Will I be able to get a better rank next year? However, not knowing how to go about things from there often creates confusion. To address these doubts, we will discuss what if you don’t qualify NEET in this article.
It is rightly said by Norman Vincent Peale, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” You just need to find that one star. Similarly, not qualifying in NEET entrance test does not end the world nor the options. Also, you should not abort your dream of pursuing a career in the medical field. There are many medical courses for which one can apply without qualifying in NEET. Here are some medical career options you can opt for if you don’t qualify NEET. And none of these career options are inferior to the MBBS or BDS courses.
Pharmacy: Pharmacy is a well-balanced profession, combining health care, direct patient contact, science as well as computer technology. As the medical industry is the heart of healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry is the heart of the medical industry.
To have a career in this, you do not require the NEET score. Those who have completed class 12th with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Mathematics as main subjects can apply for the courses offered in Pharmacy by various governments and a private college. Some courses available after class 12th are:
- Bachelor’s in Pharmacy
- Diploma in Pharmacy
Graduates in Pharmacy can work for the Food and Drug Administration, the Public Health Service, the Veterans Administration, etc.
Nursing – If you have not qualified NEET, then you can’t become a doctor, but you can be a nurse. The demand for nurses has been ever increasing in today’s world. And every doctor needs a nurse. Also, nowadays, a career in nursing is not just taking care of sick people, but it also includes administration, research jobs and teaching.
To become a nurse, you need to have qualified in class 12th exam with Physics, Chemistry and Biology with a minimum of 50 or 45% marks. The courses that are available after class 12th in nursing are:
- Bachelor’s in Nursing
- Diploma in Nursing
After completing the graduation candidates will be offered the following job roles – Staff Nurse, Nursing Superintendent, Assistant Nursing Superintendent, Teacher of Nursing, Community Health Nurse, etc. They will work in government or private hospitals, armed forces, Nursing councils, etc.
Nutritionist – A career as Nutrition-based health professionals is more in demand. Nutritionists are healthcare professionals who prepare diet plans for people. Also, they enlighten them with the importance of eating healthy and staying fit.
In order to become a nutritionist, candidates have to qualify class 12th with Physics, Chemistry and Biology and have to obtain the prescribed marks. They need to complete a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition. Also, they can opt for a diploma degree in Food Science and Nutrition.
Candidates with this degree will be offered the job as a nutritionist in the following sectors – Wellness centres, Health product companies (Pharmaceuticals, FMCGs), Gyms and Diabetic Clinics, etc.
Clinical Research – Clinical research is the study of illness and heath. It also determines the effectiveness and safety of medicines that are prescribed for different health problems. Having a career in Clinical research means candidates will have to assure the safety of drugs, treatment procedures, medical equipment, and any other devices to be used by humans. They perform clinical trials as well.
To pursue a career in clinical research, candidates will have to complete a bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy, Medicine, Life Science, or Biosciences. Those who have passed class 12th with Physics, Chemistry and Biology with the minimum required marks will be eligible for the above-mentioned bachelor’s courses. They are not required to qualify NEET.
After completing the graduation, candidates can work as – Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC), Clinical Monitor or Trial Monitor, Clinical Research Scientist, Clinical Research Associate (CRA), The Clinical Quality Assurance Auditor (CQA) etc.
Psychology – In this era of depression, mental health problems and anxiety, a good Psychologist is in higher demand. It is not just the study of human behaviour, but it is also the study of mental functions. Those working in this field recognise it as a science, philosophy, and even art.
This field has many specialisations such as clinical psychology, educational psychology, forensic, sports and the list goes on.
To be eligible for this career, candidates will have to qualify in class 12th in any discipline with the prescribed marks. Further, they can opt for a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. The course is offered in many renowned colleges of India.
Veterinary Sciences – Veterinary science deals with the treatment of different animals. It can be a domestic pet or any other animals. So, if you are love animals and always ensure their well-being, then a veterinary science degree is for you.
To be eligible to pursue this degree, you must have qualified in class 12 from a recognised board with Physics, Chemistry, and Biology as compulsory subjects. Also, you need to appear in some of the entrance tests conducted by the colleges/universities for admission.
Once you have completed your graduation in this course, the following roles will be offered to you – Food Animal Veterinarians, Veterinary Pharmacologist, Research Veterinarians, etc.
Forensic Sciences – It is the study of analysis and conservation of the evidence during an investigation. Forensic Science involves the study of subjects like biology, chemistry and psychology for the scientific knowledge in fields of criminal investigations.
The minimum eligibility criteria to pursue a bachelor’s degree in forensic science is that candidates must have completed and passed class 12th with Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Mathematics. Also, those with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biology are also considered for a job as a Forensic Expert in some organizations.
After completing the graduation, candidates will be provided with the following job roles – Crime Laboratory Analyst, Forensic Psychologist, Crime Laboratory Analyst etc.
Physiotherapy – Physiotherapy is a professional healthcare field that helps in reviving the mobility and physical fitness of a person. It helps in the movement impairments and revitalises the life of patients through physical intervention. The job of a physiotherapist is to treat the patients who are suffering from pain or disability in movement, physical therapy.
To pursue a Bachelors in Physiotherapy, the candidate must have completed and passed class 12, or equivalent with Physics, Chemistry, Biology and English. They must have secured at least 50% to get admission in graduation in colleges.
A physiotherapist can work in health care and social care facilities, such as hospitals, care homes, private surgeries, treatment and recovery centres or provide home care services to patients.
Apart from these, a candidate can always become a teacher or professor. They will have to complete a bachelor’s degree in any of the specialisation subject of their choice. Some other career option without qualifying in NEET are:
- Food Technology/Food Science
- Occupation Therapy
- Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences
- Agricultural Sciences
- Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Technology
- Rehabilitation Therapy
- Emergency and Critical Care Technologies
Now that you have read the above-mentioned career option in case you don’t qualify in NEET. However, there are many candidates who are adamant to pursue MBBS or BDS only. In that case, the candidate can take a year gap to prepare for the medical entrance exam. But dropping a year can be a tough decision. So, decide, prioritise the expectations and commit to them. Also, this will add additional pressure on the candidate to score better than last year. Therefore, always think of the alternate career choice provided above.
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