Arts and Humanities-courses, colleges, exams, eligibility

Arts and Humanities as a career after 10th standard

You might have heard the names of the so-called Badshah of Bollywood, an Economics Graduate; notable journalist Barkha Dutt, an English Hons. Graduate; and celebrated writer Amitabh Ghosh, a History Graduate. They are not only icons in their respective fields of expertise, but also the students of arts and humanities. So, undeniable is the fact that humanities or arts are in no way lagging behind science and commerce stream in opening up innumerable career options in diverse fields of study.
Arts and Humanities open up a new vista of exciting career opportunities on not only traditional but also offbeat grounds. In fact, Humanities subjects like History, Geography, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Literature, Economics, Anthropology– open up innumerable career options ranging from journalism to Archaeology, Human Resource, and Social Work.


Arts and Humanities
Arts and Humanities

Traditional Courses

1. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.):-

It is a three years general degree course which further throws open opportunities for higher Studies; and innumerable and diverse career options.

Premier Institutes:-

All the UGC approved Colleges and Universities.

Eligibility Criteria:-

The concerned subject should preferably be one of the subjects at 12 standards. Atleast 75% marks needed to study a subject of one’s choice.

2. Bachelor of Arts in Language and Literature (B.A.):-

It is also a three years degree course in various Indian and Foreign Languages. Language skills generally enable one to enter into the first growing publishing industry where the editorial sections require a large number of humanities students with Language skills.

Premier Institutes:-

Delhi University,
Jadavpur University-Kolkata,
Calcutta University,
English and Foreign Language University-Hyderabad,
Stephens College,
Miranda House etc.

Eligibility Criteria:-

As above.

3. Bachelor of Education( B.Ed.):-

B.Ed. is a two years NCTE approved training course which prepares future teachers for various Govt., Govt. aided and Public schools.

Premier Institutes:-

I) West Bengal University of Teachers Training, Education Planning, and Administration
II) University of Delhi
III) Lady Shriram College for Women, New Delhi
IV) Kasturi Ram College of Higher Education, New Delhi
V) Calcutta University, Calicut, Kerala
VI) Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala
VII) Banaras Hindu University, U.P.

Eligibility Criteria:-
50% marks in Graduation

4. Bachelor of Law (LL.B.):-

Bachelor of Legislative Law or more frequently LL.B. is the most common undergraduate degree of Law or legal Studies generally offered by law colleges and universities in India.Generally an LL.B. can be pursued in two different ways- firstly, 3 years LL.B. after graduation and secondly

5 years integrated LL.B. after 10+2.

Premier Institutes:-

1. National Law School of Indian, Bangalore
2. National Academy of Legal Studies and Research University, Hyderabad
3. The WB National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata
4. Faculty of Law, University of Pune, Pune
5. Department of Law, Calcutta University, Kolkata

To read more about a career in LAW read this post

Offbeat Options/Course

1.Mass Communication/Journalism

A good command over a language and speaking power will enable one to a high flying career in journalism which is hankered after by the modern energetic and dynamic youths of the world.

Premier Institute:-

• Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi
• Xavier Institute of Mass Communication, Mumbai
• Asian College of Journalism, Chennai
• Symbiosis Institute of Mass Communication, Pune
• Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bangalore
• Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi

Eligibility Criteria:-

For Graduate course atleast 50% marks at 12th std. and for P.G. Course a graduation only ( through an entrance exam).

2. Social Work/ MSW:-

A P.G. degree in Sociology or Social Work will enable one to opt for the noble and rewarding path of social work.The eligibility for MSW or Master of Social Work or Sociology is a three years Graduation degree from a recognized University or college.

Premier Institute:-

• Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
• Visva Bharati University, Dept. of Social Work, Santiniketan, West Bengal
• University of Delhi
• University of Poona, Pune
• Department of Social Work, Bangalore University
• Jamia Milia Islamia, Jamianagar, New Delhi

3. Fashion Designer :-

The zeal for fashion and creativity caters the need of today’s fashion loving people to a great extent.

Premier Institutes where one can pursue such courses-

• National Institute of Design (NID)
• National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)
• Symbiosis Centre of Design
• Northern India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT)
• Pearl Academy of Fashion (PAF)

Eligibility Criteria :-

50% marks in 12th standard in any stream.

4. Event Management :-

Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma Courses are available for students. One can study these courses at convenient timings i.e. without affecting their regular studies.

Premier Institute:-

• Amity Institute of Event Management
• The International Centre for Event Marketing and Management (ICEM)
• National Institute of Event Management (NIEM)
• International Institute of Event Management

Eligibility Criteria :-

For Diploma courses 50% marks in 12th std. and P.G.Diploma courses any Graduation

5. Grooming :-

Even two decades ago people hardly took grooming as their profession. But now-a-days it proves to be a high flying career option.

Premier Institutes :-

• Butic Institute of Beauty Therapy and Hair Dressing, Mumbai
• Shahnaz Husain’s Beauty Institute, New Delhi
• L.T.A. School of Beauty, Mumbai

6. Hotel Management :-

Since the last two decades hotel industry in Industry in India has been witnessing a sky kissing boom. Hence, a career in hotel and hospital management has become a burning demand.

Premier Institutes :-

• Welcome Group Graduate School of Hotel Management, Manipal, Pin- 576104
• Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition, Mumbai
• Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition,Kolkata/Chennai
• International Institute of Hotel Management, Kolkata
• Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development (OCLD), New Delhi

Eligibility Criteria :-

12th Standard.

Besides :- Following career options are quite demanding for Humanities students.

• Web Designing
• Counselling
• Fitness
• Entrepreneurship course
• Dance courses
• Acting Courses

Important Entrance Exams :-


Tata Institute of Social Science conducts the National level Entrance Test called TISSNET offering students M.A. in Human Resources Management and Labour Relation (HRM & LR) and various other PG Degree.

Eligibility Criteria :-

3 years Graduation; Entrance exam is conducted in the month of January.


Tata Institute of Social Science Bachelors Admission Test for admission into 3 years B.A. Hons. in Social Work.

Eligibility Criteria :-

12th standard pass; and the exam is conducted in March-April


It is a National Level entrance exam conducted by Madras IIT. It stands for Humanities and Social Sciences Entrance Examination. Through this test candidates are shortlisted for 5 years integrated Masters of Arts(M.A.)

Eligibility Criteria :-

12th std. Arts


English and Foreign Language University, Hyderabad conducts entrance exam for admission to UG and PG Course in English and Foreign Languages.

Eligibility Criteria:-

For Under Graduate Course- 12th pass and Post Graduate Courses- 55% in Graduation


Common Law Aptitude Test, popularly known as CLAT is conducted by the National Law Universities to facilitate the aspirants to a Masters degree in Law (LL.M.) to the National Law Universities.

Eligibility Criteria :-

LL.B./BL From a recognized University with 55% marks

The Importance of Arts and Humanities as a Career :-

• Arts and Humanities open up innumerable career options to the students in a various and diverse field of study.
• Students will not only have sufficient options to choose but also have better opportunities.
• When there will be many career options to choose from , it will never be a burden to the student.
• Students will get rid of the so-called traditional courses.
• Their interest for learning will grow to great extent if he is not forced a career option.
• It will develop the learners creative and intuitive power.
• Least but not last, in Arts and Humanities the opportunities are endless and it will pave the rewarding path of socio-economic development.

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