Choosing a career path after 10+2 is probably one of the most critical decisions a student has to take in his/her life. However, despite all the misconceptions, opting for a career in Arts or Humanities is one of the most versatile decisions one can make. There are a number of career opportunities that the students can choose from once they graduate with a degree in Arts or Humanities.
There are plenty of subjects to choose from while pursuing a career in Arts or Humanities like law, literature, linguistics, psychology, sociology, etc. Courses like BA in Ancient History, BA LLB, BA in Economics, BA in Sociology, etc. are some of the courses that are both in demand and exciting to pursue. There are also courses like BA in Fine Arts and BDes whose curriculum include fine arts, design, etc. and are greatly sought after. There are multiple diploma courses as well like the Diploma in Education, Diploma in Event Management, Diploma in Multimedia, etc. that offer a good career path.
Although many institutes grant admission to candidates based on their 10+2 board marks, there are a number of entrance tests that the candidates have to appear for to gain admission in the most prestigious universities pursuing the most prestigious courses. These entrance exams include the BHU UET, JNUEE, Jamia Millia Islamia Entrance Exam, UCEED, CLAT, etc.
There is a wide range of career opportunities that graduating students can delve into.
After completing the degree in an Arts or Humanities stream candidates can explore their career in diversified fields like journalism, law, aviation, fashion design, criminology, psychology and many others.
The students need to pass their 10+2 board examinations and apply for admission to the institutes for pursuing their choice of courses in Arts or Humanities. Most of the institutes provide admission to the courses based on merit, i.e., the marks obtained by the candidates in their board examinations. There are, however, entrance exams conducted to provide admission in some of the coveted institutes.
Below is a list of the most popular courses that a candidate can opt for while choosing a career in Arts or Humanities.
There are a number of sought-after courses which provide a degree in BA (Hons) as well apart from the ones mentioned above. The difference between a degree in BA and a degree in BA (Hons) is that in the latter there will be a particular specialization which needs to be studied during the entirety of the course whereas the former does not offer any specialization.
The top courses under BA (Hons) include the below-mentioned.
Apart from those mentioned above, there are courses in B.Des which are in popular demand. These courses are offered by institutes specifically offering courses in design. Some of the most sought-after courses in this category are listed below.
Both the BA and BA (Hons) courses are offered for a duration of 3 years with the exceptions of BALLB and BALLB (Hons) which are offered for a duration of 5 years.
There are plenty of courses offered in different other specializations as well under Arts and Humanities. Students can also apply for a diploma degree in any of the following courses among many others.
The diploma courses are offered for a duration of 2 years although there are certain courses which are offered for a duration of 1 year.
The above-mentioned courses are just a glimpse of what the courses under Arts and Humanities offer. There are a number of courses available which are not mentioned above which provide substantial career opportunities to students.
There are a number of colleges in the country providing courses in Arts and Humanities. They are equipped with the necessary infrastructure to impart relevant knowledge and skills to the students. Below is a list of some of the premier and sought-after institutes for Arts and Humanities.
There are some institutes and universities which have also been declared as Institutes of National Importance by the Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Government of India.
The candidates should keep in mind that the above-mentioned institutes do not comprise an exhaustive list of premier institutes, rather there are a number of institutes affiliated with a number of universities throughout the nation that offer the courses. The candidates must understand their passion and choose a course in an institute that suits them.
The average course fee for pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Arts is around INR 4000 to INR 65,000 per annum and it depends upon the institutes and the course being pursued. Candidates pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Arts (Honours) would need to pay a fee of INR 20,000 to INR 80,000 per annum. For students to pursue a degree in BA LLB, an annual fee ranging from INR 45,000 to INR 15 lakhs is required.
Students who want to pursue Arts and Humanities in their graduation degree must fulfil certain criteria before applying to the institutes offering the courses.
Although many of the institutes offer admission to the candidates based on their merits, i.e., their marks in their 10+2 board examinations, there are a number of institutes that offer admission based on an entrance examination. There are multiple entrance examinations that are conducted on a central level or state level or university level. Some of the prestigious examinations are mentioned below.
Students should consider taking sufficient preparation before appearing for these examinations and should aim to score high to increase their chances of securing a seat in the reputed institutes.
Aspiring candidates should also hone their non-academic skills to stand out of the crowd while pursuing a career path in Arts and Humanities. They should be/have:
The career path after pursuing a degree in Arts and Humanities is quite varied. Individuals can choose any of the following career paths.
It would be worth noting that there are multiple other jobs and sectors offering a varied range of jobs for graduates with a degree in Arts and Humanities. A few of the many sectors that a graduate in Arts and Humanities can look for are:
In general, the average salary of a fresher graduate in Arts and Humanities is INR 2.5 LPA to INR 5 LPA, with an average salary of around INR 4 LPA.
The students can also pursue higher studies like a post-graduation degree and a PhD degree thereafter as well.