Frequently Asked Questions

Hi, Malvika,


It is great to see you have decided on your career choice. Please find below more about the course:

What is Counselling Psychology?

Counselling Psychology is a discipline of study under professional psychology that focuses on building and improving an individual’s personal and relational functions. It addresses the mental, emotional, social, and physical health concerns people have at different stages in their lives. It focuses both on typical life stresses and more severe issues with which people may struggle as individuals and as a part of families, groups, and organizations.

Who are Counsellors? What Do They Do?

When we think of a counsellor, our minds immediately switch to a clean, whitewashed room with long glass windows and a bespectacled man or woman, and most importantly, a comfy couch! Pop culture has graced us with this stereotypical impression of a counsellor, and whether it matches our reality or not hardly matters. What matters is the work that these counsellors do:

  • They act as a facilitator between your thoughts and actions. They help you connect the dots with what is often buried deep inside your subconscious and how it should or shouldn’t affect your actions.
  • They help you define goals for yourself, come up with a roadmap, and support and guide you to reach these goals.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, they are not your problem solver. Rather, they help you realize where the problem lies.

What’s Needed to be a Counsellor?

So you want to be a counsellor? Well… here’s a questionnaire for you:

  • Are you a listener? Do you pay careful attention to what people have to say without any bias or judgment?
  • Do you have the ability to make people comfortable around you?
  • Are you a problem solver?
  • Do you like helping people?

If your answer to the above questions is YES! You definitely are on the right track if you want to pursue Counselling Psychology.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Counselling Psychology?

  1. Clinical Social Worker: After pursuing a degree in Counselling psychology, you can work as a social worker with governmental and non-governmental organizations. In this role, you will work with women, children, and individuals from marginalized strata of society who have gone through mental, physical, social, and emotional abuse, often assault. This role is equally sensitive, as it is important. Having pursued Counselling psychology, you’ll have a better understanding of how to navigate this path and help those who need it.
  2. Rehabilitation Counsellor: Often people with disabilities or patients with a deadly disease or after serious trauma who have lost certain physical and/or mental abilities, need help to deal with its effect before they re-enter society. That is what rehabilitation counsellors help with. Rehabilitation Counsellors ensure that an individual has come to terms with their disease or disability and facilitate their transition back into their normal lives. They are often associated with hospitals and clinical centres but can also work outside the healthcare system.
  3. Mental Health Counsellors: After graduating with a Counselling psychology degree, you can work as a mental health counsellor and treat people with emotional and mental disorders. Mental health counsellors use therapeutic techniques to deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction, stress, trauma, grief, bulimia, anorexia, etc.
  4. School Counsellors: Teenage years are a very vulnerable time for any individual. This is the time when one is most rebellious and also when one needs the most help and guidance. This is also the time when an individual is supposed to make the decision that will impact the rest of their life – career. The role of a school counsellor is two-fold. On one hand, they deal with problems that students often can’t or don’t want to talk about with their parents, like bullying, shaming, low self-esteem, etc. On the other hand, they also help students in making decisions like subject selection, choosing a career and college, and what academic grades and non-academic profile are needed for them to pursue their chosen career. School counsellors have a very important role to play – they act as the bridge between the students, their parents, and their teachers.
  5. Career Counsellors: If you want to work with students and guide them on something really specific, i.e., their career choices, you can work as a career counsellor. While a degree in Counselling psychology will train you on how to deal with students, parents, and teachers; career Counselling needs something extra – information on career trends, college application, and admission processes. There are online programs like Global Career Counselling Program that help you gain this specialization in career Counselling. It will enable you to engage with students and their parents, assess where the student’s talent and abilities lie, and guide them in making the right career choice. Additionally, career counsellors often work one-on-one with students. They help them in building their college-ready profile, the college application process, till the point the student gains a place in the college or university of their choice.


Here is the information on Actuarial Science:

What is Actuarial Science?

Actuarial Science essentially deals with the education of insurance risks and financial management of insurance companies. It involves the application of mathematics, statistics, and economics in the decision-making process across a wide range of industries. The most prominent of these industries include insurance, investment, and financial planning & management companies. Actuaries are professionals who are qualified in this field through education and experience.


In India, a fellow member of the Institute of Actuaries is known as an Actuary. To become a fellow, one has to first become a student member of the Institute and then clear all the papers of the Institute and fulfill other criteria from time to time. The eligibility criteria to appear for actuarial papers are subjective. 10+2 passed students who have attained 85% marks in Mathematics / Statistics or graduate, or postgraduate students with 55% aggregate or more in Mathematics, Statistics are eligible to apply. There are a total of 15 papers and there is no fixed duration of the course. If pursued with complete dedication, the course could be completed in 3-4 years. The exams are conducted twice a year in May/June and Oct/Nov. Thankfully, there are no restrictions on the number of attempts per paper.

Training Areas:

An Actuary looks into the future financial prospects of an insurance company. Actuaries use skills in mathematics, economics, computer science, finance, probability and statistics, and business to help businesses assess the risk of certain events occurring and to formulate policies that minimize the cost of that risk. For this reason, Actuaries are essential to the insurance and reinsurance industry, as staff employees or as consultants as well as to other businesses, including sponsors of pension plans and to the government. The Actuary’s certificate indicates a company’s ability to meet varying payments due at any time in the future. They use their professional skills to walk into the future and see how much income comes to the fund and how much expenses and benefit payments will go out of the fund of a company every year in the future.

Following are some of the other areas that Actuaries are trained on:

  • Designing an insurance product and setting its price
  • Selecting the right people for insurance products
  • Minimizing the amount of losses for the company by reinsuring the company’s insurance policies with another insurer (called reinsurers)
  • Maximizing the profits for the company and thus protecting the customers’ amounts kept with the insurance company for a number of years
  • Preparing on a given date a summary of the company’s liabilities (commitments)
  • Determining the adequacy of the reserves
  • Certifying the solvency of the Insurance Company

Career Opportunities:

Actuaries can play the following roles:

  • Risk analysts
  • Administrating officer
  • BPO administrator
  • Actuary Director
  • Finance consultants in various Insurance sectors
  • General Officer
  • Financial Service Executive
  • Appointed Actuary
  • Actuarial Analyst
  • Health care directors/managers/analysts
  • Accounts manager
  • Pension providing administrator other than in Insurance companies
  • Senior Actuarial Analyst
  • Asset Liability manager
  • Financial/Insurance Consultants in IT sector
  • Insurance risk managers
  • Assistant Administrative Officer

Please click on the link given below to gain more understanding on the same:

I hope this helps!


Greetings for the day! Hope you are doing well.

As asked, you can certainly pursue your career in Design or Arts. As per the eligibility, any 12th Student can pursue their career in Design, there is no mandatory requirement to have Maths.

Design is a career stream that candidates pursue at undergraduate (UG), postgraduate (PG), or doctorate (PhD) level to become designers. Design as a career is extremely popular among students having a creative flair. What makes design careers even better is that this stream is vast and offers ample opportunities to students with different talents, skills, and educational backgrounds.

To pursue a design course, no subject is mandatory. This means that candidates from any educational background have the liberty to pursue their dream career if they have the required skills and aptitude. Candidates can pursue UG, PG, and PhD design courses in a range of specialized fields such as fashion design, interior design, graphic design, web design, textile design, apparel design, jewelry design, industrial design, product design, furniture design, and the list continues.

Popular Design Specializations

  1. Interior Design
  2. Graphic Design
  3. Jewellery Design
  4. Product Design

Design Eligibility & Entrance Exams

UG Design Courses: Candidates can secure admission in a UG level design course if they have completed 10+2 from a recognized board with passing marks. Aspirants from any stream (Science/ Commerce/ Arts) are eligible to apply for admission in a UG design course.

Popular Design Entrance Exams

  • Common Entrance Examination for Design (CEED)
  • National Institute of Design Entrance Exam (NID Entrance Exam)
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology Entrance Exam (NIFT Entrance Exam)
  • Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination for Design (UCEED)
  • Footwear Design and Development Institute All India Selection Test (FDDI AIST)
  • GD Goenka Design Aptitude Test (GD Goenka DAT)
  • Srishti Entrance and Aptitude Test (SEAT)
  • Pearl Academy Entrance Exam

After qualifying the tests the qualified student has to appear in the following rounds out of which the Portfolio round is most important.

  • Studio test/ group discussion (GD) round
  • Personal interview (PI)/ portfolio round

In the portfolio round, the student is expected to present a collection of their original designs in front of an expert panel. Candidates can pursue certificate, diploma, and degree design courses in classroom, distance/ correspondence, and online modes.

UG Design Courses

  • Bachelor of Design (BDes)
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Bachelor of Vocational Education (BVoc)
  • Bachelor of Fashion Technology (BFTech)

Design Branches & Specializations

  • Fashion Design
  • Interior Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Product Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Textile Design
  • Knitwear Design
  • Fashion Technology
  • Fashion Communication
  • Fashion Management
  • Accessory Design

Popular Design Colleges in India

  • IIT Bombay - Indian Institute of Technology
  • IIT Kharagpur - Indian Institute of Technology
  • JNTUH - Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad
  • IIIT Delhi - Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology
  • MSU - The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
  • NID Ahmedabad - National Institute of Design
  • Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai, VIT University
  • National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mumbai

As you can see, both the courses can be done at the Degree as well as Diploma, Certificate, and Online levels. So, you can plan to take a degree program in the field that you are more interested in and go for a diploma or a certificate program in the other field.

Hope this answers your query.


Greetings for the day! Hope you are doing well.

Firstly, I would like to address the difference in the duration of the time it takes to complete BDS and MBBS courses. Completing your MBBS degree would take you 5.5 years (including internship) whereas completing your BDS degree would take you 5 years (including internship). Therefore, MBBS only takes 6 months more to complete as compared to BDS.

Yes, MD can indeed be pursued after completing your Graduation from any MCI recognized college in courses like MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS, BUMS and so on, however, that should not be the only deciding factor to decide whether to pursue MBBS or BDS to complete MD in Psychiatry. The eligibility criteria for MD in Psychiatry also require you to attempt and qualify for the NEET-PG entrance exam. Considering the topics covered in both MBBS and BDS and your interest in pursuing your further studies in Psychiatry, opting for MBBS would be a much better option as the topics/subjects taught during the MBBS course would help you prepare for your NEET-PG exams much more than that of the BDS course.

You can refer to the following links to do a comparison between the same:

Now, talking about the MD vs. PGDM course in Psychiatry, as per Section 10 (D) of the Indian Medical Council Act of 2016, NEET-PG is a single eligibility-cum-entrance examination for admission to various MD/MS, PG Diploma and DNB CET courses apart from the entrances conducted by AIIMS, New Delhi; JIPMER, Puducherry; PGIMER, Chandigarh; NIMHANS, Bengaluru; and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum. Out of these, NEET PG is the largest by any margin, offering admissions to Government and Private medical colleges, as well as the Central and Deemed Universities across all states and union territories. Therefore, qualifying for at least one of the above-mentioned entrances becomes mandatory to pursue specialization after MBBS. A total of 12,690 Master of Surgery (MS), 24,360 Doctor of Medicine (MD), and 922 PG Diploma seats are offered through NEET PG.

Differences between PGDM and MD in Psychiatry:

  • The duration of MD/MS is 3 years whereas that of PG Diploma is 2 years.
  • You need to submit a thesis before giving your MD/MS exams whereas no thesis submission is required or needed for PGDM.
  • An advantage for the MD/MS degree holders is that they can apply for academic posts (which would also include senior residency according to MCI) after completing their degree whereas you cannot apply for an academic post such as Assistant professor and such after completing your PGDM.
  • Another differentiating factor is that post your MD/MS degree in Psychiatry; you can go for a Super specialization in Psychiatry which typically takes another 2-3 years to complete depending on the specialization.

Super specialization courses in Psychiatry:

  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology

(P.S- Super specialization courses in Medicine are advanced and super specialty courses available after post-graduation. Ambitious degree doctors who intend to have the highest professional achievements generally wish to pursue a super specialization as it not only makes them more knowledgeable and advanced but also adds numerous titles to their names, all of which appear in various places such as seal heads, headings and degree descriptions post their name and so on.)

However, in terms of job roles and responsibilities, doing an MD/MS in Psychiatry does not hold much importance over doing a PGDM in Psychiatry as long as you are not aiming for the academic posts after completing your studies.

Hope this helps!