CBSE 10th Results 2024: Dropping Maths in Class 11? How to Choose Subject Combinations for Different Careers

CBSE 10th Results 2024 will be here soon. With the results will come the big decision of choosing subjects for Class 11 and 12 and for many the question - whether to continue Maths or not. Let's understand if dropping maths is a good decision and what are the options available without Maths after Class 12.
CBSE 10th Result 2024 Should You Drop Maths

CBSE 10th Result 2024

Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE Class 10 Results 2024 will be released in a couple of weeks now. Based on the performance in Class 10, students would start with subject selection for CBSE Class 11 and 12. For the students who are clear about their career options, there is no concern regarding subject selection. However, this is not the case for most of the students who will be joining Class 11. And the biggest concern is – Should you drop Mathematics in Class 11 or not? Let’s understand how to choose subject combinations for different careers that need maths and those that don’t.
Before we begin to discuss the various subject combinations, the first thing students and parents need to understand is that there are enough choices and pathways. The important thing to keep in mind is how difficult or easy the subject is for you. Continuing to ‘struggle’ with mathematics just because of a certain career goal is never advisable. At the same time, giving it up because you don’t need it is also not recommended. So, should you drop Maths in Class 11? Is CBSE 10th Result any indicator? What are the career options and more without maths? Let’s Explore.

CBSE Class 11, 12 Subject Selection: Can You Quit Maths, What are the combinations available?

The answer is a simple yes. Students moving from class 10 to class 11 in CBSE Board can choose a whole variety of subjects. Among most of the combinations available, usually the divide is between with or without Maths.
As a subject, Maths is mandatory till Class 10 for CBSE students (barring the students suffering from a learning disability). However, there is no mandate of Maths in senior secondary and students are free to choose any subject combinations. With no Science/Commerce/ Humanities stream demarcation in senior secondary, students can choose any subject combination for CBSE Class 11, 12. CBSE Guidelines on Subject Combination for Class 11.
This is also applicable for students who wish to study Physics and Chemistry. While many believe a student must do maths with physics or chemistry, the fact is that CBSE does not mandate it. Same is the case with subjects like Accountancy or Commerce which can be picked without Maths as well.

Is Maths Really Not Necessary? Careers/ Courses That Need Maths in 11th and 12th

However, there is a catch. While CBSE gives the child absolute freedom, it is not that so when it comes to higher education. Most students when choosing their subjects in Class 11 do not pay attention to the requirements of higher educational institutions and specific courses. It is hence important to know where Maths will be mandatory. Let’s list out the courses, career tracks which mandate maths in Class 11 and 12.
  1. Any technical career track – engineering, analytics, statistics, etc. require maths in Class 11 and 12. This includes pure science tracks (barring zoology/ botony and even pharmacy). Even so, maths as a subject helps in any science discipline or career track, especially if there is research involved.
  2. Any career path linked with finance, financial planning with focus on economics usually requires Maths as these subjects have both Calculus as well as statistical data modelling. Courses like Economics Hons. Require student to have studied Maths till Class 12 in most of the universities in India as well as abroad.
  3. Aviation Industry linked careers like that of a commercial pilot or Air Force also require Maths and even Physics as an important subject till Class 12.
  4. Simillarly, Navy - both Indian Navy and Merchant Navy would require Maths as a key subject (along with Physics mostly)
  5. Career courses that require computing, navigational or manufacturing specializations require maths as a key subject
  6. Business Analytics or Business Management courses also require maths. There are a few higher educational institutes that do not mandate maths as a subject. Also, at master’s level it is not even mandatory. However, top universities in India (BBA admission through CUET UG.) and most of the universities abroad list maths as mandatory subject for this career track.
Apart from these, most research track courses – commonly referred to as honours courses require maths as a mandatory subject (not those in liberal arts, though). Many liberal arts research track courses also list maths as an important requirement for some of the top colleges/ universities of the world.
As a note, if you are planning to study abroad, then Maths (as a general rule) opens up a lot of options for students and conversely, absence of Maths till Class 12 might pose as a deterrent for your admission. Also, there are alternative routes available for students who do not wish to continue Maths

How to decide whether to drop Maths in CBSE Class 11 & 12 or Keep it?

For parents reading this article, the first thing to do would be to understand that the choice has to be the child’s and not theirs. As a parent, you can help your child ascertain the importance of picking the subject in line with their aspirations. Setting the supportive role of a guide and a friend would help the child more than forcing the decision of pursuing maths or leaving it.
Also, as a parent it would be wise to understand your child’s ability and aptitude for the subject and talk about the same.
As for the students, here are simple steps to follow that can help you understand whether to keep maths or drop it.
  1. List out the possible career choices/ jobs that appeal to you
  2. Research the courses that would create a successful pathway for that jobs – for example – say Investment Banking, Game Developer, Marketing Professional, Entrepreneur, Chef, etc. A good thing to do would be to list out 5 things you would like to do – even if you are set on one particular profession, still listing 5 professions/ job roles is recommended.
  3. Against each job role, write the courses that would help you achieve the target – if there are multiple pathways, draw them out as well. Some of the pathways may mandate maths and some may not – even for the same profession. Even if the profession does not require the subject at present, extend your research to include if maths becomes important in any part of the pathway.
  4. Rank the career choices from 1 to 5 and check how many times maths appears in the table
  5. Once you have assessed how important the subject is, the last step to do is ascertain how comfortable you are in the subject. Whether you wish to leave it because you have been bored by it, or because your friends are dropping it or you thought it was not important. If you have done this exercise, you already know the answer.
Another thing that you can do is to get in touch with a career counsellor. A simple set of tests and counselling conversations can help students understand and decide on the crucial decision.
Note: This article is not for students who suffer from learning disabilities (like dyscalculia). Parents may please note that sometimes kids suffer from a learning disability known as dyscalculia. A form of dyslexia, this particular learning disability manifests usually from a young age. The child suffering from this form of learning disability will have difficulty recognising or retaining numbers, find it difficult to count or even recognize basic patterns. This, however, does not manifest at puberty but at a younger age. Also, in case a child suffers from math anxiety or phobia. In such circumstances, getting active counselling is highly recommended.
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