‘What will you be when you grow up?’ is one question asked by all adults. Childhood dreams are limited to what is seen around so doctor, teacher, policeman, cricketer etc score high on the list of young children. However, when the time comes to choose a career path most are unsure of what they want to do and who they want to be.
Likes and passion do play an important in role in the career choice, but there is also the question of scope. Scope is what decides how much you can progress in the career of your choice and often becomes the deciding factor in selecting a career. Other than that getting admission into a good institute for the basic degree too is important.
One stream that is as popular today as it was years ago is Life Sciences. Life sciences is the study of living organisms including plants, animals, microorganisms and even humans. A number of allied fields like biotechnology, microbiology, bio engineering, anatomy, bio physics etc. are based on life sciences. The way the world is moving today, life sciences will have a major role in development in the years to come. Therefore, a career in life sciences is a good choice. In order to move along this path, you need to pass out of class 12th from the science stream. Many colleges offer subjects like botany, zoology, biotechnology, biochemistry etc. at the under graduate level.
In terms of a career, with a degree in life sciences, research and teaching are two popular options. There is a central exam which makes you eligible for research and teaching positions in colleges. This is the CSIR UGC NET Life Science exam. CSIR or the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, conducts exam for Junior Research Fellow (JRF) and eligibility for Lectureship (LS) through National Eligibility Test or NET. If you have an MSc Botany & Zoology degree to an equivalent degree in Life Science with 55% marks, you can appear for this exam. The results of this exam are accepted by colleges offering these courses across the country.
The upper age limit for appearing in the JRF exam is 28 years but for the LS exam there is no upper age limit. If you do get selected through this all India exam, you will be paid a fixed monthly stipend for a period of 2 years. The stipend increases in the 3rd year. As a Fellow your job would be to assist in research as well as teach. The Head of the Department of the Institute can assess your progress and upgrade you to SRF or Senior Research Fellow. The total tenure as JRF and SRF last 5 years.
With the kind of prestige that is associated with this exam, it is better to enroll yourself in a coaching institute to crack this exam. A systematic study methodology and experienced teachers from the field make these institutes an ideal place where success is bound to come to yo