Why Students Should NOT Take Up Diploma Before Degree In Engineering?

Stupidsid dubs it as the most overrated course on Earth. Very well, the then teenage founders knew what they were dealing with when they included Engineering into their database. But, little do students know what the course has in store for them once they step into its confusing & humongous world of information. And I am talking about students, passed out of the meagre yet important SSC, at the entrance of matriculation edifice. Should I take up the three/four year course Diploma or should I take the HSC-CET route?

That is when your relatives clog your home network with phone calls, text messages and what-not giving worthless advice with a post-script that reads – “experienced source.” Your parents cling to the ones whose children now walk behind the top CEOs or are the top CEOs of some native amalgamation. Your friends won’t speak. Your girlfriend is doing fashion designing or perhaps busy photographing her newest fad, cat-beard. You want to take up Diploma because it sounds cool & will give you a respite from appearing for the tough CET exam. But, you should give a peek through the following points that I have personally experienced over my engineering days:

  • You Will Suck At Math: This is the biggest drawback of doing diploma before degree in engineering, because whatever stream you choose, the former has the subject Mathematics only in the first three semesters. And the pathetic syllabus by MSBSHSE will have you learning basic Matrices. By the time you complete Diploma, you will forget most of it chiefly due to lack of practise & implementation. Next, since you will directly enter the second year of Engineering Degree, a huge part of essential Mathematics (first two semesters) will elude you and there is where they teach you why Maths is so, so, so related to Engineering. Eventually, the chances of you flunking in the third semester Maths is astronomical. Tutors may help you, but remember, coaching classes is a multi-crore business in India.
  • Desolation Or Paranoia: You will find out how badly you suck at Maths in less than five days of your degree. And there’s this lack of friends group to throw the baggage on. Your classmates have all braved the CET and are younger to you, they have already formed groups and all the pretty girls are taken, the topper has been throned and is usually hideous, teachers have capped their white-lists and created nicknames for you. You will never be called by your first name until the time you almost forget how a BJT works. Diploma students are called D2D students, direct second year admissions, failures, scumbags and thankfully, sometimes “scholars.” Too bad, they won’t call you back-benchers because unlike during the school times, here the only vacant benches are the front ones. Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam might want to edify his quote, eh?
    To cut the long story short, if none of your Diploma classmates have enrolled with you in your college and if you are an introvert, then you will indefinitely sink into ennui-ridden desolation. Paranoia will take time, but history shows that soon you will find solace in other Diploma students from different college or/and streams.
  • Standard Is Standard Now: Diploma will give you accolades for participating in the ubiquitous Technical Paper Presentation competitions where you take a topic (which is often – “Recent Trend In Engineering/Technology”) and plagiarise every other online journal/ Wikipedia article/magazine post related to that topic without citing. The rookie jury will be astonished to see you present a Prezi slideshow because they are used to the famous MS PowerPoint. Technobabble will win you that cash-prize. In degree, the story is totally different. You think of changing the monotony by participating in a presentation in the upcoming technical fest. They have challenging competitors, professional jury, brainstorming sessions and concept-debriefing. You will fail terribly if you follow your Diploma protocol and that will further attack your self-confidence.
    You should think over why Diploma is a three/four year course and Degree is a four year course… but you only move forward a single year (direct second year admission) in degree after you complete a diploma. That answers the question why Diploma has such a low value in career shelves.
  • Parents Will Never Understand The Paradigm Shift: Okay, so you cracked that Diploma examination with flying colors (read 92.57% agg.) and are consistent. You get the provisional Diploma certificate. Fine. But, since you suck at Math and will invariably find out that the remaining subjects are partially related to it, you will have the dishonour of flunking in minimum one subject. And if that above percentage makes you barf, I’m afraid the story will be nasty. Because what you studied during Diploma will be located on the farthest part of your brain and Math, along with alphabets now has ambiguous sentences & Greek letters guarding it. Techmax Publications won’t be sufficient; they will amount to hardly 5.7% of your total grasping knowledge. Plus, I hear they are crammed with errors.
    And that failure won’t be like they seem to be in that famous inspiring quote about light bulb by Thomas Edison. It will bring you embarrassment and suicidal symptoms but you know suicide is too lame for an engineer to end his/her/their life. Teachers of your former polytechnic will understand and react totally opposite to how your parents will. That’ll be a relief, and if your Diploma mates are ATKT (allowed to keep term) in same subject(s), that will be a support against your parents, too. Pressure will falter and you will stop introspecting. This moment will be worthy and I am pretty sure, the next time you sit to study with a credible reference book, it will be with vengeance. Only, here the adversary is no one.

So, it is up to you and only you to decide what it will be and how it will be. Engineering is high as eff when it comes to knowledge and learning, but make sure the path you choose is trustworthy and unmasked. DO NOT listen to people who use sentences like “Diploma will give you experience,” “Diploma is better than the pain of CET,” “Diploma is in parallel with Engineering.” This is all blabber because they are actually referring to how mainstream terms it. Of course, self-thought can outmatch these above listed discrepancies and there are people who have epitomized with the Diploma route, like my father who is a Civil Engineer in one of the leading petroleum companies (and this is not like the ones your relatives’ children are working in) in UAE.

On the other hand, Anand Gupta, a friend and former colleague, earns a handsome half a million INR per year as an engineer in Schlumberger after doing ITI & Diploma courses. Yay!

With respect to how the word sounds bold, Diploma is good enough for students who are financially frailer and are not planning to pursue degree in future. Another friend of mine, earns a monthly package of 20K at Godrej after only pursuing Diploma in Industrial Electronics. How cool is that!

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32 thoughts on “Why Students Should NOT Take Up Diploma Before Degree In Engineering?”

  1. not agree. diploma is better than doing 11 12th. you get two degree in 6 years after ssc. those who do diploma and degree both are more sound engineers than person doing degree after 12th. dont worry about maths. it is easy. very good private diploma engineering colleges are available. dont do engineering in indian government colleges. no one completes syllabus in government colleges, faculty and students are lazy in govt.

    1. Wait before you tag Diploma as a Degree. Both are totally different concepts. Of course, if you successfully complete degree after diploma (which is a tedious task, by the way), companies may give your priority. This post focuses on how at least 30% of Diploma students fail to manage the hailstorm, called Degree. Maths can be easy or difficult; but if you are a diploma student, it becomes tougher.

  2. hi,
    i am interested in mechanical and automobile. there is no one in my family to help me to choose a course for the better future. i have finished my 12th PCMC. can you please suggest me or help me to choose a better course???

    1. Hello Ashiq!

      It partly depends on your interests. I had a thing for Electronics, so I took Electronics & Telecommunication. However, you will also need to look at the subjects which you will be studying in the span of 4 years. It is very important and should be thoroughly considered. If you are interested in Mechanical/Automobile, then you should go ahead with it. You can reach me anytime at tejas.you@gmail.com.

  3. I m kedar Dhavaskar frm goa I hv finished ssc so should I go fr diploma or 11&12 and tan degree

    1. If you are good in Mathematics and really understand that Engineering is for you, then I would suggest Diploma. Otherwise 11-12 route will be better because it opens many roads.

  4. sir, I am passed out 10th standard from icse board any benefit for going in diploma? or should I go for 11th & 12 th std? pls give me reply as early as possible.

  5. I just passed my 10th class with 90% marks and i am not that good in maths so what should i do 11 and 12 science or diploma

    1. Since you are currently not good at Maths, I’d suggest you take the HSC route. This will not only prepare you more for degree but will also leave you with better options that you would if you take the diploma route. All the best!

  6. i am passed ssc exam.I have got 93.60 in ssc exam.So 12 and degree or diploma then degree is better for me in govt. college in computer.

  7. my son get 68% in ssc gujrat bord. what should i do go to diploma or 11 12. my son want to become BE MECENICAL. Should he take mecenical corse in diploma or go for 11, 12.

    1. Considering that the percentage is low, you should opt for 11-12. If gathering an admission is difficult, only then opt for diploma in Mechanical. All the best!

    1. You can do it, Mayank, but you will be joining as an SSC passout and NOT 11th passout. One other option you can try is to complete your HSC and then go for Diploma, but you will be wasting one more year… Good luck!

  8. sir,i failed in 12th then took 1st year diploma course in automobile engg. and now im failed in my 1st year subjects.Maths-2, Mechanics. and d-2.Now,im preparing for 12 th again.im confused.cuz i also want to do engg but i dont want those filthy grade msbte subjects i failed in..plz ..help me ..suggest me sir whether to continue diploma or do 12th n then do bsc or any other course like tourism,marine field,etc..or clear 1st year sub n finish diploma??

    1. Hi Vikrant, if you feel the subjects (Maths, Mechanics, etc.) are not for you, then I would suggest you to resume and complete your HSC. After that you can start afresh – a BSC course with vocational majors like tourism or marine field. First you have to understand that Engineering may not be for you. Good luck!

      1. thanks a lot for your suggestions n i highly appreciate your support sir..i thought a lot abt tis n hv decided to complete my hsc this july n then go for bsc ..but with marks of like 65%will i get good college for tourism n travel management in mumbai with low fees?

      2. Hi Vikrant, that’s good. I wish you all the best. I’m sorry, but I do not personally know what the criteria are for such courses. But, I’m sure 65% is not a very low grade. Do some online/offline research when you get free time. Good luck!

    1. No problem at all. You should not worry about such things now. Please continue your diploma and then preferably pursue graduation in the same or similar field. All the best!

  9. DoB : 21/02/1996
    X(2012) : 60%
    XII(2014) : 50% (commerce)
    Diploma(2017) : 63.7%(Automobile engineering) from an AICTE approved institution.
    Now(nov’17) persuing b.tech(lateral entry) from Techno india banipur(under Techno India Group) which is also approved by AICTE & WBUT affiliated.
    Now my question is that,am i going to face any problem in govt. job interviews after b.tech & GATE for not having 60% & science in HSE?

    1. You may or may not. Most PSUs only just care about your GATE and final year BTech score. But it would be good to check the criteria before opting. Either way, there’s no point in crying over spilled milk about your HSC scores. Just do better on your forthcoming exams. Good luck!

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