PCM, PCB or PCMB – Which One to Choose in Class 11

The question “What next after the Boards?” haunts most students after their 10th. With the variety of courses available, there is confusion in choosing your career path. There are mainly three streams after class 10th: Science, Commerce and Humanities/Arts. Students can choose between these three streams based on the core subjects and the career paths they wish to follow.

With a growing number of students opting for the science stream, there is a great need for good coaching classes. Although there is no lack of coaching classes in the city, not every coaching class can cater to all the needs of the students and ensure excellent scores consistently. This is what sets Infomatica apart from the numerous other institutions spread across Mumbai.

Science is a multi-disciplinary field with new branches being added everyday with advancing technology. The Science stream is usually related to medical, engineering, pharmacy, etc. By selecting science stream after 10th, students can pursue a career or higher education in diverse fields such as Biochemistry, Dental Science, Genetics, Pharmacy, Astronomy, Biotechnology, Forensic Science, etc. besides the most common options of medical and engineering.

Students have to identify their core strengths and interests and choose the stream that best suits their skills and passion. Before opting for any stream, get a clear idea about the available streams. This will help you decide the right stream. Make sure to choose a stream that matches your passion and potential. Future scope and career options must also be taken into consideration during the selection process.

The major subjects in science stream are Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and English. There is one more language subject based on the choice of the students. But the main confusion that most students face is whether to select Mathematics or Biology.


The simple answer to this question is: take biology for a career in medicine and opt for mathematics if you want to pursue engineering. And if you haven’t decided yet, then take both!

But the solution is always so straightforward or so easy! You have to think carefully before making a choice that can influence your career. Choosing the right subjects is an important decision. The selection must be based on your aptitude and passion towards a particular branch/field.

When to opt for PCB?

If your passion is to be a doctor then you need to take Physics, Chemistry and Biology (or PCB) as your main subjects in 11th. If you do not have much interest in engineering and you like studying Biology, then medical stream is a good option for you. Similarly, if you are certain that Maths is not your cup of tea, then PCB is the way to go!

By discarding mathematics in 11th and 12th, options like architecture and all branches of engineering get closed automatically. So select PCB only if you hate maths and want to join the medical field.

When to opt for PCM?

Do you like Mathematics? Do you enjoy solving various Maths problems? Is IIT your dream? Do you want to pursue a career in any branch of engineering? If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of the above questions, then PCM i.e. Physics, Chemistry, Maths is the choice for you.

By opting out of biology, all options related to the medical field get closed automatically. Certain branches of engineering like marine engineering, biomedical engineering, genetic engineering, etc. also require you to have biology as a subject in 11th and 12th.

When to opt for PCMB?

If you are not so certain about your career path and whether you would like to pursue medicine, engineering or any other science course, then you can opt for both Biology and Maths i.e. PCMB.

You can give IIT-JEE and NEET at the same time after your 12th boards. Although it may be tough to study Maths and Biology combined, it is doable. Some students have cleared both the entrance examinations – JEE and NEET with good scores giving them more time to decide from a wider choice of career options.

Whether you choose PCM, PCB or PCMB, what matters is that you give your best and prepare well!

There is no specific subject that will help you score more, it all depends on your hard work and what career you wish to pursue. So make your choice and just go for it. The subjects may seem slightly daunting at first and that is where you can take proper guidance from a good coaching class.

Infomatica is a well-renowned institution in Mumbai that provides the best coaching for 11th Science. We provide complete assistance and proper guidance for obtaining a great score. Infomatica has various regular sessions, tests, revision classes, and exams to give the students optimum practice for their exam. We have regular lectures throughout the year as well as crash courses before exams for all subjects of Science stream. It is the leading brand in Mumbai when it comes to coaching for 11th Science.

The world around us is evolving and every institution has to maintain the standards of teaching. We are among the few coaching classes in Mumbai to use the latest teaching techniques to ensure a great learning experience. At Infomatica, we firmly believe in updating ourselves to adhere to the changing course syllabus, learning methods and examination patterns. We assure complete assistance and guidance to our students to ensure they obtain excellent results in 11th Science examination. Choose wisely.