After Std X, If you are keen to take a route which is more focused on your future academic goals, if you are clear that you want to make a career in the engineering field, you have to start off early by enrolling in a polytechnic diploma right after Std X. The three-year diploma not only gives you a heads up in basics of engineering, but also makes them eligible for direct admission into second year of any engineering degree course.
If you have genuine interest and motive to study engineering, then starting from the very basics gives you an advantage for higher studies. Polytechnic gives you the basic knowledge of the field and even the experience of practicals. The basic concepts of the university syllabus of engineering are covered in the diploma. Polytechnic is the best option for those who want to ‘earn while they learn’ as you can easily get a job after the diploma, unlike Std XII, and start working while you pursue engineering. In fact, there is a demand for students who hold both a degree and a diploma in engineering. A technical edge is what many polytechnic students swear by. Polytechnic makes you much more technically sound than an average student who has passed Std XII. The studies too are much more elaborate and a practical approach is followed. There is an advantage in the job prospect and promotion too as priority is given to those who have a diploma and degree combination. A diploma can also get one on the career path sooner than others. A polytechnic diploma saves two years of your academic career. Earning starts immediately after completion of the diploma. You get a formal introduction to the technical world. This association helps you greatly when you get admission directly in the second year of BE. The biggest advantage is of the practical knowledge that students gain from the various workshops and the benefit of early placements.
If a student has a good score in Std X and wants to pursue engineering, then polytechnic is the best option, because then the technical education will commence immediately and solely on the basis of merit. Whereas, after Std XII, other aspects such as the results of the CAP rounds and the availability of seats will have to be considered. Polytechnic makes a sound ground for engineering. The immediate job prospect which is absent in almost all other courses is an added bonus.