Failed in 12th board? Pro Tips To Save Your Academic Journey

Dwarakesh Murali - Wednesday 28th February 2024 | Articles
Failed in 12th board? What Next

Have you failed in 12th? What Next?. The road ahead may seem bleak however failure is not the opposite of success. It is a part of success. You have a variety of different opportunities to redo your wrong and build the required strengths to face the challenges up ahead in life. 

You might be thinking, ‘What if I fail in 12th board?’ and ‘Can I repeat class 12 after failing?’ and ‘Can CBSE fail a student in 12th?’. We have your answers. But first,

Let us look at the personal side of having failed in 12th. Marks are just one part of your career and do not wholly determine your success in the future. Do not blindly take my word. 

Drawing Inspiration From Real-Life Stories

Hrishikesh’s Recovery From Failing 12th Board Exams

Hrishikesh Kulkarni is an associate director in Vuclip, who had failed in 12th at the first attempt. He has a few tips on how to change the tide in your favour and live a successful life despite having endured a setback. 

After facing a setback, Hrishikesh reappeared for his 12th board exam in 2001 and passed with flying colours. He followed it up with a successful undergraduate and postgraduate course. He then jumped into the corporate world and has never looked back. 

Hrishikesh says that in order to recover from the setback, you should:

  1. Never run away from your fear of exams, face them!
  2. Failure in 12th is not the end of your life, prepare well for the future.
  3. Communicate well with your parents and loved ones

So, do not worry if you have failed the 12th board exam. We have come up with a few professional tips for you to consider if you wish to bounce back from your setback and ace the job market. Follow these pro tips to recover from failure in the 12th board exams. 

Strategies to overcome failing in 12th

1. Repeat, Reappear and Recover

Time is on your side but as Hrishikesh aptly said, “Never run away from your fear”. Avoiding examinations is impossible but you do have an extra year or two to regroup and correct your mistakes the second time around. 

You could:

Repeat again from Class 11: This is the answer to the question, ‘Can I repeat class 12 after failing?’. You could reappear for the classroom courses from class 11 and attend the 12th board exams and pass with flying colours. 

Do a Diploma: Diploma’s differ from a standard bachelor’s degree in that you have to only attend one subject and the completion of the course is in 6 months to 1 year. You could get a diploma in subjects such as Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. Diplomas require only a 10th standard pass certificate and marksheet. 

Sign up for an ITI Course: As with the diploma, Industrial Training Institute’s(ITI) course structure is more job oriented than a diploma or bachelor’s degree. It offers:

  • Practical knowledge and an off-desk job
  • A course duration based on the subject of choice and could vary from 6 months, 1 year to 2 years. 

An ITI course has a minimum age limit of 14 years and a maximum age limit of 40 years and typically begins in July. Applicants can get jobs in fields such as bleaching and dying, art, civil engineering and dressmaking among other areas. 

Pass the CBSEs compartment examination: CBSEs compartment examination is an opportunity to appear for those examinations that the student has failed in. It generally takes place a month or two after the class 12 board exam results have been announced. However, if you have failed more than two subjects, you will be ineligible to take CBSE’s compartment examination. So, CBSE can not fail a student in 12th. 

Patrachar Vidyalaya: The Patrachar Vidyalaya is an open school of learning where the student can skip the class year and directly appear for the 12th year board examination. Meanwhile, he can take up coaching provided by Patrachar Vidyalaya and is provided with a certificate the same as that of CBSE. 

NIOS(National Institute of Open Schooling): And appear for NIOSs board examinations. NIOS allows you to skip classroom training and train from home. You can get admission to any university after completing NIOS. The exams can be taken at any point in the year and admissions to the board are 24*7. If you have passed three or more subjects, you get an NIOS certificate. 

Choose NIOS on-demand examination(ODE): ODE allows you to save a year by appearing for the exam at any time of the calendar year. You can have a walk-in into the examination centre  at any time of the year and attend the exam.

2. Get Ready for Entrance Examinations

There are various courses and entrance examinations you can attend that do not require a 12th board exam result. So do not worry if you have failed in 12th. You could go into fashion designing, become a flight attendant, mass communication, go into arts such as acting, music, become a model, a dietician or a gym trainer. The list is endless. 

IIT Bombay and IIIT Jabalpur are two institutes that allow you to take its design program without a prerequisite PCM in the 12th year. Renowned universities like Delhi University and Indraprastha University offer courses that do not require a 12th board exam result.

3. Expand your expertise

 The year off is an opportunity to grow your skill set and develop strengths that will aid your journey in the future. Obtaining skills that are relevant in todays job market is invaluable and with time on your hand, you can spend it wisely. 

Volunteering: Companies look out of the box for experience from candidates and spending a significant time volunteering for an NGO could be a valuable addition to your resume. 

Internships: Look for internships in your field of expertise. Internships offer valuable hands-on training and networking opportunities.

Soft-Skills Enhancement: Spend your time wisely by enhancing your soft skills such as communication, teamwork, time management and problem-solving.

Obtain an online certification: Enrol in online courses relevant to your interests or career aspirations. Platforms like Coursera, edX, and Udemy offer a wide range of courses in various fields such as programming, digital marketing, graphic design, and more.

Personal Development: Take time to self-reflect, network and pursue personal projects that will provide valuable hands-on experience to prepare for your future career.  

4. Work Towards Building a Successful Career

Prepare for your future by working on your strengths and creating a roadmap and strategy for your career. 

Job Shadowing: Shadow professionals in fields youre interested in to gain insights into their day-to-day responsibilities and the industry as a whole.

Informational Interviews: Reach out to professionals in your desired field for informational interviews. Ask about their career paths, challenges, and advice for aspiring professionals.

Career Counselling: Seek guidance from career counsellors or mentors who can help you explore career options, identify your strengths and interests, and develop a strategic career plan.

Consider Alternative Education Paths: Explore alternative education options such as distance learning programs, vocational courses, or specialised trainig programs offered by industry associations.

Financial Planning: Learn basic financial management skills and create an effective budget for your year off.

Part-time Employment: Consider taking up part-time or freelance work to gain work experience and supplement your finances.

The times may be tough. However, having failed in 12th will not deter you from seeking a successful future for yourself if you take into account the above tips. Prepare well for the future and stay strong. Tough times are temporary, change is everlasting. 

Dwarakesh Murali


Dwarakesh Murali is a content writer, blogger and author with a keen interest in marketing.

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