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Difference Between Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Undergraduate vs Postgraduate

Undergraduate and Postgraduate are two words that are used differently in terms of their characteristics and their qualifications. An undergraduate is the one who has just passed out his school board examinations and has taken up an undergraduate course in a college or a university. On the other hand a postgraduate is one that has completed his graduation in a subject and obtained a higher degree too in the concerned subject.

An undergraduate enters a college or a university for the first time, whereas entering the premises of a college or a university is not a first time experience for a postgraduate. An undergraduate has to study a few allied or related subjects during the course of study. On the other hand a postgraduate need not study allied subjects during the course of his study. Instead he would concentrate only on the main or the major subject.

An undergraduate has to study for a minimum period of three years to complete his graduation. On the other hand a postgraduate has to study for a period of two years to complete his post graduation in the subject of his choice.

An undergraduate has to complete the post graduate degree in the concerned subject in order to get registered for the research degree in the subject. On the other hand a postgraduate can directly register for the research degree in the concerned subject. An undergraduate learns the basics of a subject in the course of his study whereas a postgraduate would have studied the nuances of the subject in the two years of study.

An undergraduate has to complete the post graduate degree in order to get employment and build up his career. A postgraduate on the other hand can directly apply for the jobs of his choice and build up his career.


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