IntroductionThe process of selecting subjects for higher education is a critical decision that students in India face as they transition from school to college. This decision plays a significant role in shaping their academic and professional trajectories. While several factors influence subject selection, peer pressure has emerged as a prominent factor affecting student’s choices. Peer pressure refers to the influence exerted by one’s peers or social group to conform to certain behaviors, attitudes, or decisions.In the Indian context, where the competition for prestigious educational institutions and lucrative careers is intense, peer pressure can have a substantial impact on student’s subject selection. Students often face pressure from their peers to choose specific subjects based on various factors, such as societal expectations, career prospects, and perceived prestige associated with certain fields of study. The desire to fit in, avoid isolation, and gain acceptance from their peers can heavily influence students’ decision-making processes.Understanding the extent and nature of peer pressure on student’s subject selection is crucial for educators, policymakers, and parents to provide appropriate guidance and support. By gaining insights into the factors contributing to peer pressure and its influence on subject choices, stakeholders can develop interventions and strategies to help students make informed decisions based on their interests, aptitudes, and long-term goals.This statistical experimental research aims to investigate the impact of peer pressure on students’ subject selection for higher education in India. The study will explore the level of peer pressure experienced by Indian students and identify the factors that contribute to this pressure. It will also examine the correlation between peer pressure and student’s final subject choices, taking into account other relevant variables such as gender, socioeconomic status, and academic performance.Review of Literature:NEP 2020 Awareness among Undergraduate Students: A study by Patel et al. (2021) investigated the awareness of NEP 2020 among undergraduate students and reported a moderate level of awareness. The study also identified variations in awareness levels based on discipline and educational institutions. The findings highlighted the importance of integrating NEP 2020 concepts into undergraduate curriculum to enhance awareness and implementation.NEP 2020 Awareness among Postgraduate Students: Limited research has specifically examined NEP 2020 awareness among postgraduate students. However, a study by Reddy et al. (2022) surveyed postgraduate students and found that a majority had limited awareness of NEP 2020. The study recommended the inclusion of NEP 2020-related topics in postgraduate programs to enhance awareness and preparedness.NEP 2020 Awareness among PhD Scholars: Research on NEP 2020 awareness among PhD scholars is scarce. However, a study by Kumar et al. (2023) explored the awareness and perceptions of NEP 2020 among PhD scholars in selected disciplines. The study revealed a mixed level of awareness, with some scholars having a comprehensive understanding, while others had limited awareness. The study highlighted the need for targeted awareness programs and research collaborations to enhance NEP 2020 implementation at the doctoral level.Objectives:Determine the level of peer pressure experienced by Indian students in selecting specific subjects for higher education.Identify the factors contributing to peer pressure in subject selection.Analyze the impact of peer pressure on student’s final subject choices.Assess the influence of gender, socioeconomic status, and academic performance on the relationship between peer pressure and subject selection.