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80 and above Science
Below 50pc
Choosing a career after 10 and 12
BBA BBS BBM
GBO or PGDIM
MBA FC-or-MFC
BBS or BBE
BSc H or BSc G
MBA or MBE
BCom Hons and BCom Pass
BCom and BA Economics
Maths or Stats
BBA and Integrated MBA
CA or ICWA
One of the most common questions that our organization receives among several career related queries is
whether one should pursue Bachelor of Business Administration, commonly known as BBA or Bachelor of
Commerce or B.Com after Class 12. Though B.Com is a more traditional course compared to BBA, over the
years things have changed with the economy of the country.
BBA has emerged as an important option among students after completing Class 12. Many students are
confused due to lack of proper information and guidance and often end up making a wrong choice. This article
will help you clear your doubts and confusion, though of course the onus of choosing your career lies upon you
at the end of the day.
What is BBA
Bachelor of Business Administration or BBA is a three year degree course which is designed to impart
management education and inculcate entrepreneurship skills in a student. It is a professional degree where
theoretical concepts like management information systems, fundamentals of Human Resource Management
(HRM), Financial Law, and fundamentals of marketing are taught and supplemented by practical experience of
case studies, industry visits, presentations and summer placements. A well structured BBA program develops a
student’s intellectual and managerial skills and helps in nurturing leadership qualities and trains them to be future
leaders.
Eligibility: Though eligibility criteria might differ from one institute to the other, most institutes accept students
who have passed 10 2 in any stream and have obtained 50% marks in average.
Scope after BBA: The determining factor of choosing BBA over B.Com is a job in the field of management or
shaping your career as an entrepreneur. So, the most obvious step after BBA is MBA or Masters in Business
Administration.
A BBA degree by itself might fetch you a job at the entry level, but will not provide you with enough growth
opportunities unless you follow it up with an MBA from an institute of repute.
Armed with a BBA degree, getting through some of the top B schools in the country should be a smoother one
compared to others, though ofcourse cracking the CAT is a different game altogether.
MBA courses are much advanced compared to BBA programs, but now that you have your fundamentals clear
at the undergraduate level, your MBA program should be much simpler.
BBA also enables you to get a job as a trainee or even as a junior executive in the fields of marketing, HR or
finance. Industry experience will also give you the much needed exposure and a work experience certificate
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Industries offering jobs to BBA graduates:
BBA graduates can seek job openings in the following sectors:
Banking
Consultancy
Finance
FMCG and Consumer Durable companies
IT companies
Advertising agencies
What is B.Com
Bachelor of Commerce or B.Com is a fundamental stream of study after class 12 in India like Bachelor or
Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Arts (BA). B.Com is a three year degree course taught in most universities across
India. A B.Com degree equips a student with fundamentals and concepts on Accountancy, Business
Administration, Finance, Economics and Industrial Policies.
Eligibility: A student who has passed 10 2 in commerce or in science stream can pursue B.Com as an
undergraduate degree. However, he or she should have Mathematics as one of the core subjects.
Scope after B.Com: B.Com is and always has been a lucrative career option among students. It is the first big
step for students who wish to pursue careers in Finance, Taxation and Accountancy. It is the basic qualification
required for students who want to pursue a career as CA / ICWA / CS. After completing your B.Com, a student
can further his academic qualification by doing an M.Com from a recognized university. MCom is a postgraduate
degree of 2 years and will enable a student to even qualify for lectureship exams like UGC NET/JRF or even
state level exams. Though B.Com is not a professional course, yet if you complete your B.Com from a reputed
university, you also have the option for good placement in various industries.
You can even do your MBA after B.Com and specialize in finance, if you still want to be remotely connected
with commerce and you are good with numbers.
Industries offering jobs to B.Com students:
Banks
Consultancy firms
Tax Practitioner
Junior Accountant
Difference Between BBA and B.Com
Now comes the most important part, the difference between the two courses. If you are good at numbers or
financial computations, then your aim should be that of a Chartered Accountant or CA. It is an extremely
specialized area and a B.Com degree is the first step towards achieving that goal.
On the other hand, if you are sure that you want to pursue a career in management, then BBA is a good
alternative, though you can still pursue your MBA after B.Com. However, you can get good work experience
after completing your BBA in areas of your interest.
If you are planning to start your professional career immediately after class 12, BBA is a good choice as it is a
professional course compared to B.Com which is a stream in the general line.
B.Com is offered in some of the more prestigious universities and colleges in India like Shri Ram College of
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(Chennai), Symbiosis Society's College of Arts & Commerce (Pune), and St Xaviers Mumbai.
BBA is offered in fewer universities compared to BCom, though many universities have started with BBA or
BBS courses. Some of the colleges and universities offering BBA courses are University of Mumbai, Guru Gobind
Singh Indraprastha University or IP University, Delhi, Bharti Vidya Peeth, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Deemed
Univ , Jamia Hamdard, Symbiosis Pune, Barkatullah University , Bhopal, Punjab Technical University, Jalandhar,
Banasthali Vidyapeeth, University of Rajasthan.
Along with the option of pursing MBA, a B.Com will open doors for other commerce related careers as
well.
B.Com BBA
Traditional
Course and has
been in vogue
since ages
Professional course and
relatively new compared
to BCom
Good for
students who
love numbers and
financial
accounting
Though quantitative skills
are necessary, yet a
student should also be
good in communication
skills and have strong
leadership qualities
Compulsory for
students wanting
to do CA/ICWA
BBA will clear some
fundamental concepts in
management and though
not a prerequisite for
MBA, a course in BBA
will help you in the initial
stages
High percentage
in 10 2 is
required for
getting admission
in the top colleges
On an average 50% is
required at the 10 2 level
and you need to appear
for entrance exams.
BCom degree
will offer jobs of
accountant,
auditor, analysts
BBA can offer jobs as
management trainees in
various fields like
marketing and sales,
finance, HR
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