Contrary to existing views, Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) and Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) are two very different courses in terms of subjects, future career prospects and skills required to pursue them. Students need to know the nuances of both the courses before taking an informed decision, which is not commonly practiced in India.

Factors like college ranking, future salaries etc. may be important but are not the fundamentals on which a choice between two courses should be made. This article will talk about the basic differences between BBA and BCOM courses in India.

Subjects:

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B.COM – With B.COM students get to understand basic concepts of Accountancy, Business Administration, Finance, Economics and Industrial Policies. It focuses on teaching the fundamentals of commerce with theoretical learning.

BBA – Whereas BBA is more focused towards managerial and entrepreneurial areas and include subjects like Marketing, Finance, and Human Resources etc. BBA can be tagged as a professional degree since the curriculum also includes practical industry exposure with case studies, summer internships, industry visits, and presentations.

Skills:

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B.COM – Students who are good with numbers and analytical skills would appreciate the curriculum. Problem solving skills via numbers and financial computations are the core skills that would help you excel.

BBA – Communication and interpersonal skills are an integral part of doing a BBA. Case studies and presentations would help you to further polish these skills making you industry ready. Students with entrepreneurial zeal should also pursue BBA as an option.

Career Options:

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B.COM – Since students with B.COM are very well exposed to concepts of accounting, taxation and economics they are on the right path to master these skills via higher degrees like CA/ICWA/CS etc. This would open their career prospects like Tax practitioner, Junior/Senior Accountants, Auditors, Financial consultants etc.

BBA – The core concepts in BBA course revolve around business fundamentals like marketing, finance, and human resources etc. Hence students are well placed to opt for MBA as a master’s course. Post that there are numerous career options since all large scale corporations have jobs related to each business area (Marketing, finance and human resources).

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