Commerce, which is one amongst the top three streams in class 12, allows students to pursue a wide range of courses after 10+2. A benefit for commerce students is they are eligible to take up both commerce and arts courses. However, this is not possible for the students who are from the arts stream. The core subjects in commerce are accountancy, business studies and economics, and mathematics is considered as an optional subject. After pursuing commerce during 10+2, students can take up the below courses.
BCom In Accounting And Commerce
This course is also known as BCom (Hons) and is open to students from all streams, i.e., science, arts and commerce. However, commerce students will be given first preference. The duration of the course will be three years.
Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Legislative Law Honours is one of the most popular courses. And students will study both business administration and law. Commerce students who attained 50% marks are eligible to take up this course.
The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) or Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) are the two courses that open the doors to pursue Master in Business Management (MBA) at a postgraduate level. Candidates who attained 50% aggregate or more can pursue these courses. This course is also open to students from all streams.
BCA (IT And Software)
This undergraduate course will be based on computer languages. This course resembles the BTech/BE degree in computer science or information technology. Candidates who have cleared class 12 with maths and obtained a minimum of 55% marks can pursue this course.
Chartered Accountancy (CA)
CA is one of the most reputed courses in India. Commerce students have to register with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) in order to pursue the chartered accountancy course. Any candidate who has 50% aggregate or more from a recognised board in class 12 can take up this course.
Company Secretary (CS)
This is one of the lucrative and highly paid career options in India. Candidates who obtain at least 50% aggregate or more can pursue the company secretary course. One has to register with the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) in order to purse the CS course.
Commerce students are also eligible for many courses in the arts stream. However, the eligibility criteria varies depending on the specialisation in the course. Some of the best courses are:
- BA in humanities & social sciences
- BA in arts (fine/visual/performing)
- Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
- BSc in hospitality & travel
- BSc in design
- Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication (BJMC)
- BHM in hospitality & travel
- Bachelor of Journalism (BJ)
- Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM)
- BA in hospitality & travel
- BA in animation
Apart from the pursuing these above-mentioned courses, commerce students can also think about the career opportunities in the banking, defence and civil services sectors.