Commerce is a popular stream among HSC (10+2) students in India. Having studied Commerce in Class 11th-12th allows candidates to choose from a multitude of courses at graduation level, paving the way for a range of career choices. One of the major benefits that Commerce students have over Arts students is that they are eligible for both Commerce and Arts courses.

Selection of courses after 12th for Commerce students, be it academic or vocational, at the time of college admissions is crucial. It must be an informed decision taken after having a complete understanding of the course one is opting for.

Details about Top Courses after 12th for Commerce Students

BCom in Accounting and Commerce

Bachelor of Commerce, also known as BCom/BCom (Hons) is an undergraduate degree that can be pursued by students who have cleared 10+2 in Science, Arts or Commerce stream. However, preference is given to students who have studied Commerce at 10+2 level. The duration of the course spans over a period of 3 years in Indian colleges/Universities.

    • Popular specialisations: Accounting and Taxation
    • BCom Entrance Exams: BHU-UET, GLAET, GATA

BBA LLB

Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Legislative Law Honours, popularly known as BBA LLB is an undergraduate Administrative Law professional integrated course. Students opting for BBA LLB get to study the combination of Business Administration and Law. A student who has qualified Senior Secondary (10+2) with a minimum of 50% marks is eligible for this course.

    • BBA LLB entrance exams: CLAT, LSAT, ACLAT

Other popular courses Commerce students can pursue at UG level

 BBA/BMS

Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)/ Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) is a precursor to Master in Business Management (MBA). BBA/BMS is the Bachelor’s degree undertaken to pursue a career in Business Management. Any candidate who has completed Class XII or equivalent in any stream with at least 50% marks in aggregate from a recognised board or university can pursue BBA/BMS.

    • Popular specialisations: Retail, International Business, Sales and Marketing, Human Resources and Finance
    • BBA entrance exams: CAT, MAT, XAT, SNAP

BCA (IT and Software)

BCA is an undergraduate course generally undertaken by students who wish to explore the world of Computer languages. A BCA degree is at par with a BTech/BE degree in Computer Science or Information Technology. A candidate who has cleared 10+2 from any discipline with Maths (in some cases English too might be a requirement), and has obtained a minimum of 45%-55% marks in aggregate can pursue BCA.

    • Popular Specialisations: Networking Hardware & Security, Mobile App Development, Programming, Cloud Computing and Game Design.
    • BCA entrance exams: BU-MAT, SET, GSAT

Chartered Accountancy (CA)

Chartered Accountancy or CA is a course Commerce students can pursue to become Chartered Accountants. To pursue CA in India, the candidate needs to register with The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). Any candidate who has completed Class XII or equivalent with at least 50% marks in aggregate from a recognized board or university can pursue CA.

    • CA entrance exam: ICAI Exam

Company Secretary (CS)

Company Secretary or CS is a course Commerce students can pursue after Class XII to become Company Secretary. Any candidate who has completed Class XII or equivalent with at least 50% marks in aggregate from a recognized board or university can pursue CS. To pursue the course and earn the CS degree the candidate has to register with the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI).

    • CS entrance exam: ICSI Exam

Commerce students also have the option to choose from various courses available to students After Class 12th Arts:

BA in Humanities & Social Sciences

BA is a bachelor’s degree in subjects related to social sciences, liberal arts and fine arts. BA is an undergraduate degree, one needs to have completed their 10+2 from Arts stream for this course. Apart from this, even Science and Commerce students are eligible to pursue a BA degree.

    • Popular Specialisations: Economics, Sociology, History, Political Science, Geography
    • BA Entrance Exams: SUAT, JNUEE, BHU-UET

BA in Arts (Fine/Visual/Performing)

BA in Arts is the bachelor’s degree undertaken to study courses in Fine Arts, Performing Arts and Performing Arts. BA in Arts is an undergraduate degree, one needs to have completed their 10+2 from Arts stream for this course. However, even Science and Commerce students are eligible to pursue a BA in Arts degree.

    • Popular Specialisations: Music, Painting and Drawing, Dance and Choreography, Theatre, Film Making

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a bachelor’s degree undertaken in the field of Fine Arts, Visual Arts and Performing Arts. BFA is an undergraduate degree and candidates can pursue it right after their Class 12.

    • Popular Specialisations: Applied Arts, Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Film Making, Ceramics
    • BFA Entrance Exams: BHU UET, Jamia Millia Islamia Entrance Exam, KUK Entrance Exam

BDes in Animation

Bachelor of Design or BDes in Animation is a bachelor’s degree undertaken to become an animator. BDes is an undergraduate degree, students from Arts or even Science and Commerce stream are eligible to pursue a BDes degree.

    • Popular Specialisations: 2D/3D Animation, Animation Film Making, Graphic/Web Design, Sound and Video Editing, Visual Effects (VFX).
    • BDes Animation Entrance Exams: UCEED, NIFT Entrance Exam, NID Entrance Exam

BA LLB

BA LLB (Bachelor of Arts + Bachelor of Laws) is an integrated Law course offered at the undergraduate level. Aspirants need to clear Class XII in any discipline with the minimum required percentage in order to be eligible for the course. The duration of BA LLB programme in Indian universities and colleges is typically five years.

    • Popular Specialisations: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law
    • BA LLB Entrance Exams: CLAT, AILET, LSAT India

BDes in Design

Bachelor of Design or BDes in Design is a bachelor’s degree undertaken to become a designer. BDes is an undergraduate degree, students from Arts or even Science and Commerce stream are eligible to pursue a BDes degree.

    • Popular Specialisations: Fashion Design, Interior Design, Communication Design, Industrial & Product Design
    • BDes Entrance Exams: NIFT Entrance Exam, NID Entrance Exam, UCEED

BSc in Hospitality & Travel

Bachelors of Science in Hospitality & Travel, popularly known as BSc in Hospitality & Travel is an undergraduate course in Hospitality. To be able to pursue this course, the student must have cleared 10+2 or any other equivalent qualification from any stream.

    • Popular Specialisations: Hotel/Hospitality Management, Catering, Travel and Tourism, Culinary Arts, Fares & Ticketing
    • BSc in Hospitality & Travel Entrance Exams: NCHMCT JEE, CUSAT

BSc in Design

Bachelor of Science or BSc in Design is a bachelor’s degree undertaken to become a designer. BSc Design is an undergraduate degree, students from Arts, Science or Commerce stream are eligible to pursue a BSc Design degree.

    • Popular Specialisations: Fashion Design, Interior Design, Communication Design

Bachelor of Journalism & Mass Communication (BJMC)

BJMC (Bachelor of Journalism and Mass Communication) is a three-year-long undergraduate degree programme. In order to be eligible for the course, aspirants need to clear Class XII in any discipline. The course is suitable for students to wish to pursue a career in the media industry.

    • Popular Specialisations: Journalism, Music & Sound Production, Film & TV, Media Planning
    • BJMC Entrance Exams: LUACMAT, SRMHCMAT, GATA

BHM in Hospitality & Travel

Bachelor of Hotel Management in Hospitality & Travel is also popularly commonly known as BHM in Hospitality & Travel. This is an undergraduate course and can be pursued by a candidate who has cleared 10+2 from Science, Commerce or Arts streams.

    • Popular Specialisations: Food and Beverage Service, House Keeping
    • BHM in Hospitality & Travel Entrance Exams: Christ University Entrance Test, SPSAT, UGAT

Bachelor of Journalism (BJ)

BJ (Bachelor of Journalism) is an undergraduate Mass Communication & Media course of three years duration. The basic eligibility criteria for the course is the completion of Class XII. Aspirants having a keen interest in print, electronic, and online media are apt to pursue BJ course.

    • BJ Entrance Exam: DHSGSU UGET

Bachelor of Mass Media (BMM)

BMM (Bachelor of Mass Media) is an undergraduate level Mass Communication programme of three years duration. Students aspiring to build their career in Mass Communication & Media industry can take up this course after they complete their Class XII.

    • BMM Entrance Exam: Xavier’s BMS Entrance Exam

BA in Hospitality & Travel

Bachelors of Arts in Hospitality & Travel, popularly known as BA in Hospitality & Travel is an undergraduate course. A candidate who has cleared 10+2 or any other equivalent qualification from any stream is eligible for the course.

    • Popular Specialisations: Hotel / Hospitality Management, Travel and Tourism, Culinary Arts, Catering, Fares and Ticketing
    • BA in Hospitality & Travel Entrance Exam: IIHM eCHAT

BA in Animation

Bachelor of Arts or BA in Animation is a bachelor’s degree undertaken to become an animator. BA Animation is an undergraduate degree, students from Arts, Science or even Commerce stream are eligible to pursue a BA Animation degree.

    • Popular Specialisations: Visual Effects (VFX), 2D/3D Animation, Graphic/Web Design, Sound and Video Editing, Animation Film Making

Diploma in Education (DEd)

DEd or Diploma in Educations is an undergraduate degree undertaken to take up teaching as a profession at nursery/kindergarten level in schools or educational institutes. DEd is a UG level course and one can pursue it right after Class 12.

    • DEd Entrance Exam: Masters of Education Entrance Test

Commerce students can also prepare and appear in competitive exams for Banking, Defence and Civil Services after completing Class XII to make a career in these sectors.

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