Choosing the Right Courses After 12th Commerce in India: B.Com v/s BMS v/s BBA v/s BFM and other sectoral courses

01 November, 2023
parthiva mewawala

Are you a 12th-grade student pondering over the multitude of academic courses after 12th commerce? Making the correct choice between B.Com, BMS, BBA, and BFM in India is crucial for both students and their parents. As an experienced expert in the field, I’m here to provide in-depth guidance on selecting the best academic path. Let’s delve deeper into the key parameters to consider, debunk some common myths, and discuss specific colleges in Mumbai and Delhi.

Courses after 12th Commerce: Understanding the Curriculum

B.Com (Bachelor of Commerce)

B.Com is a traditional choice, focusing on core subjects such as accounting, economics, and finance. It offers a comprehensive understanding of commerce and opens doors to careers in accounting, finance, or taxation. Some notable colleges offering B.Com in Mumbai include Narsee Monjee, Poddar, HR, Jai-Hind & St. Xavier’s College.


BMS (Bachelor of Management Studies)

BMS combines aspects of management and commerce. It covers subjects like marketing, finance, and human resource management. We can conclude that BMS (and even BBA) is an updated version of the B.Com curriculum. Graduates often find themselves well-prepared for managerial roles. Mumbai’s top colleges for BMS include Narsee Monjee College, Mithibai, HR and Jai Hind.


BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration)

The difference between BBA and BMS is quite often a difference in the nomenclature. E.g. in Mumbai, courses offered by Mumbai University are referred to as BMS programs, whereas the course offered by NMIMS (a deemed university) is called a BBA program. In summary, BMS/BBA are very often used interchangeably and refer to a similar program. In Delhi, courses are called BBA more often and sometimes, the BMS nomenclature is used. 


BBA provides a holistic view of business administration, covering marketing, finance, and management. Typically, students undergo foundational courses across multiple domains like marketing, finance, and strategy in the first two years of the course, and they can choose to specialise in the third year. 


In Delhi, you can consider Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies and IP College for Women for BBA. NMIMS and Symbiosis are some of the popular private universities that offer BBA programs across multiple campuses. 


BFM (Bachelor of Financial Markets)

BFM (and other niche programs like Bachelor of Accounting and Finance, i.e. BAF; BBI Bachelor of Banking & Insurance) is specialised in financial markets, investment analysis, and portfolio management. It’s a niche course preparing students for careers in banking and finance. Consider St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai for BFM. One should enroll for niche/sectoral programs if one is clear about one’s interest in these sectors or one wishes to specialise in these industries/areas of study. 


Debunking Myths about choosing the right courses after 12th Commerce


  1.     B.Com is Limited: Contrary to popular belief, B.Com graduates have diverse career opportunities. They can pursue professions in accounting, banking, and financial analysis and even explore options outside the traditional commerce domain.


  1.     BMS is Only for Managers: BMS doesn’t pigeonhole you into management. It equips you with versatile skills that can be applied in various sectors, including finance, marketing, and human resources.


  1.     BBA is Only for Aspiring Entrepreneurs: BBA graduates have a wide array of career paths. While it’s an excellent choice for budding entrepreneurs, it also opens doors to corporate roles in marketing, finance, and management. 


Please note that while pursuing post-graduation programs like MBA, the colleges do not differentiate among students from these courses – all students are treated equally. 


Choosing the Right Path after 12th Commerce

Now, let’s explore the key parameters to consider when making this important decision:


  1.     College Reputation: The college’s reputation plays a crucial role in shaping your career. Different colleges have different faculty, infrastructure, and resources. Investigate the colleges offering your desired course and check their rankings and reviews.


  1.     Area of Interest: Your passion and interests should be the first consideration. Are you inclined towards finance, management, marketing, or entrepreneurship? Identifying your interests will help you choose the right course.


  1.     Updated Curriculum: Examine the course curriculum to ensure it aligns with your career goals. Check the subjects, electives, and specializations offered to see if they match your interests.


  1.     Career Options: Have a clear vision of your career goals. B.Com graduates can explore fields like accounting, finance, or auditing. BMS graduates often find themselves in management and leadership roles. BBA graduates have many options in marketing, human resources, or entrepreneurship. BFM graduates can excel in financial institutions and investment sectors.


  1.     Global Opportunities: If you’re considering international options, certain courses may have advantages. BBA and BMS courses often incorporate a global perspective, which can be valuable if you plan to study or work abroad. It’s also essential to research the recognition and acceptance of Indian degrees in the country where you intend to pursue higher education or a career. Also, check for exchange programs and other interesting pathways to study abroad offered by the college you are considering.


Seeking Guidance from IMS:

Making the right academic choice can be challenging, but you don’t have to navigate this journey alone. IMS, a leading educational institute, offers free counselling services to help students make informed decisions about their academic future. In addition, IMS provides comprehensive coaching for the IPM BBA entrance test (IPM BBA 2025 Classroom Program and IPM BBA 2025 Live Online Program), ensuring that you are well-prepared to pursue this course.


It’s important to note that while some of these courses require you to crack entrance tests like IPM BBA, others rely on your 12th-grade scores. IMS can provide valuable guidance and support for both scenarios.


In conclusion, choosing the right academic course post-12th grade requires a thoughtful assessment of your interests, career goals, and course parameters. Take your time to research and consult with mentors, teachers, and career counsellors. Remember that it’s perfectly fine to change your course of study if you discover new interests along the way. So, take a deep breath, trust the process, and embark on this exciting academic adventure with confidence!