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B.Com.(H) vs BBA vs BMS – Which One Should You Go For?

B.Com. (Hons.)  BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) and BMS(Bachelor of Management Studies)  are among the most popular undergraduate courses offered by Delhi University and being a part of either is a feat in itself.

But, the herculean task is when it comes to choosing among the three.

It’s very important to understand that the best course to opt for is the one that matches one’s interests and future goals. There are various parameters that one should keep in mind while choosing a particular course.

Here are some of the factors which might make this tedious task a piece of cake:-

#Overview | What are BBA, B.Com, BMS

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com Honors) is an umbrella degree for all commerce domains and related subjects. It gives you a broad overview and training in all the major areas in commerce, including Finance, Accounting, Economics, Insurance, Taxation and Management. It helps form a good base for a career in commerce and related professional fields like CA, CS, CMA, CFA, etc.

Bachelor of Business Administration or BBA Often students thinks that BBA and BMS are the same courses but renamed differently. That’s not the case. BBA is one of the most popular undergraduate management programs in India. It is a three-year specialization course that’s focussed on business administration and operations. BBA, on the whole, has a diverse scope of specializations. The spectrum of specializations often helps students to analyze several options of study before fixing one course.

Bachelors of Management Studies, On the other hand, Bachelors of Management Studies is another undergraduate specialization course opted by students with a knack for managerial studies. BMS course structure is quite similar to BBA and BBM but has its specialized subjects that enhance logical thinking and decision-making skills. BMS coursework focuses on the study of finance and economics in business management apart from managerial studies.

BBA, BMS, and B.Com(H) have similar difficulty and study levels but with varied coursework and scopes. Before choosing, graduates need to understand the differences between the courses that aid them to make a worthy choice. Let us understand more about the major differences between these courses.

#Eligibility Criteria:

B.Com. (H): Some universities require you to have studied commerce subjects in class 12 to be eligible. However, if you are looking to pursue an Honours course in B.Com, then your Mathematics is compulsory in class 12.

BBA: Students from all streams can pursue this degree. However, some universities also require you to have Mathematics in class 12 to be eligible.

BMS: Students from all streams can pursue this degree. However, some universities also require you to have Mathematics in class 12 to be eligible.

#Curriculum/Syllabus | B.Com. (H) vs BBA vs BMS

B.Com. (H): The Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) or B.Com. (H) course focuses on the qualitative and quantitative aspects of business and accounting. The course of study includes accountancy, business laws, management theory, and its applications, etc.

If one wishes to pursue Chartered Accountancy or study the aspects of commerce in detail, then this course is something you can focus your head on!

“There is a common misconception among the graduates that both BBA and BMS are the same course. BBA and BMS’s syllabus structures are very different from one another since they focus on various aspects of management studies.”

 BBA provides more importance to administration studies rather than business management. Some of the subjects included in BBA coursework are as follows:

Operations Management, Import/ Export Management, Public Relations Management, Management Accounting, Managerial Economics, etc.

BMS offers more importance in logical and analytical-oriented studies under management studies. The coursework helps students understand management principles and the nuances of analytical study in management. Some of the subjects in the curriculum are :

Business Statistics, Industrial Law Computer Applications, Strategic Management, Cost Accounting Business Aspects of Banking & Insurance, Financial Management International, etc.

#Which are the Top Colleges to pursue these Courses?

Some Top Colleges for B.Com

  • Shri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi
  • Xavier’s College, Mumbai
  • Loyola College, Chennai
  • Hindu College, New Delhi
  • Lady Shri Ram College for Women, New Delhi
  • Christ University, Bangalore
  • Hansraj College, New Delhi

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Some Top Colleges for BBA

  • IIM-Indore (5-year integrated program)
  • Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi University
  • NMIMS University, Mumbai
  • University of Delhi, New Delhi
  • Symbiosis International University, Pune
  • Christ University, Bangalore
  • Xavier’s College, Mumbai

Some of the top BMS colleges in India are given below:

  • Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Delhi University
  • HR College of Arts and Economics
  • NIMS University
  • University of Delhi
  • Xavier’s College Kolkata
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth University
  • Guru Gobind Indraprastha University
  • Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics Mumbai

#What is the Admission Criteria for Each of Them?

Admission Criteria for B.Com(H): Admission to this course is generally done through merit, i.e. based on your class 12th percentage. Universities declare cut-off lists and you get admission to the course if your score is higher than the cut-off score. However, In some cases, universities conduct internal entrance exams, which require students to clear with good ranks for admissions.

Admission Criteria For BBA: While the admission processes vary from university to university, typically, the admissions to BBA courses are done through entrance exams, followed by group discussions, personal interviews, and short presentations.

Admission Criteria For BMS: While the admission processes vary from university to university, typically, the admissions to BBA courses are done through entrance exams, followed by group discussions, personal interviews, and short presentations.

#B.Com(H) VS BBA Vs BMS – Benefits of Pursuing

Benefits of B.Com (H)
After completing B.Com, many students get into a professional course like CA, CMA, CFA, CS, etc. Since it is a commerce-oriented field, students often go for degrees related to accounting or finance for their masters. For example Master of Accounting, Master of Finance, Master of Commerce (M.Com), etc.  Many students also go towards the career path of banking, by sitting for the entrance exams to become a Bank PO.

Apart from these, MBA is another popular option, since it gives one the flexibility to choose their niche. Some also pursue Law after their graduation.

Benefits of BBA
(Understandably, both BBA and BMS have an equal amount of reputation and scope in the job market. Graduates receive a spectrum of job opportunities in several domains: administration, marketing, sales, finance management, business development, etc. Both BBA and BMS can help graduates to set foundations for a successful career. But, which is better? In short, the answer to that question lies in understanding how the course is beneficial for aspirants.)

BBA is one of the most reputed undergraduate management programs. BBA course helps students to understand the prospects of business administration and operations of several domains. Their field of study allows them to handle broader scopes of employment. Some of the benefits of pursuing BBA are :

  • It helps students acquire professional knowledge of business administration aspects that will help in any organization’s functioning.
  • Aspiring students can opt for a dual management degree of BBA+MBA, which will help them specialize in their field of study. BBA+MBA graduates have more scopes and demands than MBA + other undergraduate degrees in pure management roles.
  • Apart from business administration studies, the coursework also offers basic management studies that will help them have a strong base in both streams.

Benefits of BMS
Similar to BBA, BMS graduates also enjoy a variety of job scopes in the job market. BMS specialization streams are broad due to the increase in demand for management people in several upcoming domains. Some of the benefits of BMS are :

  • BMS helps students get a hold of management studies and an analytical and logical understanding of business aspects.
  • BMS courses are very versatile as it helps students to understand managerial studies in several domains and industries.
  • BMS is often cheaper than a BBA course that offers a similar study scope, thus cutting down costs for aspirants.
  • MBA after BMS course offers numerous scopes for graduates in terms of employment. They often have greater pay than other MBA graduates due to their technical management skills.

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#B.Com (H) VS BBA VS BMS – Scopes & Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities after BBA &BMS
The job scope and prospects for BBA and BMS are high in India. Both BBA and BMS graduates are employed in several domains such as production, marketing, processing, and other industries requiring organized management. The pay grade of BBA graduates is generally higher than BMS graduates in the current job market. 

Some of the key employment areas and job roles for BBA and BMS are given below :

Employment AreasOperations, Administration, Industrial Operations, Marketing, Sales, Assets Management, Corporate Funds, Banking, IT, etc.Finance Management, Banking, Human Resources, Business Development, Accountancy, Corporate Accountancy, IT, Retail Sales, etc.
Job DesignationsCorporate Administrator, Marketing Manager, Analyst, Finance Manager, Operations Manager, Executive Assistant, Consumer Relations Manager, etc.Customer Success Executive, Marketing Executive, Accounts Manager, Finance Manager, Business Development Executive, Human Resources Manager, etc.
Average Payscale (Aprx.)Between INR 3.17LPA to INR 7LPABetween INR 2.96LPA to INR 5.96LPA

 Career Opportunities in Commerce
Being a commerce-oriented degree, B.Com typically equips students to build their careers in different domains of commerce. After pursuing B.Com, students generally go on to become Chartered Accountants, Company Secretaries, Cost Management Accountants, Financial Consultants, Bankers, Auditors, Stock Brokers, Tax Consultants, Insurance Consultants, etc. 
You can either practice any of these individually or with an organization operating in that specific field.

  • Chartered Accountancy
  • Banking
  • Business Finance
  • Management
  • Auditing and tax
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Capital Markets
  • Company Secretary
  • Non-Profit Sector

#Which One Should You Pursue?

B.Com(H)? – It is best for those who are interested in making their career in the fields of Accounting or Finance. M.COM– The very first option is to master your own subjects. Students interested in research can opt for followed by MPhil and Ph.D. This set of qualifications offers nice teaching jobs as associate professors at the university level.

It also creates a strong base for commerce-related courses like CA, CS, CFA, CMA, and allied fields. It is also recommended if you are confused among various fields of commerce, as it will give you an overview of all major fields.

Both the courses are equally worthy in terms of scopes, salary, and prospects. BBA is the course for graduates who are willing to partake in management and administration in any business. BBA has a lot of scopes when it comes to business administration. On the other hand, BMS is the right choice for aspirants willing to delve deep into pure management studies. Just like BBA, BMS graduates also have requirements in several universities. However, the industry the student can venture into varies according to the specialization area. 

Demand is increasing: Ever since India opened its doors for entrepreneurship investment and MHRD, there has been a dramatic spike in indigenous companies’ numbers. There’s always a concern in terms of business stability when it comes to indigenous companies, and this is where proper management plays a role. Graduates of BBA and BMS are in equal demand for these organizations’ administration and management and ensure their stability and success.

 “Choosing from all the three becomes very easy if one has clear-cut goals and ambitions in mind. Also, there is no doubt that course defines one’s mindset to a great extent, but in the end, what matters is our own Personality, Determination, and Hard-Work.”

Good Luck.

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