Quick Guide: Career in Commerce after Class 12 in India

The wait for college is over, as the annual admissions are about to begin but the weight of deciding to choose a course and a career is certainly not over. Some of the best Indian social networking sites are buzzing right now with thousands of students chatting over this question.


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This blog will explore the various options that you as a student can pursue after finishing your twelfth standard in the discipline of commerce. The preparation for these subjects usually begins after the tenth standard as a lot of aspirants join coaching centers or choose to self-learn via e-learning sites. So, without further due let us delve straight into the subject.


The first stream of courses is divided into three parts and these are the most sought after courses by commerce students every year:

  1. B.Com – Bachelor of Commerce


Admission– In case of low 12th grade percentage you can apply in B. Com (pass) or else go for B. Com (Honours) | Mostly merit based admission

Jobs – Accounts Assistant, Business Analyst, Cashier/Teller, Money Manager, Investment Banker, Securities and Risks Analyst

Colleges – Amity College of Commerce & Finance, Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Daulat Ram College, Kirori Mal College – DU are some of the well-known places


  1. BBA – Bachelor of Business Administration


Admission –UGAT (Under Graduate Aptitude Test) | Delhi University Joint Admission Test (DU JAT) | Merit based admissions in some private colleges

Jobs –Entry level jobs in corporations and factories, Sales and Management

Colleges –Guru Gobind Singh IP University Delhi, University of Lucknow, Loyola College Chennai, St. Xavier’s College Mumbai, Sharda University UP and several others.


  1. BCA – Bachelor of Computer Applications


Admission – Own entrance exam by private institutes | Merit based also

Jobs – IT sector, System Engineer, Programmer, Web Developer, Software Developer

Colleges – Christ University (Bangalore), University College Kurukshetra, Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies & Research, SRM University (Chennai). Private institutes also offer this course in various places.


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Apart from the more common courses available, many students combine them with the following three professional courses or treat them as standalone courses as well. Take a look:

  1. CA – Chartered Accountancy

Admission – CPT (Common Proficiency Test) | CA exams are divided into three levels

Jobs – Finance departments of government and private companies, Banks, Auditing Firms, Legal Firms

Colleges – Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Delhi University are well known for it


  1. CS – Company Secretary

Admission – ICSI (Institute of Company Secretaries of India) exam

Jobs –Stock exchanges, Company law boards, Government departments

Colleges – ICSI,Aligarh Muslim University, NIIT Delhi, Presidency College Chennai among various other private institutes


  1. CMA – Certified Management Accountant

Admission – Direct entry to Foundation level for 12th pass students

Jobs –Financial Analyst, Finance Manager, Financial Controller

Colleges – Institute of Cost Accountants of India, (Private Institutes are also a good option for it)



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Apart from these courses, a commerce student can also follow disciplines which fall outside the traditional zone that is considered to be for commerce. These include:

  • Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Hotel Management
  • Event Management
  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)
  • BA LLB (Law)


These are all extremely good options for a commerce student to explore as the demand in these areas has increased a lot over the last decade. Another recent trend has been to initiate startups. These include e-commerce sites, online music sites, e-wallets, and other such services. Many commerce students are now choosing this option as a way to quickly grow in the field of commerce.

In the end, make your decision wisely and do your own SWOT analysis. Don’t simply choose a field just because your friends are choosing it. Someone has wisely said, ‘’Making better choices takes work. There is a daily give and take, but it is worth the effort.’’

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