Board Results of class 12th are about to release. Students are eagerly waiting for their results as this will going to be a decision maker for their career. I understand and respect your feelings and wish you all the best for your results.

For a student, It’s quite obvious to get stressed or anxious at the time of his/ her Intermediate Board Result. But the actual stress is about choosing their career afterward. Since I have a quite good knowledge of commerce field, I can speak about commerce here.

Through this article, I wanna help all my commerce junior friends in the selection of their career options and courses after 12th commerce that are available.

You can’t define the best degree or professional course for yourself as there are an unnumbered course to choose after 12th. And in case of Commerce subject, it is really important that you choose the best course for yourself and not according to anyone’s choice. What to do after 12th Commerce?, Which is the best career stream in commerce? etc. are the most common questions come from the students and their parents as well.

Well! There is no need to worry about it. In this career guide, we will tell you about the most valuable and major career options for commerce. We have also mentioned about the topmost Professional courses after 12th Commerce as well as General Courses. You can select them yourself. Check out the top career option after 12th Commerce.

List of Courses after 12th Commerce

Choosing a right career for yourself is quite a major decision of your life. Sometimes it can be very confusing and challenging. What you need to do is to follow your own choice and go ahead. If you want to make a career in commerce field after 12th, then the field welcomes you with lots of choices of streams. In 11th and 12th Commerce stream had two category-

Commerce with Mathematics Commerce without Mathematics
Accountancy, Business Studies, Economics and Mathematics Accountancy, Business Studies, Economics and Computer Science/Political Science/Hindi/Sociology or any other course being offered in place of Mathematics

But the course options on graduation level for both the above categories are same. Some of the handful list of Courses after 12th commerce are given below.

  • Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)
  • Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS)
  • Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS)
  • Bachelor in Business Management/Administration (BBM/A)
  • Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA)
    • Business
    • Operations
    • Finance
    • Marketing
    • Banking
    • HR
  • Chartered Accountancy (CA)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst Program (CFA)
  • Company Secretary Program (CS)

#1 Chartered Accountancy( CA)

CA or Chartered Accountancy Course is the best course in Commerce Stream. This course opens the door for unnumbered career opportunities. You can work as a Tax Consultant, an auditor, an advisor, a financial officer or anything on the basis of your specialization and have high salary job in any corporate sector. Although this course requires lots of hard work, it gives the most promising and rewarding job.

Admission in the course of CA course is given through the Entrance Exam and it is taken in levels. The initial level may seem easy to the CA fresher but its higher level i.e IPCC & CA finals are harder to crack. Chartered Accountancy is the highest paying job and the best course after 12th commerce. 

#2 Company Secretary Program (CS)

CS or Company Secretary Program is the Professional course which is provided by The Institute of Company Secretaries of India. A Company Secretary does all the regulatory agreement of the company and they are treated as an in-house legal expert. After completing the CS program, you can work independently or you can also go for a job in the corporate world.

CA students often refer to this field also. You can make a good career through the combination of CA and CS programs.

#3 CMA

CMA stands for Cost and Management Account which is provided by The Institute of Cost Accountants of India or ICAI. CMA’s maintain cost accounting records, do cost auditing, and also work in planning, controlling and costing of products. The CMA course opens up many job opportunity in which you can choose your stream according to your interest.

#4. B.Com. & B.Com(Hons.)

B.Com stands for Bachelor of Commerce. It is an Undergraduate degree which can be pursued by Commerce stream students as well as Arts and Science stream students. It is an extensive form of specialization in a particular subject. Also, the industries prefer B.Com. (Hons) then a general B.Com student. However, a B.Com degree proves itself handy even when you are performing a professional course such as CA, CS etc.

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

#5 Bachelor In Economics

This is another course after 12th Commerce students after Intermediate. Here in this UG program, you will get practical knowledge about various economic concepts and policies. If you like the field of economy and want to gain more experience in it, this field can be your choice. This can be an extra advantage if you want to go to Indian Administrative Services (IAS).

#6 BBA

BBA stands for Bachelor in Business Administrative. As all the above course, this course has also a duration of 3 years. From this field, you can explore various aspects of Business. So, if you want to make your carrier in Management and Business, this field can be your choice. After BBA, you can go for MBA studies and can be well placed high salaried employee or Businessman in future.

Entrance Exams for BBA Students-

  • AIMA UGAT 2018 (AIMA Under Graduate Aptitude Test)
  • SET 2018 (Symbiosis Entrance Test)
  • IPU CET 2018 (Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test)

#7 BMS

BMS stands for Bachelor of Management Studies. This is another management course in Undergraduate Programs for Commerce Students. This is also a 3 years duration course which helps you to gain practical knowledge about leadership and managerial skills. BMS is a growing field and one of the most rising courses after 12th commerce. 

#8 BCA

BCA is the field for the students who want to explore the computer field with the language knowledge. You can pursue BCA with IT & Software for the duration of 3 years. Any student who has passed 10+2 examination with a minimum of 55% can pursue BCA.

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

#9 CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)

CFA Program stands for Chartered Financial Analyst Program. This is another Professional course after CA & CS. But this course after 12th commerce requires higher eligibility Criteria.
Eligibility for CFA-

  • 4-years bachelor’s degree
  • 4 years of work experience
  • Passport is mandatory to enroll in this programme and for the exams

If you don’t have the work experience which is required to fulfill eligibility criteria, you will get your certifications when you complete it. CFA course has a duration of  2-5 years generally. Also, there is no limit to attempt the exams, you can attempt for any number of times you want to.

#10 Diploma Course after 12th Commerce

Other than the above degree courses after 12th commerce, you can also go for diploma courses after 12th in Commerce stream. Even Diploma course from a good college gives promising jobs options. Also, as the Diploma courses do not take too long for its completion and gives knowledge in a particular field, it is also a job oriented course among all. You can read about all the Diploma courses after 12th Commerce from our carrier guide also.  Some of the Diploma courses are given below-

  • Diploma In Digital Marketing
  • Diploma In Financial Accounting
  • Diploma In Retail Management
  • Diploma in Fashion Designing
  • Diploma In Hotel Management etc.

So, here we have discussed some major courses for Commerce students. However, there are numerous others courses are also available other than Finance, Taxation, accountant etc. Students can also go for other Programs after 12th such as Fashion, Photography, Animation etc as per their interests. If you still not sure that what to choose as a career from above courses, you can for our other article which has many courses other than a Commerce field. 

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  1. Swati Rana says:

    Very informative article…most of the course that a 12th pass student can opt for are mentioned above I would like to add just one more as I am a student of mass communication at Quantum University , I would like to suggest that students after 12th can opt for bachelor in journalism and mass comm it is a 3 year degree course and scopes are many.

  2. Kirti sinha says:

    Commerce has been one of the most popular streams of study amongst students. It’s the stream leading up to popular courses including BBA, BBA LLb, BJMC and allied disciplines. Option of courses after 12th for commerce students are huge. commerce students can also choose to take up further studies in accountancy or applied commerce at graduation and post graduation levels. I am the student of BBA from Quantum university. if you wants to go for BBA studies or any other course according to your interest so the Quantum university is best among all the colleges. here you can opt major-minor program, passion program and other activities according to your interest. Here you can enhance your skills in better way.

  3. ramakrishnan says:

    Thanks for sharing this valuable information on career options after 12th. It is extremely useful for students who are confused about their career after graduation in commerce. Please share more articles related to this.

  4. Paul says:

    The article was elaborate. But very surprising to note that you have categorized CMA as a very last item and not grouped along with CA, CS & CFA etc.,

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