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BA vs BBA - Which is the Best Option after Class 12th?

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliUpdated On: May 27, 2021 01:54 pm IST

Students, mostly from the Commerce stream, are often confused between whether to go for BA or BBA in graduation. Let's take a look at how BA and BBA courses compare and which is the better course for you after class 12th.

BA vs BBA - Which is the Best Option after Class 12th?

Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) are two very different undergraduate courses in India. One lies in the Arts and Humanities stream while the other is one of the most popular management courses after Class 12th in India. Many students are confused about whether they should go for a BA or BBA, and which course will suit their career goals and aspirations better.

Both BA and BBA are open for students of all streams. They are the preferred choice of course, primarily for Arts and Commerce students. Both BA and BBA provide a wide area of flexibility to the students in terms of the areas of study that they wish to opt for.

There is a long list of BBA specializations available in India and BA course also has plenty of options to help a student choose the right BA specialization after 12th. In fact, BA in Economics specialization comes somewhat close to the course curriculum of a BBA course.

In this article, we take a close look at how BA and BBA compare with each other. Using this information you will be able to make an informed selection between the BA and BBA course.

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BA vs BBA: Overview

Let's take a quick look at how several factors of both the courses compare.




Full Name

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Business Administration


Arts and Humanities





3 years


10 + 2 / Intermediate in any stream

Top Colleges

P P Savani University (PPSU), Surat

Jaipur National University, Jaipur

SP Jain School of Global Management, Mumbai

Mody University, Sikar

Parul University, Vadodara

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International Institute of Business Studies (IIBS), Bangalore

Amity University, Lucknow

ASM's Group of Institutions (ASM), Pune

Avinash College of Commerce (ACC), Hyderabad

JECRC University, Jaipur

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Admission Process

Generally done on the basis of merit in 10 + 2 exams.

Some colleges may conduct entrance exams for Arts and Humanities courses.

Mostly done on the basis of 10 + 2 merit.

College or university-level entrance exams for BBA are also quite common.

Average Course Fee

Rs. 60,000 - 1 lakh

Rs. 2 - 5 lakhs

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Bachelor of Arts (BA)

BA is a 3-year undergraduate degree course in India. It is one of the most versatile degree courses in India with its specializations ranging from the simple language, social sciences and humanities related to the more non-traditional such as design, hotel management etc. Owing to this fact, BA can be considered to be one of the most popular degrees in India as well as around the world.

BA courses can be a good fit for almost any type of student after class 12th. This is not only because of the sheer variety of specializations available in the degree but also because of the flexibility in the course curriculum. Generally, BA students have to opt for a major, which defines the specialization and, alongside the major subjects, they have to choose a number of electives or optional subjects. Thus, students of a BA course are able to have a certain level of flexibility in their course.

BA Specializations

Some of the popular BA specializations are given below.



Culinary Arts

Rural Development

Visual Communication

Political Science

Graphic Design



Ancient History

BA Syllabus

There is no general syllabus for a BA course. However, given below are some of the subjects that students of the BA Economics course have to study during their course.

  • Macroeconomics and Macroeconomics
  • Economic History of India

  • Political Economy

  • Statistical and Mathematical Economic Models

  • Financial Markets etc.

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Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

BBA is also a 3-year undergraduate course but one that revolves around the study of the administration and management of businesses. BBA students are taught the key concepts and topics involved in the functioning and growth of businesses such as marketing, brand management, personnel management etc.

BBA is a great choice of an undergraduate course for any student who wishes to go for managerial jobs or start or manage their own businesses as entrepreneurs. There are a

BBA Specializations

Depending upon the interest of a student, he/she can take up a number of BBA specializations apart from the General course. Being a professional course, BBA targets a very particular area and is meant to provide a student with the necessary base and skills for a successful career. Here are some popular BBA specializations in India.



Event Management

Tourism Management

Foreign Trade

Hospital Management

Airport Management

BBA in Event Management

Foreign Trade

Information Technology

BBA Syllabus

Students of the BBA course study the following subjects in their undergraduate study.

  • Principles of Management
  • Financial Accounting

  • Business Laws

  • Microeconomics

  • Human Resource Management etc.

Check out these other articles that help you figure out the best course after Class 12th.

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