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CA VS B.Com: Which is a Better Option After Class 12?

Diksha Nautiyal
Diksha NautiyalUpdated On: March 04, 2022 02:48 pm IST

There are many similarities and dissimilarities between CA and B.Com course. The comparison of the courses below will help with your contemplation of choosing between B.Com and CA after Class 12.

Comparison Between All Aspects of B.Com and CA Course

The changing dynamics of the Finance sector demand individuals to excel in jobs other than the conventional roles that professionals have been doing. But, the fast-paced corporate world has altered the outlook of individuals towards time-taking processes to achieve the final goal. In the modern era of shortcuts, some people would prefer programmes offering reputed job profiles in less duration whereas, some would prefer programmes offering Finance profiles with higher package and reputation, taking more time. This conflict raises the question ‘Which is better after Class 12 - CA or B.Com?

To answer this question, there are many factors that need to be considered. One can not know which is better - CA or B.Com after 12th class without a judicial comparison of all aspects of both the courses. If you are looking for an answer to this question then you have landed in the right place. This article deals with the comparison between B.Com and CA with respect to syllabus, duration, job profiles, and salary packages. If you are a CA aspirant who is confused about whether to pursue the course directly after the 12th or after B.Com then keep reading the article for the relevant information.

Also Read: B.Com vs CS: Which is a Better Option After Class 12? 

About B.Com and CA Course

Where B.Com (Bachelor of Commerce) is an undergraduate programme, CA (Chartered Accountancy) can not be put under one level. There are different entry routes to pursue CA. One requires candidates to pass intermediate education, whereas the other requires them to hold a Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Commerce). Here are the links that would help you understand the courses better.

All About B.Com (Hons.)

Chartered Accountant: Course Details

B.Com Vs CA: Eligibility

In the table below, you can find differences and similarities between the eligibility criteria for both B.Com and CA.

Eligibility Criteria for B.Com

Eligibility Criteria for CA (Foundation Route)

Eligibility Criteria for CA (Direct Entry)

  • Candidates must have passed an intermediate level of examination or equivalent.

  • The passing certificate must have been issued by a recognised board.

  • The minimum percentage requirement varies for different colleges. For instance, B.Com cut-off for DU affiliated colleges can go as high as 99% whereas, some colleges require a minimum of 50% marks.

  • For Foundation Route to the CA course, candidates must have completed their Class XII examination.

  • The exam must have been completed by a recognised board.

  • ICAI has not prescribed minimum percentage criteria for the route as such.

  • Candidates must hold either a Graduate or Postgraduate degree from a recognised university.

  • Those who have pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce must have scored a minimum of 55% marks.

  • Candidates who have pursued a Bachelor’s degree in a subject other than Commerce must have scored at least 60% marks.

  • Candidates from Commerce and Science backgrounds are considered eligible.

B.Com Vs CA: Duration

B.Com Duration

CA Duration

  • B.Com is an undergraduate programme that is completed in a course of three years.

  • Three years of this programme are divided into six semesters.

  • The minimum duration of the CA course for candidates pursuing the course after Class XII is 4.5 years.

  • For candidates who join the programme through the Direct Entry Scheme i.e., after Graduation, the duration of the course is 3 years.

  • Since the restriction on the maximum number of attempts has been removed, there is no maximum duration of the CA course.

B.Com Vs CA: Syllabus

  • The topics included under CA papers are Foundation Course, Intermediate Course, and Final Course.

  • The reason why commerce graduates are not required to complete the Foundation course of CA is that the syllabus of is almost similar to the Foundation Course.

  • The common topics include Financial Accounting, Business Law, Business Mathematics, Business Statistics, Commercial Knowledge, Economics, and more.

  • In fact, some topics from the Intermediate Course and Final Course of CA are similar to the topics taught in the latter part of B.Com.

  • Some of these common topics include Auditing, Financial Management, Tax Laws (Income, Indirect), etc.

B.Com Vs CA: Job Prospects

Although the field is the same, the job profiles and roles for a B.Com graduate vary big times than that of a CA. Candidates can have a look at the comparison below.




Fields and Areas

  • Chartered Accountancy/ Finance

  • Advocate (defined by the BCI)

  • Architecture (as an Architect Professional)

  • Engineering (Chartered)

  • Finance

  • BPO

  • Bank

  • Human Resource

  • BPO

Job Profiles

  • Chartered Accountant

  • Cost Accountant

  • Actuary Professional

  • Company Secretary in Practice

  • Chartered Engineering

  • Auditor

  • Partner at a Consultancy Firm

  • Civil Servant

  • Investment Banker

  • Entrepreneur

  • Auditor

  • Banker

  • Tax Consultant

  • HR

  • Accountant

  • Financial Analyst

  • Business Consultant

  • Investment Banker

B.Com Vs CA: Salary Package

The salary package is subject to change depending on the company and job profile one works as.

Salary Package After Pursing CA

Salary Package After Pursing B.Com

  • The salary package of CA.s is definitely high but the job also requires experience.

  • The average salary for a fresher at big firms like KPMG, Deloitte, and EY ranges 6 - 8 lacs per annum.

  • The package keeps increasing with experience.

  • A person with at least two years of experience in the field can get a package as high as 25 LPA at the same firm.

  • Candidates who have pursued B.Com from top colleges and possess apt skills for the job role can even bag packages as high as 37LPA.

  • The lowest package can range from 2 - 3 LPA.

  • Candidates who opt for Investment Banking can begin with a staggering package of 16 - 18 LPA

CA After 12th Vs CA After

The question ‘Should I pursue CA directly after 12th class or after B.Com?’ attracts a lot of attention amongst the students in the Finance sector. If you belong to the same group, you must also have heard this at least once. And if this question worries and confuses you by making it hard for you to make a decision, we have listed below some points that will help make the contemplation easy for you.

  • Duration: The first thing that you need to consider is the duration, which has already been mentioned above. Through one route, you will be dedicating 4.5 years to the CA course whereas, through direct route, the CA course might take only three years but you also need to take into account the three additional years that you dedicate for graduation.

  • Opportunities: The college period is a very important part of your life. You experience a lot and learn a lot. You get the chance to explore your talents and enhance your skills by participating in extra-curricular activities during the college period. If you are not very psyched about these experiences, you can go for the course right after Class 12. Otherwise, CA after B.Com would be the better option.

  • Options: It is always advisable to have an alternate career option. During your college life, you would be indulging in a lot of co-curricular activities, which might lead you to a different career interest. On the other hand, if you are a hundred percent sure about making a career as a CA, then the Foundation Route would be a better fit for you.

Also Read: BBI vs B.Com: Which is a Better Option After Class 12? 

Top B.Com Colleges in India

Check out the list of top B.Com Colleges in India here:

Name of the CollegeAverage Fees

Gulzar Group of Institutes (GGI), Ludhiana

INR 25,000 (annually)
Amity University, LucknowINR 65,000 (annually)
Shobhit University, MeerutINR 40,000 (annually)
Jain University, Bangalore-
Ludhiana Group of Colleges (LGC), LudhianaINR 46,000 (annually)

Bangalore College of Management Studies (BCMS), Bangalore

INR 1Lac (Annually)

Well explore the colleges mentioned above and if you feel like knowing more about them or want to apply, fill out our Common Application Form (CAF) and our education experts will guide you through the entire admission process. If you have any questions, you can avail FREE counselling by calling on our toll-free number 1800-572-9877.

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