Moving out of school to college is a big shift in a student’s life. With so many options out there, making a career choice is possibly one of the toughest decisions that we face as students. There are so many courses that may seem similar in nomenclature but have different curriculums. B.Com and B.Com (Hons.) are two such programmes that may seem similar but have very different course structures.
Although the field of study for both the programmes is the same B.Com and B.Com (Hons.) are different when it comes to the approach of learning. Commerce aspirants must pick the courses carefully as both the courses have different values in the market and offer a different level of opportunities. Following is all you need to know about both these courses.
Difference between B.Com and B.Com (Hons.):
|Duration||3 years||3 years|
|Curriculum||B.Com programmes can be understood as an overview of all the subjects in the field of course. The subjects taught are same as B.Com (Hons.). However, students pursuing B.Com will not be able to do a specialization in a specific subject.||Although most of the subjects taught are same, the major difference is that you can specialize in a specific subject or field through this programme. Students can pick a subject (such as Accounting or Economics) in the final year for the specialized studies.|
|Objective of Course||The aim of this programme is to make the student familiar with different aspects of the commerce domain. Students pursuing the course will learn how business and trading is done.||B.Com (Hons.) is a business-oriented course that develops the student’s business skills and provides in-depth knowledge of the field of commerce. Students pursuing this course will have an advantage if they want to pursue Chartered Accountancy side-by-side.|
|Admission Criteria/ Cut-offs||Admission is done on the basis of merit prepared on the basis of class 12 board result. The cut-offs for this course are relatively less than the cut-off for B.Com (Hons.) programmes.||Admission criterion is same as B.Com programme. Cut-off for B.Com (Hons.) programmes is very high especially at prestigious colleges like SRCC, Ramjas College, Hans Raj College, etc.|
|Market Value||B.Com programme is not valued as much in the business industry unless the students pursue a PG course after this programmes, such as MBA or M.Com.||B.Com (Hons.) being a specialization course, offers better opportunities and good packages than B.Com. It is valued more by experts in the industry.|
|Jobs and Salary||Although there are several job options after pursuing B.Com, salary packages are not as attractive as those offered to B.Com (Hons.) graduates. Freshers can expect salary packages up to Rs.14,000-20,000 per month||Salary packages after pursuing B.Com (Hons.) are quite good as the programme has good demand in the industry. Graduates can expect an entry-level package of Rs.25,000 to 45,000 per month. Salaries may vary depending on the college/university from where you have studied.|
Looking at the huge demand for the above-mentioned courses, renowned universities such as the University of Delhi are planning to introduce entrance exams for admission to undergraduate commerce programmes. The process for DU Admissions 2018 is expected to begin in the month of April or May.
The course you pick at the undergraduate level will determine your career as well as your future in academics. Therefore, it is essential that you pick the programme carefully after understanding the aspects of the courses and your interests.