Career Options after 12th Commerce

(Last Updated On: 22/11/2013)

Career Options after 12th Commerce are as follows:

B Com: If you are interested in higher studies and want to pursue your career in commerce, then you should do your graduation in B Com. Along with you can pursue a professional course like CA,  ICWA, or CS

CA: Chartered Accountancy (CA) is one of the most sought after courses in India. It is the most prestigious qualification in accounting and finance degree. If you have taken up Commerce at the 10+2 level, one of the first careers that you probably must have thought of is that of Chartered Accountancy.

Eligibility for CA: If you have passed 10+2 from any stream from a recognized school, you are eligible to apply for the Common Proficiency Test (CPT) which is essential for the Entry Level Test for the Foundation Course. Register yourself at the ICAI (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) and start preparing for the Foundation Course.

ICWAInstitute of Cost and works Accountants of India (ICWAI) promotes, regulates, and develops the profession of Cost Accountancy in India. Being a Cost Accountant, is definitely another good option for Commerce students.

Eligibility for ICWA: A student from any stream after having passed the 10+2 examination is eligible to appear for the Foundation Course.

CS: . A Company Secretary is expected to take crucial decisions regarding legal matters, tax, finance, excise laws, corporate laws, labour laws and corporate planning. A company secretary (CS) plays a vital role in the company’s management. He is the most important link connecting the shareholders, regulatory agencies and the board of directors.

Eligibility for CS: For this prestigious career, you can also appear for the Foundation Program for Company Secretary, if you have passed 10+2 in any stream.

BBA: (BBA) Bachelor of Business Administration is a good option for you if you have Mathematics and English as core subjects.  BBA is a three year degree course which is designed to impart management education and inculcate entrepreneurship skills in a student.

Eligibility for BBA: 10+2 from any stream provided you have Mathematics and English as core subjects and a minimum aggregate of 50%. You need to sit for entrance exams conducted by different colleges offering BBA program. For details on Business Management,

BCA: Then Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) is a good choice, , if you have a technical bent of mind. Do you want to permanently bid good-bye to commerce but wondering what to take up next? . Bachelor of Computer Science (BCA) is a three year degree course concentrating primarily on programming languages.

Eligibility for BCA: 10+2 with a minimum of 50% aggregate from any stream. Entrance tests are conducted in individual colleges for admission to BCA courses.

Law: Did you know that even from the Commerce stream you can pursue a career in Law? If you have analyzing, advocating and counseling skills, then law should be a good choice for you.  BA LLB is a five year integrated program for students who wish to pursue a career in law. You can either be a civil lawyer or a criminal lawyer. Civil lawyers deal with cases pertaining to environmental issues, human rights, consumer protection and intellectual property whereas criminal lawyers deal with cases pertaining to robbery, murder, arson and rape.

Eligibility for Law: You should have passed the 10+2 examination with minimum 50% marks in aggregate for being eligible to appear for Common Law Admission Test (CLAT). CLAT is conducted for admission to the undergraduate program for the eleven National Law Universities across India.

Mass Communication/Journalism: A mass communication degree from any reputed and recognized institute will enable you to achieve your goal. You can specialize in print journalism, advertising, radio journalism or television journalism. If you have a flair for writing and do not wish to continue with commerce any longer, then a course in mass communication would be just the right one for you. You can work as a reporter, copy editor, editor, producer or journalist.

Eligibility for Journalism: A student should have passed 10+2 from any stream. Entrance tests are conducted for admission to Mass Communication program in any institute or college of repute. Some of the important universities offering bachelors degree in mass communication or journalism courses are IP University, DelhiUniversity, Calcutta University, and Mumbai University.

BA Hons (English): . If you wish to explore the world of books and enrich yourself with thoughtful quotes like this then English honors is a very good choice for you. English Literature will open up doors for journalism as well and you can continue higher studies and opt for B.Ed or even UGC NET and be a qualified lecturer in college or university.

Eligibility for BA Hons (English): You have to pass 10+2 with a minimum aggregate of 50%. Many universities hold entrance tests for admission to English Hons courses. For example, Delhi University holds Combined Aptitude Test for English (CATE) for admission in various colleges. Colleges in Calcutta like Presidency College, St Xaviers and Lady Brabourne also hold entrance tests for admission to English Hons courses.

Language Courses: Learning a new language armed with a BCom Pass degree or a Mass Communication/ Journalism degree will give you an added advantage over others. Embassies and even corporate orgnisations look for people with knowledge of a foreign language. These days BPOs (Business Process Outsourcing) also look for people with understanding of regional language like Marathi, Tamil or Bengali. For details on Foreign Languages,

 If you consider yourself a linguist, then you can even pursue a course in any foreign language offered by many universities or on any Indian language as well. Alternatively, you can pursue a full time regular course in any other subject and  learn French from Alliance Fran?oise, German from MaxMueller Bhavan or Italian from the Italian Embassy.

Distance Learning Programs: Distance Learning Programs are getting immense popularity among students in India. It helps an individual to pursue a course of his or her choice and at the same time can concentrate on other professional courses. As a commerce student, you can pursue your BCom through distance learning and pursue professional courses like CA, ICWA or CS.
You can also pursue a part-time job and get the much needed experience in your field. The Open Universities Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) located in the different states in India offer distance learning programs to students all over the country. Of them the is a premier institute of distance learning in India.

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