Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com)

Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) is a three year undergraduate degree in business related subjects offered by all popular universities. Most universities conduct 6 semester exams and award the certificates. In this course students learn core subjects related to commerce, finance and accounts, along with many optional subjects like costing, economics, banking, corporate taxes, business laws, auditing, business management, actuarial studies, human resource, marketing, entrepreneurship, co-operation, etc. This course aims towards making the student well prepared to sustain as a corporate employee or as an entrepreneur. The student has adequate knowledge to adapt to the changing business world. He can focus internationally also since he understands the business world’s many core aspects.

Bachelor of Commerce Honours (B.Com Hons) This is an advanced 3 year (6 semester) B.Com course, where students are required to complete additionally two inter-disciplinary open elective courses in diverse disciplines [Humanities / Sciences] during the first two years and to undertake research work during the fifth and the sixth semesters. There will be an internship after regular class hours. B.Com (Hons) graduates will be able to demonstrate their skills in Accounting, Auditing, Finance, Investments, Banking, Insurance, Marketing, Human Resources  and Information systems. Apart from understanding the concepts and theories in detail, they will also be able to apply them using various quantitative and problem solving techniques. The industry demand for the honors program graduate is much higher than the regular B.Com & B.Com (Honours) are very good options for students who want to make a career in commerce, accounting, finance, banking and insurance. B.Com is also ideal for those who wish to pursue CA, CMA, M.Com, LLB, B.Ed, MBA, ACCA, CFA, CPA, etc for higher studies.

Courses

Specialisations

Following are the most common specialisations in B.Com:

  • Co-Operation
  • Computer Science / Application
  • Corporate Banking
  • Finance and Accounts
  • Financial Planning and Analysis
  • Hotel Management and Catering
  • International Business
  • Islamic Finance
  • Logistics Management
  • Office Management and Secretarial Practice
  • Operations
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Self Financing
  • Taxation / Tax Procedure and Practice
  • Tourism and Travel Management

Following are the most common specialisations in B.Com (Honours)

  • Accounts and Finance
  • Banking and Insurance
  • Economics
  • Financial Market
  • Human Resources
  • Information Management
  • Investment management
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Taxation

Required Skills and Aptitude

Business acumen, Analytical skills, Interpersonal skills and mathematical ability are the basic requirements. Must have interest in business. Keenness to know more about trade, patience to spend time with numbers and having a habit of updating what is happening around. Dedication and hardwork are the prerequisites.

Eligibility Criteria

BCom is offered by almost all the universities and colleges in India in regular as well as distance education mode. Eligibility criteria for B.Com courses are given below:

  • The candidate studied Commerce in +2 with Accountancy, Business Studies, Economics as main or optional subject and English as main subject.
  • The students with +2 in other streams also will get admission.
  • The candidate must meet the minimum cut-off criteria for admission to the University / colleges they are applying for, which may differ in each University / College.

Entrance Examination

There is no entrance exam for B.Com in Kerala. Those who pass +2 can apply and will get admission based on marks. But few universities from other states conduct entrance exams.

For B Com(Hons) there will be entrance examinations by the university or the college that are conducting this course. Jamia Millia Islamia Entrance Exam, Christ University Entrance Test, AMU Entrance Exam, etc. are the examples.

Job Profiles

In the Private sector: Those who wish to start working immediately after completing the B.Com can find various jobs at junior levels like Jr. Accountant, Accountant, Assistant Manager, Data Entry Clerk, Documents Manager, Store keeper, Cashier, etc. One may reach managerial levels with experience and skills that may develop in the Job and higher educational qualifications acquired. B.Com graduates are often hired by Finance and Accounts, HR & Administration, Logistics, Sales & Marketing and Operations departments of organisations.

They can also seek jobs in Public Sector Undertakings in various profiles in all the above mentioned departments. B.Com graduates are hired by all types of organisations. Accounting and auditing firms, Banking and Financial Institutions, Insurance sector, etc. are among the list.

In Government Sector BCom graduates can prepare for competitive exams for placement in Government sector including  all PSC, SSC and UPSC vacancies for which Degree is the qualification. This includes civil service also.

Following are the higher designation B.Com & B.Com (Hons) holder can get in the job market:

  • Administrative Jobs in Public Sector
  • Airline Manager
  • Asset Manager / Fund Manager
  • Audit Assistant
  • Bank or Insurance (Dept Manager)
  • Budgeting department Executive
  • Corporate /Company Legal Assistant
  • Customer Relationship Manager
  • Event Planner, Tour Operator, Guide
  • Finance & Accounts Officer
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial and Insurance Consultant
  • Front office Manager
  • Holiday / Travel Agent
  • Hotel / Resort Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Information System Manager
  • International Trade Executive
  • Investment Accountant & Advisor
  • Legal Department Executive
  • Loan / Credit Officer
  • Operations Manager
  • Sales / Marketing Executive
  • Sales & Marketing Analyst
  • Secretary to top level manager
  • Statistical Dept Manager
  • Stock Broker
  • Tax Advisory Services
  • Tax Consultant / Tax Accountant
  • Tour & Travel Executive / Manager

Top Recruiters

One will find a job in all business units regardless of the size of organisation. No such concept of top recruiters for those holding B.Com degrees. Sky’s the limit. From past records, below given is the list of few companies recruited directly from Kerala campuses in the past:

  • Adobe
  • American Express
  • Apollo Hospitals
  • Auditing and accounting firms (KPMG, E&Y, PWC, Deloitte)
  • Bajaj Fin Serv
  • BCIL
  • Catholic Syrian Bank
  • Citibank
  • Cognizant
  • Delhi Institute of Science
  • GOAN Institute
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Google
  • HCL
  • HDFC Bank
  • IBM
  • IIT Guwahati
  • Infosys
  • Just Dial
  • LIC
  • Malayala Manorama
  • Mathrubhumi
  • Max Bupa
  • Mckinsey
  • Microsoft
  • New India Assurance
  • Nokia
  • PayTM
  • Popular Vehicles and Services
  • Samsung
  • SBI Life
  • Sesame Software Solutions
  • Spicejet
  • Sutherland
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Tech Mahindra
  • The Indian Express
  • The Times of India
  • TISS Hyderabad
  • Wipro

Institutions

Many universities and colleges offer full-time college going courses and distance-learning courses for pursuing B.Com and / or B.Com (Honours).

Major Institutions in India offering BCom / BCom Honours:

  Name of the university/institution  State
  Christ University - Bangalore   Karnataka
  St. Joseph’s College of Commerce - Bangalore   Karnataka
  Kannur University, Kannur   Kerala
  Kerala University, Thiruvananthapuram   Kerala
  MG University, Kottayam   Kerala
  University of Calicut, Malappuram   Kerala
  Narsee Monjee College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai   Maharashtra
  St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai   Maharashtra
  Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune   Maharashtra
  Hans Raj College   New Delhi
  Hindu College - University of Delhi   New Delhi
  Indira Gandhi National Open University (Distance Education)   New Delhi
  Jamia Millia Islamia University   New Delhi
  Lady Shri Ram College of Commerce   New Delhi
  Shri Ram College of Commerce   New Delhi
  Annamalai University (Distance Education) – Cuddalore   Tamil Nadu
  Loyola College - Chennai   Tamil Nadu
  Madras Christian College - Chennai   Tamil Nadu
  Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) - Aligarh   Uttar Pradesh
  Sharda University, Greater Noida   Uttar Pradesh
  St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata   West Bengal

Institutions offering BCom in Kerala:

  Name of the institution  City
  Bishop Moore College, Mavelikkara   Alappuzha
  Govt. College Ambalapuzha   Alappuzha
  M.S.M College, Kayamkulam   Alappuzha
  N.S.S College, Cherthala   Alappuzha
  S.D College   Alappuzha
  S.N College, Chengannur   Alappuzha
  S.N College, Cherthala   Alappuzha
  St. Aloysius College, Edathwa   Alappuzha
  St. Joseph's College for Women   Alappuzha
  ST. Michels College, Cherthala   Alappuzha
  TKMM College Nangiarkulangara   Alappuzha
  Al–Ameen College Edathala   Ernakulam
  Baselios Paulose Second College Piramadom   Ernakulam
  Bharath Matha College,Thrikkakara   Ernakulam
  Govt.College, Tripunithura   Ernakulam
  HM Arts & Science College Muvattupuzha   Ernakulam
  ILahia College of Arts & Science Muvattupuzha   Ernakulam
  Jai Bharath Arts & Science College   Ernakulam
  MA College Kothamangalam   Ernakulam
  Marthoma College for Women,Perumbavoor   Ernakulam
  Nirmala College Muvattupuzha   Ernakulam
  Rajagiri College of Management and Applied Science, Kakkanad   Ernakulam
  SH College Thevara   Ernakulam
  SRBS Gujarati College Cochin   Ernakulam
  Sree Sankara Vidyapeetom College, Valayanchirangara   Ernakulam
  St. Alberts College Ernakulam   Ernakulam
  St. Peters College,Kolenchery   Ernakulam
  St. Teresas College Ernakulam   Ernakulam
  St. Xaviers College For Women Aluva   Ernakulam
  T.M.Jacob Memorial Govt.College, Manimalakunnu   Ernakulam
  Vypin Govt. Arts & Science College Elamkunnappuzha   Ernakulam
  Marian College Kuttikkanam   Idukki
  Newman College Thodupuzha   Idukki
  Pavanatma College, Murikkassery   Idukki
  Co-op Arts & Science College. Madayi   Kannur
  College of Applied Science, Neruvambram   Kannur
  M.G. College, Iritty   Kannur
  Morazha Co - Operative College. Morazha   Kannur
  N.A.M. College, Kallikkandy   Kannur
  Nirmalagiri College, Kuthuparamba   Kannur
  P.R.N.S.S. College, Mattanur   Kannur
  Payyannur College, Payyanur   Kannur
  Sir Syed College, Taliparamba   Kannur
  GPM Govt. College Manjeshwar   Kasaragod
  Kansa Women's College   Kasaragod
  Malabar Islamic Complex Arts & Sci. College, Chattanchal   Kasaragod
  Model College, Madikkai   Kasaragod
  NAS College Kanhangad, Padnekad Kanhangad   Kasaragod
  D B College Sasthamcotta   Kollam
  FMNC Kollam   Kollam
  M M N S S College, Kottiyam   Kollam
  N S S College, Nilamel   Kollam
  PMSA Pookoya Thangal Memorial  College, Kadakkal   Kollam
  SN College Chathannoor   Kollam
  SN College Kollam   Kollam
  SN College Punalur   Kollam
  SNCW Kollam   Kollam
  St Johns College Anchal   Kollam
  St.Gregorios College, Kottarakkara   Kollam
  Assumption College, Changanassery   Kottayam
  B.C.M. College, Kottayam   Kottayam
  B.V.M Holly Cross College, Cherpunkal   Kottayam
  Baselius College, Kottayam   Kottayam
  C.M.S. College, Kottayam   Kottayam
  D.B. College, Thalayolaparambu   Kottayam
  Devamatha College, Kuravilangadu   Kottayam
  Ettumanoorappan College, Ettumanoor.   Kottayam
  Govt. College, Kottayam   Kottayam
  Henry Baker College, Melukavu   Kottayam
  K.E. College, Mannanam   Kottayam
  K.G. College, Pampady   Kottayam
  NSS Hindu College, Changanacherry   Kottayam
  S.V.R.N.S.S. College, Vazhoor   Kottayam
  St. Dominics College, Kanjirapally   Kottayam
  St. Marys College, Manarcadu   Kottayam
  St. Stephens College, Uzhavoor   Kottayam
  St. Thomas College, Pala   Kottayam
  St. Xaviers College, Kothavara   Kottayam
  St.Berchmans College, Changanacherry   Kottayam
  C.K.G.M. Govt. College Perambra   Kozhikode
  College of Applied Science, Thiruvambadi   Kozhikode
  Farook College Feroke   Kozhikode
  Govt. Arts and Science College, KKD   Kozhikode
  Govt. College Kodenchery   Kozhikode
  Govt. College Madappalli   Kozhikode
  Govt.Arts & Science College, Nadapuram   Kozhikode
  M.A.M.O. College Mukkam   Kozhikode
  Providence Womens College KKD   Kozhikode
  R. Sankar Memorial SNDP College, Koyilandy   Kozhikode
  S.N. College Chelannur   Kozhikode
  SARBTM Govt College, Muchukunnu, Koyilandy   Kozhikode
  St. Joseph’s College Devagiri   Kozhikode
  Ilahiya Arts & Science College, Koyilandy (Unaided)   Kozhikode
  JDT Arts & Science College, Vellimadukunnu (Unaided)   Kozhikode
  MES College, Chathamangalam (Unaided)   Kozhikode
  MHES College of Science and Technology, Vatakara (Unaided)   Kozhikode
  National College of Arts & Science, Puliyara (Unaided)   Kozhikode
  Seethisahib Arts & Science College, Mukkam (Unaided)   Kozhikode
  Zamorins Guruvayurappan College   Kozhikode
  AIA College, Kuniyil   Malappuram
  Amal College, Nilambur   Malappuram
  D.U. Arabic College, Karuvarakundu   Malappuram
  Govt. College, Malappuram   Malappuram
  Marthoma College, Chungathara   Malappuram
  MES College, Ponnani   Malappuram
  MES KVM College, Valanchery   Malappuram
  MSTM Arts & Science Womens College,Athavanad   Malappuram
  NSS College, Manjeri   Malappuram
  PSMO College, Tirurangadi   Malappuram
  College of Applied Science, Kottayi   Palakkad
  Govt Arts & Science College,Thrithala   Palakkad
  Govt. Arts & Science College, Kozhinjampara   Palakkad
  Govt. Victoria College, Palakkad   Palakkad
  Govt.College, Chittur   Palakkad
  Mercy College, Palakkad   Palakkad
  MPMMSN, College, Shorunur   Palakkad
  NSS College Nemmara   Palakkad
  NSS College, Ottapalam   Palakkad
  S.N. College, Alathur   Palakkad
  S.N.G.S. College, Pattambi   Palakkad
  Sreekrishnapuram VT Bhattathiripad College Mannampatta   Palakkad
  BAM College, Thuruthicade   Pathanamthitta
  Catholic College, Pathanamthitta   Pathanamthitta
  DB Pampa College, Parumala   Pathanamthitta
  KVVS College Kaithaparambu, Adoor   Pathanamthitta
  NSS College, Pandalam   Pathanamthitta
  SAS SNDP Yogam College, Konni   Pathanamthitta
  St. Cyrils College, Adoor   Pathanamthitta
  St. Thomas College, Ranni   Pathanamthitta
  Viswabrahmana College of Vechoochira   Pathanamthitta
  Ansar Womens College, Perumbilavu   Thrissur
  C. Achuthamenon Govt. College, Thrissur   Thrissur
  Carmel College, Mala   Thrissur
  Christ College, Irinjalakuda   Thrissur
  College of Co-operation Banking & Management, Mannuthy   Thrissur
  GOVT. Arts & Science College, Ollur   Thrissur
  LF College, Guruvayur   Thrissur
  M.E.S. Asmabi College, P. Vemballur   Thrissur
  PMG College, Chalakudy   Thrissur
  S.H. College, Chalakudy   Thrissur
  S.N. College, Nattika/td>   Thrissur
  Sree Kerala Varma College Thrissur   Thrissur
  Sree Krishna College Guruvayur   Thrissur
  Sri. Vyasa NSS College, Wadakkanchery   Thrissur
  St. Aloysius College, Elthuruth   Thrissur
  St. Joseph’s College, Irinjalakuda   Thrissur
  St. Marys College, Thrissur   Thrissur
  Vimala College, Thrissur   Thrissur
  All Saints College, Veli   Thiruvananthapuram
  Christian College, Kattakada   Thiruvananthapuram
  Govt. Arts College   Thiruvananthapuram
  Govt. College, Nedumangad   Thiruvananthapuram
  Govt. Womens College   Thiruvananthapuram
  Indira Gandhi National Open University   Thiruvananthapuram
  Iqbal College, Peringamala   Thiruvananthapuram
  M.G.College, TVM   Thiruvananthapuram
  Mannaniya College, Pongode   Thiruvananthapuram
  Mar Ivanios College   Thiruvananthapuram
  National College   Thiruvananthapuram
  NISH, TVM   Thiruvananthapuram
  NSS College for Women, Neeramankara (Arts & Science)   Thiruvananthapuram
  School of Distance Education   Thiruvananthapuram
  SN College, Chempazhanthy   Thiruvananthapuram
  SN College, Sivagiri   Thiruvananthapuram
  St. Xaviers College, Thumba   Thiruvananthapuram
  VTM, NSS College, Dhanuvachapuram   Thiruvananthapuram
  Govt.College Mananthavady   Wayanad
  Mary Matha College Manathavady   Wayanad
  Model College (IHRD) Meenangadi   Wayanad

Questions & Answers​

Q) Do you advise us to pursue B.Com as a career option?

A) Ofcourse, Yes. This is the one degree with which you can directly enter the job market and search for attractive placement options which is mentioned in the Job profile above. There are lot of higher studies option, if you pass B.Com

Q) Can we join B.Com after studying streams other than commerce in +2 ?

A) Sure, you can study B.Com after taking any stream in +2

Q) Are there any universities offering distance education in B.Com?

A) Yes. below mentioned are important among them

  • Indira Gandhi National Open University
  • Annamalai University
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