A plethora of educational opportunities are available for students in the commerce stream. One of the most obvious and common option is to pursue B.Com. degree. This is not a hi-fi degree. Its delivery in conventional system of education is riddled with criticism on quality, curriculum and placement orientation. Nevertheless, it is easily accessible and less expensive. It opens up new opportunities afterwards.
1. B.Com (Honors) / (Computers): New variants of B.Com. are introduced by Universities and educational institutes in the recent past. These are industry oriented and placement focused. B.Com (Honors) course, generally concentrating on business and economics and highly application oriented, is one such course. Similarly B.Com (Computers) with focus on application of computers in commerce is another such program. With the growth of financial sector in India, specialization courses have made their way into B.Com courses. These include Corporate Accounting, Advertisement, Sales Promotion, Office Management & Secretarial Practice, Tax Procedures & Practices, etc.
2. B.Com + CA: A new trend in the market place is to offer B.Com Program aligned to courses such as CA. In this program, the Institute would offer essential knowledge required for clearing CA, which a student has to pursue independently. However, the institute provides a B.Com degree on successful completion. This is promoted as a risk mitigating proposition because the qualifying percentage of students pursuing CA is very low and a guaranteed B.Com degree would provide them a much needed career path should they fail in their CA.
3. B.A. / B.Com Economics / Actuarial Science: There are other valuable courses such as BA in Economics, Bachelor in Mass Communication, Bachelor in Actuarial Science, Bachelor in Computer Applications, etc. These are placement oriented application courses. However, there are limitations on their availability and quality of delivery.
4. BBA- LLB / BA-LLB: Integrated programs such as BBA-LLB or BA-LLB are also attractive options for the commerce students. These programs are usually for duration of 5 years. The students earn two degrees in these programs. However there is no exit option to come out with one degree after three years. Selection for these courses is through entrance tests and number of seats is limited.