For an undergraduate course in Commerce, you can choose to do your Bachelors in Commerce, or you can pursue a Bachelors in Commerce with Honours. The duration of both the degree courses is three years each, and their syllabus is nearly the same as well. The B.Com Honours course has more in-depth knowledge, and its curriculum is more rigorous. The most significant difference between a B.Com and a B.Com with Honours is the difference in the approach toward learning. B.Com with Honours is a course that gives its students more professional depth and employable skills as compared to a B.Com. To help you choose between a Bachelor in Commerce and a Bachelor in Commerce with Honours, below are some details about both the courses and the fundamental differences between them:
A simple B.Com course gives students enough information for them to have a generalized overall understanding of all the areas which are in the commerce stream. When you do a general B.Com course, you may not get any specialization. Whereas on the other hand if you do a B.Com with Honours, during your final year (3rd year), you can gain specialized and in-depth knowledge in your chosen area so that you gain an advantage when it comes to boosting your professional and employable skills. The areas where you can specialize in include accountancy, economics, banking & insurance or finance, among others, depending on your college. If you want to gain a deeper understanding of the commerce stream while doing your undergraduate itself, B.Com Honours is the right choice.
When it comes to admissions, it is slightly more challenging to get into the B.Com Honours programme than it is to do a B.Com. The cut off is generally higher for the former as compared to the latter, which is why the job opportunities are more for graduates with an honours degree, and they usually receive better salaries and packages. Having just a B.Com degree does not get much importance in the service industry nowadays, so graduates typically have to do their Masters or more. Graduates with a B.Com (Hons) from prestigious institutions such as Nirma University are well received by the industry with good starting ctc packages. However, it should be clear that studying for a B.Com with Honours is much more demanding and requires concentrated effort and commitment.
Keeping all the benefits of a B.Com Honours degree, Nirma University offers this programme for students who have completed their Grade 12 in Commerce field. All the interested students who enroll with us get better career opportunities in the field of commerce. Our course is employment-oriented and popular for students in the state. To be eligible to apply, you are required to have completed your schooling till Grade 12 minimum with mathematics as a subject, and you should hold at least 60% marks in aggregate in your board exams. The course is affordable, and the curriculum is vast. Our students get a well-designed curriculum that offers better productivity and growth for them. We also provide our students with expert guidance to help them develop professional skills which they can use in their career. A B.Com degree with Honours will make sure the students who complete the course receive a better package than their counterparts, and in case they want to continue with their studies and go for a postgraduate degree or diploma, they will receive higher preference as well. All in all, getting your undergraduate degree in Commerce with Honours should be the preferred option for students who are looking for a better career path and are willing to work hard.Author Dr. Nitin Kishore Saxena, Assistant Professor, ICNU