BBA Vs BMS Vs BCom - Which is Better For Whom?

Introduction: B. Com, BBA, and BMS are all three undergraduate degree courses spread across three years. It caters to the needs of different students according to their skills, area of interest, higher studies, etc. It is very important for a student to get the basics right, to begin with, and to acquire the required knowledge before pursuing studies further. Choosing the right undergraduate degree can give kickstart your career in terms of having knowledge of the right curriculum which a student may want to continue to study for Post-Graduation as well. Below mentioned is a comparative analysis of the three degrees:

B.COM – Bachelor of Commerce or B. Com is an undergraduate degree spread across three years. It is generally divided into six semesters. Students are taught core finance and commerce related subjects like Accountancy, Corporate tax, Economics, Company law, Business management, etc.

Eligibility Criteria – 

  • Minimum Qualification: 10+2 in any specialization (Commerce or Science or Maths)
  • Minimum marks required 50%-60% depending on various colleges
  • No age limit
BMS – bachelor’s in management studies is a three-year undergraduate course affiliated to the University of Mumbai that offers education in the field of management and deep knowledge in the area of Economics, Business Studies, Human resource management, etc. In India, no other university offers degree in this course. There is no competitive exam needed to be given for admission to this course.
Eligibility Criteria – 
  • Minimum Qualification: 10+2 (On the basis of merit)
  • Minimum marks required 50%-60% depending on various colleges
  • The age limit is 22 for the General category and for the reserved category it is 24
BBA – Bachelor’s in Business Administration is a three-year degree course curated to provide in-depth knowledge of business-oriented concepts. It offers courses in various disciplines such as Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, etc. The course is divided into six semesters.
Eligibility Criteria – 
  • Minimum Qualification: Commerce/Maths background in 10+2
  • Minimum marks required 50%+ from a recognized board
  • The age limit is 17-25 years.


Quality of education and peer learning (BMS vs BBA):

BBA is a degree course affiliated by private deemed universities such as Symbiosis Deemed University, SVKM’s NMIMS or NMIMS University, IIMs (Rohtak & Indore) etc. Whereas BMS is affiliated by a government University which is University of Mumbai. When it comes to quality of education, private universities revise and update their course structure as and when new amendments are required. However, government universities do not restructure their courses as per the industry trends. Another comparison can be with respect to the methodology and pedagogy. In BMS, it is more of a theoretical knowledge which is imparted, and BBA is curriculum is more practical in approach where you get do the live projects, internship, industry visits etc. 

Also, for getting into a reputed BBA college, a candidate is required to clear the competitive exam which filters out a large chunk of crowd. The ones who get selected increase the competition and the drive to level up the game. Whereas selection process in BMS is merit based without any entrance exam. Thus, BBA enhances peer learning.


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Comparative analysis of the curriculum offered-

Choosing the right college for pursuing an undergraduate can be highly dependent on the curriculum and the pedagogy of the institute. Mentioned below is the syllabus that you can expect to be taught in BBA, B. Com, and BMS in a span of three years:


 Bachelor’s of CommerceBachelor of Management StudiesBachelor of Business Administration
1st YearAccountsFoundation of Human Skill-lFinancial Accounting
 EconomicsFinance and Cost AccountingMacroeconomics
 Environment and Public HealthBusiness LawCost Accounting
 EnglishQuantitative Methods for Business-1Essentials of IT
 Maths/ ComputerEffective Communication-lMicroeconomics
 Business CommunicationPrinciples of Management-lPrinciples of Management
 Computer Applications and ITIntroduction to ComputersPrinciples of Marketing
 Second languageFoundation of Human Skill-llEnvironmental Management
 EconomicsIndustrial Law 
 General Awareness 1 & 2Computer Application in Business; 
 ComputersBusiness Environment 
 AccountsManagerial Economics-l 
 ManagementProduction Management 
 MathsEnvironmental Management 
2nd YearIncome Tax LawsManagement AccountingBanking
 Banking and InsuranceManagerial Economics-2Management Accounting
 Microeconomics-IMarketing ManagementTax
 Financial Markets and InstitutionsMaterials ManagementFinancial Management
 Indian EconomyEffective Communication-2Services
 Corporate Accounting-IPrinciples of Management- 2Insurance
 Corporate accounting-IIManagement AccountingBusiness Law
 Elements of company Law-IIInternational MarketingHuman Resource Management
 Managerial communicationElements of Direct and Indirect TaxesConsumer Behavior
 Basics of cost accounting laborExport-Import Procedures and DocumentationMarketing
 Macroeconomics-IIManagement of Small Scale Industries 
 Overheads SPLProductivity and Quality Management 
  Public Relations Management 
  International Marketing 
3rd YearCost accountingHuman Resource ManagementInternational Business & EXIM
 EntrepreneurshipService Sector ManagementFinance Electives
 Marketing ManagementFinancial ManagementOperations
 Banking & Financial systemsElements of Logistics ManagementFinancial Statement Analysis
 Income TaxManagement of Co-operativesStrategic Management
 Contemporary Indian economics
Issue and policies
Rural MarketingResearch Methodology
 Advance accounting paper 2Project Work 1Supply Chain Management
 BCom Indirect Taxes paper 2EntrepreneurshipEntrepreneurship & Business Plan
 Marketing ManagementQuantitative Method of Business-2 
 Mercantile Law-IIMarketing Research 
  Indian Management Thought and Practices 
  Econometrics or International Finance
(Elective Paper – 1)
  Special Study in Finance or Special
Study in Marketing (Elective Paper – 2)
  Project Work-2