A course in BCom (programme) may seem like the lesser of the two options when compared to a BCom (Hons) course, but the curriculum and the ultimate market prospects put the students pursuing both courses, at par.
In the first two semesters, students are made to study business organisation and management, business and industrial laws and financial accounting, among other commerce subjects, along with papers in micro and macroeconomics, which provides a steady foundation in the subject.
In the following semesters, there are papers like business mathematics and statistics, company and compensation laws, cost accounting, income tax and auditing and international trade, which, along with the concurrent courses, provide an all-round insight into the course.
The university has also introduced a course on corporate governance this year which will deal with various auditing scams that brought about the collapse of big companies across the globe.
"Students have the option of taking up the course if they want to solely concentrate on the entrances for their masters. If a person wants to do chartered accountancy, doing an easier course than BCom (Hons) is a better idea since it gives you more time to prepare for CA," said Aakash Moitra, student, Ramjas College.
"The course is relatively simpler than an honours course, but somewhat similar as far as the curriculum is concerned. In the long run, it does not really matter whether you've done an honours course or a BA (programme) since the opportunities that both subjects provide are similar," he added.
"While the BCom (Hons) course is more intensive than BCom (programme), the main focus in both is on papers on accounts, banking and economics. The number of commerce related papers in the programme is lesser but this does not take away the value of the course," said JP Sharma, acting head of the commerce department.
The scope of the BCom programme is quite similar to that of the honours programme. "Students can get jobs in the banking sector and can work in big companies as management trainees," he said.
(Shaswati Das and Mallica Joshi)