Courses after Class 12 Commerce and Arts - Your Career Planning Guide

by Ankita Sabharwal

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Selection of course after Class 12 plays an important role in deciding the trajectory of the social & professional life of an individual. This crucial decision is to be taken by students when on one side they are relaxed as they are done with their Board Exams while on the other side new confusion related to their future start building in their mind ‘What to do now? Which entrance exam to appear in? Which course will help in achieving what I want to?’

While choosing a course after Class 12, a lot of factors have to be taken into consideration before arriving at a final decision. But these decisions are taken under the influence of peer groups or under the guidance of parents, elder siblings who themselves have partial knowledge about the opportunities available.

So in this article, we will try to provide the candidates with a list of courses that they can opt for after their class 12 from the Commerce stream.  Appropriate links have been provided at various places so that students can understand things in detail.

Courses After 12

Courses after 12th Commerce

Choosing the right career option is sometimes perplex you sometimes which leads you undecided what to select and what not. Especially for the students who have passed Class 12. At this stage, the candidates get really worried as to which direction they should move ahead once they complete their High School.

The candidates do not need to be worried in choosing the right course. We are here to provide the list of some of the most popular courses you can choose from. The first and the foremost thing any candidate needs to do is to check out your own interests and which way they exactly want to go.

  • Bachelor's of Commerce (B.Com)
  • Bachelor's of Commerce (Honours): You can have a specialisation in a particular subject/field.
  • Bachelor's in Economics
  • Bachelor's of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Chartered Accountancy (CA)
  • Company Secretary (CS)
  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
  • Cost Accountant (ICWA)
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Cost & Management Accountant (CMA)
  • Law (LLB)Prepare for UPSC, IAS etc.
  • Banking Courses etc.
  • Specialised Degree Courses in Delhi University which gives admission on the basis of DU JAT - an all India common entrance exam.
    • BA Hons Business Economics
    • BBA in Financial Investment Analysis 
    • BMS

Get details about BBA, BA & B.com Exams after 12th

The list of the courses candidates can opt for after completing their Class 12 from commerce background are given below. These are just a few of the major courses that they can select from after passing Class 12 from commerce stream.

Courses after 12th for Students of all Streams

Carrer Planning

  • Hotel Management - B.Sc in Hospitality and Hotel Administration- NCHMCT  is a government body which conducts an entrance exam for admission into this course across various Hotel Management Institutes in the country.
    • Step Programme by OBEROI - It is a very special programme which provides education + on the job training to students. Student after 12th can choose this course.
  • B.Design- Fashion Designing 
  • Law  After 12th 
  • Journalism - Bachelor of Mass Media, BJMC
  • NDA - Army Wing is open to male students from all streams, and on completing the training, they will be awarded a BA Degree.
  • Development Studies & Social Work - There are specialised courses by some of the well known Institutes. Like IIT Madras Offers Integrated MA Programme and admission in on the basis of HSEE Exam.
    • IIT Madras - Integrated MA in Development Studies
    • IIT Madras- Integrated MA in English Studies
    • BA Social Science  & BA (H) Social Work at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS ) and admission on the basis of TISSBAT
  • BBA - Integrated BBA & MBA programme by IIM Indore- IIM Indore IPM
  • BA / BA (H)
  • BFA- Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Foreign Language Course after 12th 
  • Integrated Courses after 12
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Music


Apart from these common courses, we have also listed the courses which are stream specific and can be pursued by students of some specific stream only.

Courses which do not lead to a degree

These courses do not lead to a degree but are very valuable courses which if undertaken are very valuable in deciding the career path for an individual. The students can appear in ACET Exam for admission in actuaries.


  • It is the discipline that applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in insurance, finance and other industries and professions. Institute of Actuaries in India offers this course.
  • The candidates have to take an Entrance Exam which is being held twice a year. Actuaries exam can be taken by students pursuing higher education and working professionals having qualifications in Mathematics subjects take up series of examination of Actuaries.
  • For example engineering students or professionals, chartered and cost accountants, company secretaries, management graduates, degree holders in mathematical and statistical sciences, etc. are expected to take this exam.
  • Certificate/ Diploma Courses offered by YMCA- YMCA Courses offered

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