BA, BSc, BCom
Team Careers360, 14 Dec 2013
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WITH nearly 18,000 plus colleges, and about 2 million plus seats, the general Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) is the de facto choice for most of the 10+2 pass outs. The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) lists out nearly 365 different disciplines and subjects under which one can pursue undergraduate degree programmes.

We have broadly grouped them under three major academic disciplines.

Arts

According to Ministry of HRD this discipline commands the maximum number of enrolments. Over 6 million students are enrolled in over 168 different disciplines. Though its employability quotient is quite low when it comes to mofussil colleges, Arts scores quiet high in leading colleges in the country. Most offer job-oriented courses like human resource management, English language writing skills and human rights as an integral part of the curriculum. But the humanities disciplines score in inculcating life skills like learning, comprehension, analysis and synthesis of arguments in students.

Commerce

With 7-10 lakh per annum packages, the BCom (Hons) degree has suddenly acquired the charm and value of an MBA degree, but only if you pursue it from a college like SRCC of Delhi. As a discipline, Commerce has caught the imagination of students and the number of seats in this discipline is on the rise. With MBA programmes increasing exponentially commerce graduates have found a niche for themselves and the availability of other lucrative options like CA, CS or CWA, the pasture is green for many.

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Science

This is a discipline that is losing its charm despite the persistent initiative of the State. While the launch of integrated programmes by Indian Institutes of Science Education & Research has brought the charm of science back, general colleges are not keeping pace. While some like Delhi university are attempting to incorporate applied subjects like polymers, microelectronics, integrated circuits etc to core science degrees, some others like Loyola College, Chennai are integrating live projects to basic degrees to make it interesting. 

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Prominent institutes
St.Stephen’s College, Delhi
Lady Shriram College for Women, Delhi
Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi
Hindu College, Delhi
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi
Loyola College, Chennai
Madras Christian College (MCC), Chennai
Queen Mary's College, Chennai
Pachaiyappa's College, Chennai
Stella Maris College, Chennai
Ethiraj College, Chennai
St Xavier's College, Mumbai
Presidency College, Chennai
University College, Kolkata
St Xavier's College, Kolkata
Elphinstone College, Mumbai
Sophia College for Women, Mumbai
Mithibhai College, Mumbai
DG Ruparel College, Mumbai
Fergusson College, Pune
Symbiosis, Pune
Modern College, Pune
Loyola Academy, Secunderabad
Nizam College, Hyderabad
AV College, Hyderabad

MG Science Institute, Ahmedabad

Bhavan’s RA College of Science, Ahmedabad

 

States with more colleges
NO
State
Course**
1
Andhra Pradesh
1970
2
Assam
337
3
Bihar
817
4
Chhattisgarh
365
5
Gujarat
577
6
Haryana
238
7
Himachal Pradesh
377
8
Jharkhand
110
9
Karnataka
369
10
Kerala
192
11
Madhya Pradesh
896
12
Maharashtra
2074
13
Odisha
634
14
Punjab
234
15
Rajasthan
1135
16
Tamil Nadu
589
17
Uttar Pradesh
2361
18
Uttarakhand
107
19
West Bengal
434
 
Grand Total
13816

**Includes Arts, Fine Arts, Social Work, Science & Commerce. Source: Ministry of HRD, GOI

More course options after Class 12:

Allied Medical, Fine Arts, Engineering, TeachingSpecial Education, Journalism, Home Science, Medicine, Armed Forces, Hotel Management , Legal study, exotic coursesCA/CS/CWA ,Biotech, VISCOM, Indian Coast Guard, Design , Foreign Language 

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