Do you have questions about BMS or BBA? Please leave a Comment

I’ve spent 5 years in the field after having done a BMS degree which ended in 2010. Me and a lot of my batch mates have a few opinions to write about the BMS course this summer. The results for HSC 2016 are on 6th June 2016. You have two months to make a choice.

So in that context, I’m open to answer most of the common questions regarding this course. I’ve seen a plenty of questions on a post I’ve written earlier on BMS.

I’ll be consolidating my views and those of my colleagues in a few blog posts. I will do my best to have most of them answered if not all. Stay tuned for the series on BMS in the next couple of months.

In case you’re considering doing a BMS/BBA course, please leave a comment below for any question you would like answered and will include a response in a subsequent blog series.


52 thoughts on “Do you have questions about BMS or BBA? Please leave a Comment

  1. Hello sir .. My 12th vacations are going on and I’m planning to do CS .. So is bms a good option with it.. And is there any scope for bms nowadays ( if done from xaviers ) ? .. And which is a better option with CS .. Bms or bcom..? Please guide me,.

  2. Hi Neil,
    i m a BMS student ,done with FY. In SY we have to select specialization(Finance,marketing,HR). I have done my 12th from science stream (PCM). Can i go for finance? i am afraid that, because i am not from commerce stream,i will face problem in future.

    • I don’t think that’s any problem. I’m a PCB 12th. I think you’ll manage just fine. From experience though, don’t excuse yourself from learning accounts just because you didn’t do Secretarial Practice (Accounts) in 12th. I would recommend buying a CA CPT entrance book from a book shop and going through it over the summer. It will more than adequately bring you up to date with accounting. And I would always recommend Finance over Marketing in BMS.

  3. As i gave comment before in the previous blog
    I’m confused Mr.Neil as you recommend not to opt for bms anymore.may i know why sir cuz idk i think bms is a new cource in the market and must be valuable as rarely selected by the student can you plz give a light on this…and as on future career i’m confused weather to opt for either bba or bms as i thought of doing MBA in foreign…suggest something sir!

    • Sorry I have an exam due in the first week of June. I was to have a post up by now but studies have taken over. In case in June if I forget, just DM me on twitter or comment again. I’ll have the post up thereafter for sure. The draft is ready.

  4. Hi,
    I had the BMS course in my mind but I still wanted to check other people’s review and opinion on it. So I read your last article about BMS and I was excited. But then you mentioned about why BMS isn’t that good anymore or that it has downgraded…I would really like to know your opinion on it cause’ you have a better experience with it.
    I’m eagerly waiting for the next article for I’m now confused… Please post it ASAP.

    • Thanks. My article initially was a word of caution or eye opener for people who wanted to do BMS. The article was written at the time I was in college. My views have not changed, they’ve improved thereafter.

      I not only caution people now, I tell them to go only if… Certain conditions are fulfilled.

      I hope to do some justice to my opinion in my post. However Regrettably I will not be able to post it before 4th June due to an exam. Will surely have it up within a day or two thereafter. Thank you for your comment.

  5. Hey I m a bit confused…in previous comments u somewhere mentioned that a BMS get same paid as a BCom fresher than what’s the meaning of spending more money in BMS if ur getting paid as same as a BCom fresher???Plz help me

    • This is from a banking finance/ perspective. The jobs I’ve seen there in pay on par. But to get the job, a BMS candidate actually has no advantage even though the course is supposed to be better than BCom. Because companies hiring for banks and financial services usually prefer someone who knows accounts well. A BCom has an edge in that regard. Hence it’s pointless from my perspective to do BMS and get into a bank because the knowledge you’ve gained over the three years doesn’t apply at all. Furthermore, BAF BFM etc. Courses would be better in comparison to vanilla BCom and definitely score over BMS for finance jobs.

      One can apply the same analogy to media / marketing jobs where BMM students will be better placed than BMS students. Hope that clarifies.

      I would like you to point if you found any contradiction in the post vs my comments and I’ll be happy to update it.

  6. Hello,
    The results have been announced for HSC and I’m still stuck between choices. At first, I decided to go for BMS but then I thought to have a look at what others have an opinion about this field. I read your article and found it good and helpful. But then after reading comments you mentioned about how BMS isn’t that great anymore, etc. I’d really like to know what’s the reason behind your statement. I’ve been checking this website again and again for the new article… Please post it ASAP cause’ admission forms will be out tomorrow o_o

    It would mean a lot to us if you post the article! Good luck for your exams.

    • It may. I certainly imagine Ruparel attracting better corporates than the Suburban colleges. I do not have factual data on this though. It may help to check with some former Ruparel Alumni. The best ones would be in the SYBMS attending college. You could wait for some to come to the cafeteria and ask them. (It’s not entirely stalking but worth a try if you’re in need of first hand data).

  7. Hii sir …I have huge interset in sports and i am thinking o pursue sports management as a career . since most college in India offer pgdm for it. So I thought to pursue bba to get the overall knowledge about management . I am from sci stream (pcm) and thus have doubts whether its a good choice or not. Plz guide as ASAP.

    • It’s a decent choice. A friend of mine actually did the exact same thing. He did the sports management course (mba I think) from Melbourne University in Australia.

  8. hiii…. my dad is a entrepreneur. I am in 12th. I want to know which degree would be beneficial for me in the future to continue his business

  9. Hi……can u suggest some good course as my son is in 12th commerce at present …even we were thinking for bms or bba but after reading ur opinion abt it now we r confuse what to do …….he wanted to do something in business management n finance……thanks in advance

    • Hi. Thanks for your comment. I would recommend doing a core finance degree like BAF BACHELOR’S in accounts and finance that is. Typing from my phone. Sorry. Also, BCom is still a good option if clubbed with CA. I personally think CA is quite relevant as it then opens up doors later on to either do a CFA (Investments) or CPA (US ka CA). I must mention though that one of my friends is doing his Mcom with an ‘ACCA’ degree which is applicable in 150 countries. You may check that out too. I would recommend completely staying away from BMS if you plan on having your son doing anything in finance. This very little covered in it. Let me know if you have any other questions. Cheers.

  10. Hey,
    Thank you for this post and for all the replies which are so helpful.

    I finished my 12 th and the subjects I took were MPC. My college had the IIT portion which is obviously tough without any foundation courses.
    I was determined in the starting but I lost my determination as I felt the course was being Tougher and it needed hardwork which I thought I couldn’t do. Although I enjoyed learning the concepts which were taught as I grasp stuff easily and understand concepts even if they’re tough but I fnd it difficult to go back home and practice which is why I didn’t perform well.

    Right now I can’t make it into a good engineering college so I thought why don’t i do commerce as I’m interested in business and management
    So it’s like I want to do MBA
    And I was thinking to do bba from a good college
    And I guess I’m inclined towards the marketing and advertising side of it. Also I’m planning to work getting into iims or the top MBA colleges and bba against engineering I felt would be better as I get an extra year for preparation for MBA
    Should i do bba then MBA or something else and why?
    And which colleges would be good for bba?

    Thank you so much in advance

    • Hi Ahmed. Thanks for mentioning that the comments section is helpful. I’ve been able to make a couple of posts thanks to the questions therein. I think another recurrent question is that doing BMS or BBA makes it easier to do an MBA.

      Simple answer, they don’t. I’m not sure if you read both the posts I have on BMS, one being the 6 things and the more recent one is after this post.

      BMS and BBA will be a mile wide and foot deep of everything that you study. Effectively making you a jack of all trades. Combine that with an MBA which is supposed to give you exposure to other fields anyway, and you might end up with a jack of all trades résumé raised to the power of two.

      You mentioned you were interested in the marketing and Advertising side, why not try a hardcore marketing and advertising degree course like BMM? (Mass Media).

      Also, I’m not sure if you have given other entrance tests for engineering. But even if you get some engineering college, it may be worth it. Because primarily it will help you with designing stuff yourself which is invaluable in entrepreneurship. Regardless of whether you do an IT specialisation or mechanical, I think there is some future for engineers and to what I’ve seen, it’s still easier to get placed abroad (permanently) for engineers as it is one of the desired job profiles. See how that works out in to your plans. Don’t junk your entire study because you think you won’t get a good college. A couple of my friends got shitty colleges but still are doing well. Interestingly both are now settled in the US.

      Last point, if you move into a commerce based stream, you will need to pick up the basics of commerce that were taught in the 11th and 12th all over again.

  11. Hi
    Yesterday my CBSE class 12 result was declared and i m not satisfied with it as i expected more percentage and for that i am applying for the rechecking process…I got just 75% and i was expecting 85+ at least .But the problem here is that it will take at least a month and till the merit based admission process in du will come to an end…I have cleared the bcom Hons entrance exam in IPU and i was thinking to go for BMS till the last minute I read your suggestions…. I thought BMS from DU is better than bcom from ipu but now I m very tensed for my result clarification as well as for selecting the best career option ….It will bevery helpful if you could suggest me some way….Please help me ….

    • Hi Lavanya,

      I got a couple of comments on BMS from Delhi University so I actually looked it up. It seems they’ve redesigned the course and done a whole lot of stuff to make it viable to the market in a few years.

      My experience with BMS is sadly limited to what me and my friends who’ve passed out a couple of years ago have experienced here in Mumbai.

      I therefore would be wary of making the same recommendations for a Delhi student.

      MOST IMPORTANT I see that BMS in Delhi is a 4 year course. You may want to factor that in. I read some good points on the course in this link :

      This is a four year old post so validate the relevance.

      My only concern with Delhi BMS being a four year course is that, does the market, and I mean the entire India job market, not just Delhi, appreciate the validity of BMS Student who has done really specialised subjects in four years? Or does it then put you in the same bracket as other students from a 3 year course when you head for an interview?

      If possible, do leave a comment on what decision you take (BMS or no BMS) eventually. It’ll help others here make a decision too.

    • Hi, just occurred to me that BCom Hons is also a four year course in which case you have factored that in. In which case I’d be inclined to side with the BMS from DU course owing to the many specialisations they allow for including Data Science and Econometrics. From a futuristic outlook, these subjects seem apt for the financial world.

    • Hey, sorry, but I haven’t been able to Review Delhi colleges. And at this late an hour in terms of admissions, I don’t think I would be able to do justice to an article on Delhi BMS colleges if I were to do one.

  12. Sir suggest me collages for BMS can I go to rizvi is it good for management studies because I got only 70% in 12th so plz sir rply me soon…

    • Most colleges like I’ve mentioned in my other posts are ones that just want to complete the lectures and pass. All the Bandra colleges are like that. Only a handful of South Mumbai colleges are worth the time but they have high cut offs.

      If you’re short on percentage apply for the colleges you think you have a chance at getting into and also Andrew’s is a good choice.

    • I wouldn’t know. But you can find out, by looking up FB groups from that college – contact a couple of blokes from the college and speak to them. Really, that’s the best way to get the low down on any college nowadays. Message them, write on their walls, etc. It costs nothing.

      e.g. In the google search itself on the right handside you will see 51 Google Reviews for the college. The most recent comment is from this guy – Himanshu Dharwan:,1,,,

      He’s left a comment that it’s the ‘best place for management studies’ apparently. I went to Google+ and searched his name, found a profile with the same pic/name. There’s an option to follow/contact him on his G+ page. Go ahead and speak to him! See? It’s just that simple.

      Here’s a link to his profile.

      Exercise caution and act with prudence, while dealing with any new acquaintance on the internet. Remember they are strangers after all.

    • Because its such a low information comment, at best I can only recommend BA for HR. Because you can specialise in HR related courses therein. But obviously BMS is better than BCom for HR. But only by a fraction. And why would you take BMS to so HR. The problem with HR that I’ve highlighted repeatedly is that it doesn’t specialise you. You’d be am HR ready graduate with only three relevant semesters worth of studies in BMS but in Arts you’d have multiple subjects covered over the course of a year and three years thereon that would be relevant – psychology, sociology etc.

      Consider an honours degree for HR.

  13. Hey neil
    I m krina
    I have completed my 1 year of BMS and now I m confused regarding to subject of Sy which sub should I go for ( finance, Marketing or HR) I made up my mind that I will surely not choose Finance as I don’t like maths And accounts thought m a commerce student So now remains Marketing or H.r . As much as ik marketing is tough job the more uh sacrifice the same uh get in return n H.R is having very less jobs (IDK the truth BT just heard )
    Plz help me out with this in coming 4 days I have to choose the subject.

    • Hi Krina. Or Kartiki. Borrowing from the conversation we had on Instagram, this might be a long answer to your question which you elaborated therein. I needed a keyboard because of the length of the answer that I was thinking I’d need to pin down. As it stands, Instagram doesn’t let you message from the desktop. Duh.

      Moving on to your question, fundamentally you are making a choice of your career based on what field pays the most. That’s what I gathered from the little we spoke.

      This is something which I did too. Back in my day (’08-’10) we only had the choice of Marketing and Finance as TY specializations. Now my parents, friends and I had same discussions about which would be the most ‘money’ field. I sat at McDs with a friend who was in BMS in the SY and decided that he was doing Marketing and I was doing Finance. The third engineering friend we had with us berated the other one that Finance was where the money was.

      And also because of my interest I moved to Finance. Now let me tell you about finance – I’m not sure what the curriculum is now, but for me it was very little to zero accounts. The only accounts parts we had was the ‘cash flow’ and ‘funds flow’ statement that were a little challenging to get past. There also wasn’t a lot of maths. Once you spend about 2-3 hours learning the basics of accounts you’ll realise it’s all ‘logic’ A+B=C or 1+1=2. Just need to be a bit meticulous. And there’s no fancy maths calculations. It’s mostly algebra.

      When I left college, I was offered a job in one financial news company for a hefty starting package – hefty because in retrospect I didn’t get that salary even 5 years after working. The job in that company was less of ‘Finance’ and more of ‘Social media’ and ‘discussion board management’. They picked me because of the experience I had. I had listed that in my resume…

      what experience? I had begun this blog back in 2008. I wrote about everything under the sun. As a result of installing plugins and what not i became familiar with website design and helped a few NGOs. Long story short, I had plenty of ‘experience’ that I could list down in my resume. Most of this was just a few hours of work over weekends that I did over the course of two-three years. I didn’t know how valuable it would be. I just would go to my dad’s office and speak to some people and help them for free.

      And here’s the kicker – i rejected that offer from the news company because I was so sure finance would pay better. I joined an actual bank and have now finished about 7 years of work. I have only about a year or so ago, quite recently that is, managed to pass the package that was offered to me at the start.

      I tell you with experience and to come towards some sort of conclusion – the market is full of graduates willing to do any entry-level job available. Be it marketing/HR/finance. heck engineers are getting some good finance jobs now! What will help you earn the ‘big bucks’ is if you can have some sort of experience doing what you love.

      if you like marketing, take it on. Try selling something during your college days. Anything – insurance, phone covers, concert tickets whatever. Even if there’s no money, the day you’d finish your graduation, you’d have a better view of the market and what jobs you’d rather have or reject.

      Ergo – don’t base it on money right now.

      • And last note, if you’re keen on marketing – take BMM. see if there’s any cross over chances availalble – any 1 student wanting to shift to BMS. It *may* happen. We had one student crossover at the very start of our courses.

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