B.Com vs BAF vs BFM vs BBI


A comparision on four graduation programmes that a commerce student or even an arts student can choose – B.Com course, BAF course, BFM course and BBI course.

Each one is unique with different career path involved hence a careful look in to what each of these course focus on, the curriculum topics etc., is given below for better understanding.

years of study

B.Com 3 years
B.A.F. 3 years
BFM 3 years
BBI 3 years

study focus

B.Com accounting and finance + other areas of business and trade.
B.A.F. accounting and finance
BFM financial markets
BBI banking & insurance

curriculum/ subjects

B.Com subjects
  • Accounting & Finance management
  • Cost management
  • Auditing
  • Economics
  • Human Resource
  • Export Management
  • Industrial Psychology etc.,
BAF subjects
  • Financial accounting
  • Cost accounting
  • Auditing
  • Taxation
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • Business communications
  • IT etc.,
BFM subjects
  • Debt markets
  • Equity markets
  • Capital markets
  • Commodities markets
  • Security markets
  • Investments
  • Mutual fund
  • Micro economics
  • Financial accounts
  • Taxation
  • Statistics
  • Risk management
  • Communication Skills etc.,
BBI subjects
  • Financial Accounting & Management
  • Banking laws
  • Business laws
  • Corporate laws
  • Taxation
  • Auditing
  • Cost accounting
  • HRM
  • Insurance etc.,

career prospects

B.Com MEDIUM – since the course is general in nature. However, have a wider choice in higher studies that would get a good start to your career.
B.A.F. MEDIUM – since the course is general in nature, you need to do a specialisation in accounting/finance higher studies to get a good start to your career.
BFM MEDIUM – since the course is general in nature, you need to do a specialisation in stock trading / as financial analyst to get a good start to your career.
BBI MEDIUM – since the course is general in nature, you need to do a specialisation in banking / insurance higher studies to get a good start to your career.

advantages / limitations

B.Com The choices are wider and students gets basic idea of other areas of commerce and trade, viz., hr, export-import, economics etc., However, since there is no specialisation to choose, it lacks focus in any one area of study, though accounting is a major subject in the curriculum.PS: B.Com (honours) gives students a choice of specialisation in its last year
B.A.F. Students are given all the basic training in accounting and finance. However, it neglects other areas of commerce and trade viz., hr, export-import etc.,
BFM Students are trained in all the basic functions of stock and share market trading etc., However, it focuses less on other areas viz., accounting, finance, hr etc.,
BBI The study focuses on all aspects of banking and insurance subjects. However, it lacks indepth study of accounting and other areas of commerce and trade.

which course to choose – bcom, baf course, bfm or bbi course?

B.Com B.Com is for students who are basically good in accounting, but are also open / would like to have a wider choice of subjects for higher studies later viz., Economics, Industrial Psychology, HR, Export-Import etc.,
B.A.F. BAF is for students who are determined to make a career in accounting & finance field.
BFM BFM is for students who are basically interested in stock markets and trading and wish to make  a career in this field.
BBI BBI is for students who are focused and interested only in the banking and insurance sector.

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