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PUC-Commerce V/s Arts

PUC-Commerce V/s Arts

The SSLC Results for this year is finally out and now it’s time to make the right choice for your next step. This choice will be one of the most important choices you will make in your entire life. Hence it is wise to completely consider all your options and take an informed choice. This article will discuss two streams, commerce and arts both of which are offered by the PUC Board.  Read this to get an idea about the two streams which will make your decision easier. Even if you aren’t planning of studying in the PUC Board this article gives general information that can be of immense use even to people who are going to study in a different board.

Firstly, a little about PUC itself.

PUC is the most preferred step after 10th grade in Karnataka. It’s a two year course which ends with one board exam at the end of the second year. It is offered in three different streams: Science,Commerce and Arts/Humanities. You will have to study 4 core subjects which will depend on which stream you are in along with 1st language(English) and a 2nd language (more than 10 different languages are available). It is the most accepted qualification for graduation. There are many colleges which offer classes in the evening too which makes it very easy for those who wish to earn while they are studying.


Commerce deals with subjects such as Economics and Accounts and gives you knowledge and the require skills to run a company,manage your accounts,market your product,how to maximize your profits etc, Basically anything to do with a business and money. Commerce has been the preferred stream in our country and opens up a wide arena of options for you to choose from as a career choice. Taking up the commerce stream would open up the option of pursuing Bachelor’s of Commerce(B Com), Bachelors of Business Management(BBM), Bachelors of Business Administration(BBA), Chartered Accountancy(CA) and similar courses after your 12th grade. You can pursue a graduation in either a commerce or arts course after completing your PUC in commerce. But you will not be able to take up science going forward. To become a Chartered Accountant taking up commerce would be a good choice. Many companies especially KPOs and BPOs prefer employees from accounts and finance backgrounds.


The arts or humanities course deals with subjects such as History,Political Science, Psychology, Sociology. It is considered the creative course and opens up very exciting career options in almost all fields. From advertising to acting to doing social work to making that funny video you watch on YouTube, scope for arts is everywhere. Demand for psychologists and content creating personnel and many creative services are increasing and making the arts stream a very lucrative option. Opting for the arts stream would allow you to pursue Bachelor of Arts(B.A), Bachelor of Social Work(B.SW),Bachelor of Media and Communication(BMM), Bachelor of Arts in Legum Baccalaureus (BA,Llb) and similar courses after 12th grade. Arts courses open up creative careers for you. If you pursue the arts stream you will not be able to pursue commerce or science in your graduation which will limit your choices but the art stream itself leaves you spoilt of choice.

I hope this is of major help to you guys. It is very important to make the right choice going forward for every choice you make now will go on to influence the rest of your life immensely.

Although this article is informative it should not be the ultimate decider. What would be a good first step is taking an aptitude test and getting a career counselor to help you plan your future according to the results of the aptitude test. Click here to get help to decide your future.

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