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BBS V/S BBA: Course Comparison

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If you're trying to study Business/Management after +2, deciding a course might be really confusing, especially deciding on BBA and BBS. These two courses seem to be very similar to each other. Taking opinions from others might not work well too because some might say BBS is better, whereas some might prefer BBA more.

Therefore, this article is all about clearing out your confusions on BBA and BBS, so that you can decide yourself on what might be better for you to study.

About Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS)

BBS stands for Bachelor of Business Studies. This course is of 4 years duration. Similarly, it’s an annual exam based program, which means that the examination is taken at the end of the year, for 4 years. Currently, out of 10 running universities of Nepal, 4 of them offer BBS course, and the names of those universities are:

  1. BBS - Tribhuvan University (TU)
  2. BBS - Far-Western University (FU)
  3. BBS - Mid Western University (MU)
  4. BBS - Nepal Open University (NOU)

Note: The BBS course at Nepal Open University (NOU) stands for Bachelor of Business Science, which is similar to the Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) course.

BBS Course Objectives:

  • Develop managerial quality in the students
  • Develop attitudes, abilities, and skills related to business and management in the students
  • Provide a robust foundation in business and management to prepare students for further education
  • Prepare students for the real world managerial work

About Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

BBA stands for Bachelor of Business Administration. It is a 4 year, 8-semester course. Unlike BBS, BBA runs semester wise and at the end of each semester, one exam is held, i.e. every 6 months. The universities offering BBA course are:

  1. BBA - Tribhuvan University (TU)
  2. BBA - Kathmandu University (KU)
  3. BBA - Purbanchal University (PU)
  4. BBA - Pokhara University (PoU)
  5. BBA - Mid Western University (MWU)
  6. BBA - Far-Western University (FWU)

BBA Course Objectives:

  • Create socially responsible, creative and result-oriented management professionals
  • Provide knowledge of professional and computer management
  • Prepare the students for further studies
  • Equip object-oriented business management and problem-solving abilities that help students to tackle practical business problems in a creative manner

What’s with BBS and BBA curriculum then?

The Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) is a 4-year annual based course irrespective of the universities that offer this academic program. And because of this, the number of courses is less. Now, lesser courses don’t mean they are not enough to cover what the whole BBS program is meant for. We’ll get into this soon.

Talking about the Bachelor of Business Administration, a.k.a., BBA, it’s a semester-based program. The number of universities offering this course is more compared to that of BBS. Similarly, a lot of subjects are similar to the BBS in BBA, the only difference being that a subject is divided into two to complete a year (e.g. a single English subject is divided into English I and English II in first and second semester respectively within the first year of BBA). Also, there are additional subjects like Computer and Information Technology Applications and Psychology that are nowhere found in BBS.

Let’s get back to what the BBS course is designed for.

As the course name itself suggests, BBS is designed to equip knowledge and skills related to business and management. And there seems no difference in BBA as well because it too carries the same objectives.

Here, we’ll deliver some unique similarities as well as differences in both the courses now.

Similarities:

  1. BBA and BBS both are business management course
  2. Both of the courses run for 4 year
  3. Almost all of the subjects are the same

Differences:

Factors

BBA

BBS

Seats

Limited seats

Unlimited seats

Fee Structure

Expensive than BBS

Cheaper than BBA

Exam

Semester wise

Annual

Evaluation

Grading

Percentage

Internship

Compulsory

Not Required

Marks

60 marks from theory

40 from practical

Not divided into theory and practical. (Full mark:100)

Attendance

At least 80% required

Not fixed

Content

Regular assessments, project works, and semester exams

Annual exams are more prioritized

Subjects

Subjects like Computer and Information Technology Applications, Psychology, Introductory database, etc. are in the course

Subjects like Computer and Information Technology Applications, Psychology, Introductory database, etc. are not in the course

Class

Almost all classes are available in the day

Flexible classes. Available both in the morning and day

Popularity

More popular

Less popular