Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) is an undergraduate program in Computer Applications. It is open for students who have qualified Higher Secondary Examination with a minimum of 45% marks.
BCA is a 3 year program and is often seen as equivalent to a B.E. or B.Tech. in Computer Science. The course is, usually, divided in six semesters. The admission is generally through a Common Entrance Test conducted by respective institutes.
The average tuition fee for BCA in India ranges from 1.5 Lakh INR to 6 Lakh INR for three years.
After completing BCA, a student can find employment in various fields like Software Development, Banks, ITES, Government departments, Education etc. The average monthly salary offered to a BCA graduate ranges between 20,000 to 25,000 INR.
BCA is normally of 3 years duration and each year is divided in two semesters. For BCA in the correspondence mode of education, the minimum duration is 3 years and maximum duration ranges from 5 to 6 years depending upon the university.
In the recent years, BCA has emerged as one of the in-demand vocational courses. This course focuses on preparing students for roles pertaining to Computer Applications and IT industry. The course helps a student develop programming skills, networking skills and learn application packages, programming languages and modern techniques of Information technology.
Ideally there is not much difference between BCA and B.Sc. in Computer Science except that the former is more professionally inclined.
In BCA a student learns mainly about operating systems, DBMS, Digital Electronics and other areas of Information Technology. BCA, as a course, seeks to bridge the gap between business and technology. In BCA, focus is on the technological aspect of computer applications.
On the other hand, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Computer Science is a theory based paper and deals in both hardware and software part of computer. In this course a student can learn soft computing skills and mathematical and theoretical concepts related to computers.
So for students looking for a professional course BCA is ideal, while for those interested in learning theoretical concepts related to computer software and hardware B.Sc. in Computer Science is the right course.
BCA is available at more than 1000 colleges in India. For a promising career after the completion of course, it is necessary to pursue BCA from one of the top institutes in India. Here is a list of some of the top BCA colleges in India.
After completion of BCA degree, there are several options available for students in India. After BCA an obvious choice is an MCA degree which is a postgraduate degree in Computer Applications. MCA is available at all Top Universities including JNU, Delhi, University of Delhi and University of Hyderabad. Another good option is Master Degree in Computer Management (MCM) or Master Degree in Information Management (MIM).
For students inclined more towards the managerial aspects of an organization, MBA in Information Technology from a reputed B-School in India is a good option.
The basic eligibility for admission to BCA is a pass in 10+2 examination in any stream from any recognized board of education with English as a subject of study. Some colleges prefer students from science stream or who have studied Mathematics and Computer Science at 10+2 level.
For admission to BCA program, a student must fulfill the basic eligibility criteria as mentioned above. Admission to a regular BCA program is generally through a common entrance test conducted by the respective universities.
The application process for BCA entrance test ideally starts in the month of May and June. Student have to apply to the respective institutes in the prescribed format. The application process may be online or offline or both. The process is best shown in the figure below.
Entrance test is generally of objective type and contains questions from the following topics:
The difficulty level is from easy to moderate and questions in the test paper are of 10+2 level. The number of question varies from 150-200 and the duration of the test is generally between two to two and a half hours.
The selection for admission to BCA is generally based on the performance in the written test. Certain universities like the Christ University, Bangalore, also conduct a personal interview for selection to the program. The final selection is based on the cumulative performance in written test, personal interview and qualifying examination. Below is a list of institutes which conduct entrance test for admission to BCA program.
Certain institutes also allow lateral entry in the second year of the program. For lateral entry, a student must have passed 10+2 and have done a computer course of minimum 6 months duration. Students with a three year diploma in IT from State Board of Technical Education are also eligible for lateral entry to BCA program. Some of the universities which allow lateral entry to the program are Annamalai University and Lovely professional University.