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If you are aspiring for a bright career in the field of Information Technology (IT), BCA (Bachelor’s in Computer Applications) is one of the best options to go with after Class 12th. Even though there is a B.Tech course in IT, only a limited number of colleges offer it. When it comes to BCA, many colleges offer this course. Students aspiring to pursue a BCA course must consider a few factors before choosing the best college for admission. On the other hand, the admission process for the BCA course in most colleges is more or less the same. In this article, you can check all the details about BCA admission 2021 such as eligibility, admission process, application form, fees and the list of top colleges here.
BCA Admission Dates 2021
In 2021, admission for the BCA course will commence in March. Most of the colleges have been conducting the online admission process for BCA admission, and the candidates will have to visit the official website of the college to fill the application form.
Usually, the BCA admission process in various universities and colleges across the country begin after the announcement of Class 12th results. Once the Class 12th results are out, the candidates are advised to check the respective college/ university website in which he/ she wants to get admission. Tentatively, BCA admissions begin in May.
BCA Eligibility Criteria 2021
Candidates aspiring for BCA admission must note that he/ she needs to adhere to the guidelines specified by the respective college/ university. We have mentioned the general eligibility criteria for BCA course, and most of the colleges/ universities in India follow the similar eligibility for admission in BCA –
The candidates must have passed Class 12th with a minimum of 45-50% of marks. For reserved category candidates, the minimum marks can be around 40-45%.
Eligible Stream in Class 12th
Students who have studied Mathematics as one of the subjects in Class 12th are eligible for BCA admission.
The age limit to pursue BCA course is 21 years for General category and 24 years for SC/ ST/ other reserved categories. This criterion may vary across different colleges/ universities.
Entrance Exam Applicability
Most private colleges in India do not conduct an entrance exam for BCA admission, while some of the private deemed universities conduct an entrance test for the same. In all, direct admission is possible in BCA in most colleges and universities across the country.
I have completed Diploma in Engineering/ IT. Can I get direct admission in 2nd year BCA course?
Yes. Candidates who have completed Diploma in Engineering/ IT/ Computer Applications are eligible for lateral entry in BCA, which means he/ she can get direct admission in 2nd year. However, only a limited number of colleges/ universities offer this provision.
What is the best college for BCA admission through Lateral Entry mode?
LPU (Lovely Professional University) is one of the top private universities in India for BCA admission through Lateral Entry. However, the candidates must satisfy the eligibility criteria mentioned above.
What is the duration of BCA?
The duration of BCA is three years.
Can I pursue BCA in distance mode?
Yes. BCA distance course is offered by various universities across the country. The distance BCA degree is valid for MCA.
Top Universities/ Colleges for BCA Admission 2021 with Fees
Before going through the admission process for the BCA course, it is advisable to check the list of top colleges/ universities here. The fee structure for the BCA course has also been mentioned in the table given below.
Name of the College/ University
Fees (for the First year)*
Not Available (NA)
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) – Distance Mode
Banasthali Vidyapeeth, Jaipur
*The fee structure for BCA course mentioned above is just tentative, and the actual fee structure may vary. Therefore, the candidates are advised to crosscheck with the official website of college before filling the application form.
BCA Application Form 2021
The application form for BCA admission 2021 will be available from April in various colleges and universities across the country. There are different methods to fill the application form, and the same has been explained below.
BCA Application Form 2021 for Private Colleges
If you are aspiring for BCA admission in private colleges, you will have to follow the steps mentioned below –
Online Application Form: Most of the colleges host application form for BCA course through their official website, and the candidates will have to visit the official website of the college to register for admission. It is important to note that the application fee has to be paid digitally. The college may or may not ask the candidates to send the hardcopy of the application form by post. The online application process varies across different colleges. The basic steps involved in the same are as follows –
Step 1 – Basic Registration
Most online application portals of private colleges will have basic registration where candidates will have to fill their basic details such a Name, Mobile Number, E-Mail ID etc. The candidates will receive a confirmation message on their mobile via SMS and he/ she will have to log in with credentials mentioned on SMS.
Step 2 – Form Filling
The second step can be form filling where the candidates will have to fill their academic details, address etc.
Step 3 – Documents Upload
In this step, the applicants will be asked to upload the scanned documents of Class 12th mark sheet etc.
Step 4 – Application Fee payment
The candidates will have to pay the specified application fee through the payment mode available on the official website. The candidates will have to pay the application fee digitally, i.e., through Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Internet Banking.
Step 5 – Printout of Application
As the last step, the candidates can take the printout of the application form. Some colleges may ask candidates to send the printout of application form with all relevant documents by post.
Note: Most of the colleges mentioned in the table above accept online application form for BCA course.
CollegeDekho’s Online & Single Application Form for BCA
Through CollegeDekho’s online & single application form, you can register for multiple BCA colleges. Through this facility, you need not fill the separate application form for each college. You can also pay the application fee through our CAF (Common Application Form) portal. You can click on the link below –
After clicking on the link below, you can either search the college with the name or click on ‘Search Colleges’. You can select the stream IT. You will see a list of colleges in which you are eligible to get admission in BCA. Select the relevant colleges and pay the registration fee. Our CollegeDekho counsellor will get in touch and help you with admission formalities.
Offline Application Form for BCA
Some colleges may not accept BCA application form online, and you will have to visit the college individually for the same. Some private colleges have both online and offline application process. If the candidates are applying offline, he/ she will have to pay the application fee to obtain the form.
BCA Admission Process 2021
BCA aspirants must note that the admission process for BCA differs from one college to another. While private BCA colleges have their own admission process, private deemed universities conduct an entrance exam for the same. On the other hand, the admission process for government BCA colleges is different from that of private colleges and deemed universities. In order to help the candidates with relevant information about the admission process, we have divided the colleges into three different groups and explained the BCA admission process for the same.
BCA Admission Process of Private Colleges
If you have applied for BCA admission in a private college, the admission process will be based on merit, i.e., marks scored by the candidates in Class 12th. Only a few private colleges conduct an entrance exam for BCA, and most of the times, the admissions are based on merit. Please note that these colleges may also release a cutoff list if the competition for the admission is high.
In some times, UG admissions are based on centralized counselling conducted by the state government where the candidates need to register through a single application window and exercise the options. In such cases, the candidates will be offered admission based on his/ her first preference and merit. For example, the Telangana government conducts DOST for UG admissions (including BCA in government and private colleges). Similarly, Calcutta University conducts a combined admission process for all its affiliated colleges.
BCA Admission Process of Deemed Universities
If you are aiming for BCA admission in deemed universities, please note that some of the top universities like LPU, Amity, Jain University etc conduct an entrance exam. The seat allotment will be based on the marks obtained by the candidates in the entrance exam and Class 12th.
On the other hand, there are some deemed universities which do not conduct an entrance exam and grants admission on the basis of merit, i.e., marks scored in Class 12th. While applying for admission, the candidates are advised to check with the official website of the university for entrance exam applicability. You can also check the list of BCA entrance exams by clicking on the link below –
BCA Admission in Government Colleges
The number of government colleges offering BCA course in India is comparatively less than that of B.A, B.Sc and B.Com. The colleges, which offer BCA, grant admission based on merit, i.e., marks scored by candidates in the entrance test. Some colleges even release a cutoff list if the competition for admission is high.
Can I get direct admission in deemed universities without appearing for the entrance exam?
If a deemed university is conducting an entrance exam for BCA, it reserves a few seats for candidates who are aspiring for admission without entrance test. Therefore, direct admission is possible.
Does any BCA college conduct an interview for admission?
Most of the BCA colleges grant admission as per Class 12th marks. It is highly rare that an interview is conducted for BCA admission.
How to Select the Best BCA College for Admission?
The list of BCA colleges mentioned on the table above is just a few to name, and there are many other top BCA colleges in India. You can check the region/ state wise list of best BCA colleges from the table below. Before that, we suggest you some tips on choosing the best BCA college –
Location Preference: Most students and parents are tending to choose the college that is located in their state/ city. While choosing the best college, it is advisable to make a list of colleges. Visit the official website of each college and check the placements report, infrastructure and other facilities. At the same time, try to get in touch with the graduates/ pass-outs/ existing students of this college to take feedback.
Placements: Placements is the most desired factor for each student and parent when it comes to BCA admission. The expectations for getting employment after graduating BCA are high, and it is important to check the previous/ past placement record of the college before getting admission.
Some of the other factors include infrastructure, college environment, student diversity, hostel facilities etc.
State Wise List of Top BCA Colleges 2021
Please click on the link below to check the list of top BCA colleges state wise –
We have tried our best to give a detailed explanation of the BCA admission process. We hope that this article has given you an idea of the complete process. If you need further admission assistance for BCA, you can either fill the Common Application Form on our site through the link mentioned above or contact us on Student Helpline – 1800-572-9877.
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