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BCA students or those who wish to join BCA after their 10+2 are often haunted by the troublesome question - what are my career options after BCA? Such students should know that there are multiple options available for them after completing their BCA studies. In this article, we will be dealing with the best career option for those students who have BCA studies or are yet to do so like job profiles, average salary, higher study options after BCA etc.
But before we do so, it is imperative that we provide all the basic necessary details related to the BCA programme like how to get admission in BCA, eligibility criteria, important exams required to be passed (if there are any) etc.
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BCA or Bachelors in Computer Applications is an undergraduate programme of three years duration where students learn a great deal about computer languages. Students fascinated by the world of computers and its applications join the BCA programme. The value of a BCA degree is no less than a B.Tech or B.E degree in information technology or computer science. BCA is offered in both regular and distance mode. The course is either divided into the semester or yearly mode. Students with a BCA or higher degree become valuable assets to IT sector companies and MNCs.
Those candidates who have cleared their qualifying 10+2 exam from a recognised Board in Science stream with Computer Science and Mathematics as compulsory subjects are fit to join the BCA programme. The candidates must also make sure that they clear their respective qualifying exam with a minimum aggregate of 50% or more to be considered eligible for the BCA programme.
In this section, we will try to provide you all with a list of entrance exams that are being conducted by various universities/institutions along with their brief overviews -
LUCSAT - Every year, Lucknow University conducts an entrance exam for admission into various undergraduate degree programmes and BCA is one of them. LUCSAT, also known as the Lucknow University Computer Science Admission Test is a state-level entrance exam for admission into the BCA programme offered by the Lucknow University. It is a 100 marks paper.
KIITEE - or Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University Entrance Exam is a University-level entrance exam which is conducted for admission into various undergraduate and postgraduate courses except for admission into medical courses, for which NEET scores are accepted. KIITEE is an online exam where the candidates have to answer 120 questions to qualify for BCA admission.
IPU CET - also known as the Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test, its is again a University-level entrance exam conducted by the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) for admission into various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in different fields of study. It is also a gateway exam for BCA admission at GGSIPU.
We now move on to the phase after completion of BCA studies and we begin with the career scopes that a BCA student has once he/she has obtained his/her degree. A BCA graduate gets ample opportunities in both the private and public sectors. Here is a list of some of those -
Government Sector - A BCA degree opens up various opportunities in various Government sectors like a bank, defence etc. There are several exams which are conducted for entry into these Government sectors like UPSC CDSE, UPSC, SSC CGL, SSC etc. These are all graduate-level entrance exams where only BCA degree holders can apply for.
Public Sector - Apart from the aforementioned Government sector jobs, there are multiple opportunities for BCA graduates in the public sectors like NTPC, Steel Authority of India, BHEL etc. The BCA graduates do not have to appear in any entrance exams (usually) for a career in the public sector
Private Sector - India has witnessed the emergence of the IT sector probably like no other country in the world which has created a plethora of job opportunities for BCA graduates, especially in the past decade or two. There are several leading IT companies which offers lucrative job opportunities to the BCA graduates with a more than handsome salary packages.
Freelancing - It is another option for BCA graduates as there are many less known companies or startups that require professionals adept in programming languages to help them build their own websites. Due to the crunch in their budget, they outsource their programming task to freelancers with a BCA degree (or a higher degree). In some time, the programmer can start his/her own company with the experience gained.
Here is a list of all the job profiles for BCA degree holders along with the average salary they earn in these job profiles -
Average Salary (In INR)
An individual whose prime task is to develop software to ease out people’s tasks and help them perform their tasks efficiently
2 LPA to 10 LPA
1.2 LPA to 8 LPA
A programmer writes codes for software using the language understood by the computer such as C++, C, Python, Java etc
1.5 LPA to 20 LPA
A person who creates, tests and assesses personal computers, circuits and software is a system engineer
2.0 LPA to 7 LPA
Although there is no dearth of opportunities for BCA graduates, be it the government sector, public sector or private sector in India, there are some who want to spend their formative years in obtaining a higher degree in the field of Computer Applications like MCA. MCA is a two-year postgraduate degree programme where BCA graduates can apply for admission. There are several entrance exams which are conducted on the national-level, state-level and institute-level for MCA admissions in India. With an MCA degree, the candidates become qualified to handle more complex problems that the job sector has to offer. Other than opting for the tried and tested MCA programme, the BCA graduates can opt for either of the following programmes as a higher study option -
Postgraduate Programme in Corporate Studies
There are many higher degree programmes available for students with a Bachelors degree in Computer Applications but the aforementioned list comprises of only the best and popular courses that are being chosen by the BCA graduates.
In this section, we will provide you with the list of top colleges or institutions in India that offers this prestigious MCA programme along with the name of the entrance exams on the basis of which MCA admission is done in these institutions -
Name of Institution/University
Entrance Exam Scores Accepted
|Siksha o Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar||---|
|Graphic Era Hill University Dehradun Campus||---|
|University of Engineering and Management, Kolkata||IEMJEE|
|Ganpat University, Mehsana||---|
|Zeal Education Society, Pune||---|
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