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B.Tech CSE/ IT and BCA courses are probably the two most popular courses amongst IT aspirants. Information Technology being one of the high-paying sectors in the world, every computer science student wants to work in this sector after pursuing either one of the above B.Tech and BCA courses. There are a few similarities between B.Tech CSE/ IT and BCA course but the market value of both the courses is entirely different.
It is known to most of the students that B.Tech is a widely accepted programme whereas Bachelors in Computer Application or BCA course is relatively less popular in the industry. In this article, we discuss the differences between both the programmes and what course you should pick if you want to study computers and work in the IT industry.
Difference between B.Tech CSE and BCA Courses:
|Features||B.Tech CSE / IT Course||BCA Course|
|Duration||4 years||3 years|
|Course Objective||B.Tech in CSE or IT is designed to help the students understand the programming concepts and develop software designing skills. From computer organization to advanced processing concepts, B.Tech students are taught every computer-related concept in the 4-year programme.||In BCA programme, students learn direct computer applications instead of developing concepts. Students are taught programming and software applications along with a few basic subjects in the first year. BCA does not impart the knowledge of software development and designing.|
|Eligibility||Students must have passed class 12 board exam with at least 60% marks along with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics to get admission in all the good engineering colleges.||BCA programme aspirants will have to score a minimum of 50% marks in class 12 board examinations. Most of the colleges prefer students with science background for this course, however, some colleges accept students from commerce background as well.|
Different universities conduct their separate entrance exams for admission in BCA Programmes. In order to take admission, you will have to clear the exam of the respective university where you want to apply. For example, IPU CET, KIITEE BCA, LUCSAT BCA, etc.Some universities also take students on the basis marks score in class 12.
|Fees||Fees of B.Tech courses may vary in government and private colleges. The fees of the entire course can range from Rs. 3.5 lakhs to 12 lakhs depending on the college.||BCA courses are relatively cheaper. The entire course may cost from Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 4.5 lakhs.|
|Scope of Job & Higher Studies||Although there are various bright job opportunities after pursuing B.Tech, students interested in research can apply for M.Tech and Ph.D. after completing the course.||Job opportunities after BCA are not as good as B.Tech although chances of getting a good package depend on the college from which you are graduating. You can also pursue MCA if you enhance your chances of employment.|
|Salary||Starting salary for a B.Tech graduate can vary from Rs. 3.5 lakh to Rs. 18 lakh per annum depending on the college from which you are graduating. IITs and NITs offer domestic packages up to Rs. 40 lacks per annum.||After completing BCA course, candidates can expect a salary package between Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh per annum.|
B.Tech definitely offers better opportunities than BCA after graduation but your options must depend on the type of colleges you are getting and the amount money you want to invest in graduation.
If you are looking forward to jobs after graduation B.Tech is the right programmes. However, if you want to pursue post-graduation in the field without a lot of expense, you can get great career opportunities after pursuing BCA and MCA. Another advantage of BCA is that you don’t have to appear for highly competitive entrance exams
Your final decision must depend on your future goals. Talk to your teachers and seniors before taking the final decision.