BCA Vs BTech: Students having an interest & fascination with computer technology are often confused about which one to opt for BCA (Bachelor in Computer Application) and B.Tech (Bachelor in Technology). We at Inspiria Knowledge Campus have tried to help the students clear their doubts and confusion by doing a comparative study and analysis of both courses.
BCA VS B.TECH: Eligibility, Admission Process, Career Prospects
BCA: Bachelor of Computer Applications course is an undergraduate degree program which trains and equips students with all the know-how of computer application development along with the basics of computer science. The course heavily focuses on programming languages such as C, C++, JAVA, and PHP and trains the students with necessary programming skills, networking, data structures etc.
Ever since its introduction in 2007, the course has gained a lot of popularity among the youth. It is becoming one of the most opted courses due to the rapid rise in the development of technology. BCA is a course which is kept at a similar standard to CSE (Computer Science Engineering B.tech Computer Science) or B.Tech (Information Technology).
B.Tech: Bachelor of Technology is an undergraduate degree which lays the foundation for various engineering studies. This four-year course can be specialized in many core subjects such as Mechanical, Computer, Civil, Electrical, Aerospace etc. It is a very technically driven course which imparts the technical knowledge of any core subject. Over the four years of study, students are trained with both theoretical and practical knowledge. B.Tech is one of the most opted and competitive fields of study in India. Reports suggest that each year around 150,000 engineering aspirants appear for the JEE (Joint Entrance Examination) to get admission in the country’s top engineering colleges such as IITs and NITS. Other than that around more than 1 million students apply for various entrance exams to get admission in the best of the best engineering colleges.
|Duration||4 years||4 years|
|Eligibility||12th pass from any stream from a recognized board |
Minimum aggregate 50%
|12th pass with PCM (Physics, Chemistry & Maths) |
Minimum aggregate 50%-70% (varies from institute to institute)
|Amission||Direct, Merit Based, Entrance Exams||Merit Based, Entrance Exams|
BCA vs BTech: Course Module
BCA course overview
Year 1 (First & Second Semester): Digital Electronics, Programming for Problem Solving through C, Principles of Management, English & Professional, Life Skills & Personality Development, Value Added Courses: Yoga/ Health & Wellness/ Sports, Computer Architecture, Basics of Web Design Using Html, CSS, Java Script, Organization Behaviour, Modern Indian Languages and Literature, IT Skills, Value Added Courses: Critical Thinking/ NSS/ Mental Health/Environmental Studies.
Year 2 (Third & Fourth Semester): Python Programming, Data Structure through C, Principles of Marketing, The Constitution, Human Rights and Law, Understanding basics of Cyber Security Communication, Database Management System, Operating System, Software Engineering, Human Resource Management, E-Commerce, Society Culture and Human Behavior
Year 3 (Fifth & Sixth Semester): PHP WITH MYSQL, Object Oriented Programming with Java, Entrepreneurship, Financial management, Internship, Advance Java With Web Application, Unix and Shell Programming, Networking ,Customer relationship management, Career planning and management.
Year 4 (Seventh & Eighth Semester): Discipline Specific Course: Data Mining & Data Warehousing/Machine Learning /Pattern Recognition / Analysis, Research Methodology, Cyber Security, Consumer Behavior, Strategic Management, Discipline Specific Course: Cloud Computing / Block Chain Technology / Artificial, Intelligence, Statistical Analysis with R
Programming, Research Project.
BTech Course Module
Year 1 (First & Second Semester): Mathematics – I, Physics – I, Chemistry -1, Engineering Mechanics, Basic Electrical Engineering, Workshop Practice, English Communication Skills, Environmental Studies, Introduction to Computer Programming, Engineering Graphics.
Year 2 (Third & Fourth Semester): Mathematics – II, Physics – II, Chemistry – II, Electrical Circuit, Analysis, Digital Electronics, Data Structures and Algorithms, Electronics Devices and Circuits, Thermodynamics, Technical Report Writing, Industrial Training/Internship.
Year 3 (Fifth & Sixth Semester): Mathematics – III, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Control Systems, Signals and Systems, Electromagnetic Field Theory, Microprocessors and, Microcontrollers, Power Electronics, Engineering Economics, Technical Elective – I (e.g., Robotics, VLSI Design), Technical Elective – II (e.g., Renewable Energy, Artificial Intelligence)
Year 4 (Seventh & Eighth Semester): Digital Signal Processing, Communication Systems, Instrumentation and Measurement, Digital System Design, Engineering Ethics and Professional, Practices, Project Management, Technical Elective – III (e.g., Embedded Systems, Machine Learning), Technical Elective – IV (e.g., Cybersecurity, Cloud Computing), Major Project.
The BCA admission process varies from institute to institute. It can be direct, merit-based and through entrance examinations.
Some of the known national level BCA entrance examination conducted by universities are
• IPU CET BCA (GGS Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test) for BCA
• KIITEE BCA (Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Entrance Examination) for BCA
• LUCSAT (Lucknow University Computer Science Admission Test)
• PESSAT (People’s Education Society University Scholastic Aptitude Test)
Some of the Top BCA Colleges
Inspiria Knowledge Campus (Siliguri)
Symbiosis Institute of Computer Science & Research (Pune)
Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (Dwarka)
Birla Institute of Technology (Ranchi)
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (West Bengal)
Admission process for B.Tech is most commonly merit-based and entrance exams based.
B.tech aspirants need to clear various entrance exams whether National or State level to get a seat for their desired course.
- To get admission in top colleges funded by the central government or semi-funded, aspirants need to clear national level entrance exams such as JEE Main & JEE Advanced.
- To get admission in state colleges or colleges semi-funded by the state government, aspirants need to clear state level entrance exams commonly the state CETs (Common Entrance Test).
- To get admission in private colleges, aspirants need to clear the entrance examination conducted by the particular college they wish to get admission in.
Some of the widely known national level entrance test for B.Tech
- JEE Main (Joint Entrance Examination Main)
- JEE Advanced (Joint Entrance Examination Advanced)
- BITSAT(Birla Institute of Technology and Science Admission Test)
- VITEEE (Vellore Institute of technology Engineering Entrance Examination)
- SRMJEEE (SRM Joint Engineering Entrance Examination
|Some of the Top B.Tech Colleges|
|Indian institute of Technology|
|National Institute of Technology|
|Birla Institute of Technology and Science|
|Vellore Institute of Technology|
|Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University|
Industry scope/Job placement sectors- are similar for BCA and B. Tech.
The hiring of BCA: TCS, Insync, Wipro etc.
BCA Job Profiles
BCA Top Recruiters
Cyber Security Expert
The hiring of B.Tech: TCS, Insync, Wipro etc.
B.Tech Job Profiles
B.Tech Top Recruiters
Engineer (Computer, Civil, Mechanical etc)
Machine Learning Analyst
Information Security Analyst
Bottom Line: The companies who recruit B.Tech candidates are the same that recruit BCA candidates.
BCA – Ready for the industry in 3 years.
Whereas,B.Tech – Ready for the industry in 4 years.
BCA – Industry experience and exposure will always be more than B.Tech. As a matter of fact that BCA joins/enters the industry before B.Tech, BCA will have more experience of the industry standards than a B.Tech.
Scope for Masters
BCA graduates can also do M.Tech after completion of MCA, (if one aspires). This proves there is not much of a difference between both the courses. BCA is under the UGC standards whereas, B.Tech is under the AICTE standards.
Thus, the choice of BCA and MCA or B.Tech depends on the background (commerce, arts or science) and satisfaction of eligibility conditions by a student. BCA can be done by science, commerce as well as art (maths) background students. Whereas B.Tech can be opted by only Science background students.
Also Read: Why do a BCA course?
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Frequently Asked Questions
There is no right answer to this question as to which one is better. Both the courses have their own specialties and they serve their own purposes. BCA is more focused towards application/software development in computers whereas B.Tech focuses more on technical aspects of core engineering fields.
BCA or Bachelor of Computer Application isn’t an Engineering course. Its a UG course in computer Applications. Students from any of the branches be it Science or non-science can pursue this course.
The BCA course is not difficult. Students who have very little or no knowledge of Computer science. BCA course, because all the concepts about Computer Science will be given to them from the basics, will be cleared in Computer science.
The course duration for BCA (Hons.) is 4 years. It comes with the core subjects’ like- data structures, database management systems, and computer networks. BCA (Hons.) follows semester wise pattern total of 8 semester.