Update on 12 Apr, 23
The field of IT has revolutionized modern society in an unprecedented way. Knowledge of computers is not only necessary but a vital key skill in today's society. Just like everything else, students are spoiled for choice. Students interested in a career in computers, come across the question, “Which course is better, BCA or BSC CS?”, at least once in their lives. Most students aren’t even aware of the difference between BCS CS and BCA courses. In this article, we’ll be providing you with a succinct analysis of the two courses, and help you choose the best option for you.
BCA or Bachelor of Computer Applications is a three-year undergraduate course, pursued after completing 10+2. It deals mainly with equipping students with the knowledge of computer applications or computer languages, multimedia programs, etc. Students thinking to pursue BCA must have graduated from 12th grade, in any stream with a minimum of 45-50% aggregate marks.
BSC (CS) stands for Bachelor in Computer Science, which is again an undergraduate course, mainly focusing on equipping students with basic concepts and key academic foundational skills in computer science. Students learn key control structures, disk operating systems, etc. Students thinking of pursuing BSC CS must have passed the science stream with physics, chemistry, and maths as compulsory subjects with the same aggregate marks.
The main difference between BCA and BSC CS courses lies in the area of focus of these respective courses: BCA focuses on applications of computers, while BSC CS, focuses on theoretical concepts.
|Parameters||BCA Course||BSc. Computer Science|
|Degree||Bachelor of Computer Science||Bachelor of Science in Computer Science|
|Course Duration||3 years||3 years|
|Area of Focus||Application of Computer Science||Core Concepts of Computer Science|
|Course Topics||Internet Technologies
Music and Video Processing
|Basics of Computer Science
Computer Networks and many more
|Average Course Fees||INR 2-3 lakhs per year||INR 20000-60000 per semester|
|Eligibility Criteria||Must qualify (10+2) level examination in any stream with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate||Must pass (10+2) with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics, An aggregate of a minimum of 50-60% is required|
|Admission Criteria||Merit or Entrance Exam Based||Merit/ Entrance Exam Based|
|Entrance Examinations||IPU CET
|Job Roles||Computer Programmer
Teacher and Lecturer
Service Support Specialist
Computer Support Specialist
Computer System Analyst
Program or System Analyst
IT Project Manager
DTP Operator Pro
Information Security Analyst
|Top Recruiting Companies||Wipro
|Average Salary||4-8 lakhs per annum||6 Lakhs per annum|
For BCA, admission can be on a merit basis (every college has a different guideline for the minimum marks necessary), or through entrance exams such as AIMA-UGAT (All-India Management Association- Undergraduate Aptitude Test), GSAT (GITAM University Admission Test), BUMAT (Bharti Vidyapeeth Undergraduate Management Aptitude Test), SUAT (Sharda University Admission Test), etc.
Universities open up their admission processes and provide application forms online in the months of May and June.
After that, universities then declare a cut-off list. Students who opt for merit-based admission and who fulfill the criteria are awarded a seat in that particular university. Other students must pass an entrance exam. Around 60% of marks in the entrance exam needed to be procured to gain admission to any university.
All India Engineering Entrance Exam (AIEEE)-(JEE-Main): This is an entrance exam conducted by National Entrance Agency (NTA). It is computer-based and tests key aptitude skills. It is 3 hours long and is conducted twice a year. A student can attempt this paper a maximum of three times.
IIT-JEE MAIN (Advanced): is conducted by IIT Roorkee and IIT Delhi. It is for three hours and is conducted only once. Students can attempt for a maximum of two attempts.
Common Management Admissions Test (CMAT): is conducted by AICTE. It is an online computer-based test conducted for three hours by the National Testing Agency (NTA). AICTE has also started conducting this test in foreign countries for prospective NRIs interested in taking admission to the same courses.
Delhi University does not specifically conduct any entrance examination for admission to BSC or BCA.
|Course Name||Top Colleges||Average Fees|
|Bachelor of Computer Application (BCA)||Amity Institute of Information Technology, Noida||6 Lakhs|
|Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research, Pune||6 Lakhs|
|Christ University||4 Lakhs|
|Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore||2.15 Lakhs|
|Loyola College, Chennai||2 Lakhs|
|Stella Maris College, Chennai||1 Lakh|
|Goswami Ganesh Dutta S.D College, Chandigarh||0.95 Lakh|
|St. Joseph College Bangalore,||0.9 Lakh|
|Women’s Christian College, Chennai||0.8 Lakh|
|Madras Christian College||0.75 Lakh|
|B.Sc Computer Science||Delhi University, New Delhi||60, 000/-|
|St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai||22,000/-|
|Christ University, Bangalore||65,000/-|
|Fergusson College, Pune||22,000/-|
|Loyola College, Pune||1.65 Lakhs|
|Vellore Institute of Technology||Rs 1.64 Lakhs|
|Jodhpur National University, Jodhpur||75,000/-|
|The Oxford College of Science, Bangalore||2,20,000/-|
|Chandigarh University, Chandigarh||85,000/-|
|Mithibai College of Arts, Mumbai||1,20,000/-|
|Sacred Heart College, Kochi||1.11 Lakhs|
|Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj University, Navi Mumbai||1.52 Lakhs|
|DAV University, Jalandhar||30,000/- to 1,52,000/-|
BCA holders have a good scope in IT companies as Web designers, Web developers, etc. The average salary of a BCA graduate can range from 18,000-25,000 INR/month prior to training. BCA, however, has no value or rather little value without MCA, which is in very high demand nowadays.
BSC CS holders can get around 6 lakhs/annum. Job profiles may include IT Programmer, Lecturer, Programme Analyst, Games Developer, Information Systems Manager, etc. Pursuing BSC Cs with the aim of studying MSC CS in the future.
The recent development and the dependency of society on the IT sector have led to an all-time increase in the demand for computer science graduates, according to recent research. Multinational companies such as WIPRO, Cognizant, TSC, TechMahindra, WNS, Syntel, etc.
Finally, to answer the question that began the article, ‘Which course is better, BCA or BSC CS?’
The choice will ultimately lie with the student. For a student seeking theoretical knowledge, which is purely academic based, one must choose BSC Cs, as it covers a wide range of topics, and provides a detailed approach to computer knowledge, or rather computer science. For a career in software development, computer applications, etc, BSC CS is a great choice.
A student, looking to gain practical experience and a ready employment opportunity in the field of internet technology, right after graduation may opt for BCA instead. Since, it provides a better placement scope for the students than BSC CS, specifically in the field of database and management.
The opening up and improvement of the IT sector has led to a rush of multinational companies looking for fresh graduates equipped with the knowledge of computers and the power to develop applications and programs that answer the needs of future generations.
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