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Update on 2024-04-15

BSc Computer Science vs BCA: Significance and Opportunities

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.

What is BCA?

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.

What is BSC CS?

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.

Difference Between BCA and B.Sc Computer Science

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
Word Processing
Programming Languages
Database Management
Computer Graphics
Music and Video Processing
System Analysis
Accounting Applications
Basics of Computer Science
Data Structures
System Programming
System Software
Web Technology
Python Programming
Digital Electronics
Operating system
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
Marketing Manager
Teacher and Lecturer
Finance Manager
Software Developer
Service Support Specialist
Computer Support Specialist
Business Consultant
Computer System Analyst
Game Designer
Software Engineer
IT Supervisor
Website Developer
Data Analyst
Program or System Analyst  
IT Project Manager
Network Engineer
DTP Operator Pro
Information Security Analyst
Technical Writer
System Administrator
Software Tester
Top Recruiting Companies Wipro
Tech Mahindra
Average Salary 4-8 lakhs per annum 6 Lakhs per annum

Admission Process of BCA and BSC CS

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.

Top Entrance Exams and Guidelines

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.

Top BCA and BSc. CS Colleges and Their Fee Structure

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/-
Ranchi University -

Scope for BCA and BSc CS

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.

Which is Best BCA or BSc Computer Science?

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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