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BCA or Bachelor of Computer Application is a three-year undergraduate degree program that provides students with a solid background in computer science, programming languages, software development, and other related fields. The core BCA subjects include mathematics for computing, computer organization, and architecture, data structures, web technologies, etc.
BCA admission requires students to have a 50% aggregate in Higher Secondary (10+2) with mathematics as a mandatory subject and qualifying entrance exams such as IPU CET, SET, SUAT, CUET-UG, etc., depending on the college requirement.
The BCA job scope for graduates is vast as they can opt for jobs like technical associate, blockchain developer, data manager, etc in both private and public companies like Infosys, Wipro, National Informatics Center, SAIL, etc. The BCA graduate earns around INR 3 - 8 LPA.
|Full Form||Bachelor of Computer Application|
|Age||No age limit|
|Minimum Percentage||Minimum of 50% marks in Higher Secondary|
|Average Fees||INR 15,000 - 2 LPA|
|Average Salary||INR 3.7 LPA [Source: Payscale]|
|Employment Roles||Software Developer, Technical Analyst, Technical Support, Networking Trainee, Server Administrator etc.|
The BCA full form is Bachelor of Computer Application, the course seeks to develop students' technical expertise and knowledge in computer science and information technology. The average BCA course fees is in the range of INR 15,000 - 2 LPA, the fees vary depending on the government and private entity, the BCA fees in a private college is between INR 40,000-2 LPA, whereas, for government college the fees is between INR 15,000-60,000 PA.
The course is focused on developing an understanding of computer networks and administration, business mathematics, database management systems, etc., that helps students to get opportunities in both public and private sectors, from roles such as web developers and stack analysts to IT administrators.
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The eligibility for BCA may include different components like minimum percentage, entrance exam score, reservation quota, etc. Below listed is the BCA eligibility criteria:
When students decide to pursue a BCA course they should research about course details to ensure that they are aware of the course they are enrolled in. To get the answers to why one should choose BCA, we have broken them down into the following :
Admission to BCA course is done on a merit basis in colleges like Graphic Era University and colleges like GLA University, Sharda University, etc., and accept the university entrance exam score for admission. Below is the BCA admission process:
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BCA entrance exams are conducted at the national, state, and institute levels. The cut-off for the exam may vary depending on the difficulty level of the exam and the number of seats available. Some popular entrance exams conducted for BCA admission are:
|BCA Entrance Exams||Registration Dates||Accepting Colleges|
|CUET-UG||February 2024-April 2024 ( Tentative)||Shobhit University, Guru Nanak College, Assam Kaziranga University, etc.|
|IPU CET||April 2024-May 2024 (Tentative)||Indraprastha University|
|SET||May 2024 (Tentative)||Symbiosis University|
|SUAT||January 2024- April 2024 ( Tentative)||Sharda University|
|AIMA UGAT||January 2024- April 2024 ( Tentative)||NIIS Bhubnaeshar, UPES|
|MHT CET||April 16- May 2, 2024||MIT-WPU, MGM University, etc.|
|GLAET||January 2024- May 2024 ( Tentative)||GLA University|
|LPU NEST||January 2024 (Tentative)||Lovely Professional University|
Read More: BCA Entrance Exam Details
BCA course offers various specializations for candidates in different fields of computer applications. A student can pursue a BCA degree in various areas according to their experience, interest, and future scope.
Here is a list of some of the BCA Specializations:
BCA Lateral Entry is for students who have already completed their Diploma in Computer Science or Application. Therefore, candidates will get direct admission to the BCA course. BCA Lateral Entry admission is an entrance-based/merit-based admission process. These entrance tests are IPU CET, CUCET, SET, etc, and are conducted by National, State-level, or university education authorities every year.
BCA Lateral Entry eligibility criteria include aspirants must complete their Diploma degree in computer science or application with a minimum of 55% aggregate. The candidates who fall into the reserved category will receive a 5% exemption.
When applying for lateral entry, specific entrance exams are conducted that the students must ensure that they apply for. These entrance exams are essential in the final merit list and selection process. Listed below are the popular entrance exams that are accepted for BCA:
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The top private BCA colleges in India include Sharda Univeristy, UPES, and Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research. The best government colleges offering BCA course includes Dharmshala govt. College, Kannur University, Government Science College, Durg, Lucknow University, etc.
The average BCA fee is in the range of INR 15,000-2 LPA. Below listed are the top colleges in India offering BCA course along with the fee bifurcation:
|Name of the College||Average Tuition Fees||Admission Fees||Miscellaneous Fees|
|Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research||INR 1.93 LPA||INR 35,000||INR 1.01 LPA|
|GLA University||INR 1 LPA||-||INR 55,000 PA|
|Sharda University||INR 1.53 LPA||INR 10,000||-|
|LPU||INR 1.60 LPA||-||INR 9,000 PA|
|Chandigarh University||INR 1 LPA||INR 1000||INR 24,000|
|UPES||INR 2 LPA||INR 26,000||INR 1.19 LPA|
|Sister Nivedita University||INR 52,333 PA||INR 30,000||-|
|JC Bose University of Science and Technology||INR 52,500 PA||-||INR 12,000 PA|
|St. Joseph’s College||INR 31,000 PA||INR 5,000||-|
|St. Bedes College||INR 22,000 PA||INR 100||INR 16,750 PA|
|Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra||INR 53,000 PA||INR 32,500||-|
|VIT Vellore||INR 55,000 PA||INR 2,000||INR 57,000 PA|
|Institute of Business Studies and Research||INR 1.30 LPA||-||INR 1.20 LPA|
|RIMT||INR 95,000 PA||INR 15,000||-|
|Lucknow University||INR 60,000 PA||INR 36,080||-|
|University of Mysore||INR 15,900 PA||INR 2,750||INR 4,125 PA|
Below listed are location-wise BCA colleges in India with the average annual fees:
|1||BCA College in Delhi||INR 50,000-2 LPA|
|2||BCA College in Mumbai||INR 20,000-1.50 LPA|
|3||BCA College in Pune||INR 15,000-1 LPA|
|4||BCA Colleges in Surat||INR 30,000-80,000 PA|
|5||BCA Colleges in Lucknow||INR 60,000-1.50 LPA|
|6||BCA College in Patna||INR 20,000-60,000 PA|
|7||BCA in Bangalore||INR 50,000-1.50 LPA|
|8||BCA College in Kolkata||INR 20,000-2 LPA|
|9||BCA Colleges in Hyderabad||INR 40,000-1.50 LPA|
BCA course can be pursued full-time, distance, and through integrated education mode. Below listed is BCA course details:
|Type||Basic Eligibility||BCA Duration|
|Full-Time BCA||10+2 with a minimum of 50% marks for the general category and 45% marks for the reserved category+ Entrance Exam Score + GD/PI performance||3 Years|
|BCA Distance Education||10+2 with a minimum of 50% marks for the general category and 45% marks for the reserved category||3-5 Years|
|Integrated BCA||10+2 with a minimum of 50-55% marks for the general category and 45% marks for the reserved category+ Entrance Exam Score||5 Years|
BCA distance education is recognized by UGC-DEB in India and is considered a valuable degree. Below listed are distance BCA course details:
Students can pursue BCA+MCA as an integrated course course after completion of 12th grade. Below listed are a few details about the BCA integrated course:
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The BCA syllabus is divided into 6 semesters. The first year focuses on the basics of computers and IT, programming, data structure, etc. The second year subjects cover topics like software testing, operating systems, computer graphics, system analysis, and design, etc. The third year syllabus focuses on advanced and specialized topics like IOT, Machine learning, cyber security, cloud computing, etc.
Below listed are a few important BCA subjects along with topics covered:
|BCA Subjects||Topics Covered|
|Cloud Computing||Cloud Concepts, Virtualization, Cloud Service Models, Deployment Models, AWS, etc.|
|System Analysis and Design||Requirements Analysis, System Design Methodologies, UML, Feasibility Study, Project Documentation, etc.|
|Computer Graphics||2D Graphics Rendering, 3D Graphics Concepts, Rendering Techniques, Computer Animation, OpenGL Basics, etc.|
Read More: BCA Subjects and Syllabus
BCA is a more application-focused program that blends computer science with business management, and BSc CS is a more academic and technical program. The table below shows the differences between BCA and B.Sc Computer Science:
|Full Form||Bachelor of Computer Application||Bachelor of Science in Computer Science|
|Course Duration||3 years||3 years|
|Course Overview||The course curriculum covers topics like programming languages, database management, web development, software testing, project management, etc.||The course curriculum covers topics like algorithms, data structures, computer architecture, software engineering, etc.|
|Eligibility||50% in 10+2, with Computer Applications/ Science as a compulsory subject||50% in 10+2, with Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as compulsory subjects|
|Average Fees||INR 15,000 to 2 LPA||INR 10,000 - 1 LPA|
|Entrance Exam||IPU CET, SET, JNUEE||CUCET,IISER Entrance Exam|
|Top Colleges||Symbiosis Pune, Christ University Bangalore, Loyola College Chennai||St. Stephen’s College Delhi, Presidency College Kolkata, St. Xavier’s College Mumbai|
|Average Salary||INR 3.7 LPA [Source: Payscale]||INR 4 LPA [Source: Ambition Box]|
|Job Roles||Software Developer, Web Developer, Database Administrator, Network Administrator, etc.||Algorithm Developer, Systems Analyst, Research Assistant, etc.|
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|BCA vs BBA||BSc IT vs BCA|
The BCA salary in India on average is INR 3.7 LPA [Source: Payscale]. Graduates after having three-plus years of experience can earn more than INR 10 LPA. Below listed are job roles for BCA graduates along with their average entry-level salaries:
Entry Level Average Salary
Salary After 3 Years of Experience
|Database Administrator||INR 4 LPA||INR 6.20 LPA|
|System Analyst||INR 3.90 LPA||INR 6.70-8.60 LPA|
|Software Developer||INR 3.10 LPA||INR 7 LPA|
|IT Consultant||INR 2.40-4.50 LPA||INR 6-8 LPA|
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Students can pursue BCA as a prospective career option. Many colleges worldwide provide students with the opportunity to study this course. Additionally, if students are interested, they can decide to pursue a Master's in Computer application. Some of the master's courses students can pursue include:
Read More: Courses after BCA
Job opportunities are available in plenty for BCA graduates in both the public and private sectors. Their knowledge and research-based experience qualify them to handle job roles of higher magnitude and multiple domains. Below listed are a few top job roles offered to BCA graduates along with hiring companies:
|System Analyst||UST, TCS, Amdocs, etc.||INR 4-5 LPA|
|Quality Assurance Analyst||Amazon, Infosys, Accenture, etc.||INR 4.70 LPA|
|Web Developer||Cognizant, Infosys, Indegen, etc.||INR 4.70-5.50 LPA|
|UI/UX Designer||Tech Mahindra, Reliance Jio, ABC Ltd, etc.||INR 4-6.50 LPA|
The BCA scope is vast as graduates are hired by various private and government organizations such as the IT Industry, Retail companies, the Healthcare Industry, the Telecommunication Industry, etc. Below listed are a few top recruiters for graduates:
Average Entry-Level Salary
|Microsoft||INR 4-7 LPA|
|Amazon||INR 4.50-6 LPA|
|Flipkart||INR 4-5 LPA|
|Accenture||INR 4-6 LPA|
|Infosys||INR 4.70-6.50 LPA|
[Sources: Payscale & Ambition Box]
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The students who want to study BCA can get scholarships from private and government colleges or schemes based on merit scores, annual income, and other related factors. Below listed are a few scholarships for BCA course:
|UPES Academic Scholarship||Have passed 10+2 examinations with a minimum of 60% marks||Upto 15% of the Tuition Fees|
|AICTE Pragati Scholarship for Girls||Girls pursuing a technical degree or diploma||Up to INR 50,000 PA|
KC Mahindra Scholarship
|Students belonging to economically weaker sections and want to pursue BCA or any other technical degree||Up to INR 50,000 PA|
BCA graduates need to have soft and hard skills that will help them succeed in their professional lives. Some of these skills include:
Can BCA graduates apply for the GATE exam?
To apply for GATE, Candidate must have a 4-year degree. As BCA a three years degree, students pursuing BCA are not eligible for GATE exam
Is BCA a good course?
Yes. BCA is tailor-made for students who wish to pursue a career in informatics or in Information technology and hardcore programming.
What can I study after BCA?
After BCA, one can choose to pursue higher studies in MCA, MIM, MCM, PGPCS, ISM, MBA.
Can BCA be done after the 12th?
Yes. Students who have completed their 10+2 from a recognized board are eligible to apply for a BCA course.
What is BCA Full Form?
The full form of BCA is Bachelor of Computer Application.
What is BCA eligibility?
The basic eligibility includes that students must pass their 10+2 from a recognized board with an aggregate of 50% minimum marks. The minimum age to apply for the course is 17 years old.
What is the BCA course duration?
The BCA course duration is three years.
Is Maths compulsory for BCA?
Yes, Maths is compulsory for BCA though some private colleges or universities offer BCA without Maths.
What jobs can graduates get after BCA?
BCA graduates have job opportunities in various fields such as Web Designing, Banking, Computer Programming, Network Engineering, System Administrator, Software etc.
What is the minimum percentage required for BCA?
The eligibility criteria of the BCA programme is “Pass in 12th Class of 10+2 of CBSE or equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate with a pass in English (core or elective or functional).