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BCA vs. B.Tech – Which Should Be Your Career Option?

 

That’s the inevitable question of – 

Which is better BCA or B.Tech? 

Being confused at choosing one of the two courses to pursue your higher education is not a problem. The similar course structure and career prospects of these “identical” courses tend to confuse students who aspire to have a career in the IT sector. 

In this article I have tried my best to break the ‘BCA vs B.Tech’ ice. But before we start the comparative analysis of the two apparently same courses, first let’s crack- 

What is BCA? And What is B.Tech? 

What is BCA? 

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BCA i.e., Bachelors in Computer Applications, is a 3-year degree course that enhances the student’s knowledge about computer applications. It includes subjects like Database Management, Operations Systems, Logical Analysis, Software Design, Client Server Technology including various computer languages like C, C++, Python, and many more. Besides, the BCA syllabus also runs through topics of management domain. Which is an addition to the software languages and technical skills. 

You will definitely become a better coder or harbor an interest in Data Analytics through BCA! 

 

What is B.Tech? 

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B.Tech i.e., Bachelors of Technology, is a 4-year engineering course which makes the students proficient in technical skills, hardware and software. It offers the students an option to specialise in their chosen field of interest after 2 years. These specializations may include- Electrical, Mechanical, Information Technology, Computer Science, Civil. You also get your hands laid on Database Management and different computer languages. 

Differences between BCA and B.Tech: 

After knowing the dimensions of these 2 courses briefly, let’s head to the deep comparative analysis of the two in terms of knowledge, job prospects/salary, market viable skills, eligibility, admission process, specialization. The most frequently asked question by the students are – 

Is BCA a good career option? 

Is BCA better than engineering? 

Does BCA have scope? 

What is the scope after B.Tech? 

Is there scope after BCA into the IT sector?

By answering all these questions to yourself you will be able to figure out which s better BCA vs B.Tech. 

 

 

1. Course duration

BCA is a 3 year degree in computer applications whereas B.Tech is a 4 year engineering program. Thus, BCA saves 1 year of the students. Although the syllabus of these 2 courses are similar, there are few differences as well. Firstly, B.Tech imparts knowledge only in mathematics, physics, chemistry. Secondly, BCA curriculum does not include electronic paper I, II & III during 2nd, 3rd & 4th year. Also, the course fee for BCA is lower than that of B.Tech. This makes B.Tech a comparatively pricey option out of the two. 

BCA = {2nd year of B.Tech + 3rd year of B.Tech + 4th year of B.Tech (Excluding Electronics – paper I,II & III). 

Whereas, 

B.Tech = (1st year Engineering Sciences + 2nd year – B.Tech + 3rd year – B.Tech + 4th year B.Tech). 

 

2.  BCA vs B.Tech: Subject Knowledge 

Though BCA includes software languages, database management it also includes topics of management. It offers a holistic knowledge about the application level of computers. On the other hand, B.Tech is a more comprehensive and professional course for students who aim to be a pro in technicalities. The coverage of topics is more in B.Tech due to the way its curriculum is planned by AICTE and also because the students get an additional one year to devote to the learning process which does not happen in the former which follows the UGC standards for imparting knowledge. 

 

3.  Job prospects/salary 

As discussed earlier, B.Tech has enjoyed an edge over BCA as it’s a more comprehensive and professional course. Though the companies which recruit B.Tech candidates are almost the same companies which recruit BCA candidates, there is a slight difference in the salary packages. 

YES! Engineers have an edge. 

 The average annual package of a B.Tech ranges from INR 250,000 to INR 4,000,000 for higher ranking colleges (IITs, NITs etc.), placement packages range from INR 6,00,000 to as high as INR 1,50,00,000 for deserving candidates. On the other hand, the average annual package of a BCA student ranges from INR 180,000 to INR 300,000. 

 

4.  Eligibility 

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B.Tech definitely has the potential to swell your pockets with higher chances of you landing up at your dream job (Disclaimer: obviously coding, that doesn’t change with time here). Unfortunately, the eligibility criteria can be fulfilled only by a selected lot. ‘JEE Good Scorers’ + 50% in PCM (physics, chemistry, and mathematics). There is undoubtedly a lot of hard work but the results are really promising. Not to forget only for science students! On the other hand, BCA can be done by students of any stream- science, commerce, arts. Here, having an aptitude for computer applications really matters and not the background education. Which means it has a greater student base who can apply for the course. 

 

5. Specializations

BCA is the 3-year course which does not offer any specializations. All the students go through the same syllabus. Whereas, B.Tech offers the scope for specialization in the fields of interest of the students. This really helps the students become proficient in their area of interest and help them better to create a career in that field. Specializations like – computer science engineering, civil engineering, information technology, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering really give the students an edge over BCA students. 

 

6.  Admission Process 

The B.Tech course is designed only for a particular set of students who share an excellent interest in the engineering sciences. This course is exclusive for students who pass the entrance examinations for different institutes like JEE. Whereas BCA colleges generally do not conduct any entrance examinations. Even if the top few colleges conduct an entrance exam which relate only to simple questions of quantitative ability, logical reasoning, and vocabulary.  

Nowafter you having gone through the depth analysis of both the courses regarding different dimensions, we head towards drawing the conclusion of the Evergreen Question: 

B.Tech or BCA? 

 

Scope after BCA and B.Tech 

 BCA though is very similar to B.Tech in terms of subject knowledge and future job recruiters. But there is a huge gap in terms of professionalism BCA adds to its students in comparison to B.Tech. Thus, BCA is a course preferred by students who want to pursue higher education i.e., MCA after BCA. This takes you a total of (3+2)5 years to be ready for pursuing Ph.D. Whereas, B.Tech makes you ready in (4+2) 6 years. Thus, BCA is a better option if one has to go for further studies. 

If you are targeting a good paying 9-5 job then definitely B.Tech will be a better option for you. Also on accounts of subjects taught and the design of the two courses, B.Tech is more inclined towards students from the science stream and have an interest towards engineering sciences. 

Engineering degree helps, but your own interest, enthusiasm and willingness to learn is much more important. It is all about the dedication, knowledge and the hard work which we put in to make it more worth. Career options when guided more by interest tend to work well for us rather than try to fit in the salary packages or pressure from society or parents.  

In case of further discussion , regarding correct career options, which suit your profile, get in touch with our panel of experts from different industries who can add valuable information to your decision making at website – https://www.cheggindia.com . They are not able to help you in aligning your career goals but also help you in your present problems of academic nature with their vast experience and rich qualification. 

 

All the best!