BCA or B.Tech: Which is the best career option for me?


Many times, students interested in IT are confused between BCA and B.Tech. These fields cannot be compared as one is an engineering course and other is a degree course. But due to growing demands of B.C.A and rise in the private institute of engineering, students come up with the queries like should they go for B.C.A or B.Tech. In this blog, we have tried our best to clear all the doubts of students and help them in choosing the best career for them.

What is Bachelor of Computer Application Program (B.C.A)?

B.C.A or Bachelor of Computer Application is an undergraduate degree program in computer application. It’s a 3 years course. The 3 years duration is divided into 6 semesters. It involves subjects like database management, computer language, logical analysis, operations systems, and software design and client server technology. Many institutions offer this course all over India.

Eligibility criteria:

This program can be pursued by 12th passed students with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The minimum percentage varies from institute to institute. It may be 40 – 50% in PCM i.e. Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. Some institute might also consider students who have appeared for state level entrance exam.

Courses to do after B.C.A

After completing your B.C.A, M.C.A is the options available in front of you. This is the master level course which is meant for those who are interested in gaining advanced technical knowledge about the topics they have studied in B.C.A course. After completing M.C.A, one may choose to join the private sector, government sector or teaching sector. PhD programs are available after completing MCA courses. After completing a PhD, you may join R&D sector related to this field.

If you are interested in Management field, you can go for a Certificate Management program or MBA or Diploma in Management etc.

Career and Job Opportunities:

As a graduate you can opt for government as well as private sector. The self-employment option is also available. You may go for government jobs that require graduation degree. For example: PSUs, Armed Forces, and Nationalized Banks etc.

If you are choosing private sector, Software MNCs are the prime recruiters of B.C.A graduates. Electronics industry, Web hosting, IT sectors are some other sectors that hires B.C.A graduates. Following are the post which a graduate may take up:

• Software Tester
• Software Engineer
• Associate System Engineer
• Database Management Professional
• Information Management Professional
• System Administrator
• System Security Officer
• Project Manager

Now let us study about B.Tech

What is B.Tech (IT/CSE)?

B.Tech or Bachelor of Technology is an undergraduate degree program in technology. It is a 4 years course. The 4 years duration is divided into 8 semesters. B.Tech concentrates on Mechanical, Electrical, Information Technology and Computer Science. For the first two years, the course study is same for all the students. After that, the students pick up their own specialization like computers, mechanical, electrical, civil etc. The course involves practical’s plus theory.


12th passed out students from science stream with aggregate 50% marks can appear for JEE for entering the engineering institutions.

Courses to do after B.Tech:

If you wish to be an expert in this field, M.tech is the best option available in front of you after B.Tech. For this, you will have to crack the entrance exam of GATE (Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering). GATE is a national exam conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science and seven IITs i.e Delhi, Bombay, Kanpur, Guwahati, Madras, Kharagpur and Roorkee.

Career and Job opportunities:

B.Tech graduates are in high demand everywhere, whether it be a private sector or a government sector.
Following are the post which a graduate may take up:

• Software Engineer
• Software Programmer
• Engineer Trainee
• Software Trainee Engineer
• Research Analyst

Key Difference between B.C.A and B.Tech:

• From the course name we can say that, B.C.A is about application and B.Tech is about engineering.
• Companies always give more preference to engineering degree i.e. B.Tech than B.C.A. However, students holding MCA degree can expect a high salary.
• B.Tech is much more advanced than B.C.A.
• B.C.A provides the base for higher studies while B.Tech deals with the technical aspect and develops engineers.
The information given above is just with respect to the course. Finally, it’s up to you as how much knowledge you collect.