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BCA


The full form of BCA is Bachelors in Computer Application. BCA is a three year undergraduate degree programme for candidates wishing to delve into the world of Computer languages. One of the most popular options to get started with a career in Information Technology, the course gives you an insight into the world of computers and its applications. 

A BCA degree is considered to be at par with a BTech/BE degree in Computer Science or Information Technology. The degree helps interested students in setting up a sound academic base for an advanced career in Computer Applications.

 

Eligibility for BCA Course  

To pursue a BCA programme, one need not have Physics, Chemistry and Maths as subjects in Class 12th. Infact, candidates who have pursued Arts or Commerce in class XII can also join the course.

Basic eligibility requirements for a BCA course:

  • Aspirant must have passed 10+2 from any stream with English as a subject with minimum 45% to 55% marks in aggregate (the pass percentage might vary from college to college)
  • While some colleges/universities admit aspirants on merit basis, the others admit students on the basis of personal interview and written examination.

NoteThe eligibility criteria might differ from college to college.

Read: Eight things to keep in mind while choosing a college for BCA

 

Required Skillset for BCA 

Strong programing knowledge

 

Sound knowledge of Computers and IT

Ability to develop applications for practical aspects

Analytical Thinking

Strong communication skills

Creativity

Team work

Strong database concepts

 

BCA Syllabus 

The basic course curriculum of BCA, typically lays emphasis on database management systems, operating systems, software engineering, computer architecture, web technology and languages such as C, C++, HTML, Java etc.

Here’s an overview of the topics you would likely study in a BCA programme across 6 semesters:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Hardware Lab (CIA Only)

Case Tools Lab (CIA Only)

Creative English

Communicative English

Foundational Mathematics

Basic Discrete Mathematics

Statistics I For BCA

Operating Systems

Digital Computer Fundamentals

Data Structures

Introduction To Programming Using C

Data Structures Lab

C Programming Lab

Visual Programming Lab

PC Software Lab

 

Semester 3

Semester 4

Interpersonal Communication

Professional English

Introductory Algebra

Financial Management

Financial Accounting

Computer Networks

Software Engineering

Programming In Java

Database Management Systems

Java Programming Lab

Object Oriented Programming Using C++

DBMS Project Lab

C++ Lab

Web Technology Lab

Oracle Lab

Language Lab(CIA Only)

Domain Lab (Cia Only)

 

Semester 5

Semester 6

Unix Programming

Design And Analysis Of Algorithms

OOAD Using UML

Client-Server Computing

User Interface Design

Computer Architecture

Graphics And Animation

Cloud Computing

Python Programming

Multimedia Applications

Business Intelligence

Introduction To Soft Computing

Unix Lab

Advanced Database Management System

Web Designing Project

 

Graphics And Animation Lab

Python Programming Lab

Business Intelligence Lab

 

BCA Jobs & Top Companies 

In the ever growing IT industry, the demand for BCA graduates is increasing rapidly. With a BCA degree, candidates can find lucrative job opportunities in private as well public sector.

Some of the leading IT companies recruiting BCA graduates include Oracle, IBM, Infosys and Wipro. Government organizations like the Indian Air Force(IAF), Indian Army, and India Navy hire a large number of computer professionals for their IT department.

Some of the job profiles that one can bag after completing a BCA programme is that of a:

  • System Engineer
  • Software Tester
  • Junior Programmer
  • Web Developer
  • System Administrator
  • Software Developer

As far as the salary is concerned, a fresher working for a leading MNC might get a salary ranging from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 40,000 per month. However, it was reported that IT giants like Facebook, Microsoft etc pay a six figure salary to fresh graduates they hire.

 

What after BCA?

This is one of the most common questions asked by candidates. You could give an instant thrust to your career by pursuing MCA (Masters of Computer Applications) after BCA.

Read: Top specialisations you can opt for after BCA

However, there are other options too that you could consider doing after completing your BCA degree:

  • Prepare for CAT and go for an MBA in IT Management
  • Complete your Master’s degree by studying MSC (IT)
  • Go for a networking diploma and prepare for CCNP or CCNA certification
  • Prepare for Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Certification or Redhat certifications and work as a System Administrator or Desktop Technician or Help desk Assistant.
  • You could also improve your teaching skills and work as a computer teacher/instructor in school, universities and colleges
  • If you are good in web programming then improve your coding skills and make your career in Web Development. You can also work as an independent web designer.
  • A lot of BCA graduates also go for government jobs. You could consider one too.