Friends, you have just finished your 12th board and are looking for a career in computer science / IT related field and you see that there are many options available in this area to pursue further studies. But you are not sure about the degree you should choose. Let’s try to look at then in a bit detail. Welcome to our post “Difference between BTECH (CS/IT), BCA and BSC (CS / IT)”
Basic difference between BCA , Bsc (IT/CS) and BTECH (IT/CS)
|3 year degree course||3 year degree courses||4 year degree courses|
|More focussed on teaching computer application programming and usage||More focussed on mathematical and technical concepts of computing||More focussed on Computer Engineering|
|Focus on business applications development||Focussed on Mathematics / Statistics and core programming languages||Focussed on core programming, software engineering, computer hardware and design|
|Not eligible for MTECH (unless have a post graduate degree like MCA or Msc)||Not eligible for MTECH (unless have a post graduate degree like MCA or Msc)||Eligible for MTECH|
|After BCA => MCA => MS/MTECH||After Bsc = > MSc/MCA => MTECH||After BTECH = > MS/MTECH|
|Eligibility: Any stream with maths as one of subjects||Eligibility: Science stream (Physics, Chemistry and Maths)||Eligibility: Science stream (Physics, Chemistry and Maths)|
|Less costly||Least Costly||Most costly|
So, as you can see from above table, your choice of course depends upon time you would like to spend for the course and also the affordability.
But you should also remember that most of the BTECH (CS/IT) courses need you to sit for an entrance examination which might the be the case for many colleges offering BCA or BSc(IT/CS). Though there are many universities which might need to you to sit for entrance exams for BCA and BSC (IT/CS) as well. Let us look at the job prospects.
Job prospects for BCA, Bsc (IT/CS), BTECH (IT/CS)
|Mostly in service based companies||Mostly in Service based companies||Both Service and Product Based companies|
|Average starting salary less than BTECH graduates||Average starting salary less than BTECH graduates||Average Starting salary more than BCA and BSC graduates. A high salary on offer in product based companies|
|A post graduate degree like MCA or MSc (CS / IT ) is an added advantage and is generally preferred||A post graduate degree like MCA or MSc (CS / IT ) is an added advantage and is generally preferred||A Maters degree in IT does not add much value if already a BTECH. However a specialized Masters , for ex MTECH (Cyber Security / Data Science / AI etc) will help.|
So as I mentioned above, for product based companies which also offer higher salaries, BTECH graduates are preferred, but that does not mean that BSC graduates and BCA graduates are not opted for product based companies and remember there is always a option to study further and improve your skills.
So What should you do?
Focus on your goal
Always aim for your goal. Remember BCA, Bsc(IT) and BTECH (IT/CS) can all lead to same goal. Just the effort and time taken will be a little bit different
Keep yourself updated
IT/CS is a field which is constantly evolving. Every day we hear about some new technologies coming up and hence to remain relevant in industry, you need to learn and keep yourself updated and this is irrespective of what course your have done.
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Look at all options
- Try BTECH, but if you are not able to get it for whatever reason, do give BCA and BSC (IT) a good thought.
- BTECH will definitely cost more and in case you are not able to afford it BCA and BSC(IT) can be a good option
In the end – Achieve
The field of IT is all about logic and if you have a logical bend of mind, you can be a great programmer. Remember in the end all (BTECH, BSC , BCA) are taken in same role i.e
- Application Programmer
- Application developer
- Software Engineer etc.
Hope this post would have helped you to understand this difference better and help in taking a decision.
In case you have any questions regarding the difference between BTECH (CS/IT) BCA and BSC (CS/IT) , you can write back to me on firstname.lastname@example.org or post your message in the comment box. Cheers! Sanjeev