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BA vs BCA: What’s best for you

Information Technology
Blog Date
December 30,
2023

Looking for the right stream of study after completing Class 12? You have many options to choose from, based on your interests and preferences. In this blog, we will compare BA and BCA degrees – the two most popular study options students choose for undergraduate courses. Both the degree programs have their own benefits and future career prospects. 

Online BA courses are offered by Sikkim Manipal University (SMU), and online BCA programs are offered by Manipal University Jaipur (MUJ). Both these courses are offered in online mode on the Online Manipal platform. In the blog, we will highlight some key decision factors for BA vs BCA courses to help you make a well-thought-out decision. 

What is BA?

Before comparing the two Bachelor’s degrees for better understanding, let us briefly discuss each course individually. BA or Bachelor of Arts is ideal for students interested in gaining expertise in multiple areas. The course provides a foundation for the graduates to find suitable employment in government jobs or start their businesses after completing a BA degree. 

Additionally, students can choose to specialize in a particular domain of online BA programs Sikkim Manipal University offers with combinations of English, Sociology, and Political Science. Students can then opt for suitable career options based on their specialization. BA courses are generally three years long.

What is BCA?

BCA stands for Bachelor of Computer Applications and aims to provide the basic foundational skills in the field of computer science. The course is generally preferred by students keen on entering the Information Technology (IT) industry. The curriculum is so designed that students gain a complete understanding of the latest technologies in the computer and programming arena. Moreover, BCA prepares students for rewarding careers in computer programming, coding, and other domains of the IT sector. The BCA offered by Manipal University Jaipur is online and lasts 3 years. 

Eligibility criteria: BA vs BCA

After understanding the basics of BA and BCA courses, let us move on to a comparative analysis. Many factors can help in choosing the right undergraduate program: BA vs BCA. One of them is the entry requirements for each of the courses. These can help you determine whether or not you are eligible to apply to the program in the first place. In most cases, the eligibility criteria of BA and BCA courses can also help students choose the relevant stream of study at the 10+2 level. 

An online BA program offered by Sikkim Manipal University on the Online Manipal platform requires students to complete their 10+2 or class 12 (as the case may be). Only after they qualify for this level of study from a recognized national or state board are they eligible to apply for the BA courses offered by the university. Alternatively, a 10+3 diploma from a recognized national or state-level study institution is also acceptable for admission to online BA programs by Sikkim Manipal.

As for online BCA courses that Manipal University Jaipur offers, the eligibility criteria for domestic (Indian) and international students vary. Both sets of criteria are listed below for easy reference:

Eligibility parametersDomestic students (India)International students (outside India)
Educational qualifications Completion of 10+2 from a recognized national/state board
10+3 diploma from a recognized national/state study institution 
10+2/intermediate/senior secondary schooling in any subject from a recognized board, or equivalent overseas qualification recognized by the Association of Indian Universities  
10+2/graduate level of study overseas with a Certificate of Equivalence from the Association of Indian Universities 
Grades Minimum 45% marks obtained in 10+2 or diploma (40% marks in case of reserved student category)
Minimum 45% aggregate secured in 10+2/intermediate/senior secondary education
Submission of relevant documents required for the application process by applicants who are not Indian citizens or live outside India 

BA course curriculum

The course content for both BA and BCA courses can also help gauge your interest as well as your preference for each program. Based on the course curriculum that you find relevant for your future career path, you may opt for online BA or BCA courses at Online Manipal. The online BA course offered by Sikkim Manipal University is available with a combination of 3 subjects – Sociology, English, and Political Science – and is divided into a total of 6 semesters covered over 3 years. Listed below is the curriculum designed for the online BA program by Sikkim Manipal:

SemesterCurriculum for BA with EnglishCurriculum for BA with SociologyCurriculum for BA with Political Science
1Foundations of Political Science, Indian English Literature, Natural Science, Communicative English, Introduction to SociologyIndian English Literature, Introduction to Sociology, Natural Science, Foundations of Political Science, Communicative EnglishIndian English Literature, Foundations of Political Science, Natural Science, Introduction to Sociology, Communicative English
2Political Theory, World Literature, Environmental Science, Functional English, Sociology in IndiaWorld Literature Sociology in India, Environmental Science, Political Theory, Functional EnglishWorld Literature, Political Theory, Environmental Science, Sociology in India, Functional English
3Comparative Political Analysis, Essays and Poetry, Digital Fluency, Universal Human Values, Rural SociologyEssays and Poetry, Rural Sociology, Digital Fluency, Comparative Political Analysis, Universal Human ValuesEssays and Poetry, Comparative Political Analysis, Digital Fluency, Rural Sociology, Universal Human Values
4Women Writing in English, New Literature in English, Urban Sociology, Literary Terms, Forms, and Movements, Classical Indian Political ThoughtPrinciple of Sociology, Urban Sociology, New Literature in English, Family, Kinship, and Marriage, Classical Indian Political ThoughtPolitical Economy, Classical Indian Political Thought, New Literature in English, Theories of International Relations, Urban Sociology
5Children’s Literature, Victorian and Modern Literature, Social Problems in India, Poetry: Evolution, Elements and Genres, Human RightsSocial Demography, Classical Sociological Thinkers, Children’s Literature, Social Problems in India, Human RightsHuman RightsPolitical Processes in IndiaChildren’s LiteratureIndia’s Foreign Policy in a Globalized WorldSocial Problems in India
6Novels and Short StoriesAmerican LiteratureSociology of Change and DevelopmentOne Act Plays: Introduction & StudiesUnited Nations and Global ConflictsSocial Movement in India, Sociology of Change and Development, American Literature, Sociology of Education, United Nations and Global ConflictsGender and Politics, United Nations and Global Conflicts, American Literature, Public Policy and Administration in India, Sociology of Change and Development

BCA course curriculum

While differentiating BA and BCA programs, it would also be helpful to take a detailed look at the course content of BCA programs. The table below lists the curriculum of online BCA programs offered by Manipal University Jaipur on the Online Manipal platform. The course is also offered for a total of 3 years covered over 6 semesters:

Semester Curriculum 
1Basic Mathematics, Fundamentals of IT and Programming, Practical – Programming in C, Programming in C, Understanding PC and Troubleshooting
2Object-Oriented Programming C++Operating Systems, Practical – Data Structures and Algorithm Using C++Data Structures and Algorithms, Communication Skills and Personality Development, Digital Logic
3Computer Organization, Computer-Oriented Numerical Methods, Practical – DBMS, Basics of Data Communication 
4Principles of Financial Accounting and Management, Java Programming, Computer Networking, System Software, Practical – Java Programming
5Visual Programming, Web Design, Software Engineering, Practical – Web Design, Practical – Visual Programming, Elective 1 – Graphics and Multimedia/Compiler Design/E-commerce (choose any 1)Practical – Python Programming, Python Programming
6Mobile Application Development, Project, Elective 2 – Open Source Systems/Advanced Web Design/Cloud Computing (choose any 1)Elective 3 – Software Project Management/Knowledge Management/Supply Chain Management (choose any 1)Practical – Mobile Application Development

Top jobs to explore after BA

A significant differentiating factor between BA and BCA courses is the job prospects both programs create upon course completion. The table below details the top 5 careers that are possible after pursuing an online BA from Sikkim Manipal University, along with their approximate corresponding salaries:

Expected job roleApprox annual salary
Campaign ManagerINR 5 lakh – INR 11 lakh per annum
Public Relations SpecialistINR 591,795 per annum
Policy AnalystINR 9,11,345 per annum
Urban PlannerINR 5.4 lakh per annum
TeacherINR 5,60,000 per annum

Top jobs to explore after BCA

Students completing online BCA courses from Manipal University Jaipur are likely to find the following jobs after graduation. The expected job roles along with the average annual salaries estimated for these positions are shared in the table below:

Expected job role
Approx annual salary
Software DeveloperINR 5 lakh – INR 13 lakh per annum
Quality Assurance AnalystINR 4,48,881 per annum
Technical WriterINR 7.85 lakh per annum
System AnalystINR 14,00,000 per annum
Web DeveloperINR 600,000 per annum

How to choose between BA and BCA?

In this blog, we covered many areas highlighting the key differences between BA and BCA programs – both offered at the undergraduate level. The eligibility criteria, course curriculum, and career prospects for both courses are likely to be different. This helps us narrow down our choice to any one program based on our interests and career goals.

To summarize, it can be deduced that BA is a more generic study program covering multiple study areas. However, the course does provide scope for specialization in any one area. It also opens up wider career opportunities for graduates.

On the other hand, a BCA program is a more technical and professional course specifically aimed at students interested in a career in computers and programming. The course’s career potential and salary rewards are also different from those expected in BA programs. All of these are considerations when deciding between BA and BCA courses to be pursued on the Online Manipal platform.

Conclusion

Both BA and BCA programs, irrespective of which one you choose, are readily available on the Online Manipal platform. The courses can conveniently be pursued from the comfort of your home at a pace that best suits you. Moreover, both Sikkim Manipal University offering BA and Manipal University Jaipur offering BCA programs are NAAC-accredited universities, and their program offering is entitled by the UGC.

Disclaimer

Information related to companies and external organizations is based on secondary research or the opinion of individual authors and must not be interpreted as the official information shared by the concerned organization.


Additionally, information like fee, eligibility, scholarships, finance options etc. on offerings and programs listed on Online Manipal may change as per the discretion of respective universities so please refer to the respective program page for latest information. Any information provided in blogs is not binding and cannot be taken as final.

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