Difference between B.E. and M.C.A.

Key Difference: B.E. stands for Bachelor of Engineering. It is an undergraduate degree conferred on completion of a four to five year program of engineering academic programme. On the other hand, M.C.A. stands for Masters of Computer Applications. It is a post-graduate academic degree that is conferred on completion of a three to four year academic course focusing on applied computer principles and programming.

B.E. is a course that is opted by one who aspires to be an engineer. B.E. is available in various fields like Aeronautical Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, etc. and many more.

On the other hand, MCA is focused on the computer applications. It is a master’s degree. It usually takes 3 to 4 years for completion. Students, who want to make their career in IT field as programmers, testers, database managers, software programmers, software engineers, etc, prefer this course, after the completion of graduation. B.C.A. is an undergraduate programme specifically designed to prepare the students for an M.C.A. course.

Ideally, M.C.A. can only be compared with B.E. (Computer Science) or B.E. (Information technology), as both share many of the subjects.

Some of the general characteristics are listed below in the table. However, it is important to note that the characteristics may differ from country to country.




Full form

Bachelor of Engineering

Masters of Computer Applications


4-5 years

3-4 years

Course Coverage

Applied science (technological or technical)

Computer applications (programming languages) and tools for developing the applications

Preferred Master Degree

M.E. or M. Tech

Itself is a master’s degree


First year syllabus contains a brief of almost all the branches of engineering.Generally, the branch specific subjects are taught third semester onwards, and thus depends upon the opted branch.

Database management systems, operating systems, software engineering, computer architecture, web technology and languages such as C, C++, HTML, etc.

Career options

Depends upon the specific branch studied in the course.

For example, somebody with a Civil branch degree may get to work in a construction company.

Generally, in the IT companies. Today, most of the companies have their own IT department and thus, has also expanded the scope of work for M.C.A. graduates.

Focus area

Studies generally include the technical aspect. It is more focussed on information of digital electronics, microprocessor and its programming, apart from software languages. (considering B.E. in computer science or information technology)

Focusing on in-depth knowledge of development of computer applications and familiarity with different programming languages.


Generally, 10+2 or its equivalent examination with Mathematics as one of the subjects.

Generally, a B.C.A / B.Sc / B.Com/ B.A degree with Mathematics as one of the subjects at 10+2 level or at graduation.


Are not eligible for the Ph.D.

Are eligible for the Ph.D.


Physics & Chemistry

Generally includes Mathematics

Opted by

Students looking for a core engineering course

Students looking for a course related to the development of computer applications

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I have done my Bcom and currently in IT background for around 8 years now into Windows Server Administrator. I have done my diploma from Jetking for CCNA,LINUX,SERVERS,Hardware & Networking. I am confused that according to my background i am thinking for studying MCA. Can anyone let me know whether is it suitable or or is it going to help me further. Sandy..

Your first difference itself is wrong, B.E means Bachelor of Engineering not Bachelor of Technology, well its true that in some states they call it B.E and some states call it BTech.

You have not highlighted the main difference which upholds the superiority of B.E over any other equivalent tech professional courses that An Engineering degree makes you an Engineer.

So you think that an engineer is above any other profession? Hahaha, i don't think so.

PHD is available for BE/BTECH... in a lot of college including but not limited to IIIT-A

yes 100% right

MCA Degree is Equivalent to ME (CSE) MTech.

Masters is always MORE and HIGH VALUE than a Bachelors.

It’s really very Wrong to Compare BE / Btech to MCA, because, as you all know that BE / Btech is NOT Eligible for doing Ph.D (CS/IT), as MCA degree is Eligible for Ph.D

The Person, Who Compare BE / Btech to MCA should study about the Difference between a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree.

MCA is a Post Graduate (PG) Professional Degree, Where as BE / Btech is just an Under Graduate (UG) Degree. So, MCA Degree Holders usually get MORE Respect and Recognition than a BE / Btech.

MCA is Equivalent to ME (Computer Science and Engineering) or MTech.

Particularly, MCA with Only B.Sc. (Computer Science) background is Equivalent to ME (Computer Science and Engineering).

B.Sc. Computer Science (3 Yrs) + MCA (3 Yrs) = 6 Years.

BE Computer Science (4 Yrs) + ME (2 Yrs) = 6 Years.

MCA and ME both are Equal.

Companies are giving Equal priority to both MCA and ME.

Two Master’s Degrees, MCA and ME, are treated Same for jobs and there is no difference in the competence ratings.

Both MCA and ME (Computer Science and Engineering) Professional Degree courses, the contents of theory and practical syllabus are Same.

MCA and ME Degree holders are Equal to each other.

MCA – Master of Computer Applications.

ME – Master of Engineering (Computer Science and Engineering).


Thanks and best regards to you all.


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