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MCA program types
Master of Computer Applications (MCA) is a three-year (Six Semester) program after the graduation. This course has been designed to cope with the ever-increasing demand for computer personnel in almost all occupations, especially in the IT sector.

Programmes offered

1. Regular Course

MCA is a three year (six semesters) course approved by All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).  It is a very practical program with 26 instructional courses and 14 practical’s each of 4 hours per week, spread over the first five semesters, and seminars and project work in the fifth and final semesters. During the sixth semester students generally go to the industries and implement a real time project, which is directly useful to the organization concerned.

Eligibility

Most of the Colleges/Institutes offering MCA course needs the candidates to be a graduate in any stream with Mathematics as a subject at the plus two levels.

Selection Procedure

Through the written entrance exam, group discussion and interview. Only the students who pass in the written exam, shall be allowed to appear in the group discussion and the interview.

LATERAL Entry Scheme

Under this scheme, the applicants who have done a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA) or equivalent from a recognized University can apply directly for the admission in the 2nd year of MCA Regular Course.

2. Distance Education

The Master of Computer Applications course is conducted by IGNOU in the distance education mode. This is recognized by UGC and AICTE. There are study centres all over India where practical and theoretical sessions are conducted for this course. IGNOU sends study materials prepared by eminent faculties for this course. In total, students have to undergo 540 hours of practical sessions and 143 hours of theoretical sessions during the 3 year duration of the course apart from self-study. The sessions of the MCA course begins twice a year - from January and July. It is also the most affordable and most up-to-date MCA course in India. A graduation in any subject is the minimum eligibility criteria for admission to MCA. Although there is no entrance examination for admission to MCA and almost all applicants are granted admission, the course is tough and only the best will complete it successfully. There are a total of 31 papers in the MCA course spread over 6 semesters including practical papers, two projects and three elective papers. The final semester comprises of a single project paper which is to be done under a guide or from an IT Organization. A degree of PGDCA is granted when a student clears all the papers of the 1st year and MCA is granted after completing all the papers successfully.

OTHER RELATED COURSES

Some Institutes in India provide various Post Graduate Diploma Programs in Computer Applications like PGDCA, PGDIT etc, which are considered equivalent to an MCA and offer good placement opportunities. The Programmes are:

1. Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA- Regular)

Eligibility for Admission

University Degree in any discipline with not less than 60% marks in aggregate. Admission will be based on the total marks obtained in the Degree examination. Suitable weight age will be given for Engineering/Post Graduate Degree and Experience in relevant fields.

Duration of the Course

The normal duration of the course is 1 year comprising of 2 semesters (inclusive of examinations). The classes will be held on all weekdays 4 hrs/day.

Examination

There will be Examination at the end of each semester. The conduct of Examination, valuation, declaration of results, issue of certificates, mark lists etc., of this course is done by Controller of Technical Examinations,

2. Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA- Part Time)

Eligibility for Admission

University Degree in any discipline with not less than 45% marks in aggregate. Admission will be based on the total marks obtained in the Degree examination. Suitable weightage will be given for Engineering/Post Graduate Degree and Experience in relevant fields.

Duration of the Course

The normal duration of the course is 1-½ year comprising of 3 semesters (inclusive of examinations). The classes will be held on all weekdays 2-½ hrs/day.

Examination

There will be Examination at the end of each semester. The conduct of Examination, valuation, declaration of results, issue of certificates, mark lists etc., of this course is done by Controller of Technical Examinations.

3. Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT)

The IIT Kharagpur, a pioneer in scientific and technological education has started Post Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (PGDIT) since 1999. The programme is offered at main campus at Kharagpur and Extension Campuses at Bhubneshwar and Kolkata.

Location

The PGDIT course is available at

• Calcutta Extension Centre, Salt Lake, Kolkata
• Bhubaneswar Extension Centre, Bhubaneswar, Orissa
• IIT campus, Kharagpur

Allocation of a Centre to a successful candidate will be finalized during the counseling session primarily on the basis of choice-cum-performance in the admission test.

Eligibility

• Bachelor's degree in any branch of engineering or MSc in, Computer Science, Information Technology, Electronics, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Applications (with Mathematics as a subject at Bachelor's level) with minimum marks of 60% or equivalent CGPA.

• Final year students who shall be completing the above qualifying programmes by July of the year of PGDIT examination can also apply.

• Seats are reserved for SC/ST candidates and persons with disability as per Government of India rules.

Application Forms

The Application form for PGDIT entrance test can be obtained from GATE office IIT Kharagpur on submitting the prescribed amount of fee. The institute announces the date of sale of application form for PGDIT entrance test every year during the month December/January.

PGDIT Entrance Exam Pattern

•The admission test for PGDIT is objective in nature.
•The question paper consists of multiple choice questions of,
  o Mathematical Aptitude
  o Analytical Reasoning
  o Fundamentals of Computer Programming.
•The duration of test will be two hours.

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