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Master of Computer Applications

Master of Computer Applications (MCA) is a three-year (six semesters) or Lateral-Entry two –year (four semesters) professional Master's Degree in computer science awarded in India. The course was designed to meet the growing demand for qualified professionals in the field of Information Technology. It is a postgraduate course that can be taken up after obtaining a Bachelor's Degree. The MCA programme is inclined more toward Application Development and thus has more emphasis on latest programming language and tools to develop better and faster applications.

As the IT and the software industry are dynamic and fast growing, all the programmes are designed keeping in view the requirements of industry. The programmes aim at the understanding of the fundamentals of computing among the students so that they can compete in the present-day global situation. The MCA programme is inclined more toward Application Development and thus has more emphasis on latest programming language and tools to develop better and faster applications.

Career Opportunities for an MCA graduate :

As today is an age of computers, a candidate with an MCA degree will have great job opportunities in top level IT companies and consultancy firms. They will have opportunities in large corporations having an in-house systems department. An MCA graduate can work for any IT company big or small as a system developer and various other roles such as:

  1. Software Programmer
  2. Software Engineer
  3. Software Developer
  4. Systems Analyst
  5. Software Application Architect
  6. Software Consultant

Specializations in MCA :

  1. Systems Management
  2. Systems Development
  3. Systems Engineering
  4. Application Software
  5. Internet
  6. Management Information Systems (MIS)
  7. Software Development
  8. Troubleshooting
  9. Hardware Technology
  10. Networking

The general eligibility criteria for MCA 3 years (six semesters) students :

Candidates who have completed their BCA, BBA, BSC, BA or B. Tech with (50% marks for general and 45% marks for reserve category) can apply for an MCA course. Candidates who have done their graduation in science can also apply for this course as these candidates must have studies Mathematics as a subject in their 10+2. There is no age limit regarding the admission to this course.

The general eligibility criteria for MCA-Lateral Entry 2 years (four semesters) students :

The programme is designed for those who have completed their Recognized Bachelor's Degree of minimum 3 years duration in BCA, B. Sc (IT/Computer Science) with Mathematics as a subject at 10+2 level or at Graduate Level. The candidates should have obtained at least 50% (or 45% in case of SC/ST Category) marks in the qualifying Examination.

The eligibility criteria for foreign students :

Candidates who are foreign nationals can join the MCA course offered by the institutions. In order to do so, they should have a valid passport and the necessary qualifications. They can join the course after they have passed the entrance examination. The admission will be done according to the norms and other provisions of the institution concerned.