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Syllabus & Study Notes According to Mumbai University wise..

What is  MCA ?

MCA is a Post graduate degree course which is of 3 year long duration. MCA course is offered to students in most of the Universities and colleges in India.

The students who want to pursue a career in the software field can take up MCA course after a graduation.

The MCA course offers excellent job opportunity for talented students in software firms and also in Multinational companies with excellent salary.

Course structure : 
  • First Year - Basic Concepts in Computer Science
  • Second Year - Higher level concepts in Computer Applications
  • Third Year - Specialization and Industrial Project

Eligibility Criteria for MCA :

Passed with minimum of 50 % marks in aggregate (45% in case of backward class candidates from Maharashtra State only) in any Bachelors degree of minimum three years duration in any discipline recognized by the Association of Indian Universities and having studied Mathematics or Statistics as one of the subjects at 10+2 level or higher level examination.


Appeared for the final year examination of any Bachelors degree of minimum three years duration in any discipline recognized by the Association of Indian Universities and having studied Mathematics or Statistics as one of the subjects at 10+2 level or higher level examination.

Rules & Regulations for MAH-MCA- CET :
  • The CET would be comprised of two papers of 100 marks each and each of one hour duration.
  • The CET would have multiple choice objective type questions (MCQs)
  • Each answer carries 4 marks for correct answer and minus 1 mark for wrong answer.
  • There will neither be verification of marks nor revaluation of answer sheets of the CET.
  • The marks of the CET would be considered for admission during the current academic year only and won’t be allowed to carry forward for the next year.

Admission Procedure for MCA :

Generally, the students have to take an entrance test for admission to an MCA program. In some institutes the candidates has to go through the process of a group discussion and an interview for getting admission. Selection will be based on the performance of the student in the written entrance test/interview/group discussion.

The number of seats for the MCA Programme is very limited in all the Universities. Different colleges have different syllabus for the MCA Entrance; hence, it is difficult to have an integrated approach while preparing for it. The aspirants need to be good at Mathematics, as most of the MCA entrance papers will have questions from Mathematics and Statistics. Knowledge of computers will also be beneficial.

Top MCA Entrance exams in India :
  • All India MCA Common Entrance Test
  • Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham MCA Entrance Exam
  • Birla Institute of Technology Mesra MCA Entrance Exam
  • Delhi University MCA Entrance Exam
  • ICFAI School of Information Technology MCA Test
  • IIT JAM - Indian Institute of Technology Joint Admission Test
  • Integrated Common Entrance Test, Andhra
  • Jammu University MCA Entrance Exam
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Exam
  • Kerala Entrance Examinations for Admission to MCA
  • Lucknow University Computer Science Admission Test Lucknow University Exam - LUCSAT
  • Maharashtra MCA Common Entrance Test - MAH MCA CET
  • National Institute of Technology MCA Common Entrance Test  - NIMCET
  • Pune University MCA Entrance Exam
  • Punjab Admission to MCA Common Aptitude Test - PAM CAT
  • Rajasthan Master of Computer Application Admission Test - RMCAAT
  • Thapar University of Engineering and Technology MCA Entrance Test - TIET
  • Vellore Institute of Technology Entrance Examination - VIT MCA Entrance Exam
  • West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam - WB JECA Exam 

MCA Entrance Exam Pattern : 

The MCA entrance exam is purely based on math’s and reasoning ability. The questions will be entirely objective type. Even so, for the most part of the MCA entrance tests have objective questions, few universities mix up patterns of objective as well as descriptive short and long answer style questions.

The entrance test will be carried out normally within 2-3 hours. The questions will have equal weight age and also there will be negative marking for each wrong answer. The syllabus of the MCA entrance exams will consist of intellectual reasoning, English language and math’s of 10+2 standards.

What to do after MCA ?

Students who have successfully completed MCA can go for higher studies. Students with MCA can easily join M.Tech in Computer Science or M.Tech in Information Technology, if they qualify in the GATE exam. 

Another option is to do a PhD in Computer Science. Students can also go for an MS in various foreign Universities. There are also additional certification courses which MCA students can opt for, which will give them an added advantage in their career.

Job and Career options for MCA :

Students with an MCA have plenty of jobs available with Software and IT companies in India as well as abroad. In reality, companies all over the world have been recruiting candidates with MCA qualification regularly. This itself is a huge acknowledgment to the eminence and value of course and its students.

An MCA graduate can easily enter in to a career as a junior programmer and rapidly climb up the ladder to become systems analysts or even a project leader. Given that, the course is furthermore designed towards the research part there is excellent scope for students for pursuing higher studies.

The application of MCA in various areas include banking sector, order processing in stock and share market, E-commerce, networking and communication, embedded technologies and many more. With an MCA degree a person can hold certain job titles which includes,
  • Software Application Architect
  • Software Consultant
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Programmer
  • Systems Analyst

Remuneration after MCA :

As far as salary is concerned in IT industry there is no set standards. The salary offered to each student will vary and will depend up on various factors like the educational background, institution which the students have passed out and the level of the company. If the candidate have passed out from a renowned college then the possibility of receiving a high pay package is good. Some of the companies like ORACLE offer freshers a pay package of 25 to 30 K a month. The students must update them self in technology and also according to the company. If the candidate is proficient in ERP, embedded systems, DSP etc then the chance of receiving high salary is more.

  • At present an MCA fresher who get a job placement through campus will get around 15,000 -25,000 PM and others will get a starting salary from 8,000 - 15,000 PM.
  • Candidates with more than 1 year of experience in the relevant field is worthy of getting a salary more than 20 to 30 k per month.

The salary for MCA candidates will also depend up on the designation they are holding.

  •  A Sr. Software Engineer or a Developer or Programmer is entitled to receive a salary ranging in between Rs. 427,293 - Rs 622,799 per year.
  • A Software Engineer, Programmer or a Developer will easily get a salary from Rs 152,308 - Rs 427,293 a year. 
  • A Project Leader, IT will receive Rs 456,862 - Rs 885,107 according to the current market.
  • A Quality Assurance Engineer can get a salary in between Rs 191,024 - Rs 508,682 
  • A Project Manager (IT) can get a whopping salary from Rs 623,270 - Rs 1,169,970 a year.