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IGNOU Master of Computer Applications (MCA) – The Complete Guide

IGNOU MCA Admission Eligibility, Fee, Syllabus, Courses
Written by Sumit Sharma

“Is there any entrance exam for IGNOU MCA admission?” – No there is no entrance test.

Everyday I use to read many questions like the one mentioned above on internet regarding study of Master of Computer Applications (MCA) programme via distance learning mode from IGNOU.I have written this article to answer all of these questions and make it easy for students to choose this programme for their professional studies. Let’s answer each question one by one…

“Does IGNOU offers MCA via distance learning mode?” – Yes, the Indira Gandhi National Open University offers MCA via Open distance mode of learning.

“Can I do MCA from IGNOU after BCA?” – Yes, the students can apply for admission in MCA distance learning programme after completing their Bachelor Degree in Computer Applications.

“MCA from IGNOU is good or bad?” – With my experience of completing my studies from IGNOU university, I would like to recommend this programme for distance learning for studies as good choice. Also, the fee structure of IGNOU MCA programme is very less as compare to other institutions offering distance learning.

“Is IGNOU MCA valid in top IT companies?” – Yes, IGNOU MCA programme is valid in IT companies. But the learner should also enhance their skills by doing additional certificate courses which meet the job requirement before applying for job in IT companies.

IGNOU MCA Admission 2018

The Indira Gandhi National Open University offers admission to its MCA distance programme in both January and July academic cycles.There is no entrance test conducted for admission. The learners can directly apply for IGNOU MCA online admission at the university official website at https://onlineadmission.ignou.ac.in/admission/

It is a three year master degree programme which should be completed within a maximum duration of six years. It has been developed by School of Computer and Information Sciences (SOCIS), IGNOU.

The reason behind the introduction of Masters of Computers Application in IGNOU is to prepare the students for their bright future in the field of software as well as hardware industry as their working career. It provides an environment in research in core as well as the emerging areas in various fields.

Programme Objective

The objective of MCA is to provide the through as well as practical knowledge of the course to the students which includes the application of software technology to solve the mathematical,computing, communications / networking and commercial problems.

It has been designed with a semester system approach which includes the two semesters in a year.The IGNOU MCA first Year courses has been designed with aim to develop the skills among the students related to the computer using various techniques. The main focus of second year core courses is to provide conceptual framework.The Third year focuses more on the specialization and project work as main courses.

Important Note: On successful completion of first year courses (36 credits), the students will be awarded with Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA) and they may leave the programme if desires.

To know more about MCA discipline, please visit the university official website.

IGNOU MCA Programme Details

The details about the MCA programme are mentioned below :

Medium of Instruction

English

Admission Eligibility

The learner should be having any Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 (three) year duration from a recognized University and they should be having studied Mathematics as one of the subject at 10+2 level or graduation level. In Case, if the student is from non mathematics background,  he or she have to pursue and complete the BCS-12 course concurrently with IGNOU MCA.

Fee Structure

The students need to pay Rs.64,800/- for complete programme which has to be paid semester wise @Rs.10,800/- per semester. In case of the students who are from Non Mathematics background need to pay Rs.1,200/- extra in the first semester.

Duration of Programme

The university provides a minimum time duration of 3 years and maximum duration of 6 years to complete this master degree programme. If not completed on time, the students has to take re-admission and submit the fees again.

IGNOU MCA Syllabus & Courses

The learner has to complete 108 credits to obtain the professional master degree in Computer Applications. The detail about the Course Code and Course Names are mentioned below :

Course CodeTitle of the CourseCredits

IGNOU MCA First Semester Courses

MCS-011Problem Solving and Programming3
MCS-012Computer Organisation and Assembly Language Programming4
MCS-013Discrete Mathematics2
MCS-014Systems Analysis and Design3
MCS-015Communication Skills2
MCSL-016Internet Concepts and Web design (Lab Course)2
MCSL-017C and Assembly Language Programming Lab2

IGNOU MCA Second Semester Courses

MCS-021Data and File structures4
MCS-022Operating System concepts4
MCS-023Introduction to Database Management Systems3
MCS-024Object Oriented Technology and Java Programming3
MCSL-025Lab (Data Structures using C, WINDOWS 2000, LINUX / UNIX, Java and MS? ACCESS, My SQL)4

IGNOU MCA Third Semester Courses

MCS-031Design and Analysis of Algorithms4
MCS-032Object Oriented Analysis and Design3
MCS-033Advanced Discrete Mathematics2
MCS-034Software Engineering3
MCS-035Accountancy and Financial Management3
MCSL-036Laboratory Course (For Object Oriented Analysis and Design,Software Engineering and Accountancy and Financial Management)3

IGNOU MCA Fourth Semester Courses

MCS-041Operating Systems4
MCS-042Data Communication and Computer Networks4
MCS-043Advanced Database Management Systems4
MCS-044Mini Project4
MCSL-45Lab (UNIX and DBMS)2

IGNOU MCA Fifth Semester Courses

MCS-051Advanced Internet Technologies3
MCS-052Principles of Management and Information Systems2
MCS-053Computer Graphics and Multimedia4
MCSL-54Lab (based on MCS 51 and MCS 53)2

Elective Courses

(Out of below mentioned  3 elective courses, students need to select all of them)

MCSE 3Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Management3
MCSE 4Numerical and Statistical Computing3
MCSE 11Parallel Computing3

IGNOU MCA Sixth Semester Courses

MCSP-060Project16
Total Credits108

About the author

Sumit Sharma

Sumit Sharma is the owner of SearchLatest.in.He has decent knowledge about studies in Indira Gandhi National Open University. So, he prefers to writes on various topics related to IGNOU distance learning. Also, he is Web Designer by profession.

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