MCA Entrance Exam: A Quick Guide

  • By Swikriti Chauhan
  • 12 July 2022
MCA Entrance Exam: A Quick Guide

MCA or Master of Computer Applications upskills your knowledge of software development and computer applications at the master's level. 

It is one of the best postgraduate options after BCA (Bachelor of Computer Application) or BCS (Bachelor of Computer Science). 

An MCA degree completed from a reputed college can assure you a high-paying career in the technologically advanced world.

Let us check out the course details of MCA here.

MCA Course Details

Full Form

Master of Computer Application

Duration

3 years or 6 semesters

Age

No Age Limit

Minimum Percentage for MCA qualification

45-50% aggregate marks in the undergraduate course

Average Course Fees 

Rs. 30,000 - Rs. 2.4 lakh per annum

Course Subjects

Operating Systems, Probability and Combinatorics, DBMS Lab, Data Management Systems, AI and Applications, Network Programming, Optimisation Techniques, Statistical Computing, AI & Application Lab, Organisational Behaviour

Employment Roles

Software Engineer, Software Developer, Software Programmer, Team Leader (IT), Project Manager (IT), Lead Software Engineer, etc.

To get an MCA admission, the candidate must attend certain MCA entrance exams conducted by the colleges. The MCA course entrance exam process filters the candidates with all the right skills for MCA from the pool of candidates that applied for admission. 

Along with all the requirements for MCA qualification, aspirants must prepare tediously for the entrance exam. 

A list of popular MCA Entrance Exams

Here is a list of India's major MCA entrance exams for 2022.

  • TANCET

TANCET stands for Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test conducted by Anna University, Chennai, for the admissions to MBA/ MCA and M.Tech/MPlan/MArch/ME courses. 

  • Exam conducted on: April - May
  • Results announced on: May - June
  • Minimum Percentage to be Eligible: General and OBC - 50% marks, SC/ST - 45% marks.
    • How to Apply: Register for TANCET by visiting the official website of Anna University.
    • TANCET MCA Entrance Exam Syllabus: Quantitative Aptitude, Computer Awareness, Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning.
  • Exam duration: 2 hours (120 minutes)
  • Maximum Marks: 100
  • Mode of Exam: Offline
  • BIT MCA

BIT MCA or Birla Institute of Technology - Masters in Computer Application conducted by Birla Institute of Technology for the admissions to MCA course.

  • Exam conducted on: May - June
  • Results announced on: May - June
  • Minimum Percentage to be Eligible: 55% for general and 50% marks for reserved category.
    • How to Apply: Register for BIT MCA by visiting the official website of BIT, Mesra.
    • MCA Entrance Exam Syllabus: Mathematics, Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning, Computer Awareness and English
  • Exam duration: 2 hours (120 minutes)
  • Maximum Marks: 120
  • Mode of Exam: Online
  • NIMCET

National Institute Of Technology (NIT), Jamshedpur, conducts NIT MCA Common Entrance Test to fill seats in the MCA course.

  • NIMCET full form: National Institute of Technology MCA Common Entrance Test
  • Exam conducted on: May - June
  • Results announced on: June - July
  • NIMCET Eligibility: 60% marks in aggregate or 6.5 CGPA on a 10-point scale for general and 55% marks or 6.0 CGPA on a 10-point scale for reserved category.
    • How to Apply: Register for NIT MCA by visiting the official website of NIMCET.
    • NIMCET Entrance Exam Syllabus: Mathematics, Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning, Computer Awareness and General English
  • Exam duration: 2 hours (120 minutes)
  • Maximum Marks: 480
  • Mode of Exam: Offline
  • VIT MEE

Vellore Institute of Science and Technology (VIT) conducts VITMEE exams for aspirants seeking admission in various PG courses, such as MCA and M.Tech.

  • Exam conducted on: May - June
  • Results announced on: May - June
  • Minimum Percentage to be Eligible: 60% marks in graduation. 
  • How to Apply: Register for NIT MCA by visiting the official website of NIMCET.
    • MCA Entrance Exam Syllabus: Mathematics, Programming in C, Database Management Systems, Operating Systems, Computer Architecture
  • Exam duration: 2 hours (120 minutes)
  • Maximum Marks: 100
  • Mode of Exam: Online
  • JNU MCA 

Admission to MCA courses at the Jawaharlal Nehru University is offered through the JNU MCA entrance test conducted by the National Testing Agency.

  • Exam conducted on: June - July
  • Results announced on: July - August
  • Minimum Percentage to be Eligible: 55% marks in graduation. 
  • How to Apply: JNU MCA application form can be filled in online only through ntajnu.nic.in. 
    • MCA Entrance Exam Syllabus: Mathematics, Probability, General Aptitude, Computer Science and Reasoning
  • Exam duration: 3 hours (180 minutes)
  • Maximum Marks: 100
  • Mode of Exam: Online
  • DU MCA

Delhi University offers admission to MCA courses through the DU MCA entrance exam conducted by the National Testing Agency.

  • Exam conducted on: June - July
  • Results announced on: July - August
  • Minimum Percentage to be Eligible: 60% marks in graduation. 
  • How to Apply: DU MCA application form can be filled out online through the DU PG Portal Admission and offline at DU colleges.
  • MCA Entrance Exam Syllabus: Mathematics, Computer Science, Logical Ability and English Comprehension
  • Exam duration: 2 hours (120 minutes)
  • Maximum Marks: 100
  • Mode of Exam: Online
  • WB JECA

WB JECA is the West Bengal Joint Examination for Masters in Computer Applications. In addition, a common entrance test, WB JECA, is conducted for admission to MCA courses offered at West Bengal Universities. 

  • Exam conducted on: April - May
  • Results announced on: May - June
  • Minimum Percentage to be Eligible: 50% marks for general and 45% marks for reserved category candidates in graduation
  • How to Apply: WB JECA application form can be filled out online through wbjeeb.in. 
    • MCA Entrance Exam Syllabus: C Programming, Object-Oriented Programming, Unix, Data Structure, Introduction of Computers, Operating System, Computer Network, Database Management System, Software Engineering, Machine Learning
  • Exam duration: 2 hours (120 minutes)
  • Maximum Marks: 120
  • Mode of Exam: Offline
  • MAH MCA CET 

The Maharashtra State CET Cell conducts the national-level MAH MCA CET entrance exam to allow applicants to get admission for several MCA courses offered by private and government colleges in Maharashtra state. 

  • MAH MCA CET 2022 registration date: March 17, 2022 - May 11, 2022.
  • Exam conducted on: August 4-5, 2022
  • Results announced on: September 11, 2022
  • Minimum Percentage to be Eligible: 50% aggregate marks for general and 45% aggregate marks for PwD/SC/ST belonging to the Maharashtra state only. 
  • How to Apply: The applicants must register on the mahacet.org website and fill out the MAH MCA CET 2022 application form
    • MCA Entrance Exam Syllabus: Mathematics & Statistics, Logical/Abstract Reasoning, Computer Concepts, and English Comprehension & Verbal Ability. 
  • Exam duration: 90 minutes 
    • Maximum Marks: 200
  • Maximum questions: 100
  • Mode of Exam: Online or Computer-based 

MCA Entrance Exam 2022: Preparation Tips 

Here are all the essential tips you need to crack the MCA entrance test 2022: 

  • Refer and study from the best MCA entrance exam books to score good marks. 
  • Check the syllabus and prepare section-wise, allocating time to prepare for each section. 
  • Avoid using calculators during preparation and giving mock tests. It's recommended to do mental calculations to improve your mathematical skills. 
  • Prepare comprehensive notes and revise daily for better results. 
  • Use a timer or stopwatch to calculate the speed at which you answer your questions. 
  • Solve previous years' exam papers to understand the pattern and get an idea of the type of questions asked. 

Conclusion

Working hard is the key to success. Make sure you prepare well for the suitable MCA entrance exams, fill out the application form on time, and get admission to your favourite university. 

MCA  at top colleges with Sunstone can help you grow in your career. So, invest some time and effort before making a choice. 

FAQs

  • Which is the entrance exam for MCA?

To get an MCA admission, the candidate must attend certain MCA entrance exams conducted by the colleges. Some of the entrance exams for MCA are

  • TANCET
  • BIT MCA
  • NIMCET
  • VIT MEA
  • JNU MCA
  • MAH MCA CET
  • Is the MCA exam difficult?

No, it's not as tough as JEE or JEE Advanced. Anyone from a Science background can crack it. Some topics covered in the MCA Entrance Exam Syllabus are Mathematics, Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning, Computer Awareness and General English.

  • Is CET compulsory for MCA?

Common Entrance Test or MCA CET is not mandatory for MCA. You can get direct admission to MCA from many universities.  

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