Master of Computer Applications

IGNOU MCA Admission, Online, Eligibility, Fee, Courses

Ignou MCA Admission Online
Written by Sumit Sharma

IGNOU MCA Admission is offered by the university to the students via online as well as offline mode. The admission to Master of Computer Applications is offered by the university in both January and July academic cycle. The Indira Gandhi National Open University publishes the advertisement in November for July session. For January admissions, the notification is published in the month of May every year.

IGNOU MCA Admission:

IGNOU MCA is available in English medium only. It is a three-year master degree in computer applications.The semester system approach has been applied to the university to study this discipline. It is divided into six semesters. The first semester spans from January to June month and second semester is from July to December.

The university conducts the examination for the student’s admission in January session in the month of June whereas the term end exams (TEE) for July-December semester take place in December month. Due to the semester system in MCA, the students have the full advantage to appear in any of the course exams in any of the semester subject to completing the programme in minimum time as per instructions from the university.

The total number of Courses in this programme are 31 in number with the total credits equal to 108.

Programme Objective:

The programme has been designed with the main objective to fulfill the growing demand of software developers in the software industry. It also helps students in preparing for productive careers in the field of teaching and research in the core and emerging areas of the discipline.IGNOU MCA provides the thorough knowledge about the software technology to solve mathematically, computing, communications/ networking.

Duration of Programme:

As we have already mentioned above, the students have to complete all the courses of this programme in the minimum duration of 3 years. However, the students have been given the relaxation up to a maximum duration of six years to complete the master degree.

Eligibility Criteria:

The candidate seeking IGNOU MCA admission in Indira Gandhi National Open University must possess three years Bachelor Degree from any recognized University and he or she must have studied mathematics as one of the subjects at 10+2 level or graduation level else the candidate must need to pursue and pass the BCS-012 course concurrently with this programme.There is no need to pursue BCS-012 course if have studied mathematics at 10+2 level.

Age Eligibility:

There is no minimum and maximum age bar for this course.

Fee Structure:

The total fees if is Rs. 54,000/-.The fee is divided into Rs. 9000/- per semester.For the first semester students need to pay Rs. 100 in addition to registration fees.The students who have not studied mathematics at 10+2 or graduation level need to pay an additional fee of Rs.1200/- for the BCS-012 course.

Note: Please confirm the latest fees for the programme as it may change during the course of time.

IGNOU MCA Admission Procedure:

IGNOU Master of Computer Applications (MCA) is one of the most demanding programme in which students want to take admission. The IGNOU MCA admission related advertisement is published by the university in the local dailies and national newspapers. Also, the university publishes the advertisement on the official website of the university at

To get admission in this master degree programme, the students should visit their nearest IGNOU Regional Centre and obtain the prospectus.The admission forms and other required forms, enrollment card are provided in the prospectus itself. Students can also download IGNOU prospectus from the university official website.

IGNOU MCA Online Admission:

The learners can also fill up IGNOU Online Admission form to apply for admission to MCA programme. All they need is the working internet connection at their home or in their nearby. To apply for IGNOU MCA Online Admission, the students should visit the university official website at following web URL:

The students have to upload their academic documents, scanned photograph and signature to register them for any course online. The IGNOU MCA fees can be paid online as well if the application form is filled online via credit/ debit card.

IGNOU MCA Syllabus & Courses:

The programme has total of 31 courses which are divided into 6 semesters.The Course Code and Course Name according to semester has been mentioned below:

First Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
 MCS-011  Problem Solving and Programming  3
 MCS-012  Computer Organisation and Assembly Language Programming  4
 MCS-013 Discrete Mathematics  2
 MCS-014  Systems Analysis and Design  3
 MCS-015  Communication Skills  2
 MCSL-016  Internet Concepts and Web design (Lab Course)  2
 MCSL-017 Lab (C and Assembly Language Programming) (Lab Course)  2

Second Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
 MCS-021  Data and File structures  4
 MCS-022  Operating System concepts  4
 MCS-023  Introduction to Database Management Systems  3
 MCS-024  Object Oriented Technology and Java Programming  3
 MCSL-025  Lab (Data Structures using C, WINDOWS 2000, LINUX / UNIX, Java and MS? ACCESS, My SQL)  4

Third Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
 MCS-031  Design and Analysis of Algorithms  4
 MCS-032  Object Oriented Analysis and Design  3
 MCS-033  Advanced Discrete Mathematics  2
 MCS-034  Software Engineering  3
 MCS-035  Accountancy and Financial Management  3
 MCSL-036  Laboratory Course (For Object Oriented Analysis and Design, Software Engineering and Accountancy and Financial Management)  3

Fourth Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
 MCS-041  Operating Systems  4
 MCS-042  Data Communication and Networks  4
 MCS-043  Advanced Database Management Systems  4
 MCS-044  Mini Project  4
 MCSL-045  UNIX and DBMS LAB  2

Fifth Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
 MCS-051  Advanced Internet Technologies  3
 MCS-052  Principles of Management and Information Systems  2
 MCS-053  Computer Graphics and Multimedia  4
 MCSL-054  Laboratory Course (Advanced Internet Technologies & Computer Graphics and Multimedia)  2
 MCSE-003  Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Management  3
 MCSE-004  Numerical and Statistical Computing  3
 MCSE-011  Parallel Computing  3

Sixth Semester

Course Code Course Name Credits
 MCSP-060  Project  16

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About the author

Sumit Sharma

My Educational Qualifications includes Master of Business Administration(MBA) from IGNOU, B.E. Computers from University of Jammu. I like to help IGNOU students, write blogs, update latest information related to education.

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