MCA Frequently Asked Questions
What is M.C.A?
Ans. M.C.A ( Master of Computer Application ) is generally
a 3-year post graduate degree/diploma in Computer Applications.
In some institutes it is called PGDCA, PGDIT etc.
Should I opt for MCA or MBA in systems?
Ans. The classical dilemma faced by those among you who are
interested in a career in software would be whether to go for an
MCA or an MBA in systems.
dilemma according to us should simply be converted into a question,
which you should ask yourself, do I want a technical career path
or a managerial one? The answer to this question would be the answer
to your dilemma.
systems graduate would be actively involved in implementing the
top and middle managements IT initiatives, he would translate the
management's growth objectives into a plan for system requirements
that need to be put in place in order to enable the above objectives
.He would then pass on these requirements to the MCA who would implement
the plan for system requirements.
one can see that the career path for the MBA systems graduate is
managerial while the career path of the MCA graduate is technical.
What are the career opportunities after M.C.A.?
Ans. Today's is an age of computers. As an M.C.A you can
(a) In a consultancy firm such as TCS
(b) In a large corporation having an in-house systems department
such as TUL
(c) As an entrepreneur providing complete (or specific) solutions
to problems of your
(d) As systems developer in any organization big or small.
What are the different specializations I can opt in MCA?
Ans. There are many fields an MCA can specialize in
the last year/semester of his 3 year programme.
(a) Systems Management
(b) Management Information Systems (MIS)
(c) Systems Development
(d) Systems Engineering
(f) Internet working
(g) Application Software
(h) Software Development
(j) Hardware Technology
What is the eligibility criteria for MCA courses?
Ans. The final year students or graduates in any discipline
having studied Mathematics as one of the major subjects in Higher
Secondary classes ( +1 & +2 ) can apply except few universities
like PTU etc. Generally there is no minimum percentage required
What are the different colleges in India running MCA courses?
Ans. There are more than 100 Govt. recognized colleges in
India running MCA courses.
What is the admission procedure for selection to MCA courses?
Ans: Generally the students have to undergo a written test and
on the basis of that test the selection is done. In some institutes
the students have to appear for a personal Interview and Group-discussion
and then the selection is made after these stages e.g IMT, Ghaziabad.
Is it necessary for me to have prior computer knowledge?
Ans. No institute requires you to have a knowledge of computers
as an eligibility criteria.
What is the pattern for the written test?
Ans. Every institute has its own pattern. The best possible
details can be collected from TCY.
should I decide which institutes to apply to?
Ans. There may be various
factors affecting your decision to choose particular institute i.e
Region Specific institutes ( one may have one's own choice) · Preference
according to the placements of institute · Level of difficulty of test · According to the syllabi of the course
How can I know the latest patterns of different tests?
Ans. You should not worry at all. At TCY, you can have the
latest patterns and syllabi of all the important exams.
I am confused. How can I prepare for such a wide variety
of tests and syllabi?
It is indeed very difficult to have a comprehensive approach towards
almost all tests and it is unwise too. The best way out is that
right from the beginning, you select particular exams and keep preparing
for the same. This can be sorted out with interaction with TCY faculty.
Are calculators allowed for the test?
How will I come to know about the dates of exams of different institutes?
These institutes publish the advertisements in National papers.
Anyhow students need not waste time searching for these. These advertisements
will be displayed on the Notice Board of TCY.