About Course

The broad objective of the MCA is to prepare graduate students for productive careers in software industry academia by providing an outstanding environment for teaching and research in the core and emerging areas of the discipline.
The programme’s thrust is on giving the students a thorough and sound background in theoretical and application oriented courses relevant to the latest computer software development. The programme emphasizes the application of software technology to solve mathematical, computing, communications/networking and commercial problems.
The Master’s Degree Programme has been designed with a semester approach in mind. The first year courses are aimed at skills development in computers using various technologies, the second year is more focused on core courses providing a conceptual framework and the third year provides the specialization and the project work. 
After the successful completing of first year courses, the student will receive the PGDCA (Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications) certificate.
Any Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 (three) year duration from a recognized University AND Mathematics as one of the subject at 10+2 level or graduation level; else the student is required to pursue and pass the BCS12 course concurrently with IGNOU MCA.
Document Required
Before sending the filled-in application form to concerned Regional Centre, please check whether you

Have enclosed ‘Self Attested’:

 2 Photograph

 Certificates in support of your educational qualification(s). If you are applying for MCA and have studied Mathematics at 10+2/graduation level, attach marks sheet as proof.

 Date of Birth proff (L.C)

 Student Card duly filled in along with photograph.

 Acknowledgement Card duly affixed with the postage stamp

 Attached a Pay Order/Demand Draft for the Programme Fee/Fee for the firs Semester and have written your name, programme code and application No. on the reverse of the Demand Draft, issued by the bank

Medium of Instruction


The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), established by an Act of Parliament in 1985, has continuously striven to build an inclusive knowledge society through inclusive education. It has tried to increase the Gross Enrollment Ratio (GER) by offering high-quality teaching through the Open and Distance Learning (ODL) mode.


(IGNOU) is granted the authority to confer degrees by Clause 5(1)(iii) of the IGNOU Act 1985. IGNOU is also recognised as a Central University by the University Grants Commission of India (UGC). The Association of Indian Universities (AIU) recognises IGNOU conferred degrees as on par with the degrees conferred by its members and the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) recognises the Master of Computer Applications and Master of Business Administration program of IGNOU. 

In 1993, IGNOU was designated by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) as its first Centre of Excellence for Distance Education empowered "to actively participate in Commonwealth co-operative endeavours to identify, nurture, and strengthen open learning institutions throughout the Commonwealth, particularly in the Third World."

IGNOU also operates as an accreditor for Open University and distance education systems in India through the Distance Education Council (DEC). Authority to do so is granted under Clause 16 and Statute 28 of the IGNOU Act 1985.

 The University began by offering two academic programmes in 1987, i.e., Diploma in Management and Diploma in Distance Education, with strength of 4,528 students.

Today, it serves the educational aspirations of over 3 million students in India and other countries through 21 Schools of Studies and a network of 67 regional centres, around 2,667 learner support centres and 29 overseas partner institutions. The University offers about 228 certificate, diploma, degree and doctoral programmes, with a strength of nearly 810 faculty members and 574 academic staff at the headquarters and regional centres and about 33,212 academic counsellors from conventional institutions of higher learning, professional organisations, and industry among others.

The mandate of the University is to:

 Provide access to higher education to all segments of the society

 Offer high-quality, innovative and need-based programmes at different levels, to all those who require them

 Reach out to the disadvantaged by offering programmes in all parts of the country at affordable costs

 Promote, coordinate and regulate the standards of education offered through open and distance learning in the country

 To achieve the twin objectives of widening access for all sections of society and providing continual professional development and training to all sectors of the economy, the University uses a variety of media and latest technology in imparting education

This is reflected in the formulated vision of IGNOU, keeping its objectives in focus, which reads The Indira Gandhi National Open University, the National Resource Centre for Open and Distance Learning, with international recognition and presence, shall provide seamless access to sustainable and learner-centric quality education, skill upgradation and training to all by using innovative technologies and methodologies and ensuring convergence of existing systems for large-scale human resource development, required for promoting integrated national development and global understanding.

The University has made a significant mark in the areas of higher education, community education and continual professional development. The University has been networking with reputed public institutions and private enterprises for enhancing the educational opportunities being offered by it. As a world leader in distance education, it has been conferred with awards of excellence by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Canada, several times.

The University is committed to quality in teaching, research, training and extension activities, and acts as a national resource centre for expertise and infrastructure in the ODL system.

Course Benefits

Along with the knowledge in the Computer Science Courses, students will acquire various practical skills like:

 Programming in C language

 Assembly language programming

 Database Implementation


 Windows NT, Linux

 Unix, Shell programming

 Scripting Languages

 Network Management & Programming

 Practicals on software Engineering

 Practicals on object oriented analysis  design

 Graphics & Multimedia

On successful completion of first year courses of MCA, a student will be awarded Post Gradusta Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA)




The programme has been divided into two semesters per year (January-June and July-December). Consequently, there will be two examinations every year – one in the month of June for the January to June Semester courses and the other is December for the July to December semester courses. The students are at liberty to appear any of the examinations conducted by the University during the year subject to completing the minimum time frame and other formalities prescribed for the programme.

Course Code Title of the Course Credits

First Year

I Semester

 MCS 11 Problem Solving and Programming 

 MCS 12 Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming 

 MCS 13 Discrete Mathematics 

 MCS 14 Systems Analysis and Design 

 MCS 15 Communication Skills 

 MCSL 16 Internet Concepts and Web Design 

 MCSL 17 C and Assembly Language Programming Lab 

II Semester

 MCS 21 Data and File Structures 

 MCS 22 Operating System Concepts and Networking Management 

 MCS 23 Introduction to Database Management Systems 

 MCS 24 Object Oriented Technologies and Java Programming 

 MCSL 25 Lab (based on MCS21, MCS22, MCS23 and MCS24) 

Second Year

III Semester

 MCS 31 Design and Analysis of Alogrithms 

 MCS 32 Object Oriented Analysis and Design 

 MCS 33 Advanced Discrete Mathematics 

 MCS 34 Software Engineering 

 MCS 35 Accountancy and Financial Management 

 MCSL 36 Lab (based on MCS32, MCS34 and MCS35) 

 14 IGNOU Common Prospectus

IV Semester

 MCS 41 Operating Systems 

 MCS 42 Data Communication and Computer Networks 

 MCS 43 Advanced Database Mathematics Management Systems 

 MCS 44 Mini Project 

 MCSL 45 Lab (UNIX and Oracle) 

Third Year

V Semester

 MCS 51 Advanced Internet Technologies 

 MCS 52 Principles of Management and Information Systems 

 MCS 53 Computer Graphics and Multimedia 

 MCSL 54 Lab (based on MCS 51 and MCS 53) 

 MCSE 3 Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Management 

 MCSE 4 Numerical and Statistical Computing 

 MCSE 11 Parallel Computing 

VI Semester

 MCSP 60 Project 




Schedule and Fees

Minimum 3 years and Maximum 6 years; offered in both January & July cycle of admissions
Fee Structure
Rs. 54,000/- for full programme to be paid semester wise @Rs. 9,000/- per semester. Non Math students have to pay Rs.1, 200/- additional in the first semester.
Lateral Entry
No Lateral Entry Scheme to MCA in 2005 – Reg.
This is to bring to the notice of all concerned that consequent upon the launching of revised MCA syllabus from January 2005 cycle, it has been decided to postpone the lateral entry scheme. Accordingly there would be no qualifying examination under the said scheme during June 2005 TEE. However, the qualifying examination would be held in June 2006 as per schedule.

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