The Master of Computer Applications (MCA) course is conducted by IGNOU in the distance education mode. This is recognized by UGC and AICTE. There are study centres all over India where  practical and theoretical sessions are conducted for this course. IGNOU sends study materials prepared by eminent faculties for this course. In total, students have to undergo 540 hours of practical sessions and 143 hours of theoretical sessions during the 3 year duration of the course apart from self-study. The sessions of the MCA course begins twice a year - from January and July. It is also the most affordable and most up-to-date MCA course in India. A graduation in any subject is the minimum eligibility criteria for admission to MCA. Although there is no entrance examination for admission to MCA and almost all applicants are granted admission, the course is tough and only the best will complete it successfully. There are a total of 31 papers in the MCA course spread over 6 semesters including practical papers, two projects and three elective papers. The final semester comprises of a single project paper which is to be done under a guide or from an IT Organization. A degree of PGDCA is granted when a student clears all the papers  of the 1st year and MCA is granted after completing all the papers successfully.

Evaluation - Most of the papers have a total of 100 marks while some of the papers have 50 marks as full marks. There are two components of the papers - Assignment and Term End Examination. Assignments are to be submitted by the students after solving them at home whereas Term End Examinations are conducted by the university twice a year during June and December. There is also a viva component of the Assignments. 75% of the marks scored by the student in the Term End Exam and 25% of the marks scored in the assignments for each paper are added up to determine  the final marks of a student. However a student has to individually get 40% of the total marks in both the assignment and Term End Exam for each paper to clear the paper. There is a Mini Project in the 4th semester and Final Project in the 6th semester having 200 marks each. There is a viva component in the practical papers as well as in the projects and a student has to score 40% in the viva component of projects to clear the project. In case of practical papers students are required to submit a lab manual and the evaluation is done on the basis of the marks obtained in Lab Manual+Viva+Term End Exam and at least 40% of the total has to be obtained to clear the practical paper.

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IGNOU MCA Students' Forum is an initiative by the students of MCA of the ongoing batches. The objective is to counter the rampant commercialization in the field of education, particularly centred around the popular IGNOU MCA course. These commercial ventures thrive by selling substandard books and solutions taking advantage of the lack of easy availability of help, notes, references, additional materials etc. and abetted by a section of teachers and even students.

This forum already provides for FREE a huge amount of resources and service to other students  which no existing commercial vendor  provides, even on payment. This has been made possible due to the participation and contribution of thousands of students. Apart from the IGNOU MCA Students, this forum will also benefit students of other Computer Science  related courses.

A free facility like this has some inherent problems. We have to rely on free server space provided by service providers in exchange of displaying ads. Some minor expenses are bourne by the admin of the forum. But the ACTIVE participation of students is the most important for the survival of this forum. SO PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT  THIS FORUM AND PARTICIPATE ACTIVELY.
















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ignou mca at a glance

Eligibility : Graduate in any subject. Those  who did not study Maths at 10+2 level need to register for CS-60 too.

Fees : Rs.9100/- for the first semester and Rs.9000/- for each of the 5 remaining semesters of MCA. Rs.1000/- for CS-60, if required. Rs.60/- examination fee for each paper to be paid when registering for each semester. Course fee may increase later.


Recognition : Recognized by UGC, AICTE and DEC. At par with all established MCA courses with similar recognition


Sessions : Course starts twice a year - from January and July.


Admission : Walk-in admission round the year. Also notified in newspapers and IGNOU website usually in March and September for respective semesters. There is no entrance examination. Students are admitted as per seat availability.


Papers : There are 31 papers including practical papers, projects and theory papers spanning 6 semesters. CIT has 4 papers and CS-60 has 1 paper. CIT and CS-60 has to be cleared before admission to MCA 5th semester


Mode : Distance Education mode. Practical and theoretical classes held at designated study centres usually on Saturdays and Sundays. 70% attendance in practicals mandatory. Students need to submit assignments for each paper and take the Term End Exams. There are viva components in assignment, practical exam and projects. Lab work book have to be submitted for practical papers. IGNOU follows a credit system where 1 credit = 30 hours. MCA is a 108 credit course. PGDCA is awarded after successful completion of the first year.


Duration : 3 years course. But can be completed in a maximum of 6 years. If there are any leftover papers, one can take re-admission to complete the same. This is valid for 2 more years.


Syllabus : Details available in IGNOU MCA Students' Forum (IMSF) or from the IGNOU MCA Programme Guide.

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