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Updated on 22nd July, 2024 , 6 min read

Top 10 MCA Entrance Exams in India

Course

The Master's in Computer Applications (MCA) course is regarded as one of the most well-liked courses among students seeking to pursue careers in the IT sector. MCA admissions are based on university-level and state-level MCA entrance exams such as NIMCET, TANCET, MAH MCA CET, etc. Check out India's top MCA entrance exams to get admission into reputable colleges.

MCA course is a three-year postgraduate degree in the domain of computer applications and information technology (IT). The course aims to educate students about computer and programming languages' various applications and operations. Students can enroll in an MCA course after successfully completing intermediate and graduation from a recognized board/university.

 

MCA Syllabus

MCA Salary in India

MCA Colleges in India

Eligibility Criteria

  • MCA candidates must have completed graduation in computer application, computer science, or a related discipline.
  • Candidates must have scored a minimum of 50% aggregate marks at the graduation level.
  • Candidates must have studied mathematics as a main subject in Class 12th to be eligible for the MCA course.

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Top 10 MCA Entrance Exams in India

NIMCET

NIMCET or National Institute of Technology MCA Common Entrance Test is the national-level MCA entrance exam conducted by the National Institute of Technology (NIT). NITs are institutes of national importance under the Ministry of Education, Government of India. NITs at Agartala, Allahabad, Bhopal, Jamshedpur, Kurukshetra, Raipur, Surathkal, Tiruchirappalli, and Warangal offer MCA programs. The MCA admission 2022 into any of these 9 NITs is based on NIMCET rank.

 

NIMCET Eligibility

  • Aspirants must have a bachelor's degree in BSc/BCA/BIT/B Voc in computer science or computer application. Students must have mathematics/Statistics as one of the subjects.
  • Aspirants with a degree in BTech/BE from a recognized university are also eligible for NIMCET entrance.
  • Candidates must have 60% aggregate or 6.5 CGPA for the general/OBC category and 55% or 6 CGPA for SC/ST/PwD category students.

Applications- Applications are accepted in online mode only.

NIMCET 2023 Important Dates

NIMCET Application Dates 20235th March - 16th March 
NIMCET Exam 202311th June, 2023 ( 9 - 11 am )
NIMCET Result 202326th June, 2023

Check out the Top MCA Colleges Accepting NIMCET

MAH MCA CET

MAH MCA CET or Maharashtra Master in Computer Applications Common Entrance Test is an entrance exam conducted by the State Common Entrance Test Cell of Maharashtra. The MAH MCA CET rank is used to grant admissions into MCA courses in Government/ Government Aided Institutes, University Departments, University Managed Institutes, and Un-Aided MCA Institutes.

MAH MCA CET Eligibility

  • Candidates must have completed a bachelor's degree in Mathematics as a subject from a recognized university.
  • Candidates must score 50% for the general/OBC category and 45% for OBC/SC/ST/PWD categories. These scores are applicable to aspirants belonging to Maharashtra state only.

Application- Applications are accepted in online mode.

MAH MCA 2023 Important Dates

MAH MCA CET Application Dates 202327th February - 11th March 2023
MAH MCA CET Exam 202327th March 2023
MAH MCA CET Result 2023April 2023

BHU PET MCA

BHU PET MCA is a university-level entrance exam conducted by Banaras Hindu University on a yearly basis. The exam is in Computer-based test (CBT) mode. There are a total of 492 seats in Banaras Hindu University for MCA candidates.

BHU PET MCA Eligibility

  • Candidates must have completed a bachelor's degree in mathematics as a subject from a recognized university.
  • Candidates must have scored at least 50% aggregate.

Application: Applications are accepted in online mode only.

BHU PET MCA 2023 Important Dates

Application Dates 2023March 2023
Exam 2023April 2023
Result 2023April - May 2023

TANCET

TANCET stands for Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test. It is a state-level entrance exam conducted by Anna University to grant admissions into various postgraduate courses such as MCA, MBA, MTech, M.Arch, etc. TANCET is conducted in offline or pen-and-paper mode. Know more about TANCET Syllabus

TANCET Eligibility

  • Candidates are required to acquire 50% in the qualifying exam for the general category, and 45% for reserved category candidates.
  • Candidates must have at least completed education in the 10+2+3 pattern.

Application- Applications are accepted in online mode only.

TANCET 2023 Important Dates

Application Dates 2023December 2023
Exam 202325th February 2023 
Result 2023TBA 

See Also: Top Colleges Accepting TANCET

WBJECA

WBJECA full form is West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam for Computer Application. Commonly known as WBJECA, the entrance exam is conducted by West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board (WBJEEB) to grant admissions into colleges for West Bengal. It is an annual exam for admissions into the MCA program.

WBJECA Eligibility:

  • Students must have completed a three-year bachelor program with 60% aggregate score from a recognized university.

Application: Applications are accepted in online mode.

WBJECA 2023 Important Dates 

Application Dates 202327th January - 8th February 2023
Exam 20238th July 2023
Result 2023August 2023

BIT MCA

BIT MCA or Birla Institute of Technology MCA Entrance Exam is a university-level exam conducted every year by BIT. The exam is administered every year in online mode to grant admissions into the MCA program in the university.

BIT MCA Eligibility

  • Students must have completed graduation with mathematics/statistics as one of the subjects from a recognized board.
  • Students must have obtained 55% for the general category and 50% for the reserved category at the graduation level.

Application: Applications are accepted in online mode.

BIT MCA 2023 Important Dates

Application Dates 202314th March - 2nd June 2023 
Exam 202318th June 2023
Result 202328th June 2023

CUET MCA 2023

CUET MCA full form is Central Universities Common Entrance Test. It is an all-India level entrance exam conducted by NTA. The exam is conducted in online mode as a computer-based test.

CUET MCA Eligibility

  • Students must have a bachelor's degree from a recognized university.
  • General category students must have secured at least 55% and reserved category students must have score 50% aggregate at graduation level.

Application- Applications are accepted in online mode.

CUET MCA 2023 Important Dates

Application Dates 202320th March - 5th May 2023 
Exam 202313th - 30th June 2023 
Result 2023July 2023 

OJEE

OJEE full form is Odisha Joint Entrance Exam. It is a state-level entrance exam administered by OJEE Cell to grant admissions into courses like B. Pharm, MBA/PGDM, MCA, and M. Tech. It is a computer-based test (CBT).

OJEE Eligibility:

  • Students must have completed a bachelor's degree in BCA or BSc ((IT/ Computer Science/IST/ITM)
  • Students must have studied mathematics as the main subject at both intermediate as well as graduate levels.

Application- Candidates can download the application form in online mode.

OJEE 2023 Important Dates

Application Dates 202310th February - 31st March 2023
Exam 20238th - 15th May 2023 
Result 20232nd June 2023

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PU CET (PG)

PU CET stands for Panjab University Undergraduate Common Entrance Test. Panjab University conducts PU CET PG entrance exams to grant admission into postgraduate courses at the university. It is a state-level university entrance exam.

PU CET PG Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must have completed BCA with at least 50% aggregate score.
  • Students who have completed a bachelor's degree in any stream with mathematics as the main subject are also eligible to apply for this MCA entrance exam.

Application- The application process is completely online. 

PU CET PG 2023 Important Dates

Application Dates 202320th April - 20th May 2023 
Exam 202310th - 11th June 2023 
Result 20235th July 2023 

IPU CET MCA

IPU CET stands for Indraprastha University Common Entrance Test. It is a university-level conducted by Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University. The entrance exam is held once in every year. Read More about Colleges Accepting IPU CET

IPU CET MCA Eligibility Criteria

  • Students must have completed bachelor's degree with at least 50% overall score.
  • Students must have studied English and Mathematics as their main subjects.
  • Students must be above 20 years of age to be eligible for the MCA course.

Application- Application forms are available in online mode.

IPU CET MCA 2023 Important Dates

Application Dates 202324th March - 15th May 2023
Exam 202331st May - 17th June 2023
Result 202320th June 2023 

MCA Entrance Exam Preparation Tips

To prepare for the MCA entrance exam, students must prepare well in advance and spend as much time as possible to get familiar with the aspects of the exam. The more you know about the exam pattern, the better you can attempt it.

  • Start early- Begin your preparation while you are pursuing the final year of your graduation. The MCA entrance exam preparation can easily take 5-6 months, so manage accordingly.
  • Make a Plan- It is better to map out a proper preparation strategy to accommodate all the subjects and syllabus of the entrance exam in the given time period.
  • Take Mock Tests- Practise mock tests and sample papers each day to understand the exam pattern and the type of quesl also help you to determine areas that need more focus and attention. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the national-level entrance exam for MCA?

NIMCET is the only MCA entrance exam conducted at a national level to grant admissions into top National Institutes of Technology (NITs).

Can I do MCA without entrance exam?

Yes. Some colleges grant direct admissions into MCA course based on scores obtained in the qualifying exam and bachelor’s degree. Students must have acquired a minimum of 50% aggregate in the bachelor program. Final year students can also apply for MCA courses.

Which entrance exam is best for MCA?

The Top MCA entrance exams in India are as follows: NIMCET MAH CET MCA BHU PET MCA TANCET WB JECA

Is there MCA in IIT?

No, IITs do not offer MCA program. However, you can pursue MCA in NITs through NIMCET MCA entrance exam.

Which college is best for MCA in India?

Some of the top colleges for MCA in India are: • Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi • Christ University Bangalore, Bangalore • Calcutta University Kolkata • Manipal Academy of Higher Education Manipal • University of Hyderabad

Can I do MCA with job?

No, it is not possible to do regular MCA along with job. Even if you do try, it will be really difficult to manage the syllabus with the job at hand.

Can we do MCA without maths?

As per the MCA eligibility criteria, students are required to study mathematics at 10+2 and/or graduate level. So, it is impossible to do MCA without mathematics.

What is scope after MCA?

There are a lot of jobs available after MCA program. Candidates can opt for MCA jobs like Software engineer, software analyst, system management, trainee programmer, web designer, etc.

Can BCom student do MCA?

Yes, you can opt for MCA after BCom. The minimum eligibility criteria for MCA is bachelor’s degree in any stream with mathematics as the main subject from a recognized university.

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