MCA Distance Education
Naureen Gurung, 22 Jan 2019
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MCA Distance Education: With rapid advancement in the Information Technology (IT) sector, the demand a postgraduate degree course in Master of Computer Applications (MCA) has reached its peak. However, with increased ease in our lives, the advent of technology has made us busier as well. With hands full of things to do, every citizen has turned into a pro multitasker. Similarly, the concept of distance education enables students to do more and achieve more as you can learn while you earn! Although MCA distance education is considered less significant than a regular course, it is definitely the best option for employed MCA aspirants who wish to grab a better job position or company. Moreover, universities like the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has not fixed any age bar for its students so it’s never too late to start.

Read the full article to know more about MCA distance education like eligibility, application process, syllabus, etc.

What is MCA?

Master of Computer Applications (MCA) is a three-year, postgraduate degree course focusing on application development, generally through various programming languages like C++, Java, etc.

What is Distance Education?

As the name suggests, distance education allows students to acquire knowledge and skills without being physically present in the classroom. In India, distance education has largely helped in educating those sections of society who lack much financial resources or students who are unable to attend regular classes due to health issues. Thus, distance education is more cost effective and accessible.

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MCA Distance Education: Eligibility Criteria

The basic eligibility criteria of MCA distance education requires candidates to be graduates (minimum three-year degree course) of any stream from a recognized university. However, the MCA distance education eligibility criteria of the top 3 institutes are as follows:

MCA Distance Education Eligibility

Name of the MCA institute

Eligibility Criteria

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

Must possess a Bachelor’s degree of any stream (minimum 3 years) from a recognized university

Must have studied mathematics in 10+2 or graduation level

Candidates who did not have mathematics in either of the aforementioned levels must pursue and pass BCS-012 course concurrently with IGNOU MCA

University of Mumbai/ Mumbai University

Should be an Indian

Must be a graduate from any recognized university with minimum 50% marks overall (45% marks for reserved candidates)

Must have studied mathematics in 10+2 or graduation level

For lateral entry in MCA, he/ she must be a B.Sc. or BCA degree holder

Anna University, Chennai

Must possess a Bachelor’s degree of any stream (minimum 3 years) from a recognized university

Must have studied mathematics in 10+2 or graduation level

Must have passed the Distance Education Entrance Test (DEET)/ TANCET conducted by the Centre of Distance Education (CDE) of Anna University

MCA Distance Education Application Form

Most universities offering MCA through distance learning release the application form in online mode while some require the candidates to register online and submit the hard copy of their MCA distance education application form at the concerned office. To get a fair idea about the application form of MCA through distance education in different institutes, candidates can take a look at the point below:

Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU)

Last date to apply for MCA distance education: January 15, 2019

Mode of Application: Online

  • Candidates need to start with registration by giving in details like name, father’s name, gender, email, mobile number, etc. Candidates will also be asked to choose a username and set a password for future logins.

  • The IGNOU application form consists of 6 sections- Programme Details, Personal Details, Qualification Details, Course Details, Correspondence Details and Documents Upload. Fill each section with valid information carefully.

  • Fee payment is the last step which is to be done via credit card/ debit card/ net banking. Candidates will be required to pay Rs 9000 per semester while non-math students are required to pay an additional amount of Rs. 1200 for BCS-012 course.

  • Once the transaction is successful, candidates must print out the Payment Confirmation page along with the completed IGNOU application form for future reference.

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University of Mumbai/ Mumbai University (Institute of Distance and Open Learning- IDOL)

Last date to apply for MCA distance education: First week of July 2019 tentatively

Mode of Application: Online

  • In the first step, candidates will be asked to choose a username and password for registration.

  • The next window will ask for basic details like name, parents’ names, DOB, gender, mobile number, email ID. These details will be used for the registration purpose.

  • An OTP will be sent to the candidate’s mobile number and email. Follow the prompts and complete the registration process.

  • Candidates will be asked to type in more information regarding personal details, contact and address details, reservation (if any) and educational qualification.

  • To conclude the application filling process for MCA Mumbai University, candidates will be required to pay the fee via credit card/ debit card/ net banking.

MCA through Distance Learning Fee of Mumbai University

Name of MCA college

Fees (in Rs.)

Institute of Management and Computer Studies, Thane

3.10 Lakhs

Yadavrao Tasgaonkar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Raigad

2.42 Lakhs

IBSAR Trust's IBSAR Institute of Management Studies, Karjat

1.66 Lakhs

Late Bhausaheb Hiray Smarnika Samiti Trust's Institute of Computer Application, Mumbai

2.73 Lakhs

VIVA School of MCA, Virar

1.92 Lakhs

Vivekanand Education Society's Institute of Technology, Chembur

2.44 Lakhs

Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai

2.34 Lakhs

Sardar Patel Institute of Technology, Mumbai

2.70 Lakhs

Navinchandra Mehta Institute of Technology and Development, Mumbai

3.09 Lakhs

SIES College of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai

2.98 Lakhs

Sterling Institute of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai

1.80 Lakhs

AC Patil College of Engineering, Navi Mumbai

2.21 Lakhs

Thakur Institute of Management Studies, Career Development and Research, Mumbai

3.82 Lakhs

MET Institute of Computer Science, Mumbai

3.42 Lakhs

KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai

3.12 Lakhs

Jawahar Education Society's AC Patil College of Engineering, Navi Mumbai

2.16 Lakhs

Vivekanand Education Society's Institute of Technology, Chembur

2.44 Lakhs

Finolex Academy of Management and Technology, Ratnagiri

1.78 Lakhs

Navinchandra Mehta Institute of Technology and Development, Mumbai

1.99 Lakhs

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Anna University, Chennai (Centre for Distance Education- CDE)

Last date to apply for MCA in Anna University: February 17, 2019 (MCA registration), February 19, 2019 (Submission of MCA application form)

Mode of application: Online and offline

  • The Anna University MCA application form will be available on the official website which needs to be filled, printed out and submitted/ sent to “The Director, Centre for Distance Education, Anna University, Chennai- 600025”.

  • Candidates are also required to submit a demand draft for Rs. 650, drawn in favour of “The Director, Centre for Distance Education, Anna University” payable at Chennai.

MCA Distance Education Exam Pattern

There are few institutes that conduct an entrance exam to select candidates for their Master of Computer Applications (MCA) programme. One such institute is Anna University which shortlists eligible students through the Distance Education Entrance Test (DEET)/ Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET). Knowing the exam pattern of both will help candidates prepare more efficiently.

DEET Exam Pattern

Mode of exam

Offline

Duration of exam

2 hours

Type of questions

Multiple Choice

Number of questions

100

Marking scheme

+1 for every correct answer

No negative marking

Topics covered in the questions include quantitative ability, analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, computer awareness, verbal activity, basic science etc.

TANCET Exam Pattern

Mode of exam

Offline

Duration of exam

2 hours

Medium of exam

English

Type of questions

Multiple Choice

Number of questions

Section I- 20

Section II- 35 (First 20 correct answers will be taken into account)

Section III- 60

Marking scheme

+1 for every correct answer

-⅓ for every incorrect answer

MCA Distance Education Admit Card

DEET Admit Card

The admit card of DEET will be available online in the second week of February 2019 tentatively. Candidates will be required to log in using their registration ID and DOB to access their DEET admit card. Candidates are advised to laminate their admit card as any damage to the document will prevent the respective candidate from appearing for DEET. It is also mandatory for candidates to carry a photo ID proof (original) along with their DEET admit card to the exam centre.

TANCET Admit Card

Candidates will be able to obtain their TANCET admit card in the first week of May 2019. The registration ID and password will be required to log in. The admit card of TANCET will mention important details like name of the examinee, registration number, DOB, gender, exam centre location, etc.

MCA Distance Education Result

To know the admission status in institutes like IGNOU, Mumbai University, etc. which do not hold any entrance test, candidates are advised to regularly check their admission status and any relevant updates on the official website. For institutes like Anna University that conduct entrance tests for MCA admission, the date of result declaration will vary.

DEET Result

Anna University is expected to declare the result of DEET in the first week of March 2019 tentatively. Candidates will be required to type in their roll number to know their DEET result. Candidates can save and print out the mark sheet for future reference.

TANCET Result

The result of TANCET will be announced in the second week of June 2019 tentatively. Candidates’ email ID and password will be required for logging in to check the TANCET result. Thereafter, the TANCET marksheet can be downloaded and printed out as it will be required during the counselling process.

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