MCA Admission 2021: Important Dates, Selection Process, Last Date to Apply, Entrance Exams 2021

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MCA Admissions 2021 are solely based on entrance exams conducted at national level like NIMCET, and other university level entrance exams like IPU CET, TANCET, PGCET, etc.

MCA state-level admissions are also ongoing. Telangana MCA admission 2021 will be based on a valid score in TS ICET 2021 exam. TSICET Registration 2021 is closed for the academic year of 2021 – 2023. TSICET 2021 was conducted on August 19 – 20, 2021 as per the official notice released by TSCHE.

Candidates can enroll themselves for the MCA Program at various universities such as JMI New Delhi, IIT Delhi, NIT Karnataka etc. MCA Admission 2021 for top MCA colleges and universities such as IITs has already been completed.

Other entrance exams for MCA courses have been rolled up by June 2021.

Alert: As per AICTE, both MCA(General) and MCA(Lateral) are two year long postgraduate courses

MCA (Master of Computer Applications)  is a 2-year master’s degree that focuses on providing theoretical and practical knowledge on the various aspects of computer applications, languages, fundamentals etc. 

Top MCA Colleges in India: Application Deadline

Top MCA Colleges Admission Criteria Application Deadline
Indian Institute of Technology. Delhi IIT JAM Test October 17, 2020 
Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay IIT JAM Test October 17, 2020 
Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee IIT JAM Test October 17, 2020 
National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli NIMCET April 7, 2021 
National Institute of Technology, Karnataka NIMCET April 7, 2021 
Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore VITMEE May 31, 2021 
National Institute of Technology, Rourkela NIMCET April 7, 2021
National Institute of Technology, Warangal NIMCET April 7, 2021
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani BIT MCA 2021 May 20, 2021

Aspirants who wish to pursue MCA in the 2021-2022 session should keep information about the minute details of the MCA admission process such as the last date of application, entrance exam dates, fees, syllabus, and many more.

You can check out the latest dates of MCA admission from the sections below. The average fee of the application form ranges between INR 1000-INR 2000.

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MCA Admission 2021: Last Dates to Apply 

Most of the top MCA colleges in India provide admission to their MCA program through the NIMCET entrance examination. Thus, the admission process of the majority of the colleges will begin after the NIMCET Examination. However, some of the top private colleges/universities are conducting their admission through their own entrance exam.

MCA Colleges Entrance Exam Accepted  Application Status 
Christ University  Direct Admission  May 16, 2021
NIT Trichy NIMCET Online Choice Filling will Start from June 9, 2021 till June 14, 2021
NIT Warangal NIMCET Online Choice Filling will Start from June 9, 2021 till June 14, 2021
Presidency College, Bangalore Karnataka PGCET Last week of June, 2021 (tentative)
Birla Institute of Technology (BIT) Mesra, Ranchi BIT MCA May 20,2021
National Institute of Technology, Surathkal (NIT Surathkal) NIMCET Online Choice Filling will Start from June 9, 2021 till June 14, 2021
University of Hyderabad NIMCET Online Choice Filling will Start from June 9, 2021 till June 14, 2021
National Institute of Technology (NIT) Calicut  NIMCET Online Choice Filling will Start from June 9, 2021 till June 14, 2021
Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad  NIMCET Online Choice Filling will Start from June 9, 2021 till June 14, 2021
Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University, Vellore VITEE May 14, 2021
Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) University JMI Entrance Exam  June, 2021 (Tentative)
PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore TANCET Counselling scheduled to Start in May, 2021 Check Now
Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies (VIPS) IPU CET January 13,2021 (Closed)
JSS Academy Of Technical Education - [JSSATE], Noida UPSEE May 10, 2021
Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth  MAH CET July, 2021 (Tentative)

MCA Entrance Exam 

In case of MCA admission the candidates have to appear for the entrance exams. The entrance exams are NIMCET, TANCET, PGCET, UPSEE, BHU PET, VITEEE, WB JECA, IPU CET, VEE, HP CET.

The details of the entrance exam and their dates has been tabulated below.

Entrance Exam Schedule 

Entrance Exam Registration Dates Exam Dates
NIMCET March 11- April 7, 2021 May 23, 2021
TANCET January 2021 March 20, 2021
PGCET May 5, 2021 July 20, 2021
UPSEE March 10, 2021  June 15, 2021
BHU PET February 9, 2021 April 19, 2021
VEE April 30, 2021 May 13, 2021
VITEEE May 20, 2021 May 28 – 31, 2021
IPU CET May, 2021 (Tentative) July, 2021
WB JECA May, 2021 August 28, 2021
HP CET To be announced To be announced
TSICET April 7, 2021- June 23, 2021 (Open) August 19 – 20, 2021

Entrance Exam Syllabus 

The following are the general syllabus of MCA Entrance exam.


Candidates have to answer 50 question regarding the following topics

Set Theory Probability and Statistics Algebra Coordinate Geometry
Calculus Vectors Trigonometry -

Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning

Candidates have to answer 40 questions on logical reasoning from the different passages and excerpts.

Computer Awareness

Candidates have to answer 10 questions about general computer awareness. The general subjects are:

Computer Basics Organization of a computer Data Representation Representation of characters
Binary Arithmetics Boolean algebra Truth Table  Venn diagrams

General English 

In this segments the candidates have to answer 20 question on the following subjects:

Comprehension Vocabulary Grammar Word power
Synonyms and antonyms Technical writing Meaning of Phrases -

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Entrance Exam Prerequisites 

Before appearing for the entrance exam the candidates must keep in mind the following prerequisites:

  • The admissions are mainly done through the entrance exam.
  • The main entrance exams are NIMCET, PGCET, IPU CET, WB JECA.
  • Candidates must check the eligibility criteria for the entrance exam before filling up the form.
  • The top institutes such as the National Institute of Technology accept the NIMCET exam score for the admission process.
  • Some private institutes prefer the candidates to take their own entrance exam for admission, such as VITEEE for admission to VIT, Vellore.

MCA Admission Process 

MCA Admission 2021 is done through national-level entrance exams like NIMCET or state-level entrance exams like IPU CET, MAH CET, etc. 

  • Direct Admission- The admission is done on a merit basis. Some of the private institutes also grant admission through management quotas. Management quota seats in every college are reserved and limited. The fee is generally higher for these seats than general seats.
  • Entrance Test- Students need to appear for the entrance exam. Shortlisted students are called for counseling. Offline counseling is conducted for seat allotment in various colleges affiliated with that university. Students are admitted after an allotment of seats in counseling.

Check : The previous year Cutoff


The eligibility criteria are only a primary step towards getting admission. The minimum eligibility criteria are given below :

  • The candidate must have completed and passed the qualifying examination at the Undergraduate Level.
  • Candidates should complete their Bachelor's degree from a college that is recognized by the University Grants Commission.
  • It is compulsory that the aspirant should have pursued their undergraduate degree in any relevant discipline such as B.Tech, BCA, BSc.
  • The minimum aggregate marks in the last qualifying exam should be 55%.

How to Apply 

The admission is mostly carried out through the entrance examination or merit basis.

  • Candidates need to apply for the given entrance examination after satisfying the eligibility condition.
  • After conducting the entrance exam, the institute will declare the result and release their cut-off.
  • The next step after clearing the exam, the shortlisted candidates will be called for document verification hence after admission is given.
  • Candidates can also have merit-based admission based on the marks obtained in the Bachelor's Degree.
  • The candidate having a greater percentage or aggregate marks in their UG will be preferred.
  • Similarly, after the verification of documents and a small interview session candidates will be given admission.

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After the declaration of the result the candidate will have t go through a round of centralised counselling process. Candidates will have to fill their choices of the colleges through online process. The candidates are required to fill up their college names before allotment dates. 

Candidates often have choices to update their choices before final allotment. In some states the counselling is done via offline method.

After the allotment and selection of college the candidates are given a certificate or slip of the selected college which they have to submit in their respective colleges to complete the admission process.

Top MCA Colleges in India

The following are the top MCA colleges in India

College Names Location Average Fees Average Salary Offered
NIT Trichy Tiruchirappalli INR 99,250 INR 600,000
NIT Warangal Warangal  INR 75,000  INR 12,15,000
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi INR 1,357 -
Presidency College  Bangalore INR 100,000 INR 365,000
Birla Institute of Technology (BIT) Mesra Ranchi INR 263,000 INR 1176,000
NIT Surathkal Surathkal INR 100,000 INR 986,000
NIT Calicut  Calicut INR 82,405  INR 11,58,000
MNNIT Allahabad Allahabad INR 113,000 INR 10,28,000
VIT University Vellore INR 140,000 INR 600,000

MCA Admission 2021 Tips 

Few points are mentioned which will be helpful to secure admission in the Reputed Colleges –

  • Candidates must fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria of having minimum aggregate marks of 55% in their BSc/BCA/BTech degree.
  • Candidates should sort their college of preference based on the topics taught in the curriculum, Faculty, Placement, Fee, and Location.
  • After choosing the top five colleges aspirants need to regularly check on the notification on the website of the following college.
  • The process is very basic: Registration, Application Fill Up, Payment of fee.
  • Documents mentioned should be noted and uploaded accordingly with proper file size, format.
  • Focussed strategic preparation according to the syllabus will surely help the candidate to clear the cut-off.
  • Check the admission syllabus of the individual exam. It is advisable to have a time table prepared for the entrance exam.
  • Divide your time according to the subjects. Back your strengths. 
  • Try to get hold of previous years practice papers and solve them.
  • Get online tutorials for different segments from the internet.
  • Lastly keep the final week dedicated for the final revision 

MCA Admission 2021: FAQs

Ques: What is a Master in Computer Application?

Ans: Master in Computer Application is a unique blend of designing Web, Software, Programme with Technology.

Ques: Are there good job prospects for computer science engineers?

Ans: From Government Organizations, to Reputed Software Development Firms all are happy to intake some of the highly skilled Master in Computer Science and Engineering Graduates.

Ques: What are the eligibility criteria for MCA in Computer Application?

Ans: The candidate should have completed their BSc/BCA/BTech from IIT or NIT or any other college with a minimum of 55% aggregate marks.

Ques: What is the fee of the MCA course in India?

Ans: The average fee of this course is around INR 2.5 Lakhs.

Ques: What are the employment area for the candidate completing MCA in Computer Science Application?

Ans: Software Companies, Textile Industry, Fashion Retailer, Management Firms to Institutes are the employment areas for MCA graduates.

Ques: What is the average annual salary of a Computer Science Application Masters graduate as a fresher?

Ans: The average annual salary of a fresher can go up to 6LPA.

Master of Computer Applications [M.C.A] : 6 answered questions


Ques. What is your review of MCA Thapar University?

● Top Answer By Saloni Kapoor on 10 Aug 21

Ans. I have a friend who passed out from Thapar University and had pursued his MCA from there. So, based on his views, I think MCA at Thapar University is pretty good. The faculty team, staff, the labs, infrastructure and everything at the college campus is well-equipped to meet the needs of the students just right. The top recruiting companies that recruit students from Thapar University through on-campus placements are Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung, Deloitte, Make my trip, etc. Particulars Statistics Total fees 4.07 Lakhs Placement percent 67% Highest salary INR 8 LPA Average salary INR 7 LPA Lowest salary INR 3 LPA For further clarification, I suggest you get in touch with one of their alumni who has done their MCA from Thapar University. You’ll then have a better idea. All the very best!Read more
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Ques. How is the MCA course at Nirma University?

● Top Answer By Radhika Roy on 16 Jul 21

Ans. For MCA, one of my friends studying at Nirma suggested that if you're going for the first year, make sure you know your basics. You should be familiar with C++, HTML, CSS, discrete maths, etc. Discrete Maths is comparatively tougher than other topics. OS, Java, and C++ must be at an advanced level if applying for second year or lateral entrance. The campus is good. Their canteens are hygienic and affordable. Nirma University is strict about attendance. You should have at least 85% attendance. The administration and course structure gradually is tiring for students. It has a fantastic library. Almost all of the books you'll ever need for your college career can be found here. Categories MCA at Nirma University Course Fee 4.50 lakh Highest CTC 14 LPA Average CTC 4.5 LPA Recruiting Companies Amazon, Deutsche Bank, Cognizant, Infosys, etc. Thus you can choose to go for an MCA at Nirma University. If you feel Nirma is not up to the mark and meets your requirements, then you can opt for MCA at DAIICT.Read more
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Ques. Are the Kolkata, Ranchi, and Raipur campuses of Amity University good for an MCA?

● Top Answer By Prajukta Sinha on 05 Jan 21

Ans. Amity University is one of the best private colleges in India and hence, pursuing full-time Masters in Computer Application is a privilege at the university. It focuses on skill development, knowledge about the IT Industry as well as industrial training and exposure. Depending upon the location, fee structure, eligibility criteria, admission process, and personal choice one can opt for any of the campuses of Amity in Kolkata, Ranchi, or Raipur.  Here are some of the pertinent details about the Masters in Computer Application (MCA) course offered by Amity University. Category Amity University Kolkata Amity University Ranchi Amity University Raipur  Highest CTC  INR 28 LPA INR 30 LPA INR 30 LPA Total Fees INR 4.41 Lakhs INR 3.57 Lakhs INR 1.56 Lakhs Some important details about the MCA course offered by Amity are as follows. Amity offers quality education for MCA and strives to meet the complex requirement of the IT sector. The course is taught by skilled and experienced professors. The Masters in Computer Application is a professional degree and is in high demand in the IT industry. It opens up several lucrative career prospects such as Software Engineer, Consultant, Network Engineer, Programmer, Quality Assurance Engineer, Systems Analyst, and much more.  Amity has an efficient placement cell that helps students get jobs through campus placement. The salary packages vary depending on your past academic record and the performance in the placement drive. For more details go through the official website of the institute or visit the Amity University campus. Hope with the given information, you can make an informed decision.Read more
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Ques. Why should one prefer the MCA Programme in MIT-WPU?

● Top Answer By Navya Patil on 28 Aug 20

Ans. MIT-WPU MCA program highlights skills of the learner, a holistic professional, and a leader, beyond technical knowledge grooms in organizational, managerial, behavior and leadership skills, provides a better and versatile career path, hones the relevant skills as per the emerging needs of the industry. MIT-WPU MCA program creates global leaders with value-based education in the fields of Information Technology. We aim at enhancing students with relevant skills and expertise to excel in the corporate world. That’s why many students join our MIT-WPU family, become a business pioneer, and get ready to work with the industry leaders.Read more
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Ques. What is the basic eligibility OR minimum percentage required to apply for MCA Science in MIT-WPU?

● Top Answer By Radhika Khanna on 28 Aug 20

Ans. MCA(Science) Any Science graduate or BCA with 50% of Marks (45% marks aggregate in case of reserved category students from Maharashtra state only). Mathematics is desirable at 12th or graduation level. PG PET Information: PGPET – 2020 PGPET Exam Details Total Marks 150 TEST 100 PERSONAL INTERVIEW 50 Entrance test Syllabus: – MCA(Science) Sr. No. Syllabus Weightage 1 Business English 25% 2 Logical Reasoning 25% 3 Mathematics 25% 4 Basic Computer Science 25% First Entrance Details Date Venue Centers 26 April 2020 Maharashtra MIT-WPU, Pune 27th May 2020 MH other than Pune Kolhapur, Aurangabad, Nagpur, Nashik 31st May 2020 Maharashtra Mumbai 31st May 2020 Out of MH Indore, Ahmadabad, Rajkot, Surat, Raipur, Lucknow, Jaipur, Patna, Ranchi, Delhi, Kolkata, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Bhubaneswar, HyderabadRead more
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