MCA Entrance Exam Syllabus | MCA Exam Books


MCA stands for Master of Computer Applications. MCA is a three-year professional Master’s Degree course in computer science awarded in India. The course mainly focuses on professionals in the field of Information Technology sector. It is postgraduate (PG) level course for which candidates must have a Bachelor’s Degree. The MCA programme emphasis mostly on Application Development and thus requires the latest programming language and tools to develop better and faster applications.

Given below are Specializations that candidate can have in MCA course:

* Systems Management

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* Systems Development

* Systems Engineering

* Application Software

* Internet

* Management Information Systems (MIS)

* Software Development

* Troubleshooting

* Hardware Technology

* Networking

MCA Entrance Exam:

For admission in MCA course at any prestigious college, interested candidate must have to appear in the entrance exams. Such candidates must appear in the MCA entrance exams in India to pursue Masters in Computer Applications degree course. There are few national levels as well as state-level MCA entrance exams that are conducted by various authorities. Given below are the list of few MCA entrance exam that every interested applicant must know:

  • National Institute of Technology MCA Common Entrance Test (NIMCET)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University MCA (JNU MCA)
  • Maharashtra MCA Common Entrance Test (MAH MCA CET)
  • Delhi University MCA (DU MCA)
  • West Bengal Joint Entrance Exam for Computer Applications(WB JECA)
  • Chhattisgarh Pre MCA (CG Pre MCA)

MCA Entrance Exam syllabus

The syllabus of MCA entrance exam varies as per the exam chosen by the candidate. Given below subject-wise standard topics from which questions are generally asked in MCA entrance exam:

MCA Entrance Syllabus for Mathematics

The syllabus of mathematics section is larger as compared to the syllabus of other subjects. This section is considered an important section in the various entrance exam as it consists of the highest number of questions and marks.

MCA Entrance Syllabus for Mathematics
Topic Name Subtopics
Set Theory Concept of sets – Union, Intersection, Cardinality, Elementary counting; permutations and combination
Probability and Statistics Basic concepts of probability theory, Averages, Dependent and independent events, frequency distributions, measures of central tendencies and dispersions.
Algebra Fundamental operations in algebra, expansions, factorization, simultaneous linear/quadratic equations, indices, logarithms, arithmetic, geometric and harmonic progressions, determinants and matrices
Coordinate Geometry Rectangular Cartesian coordinates, distance formulae, equation of a line, and the intersection of lines, pair of straight lines, equations of a circle, parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola
Calculus Limit of functions, continuous function, differentiation of function, tangents and normals, simple examples of maxima and minima. Integration of functions by parts, by substitution and by partial fraction, definite integrals, applications of definite integrals to areas
Vectors Position vector, addition and subtraction of vectors, scalar and vector products and their applications to simple geometrical problems and mechanics
Trigonometry Simple identities, trigonometric equations properties of triangles, solution of triangles, heights and distances, general solutions of trigonometric equations

MCA Entrance Syllabus for Computer Awareness

Candidates can check the syllabus of Computer Awareness section from below:

MCA Entrance Syllabus for Computer Awareness
Topics  Subtopics
Computer Basics Organization of a computer, Central Processing Unit (CPU), the structure of instructions in CPU, input/output devices, computer memory, and backup devices
Data Representation Representation of characters, integers and fractions, binary and hexadecimal representations, and binary arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, simple arithmetic and two’s complement arithmetic, floating-point representation of numbers, Boolean algebra, truth tables, Venn diagrams

MCA Entrance Syllabus for General English

Candidates must prepare the following topics to score well in General English section of MCA entrance exam:

MCA Entrance Syllabus for General English
Comprehension Vocabulary
Basic English Grammar (verbs, prepositions and articles Word power
Synonyms and Antonyms Meanings of words and phrases
Technical writing

MCA Entrance Syllabus for Logical Ability and Reasoning

Logical Ability and reasoning section consist of the following topics:

  • Logical situation
  • Facts are given in the passage

Recommended Books for MCA Entrance Exam

Books play an important role in the life of students. Candidate must study from some good books while the preparation of their entrance exam. Given below are some of the important recommended for the candidates preparing for MCA entrance exam. 

Mathematics Recommended Books:

MCA Mathematics Books:
Book Name Author
Arihant MCA Entrance Test Amit M. Agarwal
Arithmetic for Competitive Examinations Jain & Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude Rita Mishra

Logical Ability and Reasoning Recommended Books

MCA Logical Ability and Reasoning Books
Book Name Author
All about Reasoning (Verbal) Anjani A Gupta
Logical and Analytical Reasoning A. K. Gupta
Non-Verbal Reasoning B. S. Sijwali & Indu Sijwali

General English Recommended Books

MCA General English Books
Book Name Author
General English Abul Hashem
Test of English Language RPH Editorial Board
Advance General English H. S. Bhatia

Computer Awareness Recommended Books

MCA Computer Awareness Books
Book Name Author
Objective Computer Awareness Ramesh

Given below is the Semester-wise division of subjects in MCA Course

Master of Computer Applications Subjects
Semester 1 Semester 2
Introduction in IT InfoSystems Analysis Design & Implementations
Computer Organisation & Architecture Operating Systems
Programming & Data Structure Oral and Wireless Communications
Introduction to Management functions Accounting and Management Control
Mathematical foundations Probability & Combinatorics
IT Lab Business Programme Lab
Programming Lab Unix & Windows Lab
Semester 3 Semester 4
DataBase Management Systems Network Programming
Computer Communication Networks Software Engg. I
Object-Oriented Analysis and Design Elective I
Management Support System Organizational Behaviour
Statistical Computing Elective 2
DBMS Lab Network Lab
Statistical Computing Lab CASE Tools Lab
Semester 5 Semester 6
A.I and Applications Project
Software Engineering II Seminar
Elective 3
Elective 4
Optimisation Techniques
AI & Application lab
Optimisation Techniques Lab
Industrial Lectures Seminar, Project

Course Curriculum for MCA

The basic curriculum of the MCA programme includes some important topics like network and database management, electronics, mobile technologies, financial accounting, mathematics, statistics etc.

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