Top 4 Universities that offer MCA courses online

In this current emergency situation of COVID 19, the educational institutions are moving some of their courses to online mode. MCA or Master's in Computer Applications is one such course which is offered online in India by quite a few distance education universities. If you are looking for studying this course, then you can do it online in any of these 4 colleges.


The current emergency situation has forced a lot of traditional things to change. The traditional classroom policies to conduct education are changing for a lot of institutes. In some institutes, this situation might be permanent. Online education has proved to be helpful for both teachers and students and now in this COVID 19 situation, it is proving to be essential. Right now, some institutes are also opening MCA courses online. If you have completed your bachelor's in Computer Applications, then this is a good career choice for you. In fact, in many distance education universities, you will be considered eligible for MCA course, if you have completed graduation (the stream or major subject of graduation doesn't matter in this case).

Eligibility criteria

Let us take a look at the eligibility criteria, before going into the details of the institutes that offer them.
  1. The basic eligibility requirement as mentioned earlier is completing graduation. Some institutes require a minimum of 45-50% in the aggregate of graduation. This percentage varies depending on the institute.
  2. If you are studying in distance education institute, then one added advantage is that you need not have a major subject in your graduation. In some institutes like IGNOU, you need to have Mathematics as one of the science subjects in your higher secondary. Other than that, distance education institutes don't put a restriction on the major subjects to be taken in the graduation.
  3. Generally there is no admission test to select candidates. Therefore, the admissions are conducted on merit basis and also as long as the seats are vacant. One other advantage of having online MCA courses will be that since the classes are held virtually, the number of seats might be more than the usual.
  4. If you have some work experience in the field of Information Technology, then it is a bonus. Although it is not mandatory to get one before you join; however, it helps if you do a job before you start your MCA course. My daughter studied MCA directly after her graduation. Now I feel, it was a big mistake, and she could have done it after a year or two doing a job. Then, her MCA course experience would have much smoother.

Top 4 universities that offer MCA courses online

Here is a list of universities in India that offer MCA courses online.

1. Sikkim Manipal University

One of the best institute in this regard is Sikkim Manipal University. Here you get really fantastic books and materials to study the MCA course. I know as one of my friends successfully enrolled and completed MCA through Sikkim Manipal University. However, as it was a long time back, the examination pattern my friend went through might have changed now. At that time, the examinations were paper-based. However, keeping the current COVID 19 situation in mind, the examination pattern may have transferred to online portals. It is a 3-year course and around Rs. 18,000 per semester. Here also, you should have Mathematics in graduation and during your plus twos to be eligible for the MCA course.

2. Suresh Gyan Vihar University

This University also offers online MCA courses for 3 years within 1.2 lac. The course includes the normal subjects for MCA similar to other distance universities. One great thing about this university is that people who have completed PGDCA are also allowed to do this MCA course as a lateral entry. The minimum percentage to be obtained in graduation is 45%.

3. University of Mysore

In this University, the minimum number of years to complete is 3 years and the maximum is 6 years. Now if you belong to B.Sc in Computer Science major or B.Tech or B.E. or AMIETE then you can take admission in this course right away. No specification has been provided regarding the marks. However, if you have a bachelor's in any other discipline, then you need to have more than 2 years of working experience in the IT sector, to be eligible for this course.

4. Jaipur National University

Here, the students need to obtain a minimum of 50% in their qualifying examination. You must have learnt Mathematics as one of the core science subjects either in your graduation or high school. The course fee is around Rs.22-23,000 per year. The examination fee is separate to this amount, per year. Just like the other universities mentioned above Jaipur University is also UGC recognized. Therefore, the certificate that you receive after passing the course is UGC approved.

Future Prospects

Similar to other regular MCA degree, these are also degree courses and have the same job prospects as the regular courses. Using the degree you can become a data analyst, java developer, project leader, data warehouse engineer and more after passing the course. One added advantage to your career could be a fact that you can choose the project of the last semester similar to the job field that you wish to get into.


Therefore, if you want to utilize this sluggish time into your favour, then get yourself enrolled in an online MCA course. The best thing about this course is that you can continue it with your job in hand. This can also boost your designation at your company because some companies will give you a raise or promotion once you complete your MCA. So always talk to your manager or supervisor regarding this.


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