Master of Computer Applications
Eligibility:- Graduation in any stream with mathematics as a subject in class x , bca from a recognised university with a minimum of 50% (45% for sc/st holding a valid caste certificate) in aggregate
Duration:- The 3 years post Graduation Degree Progrmme
Affiliation:- Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow
Masters in Computer Application (MCA) is a post graduate degree in computer applications. This is a senior level course that prepares professionals to meet the complex demands of the IT industry.
It emphasizes on planning, designing and building of complex commercial application software and system software.
MCA is a three years long programme and it covers various topics from information technology, business management and mathematics. Students who join course are introduced to software engineering aspects. This program demonstrates sound knowledge in key areas of computer science or industrial computing. It also carries out the required analysis and synthesis involved in computer systems, information systems and computer applications.
MCA is not just a post graduate program but it is a complete professional grooming for students for a successful career in the IT industry. MCA students can also specialize themselves in fields like Hardware Technology, Software Development, System Engineering, System Development, Application software.
What to do after MCA?
Students who have successfully completed MCA can go for higher studies. Students with MCA can easily join M.Tech in Computer Science or M.Tech in Information Technology, if they qualify in the GATE exam. Another option is to do a PhD in Computer Science. Students can also go for an MS in various foreign Universities. There are also additional certification courses which MCA students can opt for, which will give them an added advantage in their career.
Job and Career options for MCA
Students with an MCA have plenty of jobs available with Software and IT companies in India as well as abroad. In reality, companies all over the world have been recruiting candidates with MCA qualification regularly. This itself is a huge acknowledgment to the eminence and value of course and its students.
An MCA graduate can easily enter in to a career as a junior programmer and rapidly climb up the ladder to become systems analysts or even a project leader. Given that, the course is furthermore designed towards the research part there is excellent scope for students for pursuing higher studies.
The application of MCA in various areas include banking sector, order processing in stock and share market, E-commerce, networking and communication, embedded technologies and many more. With an MCA degree a person can hold certain job titles which includes:
- Software Application Architect
- Software Consultant
- Software Developer
- Software Engineer
- Software Programmer
- Systems Analyst
- Software Engineer
- Software Consultant
- Network Engineer
- Database Administrator
- Test Engineer
- System Analyst
- Quality Assurance Engineer
- Technical Support Engineers
Remuneration after MCA
As far as salary is concerned in IT industry there is no set standards. The salary offered to each student will vary and will depend up on various factors like the educational background, institution which the students have passed out and the level of the company. If the candidate have passed out from a renowned college then the possibility of receiving a high pay package is good. Some of the companies like ORACLE offer freshers a pay package of 25 to 30 K a month. The students must update them self in technology and also according to the company. If the candidate is proficient in ERP, embedded systems, DSP etc then the chance of receiving high salary is more.
At present an MCA fresher who get a job placement through campus will get around 15,000 -25,000 PM and others will get a starting salary from 8,000 - 15,000 PM. Candidates with more than 1 year of experience in the relevant field is worthy of getting a salary more than 20 to 30 k per month.
The salary for MCA candidates will also depend up on the designation they are holding. A Sr. Software Engineer or a Developer or Programmer is entitled to receive a salary ranging in between Rs. 427,293 - Rs 622,799 per year. A Software Engineer, Programmer or a Developer will easily get a salary from Rs 152,308 - Rs 427,293 a year. A Project Leader, IT will receive Rs 456,862 - Rs 885,107 according to the current market. A Quality Assurance Engineer can get a salary in between Rs 191,024 - Rs 508,682 and a Project Manager (IT) can get a whopping salary from Rs 623,270 - Rs 1,169,970.