Distance MCA Overview

MCA (Master of Computer Application) is a post-graduation degree after doing BCA or any other equivalent qualification. MCA Distance education is for the students who do not want to join regular colleges. And they want to study from their home. Also, there are six semesters in Distance MCA. Additionally, the duration of this course varies from different colleges. But the duration of this course can be from 3 years to 6 years. Though, in some colleges, Distance MCA is only a 2-year course.

Therefore, you can do MCA from distance education after completing your undergraduate (BCA) or other equivalent qualification. Also, you can choose to pursue a one sitting degree or a single sitting degree to complete your distance MCA course in one year.

What Is the eligibility to do a Distance MCA course?

The eligibility criteria can be different from college to college. So before applying for admission to any college you should check the eligibility criteria for that specific college/institute. But some eligibility criteria are common for every college

Therefore, below are mentioned some eligibility criteria for distance MCA:

  • If mathematics was one of your subjects of study in class 12TH.
  • You can pursue a distance MCA course after completing your regular or online graduation in BCA (Bachelor of Computer application).
  • You can apply for this course for any background such as Science, Arts, and Commerce.
  • Students get to learn about the advanced and in-depth knowledge of computer programs and the applications of the program.
  • After completing the distance MCA program candidates can get many job opportunities.

How can I apply for the Distance MCA course?

For applying to a distance MCA course you have to choose the colleges that you are interested in. Also, check if you can fulfil all the eligibility criteria of that specific college. So after that, you can apply online/offline for admission. 

Moreover, Admission in colleges is based on merit or entrance exams. So students have to take entrance exams like- BIT MCA, VIT MEE, MAH MCA CET, and UPSEE, etc.

What are the top Colleges/Institutes to Pursue Distance MCA?

There are many colleges to pursue  MCA from distance education. Additionally, if students want to complete their distance MCA degree courses in 1 year, they can also apply for one sitting degree in distance MCA.

Therefore, below are listed some top UGC-DEB approved colleges/universities to pursue distance MCA:

  • IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University),
  • Chandigarh University
  • Online Manipal Jaipur
  • Subharti University Meerut
  • Online Jain University

There are many other colleagues as well. And to get admission to the right college you should get a consultation from an expert education counsellor.

Syllabus of Distance MCA Course

The syllabus of the distance MCA course is mentioned below according to the semester:

  • First Semester:

Problem Solving and Programming, Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming, Discrete Mathematics, System Analysis and Design, Communication Skills, Internet Concepts, and Web Design, and C and Assembly Language Programming Lab.

  • Second Semester:

Data and File Structures, Operating System Concepts and Networking Management System, Introduction to Database Management Systems, Object-Oriented Technologies and Java Programming, and Lab (Based on MCS-021, 022,023 & 024).

  • Third Semester:

Courses Include Advanced Discrete Mathematics, Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, Software Engineering, Accountancy, Analysis of Algorithms, and Financial Management, and Lab (Based on MCS-032, 034, and 035).

  • Fourth Semester:

Operating Systems, Data Communication, and Computer Networks, Advanced Database Management Systems, Mini Project, Lab (UNIX & Oracle).

  • Fifth Semester:

Advanced Internet Technologies, Principles of Management and Information System, Computer Graphics and Multimedia, Lab (Based on MCS-051 & 053), and Elective Courses.

  • Sixth Semester:

The sixth and the last semester of the distance MCA program is Projects.

Why should Students Pursue a Distance MCA Program?

Pursuing distance education has many advantages to the students who do not want to go to regular college/institute. Hence below are listed some points to pursue  MCA from distance education:

  • Distance MCA can be a lot cheaper than pursuing this degree course from a regular college. 
  • You can complete your distance MCA from your house.
  • Also, distance MCA is convenient for the candidates who are on jobs. But they want to continue their studies.
  • There are a lot of colleges that provide distance education programs. So the student can choose the college that fits best to them, etc.

What are the Job opportunities after completing the MCA Degree?

There are many job opportunities for candidates after completing a distance MCA degree. Hence below are mentioned some job post candidates get after distance MCA program:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Troubleshooter
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • System Analyst
  • Technical Writer
  • Web Designer
  • Web Developer

Additionally, below are Listed the field where candidates can get the Jobs:

  • Banking
  • Education
  • Computers and Related Electronic Equipment Manufacturers
  • Design Support And Data Communications
  • E-Commerce
  • Government Agencies
  • Simulation
  • Software Development Companies

Can I Pursue a Single Sitting Degree for MCA course?

Candidates who want to complete their distance MCA course in one year can opt for one sitting degree. Single sitting degree/one sitting degree is a one-year degree program where students do not have to attend regular classes. Also, they all take all the exams at the end of the year. 

Therefore a single sitting course can be Beneficial to candidates who want to complete their MCA course in less time. Also, At the end of the distance MCA course, candidates get a one-year degree in MCA.


Distance MCA (Master of Computer Application) is a post-graduate program. Distance MCA is a six-semester course, and the duration of this program is from 3 years to 6 years. Also, you can pursue MCA from distance education after completing your BCA (Bachelor of Computer Application) from one-year courses programs.

Additionally, you can choose any online course from distance degree courses. Lastly, In an online MCA course, you do not have to attend the classes in college. But you can join the virtual class through video conferencing. Also, in this program, your college institute provides you Ebooks, pdf, and videos of the lectures. So students can get the knowledge of the subjects in depth.