About MCA

Exam Patterns

Date of Exam 29th May 2016 (Sunday)
Number of Questions "120;Mathematics - 50; Reasoning & Arithmetic - 40; General English - 20; Computers - 10"
Duration of Test 120 Minutes
Marking Scheme 4 marks for each correct answer; 1 negative mark for each wrong answer.
Conducting Institute NIT Durgapur

To help you understand this year's test paper better, we bring you a comprehensive analysis of NIMCET 2016.


The questions in this section were relatively moderate to difficult as compared to the ones in NIMCET 2015. This section had 50 questions. The difficulty level of more than 65% of the questions was moderate. As the paper had negative marking difficult questions would certainly have helped students increase their scores.

Overall, this section was moderate to difficult. In order to maximize the score in this section, the best strategy to answer would have been identifying easy questions and solving them first. A good strategy for this section would be to avoid spending extra time working out difficult questions. The ideal time frame within which to attempt questions in this section is 40 minutes.

The distribution of questions from each topic, along with their difficulty levels, is given in the table below.

Chapter-wise break-up of questions in the Mathematics section:

Area Easy Moderate Difficult Total
Probability 3 3 6
Total questions from Probability 3 3 6
Statistics 1 1 2
Total questions from Statistics 1 1 2
Sets 1 2 1 4
Indices & Surds 2 2
Logarithms 1 1
Matrices & Determinants 2 2
Binomial Theorem
Quadratic Equations & Progressions 3 1 4
Permutations and Combinations 2 1 3
Total questions form Algebra 1 12 3 16
Coordinate Geometry
Straight Lines & Pair of Straight Lines 2 1 3
Circles 1 1
Conics(Ellipse, parabola, Hyperbola) 1 3 1 5
Total questions from Coordinate Geometry 1 6 2 9
Limits & Continuity 1 1
Application of derivatives
Integrals 2 2
Total questions from Calculus 1 2 3
Vectors 1 5 6
Identities & Ratios 1 1 1 3
General solutions
Properties of Triangles 1 1
Heights and Distances 1 1
Total questions from Trigonometry 2 2 5
Miscellaneous 1 1
Total 9 31 8 48


Of the 40 questions in this section, 5 were from topics related to Arithmetic and the remaining 35 questions were from Reasoning. Every year, a few questions from Arithmetic appear in this section.

Questions on Analytical Puzzles formed the major chunk in the Reasoning part. Among them, a majority were from Linear Arrangement (double row arrangements). These are always time-consuming. The lone set on direction sense was of moderate difficulty level, mainly because the questions were framed in such a way that each one needed to be handled individually. This set too was lengthy and arduous.

The distribution of questions from each topic, along with their difficulty levels, is given in the table below.

Chapter-wise break-up of questions in the Reasoning part:

Analysis of Analytical ability and Logical Reasoning in NIMCET-2016
S.No TOPIC No. of questions Easy Difficult
4 QBR 1 1
11 CLOCKS 1 1
Total 35 8 4
Of the 40 questions in this section, 35 were from Reasoning and 5 from Quant. Questions on Analytical Puzzles were time consuming. 20 questions in 35 min an be considered a good attempt.
Simple Equations 2 2
Numbers 1 1
Percentages 1 1
Progressions 1 1
Ratio and Proportion 1 1
Total no. Of questions from Arithmetic 6 6


The section on Computer Awareness consisted of questions on Number representation.

Out of 10 questions - 2 were based on Operating System, 4 on Digital, 2 on Digital Number System, 1 of them was related to Web Programming while 1 question was on Digital Number Arithmetic.


The break-up of questions in this part is as follows:

Grammar - Seven
Reading Comprehension - Four
Vocabulary or Verbal ability - Nine

The Reading Comprehension passage had a word count of 200, and it was a simple and run-through text. There were two questions on vocab - one antonym and one synonym - and both were easy and doable. The two detail-based questions from the passage were also easy and direct picks. Overall, this part can be rated as outright 'easy'.

Grammar questions were seven in number and most of them were easy and uncomplicated ones. Only a couple of them could be labelled as slightly moderate.

Vocabulary-based and verbal ability questions were nine and knotty, and may have given candidates a tough time attempting them.

On an average, an easy to moderate section!

To summarize, when compared with the NIMCET 2015 paper, the Maths section this year was relatively difficult and the difficulty level of questions on reasoning was also slightly higher. The questions on Computers were moderate. The English part ranged between easy and moderate. Thus overall, this year's exam can be evaluated as slightly tougher than the NIMCET 2015 exam.


Birla Institute of Technology(BIT) Mesra offers 3-year (6-semester) full-time MCA (Master of Computer Applications) programme at Mesra, and it’s Off Campuses at Jaipur, Lalpur and Noida. Admissions are done through its own MCA Online Entrance Test.

To apply for the MCA programme 2017, eligible candidates must complete and submit the application online. The application fee need to be paid through State Bank Collect (any nationalized bank) of Rs.2,500/- (General / OBC candidates) and Rs.1,500/- (for SC/ST candidates).

A printout of the completed form along with required enclosures in a A4 size envelope should be sent to the office of Dean, Admissions & Academic Coordination, Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi – 835215, to reach positively by the due date.

Online Application Form may be used to apply for the MCA programme of the Institute at BIT Jaipur, BIT Lalpur, BIT Mesra and BIT Noida Centres, in order of a candidate’s preference.

Important dates:

Filling of online form commences from - 20 March 2017
Last date for submission of online application - 30 April 2017
Last date for receipt of printout at BIT Mesra, Ranchi - 11 May 2017
Admit card release -  26 May 2017
Declaration of results - 15 June 2017
Classes will commence - last week of July 2017 at all Campuses 

MCA Online entrance test pattern:
Total no.of questions - 120 questions
Duration of the test – 2 hours.
Objective type with multiple choices out of which only one is correct.
Correct answer - 4 marks will be awarded.
Wrong/incorrect answer - 1 mark will be deducted.
The questions will be distributed into various areas as follows and the detailed syllabus is given below:

Subject No of Questions
Mathematics 60
Analytical ability & Logical Reasoning 20
Computer Awareness 20
English 20
Total 120

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Candidates must have passed with Mathematics / Computer Science as one of the subject in Class 12 / Equivalent Examination.
  2. Candidates must hold a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent qualification. This degree must entail a minimum of three years of education after completing higher secondary schooling [Class 12 or equivalent] (10+2+3 system).
  3. Candidates must have one of following qualifications:
    • a) Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA), or
      b) B.Sc. in Computer Science / Information Technology / Electronics, or
      c) B.Sc. with Mathematics or Statistics as one of the subjects at graduate level.
  4. Candidates with above mentioned qualifications must have minimum 55% (50% for SC/ST/PwD) marks in average in graduation, marks to be computed as average of marks obtained in all subjects in which candidate has appeared.
  5. Candidates with B.Sc. Honours must have minimum 55% (50% for SC/ST/PwD) marks in average in their Honours subject.
  6. Candidates appearing for final examinations of their Bachelor’s programme in 2017can also apply, provided they have obtained requisite marks or equivalent based on the latest available grades / marks at the time of applying.
  7. Candidates with qualifications acquired through correspondence or distance-learning programmes are eligible only if (a) the programmes are recognized by the DEC-IGNOU, (b) they have passed the qualifying examination at the time of applying, with minimum 55% marks in average (50% for SC/ST/PwD). They must enclose photocopies of pass certificate and marksheets of qualifying examination with their application.
    [Appearing candidate in distance learning programmes, whose results are yet to be declared, are not eligible to apply].

Mathematics (60 questions – objective type)
Algebra, Set Theory, Matrix Algebra, Co-ordinate Geometry, Calculus, Differential Equations, Vectors, Trigonometry, Probability and Statistics, Linear Programming.

Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning: (20 questions – objective type)
Questions in this section will test logical reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and visio-spatial reasoning.

Computer Awareness: (20 questions – objective type)
Computer Basics, Data Representation, Computer Architecture, Computer Language, Flow chart and Algorithms, Operating Systems

English: (20 questions – objective type)

  • Use of articles and prepositions (fill in the blanks or correct use)
  • Idioms and phrases
  • Synonyms
  • Reading comprehension
  • Expansion of an idea
  • Sentence sequence (jumbled sentences)
  • Completion of a sentence (with choices)
  • Choice of appropriate word to fill in the blanks (with options)
  • Abridging sentences / paragraphs.

Test Centres:
Allahabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Noida, and Ranchi - provided there are sufficient number of candidates at each of the given Test Centres. Candidates must give two choices for first and second preference of Test Centre from the list of Test Centres above.

Depending on the number of candidates at a given Test Centre, the Test may be held upto three time slots at the Centre, that is from 9.00 to 11.00 am, 12.00 to 2.00 pm, and 3.00 to 5.00 pm.

Admission and Selection Procedure:
The marks obtained by the candidates in the MCA 2017 online entrance test conducted by the Institute will be the basis on which candidates will be short-listed for ‘Admission’ and there by offered provisional selection.

The number of seats to be offered in 2017 for the MCA programme at various Centres is as given below:
Mesra – 60, Jaipur – 45, Lalpur – 120, Noida - 60


Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is one of the most prestigious Central Universities in the country. There are at present 11 departments, 5-UGC-Innovative/TRIEA/Other Programme and 3-DST-FIST (Fund for Improvement of Science & Technology).In addition, the Rajiv Gandhi South Campus has been established in the year 2006 at Barkachha in Mirzapur district, Uttar Pradesh.

MCA is offered by Institute of Science at main BHU campus and RGSC,Mirzapur

MCA (Master of Computer Applications)

  • Dept. of Computer Science - Main Campus Intake - 46
  • Rajiv Gandhi South Campus RGSC* - Intake – 20

Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)

Bachelor’s Degree under at least 10+2+3 pattern in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks in the aggregate, (including all subjects studied at Bachelor's level except those subjects where only pass marks are required and which do not contribute to the total in the final (degree) mark sheet) with Mathematics as one of the subjects at either Intermediate or +2 (10+2) or equivalent examination, or, Bachelor’s level (as a main or a subsidiary subject).

Note*: The MCA course at Rajiv Gandhi South Campus, Barkachha, Mirzapur (RGSC) is under Paid Seat Fee Structure with the fee structure of Rs.60000/- per semester + regular fees of the MCA course prescribed by the University. Maximum number of seats is 20. The candidates desirous to take admission at RGSC, Barkachha, Mirzapur will be required to give their option/preference of location at the time of counseling and the admissions will be made as per merit and the choice of the candidate. Further if the number of candidates opting for MCA is less than the minimum number of seats in the course, then the course may not run in that academic session.

Online Application:

The entire process of making an application for admission in various courses during the academic session 2017-18 has been made ONLINE. The University has created its Entrance Test Portal with the domain name www.bhuonline.in. Its link is also available on the BHU website (www.bhu.ac.in)

Application Fee:
General – Rs.500 for one test, Rs 200 for each additional test for other courses
SC/ST – Rs.250 for one test, Rs 100 for each additional test for courses
Online payment through credit card/ debit card through the payment gateway available on the Entrance test portal or payment of Entrance Test Fee in Cash through “Challan” in any branch of HDFC Bank

Important Dates:
Availability of PET-2017 ONLINE Form on the Entrance Test Portal : 02.02.2017
Last date for ONLINE submission of Application Forms : 10.03.2017 
Date of Exam – 25.05.2017 12 noon to 2 PM
Result – 3rd/4th week of June

Entrance Test Centres:
The Test will be held at the following Centres, provided there are sufficient number of candidates for the concerned Centre:
Varanasi Mirzapur* Gorakhpur Lucknow Kolkata Delhi Hyderabad Chennai Bhopal Vadodara Guwahati Dimapur Kochi Jaipur Allahabad Bhubaneshwar *Rajiv Gandhi South Campus – Mirzapur.

Paper Pattern:

  • A single paper of 120 multiple choice questions with four answer choices 
  • Duration – 120 min 
  • Questions on Mathematical Aptitude – about 80  
  • Analytical and Logical Reasoning – about 40  
  • Each correct answer fetches 3 marks  
  • Total marks – 360  
  • Each wrong answer attracts a penalty of 1 mark 

Mathematical Aptitude Test Areas (+2 Level): Logarithms, Inequalities, Matrices and Determinants, Progressions, Binomial Expansion, Permutation and Combination, Equations (upto degree 2), Function and Relation, Complex Arithmetic, 2-D Coordinate Geometry, Basics of Calculus, Basic Concepts of Probability.

Analytical and Logical Reasoning: Questions will be mainly for checking logical conclusion, graphical/data interpretation, etc.

Resolving a tie in ranking process:

  1. Preference shall be given to the candidates who have higher aggregate percentage of marks at the Qualifying Examination.
  2. In case the aggregate percentages of the marks at the Qualifying Examination are also equal then, the candidates having Mathematics at Bachelor‟s level shall be considered first. and if these are also equal, then marks at the Intermediate or +2 level will be given preference.
  3. In case the candidates have equal marks in the above stated examinations, then the candidate senior in age shall be given preference.

Admission Procedure:
The admission of a candidate in a course will be done only when he/she satisfies all the eligibility requirements, appears in the PET, qualifies in the Entrance Test and completes all formalities required for admission in the course. The admissions shall be made strictly on the basis of merit index in the PET, availability of seats in the course, as per rules given in this Information Bulletin and rules framed by the University from time to time.

Counselling Procedure:

The University will adopt computerised counseling procedure for admissions to various courses during the academic session 2017-18.

Pondicherry University is a Central University established by an Act of Parliament in October 1985. It is an affiliating University with a jurisdiction spread over the Union Territory of Puducherry, Lakshwadeep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

The main campus has 15 Schools, 37 Departments, 10 Centres and 2 Chairs, offering over 144 PG & Research programmes. Other two smaller campuses are located at Port Blair and Karaikal.

MCA is offered by Department of Computer Science, School of Engineering & Technology.


Puducherry – 120
Karaikal – 40

Important Dates:

  • Online application starts – 05/04/2016
  • Online application ends – 03/05/2016 
  • Down load of hall tickets – 21/05/2016 
  • MCA entrance exam – 29/05/2017, 12.30 – 2.30pm 
  • Results - 06/06/2016 
  • Counselling starts – 28/06/2016 
  • Last round of counselling – 15/07/2016 

Eligibility for Admission

Candidates who have secured 55% of marks or above in any one of the following or equivalent, are eligible to apply :

(i) Bachelor s Degree in Computer Applications / Commerce / Corporate Secretaryship / Economics / Business Administration (with Mathematics /Business Mathematics / Statistics / Computer Applications as one of the subjects)


(ii) Bachelor s Degree in Science with Mathematics / Statistics as one of the subjects.

Paper Pattern:

Online entrance examination with objective type of questions.
Total Marks - 400

The question paper will consist of 100 questions covering the following topics:

  • Comprehension and verbal ability
  • Analytical ability
  • Logical reasoning
  • Mathematical aptitude (+2) and
  • General awareness in Computer Science 
  • Each correct answer will fetch 4 marks 
  • Each incorrect response will attract a penalty of 1 mark

Application form:

Application form to be submitted online through the University Website. For each course `.250/-, 125/- for SC/ST, Exempted for differently abled candidates. The application fee for NRI and Overseas student is `. 1,000/-. Application fee can be paid online or offline.

Candidates must download & print the hall ticket from the University website.

For Resloving a tie:

  1. First criterion: The Candidates with more positive marks in the entrance examination.
  2. Second criterion: The Candidates with less negative marks in the entrance examination.
  3. Third criterion: Twelfth standard (+ 2) or equivalent exam marks.
  4. Fourth criterion: 10th standard or equivalent marks.
  5. Fifth criterion: Then Age (in days).
  6. Sixth criterion: In cases of ties that remain unresolved after applying the above five criteria, the criteria evolved by the University as deemed fit would be applied for resolution of the tie.

Examination Centres:

Ahmadabad, Allahabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Coimbatore, Cuttack, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata, karaikal, Lucknow, Madhurai, Mumbai, New Delhi, Patna, Pondicherry, Port Blair, Ranchi, Srinagar, Thiruvananthapuram, Tiruchirappalli, Vijayawada, Villupuram, Vishakhapatnam, Kochi, Kozikode, Mahe, Itanagar

Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT University) is a premier educational Institution in Tamilnadu. VIT University has two campuses, the main campus at Vellore and a new campus at Chennai. The university offers 25 Undergraduate, 30 Postgraduate and 4 Integrated Programmes and 4 Research programmes.

Admission into MCA course offered by VIT is through an online examination called VITMEE.

Important Dates:

  •  Issue of Application form - 10th March 2017 
  • Last date of Apply online - 19th May 2017 
  • Last date of Edit Application form - 19th May 2017 
  •  VITMEE 2017 - 3rd and 4th June, 2017 (10 am-12 noon and 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm) 
  • Publication of short listed applicants for counseling - 9th June 2017
  • Dates for Counselling - 19th June 2017 
  • Last Date of Payment of Balance Fees - 07th July 2017 
  • Commencement of Classes  - 12th July 2017


The applicant for admission should be a Resident Indian National and should have graduated from Institutions located in India. Foreign and NRI/ PIO applications are to be made separately.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should produce statement of final year marks and Provisional degree certificate before August 15th, 2017, failing which admission will be cancelled with the forfeit of admission fee.

Pattern of the Question Paper

  • VITMEE is a computer based test (CBT) 
  • 100 questions, 1 mark for each correct answer
  • Total marks - 100 marks
  • Of the total 100 questions, 80 will be from Mathematics and 20 will be from English communication. NO negative marks for wrong answers. 

Application Forms

Candidates can apply online. Payment of Rs.950 as the examination fee can be either made by online using net banking/ credit/ debit cards.

VITMEE 2016 Test Slot Booking:

VITMEE 2017 test slot booking is a web based online scheduling system. The slot can be booked after successful submission of the online application form. The online test slot booking will be opened during the last week of May 2017. A slot once booked cannot be changed.

VITMEE MCA Syllabus:

Mathematics – 80 questions

Algebra, Calculus, Differential Equations, Algorithms, Probability, Algebra and Complex Analysis, Calculus and its Applications, Numerical Methods, Descriptive Statistics and Exploratory Data Analysis, Data Structures, Programming in C, Database Management Systems,Operating Systems and Computer Architecture

English Communication – 20 q

  1. Grammar
    Subject – Verb Agreement, Tense forms, Voices, Articles and Preposition, Use of Conjunctions
  2. Writing Technical Instructions
  3. Writing Memos & Writing Minutes
  4. Transcoding
  5. Preparing Questionnaire
  6. Proof Reading

University of Hyderabad MCA:

The University of Hyderabad,(also referred to as Hyderabad Central University HCU) a premier institution of postgraduate teaching and research in the country, was established by an Act of Parliament (Act No. 39 of 1974) on 2nd October, 1974 as a Central University, wholly funded by the University Grants Commission.

MCA is offered by the School of Computer and Information Sciences(SCIS). SCIS offers high quality post-graduate teaching and research programmes in all major areas of Computing, Information Science and Artificial Intelligence.


Mathematics as a main subject and studied as full papers in Higher Secondary (10 + 2) level is a mandatory prerequisite. First Class Bachelor’s degree with at least 60% marks in aggregate, in any discipline.

Important Dates:

  •  Online submission of the application form - 03/04/2017 to 05/05/2017 
  • Down load of hall tickets – 22/05/2017  
  • Date of examination – 03/06/2017 10.00 a.m.  
  • Notification of selected candidates – 01/07/2017  
  • Reporting of candidates for counselling – 17/07/2017

Paper Pattern:

  • Medium of exam - English 
  • Duration - 2 hrs  
  • The paper has 2 parts - Part A and Part B  
  • Total marks - 100

 Part A Objective

  1.  No.of questions - 25 
  2. Each correct answer - 1 mark  
  3. Each negative response - penalty of 0.33 mark  
  4. The marks of Part A would be used to resolve ties

Part B 

  1. Objective Has negative marks

In case of a tie:

The following criteria shall be followed, one after the other, to resolve the ties, where candidates secure the same marks in the written test :

  1. First criterion: Marks obtained in Part - A of the question paper.
  2. Second criterion: Division and marks obtained by the candidates in the qualifying degree examination. If the final result is not available then the marks up to the 2nd year will be taken into account.
  3. Third criterion: Division and marks obtained in the degree examination immediately preceding the qualifying degree examination.
  4. Fourth criterion: Division and Marks obtained in the next lower public examination.

Application form:

Application Fees : General : Rs.350/-; OBC : Rs.250/-; SC/ST/PWD(PH) : Rs 150/-.

How to pay the Fees:

After filling the online application form, the computer will generate application number. The candidate can pay the fees immediately using ONLINE link provided on the form.