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MCA Lateral Entry Admission 2023 - Eligibility, Application Form, Process, Top Universities/ Colleges

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarUpdated On: September 08, 2023 05:17 pm IST

Are you seeking direct admission into the second year of MCA course? Check out the details related to the MCA Lateral Entry Admission 2023 here.

MCA Lateral Entry Admission Process

The MCA programme has a three-year total duration, making it one of the top options for IT aspirants. In India, lateral entry, or direct admission into the second year of an MCA programme, is allowed if individuals meet the AICTE's (All India Council for Technical Education) eligibility requirements. Candidates who want to enrol in MCA via lateral entry must pass an entrance exam conducted by the state government or a designated university. Please be aware that lateral entry is not available at the National Institutes of Technology (NITs) if you are hoping to be admitted there. You may check out all the information regarding MCA lateral entry admission 2023, including the dates, requirements, application form, admissions procedure, and list of top institutions and universities in this article.

About MCA

Master of Computer Applications (MCA) is a three-year professional postgraduate degree for students interested in learning more about computer application development. Developing programming skills in a contemporary language will assist with this. The MCA programme combines both theoretical and practical knowledge. Students who complete an MCA degree learn how to use the available resources to create better, faster apps and software programs to help achieve higher technological goals.

Entrance Exams for Lateral Entry MCA Admission 2023

Most states conduct an entrance exam for lateral entry admission to MCA. The candidates must clear the respective exam to be eligible for the admission process. Please note that the state-level exams for MCA and lateral entry MCA are the same. You can click on the link below for the list of entrance exams.

MCA Entrance Exams 2023

Eligibility Criteria for MCA Lateral Entry Admission 2023

Candidates seeing lateral entry admission in MCA must note that the course duration for these candidates will be two years. The eligibility criteria for MCA admission 2023 through lateral entry mode can be checked below –

Eligibility Rule 1

The candidates must have a regular BCA degree with a minimum of 50% of marks.

Eligibility Rule 2

Candidates who have passed B.Sc in Computer Science and B.Sc in Information Technology (IT) are eligible for direct 2nd-year admission in MCA.

Eligibility Rule 3

Candidates who have passed B.Sc IT/ CS must note that he/ she must have studied Mathematics as one of the subjects in Class 12th.

Eligibility Rule 4

Candidates who have passed B.Sc IT/ CS in Distance Mode are not eligible for Lateral Entry MCA admission.

All the candidates who satisfy the above rules can take direct 2nd-year admission in MCA.

Application Form for MCA Lateral Entry Admission 2023

Candidates aspiring for MCA admission through lateral entry must note that there are different ways to fill the application form. Firstly, the candidates need to select the college in which he/ she wants to get admission. Secondly, figure out which entrance exam is acceptable for admission in the respective college. Thirdly, register for the entrance exam and seek admission. If there is no entrance exam, the candidates can directly fill the application form through the official website of the college or visit the college directly for the same.

Name of the examDate of the examApplication Form Exam Pattern
NIMCETJune 11, 2023NIMCET Application FormNIMCET Exam Pattern
CG Pre-MCA (Chhattisgarh)May 2023CG Pre-MCA Application FormCG Pre-MCA Exam Pattern
AP ICETMay 24 to 25, 2023AP ICET Application FormAP ICET Exam Pattern
TS ICETMay 26 to 27, 2023TS ICET Application FormTS ICET Exam Pattern
OJEEMay 8 to 12, 2023OJEE Application FormOJEE Exam Pattern
Karnataka PGCETTo be notifiedKarnataka PGCET Application FormKarnataka PGCET Exam Pattern
TANCETMarch 25, 2023TANCET Application FormTANCET Exam Pattern
MAH MCA CETMarch 27, 2023MAH MCA CET Application FormMAH MCA CET Exam Pattern
WB JECAJuly 23, 2023WB JECA Application FormWB JECA Exam Pattern

Application Form Direct Admission in MCA 2nd Year

You can visit any of the private MCA colleges/ deemed universities to obtain the application form for direct 2nd-year admission. However, you will have to crosscheck the official website of the college initially to figure out whether the college/ varsity offers direct 2nd-year admission in MCA. Most private colleges offer admission through lateral entry mode. You can either fill the online application form/ visit the college for offline application.

CollegeDekho’s Single Application Form for MCA Lateral Entry Admission 2023

Instead of submitting a separate application form for multiple private colleges, you can fill a single application form on CollegeDekho. Through CollegeDekho’s CAF (Common Application Form), you can fill out one form and select multiple colleges by paying the registration fee. Please click on the link below –

CollegeDekho’s Common/ Single Application Form

Admission Process for MCA Lateral Entry 2023 (State Wise)

The admission process for MCA admission through lateral entry varies from one state to another. As most states conduct an entrance exam for MCA admission, you will have to register for the centralized counselling process after clearing the entrance exam. You can click on the links below to know about the counselling/ admission process of various entrance exams.

MAH MCA CET Counselling

AP ICET Counselling

TS ICET Counselling

Karnataka PGCET Counselling

UPSEE Counselling

TANCET Counselling

OJEE Counselling


Direct Admission Process 2023 for MCA through Lateral Entry

If you do not have a valid score in any of the entrance exams/ aiming for hassle-free direct admission, you can directly visit the college for admission. Deemed Universities also grant direct admission in MCA through lateral entry. The admission is granted as per the marks scored by the candidates in Class 12th and BCA/ B.Sc CS or IT. After the selection process and seat allotment, the candidates can pay the fee and confirm their admission.

You can check the list of government/ private MCA colleges by clicking on the links below. Almost all these colleges grant direct 2nd-year admission in MCA.

List of MCA Colleges in India

MCA Colleges in Maharashtra

MCA Colleges in Telangana

MCA Colleges in Karnataka

MCA Colleges in Andhra Pradesh

MCA Colleges in Odisha

MCA Colleges in Gujarat

MCA Colleges in West Bengal

MCA Colleges in Delhi

MCA Colleges in Tamil Nadu

Institutes Offering Lateral Entry MCA Admission

The table presented below provides details about some of the top institutes or colleges that provide Lateral Entry MCA Admission-

Name of the MCA College

Admission Procedure

Average Fees

Average Placement Offer

Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research, Pune

Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET) followed by GD and PI

Up to INR 6 Lakhs


Christ University, Bengaluru

Based on Merit

Up to INR 4 Lakhs


Loyola College, Chennai

Based on Merit

Up to INR 2 Lakhs


Stella Maris College, Chennai

Based on Merit

Up to INR 1 Lakhs


Women’s Christian College, Chennai

Based on Merit

Up to INR 0.8 Lakhs


St. Joseph’s College, Bengaluru

Based on Merit

Up to INR 0.9 Lakhs


Madras Christian College, Chennai

Based on Merit

Up to INR 0.75 Lakhs


Goswami Ganesh Dutta S.D. College, Chandigarh

Based on Merit

Up to INR 0.95 Lakhs


Stay tuned to CollegeDekho for the latest updates on MCA admission 2023.


Does MCA have entrance exams?

Yes, to seek admission to the MCA course candidates must qualify for an entrance exam. However, there are several universities that offer direct admission to the MCA course. Several states also conduct their own entrance exam to offer MCA Admission 2023.



Which entrance exam is best for MCA?

Different universities conduct different entrance exams to offer MCA Admission 2023. To seek admission to the NITs in India, candidates must qualify for NIMCET.


Can I join the MCA course without an entrance exam?

Yes, several universities offer direct admission to the MCA course. Candidates must fulfill the minimum eligibility criteria to take admission to their preferred college.

What is the salary after the MCA course?

As per reports, the average annual salary of an MCA graduate is INR 7 to 8 lakhs per annum.

Who is eligible for pursuing the MCA course?

Candidates who have done their BCA are eligible to seek admission to the MCA course.

Can I do MCA remotely through distance education?

Yes, candidates can do MCA through distance education. 

What is the fee to pursue an MCA course?

The average fee to pursue the MCA course is INR 2 to 3 LPA.

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