Doing the Master of Computer Application (MCA) course at prestigious institutes, such as the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), provide an opportunity to imbibe the academic excellence promoted by them.
The 20 NITs are institutes of national importance.
Only those at Allahabad, Bhopal, Kozhikode, Durgapur, Jamshedpur, Kurukshetra, Surathkal, Tiruchirapalli, Raipur and Warangal offer the MCA course. Admission is through a common entrance test, NIMCET.
The course at the institutes in Kozhikode and Warangal are conducted by their computer science and engineering departments, giving students the added advantage of selecting papers offered to B.Tech. students.
The entrance test will be held on May 18. The 20 NITs are the test centres.
The two-hour test will have 120 questions — 40 from mathematics; 50 from analytical ability and logical reasoning; and 15 questions each from computer awareness and English comprehension.
Each correct answer fetches four marks. One mark is deducted for every wrong answer.
Nishad Gopuram, director, T.I.M.E., Kozhikode, says a sensible time allocation for each section is crucial.
The number of questions remains the same as that of the previous years, but the duration of the examination was cut short by 30 minutes to two hours in 2007.
He says the admission brochure indicates that some of the questions will be on comprehension of a logical situation and based on facts given in a passage. Students will be better advised to prepare extensively in this area.
He advises students to brush up their 12th standard mathematics. Vector, algebra and matrices are some of the areas that the students should be thorough with.
One can expect puzzles and non-verbal questions to test visual skills. Sometimes, a good performance in English comprehension may give one an edge, especially if candidates perform equally well in other areas.
The candidates should not waste time over any question. They should know which to attempt and which not to.