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A facile and rapid Glycine-assisted combustion method was developed to synthesize polycrystalline La<SUB>0.8</SUB>Ca<SUB>0.2</SUB>MnO<SUB>3</SUB> (LCMO) powder using dissolution of lanthanum nitrate, calcium nitrate, manganese nitrate (oxidant) and Glycine (fuel) as the starting materials and water as solvent, then heating the resulting solution on a heating plate. The x-ray diffraction and FTIR analysis confirms the orthorhombic crystal structure and morphological study shows the polycrystalline form of LCMO powder. The calculated lattice constant a = 5.46, b = 7.73 and c = 5.49 Å are well in agreement with standard values. The magnetic measurements show the paramagnetic behavior of LCMO at room temperature. The maximum change in entropy observed for the LCMO sample is -1.95 J/kgK at an applied magnetic field 2T at Curie temperature of 165 K.