CCMT 2014 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How many Participating Institutes or programmes can I apply to?

A candidate is free to opt for as many Participating Institutes (PIs) viz. NITs, IIITs or other CFIs and as many programmes she/he wishes to choose through a single application. The online system of choice filling has been designed to display ONLY those choices to a particular candidate for which she/he is eligible, as per the eligibility degree discipline and GATE paper code. A Candidate can check her/his eligibility to various programs by using the check eligibility link on the website.

If I haven’t qualified with a valid GATE score OR I didn’t appear for GATE, Can I apply?

No. This Centralized Counseling for M.Tech./M.Arch./M.Plan. Admissions is exclusively for GATE qualified candidates, possessing valid GATE score (in year 2013 or 2014). However some PIs may permit non GATE candidates during the SPOT round ONLY. You are advised to look for individual institute’s policy in SPOT round.

If a degree discipline doesn’t appear in list/menu while filling application, what do I do?

All such eligible degree disciplines as reported by various PIs have been included in the list. In case applicant selects an existing discipline in the list, then a candidate herself/himself has to make sure that she/he is eligible to all the choices of PG programme filled by herself/himself. It will be the liability of the candidate ONLY to produce/prove discipline equivalence at the allotted institute/reporting centre; and CCMT will not be responsible for any such act on candidate’s part.

How can I pay the application fee?

There are only two modes of payment. 1. ONLINE payment through Credit/Debit cards, internet banking 2. e-challan (ICICI/SBI Bank). Application fee is one time payable, and is non-refundable.

What is minimum eligibility condition in terms of CGPA/CGPI or % marks?

Minimum eligibility is 6.0 CGPA/CGPI on 10 point scale or 55% marks for SC/ST candidates and 6.5 CGPA/CGPI on 10 scale or 60% marks for all remaining categories (Open, OBC and OM, if applicable). There will not be any relaxation for PWD category.

My final semester result will be declared late. I will know if I have secured minimum required marks/CGPA/CGPI only after the result is out. By that time last date of the application will be over, will my application for CCMT be accepted?

A candidate has to apply within duration of Application registration deadline (SEE BROCHURE or VISIT website for last date of application registration). However, a candidate whose degree result is yet to be declared may produce overall result and provisional degree by 15th September 2014. A candidate till then applies on his own responsibility BUT will have to produce proof of & obtain qualifying marks till the aforesaid deadline. If a candidate is sure that the results would not be available till 15th Sept. 2014 or if s/he is sure that s/he would not be able to get the eligible CGPA/CGPI or % marks than such applicants should not apply.

If I apply now and I do not secure minimum marks/CGPA/CGPI, will the application fee be returned?

Application fee is one time payable, and is non-refundable.

I have my caste certificate case pending. Can I apply and produce the certificate as and when I get it, till that point can I submit my brothers/sisters/mothers/fathers certificate to convince you that I belong to particular cast?

The candidate has the responsibility to fill correct details, and produce relevant certificates in ORIGINAL when she/he first time reports to reporting centre (one of PIs). After allotment; she/he will lose her/his SEAT, if she/he doesn’t produce required certificate/s in ORIGINAL at that time.

Please accept an old creamy layer certificate and I shall produce new one as and when I get it.?

The candidate has the responsibility to fill correct details, and produce relevant certificates in ORIGINAL as per desired FORMAT when she/he first time reports to reporting centre (one of PIs). After allotment; she/he will lose her/his SEAT, if she/he doesn’t produce required certificate/s in ORIGINAL as per desired FORMAT at that time.

My child will be out to XXXX place can I come in his place and sign on his behalf.

The candidate has to report in PERSON, failing which her/his candidature will be treated as “Not-reported” and her/his allotment will stand cancelled.

My child is sick and cannot reach any counseling centre. Can I come in his place and sign on his behalf.

The candidate has to report in PERSON, failing which her/his candidature will be treated as “non-reported” and her/his allotment will stand cancelled.

Can I get transferred to a PI near my homes place after admitted to a particular PI?

Inter-Institute transfer is not permitted. However, till third round of allotment, you may be transferred to any other PI, based on your merit, preference and vacancy, if option I has been opted by the candidate. After third round you have to surrender your present seat and appear as fresh candidate for remaining seats. You may also apply for a particular PI in spot round.

When I proceed to choice filling I am getting a list of only 1-2 programmes, what should I do?

List of available programmes for a candidate depends on his/her eligibility. It is the responsibility of the candidate to first check her/his eligibility and then only proceed with filling application form,

I have given GATE exam in general category and qualified the same. I actually belong to SC or ST or OB category. So will it be possible now to avail the facilities of my category during application filling/counseling?

Yes, you can do so; BUT you MUST fill in the caste category very carefully, as you are liable to produce correct certificate at the time of REPORTING, failing which your present-allotted seat will get cancelled, and you will be considered an OPEN category candidate for further rounds, if any.

I am in job, how can I apply to PI of my choice, how many seats (and where ) are reserved for candidates in job/having work-experience, all over India?

Current CCMT 2014, counseling is for candidates possessing valid GATE score ONLY (2013 or 2014). You MUST look for separate advertisement from a particular PI and follow the instructions thereon. CCMT 2014 doesn’t entertain non-GATE candidates, whether having experience OR not.

Do I have to fill separate application form for each PI?

A single online application is sufficient to cover all the available programme choices across all the PIs. However a candidate, who has appeared in both 2013 and 2014 in GATE in different subject area and wishes to be considered for both the GATE scores, has to apply two separate applications for the different GATE scores.

I have been allotted a seat in a PI (say for example NIT Agartala) in the first round of allotment. In case I do not get my higher preferred choice till third round of allotment, and I don’t want to join that PI, what are my choices?

As per options selected at the time of reporting by the candidate, the upgradation will take place until 3rd round. If you are still not satisfied with allotted/upgraded choice; you MUST surrender this allotted/upgraded seat before being eligible for 4th round. Before 4th round you will be given a chance to modify your choices.

Will I be able to see vacancies before surrendering a seat during 3rd round?

No, after 3rd round of reporting is over, the available vacancies in the programmes across all PIs will be displayed.

After surrendering, how can I fill choices without knowing the updated vacancies upon surrendering by other candidates before 4th round?

The vacancies will be displayed after the third round of counseling is over. Candidates will be able to select seats based on their eligibility.

How many rounds will be there?

  • Firstly, there will be 3 rounds consisting of upgradation option.
  • Then, in 4th round all such candidates who are still not allotted any seat, as well as those allottees of any of first three rounds, who have surrendered their respective seats will be considered for allotment.
  • SPOT round will be conducted by individual institute ONLY.

Which branch and institute is good? Where is the scope?

Each branch in engineering demands certain traits. You have to first understand your own liking, capabilities and limitations and check whether the branch you want suits you or not.

Institutes having good placements, facilities and faculty members are supposed to be good institutes.

If scope means merely number of job opportunities with high salaries, it keeps on changing due to changes in economic conditions, technological advancements and social/ legal changes.

If a wider meaning of scope is meant, then scope is always for a person and not for stamps or labels he/she carries. Persons with talent, passion, commitment and hard work create scope for themselves out of nothing in any walk of life.

What preparation is needed to fill the choices?

It is very important to study all the participating institutes. One may visit their website, talk to persons who know about them or even may visit the institutes personally and see where and how are the institutes.

Check whether the fee is affordable. Some institutes and branches have restrictions on age, gender and minimum marks in qualifying examination, Mathematics as a major subject in 12th class or three year diploma/engineering, sub-category etc. Please ensure that you fulfill those criteria.

What is the best strategy of choice filling?

Each choice of institute or branch must be such that you know completely what you are asking for. Include only those choices in your list where you are really prepared to go if you get an allotment. One must refrain from ambling or take-a-chance approach. No choice should be included in half hearted manner. It should not happen that after getting an allotment you say Oh! I did not want it. If that is so, it should not have been in the list of choices.

Maintaining strict order of preference is also very important. Assume that what you really want is at no. 17 in your list but you get choice no. 13. In the subsequent rounds, choice no. 1 to 12 only will be considered. Even if you get an opportunity to modify your choices later, what you wanted may not be available at that time.

Original mark sheet / document are deposited somewhere else, and a certificate regarding this is available. Can such candidates report to reporting center after allotment?

Not Allowed.

I have not received my GATE score card. Or I have lost my GATE score card.

GATE website shows how a candidate could obtain duplicate SCORE Card. For more details, please contact GATE office.

How the seats will be allotted?

All the seats will be allotted on the basis of GATE score in the respective category. In case of tie, please refer the information brochure for detailed rules.

What are the category codes used on the score card?

The following are category codes used on the score card

  • OC: Open category, which includes Unreserved General Category
  • OCPWD: persons with disabilities from General Category
  • OB: Other Backward Class
  • OBPWD: persons with disabilities from Other Backward Class
  • SC: Scheduled Caste
  • SCPWD: persons with disabilities from Scheduled Caste
  • ST: Scheduled Tribe
  • STPWD persons with disabilities from Scheduled Tribe

If category is OC. Can the category be changed from OC to SC/ST/OB?

No, It cannot be changed.

Is category change possible during online registration?

Change of Category is possible from SC/ST/OB to OC at the time of online registration, but change of category from OC to reserved category is not allowed. Also change of category within SC, ST and OB are not allowed.

If the candidate fails to submit category certificate or category given by the candidate is found to be wrong (not in the list declared by the Central Government) at the time of verification of certificates or at the time of reporting, his / her provisional allotment of the seat shall automatically stands cancelled.

However, the candidate will be allowed for the next rounds of seat allotment for the available vacant seats only, after obtaining an undertaking from the candidate and updating his/her category based on the original certificates.

Who is eligible for persons with disabilities category?

To be eligible for consideration under persons with disabilities category, a candidate must have a minimum of 40% disability subject to the condition that the candidate is capable of carrying out all activities related to theory and practical work as applicable to M.Tech. /M.Arch./M. Plan. Courses. Candidates are required to produce a valid certificate at the time of reporting.

What happens if I do not register online?

Such candidates cannot fill in choices and hence are out of the admission process of CCMT (first four rounds). However they can register for the spot round, conducted by Institutes.

Can the candidate change his/her password?

Yes. The candidate can change his/her password any number of times.

Is there any compulsion to register online only at Help / Reporting center?

There is no compulsion. The eligible candidate can register ONLINE from any place of their convenience. Candidates may seek guidance, help and do their registration and choice filling at all the Reporting Centers/Help Centers.

However, candidates who get a seat allotted in round 1 or 2 must report to a reporting center. For more details, please refer to Flow Chart given in Information Brochure.

How many choices can a candidate give?

A candidate can submit as many numbers of choices in order of preference as he/she wishes from the list of his/her available choices. Candidates are required to ensure themselves that they are eligible for the programme, which they are filling choice.

What is locking?

Locking is the process of final submission of choices. Once the choices are locked, it cannot be further changed.

If a candidate doesn’t lock his/her choices, will they be processed for seat allotment?

It is in the interest of the candidates that they lock their choices themselves before the deadline. However, in the exceptional cases where candidates fail to lock their choices, the last saved choices will be locked automatically. If any candidate does not fill any choice till the last date of choice filling, his / her application will be rejected.

Can the candidate modify the choices after locking?

After locking the choices, candidate cannot modify his/her choices. However, opportunity to modify the choices will be available after 3rd round of allotments. For details, refer Information Brochure.

What are Option I, II and III?

This is pertaining to considering choices of preference higher than the currently allotted seat. Option I means all the choices of higher preference (across the institute) be considered in the next round. Option II means only the higher preference choices within the currently allotted institute would be considered in the next round. Option III means the candidate wants to retain the currently allotted seat only.

What is Initial fee? Will it be adjusted?

A candidate is required to deposit an application fee of Rs. 1750 as non-refundable application fee (Rs. 1250 for SC/ST candidates at the time of registering. If allotted any seat, the candidate will be required to deposit Rs. 10000 as PART OF INSTITUTE FEE at the reporting centre which will later be adjusted in total fee of respective allotted institute.

Can a candidate be allowed for reporting after scheduled date?

Not allowed. If a candidate doesn’t report at any one of the reporting centres for provisional admission, his/her allotment shall stand cancelled. The resulting vacancy will be filled up in the subsequent round(s). Such candidates would be considered as “non reported” and would not be eligible for subsequent round.

Can a candidate be permitted if he/she brings part of the required documents?

No. Not allowed. The candidate has to bring all the required documents in original.

What are the working hours of Reporting Centers, Help Centers, Participating Institutes and CCMT Headquarter?

Generally, the working hours are 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM

My friend and I have done same degree course, have taken same subject code and belong to same category but still my friend’s list of program show more choices than myself.

This is possible. Your friend may also be eligible against OC category seats where as you may not be eligible against OC category seats. A category candidate should fulfill all the eligibility requirement of OC seats to be eligible for OC seat.

Whether Part-Time, Sponsored candidates are eligible for CCMT.

Admissions for Part-Time and Sponsored candidates would be carried out by respective PIs. Part-Time and sponsored candidates are advised to contact the respective PIs for this purpose.

I am in PWD category, is there any relaxation in the online application processing fee.

There is no separate relaxation for PWD (OC/OBC) category. However, PWD (SC and ST) are eligible as per their original category.

Whether the documents need to be attested?

The documents are to be self-attested by the candidate. You have to bring all the original documents with GATE score card and category proof document.

If I get seat allotment for admission, where should I report?

You can report at any one of the reporting centers during first and second round. During 3rd & 4th round, candidate must report to the allotted Institute for admission.

Whether choice filling is necessary?

At least one choice must be filled, if one does not fill even one choice during the choice filling period, her/his application would be rejected.

I have got two GATE scores in year 2014, which GATE Score should I fill in the application?

The GATE score, which is valid from 15th March 2014 to 14th March 2015, should be filled.

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