C-DAC Common Admission Test (C-CAT) is conducted for admissions to all PG Diploma Courses of C-DAC. Every year, C-CAT is usually conducted in June (for August admissions) and December (for February admissions). Admission for February batch is over. Candidates who clear the June 2019 C-CAT are considered for admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses of August 2019 batch on the basis of their performance in the entrance examination and center/course preferences. The detailed information regarding CDAC C-CAT 2019 is mentioned below, candidates can check for the same.

Latest: The admit card of CDAC C-CAT 2019 is available from June 20, 2019, check here.

C-DAC Common Admission Test (C-CAT) 2019

Interested candidates will be able to register and apply for C-CAT 2019 as per the schedule. Only registered candidates will be able to download admit card of C-CAT. After an exam, they can check the result and download the rank card. All those who will appear in the exam can check result/rank in online mode. Know all important dates for C-DAC Common Admission Test (C-CAT) 2019 here.

Events February Batch August Batch
Beginning of Online Registration and Application for C-CAT 23 Oct 2018 17 May 2019
Closing of Online Registration & Application, and Payment of
Examination Fee for C-CAT
03 Dec 2018 17 Jun 2019
Downloading of C-CAT Admit Cards 06 to 13 Dec 2018 20-27 Jun 2019
C-DAC’s Common Admission Test (C-CAT) 09 & 16 Dec 2018

CCAT I 23 Jun 2019

CCAT II 30 Jun 2019

Announcement of C-CAT Ranks 27 Dec 2018 10 Jul 2019
Online Selection of Courses and Centres (1st Counselling) 27 Dec 2018 to 03 Jan 2019 10-16 Jul 2019
Declaration of 1st Round of Seat Allocation 07 Jan 2019 18 Jul 2019
Last Date of Payment of first instalment course fee for candidates allocated seats through the 1st round 16 Jan 2019(till  5 pm) 25 Jul 2019 (till 5 pm)
Declaration of 2nd Round of Seat Allocation 21 Jan 2019 29 Jul 2019
Last Date of Payment of first installment course fee for candidates allocated seats through the second round 28 Jan 2019 03 Aug 2019 (till 5 pm)
Payment of caution deposit and online selection of course and centres (2nd counselling) 30 Jan to 04 Feb 2019 05 – 08 Aug 2019
Declaration of Third Round of Seat Allocation (based on 2nd Counselling) 06 Feb 2019 09 Aug 2019
Last Date of Payment of Balance course fee 14 Feb 2019 14 Aug 2019
Registration of Students at Training Centres 18 Feb 2019 19 Aug 2019
Commencement of PG Diploma Courses 19 Feb 2019 20 Aug 2019

Candidates must appear in an exam in order to get admission in PG Diploma courses at Centre for Development of Advanced Computing.

CDAC C-CAT 2019 Admit Card

The admit card for CDAC C-CAT 2019 is issued in online mode only. The exam conducting body does not send any printed admit card to the candidates individually by post. The candidates can download it from the Student Login by entering details such as Form Number and Password. It is mandatory for the candidates to carry the print out of the CDAC CAT Admit Card on the day of the examination. Along with it, you also need to carry a valid id proof as well. It is advised to the candidates to read the important instructions given on the CDAC C-CAT Admit Card 2019.

C-CAT Test Papers

C-CAT has three sections (Section A, Section B, Section C) of one-hour duration each. As shown in Table 1, depending on the category of courses selected by the candidate, he/she will have to either appear for just one test paper (Section A) or two test papers (Section A and Section B) or all the three test papers (Section A, Section B and Section C). The medium of C-CAT is English.

Important Note: A candidate can appear only for the specific section(s) in C-CAT as per the category of the courses opted by him/her at the time of filling the online application form.

Every section in C-CAT will have 50 objective-type questions. Each question will have four choices as possible answers of which only one will be correct. There will be +3 (plus three) marks for each correct answer, -1 (minus one) for each wrong answer, and 0 (zero) marks for each un-attempted question. The maximum mark a candidate can obtain in any one section of C-CAT is 150.

List of PG Diploma courses and the corresponding test paper(s) in C-CAT.

Course Category Course Name C-CAT
I PG Diploma in Geoinformatics (PG-DGi) Section A
II PG Diploma in Advanced Computing (PG-DAC) Section A +
Section B
PG Diploma in Big Data Analytics (PG-DBDA)
PG Diploma in IT Infrastructure, Systems & Security (PG-DITISS)
PG Diploma in Internet of Things (PG-DIoT)
PG Diploma in Artificial Intelligence (PG-DAI)
PG Diploma in Mobile Computing (PG-DMC)
PG Diploma in System Software Development (PG-DSSD)
PG Diploma in Advanced Secure Software Development (PG-DASSD)
 PG Diploma in HPC System Administration (PG-HPCSA)
III PG Diploma in Embedded Systems Design (PG-DESD) Section A +
Section B +
Section C
PG Diploma in VLSI Design (PG-DVLSI)
PG Diploma in Biomedical Instrumentation & Health Informatics (PG-DBIHI)

C-CAT Syllabus

CDAC C-CAT Syllabus is provided below for the exam preparation. Candidates who are going to appear for the CDAC C-CAT 2019 can refer to this syllabus for preparation. Syllabus of the different sections of test papers in C-CAT.

Test Paper Topics Duration
Section A English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning 1 hour
Section B Computer Fundamentals, C Programming, Data Structures, Data Communication & Networking, Object Oriented Programming Concepts, Operating Systems 1 hour
Section C Computer Architecture, Digital Electronics, Microprocessors 1 hour

The list of reference books for the various topics of C-CAT is given in Table. Candidates are, however, advised to read more books than the ones specified in this table.

Reference books for the various topics in C-CAT.

Section Topic Reference Book
A English Any High School Grammar Book (e.g. Wren & Martin)
Quantitative Aptitude&Reasoning Quantitative Aptitude Fully Solved (R. S. Aggarwal)
Quantitative Aptitude (M Tyara)
Barron’s New GRE 2016
B Computer Fundamentals Foundations of Computing (Pradeep Sinha & Priti Sinha)
Data Communication & Networking Data Communication & Networking (Forouzan)
C Programming C Programming Language (Kernighan & Ritchie)
Let Us C (Yashavant Kanetkar)
Data Structures Data Structures Through C in Depth (S. K. Srivastava)
Operating Systems Operating System Principles (Silberschatz, Galvin, Gagne)
OOP Concepts Test Your C ++ Skills (Yashavant Kanetkar)
C Computer Architecture Computer Organization & Architecture (William Stallings)
Digital Electronics Digital Design (Morris Mano)
Digital Design: Principles & Practices (John Wakerly)
Modern Digital Electronics (R. P. Jain)
Microprocessors Microprocessor Architecture, Programming & Applications with 8085 (Ramesh Gaonkar)
The Intel Microprocessor (Barry Brey)

C-CAT Schedule

C-CAT for admission to the August 2019 batch of PG Diploma courses will be held on June 23, 2019 and June 30, 2019. Candidates may choose one of these dates as per their convenience/availability while filling the online application. The tentative schedule for different test papers of C-CAT is given below.

Test Paper Morning Slot Timings Afternoon Slot Timings
Section A 9:30 am – 10:30 am 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Section B 10:45 am – 11:45 am 3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Section C 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

C-CAT Centres

C-CAT will be conducted in the computerized mode in various cities across India. The list of cities where C-CAT will be conducted in June 2019 is given below. C-CAT centres will be allocated to candidates on a first-come, first served basis of application, depending on the centres’ seating capacity and availability.

Cities where C-CAT will be conducted in:

(only on June 23, 2019)
(only on June 30, 2019)
(only on June 30, 2019)
Bengaluru Bhubaneswar
Chennai Guwahati
(only on June 23, 2019)
(only on June 30, 2019)
Hyderabad  Indore
(only on June 30, 2019)
Karad Kochi Kolkata Lucknow
(only on June 30, 2019)
Mohali Mumbai Nagpur Nashik Navi Mumbai
New Delhi Noida Patna Pune Raipur
(only on June 30, 2019)
(only on June 30, 2019)
(only on June 30, 2019)
(only on June 30, 2019)
Thiruvananthapuram Vijayawada
(only on June 30, 2019)

The C-CAT date and city once selected in the online application form cannot be changed unless approved in writing by C-DAC, subject to availability of seats in the requested city. All such signed letters of requests with proof of valid reasons should be received at C-DAC ACTS, 5th Floor, Innovation Park, Sr. No. 34/B/1, Panchvati, Pashan, Pune 411008, before the last date of C-CAT application.

Use of Candidate’s Laptops for C-CAT

Candidates will have the option to use their own laptops for C-CAT. Such candidates have to choose the ‘Own Laptop’ option in the online application form.

Minimum configurations required for the laptop:

  • Processor: Intel’s Pentium 4 or above
  • RAM: 1 GB or more (Recommended: 2 GB)
  • Operating System: Windows (XP, 7, 8, 8.1 or 10)
  • Browser: Any one of the browsers: IE9 and above, Mozilla20, Mozilla16, Chrome26 and above
  • JavaScript must be enabled on the browser.
  • The laptop should be LAN and WiFi enabled and these ports should be working.
  • The laptop should have antivirus running on it and should be free from any virus, malware, and spyware.
  • The laptop should have proper power backup for the entire duration of the exam.

Important Note: Candidates would be entirely responsible for the functioning of their laptops during C-CAT. C-DAC reserves the right to deny a candidate in appearing for C-CAT in case of non-functioning or malfunctioning of his/her laptop. No examination fee will be refunded to such a candidate.

Candidates who have opted to use their own laptops will have to report one hour before the scheduled start of C-CAT to check and confirm the readiness of their laptops. Detailed instructions about configuring the laptop for C-CAT will be provided along with the admit card.

Counselling & Seat Allocation Process

C-DAC’s PG Diploma admission process has two counselling sessions and three rounds of seat allocations. Counselling means online filling of preferences of courses and training centres by the candidates.

  • There are two rounds of seat allocations based on the first counselling. This means that using the course-centre preferences given by the candidates during the first choice filling, two rounds of seat allocations (Round 1 and Round 2) will be done.

Depending on their C-CAT ranks, candidates will be allocated seats strictly based on the order of preferences of courses and centres given by them during the counselling. If some candidates’ ranks are not good enough to get them their top preferences in the first round of seat allocations, they may be offered their lower preferred courses/centres depending on their ranks. Such candidates may be allocated their higher-preferred course/centre in the second round of seat allocation, depending on their ranks. However, if candidates get their first preference in the first round of seat allocation itself, then that will be their final allocated seat and there will be no change for them in the second round of seat allocations. The seats allocated in the second round are final and there will be no further change in them.

  • Through the second counseling, candidates who have not got/confirmed admission are given one last chance to online fill their preferences of courses and training centers for the vacant seats that arise after the second round of admissions. The second counselling is scheduled after the payment of the first installment fee of the second round of seat allocation. The third round of seat allocation is based on the second counseling.

During both the counselling sessions, candidates will be permitted to give preferences for only those courses belonging to the category they had selected in the C-CAT application form. However, a candidate can give as many preferences for training centres and courses belonging to the applied C-CAT category.

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  1. Dear Sir,

    Sub: possibilities of consideration of my delayed application for CDAC exam

    As I was delayed aware of CDAC application and by the time deadline was over, i could not apply for the same, but i am trying hard to get in trough CDAC. I would be privileged to join CDAC institution for my career growth. Please help me with possibilities of offline/online registration after deadline so that I can attend the exam held and join the institute.

    Thanking u

  2. Hi I do not have admit card print options, and my exam schedule is 16 Dec, plz help me out what to do???? I have done all the procedure which is successfully completed.

  3. hello sir,
    i’m mechanial student which courses i have to choose in cdac please help me…..and which section i have to select while applying for exam ,like (section A B C)….

    • As per the eligibility criteria only IT / Computer Science / Electronics / Telecommunications / Electrical / Instrumentation field candidates can apply.

  4. I am 2016 batch Pass out batch and wanted to start career in the IT industry. Is CDAC good option and how the placement for 2016 Batch?

  5. Hello sir,
    my financial condition is not good and i want to take loan how can i get load for cdac please guide me.

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