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C-DAC Common Admission Test (C-CAT) 2018 is being held in December 2017 for admission to February 2018 batch. Admissions to all PG Diploma courses of C-DAC are done through C-DAC’s Computerised Common Admission Test (C-CAT). Every year, C-CAT is usually conducted in June (for August admissions) and December (for February admissions). Candidates who clear the Dec 2017 C-CAT will only be considered for admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses of February 2018 batch on the basis of their C-CAT ranks and centre/course preferences.

Latest: Application Form of CDAC C-CAT 2018 is now available.

C-DAC Common Admission Test (C-CAT) 2018

Interested candidates can register and apply for C-CAT from October 29 to last date given in schedule. Thereafter they can download admit card before exam. C-DAC’s Common Admission Test is on December 10 and 17. All those who appear in exam can check result / rank in online mode on December 28. Know all important dates for C-DAC Common Admission Test (C-CAT) 2018 here.

Event Dates
Beginning of Online Registration and Application for C-CAT 29 Oct 2017
Closing of Online Registration & Application, and Payment of
Examination Fee for C-CAT
30 Nov 2017
Downloading of C-CAT Admit Cards 07 – 14 Dec 2017
C-DAC’s Common Admission Test (C-CAT) 10, 17 Dec 2017
Announcement of C-CAT Ranks 28 Dec 2017
Online Selection of Courses and Centres (1st Counselling) 28 Dec 2017 – 4 Jan 2018
Declaration of 1st Round of Seat Allocation 08 Jan 2018
Last Date of Payment of first installment course fee for candidates allocated seats through the 1st round 15 Jan 2018 (5 PM)
Declaration of 2nd Round of Seat Allocation 19 Jan 2018
Last Date of Payment of first installment course fee for candidates allocated seats through the second round 24 Jan 2018 (5 PM)
Payment of caution deposit and online selection of course and centres (2nd counselling) 01 – 07 Feb 2018 (5 PM)
Declaration of Third Round of Seat Allocation (based on 2nd Counselling) 09 Feb 2018
Last Date of Payment of Balance course fee 16 Feb 2018
Registration of Students at Training Centres 19 Feb 2018
Commencement of PG Diploma Courses 20 Feb 2018

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

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
Paper(s)
I PG Diploma in Geoinformatics (PG-DGi) Section A
II PG Diploma in Advanced Computing (PG-DAC) Section A +
Section B
PG Diploma in Mobile Computing (PG-DMC)
PG Diploma in System Software Development (PG-DSSD)
PG Diploma in IT Infrastructure, Systems & Security (PG-DITISS)
PG Diploma in Big Data Analytics (PG-DBDA)
PG Diploma in Internet of Things (PG-DIoT)
  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

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 February 2018 batch of PG Diploma courses will be held on 10 Dec 2017 and 17 Dec 2017. 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.

Tentative schedule of Dec 2017 C-CAT. (Slot timings may vary slightly. The final timings will be printed on the admit cards.)

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 computerized mode in various cities across India. The list of cities where C-CAT will be conducted in Dec 2017 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 Dec 2017

Agartala (10 Dec 2017 only) Ahmedabad (17 Dec 2017 only) Allahabad (17 Dec 2017 only) Bengaluru Bhubaneswar
Chennai Dhanbad (10 Dec 2017 only) Hyderabad Indore Jaipur (17 Dec 2017 only)
Karad Kochi Kolkata Lucknow (10 Dec 2017 only) Mohali
Mumbai Nagpur Nashik Navi Mumbai New Delhi
Noida Patna Pune Raipur (17 Dec 2017 only) Ranchi (17 Dec 2017 only)
Silchar Solapur (17 Dec 2017 only) Thiruvananthapuram Vijayawada (17 Dec 2017 only)

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 requested. All such signed letters of requests with proof of valid reasons should be received at C-DAC ACTS, 5 th 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 of 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.
  • Laptop should be LAN and WiFi enabled and these ports should be working.
  • Laptop should have antivirus running on it and should be free from any virus, malware and spyware.
  • 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.

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