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 has been over. Now, the admission for August batch is going to start in the month of June 2019. CDAC C-CAT 2019 exam will be held in the first week of July 2019. Candidates who will clear the June 2019 C-CAT will only be 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. Check complete details on CDAC C-CAT 2019 from this page.

Latest: C-DAC admission process for February session is over now.

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

Interested candidates will be able to register and apply for C-CAT 2019 when released. 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 Second week of May 2019
Closing of Online Registration & Application, and Payment of
Examination Fee for C-CAT
03 Dec 2018 Second week of Jun2019
Downloading of C-CAT Admit Cards 06 to 13 Dec 2018 Last week of Jun 2019
C-DAC’s Common Admission Test (C-CAT) 09 & 16 Dec 2018 First week of Jul 2019
Announcement of C-CAT Ranks 27 Dec 2018 Second week of Jul 2019
Online Selection of Courses and Centres (1st Counselling) 27 Dec 2018 to 03 Jan 2019 Second week of Jul 2019
Declaration of 1st Round of Seat Allocation 07 Jan 2019 Second week of 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) Last week of Jul 2019
Declaration of 2nd Round of Seat Allocation 21 Jan 2019 Last week of Jul 2019
Last Date of Payment of first instalment course fee for candidates allocated seats through the second round 28 Jan 2019 First week of Aug 2019
Payment of caution deposit and online selection of course and centres (2nd counselling) 30 Jan to 04 Feb 2019 Second week of Aug 2019
Declaration of Third Round of Seat Allocation (based on 2nd Counselling) 06 Feb 2019 Second week of Aug 2019
Last Date of Payment of Balance course fee 14 Feb 2019 Third week of Aug 2019
Registration of Students at Training Centres 18 Feb 2019 Third week of Aug 2019
Commencement of PG Diploma Courses 19 Feb 2019 Third week of Aug 2019

Candidates must appear in an 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. 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 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

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 Aug 2019 batch of PG Diploma courses will be held on the month of June. 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

CDAC C-CAT 2019 Admit Card

The admit card for CDAC C-CAT 2019 will be 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 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 Dec 2018 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:

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

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 requested. 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.

Official Website: www.cdac.in.

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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.

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