C-DAC Common Admission Test (C-CAT) 2018 is going to held on June 24 and July 01, 2018 for admission to August 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 will clear the June 2018 C-CAT will only be considered for admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses of August 2018 batch on the basis of their C-CAT ranks and centre/course preferences.

Latest: 2nd Round of Seat Allocation for CDAC C-CAT 2018 has been released. Check it through the “Seat Allotment Result” link provided below.

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

Interested candidates can register and apply for C-CAT from the dates given in the schedule. Thereafter they can download admit card before the exam. All those who appear in the exam can check result/rank in online mode. 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 18 May 2018
Closing of Online Registration & Application, and Payment of
Examination Fee for C-CAT
18 Jun 2018
Downloading of C-CAT Admit Cards 21 to 28 Jun 2018
C-DAC’s Common Admission Test (C-CAT) 24 Jun & 01 Jul 2018
Announcement of C-CAT Ranks 12 Jul 2018
Online Selection of Courses and Centres (1st Counselling) 12 – 18 Jul 2018
Declaration of 1st Round of Seat Allocation 20 Jul 2018
Last Date of Payment of first instalment course fee for candidates allocated seats through the 1st round 26 Jul 2018
Declaration of 2nd Round of Seat Allocation 31 Jul 2018
Last Date of Payment of first instalment course fee for candidates allocated seats through the second round 06 Aug 2018
Payment of caution deposit and online selection of course and centres (2nd counselling) 9 – 13 Aug 2018
Declaration of Third Round of Seat Allocation (based on 2nd Counselling) 14 Aug 2018
Last Date of Payment of Balance course fee 17 Aug 2018
Registration of Students at Training Centres 20 Aug 2018
Commencement of PG Diploma Courses 21 Aug 2018

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

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 2018 batch of PG Diploma courses will be held on June 24, 2018, and July 01, 2018. 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 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 June 2018

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.

For more details of CDAC C-CAT, Aug 2018 Download Information Brochure.

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