Entrance Exam - ( प्रवेश परीक्षा )

C-CAT (Computerised-Common Admission Test) -

C-CAT (Computerised-Common Admission Test) -
      Admissions to all PG Diploma courses of C-DAC are done through C-DAC's computerised Common Admission Test (C-CAT). Candidates have to apply for C-CAT online at www.cdac.in or acts.cdac.in Every year, C-CAT is usually conducted in June (for August admissions) and December (for February admissions). Candidates who clear the December C-CAT will only be considered for admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses of next year February batch on the basis of their C-CAT ranks and centre/course preferences.
C-CAT Schedule
      C-CAT for admission to the February 2018 batch of PG Diploma courses will be held on 10 December 2017 and 17th December 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 in table below.
Tentative schedule of December 2017 C-CAT.
( Important dates related to admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses of February 2018 batch through the C-CAT of December 2017)
C-CAT Dates
Test Paper
Morning Slot Timings
Afternoon Slot Timings
10 December 2017;
17 December 2017
Section A
09:30 am
10:30 am
02:00 pm
03:00 pm
Section B
10:45 am
11:45 am
03:15 pm
04:15 pm
Section C
12:00 noon
01:00 pm
04:30 pm
05:30 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 December 2016 is given as follows. 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 December 2016
Navi Mumbai
New Delhi

      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 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.
C-CAT Test Papers
      C-CAT has three sections (Section A, Section B, Section C) of one hour duration each. As shown in table below, 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.
      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.
Categories of PG Diploma courses and the corresponding test paper(s) in C-CAT.
PG Diploma in Geoinformatics (PG-DGi)
Section A
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)
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 Examination Fee
      For candidates who opt (in the online application) to use their own laptops for C-CAT, the examination fee for Category I (Section A) is Rs. 1000/-, for Category II (Sections A & B) is Rs. 1200/-, and for Category III (Sections A, B & C) is Rs. 1400/-. A computer usage charge of Rs 200 will be added to the fee if the candidate opts in the online application to use the computer of the C-CAT centre. Candidates may note that the C-CAT examination fee once paid is not refundable. C-CAT examination fee structure is illustrated as follow:
Category-wise C-CAT examination fee
Course Category
C-CAT Paper(s)
Exam. fee for own laptop users
Exam. fee for centre’s computer users
Rs. 1000/-
Rs. 1200/-
Rs. 1400/-
Rs. 1200/-
Rs. 1400/-
Rs. 1600/-
      After filling the online C-CAT application form, the examination fee may be paid online OR in cash through the ‘Make Payment’ step on the main menu of the online application. No cheque or demand draft (DD) will be accepted towards payment of C-CAT examination fee.
Online: The examination fee can be paid using credit/debit cards through the payment gateway that will be opened upon clicking the 'Online' option of the 'Make Payment' step. Candidates are advised to follow the instructions/steps given on the payment gateway, and also print/keep the transaction details for their records.
Cash: The examination fee can also be paid in cash at any of the C-DAC training centres listed in Table 4. After filling the online application, the applicant should print the form and submit it personally along with the fee (in cash) at any of the C-DAC training centres before 5 pm on 1 December 2016. After cash payment, candidates are advised to collect the payment receipt and city selection status before leaving the training centre.
      On accepting the examination fee at C-DAC, the ‘Make Payment’ step on the main menu of the online application will be tick-marked, and the status of payment will be updated on the ‘Status Check’ menu. The pdf application form obtained by clicking the ‘View/Print Application Form’ on the main menu will now have the transaction details of the payment made.
Important Notes:
(i)C-CAT application form and cash sent by post/courier will not be accepted at any of the C-DAC training centres.
(ii)Candidates are advised to view the seat availability for C-CAT at various cities before paying the examination fee through cash or online.
      Candidates facing any issues during online payment may contact C-DAC ACTS Pune through phone (020-25503143) or email (actssupport@cdac.in)
Use of Candidates Laptops for C-CAT
      Candidate's 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
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.
Indicative syllabus of the different sections of test papers in C-CAT.
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 below. Candidates are, however, advised to read more books than the ones specified in this table.
Reference books for the various topics in C-CAT
Any High School Grammar Book (e.g. Wren & Martin)
Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning
Quantitative Aptitude Fully Solved (R. S. Aggrawal)
Quantitative Aptitude (M Tyara) Barron’s New GRE 2016
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)
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)
Microprocessor Architecture, Programming & Applications with 8085 (Ramesh Gaonkar)
The Intel Microprocessor (Barry Brey)

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