NSM Capacity Building

Admission Process to Pre-CAT


Application Process :

The eligible candidates can apply to join Pre-CAT Course through the online registration and application form on the C-DAC ACTS website (acts.cdac.in) by providing the required details and upload their PHOTOGRAPH taken within last three months.

The candidate is required to select one choice of Training Centre for appearing for the CET. No request for change of centre will be entertained, hence candidate must select centre with due care and diligence.

There are no registration or application fees charged from the candidates to apply for the CET.

Course Entrance Test (CET) :

The admission to the Pre-CAT course is through a Course Entrance Test (CET) conducted at the designated Training Centres. The candidate must appear for CET along with the issued admit card at the designated training centre as per the scheduled date and time provided in the admit card.

The CET will be computer-based examination in physical mode. The syllabus for the CET for 150 marks will include the following :

1. English (10 questions)
2. Mathematics (10 questions)
3. Quantitative Analytics (10 questions)
4. Computer Fundamentals (20 questions)

The duration of the CET will be 60 minutes. For each correct answer +3 mark, -1 marks for incorrect, and 0 for un-attempted answer will be awarded for the examination.

Result of CET & Selection of Training Centre :

The result of the CET will be published on the ACTS website indicating ranking for each candidate. Candidates with the lowest 10% performance will not be qualified for ranking. Ranked candidates will be required to provide one or up to three Training Centres as preference order for undergoing Pre-CAT course. The allocation of centre will be strictly by order of rank obtained, vacancy, and centre preference. Candidate must provide choice of centre to be eligible for allocation of centre.

The candidates allocated a centre will be required to attend interview and document verification process at the allocated centre within the timeframe indicated.
Based on vacancy after first-round, a second choice will be taken for centres where vacancy exists and allocation list will be published for interview and document verification. C-DAC at its own may publish waitlist or conduct open-day. In any case, the allocation will be done as per order of rank in CET.

Interview and Document Verification :

The CET ranked candidates must undergo an interview and document verification process through online mode conducted by the allocated training centre. The candidate must upload clear scanned copies of their Government provided Identity proof, caste, and educational certifications during the online interview and document verification process.

Final Selection to Pre-CAT :

A final selection list of the candidates who have successfully completed the interview and document verification process will be published on the ACTS Website as per the schedule.

The candidates need to confirm the admission to Pre-CAT by providing caution deposit of INR 5,000/- (Rupees Five Thousand only) through online payment gateway on C-DAC, ACTS website.

The confirmed candidates have to join the training centre physically where they are selected for the Pre-CAT course.

Note: No request for change of centre will be entertained, hence candidate must select centre with due care and diligence.

Refund of Caution Deposit :

An amount of INR 5,000/- retained as interest-free caution deposit will be refunded to the student fulfilling both of following criteria:

  • Attendance of minimum 75% of the in Pre-CAT course duration
  • Appear in C-CAT for the upcoming batch.
Additionally, the caution deposit or a portion thereof may be forfeited on any of the following grounds:
  • Penalty against any breakage, misplacement, etc. of property of training centre
  • Penalty towards any disciplinary action
The refund of the caution deposit will be done 15 days after the C-CAT conduction and submitting the clearance form from training centre.