Admission

Admission - PG Diploma Courses

How to register for C-CAT

Admissions to all PG Diploma courses of C-DAC are done through C-DAC's computerized Common Admission Test (C-CAT). Every year, C-CAT is usually conducted in June (for August admissions) and December (for February admissions).

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.


Table 1: Categories 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 Big Data Analytics (PG-DBDA)

PG Diploma in IT Infrastructure, Systems & Security (PG-DITISS)

PG Diploma in Internet of Things (PG-DIoT)

PG Diploma in Artificial Intelligence (PG-DAI)

PG Diploma in Mobile Computing (PG-DMC)

PG Diploma in System Software Development (PG-DSSD)

PG Diploma in Advanced Secure Software Development (PG-DASSD)

  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)

Table 1a: Indicative 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 1b. Candidates are, however, advised to read more books than the ones specified in this table.

Table 1b: 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. Aggrawal)

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)

 

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. 1100/-, for Category II (Sections A & B) is Rs. 1300/-, and for Category III (Sections A, B & C) is Rs. 1550/-. A computer usage charge of Rs 250 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 in Table 4.

Table 4: Category-wise C-CAT examination fee.

Course Category

C-CAT Paper(s)

Examination fee for own laptop users

Examination fee for        centre’s computer users

I

II

III

A

A+B

A+B+C

Rs. 1100/-

Rs. 1300/-

Rs. 1500/-

Rs. 1350/-

Rs. 1550/-

Rs. 1750/-

After filling the online C-CAT application form, the examination fee is to be paid online through the ‘Make Payment‟ step on the main menu of the online application. No cash or 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.


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.


C-CAT Admit Cards

Candidates can download their admit cards from C-DAC’s website during the dates mentioned under Important Dates. No candidate will be permitted to appear for C-CAT without a valid admit card. The admit card along with a photo identity proof must be presented to the C-CAT officials/invigilators for verification at the time of the test.

The venue, date and time of C-CAT will be communicated to the candidates on the admit cards. Candidates must appear for C-CAT on the specified date and time at the venue mentioned on the admit card. Candidates who have opted to use their own laptops for CCAT must configure their laptops well in advance as per the instructions given on the admit cards. Examination fee will not be refunded to candidates who are absent or coming late for C-CAT.

C-DAC’s PG Diploma admission process has two counselling sessions and three rounds of seat allocations. Counselling means online filling of preferences of courses and training centers by the candidates.

·         There are two rounds of seat allocations based on the first counselling. This means that using the course-center preferences given by the candidates during the first choice filling, two rounds of seat allocations (Round 1 and Round 2) will be done.

Depending on their C-CAT ranks, candidates will be allocated seats strictly based on the order of preferences of courses and centers given by them during the counselling. If some candidates' ranks are not good enough to get them their top preferences in the first round of seat allocations, they may be offered their lower preferred courses/centers depending on their ranks. Such candidates may be allocated their higher-preferred course/center in the second round of seat allocation, depending on their ranks. However, if candidates get their first preference in the first round of seat allocation itself, then that will be their final allocated seat and there will be no change for them in the second round of seat allocations. The seats allocated in the second round are final and there will be no further change in them.

·         Through the second counseling, candidates who have not got/confirmed admission are given one last chance to online fill their preferences of courses and training centres for the vacant seats that arise after the second round of admissions. The second counselling is scheduled after the payment of the first installment fee of the second round of seat allocation. The third round of seat allocation is based on the second counseling.

·         During both the counselling sessions, candidates will be permitted to give preferences for only those courses belonging to the category they had selected in the C-CAT application form. However, a candidate can give as many preferences of training centers and courses belonging to the applied C-CAT category.

Based on the C-CAT ranks, admissions to various courses at different training centres are offered in the order of preferences of courses and centres given by the candidate and the number of seats available for the courses at the particular centres. Therefore candidates must take utmost care while filling the order of preference of the courses and centres. Under any circumstance, a candidate will not be allocated another course/centre which was not given as a preference during the counselling stage.

Important dates related to admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses of August 2019 batch through the C-CAT of June 2019.

No.

Event

Dates

a

Beginning of Online Registration and Application for C-CAT

17 May 2019

b

Closing of Online Registration & Application, and Payment of Examination Fee for C-CAT

17 June 2019

c

Downloading of C-CAT Admit Cards

20 - 27 June 2019

d

C-DAC's Common Admission Test (C-CAT)

CCAT I 23 June 2019

CCAT II 30 June 2019

e

Announcement of C-CAT Ranks

10 July 2019

f

Online Selection of Courses and Centres (1st Counselling)

10 - 16 July 2019

g

Declaration of First Round of Seat Allocation

18 July 2019

h

Last Date of Payment of first installment for candidates allocated seats through the first round

25 July 2019 (till 5pm)

i

Declaration of Second Round of Seat Allocation

29 July 2019

J

Last Date of Payment of first installment for candidates allocated seats through the second round

3 August 2019 (till 5pm)

k

Payment of Caution Deposit and Online selection of course and centre (2nd Counselling)

5 - 8 August 2019

l

Declaration of Third Round of Seat Allocation

(based on 2nd Counselling)

9 August 2019

m

Last Date of Payment of Balance Course Fee

14 August 2019

n

Registration of Students at Training Centres

19 August 2019

o

Commencement of PG Diploma Courses

20 August 2019


Set up in 1988, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is a scientific society of the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India, carrying out Research and Development (R&D) in IT, electronics and associated areas. Different thematic areas of C-DAC's research include high performance computing, grid and cloud computing, multilingual computing, professional electronics, software technologies, cyber security, health informatics, ubiquitous computing, and education & training.


As an institution for high-end R&D, C-DAC has been at the forefront of the IT revolution in the country, constantly building capacities in emerging/enabling technologies, and innovating and leveraging its expertise, calibre and skill sets to develop and deploy IT products and solutions for diverse sectors. It has resulted in the emergence of a high-quality intellectual resource base at C-DAC in the form of expert teams with specialised knowledge of various facets of advanced computing.


With such a rich resource base at its command, C-DAC set up the Advanced Computing Training School (ACTS) in 1993 to meet the ever-increasing skilled manpower requirements of the Information Communication Technologies (ICT) industry as well as supplement its intellectual resource base for cutting-edge research and development. Over the years C-DAC has designed and delivered various postgraduate and undergraduate degree and diploma programmes. In addition, C-DAC imparts ICT training to state and national governments and agencies, strategic sectors, corporate and industries, foreign countries and international students, based on specific requirements.


Presently C-DAC is offering postgraduate diploma courses through its training centres located in cities such as Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Karad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, New Delhi, Noida, Pune, and Thiruvananthapuram. Each year, thousands of students and professionals are trained at these centres, enhancing their knowledge-base and equipping them with the latest methodologies in advanced computing so as to make their mark in the ICT industry. So far more than 3 lakh students have passed out from C-DAC. Many of them are successful employees of multi-national and premier Indian ICT companies today, and many more have become booming entrepreneurs.


C-DAC is committed to nation building and is the first Indian government agency that has expanded its training horizons globally, extending its high quality training services to countries like Armenia, Belarus, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Ghana, Grenada, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lesotho, Mauritius, Myanmar, Peru, Seychelles, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.


C-DAC has been awarded as the 'Most Popular Training Institute in India'

at the Electronics For You Awards.

C-DAC's Post Gradate Diploma courses are full-time courses of 24-week duration. The list of PG Diploma courses along with their eligibility criteria and fees is given in Table 1. Details of these courses are given in Section 17 of this Admission Booklet.

Common Eligibility Criteria for all the PG Diploma Courses of C-DAC


  • Graduate in Engineering or equivalent (e.g. BE / BTech / 4-year BSc Engg / AMIE / DoEACC B Level) in IT / Computer Science / Electronics / Telecommunications / Electrical / Instrumentation.

OR

  • Post Graduate Degree in Engineering Sciences with corresponding basic degree (e.g. MSc in Computer Science, IT, Electronics)

In addition to the common eligibility criteria given above, candidates with the course-specific qualifications mentioned in Table 1 are ALSO ELIGIBLE for the particular courses. Minimum percentage of marks required in the qualifying examination is also stated in Table 1. The minimum percentage of marks will be considered as per the norms of the university from where the candidate has graduated.

Table 1: C-DAC's PG Diploma courses and their eligibility criteria.

COURSE CODE

COURSE NAME

ELIGIBILITY

MIN. %

Fees

CATEGORY I (Section A in C-CAT)

PG-DGi

Post Graduate Diploma in Geoinformatics

  • Common eligibility criteria, OR
  • 4-year Degree in Geosciences/ Petroleum/ Mining/ Civil/ Planning/ Architecture/ Forestry/ Agriculture, or related fields, OR
  • Post Graduate Degree in Geography/ Geology/ Natural & Applied Sciences/ Mathematics, or allied areas

50 %

Rs 90,000

+ GST

CATEGORY II (Sections A+B in C-CAT)

PG-DAC

Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Computing

  •   Common eligibility criteria, OR
  •   Graduate in any discipline of Engineering or equivalent, OR
  •   MCA, MCM, OR
  •    Post Graduate Degree in Physics/ Computational Sciences/ Mathematics or allied areas, OR
  •   Post Graduate Degree in Management with graduation in Science/ IT/ Computer Applications

50 %

Rs 90,000

+ GST

PG-DBDA

Post Graduate Diploma in Big Data Analytics

  •   Common eligibility criteria, OR
  • 4-year Graduation in Bioinformatics, OR
  •   Post Graduate Degree in Mathematics/ Statistics/ Physics, OR
  • MCA

55 %

Rs 115,000

+ GST

PG-DITISS

Post Graduate Diploma in IT Infrastructure, Systems & Security

  • Common eligibility criteria, OR
  •   Post Graduate Degree in Mathematics or allied areas, OR
  •   MCA

55 %

Rs 90,000

+ GST

PG-DIoT

Post Graduate Diploma in Internet of Things

  • Common eligibility criteria, OR
  • MCA

55 %

Rs 90,000

+ GST

PG-DAI

Post Graduate Diploma in Artificial Intelligence

  •    Common eligibility criteria, OR
  •    Post Graduate Degree in Mathematics/ Statistics/ Physics, OR
  •    MCA

60 %

Rs 150,000

+ GST

PG-DMC

Post Graduate Diploma in Mobile Computing

  •    Common eligibility criteria, OR
  •    Post Graduate Degree in Mathematics or allied areas, OR
  •    MCA

50 %

Rs 90,000

+ GST

PG-DSSD

Post Graduate Diploma in System Software Development

  •    Common eligibility criteria, OR
  •    Post Graduate Degree in Mathematics or allied areas, OR
  •    MCA

55 %

Rs 90,000

+ GST

PG-DASSD

Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Secure Software Development

  •    Common eligibility criteria, OR
  •    MCA

55 %

Rs 90,000

+ GST

PG-DHPCSA

Post Graduate Diploma in HPC System Administration

  •    Common eligibility criteria, OR
  •    Post Graduate Degree in Mathematics or allied areas, OR
  •    MCA

55 %

Rs 90,000

+ GST

CATEGORY III (Sections A+B+C in C-CAT)

PG-DESD

Post Graduate Diploma in Embedded Systems Design

  •    Common eligibility criteria

55 %

Rs 90,000

+ GST

PG-DVLSI

Post Graduate Diploma in VLSI Design

  •    Common eligibility criteria

55 %

Rs 90,000

+ GST

PG-DBIHI

Post Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Instrumentation & Health Informatics

  •    Common  eligibility criteria, OR
  •    BE in Biomedical related fields

55 %

Rs 90,000

+ GST


There is no age restriction for admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses. Candidates who have appeared for the final examination of their qualifying degree in 2019 will also be considered for admission to the above courses. By qualifying in C-DAC's admission tests of June 2019, such candidates can apply for provisional admission in August 2019 batch, subject to the condition that:

(a)   All parts of their qualifying degree examination shall be completed by the date of joining the course, and

(b)   Proof of having passed the qualifying degree with at least the required minimum marks shall be submitted at C-DAC by 30 November 2019.

Important Note: Candidates are required to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria of the courses for which they are applying. In case a candidate is found to be non-eligible during any stage of the admission process or course delivery, his/her admission will be cancelled with immediate effect. The penalty clauses as given in the section Cancellation & Refund will be applied to such candidates.

  • Well established courses with excellent placement records.
  • 24-week full-time courses with 900 hours' theory + lab + project.
  • 8 hours per day theory + lab sessions on 6 days a week in most centres.
  • Continuous lab and internal assessments during the course.
  • Centralised course-end theory exams across all centres.
  • Courses designed and developed in consultation with the domain experts in C-DAC, academia and ICT industry.
  • Syllabus regularly updated with the latest trends in the ICT industry.
  • Expert faculty from C-DAC and ICT industry with widespread domain knowledge.
  • Tutorials, hands-on and projects relevant to the standards of the ICT industry.
  • Well equipped computer labs with internet that can be accessed most of the time.
  • Special training on aptitude, general English, effective communication and interview skills.
  • Extensive placement orientation and region-wise common campus placements.
  • Excellent participation from top ICT companies in campus placements.


Over the 25 years, C-DAC has shaped the careers of around 3 lakh IT professionals in software development and other specialised advanced computing domains. The Placement Cells of C-DAC organise Common Campus Placement Programmes (CCPP) for its PG Diploma students. For every batch, C-DAC's CCPPs are conducted region-wise at Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Noida and Pune. Training centres from other cities are attached to one of these regional placement programmes, so that students from all centres across India get fair chance in placements (see Table 2 for details). All C-DAC training centres actively coordinate and organise campus interviews for all their PG Diploma students. About 300 companies participated in C-DAC's campus placements in 2018, wherein overall 80% placement is achieved.

Table 2: Region-wise distribution of cities in C-DAC’s Common Campus Placements (CCPP)

CCPP Region

Cities of the Training Centres attached in CCPP

Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram

Hyderabad

Hyderabad, Kolkata, Guwahati

Mumbai

Mumbai, Navi Mumbai

Noida

Mohali, Noida

Pune

Bhubaneswar, Indore, Jaipur, Karad, Nagpur, Nashik, New Delhi, Pune


C-DAC has always been the ICT recruiters’ first choice when it comes to recruiting ready-to- deploy manpower for their turnkey projects. Top ICT companies (some are listed in Table 3) have expressed faith in C-DAC's trained resources by regularly recruiting them through CCPP. C-DAC has also recruited many of the PG Diploma students for its R&D projects.

Table 3:Selected list of companies visiting C-DAC for campus placements

Across India, C-DAC is offering postgraduate diploma courses through its training centres located in cities such as Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Karad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram. The address and contact details of these training centres can be found at http://cdac.in/index.aspx?id=cdaccenters and also in Section 18 of this Admission Booklet. Candidates are advised to visit the training centres of their preference and see the facilities offered before opting for courses at these centres. Table 4 shows the courses offered and the seat capacity at various training centres of C-DAC in the August 2019 batch.

Table 4: PG Diploma seat capacity at C-DAC’s training centres.

Sr. No.

City

Centre Name

PG-DAC

PG-DESD

PG-DBDA

PG-DITISS

PG-DVLSI

PG-DIoT

PG-DAI

PG- DMC

PG-DSSD

PG-DASSD

PG-DHPCSA

PG-DGi

PG- DBIHI

1

Bengaluru

C-DAC, Electronics City

120

 

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

40

 

 

 

2

Bengaluru

C-DAC, Knowledge Park

120

120

80

 

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Bhubaneswar

Lakshya

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

Chennai

C-DAC

50

50

30

 

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

Guwahati

C-DAC

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

Hyderabad

C-DAC

120

120

 

60

40

 

 

 

60

40

 

 

 

7

Indore

Orlando Academy

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Jaipur

NETCOM

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

Karad

Sunbeam

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

Kochi

C-DAC

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11

Kolkata

C-DAC

40

 

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

Mohali

C-DAC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

13

Mumbai

C-DAC, Juhu

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

Mumbai

C-DAC, Kharghar

140

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

15

Mumbai

AIT (YCP),           Nariman Point

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

Mumbai

MET - IIT, Bandra

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

Mumbai

TICA, Kandivali

40

40

 

 

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

Mumbai

USM’s Shriram Mantri VITA, Juhu

120

 

50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

Nagpur

Soft Polynomials

60

 

 

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

Nashik

MET – IIT

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

New Delhi

Bytes Softech

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

New Delhi

C-DAC

40

 

 

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

Noida

C-DAC

160

40

60

40

40

40

40

40

 

 

 

40

 

24

Pune

C-DAC

240

120

60

120

40

40

40

 

 

 

40

 

 

25

Pune

IACSD, Akurdi

220

 

60

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

Pune

IET, Shivajinagar

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27

Pune

Infoway, Kothrud

90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

Pune

Know-IT, Deccan

100

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

Pune

Sunbeam, Hinjewadi

220

120

60

 

 

 

 

70

 

 

 

 

 

30

Thiruvananthapuram

C-DAC

 

60

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hostel and canteen facilities are available for students at some of the C-DAC training centres as shown in Table 5. Hostel allotments are made on a first-come, first-served basis. However, outstation students will be given preference when the allotment is done. If any vacancy is there after allocating rooms to the outstation students, local students' hostel applications may also be considered. Some of the centres, which are not offering hostel facilities, may provide assistance to find out suitable boarding and lodging to their students.

Candidates interested to avail hostel accommodation should send their requests to the Administrative Officers at the respective training centres, after the admission lists are published. Hostel/canteen fees, room availability and other related information may be obtained by communicating to the respective centre’s contact person whose name is mentioned at http://cdac.in/index.aspx?id=cdaccenters and also in Section 18 of this Admission Booklet.

Table 5: Hostel/canteen facility at C-DAC’s training centres.

Training Centre

Hostel

Canteen

AIT (YCP), Mumbai (Nariman Point)

 


C-DAC, Bengaluru (Electronics City)



C-DAC, Bengaluru (Knowledge Park)

 


C-DAC, Kolkata

 


C-DAC, Mohali



C-DAC, Mumbai (Juhu)

 


C-DAC, Mumbai (Kharghar)



C-DAC, New Delhi

 


C-DAC, Noida



C-DAC, Pune

 


C-DAC, Thiruvananthapuram

 


IACSD, Pune (Akurdi)



MET-IIT, Mumbai (Bandra)

 


MET-IIT, Nashik



Sunbeam, Karad



Sunbeam, Pune



TICA, Mumbai (Kandivali)



USM’s Shriram Mantri VITA, Mumbai (Juhu)

 



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 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 C-CAT ranks and centre/course preferences.

8.1 C-CAT Test Papers

C-CAT has three sections (Section A, Section B, Section C) of one hour duration each. As shown in Table 6, 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.

Table 6: Categories 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 Big Data Analytics (PG-DBDA)

PG Diploma in IT Infrastructure, Systems & Security (PG-DITISS)

PG Diploma in Internet of Things (PG-DIoT)

PG Diploma in Artificial Intelligence (PG-DAI)

PG Diploma in Mobile Computing (PG-DMC)

PG Diploma in System Software Development (PG-DSSD)

PG Diploma in Advanced Secure Software Development (PG-DASSD)

  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)

8.2 C-CAT Syllabus

Table 7a: Indicative 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 7b. Candidates are, however, advised to read more books than the ones specified in this table.

Table 7b: 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. Aggrawal)

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)

 


8.3 C-CAT Schedule

C-CAT for admission to the August 2019 batch of PG Diploma courses will be held on 23 June 2019 and 30 June 2019. 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 8.

Table 8: Tentative schedule of June 2019 C-CAT. (Slot timings may vary slightly.

 The final timings will be printed on the admit cards.)

C-CAT Dates

Test Paper

Morning Slot Timings

Afternoon Slot Timings

23 June 2019 ;

30 June 2019

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

8.4 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 June 2019 is given in Table 9. 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.

Table 9: Cities where C-CAT will be conducted in June 2019.

Agartala

(only on 23/6/19)

Ahmedabad

(only on 30/6/19)

Allahabad

(only on 30/6/19)

Bengaluru

Bhubaneswar

Chennai

Guwahati

(only on 23/6/19)

Gwalior

(only on 30/6/19)

Hyderabad

 Indore

Jaipur

(only on 30/6/19)

Karad

Kochi

Kolkata

Lucknow

(only on 30/6/19)

Mohali

Mumbai 

Nagpur

Nashik

Navi Mumbai

New Delhi

Noida

Patna

Pune

Raipur

(only on 30/6/19)

Ranchi

(only on 30/6/19)

Silchar

(only on 30/6/19)

Solapur

(only on 30/6/19)

Thiruvananthapuram

Vijayawada

(only on 30/6/19)

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 the 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.

8.5 Use of Candidates' 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.

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. 1100/-, for Category II (Sections A & B) is Rs. 1300/-, and for Category III (Sections A, B & C) is Rs. 1500/-. A computer usage charge of Rs 250/- 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 in Table 10.

Table 10: Category-wise C-CAT examination fee.

Course Category

C-CAT Paper(s)

Examination fee for own laptop users

Examination fee for        centre’s computer users

I

II

III

A

A+B

A+B+C

Rs. 1100/-

Rs. 1300/-

Rs. 1500/-

Rs. 1350/-

Rs. 1550/-

Rs. 1750/-

After filling the online C-CAT application form, the examination fee is to be paid online through the ‘Make Payment’ step on the main menu of the online application. No cash or cheque or demand draft (DD) will be accepted towards payment of C-CAT examination fee.

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.

On receiving 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 Note: Candidates are advised to view the seat availability for C-CAT at various cities before paying the examination fee.

Candidates facing any issues during online payment may contact C-DAC ACTS Pune through phone (020-25503143) or email (actssupport@cdac.in).

Candidates can download their admit cards from C-DAC’s website during the dates mentioned under Important Dates.No candidate will be permitted to appear for C-CAT without a valid admit card.The admit card along with a photo identity proof must be presented to the C-CAT officials/invigilators for verification at the time of the test.

The venue, date and time of C-CAT will be communicated to the candidates on the admit cards. Candidates must appear for C-CAT on the specified date and time at the venue mentioned on the admit card. Candidates who have opted to use their own laptops for CCAT must configure their laptops well in advance as per the instructions given on the admit cards. Examination fee will not be refunded to candidates who are absent or coming late for C-CAT.

Candidates will be provided ranks based on their performances in Section A, Sections A+B, Sections A+B+C of C-CAT. If a candidate appears for multiple sections and qualifies in them, he/she will be provided multiple ranks. For example, if a candidate appears for Sections A and B by choosing Category II in the application form, he/she will be provided two ranks: (i) based on the performance in Section A, and (ii) based on the performance in Sections A+B.

Candidates with the lowest 10% performances in any of the sections (A or B or C) of C-CAT will not be qualified for ranking in that particular section and its higher sections. Even after the removal of the lowest 10% performers as stated above, if there exist candidates in any section with zero or less than zero marks, then these candidates will also not be qualified for ranking.

All qualified candidates will be awarded Category I ranks based on their performance in Section A. Qualified candidates who have selected Category II in the C-CAT application form will be awarded Category I and II ranks based on their performances in Sections A and A+B. Qualified candidates who have selected Category III will obtain Category I, II and III ranks based on their performances in Sections A, A+B and A+B+C.

Important Notes:

(i) If a candidate has applied for Category II or III, but is not qualified in Section A due to poor performance in it, he/she will not get any rank in Category I or II or III, even if the candidate has got good marks in Section B and C.

(ii) Similarly, if a candidate has applied for category II or III, but is not qualified in Section B due to poor performance in it, he/she will not get any rank in Category II or III. However, the candidate may get a rank in Category I if he/she is qualified in Section A.

If two or more candidates have acquired the same marks in Section A or Sections A+B or Sections A+B+C, then the candidate having more marks in Section A will be given the higher rank. If these candidates have the same marks in Section A also, then the candidate having higher value in the ratio of ‘number of correct answers / number of attempted questions’ in the specific section required only for that category of courses will be given the higher rank. Candidates who have the same value of this ratio, and having the same total as well as Section-A marks will be given the same C-CAT rank.

Admissions to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses at various training centres will be offered in the order of ranks obtained in C-CAT and based on the preferences of courses and centres given by the candidates during online counselling. Only those candidates who are in the C-CAT rank-list will be considered for admissions to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses.

Rank-lists of June 2019 C-CAT are only applicable for admission to the August 2019 batch of C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses. Candidates should note that mere appearance in C-CAT or being in any of the rank-lists neither guarantees nor provides any automatic entitlement to admission. Qualified candidates will have to apply for admission as per the prescribed procedure.


C-DAC’s PG Diploma admission process has two counselling sessions and three rounds of seat allocations. Counselling means online filling of preferences of courses and training centres by the candidates.

  •   There are two rounds of seat allocations based on the first counselling. This means that using the course-centre preferences given by the candidates during the first choice filling, two rounds of seat allocations (Round 1 and Round 2) will be done. Further details of the first counselling and first/second rounds of seat allocations are given in Sections 16(f-j) of this Admission Booklet.

Depending on their C-CAT ranks, candidates will be allocated seats strictly based on the order of preferences of courses and centres given by them during the counselling. If some candidates' ranks are not good enough to get them their top preferences in the first round of seat allocations, they may be offered their lower preferred courses/centres depending on their ranks. Such candidates may be allocated their higher-preferred course/centre in the second round of seat allocation, depending on their ranks. However, if candidates get their first preference in the first round of seat allocation itself, then that will be their final allocated seat and there will be no change for them in the second round of seat allocations. The seats allocated in the second round are final and there will be no further change in them.

  •     Through the second counseling, candidates who have not got/confirmed admission are given one last chance to online fill their preferences of courses and training centres for the vacant seats that arise after the second round of admissions. The second counselling is scheduled after the payment of the first installment fee of the second round of seat allocation. The third round of seat allocation is based on the second counseling. The categories of candidates who are eligible to take part in the second counselling, and more details of the second counselling and third round of seat allocation, are given in Sections 16(k-m) of this Admission Booklet.

During both the counselling sessions, candidates will be permitted to give preferences for only those courses belonging to the category they had selected in the C-CAT application form. However, a candidate can give as many preferences of training centres and courses belonging to the applied C-CAT category.

Based on the C-CAT ranks, admissions to various courses at different training centres are offered in the order of preferences of courses and centres given by the candidate and the number of seats available for the courses at the particular centres. Therefore candidates must take utmost care while filling the order of preference of the courses and centres. Under any circumstance, a candidate will not be allocated another course/centre which was not given as a preference during the counselling stage.

Important Note: A candidate cannot join a lower preferred choice if he/she is allocated a higher preference in any round of seat allocation.

13.1 Course Fee

The fee of all the PG Diploma courses (except PG-DBDA and PG-DAI) offered by C-DAC is Rs. 90,000/- + Goods & Services Tax (GST) on it applicable at the time of payments (July/August 2019). GST in May 2019 is 18%. The course fee for PG-DBDA is Rs 1.15 lakh + GST. The course fee for PG-DAI is Rs 1.50 lakh + GST. The course fee includes expenses towards course materials, computer lab usage, examinations, final mark-list/certificate, and placement assistance provided at the local training centre. The fee for all the PG Diploma courses is to be paid in two installments (details given below). Candidates may take note that no Demand Draft (DD) or cheque or cash will be accepted at any C-DAC training centre towards payment of any installment of course fees.

13.2 Scholarship Scheme

C-DAC Kolkata and C-DAC Mohali offer Rs 3000 per month scholarship (for a total period of 5 months) for the students joining these centres after paying the full course fee as given in the below sections. Candidates are advised to contact these centres for further details.

13.3 First Installment of Course Fee

The first installment course fee of Rs 10,000/- + GST on it as applicable at the time of payment (July/August 2019) is to be paid online as per the schedule given under Important Dates (Table 11). It can be paid using credit/debit cards through the payment gateway that will be opened upon clicking the 'Pay First Installment' button on the candidate's logged-in page on the C-DAC website. Candidates are advised to follow the guidelines given on the payment gateway, and also to print/keep the transaction details for their record.

On receiving the first installment fee at C-DAC, payment received message will be displayed when the candidate logs in on the C-DAC website and receipt of the first installment payment will be e-mailed to the candidate's registered email id. Candidates are advised to contact C-DAC Mumbai (022-27565303/26703251) regarding any issues they face during the payment of first installment of course fee.

13.4 Second (Final) Installment of Course Fee

The second installment of course fee is Rs. 80,000/- + GST on it as applicable in July/ August 2019 for all PG Diploma courses except PG-DBDA and PG-DAI. For PG-DBDA the second installment fee is Rs 1,05,000/- + GST whereas for PG-DAI it is Rs 1,40,000/- + GST. It is to be paid before 14 August 2019 through NEFT from any bank to the account of the C-DAC centre where the candidate is finally allocated for his/her PG Diploma course. For all private training centres of C-DAC, the payment is to be made to C-DAC Pune.

Candidates are advised to follow the steps given below for NEFT payment.

(a)     Click on "NEFT for 2nd Installment" button that will be seen after logging in on the C-DAC website using candidate's Form No.

(b)    Print the NEFT form that will be opened. Details of the bank account to which the candidate has to transfer the second installment fee will be given on it.

(c)     If the candidate has personal net banking facility, he/she can make online transfer of the fees using the details given on the NEFT form.

(d)    If the candidate does not have personal net banking facility, submit the NEFT form at any bank having NEFT facility along with the fees amount.

(e)     Keep a record of the NEFT form with the UTR (unique transaction) number and other required details written on it. (Candidate has to submit it at the admitted centre while joining the course.)

(f)     After the NEFT payment, carefully enter the NEFT transaction (UTR) number, name of account holder (from whose account the money is transferred), city and IFSC of the bank (from where the money is transferred), and transaction date in the text boxes that will be appearing on candidate’s logged in page on the C-DAC website.

(g)    It may take up to 48 hours for the NEFT payment to be reflected on the Payment Status page.

On receiving the second installment at C-DAC, payment received message will be displayed when the candidate logs in on the C-DAC website, and receipt of the second installment payment will be e-mailed to the candidate's registered email id. Candidates may contact C-DAC Mumbai (022-27565303/26703251) regarding any issues they face during the payment of second installment of course fee.

Important Notes:

(i) After the second installment payment, if candidates wish to know the status of their payment, they need to contact their allocated centre (where they have credited the second installment). Contact details of all C-DAC centres are given in the last section of this Admission Booklet.

(ii) Candidates should enter the correct NEFT details, otherwise his/her payment confirmation may be delayed.