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The Diploma in Advanced Software Development Methodologies (DASDM) course is targeted towards students who wish to venture into the domain of computing. The DASDM course aims to groom the students to enable them to work on current technology scenarios as well as prepare them to keep pace with the changing face of technology and the requirements of the growing IT industry. After the completion of the course, students can work as software developer, programmer, tester, System Analyst and the like, in the IT industry and associated service sectors.

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Algorithm and Problem Solving



Programming Concepts (C, C++ and Python)



Database Technology and Testing



Software Engineering



Web Engineering



Java Programming



Application Security



Software Testing



Aptitude and Effective Communications





Course Duration: The DASDM course is of Nine months duration (6 months training + 3 months internship) with the course syllabus being distributed in four terms.

  • Graduates in Sciences (eg. BCA / B.Sc. Engg, B.Sc. (Computer Science, IT and Electronics etc) OR
  • Graduates in Math or allied areas (eg. Statistics, Applied Math) OR
  • Graduates in Physics or Computational Sciences / Graduates in Computing
    The candidates must have secured a minimum of 50% marks in their qualifying examination.

Course Pre-requisites: Sound knowledge of Computing Fundamentals and Fundamentals of Programming.

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 Common Admission Test (CET) of June 2019, these candidates can apply for provisional admission 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 the required minimum marks shall be submitted at C-DAC by 30th 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 not eligible during any stage of the admission process or course delivery, his/her admission will be cancelled with immediate effect and he/she will not be able to attend any further classes.

The DASDM course highlights include such as

  • Course is designed and developed in consultation with the domain experts of C-DAC, academia and ICT industry.
  • The course syllabus is regularly updated with the latest trends in the ICT industry.
  • The expert faculty members from C-DAC and ICT industry with extensive domain knowledge shall conduct the lectures.
  • Training centres are well equipped with laboratory.
  • The Tutorials and hands-on sessions are relevant to the standards of the ICT industry.
  • Students are provided Placement assistance and region-wise common campus placements.
  • Periodic Corporate / industry interaction will be conducted.
  • The students have to undertake a live project either at the C-DAC training centres or in the IT industry / IT organization during the Term 4.
  • Management Development Programme MDP is an integral part of the syllabus for personality development of the students.

The process of admission to C-DAC's Diploma course begins with Registration of prospective candidates on the C-DAC website, acts.cdac.in. Upon registering, candidates will get their form number that can be used to log in and fill the CET application form online. The form number must be remembered by the candidate as it will be the reference number and login ID of the candidate during the whole admission process. Read carefully the instructions on the C-DAC website while filling the online registration and application forms.

The candidate will get the Form No. and password in his mail id. Once candidates have completed registration, the next step is to log in and fill the CET application form. After filling the application form, candidates have to upload their passport size photograph.

The candidate needs to pay the CET examination fees of INR 600/- towards the Common Entrance Test using the payment gateway facility available using the credit card or debit card.

The candidate can select the exam date and city for undertaking the CET on payment of the CET exam fees. The steps successfully completed in the application process are shown with a tick-mark on the main menu of the online application. Candidates facing any issues during the downloading of form or any other query online registration and application may contact C-DAC ACTS, Pune, through phone (020-25503100/34/36/28/07) or e-mail (actssupport@cdac.in).

The admission to the DASDM course is through a Common Entrance Test (CET) which shall be conducted through an online software . The syllabus of the CET comprises of the following:

Computing Awareness (40 questions)
Evolutions of Computers, Computer Generations, Classification of computers, Digital Electronics (Upto Number system & Gate), Primary and Secondary storage, Algorithms, Computer softwares, Operating systems (Only Basics), Data communications, Flow charts, Computer Networks, Input & output devices Fundamentals of Programming, Basics of Computer programming languages, Utility Software, Internet, Social Networking, Multimedia, Computer Security Information security etc.

Functional English (20 questions)
Mathematical Aptitude (20 questions)
Reasoning (20 questions)
Recommended Reference Books
1. Foundations of Computing - PK Sinha and Preeti Sinha (BPB)
2. GRE Barrons
3. Quantitative Aptitude R S Agrawal
4. Any English Grammar book of High School standard

The Admit cards can be downloaded from the website from 24th May, 2019. No candidate will be permitted to appear in CET test without a valid Admit Card. The Admit Card should be presented to the invigilators/ officials for verification.

The result of the CET will be published centre wise.3% seats are reserved for Maratha, Maratha-Kunbi, Kunbi and Kunbi – Maratha Caste Physically challenged candidate from the above mentioned seats.