C-CAT to be held on 2 Dec & 16 Dec 2012 for Admission to PG Diploma Courses by ACTS (C-DAC)

C-DAC Common Admission Test (C-CAT) will be held on 2nd & 16th December 2012 for admission to 6 month PG diploma courses of Advanced Computing Training School (ACTS) set up by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).

The Advanced Computing Training School (ACTS) set up by Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is inviting applications to its 6 month (24 weeks) full time post graduate diploma courses by clearing its entrance exam: C-DAC Common Admission Test (C-CAT) that will be held on 2nd & 16th December 2012. Candidates who clear December 2012 C-CAT will be considered for admission to C-DAC's PG Diploma courses of February 2013 batch on the basis of their C-CAT ranks and centre/course preferences.

About C-DAC

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is the premier R&D organization of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT) for carrying out R&D in IT, Electronics and associated areas.

About ACTS

C-DAC has set up the Advanced Computing Training School (ACTS) to meet the ever-increasing skilled manpower requirements of the IT industry as well as supplement its intellectual resource base for cutting edge research and development. C-DAC's Advanced Computing Training School (ACTS) is dedicated to creating high quality manpower through the designing and delivering various Post Graduate Diploma courses and Post Graduate Degree Awarding Courses.

About C-CAT

From the 2012-13 academic year, admissions to all PG Diploma courses of C-DAC are done through C-DAC's Common Admission Test (C-CAT). Candidates have to apply for C-CAT online.

Click here to register & apply online for December 2012 C-CAT.

Every year, C-CAT is usually conducted in June (for August admissions) and December (for February admissions). Candidates who clear December 2012 C-CAT will be considered for admission to C-DAC's PG Diploma courses of February 2013 batch on the basis of their C-CAT ranks and centre/course preferences. C-CAT December 2012 will be conducted manually (using pen and OMR sheets) in various cities all across India.

C-CAT Exam Pattern

C-CAT has three sections (Section A, Section B, Section C) of one hour duration each. Depending on the course(s) applied 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 for all the test papers will be English.

Every section will have 50 objective-type questions of 3 marks each (maximum 150 marks for any one section). Each objective-type question in C-CAT 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 and -1 (minus one) for each wrong answer. Multiple answers to a question will be treated as a wrong answer. For each un-attempted question, 0 (zero) mark will be awarded.

C-CAT Exam Schedule

The C-CAT for admission to the February 2013 batch of PG Diploma courses will be held on 2nd December 2012 and 16th December 2012. Candidates may choose one of these dates as per their convenience while filling the online application. The schedule for different test papers of C-CAT is:

C-CAT Date


Test Paper

2 Dec 2012
16 Dec 2012

10 am – 11 am

Section A

11 am – 12 noon

Section B

12 noon – 1 pm

Section C

List of PG Diploma courses and the corresponding test paper(s) in C-CAT:





PG Diploma in Geoinformatics (PG-DGi)

Section A

PG Diploma in Healthcare Informatics (PG-DHI)

PG Diploma in Computational Linguistics & NLP (PG-DCLN)


PG Diploma in Advanced Computing (PG-DAC)

Section A + Section B

PG Diploma in Wireless & Mobile Computing (PG-DWiMC)

PG Diploma in System Software Design (PG-DSSD)

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


PG Diploma in Embedded Systems Design (PG-DESD)

Section A + Section B + Section C

PG Diploma in VLSI Design (PG-DVLSI)

PG Diploma in Automation & SCADA Systems (PG-DASS)

PG Diploma in Integrated VLSI & Embedded Systems Design   (PG-DIVESD)


Important Dates related to admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses:





Start Date of Online Registration and Application

10 November 2012


Last Date of Online Registration & Application, and Payment of Application Fee. Click here to register & apply online

C-CAT 1: 
23 November 2012

C-CAT 2:
5 December 2012


Downloading Admit Cards

C-CAT 1: 
29 November 2012 - 1 December 2012

C-CAT 2: 
12 December 2012 - 15 December 2012


CDAC Common Admission Test (C-CAT)

C-CAT 1: 
2 December 2012

16 December 2012


Announcement of C-CAT Ranks

28 December 2012


Online Selection of Course and Centre

28 December 2012 - 3 January 2013


Declaration of First Round of Seat Allocation

7 January 2013


Last date of payment of Rs 10,000/- for candidates allocated seats through the first round

17 January 2013


Declaration of Second Round of Seat Allocation

22 January 2013


Last date of payment of Rs 10,000/- for candidates allocated seats through the second round

30 January 2013


Declaration of Third Round of Seat Allocation

6 February 2013


Last Date of Payment of Full Course Fees

15 February 2013


Registration of Students at Training Centres

19 February 2013


Commencement of PG Diploma Courses

20 February 2013


Eligibility Criteria for all PG Diploma Courses at C-DAC

There is no age restriction for admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses. The common eligibility criteria for all the PG Diploma courses of C-DAC are:

Graduate in Engineering or equivalent (e.g. BE/ BTech/ 4 years BSc Engg/ AMIE/ AIETE/ DoEACC B Level, etc.) in Electronics/ Electrical/ Computer Science/ IT or related areas
Post Graduate in Engineering Sciences (e.g. MCA/ MSc Engg/ MSc (CS, IT, EE, Electronics, Instrumentation, etc.)

In addition to the common eligibility criteria given above, click here to check the course-specific qualifications for each course.

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C-CAT Syllabus; C-CAT Sample Questions; Reference Books for December 2012 C-CAT

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