C-DAC C-CAT 2017: Eligibility Criteria, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Reference Books

Nishatha Abraham Bijeesh updated on : 09 Aug 2017
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Get details about C-CAT syllabus, Eligibility Criteria, Reference Books etc. here.

C-CAT Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

C-DAC Common Admission Test (C-CAT) is the entrance test that is conducted in June (for August admissions) and December (for February admissions) to C-DAC's various 6month long PG Diploma courses.

Eligibility Criteria for PG Diploma Courses of C-DAC

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

OR

  • Post Graduate Degree in Engineering Sciences with a corresponding basic degree (M.Sc in Computer Science, IT, Electronics).

Detailed Eligibility Criteria

Course Code

Course Name

Eligibility

Minimum Percentage

CATEGORY I (Section A in C-CAT)

PG-DGi

Post Graduate Diploma in Geoinformatics

  • Common eligibility criteria, OR
  • Post Graduate Degree in Applied Sciences/ Geography/ Geology/ Physics/  Computational Sciences/ Mathematics or allied areas

50 %

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 %

PG-DMC

Post Graduate Diploma in Mobile Computing

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

50 %

PG-DSSD

Post Graduate Diploma in System Software Development

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

55 %

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 %

PG-DBDA

Post Graduate Diploma in Big Data Analytics

  • Common eligibility criteria, OR
  • Graduate in any discipline of Engineering or equivalent, OR
  • Post Graduate Degree in Mathematics/ Statistics/ Physics/ MBA Systems, OR
  • MCA

55 %

PG-DIoT

Post Graduate Diploma in Internet of Things

  • Common eligibility criteria, OR
  • MCA

55 %

PG-DHPCSA

Post Graduate Diploma in HPC System Administration

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

55 %

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

PG-DESD

Post Graduate Diploma in Embedded Systems Design

  • Common eligibility criteria

55 %

PG-DVLSI

Post Graduate Diploma in VLSI Design

  • Common eligibility criteria

55 %

PG-DBIHI

Post Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Instrumentation & Health Informatics

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

55 %

C-CAT Syllabus

C-CAT has three sections (Section A, Section B, Section C) of one-hour duration each. Every section will have 50 objective-type questions of 3 marks each (maximum 150 marks for any one section).

Here’s the syllabus of the different sections of test papers in C-CAT:

TEST PAPER

TOPICS

DURATION

Section A

English, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude

1 hour

Section B

Computer Fundamentals, C Programming, Data Structures, Data Communications & Networks, Object Oriented Programming, Operating Systems

1 hour

Section C

Computer Architecture, Digital Electronics, Microprocessors

1 hour

C-CAT Reference Books

This is an indicative list of some of the reference books you can use to prepare for C-CAT:

SECTION

TOPIC

REFERENCE BOOK

A

English

Any High School Grammar Book

Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning

Quantitative Aptitude Fully Solved (R. S. Aggrawal)

Quantitative Aptitude (M Tyara)

Barron’s New GRE 2012

B

General Reference Book

Foundations of Computing (Pradeep Sinha & Priti Sinha)

Data Communication & Networking

CompTIA Network+ Study Guide (Todd Lammle)

C Programming

Test your C Skills (Yashavant Kanetkar)

Let Us C (Yashavant Kanetkar)

Exploring C (Yashavant Kanetkar)

Data Structures

Data Structures Through C in Depth (S. K. Srivastava)

Operating System

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)

Microprocessor

The Intel Microprocessor, 8th Edition (Barry B. Brey)

Microprocessor Architecture Programming & Application with 8085, 5th Edition (Ramesh Gaonkar)

C-CAT Sample Questions

It is always good to go through previous years’ questions or practice sample C-CAT questions to get used to the exam pattern. A good amount of practice will make you more confident when you are in the exam hall. You can download the C-CAT sample questions we’ve attached in this article.

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