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Tuesday 22 October 2013


C-DAC set up the Advanced Computing Training School (ACTS) 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
Presently C-DAC is offering courses through its own training centres in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Noida, Pune and Thiruvananthapuram, and its network of Affiliated Training Centres (ATC) spread across the country
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 Every year, C-CAT is usually conducted in June/July (for August admissions) and December (for February admissions). Candidates who clear the December 2013 C-CAT will be considered for admission to C-DAC's PG Diploma courses of February 2014 batch only on the basis of their C-CAT ranks and centre/course preferences.
 C-CAT will be conducted in computerized mode in various cities across India. The list of cities where C-CAT will be conducted in December 2013 is given in Table 5. 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.
Beginning of Online Registration and Application
20 October 2013
Closing of Online Registration & Application, and Payment of Application Fee
28 November 2013
Downloading of Admit Cards
4-13 December 2013
C-DAC's Common Admission Test (C-CAT)
8 December 2013
15 December 2013
Announcement of C-CAT Ranks
23 December 2013 (18.00 hrs)
Online Selection of Course and Centre (1st Counselling)
23 December 2013 - 3 January 2014

5.1 C-CAT Test Papers

C-CAT has three sections (Section A, Section B, Section C) of one hour duration each. As shown in Table 2, 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 of C-CAT is English.


Important Note: A candidate can appear only for the specific section(s) in C-CAT as per the course(s) opted by him/her at the time of filling the online application form.


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.

Table 2: 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 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)

5.2 C-CAT Syllabus

Table 3a indicates the syllabus of the different sections of test papers in C-CAT.
Table 3a: Syllabus of the different sections of test papers in C-CAT.
Section A
English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning
1 hour
Section B
Computer Fundamentals, C Programming, Data Structures, Data Communications & Networking, Object Oriented Programming, Operating Systems
1 hour
Section C
Computer Architecture, Digital Electronics, Microprocessors
1 hour
5.3 C-CAT Schedule
C-CAT for admission to the February 2014 batch of PG Diploma courses will be held on 8th December 2013 and 15th December 2013. Candidates may choose one of these dates as per their convenience/availability while filling the online application. The schedule for different test papers of C-CAT is given below.
Table 4: Schedule of December 2013 C-CAT.
C-CAT Date
Test Paper
Morning Slot Timings
Afternoon Slot Timings
8 December 2013 ;
15 December 2013
Section A
10:00 am – 11:00 am
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Section B
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Section C
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Note: The slot timings may vary slightly; the final timings will be printed on the admit cards.


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