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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 at www.cdac.in. 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 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). Table 3 indicates the syllabus of the different sections of test papers in C-CAT. The medium for all the test papers will be 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 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)

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, 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

Click here to access sample questions of C-CAT 2012.

The list of reference books for December 2012 C-CAT is given in Table 3b. Candidates are, however, advised to read more books than the ones specified in this table.

Table 3b: Reference books for December 2012 C-CAT.





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


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)


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 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 given in Table 4.

Table 4: Schedule of December 2012 C-CAT.

C-CAT Date


Test Paper

2 December 2012
16 December 2012

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Section A

11:00 am – 12:00 noon

Section B

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Section C

C-CAT Centres

C-CAT December 2012 will be conducted manually (using pen and OMR sheets) in various cities all across India. 

The list of cities where C-CAT will be conducted in December 2012 is given in Table 5.

Table 5: Cities where C-CAT will be conducted in December 2012.

Agartala Ahmedabad Allahabad Bengaluru
Bhopal Bhubaneshwar Chennai Coimbatore
Dhanbad Guwahati Gwalior Hyderabad
Indore Jaipur Karad Kochi
Kolhapur Kolkata Lucknow Mohali
Mumbai  Nagpur Nashik Navi Mumbai
New Delhi Noida Patna Pune
Raipur Sikar Solapur Thiruvananthapuram

The C-CAT date and locations once selected in the online application form cannot be changed unless approved in writing by C-DAC. All such signed letters of requests with valid reasons should be received at C-DAC ACTS, NSG IT Park, Aundh, Pune-411007, before the last date of application.

Table 6: 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

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

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