CDAC Entrance Exam 2013, Application Form,Last date, Syllabus August 2013 batch

Introduction : Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is a scientific society of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India, carrying out Research and Development (R&D) in IT, electronics and associated areas. Since its inception in 1988, C-DAC has been undertaking development of multiple generations of the PARAM series of supercomputers. Different thematic areas of C-DAC’s research include high performance computing, grid and cloud computing, multilingual computing, professional electronics, software technologies, cyber security, health informatics, and ubiquitous computing.

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C-DAC’s Common Admission Test (C-CAT): Admissions to all PG Diploma courses of C-DAC, except PG-DST, are done through C-DAC’sCommon Admission Test (C-CAT). PG-DST admission is done through a separate examination (Competence in Software Technology – CST) that will be held on 14 July 2013. 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 June/July 2013 C-CAT will be considered for admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses of August 2013 batch on the basis of their C-CAT ranks and centre/course preferences.

.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, 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

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The list of reference books for the various topics of June/July 2013 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 the various topics in 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)
Programming in C 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)
OOPs Concept Test Your C ++ Skills (Yashavant Kanetkar)


Digital Logic Digital Fundamentals, 10th Edition (Thomas L. Floyed)
Digital Design, 4th Edition (M Morris Mano)
Microprocessor The Intel Microprocessor, 8th Edition (Barry B. Brey)

Microprocessor Architecture Programming & Application with 8085, 5th Edition (Ramesh Gaonkar)
The Intel Microprocessor (Barry Brey)


5.3 C-CAT Schedule

C-CAT for admission to the August 2013 batch of PG Diploma courses will be held on 30th June 2013 and 7th July 2013. 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 below.

Table 4: Schedule of June/July 2013 C-CAT.

C-CAT Date

Test Paper

Morning Slot Timings

Afternoon Slot Timings

30 June 2013 ;
7 July 2013

Section A

9:30 am – 10:30 am

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Section B

10:45 am – 11:45 pm

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Section C

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

5.4 C-CAT Centres

The C-CATs of June/July 2013 will be conducted in computerized mode in various cities across India. The list of cities where C-CAT will be conducted in June/July 2013 is given in Table 5. The C-CAT centres will be allocated to candidates on a first-come, first-served basis of application, depending on the centres’ seating capacity.

Important Dates:

Table 6: Important dates related to admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses of August 2013 batch.




a Beginning of Online Registration and Application

27 May 2013

b Closing of Online Registration & Application, and Payment of Application Fee

20 June 2013

c Downloading of Admit Cards

26 June 2013  5 July 2013

d C-DAC’s Common Admission Test (C-CAT)

30 June 2013

7 July 2013

e Announcement of C-CAT Ranks

12 July 2013

f Online Selection of Course and Centre (1st Counselling)

12 – 17 July 2013

g Declaration of First Round of Seat Allocation

20 July 2013

h Last Date of Payment of Rs 10,000/- for candidates allocated seats through the first round

30 July 2013

i Declaration of Second Round of Seat Allocation

2 August 2013

j Last Date of Payment of Rs 10,000/- for candidates allocated seats through the second round

8 August 2013

K Online Selection of Course and Centre (2nd Counselling)

13 – 15 August 2013

L Declaration of Third Round of Seat Allocation  (based on 2nd Counselling)

17 August 2013

M Last Date of Payment of Full/Balance Course Fees

23 August 2013

N Registration of Students at Training Centres

26 August 2013

O Commencement of PG Diploma Courses

27 August 2013


Table 5: Cities where C-CAT will be conducted in June/July 2013.

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

The C-CAT date and city 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.

 C-DAC Appication Fees :

The basic application fee for C-CAT would be Rs. 1000/- and thereafter Rs. 100/- for every course opted in the online application. Hence the application fee for one course will be Rs. 1100/-, for two courses Rs. 1200/-, and so on. After filling the online application form, the application fee may be paid online OR in cash through the ‘Make Payment’ step on the main menu of the online application. No cheque or demand draft (DD) will be accepted towards payment of C-CAT application fees.

Online: The application fee can be paid using both credit and debit cards through the payment gateway provided along with the online application.

Cash: The application fee can also be paid in cash at any of the C-DAC centres or C-DAC’s Affiliated Training Centres (ATC) listed in Tables 7a and 7b. After filling the online application, the applicant should print the form and submit it along with the fee (in cash) at any of the C-DAC training centres on or before the last date of application.

On receiving the application fee at C-DAC, the ‘Make Payment’ step on the main menu of the online application will be tick-marked, and the status of payment will be updated on the ‘Status Check’menu. The pdf application form obtained by clicking the ‘View/Print Application Form’ on the main menu will now have the transaction details of the payment made.


Important Notes: (i) Application forms and cash sent by post/courier will not be accepted at any of the C-DAC training centres. (ii) Candidates are advised to view the seat availability for C-CAT at various cities before paying the application fee through cash or online. (iii) Candidates facing any issues during online payment may contact C-DAC ACTS Pune through phone (020-25503100) or email (



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