NSM Capacity Building

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Overview of Courses

C-DAC is implementing the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM nsmindia.in), a capacity building initiative of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India. The objective of the project is to develop technology professionals hailing from Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) communities, having graduation in Engineering or post graduation in Science disciplines, in High Performance Computing (HPC) domains to meet skill and capability building objectives of the NSM. There are two domains identified to develop the expertise which are:

  1. High Performance Computing System Administration
  2. High Performance Computing Application Programming

Background :

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) envisages that demand for High Performance Computing (HPC) in India will stem from application areas. The aim of the capacity building in HPC is to offer a standardized scale to map the HPC skill sets of both current and aspiring professionals in this area, and enable them to pursue careers in this field. This will also enhance the IT / HPC skills sets required for the potential recruiters such as government, research & development bodies and the information technology industry.

The Global High Performance Computing Market size was estimated at USD 28.63 billion in 2020, is expected to reach USD 31.27 billion in 2021, and projected to grow at a CAGR of 9.55% reaching USD 49.52 billion by 2026. The supercomputer market is expected to register a CAGR of about 9.5% during the forecast period 2021 - 2026.

The increasing use of cloud technology is one of the significant supercomputer market trends. The market is driven by the commercial customers increasingly adopting supercomputing systems and high demand from government sector owing to national security concerns. In addition, commercial customers increasingly adopting supercomputing systems is anticipated to boost the growth of the market as well.

The AI-powered HPC market will reach $23.7B globally by 2026, driven largely by simulations, engineering and design solutions. There is a very long tail opportunity in HPC that will be realized through the use of AI tools.

HPCaaS will reach scale only through greater supercomputer accessibility. The market is currently dominated on the demand side by large corporations, universities, and government institutions by way of capabilities that are often used to solve very specific problems for large institutions. Examples include financial services organizations, government R&D facilities, universities research, etc.

The global HPC as a service market size generated revenue of $6.28 billion in 2018, and is projected to reach $17.00 billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of 13.3% from 2019 to 2026. It is expected that HPC Service Markets in Asia-Pacific would exhibit the highest CAGR of 18.3% during 2018-2025.

The increase in the HPC as service market is due to the adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things by the industry.

It is projected during the years 2022-2026 the need of HPC professionals will increase nationwide on HPC system development, management and application side. A lot of awareness programmes will create HPC culture nationwide and researchers will start thinking solutions to problems from HPC perspective. Nationwide capacity /knowledge will be ready for development of solutions for high end computing problems.

C-DAC considering this background launches a Sponsored Career Oriented IT Skill Development programme for the youth of India especially from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes communities.

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) (Premier R&D institute and Scientific Society under Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India have taken initiative to offer 200 hours of Preparatory Course for C-DAC Common Admission Test (Pre-CAT) course for joining Post Graduate Diploma Courses under the National Super Computing Mission capacity Building in High Performance Computing for the youth of India from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes communities.

The objective of this programme is to provide career opportunities for the candidates from Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes communities of India in the ICT industry especially the High Performance Computing (HPC) and Super Computing targeting the System Administration and Application programming and Artificial Intelligence Development domains.

1) High Performance Computing System Administration (PG-DHPCSA)
2) High Performance Computing Application Programming (PG-DHPCAP)

Eligibility :  SC/ST candidates meeting Educational Qualification under this program.
For more details refer Courses Section.

Intake Capacity :  40 seats per course.

Fee:  Free for admitted candidates.

Stipend :  A stipend at the rate of INR 1500/- per month, will be provided to the student for six months. The stipend will be provided in two instalments at the end of each three months periods subject to student maintaining 75% attendance for that period. The stipend will be deposited in the account of the student.

NSM Preparatory course for C-DAC Common Admission Test (Pre-CAT) is course of 200 hours duration which aims to prepare students for C-CAT. The syllabus is designed to cover subjects which are part of C-CAT syllabus.

The course requires the candidate’s to dedicate 5-6 hours per day for six days in a week to cover the 200 hours in about 35 days in physical classroom and lab sessions. At end of the course students meeting 75% attendance and other criteria will be eligible to appear in the certification examination. Students successful in examination will receive a certificate of merit.

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Module Name



Computer Fundamentals and Concepts of Programming



English Language / Verbal Ability



Quantitative Aptitude



Logical Reasoning



Programming in C



Data Structures



Object Oriented Programming Concepts Using C++



Operating System Concepts






Basic Concepts of Big Data



Introduction to Artificial Intelligence



 Total Hours


Benefits :

  • Prepare for the C-DAC Common Admission Test (C-CAT) and provide requisite knowledge to qualify in C-CAT for joining the Post Graduate Diploma courses in HPC System Administration and HPC Application Programming.
  • Help candidates from officially designated socially disadvantaged groups (SC & ST) in India.
  • The Pre-CAT course is free (usual fee is INR 15,000/- per student) for the selected candidates, however a caution deposit of INR 5000/- will be taken. Please see Refund of Caution Deposit section for details.
  • Candidate’s active participation and successfully completion of the Pre-CAT course will provide them the gateway and an edge to perform better in the C-CAT for upcoming batch.

NSM Pre-CAT Training :

The students need to join the training centre where the student has been provided confirmed admission. Student need to attend classes and lab sessions regularly as per the weekly schedule and day wise schedule provided by the training centre. A minimum of 5-6 hours of engagement every day for six days a week is expected from the students to complete all the modules and topics.

NSM Pre-CAT course may be completed early so as to align with the C-CAT schedule proposed to be published for the upcoming batch of Post Graduate Diploma Courses. So it may require additional hours of engagement by the candidate during the Pre-CAT course.

The students have to attend the Pre-CAT course physically at the training centre and must mark their attendance regularly with minimum 75% attendance so as to take the maximum benefit of the theory and practical sessions conducted by the training centre.

The student must inform the course coordinator for any absence without fail. Student must adhere to general decorum, rules, do’s and don’ts, and any prescribed rules and regulation by C-DAC from time to time.

NSM Pre-CAT Course End Examination :

The NSM Pre-CAT students on completion of the training and having a minimum of 75% attendance will be allowed to attend the NSM Pre-CAT course end examination as per the schedule. The result and certificates will be issued to the students successful in the examination.

Sponsorship of C-DAC Common Admission Test (C-CAT) :

All eligible students from this course who appear in the immediate next C-CAT after the NSM Pre-CAT course are exempt from paying C-CAT examination fees. The application form for C-CAT will be draft filled with the information provided by candidate during CET. The students will be able to confirm / edit the application form and directly proceed to selection of examination centre part of the C-CAT application form.

Note: Joining NSM Pre-CAT and completing it successfully does not guarantee admission into the PG Diploma courses. Candidate must obtain requisite Rank in C-CAT to join NSM PG Diploma courses.