Admission

Admission - PG Diploma Courses

How to register for C-CAT

Admissions to all Post Graduate Diploma courses of C-DAC are done through C-DAC's computerized Common Admission Test (C-CAT).

Candidates have to apply for C-CAT online at www.cdac.in or acts.cdac.in.

Every year, C-CAT is conducted in December/January (for February/March admissions) and June/August(for August/September admissions).

Candidates who clear the August 2021 C-CAT will only be considered for admission to C-DAC’s Post Graduate Diploma courses of September 2021 batch on the basis of their C-CAT ranks and centre/course preferences.

C-DAC's Online Diploma courses are fulltime courses of 900 hours (approx. 30 weeks duration) with minimum 6 hours online classes (theory and/or practical) daily (excluding announced holidays). The list of Post Graduate Diploma courses along with their eligibility criteria and fees is given in Table 1. Minimum percentage of marks required in the qualifying examination (considered as per the norms of the university from where the candidate has graduated) is also stated in Table 1. Details of the Post Graduate Diploma courses being offered in September 2021 are given in Section 16 of this Admission Booklet.

The Post Graduate Diploma courses shall be delivered in ONLINE mode. Students are required to have laptops/PCs with high-speed uninterrupted internet connection, webcam and microphone to effectively participate in the course from their homes or personal places. It is not advisable to join the online classes from mobile phones.

Common Eligibility Criteria for all the PG Diploma Courses of C-DAC

Graduate in Engineering (10+2+4 or 10+3+3 years) in IT / Computer Science / Electronics / Telecommunications / Electrical / Instrumentation.

OR

MSc/MS (10+2+3+2 years) in Computer Science, IT, Electronics with Mathematics in 10+2.

In addition to the common eligibility criteria given above, candidates with the course-specific qualifications mentioned in Table 1 are ALSO ELIGIBLE for the particular courses. Minimum percentage of marks required in the qualifying examination is also stated in Table 1. The minimum percentage of marks will be considered as per the norms of the university from where the candidate has graduated.


Table 1: C-DAC's PG Diploma courses and their eligibility criteria.

CATEGORY I (Section A in C-CAT)

COURSE

COURSE NAME

ELIGIBILITY

MIN. %

FEES

PG-DGi

Post Graduate Diploma in Geoinformatics

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  4-year Degree in Geosciences / Petroleum / Mining / Civil / Planning / Architecture  / Forestry / Agriculture, or related fields, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Geography / Geology / Natural & Applied Sciences / Mathematics, or allied areas

50 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST


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

·  MCA, MCM, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Physics / Mathematics / Statistics, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Management with graduation in IT / Computer Science / Computer Applications

50 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST

PG-DMC

Post Graduate Diploma in Mobile Computing

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Mathematics / Statistics, OR

·  MCA

50 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST

PG-DAI

Post Graduate Diploma in Artificial Intelligence

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  Graduate in any discipline of Engineering, OR

·  MCA, MCM, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Physics / Mathematics / Statistics

60 %

Rs 127,500

+ GST

PG-DBDA

Post Graduate Diploma in Big Data Analytics

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  Graduate in any discipline of Engineering, OR

·  MCA, MCM, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Physics / Mathematics / Statistics, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Management with graduation in IT / Computer Science / Computer Applications

55 %

Rs 97,750

+ GST

PG-DITISS

Post Graduate Diploma in IT Infrastructure, Systems & Security

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Mathematics / Statistics, OR MCA

55 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST

PG-DIoT

Post Graduate Diploma in Internet of Things

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  MCA

55 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST

PG-DASSD

Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Secure Software Development

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  MCA

55 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST


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

PG-DESD

Post Graduate Diploma in Embedded Systems Design

·  Common eligibility criteria

55 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST

PG-DVLSI

Post Graduate Diploma in VLSI Design

·  Common eligibility criteria

55 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST

PG-DRAT

Post Graduate Diploma in Robotics & Allied Technologies

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  Graduate in Mechatronics / Mechanical Engineering

55 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST


Laptop/PC configuration, and hardware, software and network specifications required for C-DAC’s Online Diploma courses are given in Section 18 of this Admission Booklet.

There is no age restriction for admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses. Candidates who have appeared for the final examination of their qualifying degree will also be considered for admission to these courses. By qualifying in C-DAC's admission tests of August 2021, such candidates can apply for provisional admission in September 2021 batch, subject to the condition that

a)  All parts of their qualifying degree examination shall be completed by the date of joining the course, and

        b) The proof of having passed the qualifying degree with at least the   required minimum marks shall be submitted to C-DAC by 31 January 2022.

Important Notes:

(i) Candidates should ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria of the courses for which they are applying.It shall be incumbent upon candidates to prove they meet the prescribed eligibility criteria at the time of taking admission at allocated centre. Issuance of Admit Card and/or C-CAT rank does not automatically entitle a candidate to admission.In case a candidate is found to be non-eligible during any stage of the admission process or course delivery, his/her admission will be cancelled with immediate effect.

(ii) For any correspondence with C-DAC, candidates must email to the addresses mentioned in this Admission Booklet from their registered email, and must mention their name and CCAT Form No. without which C-DAC may not be able to respond to these candidates.


C-DAC’s Common Admission Test (C-CAT)

Admissions to all PG Diploma courses of September 2021 batch are done through C-DAC's Common Admission Test (C-CAT) that will be conducted in computerised mode physically at C-DAC’s test centres on August 7 and August 8, 2021. Candidates have to apply for C-CAT online at www.cdac.in or acts.cdac.in. Candidates who clear the August 2021 C-CAT will only be considered for admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses of September 2021 batch on the basis of their C-CAT ranks and centre/course preferences.

7.1 C-CAT Test Papers

C-CAT has three sections (Section A, Section B, Section C) of one hour duration each. As shown in Table 5, depending on the category of courses selected 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 category of the courses opted by him/her at the time of filling the online application form.

Every section in C-CAT will have 50 objective-type questions. Each question 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, -1 (minus one) for each wrong answer, and 0 (zero) marks for each un-attempted question. The maximum mark a candidate can obtain in any one section of C-CAT is 150.

Table 5: Categories of PG Diploma courses and the corresponding test paper(s) in C-CAT.

COURSE

CATEGORY

COURSE NAME

C-CAT

PAPER(S)

I

PG Diploma in Geoinformatics (PG-DGi)

Section A

II

PG Diploma in Advanced Computing (PG-DAC)

Section A +

Section B

PG Diploma in Big Data Analytics (PG-DBDA)

PG Diploma in IT Infrastructure, Systems & Security (PG-DITISS)

PG Diploma in Internet of Things (PG-DIoT)

PG Diploma in Artificial Intelligence (PG-DAI)

PG Diploma in Mobile Computing (PG-DMC)

PG Diploma in Advanced Secure Software Development (PG-DASSD)

III

PG Diploma in Embedded Systems Design (PG-DESD)

Section A +

 Section B +

 Section C

PG Diploma in VLSI Design (PG-DVLSI)

PG Diploma in Robotics & Allied Technologies (PG-DRAT)

7.2 C-CAT Syllabus

Table 6a: Indicative syllabus of the different sections of test papers in C-CAT.

TEST PAPER

TOPICS

DURATION

Section A

English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning

1 hour

Section B

Computer Fundamentals, C Programming, Data Structures, Object Oriented Programming Concepts,  Operating Systems

1 hour

Section C

Computer Architecture, Digital Electronics, Microprocessors

1 hour

The list of reference books for the various topics of C-CAT is given in Table 6b. Candidates are, however, advised to read more books than the ones specified in this table.

Table 6b: Reference books for the various topics in C-CAT.

SECTION

TOPIC

REFERENCE BOOK

A

English

Any High School Grammar Book (e.g. Wren & Martin)

Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning

Quantitative Aptitude Fully Solved (R. S. Aggrawal)

Quantitative Aptitude (M Tyara)

Barron’s New GRE 2016

B

Computer Fundamentals

Foundations of Computing (Pradeep Sinha & Priti Sinha)

C Programming

C Programming Language (Kernighan & Ritchie)

Let Us C (Yashavant Kanetkar)

Data Structures

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

Operating Systems

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)

Microprocessors

Microprocessor Architecture, Programming & Applications with 8085 (Ramesh Gaonkar)

The Intel Microprocessor (Barry Brey)

7.3 C-CAT Schedule

C-CAT for admission to the September 2021 batch of PG Diploma courses will be held in computerised mode physically at C-DAC’s test centres on August 7 and August 8, 2021. The tentative schedule for different test papers of C-CAT is given in Table 7. The exact schedule of C-CAT will be communicated to the candidates through the Admit Card.

Table 7: Tentative schedule of August 2021 C-CAT.

C-CAT Dates

Test Paper

Morning Slot Timings

Afternoon Slot Timings

7 August 2021 ;

8 August 2021

Section A

9:30 am – 10:30 am

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Section B

10:45 am – 11:45 am

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Section C

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

7.4 C-CAT Cities

C-CAT will be conducted in computerised mode in various cities across India. The list of cities where C-CAT will be conducted in August 2021 is given in Table 8. Candidates need to give 3 choices of cities while filling the online C-CAT application form. Refer to Section 14(b) of this Admission Booklet regarding C-CAT city preferences and allocation. All C-DAC test centres will adhere to the safety precautions issued by the government.

The C-CAT city once selected in the online application form cannot be changed unless approved in writing by C-DAC, subject to availability of seats on the requested city. All such signed letters of requests with proof of valid reasons should be received at actssupport@cdac.in before the last date of C-CAT application.

Table 8: Cities where C-CAT will be conducted in August 2021*.

Agartala

Agra

Ahmedabad

Allahabad

Aurangabad (MH)

Bareilly

Bengaluru

Bhagalpur

Bhilai

Bhopal

Bhubaneswar

Bihar Sharif / Nalanda

Chennai

Darbhanga

Dehradun

Durgapur

Hyderabad

Indore

Jaipur

Jamshedpur

Jhansi

Karad

Kochi

Kolhapur

Kolkata

Lucknow

Mohali

Mumbai 

Nagpur

Nashik

Navi Mumbai

New Delhi

Noida

Patna

Pune

Ranchi

Silchar

Siliguri

Solapur

Thiruvananthapuram

Varanasi

Vijayawada

*   C-DAC at its discretion may cancel any of the above C-CAT cities due to less number of candidates or any emergency situation arising out of pandemic/calamities or any other relevant reasons. Refer to Section 14(b) regarding C-CAT city preferences and allocation.


C-CAT Fee

C-CAT fee structure is given in Table 9. Candidates may note that the C-CAT fee once paid is not refundable.

Table 9: Category-wise C-CAT fee (inclusive of GST).

Course Category

C-CAT Paper(s)

C-CAT Fee

I

II

III

A

A+B

A+B+C

Rs 1350/-

Rs 1550/-

Rs 1750/-

After filling the online C-CAT application form, the examination fee must be paid online. It can be paid using credit/debit cards through the payment gateway that will be opened upon clicking the 'Online' option of the 'Make Payment' step on the main menu of the application. Candidates are advised to follow the instructions/steps given on the payment gateway, and also print/save the transaction details for their records.

On receiving the examination 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. Candidates facing any issues during online payment may contact C-DAC ACTS Pune through phone (020-25503143) or email (actssupport@cdac.in).

Counselling & Seat Allocation Process

C-DAC’s PG Diploma admission process has two counselling sessions and three rounds of seat allocations. Counselling means online filling of preferences of courses and training centres by the candidates.

·      There are two rounds of seat allocations based on the first counselling. This means that using the course-centre preferences given by the candidates during the first choice filling, two rounds of seat allocations (Round 1 and Round 2) will be done. Further details of the first counselling and first/second rounds of seat allocations are given in Sections 16(f-j) of this Admission Booklet.

Depending on their C-CAT ranks, candidates will be allocated seats strictly based on the order of preferences of courses and centres given by them during the counselling. If some candidates' ranks are not good enough to get them their top preferences in the first round of seat allocations, they may be offered their lower preferred courses/centres depending on their ranks. Such candidates may be allocated their higher-preferred course/centre in the second round of seat allocation, depending on their ranks. However, if candidates get their first preference in the first round of seat allocation itself, then that will be their final allocated seat and there will be no change for them in the second round of seat allocations. The seats allocated in the second round are final and there will be no further change in them.

·      Through the second counseling, candidates who have not got/confirmed admission are given one last chance to online fill their preferences of courses and training centres for the vacant seats that arise after the second round of admissions. The second counselling is scheduled after the payment of the first installment fee of the second round of seat allocation. The third round of seat allocation is based on the second counseling. The categories of candidates who are eligible to take part in the second counselling, and more details of the second counselling and third round of seat allocation, are given in Sections 16(k-l) of this Admission Booklet.

During both the counselling sessions, candidates will be permitted to give preferences for only those courses belonging to the category they had selected in the C-CAT application form. However, a candidate can give as many preferences of training centres and courses belonging to the applied C-CAT category.

Based on the C-CAT ranks, admissions to various courses at different training centres are offered in the order of preferences of courses and centres given by the candidate and the number of seats available for the courses at the particular centres. Therefore candidates must take utmost care while filling the order of preference of the courses and centres. Under any circumstance, a candidate will not be allocated another course/centre which was not given as a preference during the counselling stage.

Important Note: A candidate cannot join a lower preferred choice if he/she is allocated a higher preference in any round of seat allocation.

Open Day: After all the three rounds of seat allocations, an Open Day may be conducted in selected C-DAC centres that still have some vacant seats.

Important Dates

Table 13: Important dates related to admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses of September 2021 batch through the C-CAT of August 2021.

No.

Event

Date

a

Beginning of Online Registration and Application for C-CAT

9 July 2021

b

Closing of Online Registration & Application, and Payment of Examination Fee for C-CAT

29 July 2021

c

Downloading of C-CAT Admit Cards

5 - 7 August 2021

d

C-DAC's Common Admission Test (C-CAT) at the Test Centres

7 August 2021

8 August 2021

e

Announcement of C-CAT Ranks

20 August 2021

f

Online Selection of Courses and Centres (1st Counselling)

20 - 26 August 2021

g

Declaration of First Round of Seat Allocation

28 August 2021

h

Last Date of Payment of first installment course fee (Rs 10,000 + GST) for candidates allocated seats through the first round

3 September 2021

(till 5pm)

i

Declaration of Second Round of Seat Allocation

6 September 2021

j

Last Date of Payment of first installment course fee (Rs 10,000 + GST) for candidates allocated seats through the second round

9 September 2021

(till 5pm)

k

Payment of caution deposit (Rs 10,000 + GST) and Online Selection of Courses and Centres (2nd Counselling)

11-14 September 2021

(till 5pm)

l

Declaration of Third Round of Seat Allocation  

(based on 2nd Counselling)

15 September 2021

m

Last Date of Payment of Balance Course Fee

17 September 2021

n

Last date of Uploading of Eligibility Certificates and Registration of Students

20 September 2021

o

Commencement of PG Diploma Courses across India through online mode

21 September 2021

p

End of PG Diploma Courses across India

16 April 2022

Set up in 1988, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is a scientific society of the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India, carrying out Research and Development (R&D) in IT, electronics and associated areas. 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, ubiquitous computing, and education & training.

As an institution for high-end R&D, C-DAC has been at the forefront of the IT revolution in the country, constantly building capacities in emerging technologies, and innovating and leveraging its expertise, calibre and skill sets to develop and deploy IT products and solutions for diverse sectors. It has resulted in the emergence of a high-quality intellectual resource base at C-DAC in the form of expert teams with specialised knowledge of various facets of advanced computing.

With such a rich resource base at its command, C-DAC set up the Advanced Computing Training School (ACTS) in 1993 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. Over the years C-DAC has designed and delivered various postgraduate and undergraduate degree and diploma programmes. In addition, C-DAC imparts ICT training to state and national governments and agencies, strategic sectors, corporate and industries, foreign countries and international students, based on specific requirements.

Presently C-DAC is offering Post Graduate Diploma courses through its centres located in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida, Patna, Pune, Silchar and Thiruvananthapuram. PG Diploma courses are also offered by C-DAC’s Authorised Training Centres in Bhubaneswar, Indore, Jaipur, Karad, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, New Delhi, Patna and Pune. Each year, thousands of students are trained at these centres, enhancing their knowledge-base and equipping them with the latest methodologies in advanced computing so as to make their mark in the ICT industry. So far more than 3 lakh students have passed out from C-DAC. Many of them are successful employees of multi-national and premier Indian ICT companies today, and many more have become booming entrepreneurs.

C-DAC has made strong presence globally by providing visibility and brand name for India through establishing state-of-the-art IT Training Centres and projects in many developing countries like Ghana, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Myanmar, Tanzania, Belarus, Armenia, Lesotho, Seychelles, Syria, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Peru, Palestine, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Panama, Commonwealth of Dominica, Egypt, Morocco, Guyana, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Cook Islands, Namibia, Sao Tome & Principe, Jordan, Argentina & Solomon Islands, in close association with Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Electronics & IT, Government of India. C-DAC has also conducted specialised training for students from more than 100 countries.

ü    C-DAC has been awarded as the 'Most Popular Training Institute in India' at the Electronics For You Awards.

ü       C-DAC received ‘Manthan 2019 Award’ for outstanding contribution in the        Skill Ecosystem - Training Category by the Telecom Sector Skill Council.

C-DAC's Post Graduate Diploma courses are full-time courses of 900 hours (approx 30 calendar weeks). The list of PG Diploma courses being offered in September 2021 along with their eligibility criteria and fees is given in Table 1. Details of these courses are given in Section 17 of this Admission Booklet.

All PG Diploma classes of September 2021 batch will be held in ONLINE mode. Students are required to have laptops/PCs with high-speed uninterrupted internet connection, webcam and microphone to effectively participate in the course from their homes or personal places. It is not advisable to join the online classes from mobile phones.

Common Eligibility Criteria for all the PG Diploma Courses of C-DAC

Graduate in Engineering (10+2+4 or 10+3+3 years) in IT / Computer Science / Electronics / Telecommunications / Electrical / Instrumentation.

OR

MSc/MS (10+2+3+2 years) in Computer Science, IT, Electronics with Mathematics in 10+2.

In addition to the common eligibility criteria given above, candidates with the course-specific qualifications mentioned in Table 1 are ALSO ELIGIBLE for the particular courses. Minimum percentage of marks required in the qualifying examination is also stated in Table 1. The minimum percentage of marks will be considered as per the norms of the university from where the candidate has graduated.

Table 1: C-DAC's PG Diploma courses and their eligibility criteria.

CATEGORY I (Section A in C-CAT)

COURSE

COURSE NAME

ELIGIBILITY

MIN. %

FEES

PG-DGi

Post Graduate Diploma in Geoinformatics

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  4-year Degree in Geosciences / Petroleum / Mining / Civil / Planning / Architecture  / Forestry / Agriculture, or related fields, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Geography / Geology / Natural & Applied Sciences / Mathematics, or allied areas

50 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST


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

·  MCA, MCM, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Physics / Mathematics / Statistics, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Management with graduation in IT / Computer Science / Computer Applications

50 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST

PG-DMC

Post Graduate Diploma in Mobile Computing

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Mathematics / Statistics, OR

·  MCA

50 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST

PG-DAI

Post Graduate Diploma in Artificial Intelligence

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  Graduate in any discipline of Engineering, OR

·  MCA, MCM, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Physics / Mathematics / Statistics

60 %

Rs 127,500

+ GST

PG-DBDA

Post Graduate Diploma in Big Data Analytics

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  Graduate in any discipline of Engineering, OR

·  MCA, MCM, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Physics / Mathematics / Statistics, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Management with graduation in IT / Computer Science / Computer Applications

55 %

Rs 97,750

+ GST

PG-DITISS

Post Graduate Diploma in IT Infrastructure, Systems & Security

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  Post Graduate Degree in Mathematics / Statistics, OR MCA

55 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST

PG-DIoT

Post Graduate Diploma in Internet of Things

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  MCA

55 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST

PG-DASSD

Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Secure Software Development

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  MCA

55 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST


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

PG-DESD

Post Graduate Diploma in Embedded Systems Design

·  Common eligibility criteria

55 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST

PG-DVLSI

Post Graduate Diploma in VLSI Design

·  Common eligibility criteria

55 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST

PG-DRAT

Post Graduate Diploma in Robotics & Allied Technologies

·  Common eligibility criteria, OR

·  Graduate in Mechatronics / Mechanical Engineering

55 %

Rs 76,500

+ GST







Laptop/PC configuration, and hardware, software and network specifications required for the online classes are given in Section 18 of this Admission Booklet.

There is no age restriction for admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses. Candidates who have appeared for the final examination of their qualifying degree in 2021 will also be considered for admission to the above courses. By qualifying in C-DAC's admission tests of August 2021, such university result-awaiting candidates can apply for provisional admission in September 2021 batch, subject to the condition that:

(a)   All parts of their qualifying degree examination shall be completed by the date of joining the course, and

(b)   Proof of having passed the qualifying degree with at least the required minimum marks shall be submitted at C-DAC by 31 January 2022.

Important Notes:

(i) Candidates should ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria of the courses for which they     are applying. It shall be incumbent upon candidates to prove they meet the prescribed eligibility criteria at the time of taking admission at allocated centre. Issuance of Admit Card and/or C-CAT rank does not automatically entitle a candidate to admission. In case a candidate is found to be non-eligible during any stage of the admission process or course delivery, his/her admission will be cancelled with immediate effect.

(ii) For any admission-related correspondence with C-DAC, candidates must email to the addresses mentioned in this Admission Booklet from their registered email, and must mention their name and C-CAT Form No. without which C-DAC may not be able to respond to these candidates.

·      Well established courses with excellent placement records.

·      30-week (approx) full-time courses with 900 hours' theory + lab + project.

·      6 hours per day theory + lab sessions on 6 days a week in most centres.

·      Continuous lab and internal assessments during the course.

·      Centralised course-end theory exams across all centres.

·      Courses designed and developed in consultation with the domain experts in C-DAC, academia and ICT industry.

·      Expert faculty from C-DAC and ICT industry with widespread domain knowledge.

·      Tutorials, hands-on and projects relevant to the standards of the ICT industry.

·      Special training on aptitude, effective communication and interview skills.

·      Extensive placement orientation and region-wise common campus placements.

Over the 28 years, C-DAC has shaped the careers of over 3 lakh IT professionals in software development and other specialised advanced computing domains. The Placement Cells of C-DAC organise Common Campus Placement Programmes (CCPP) for its PG Diploma students. For the September 2021 batch, C-DAC's CCPP will be conducted region-wise at Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Noida, Patna, and Pune. Training centres from other cities will be attached to one of these regional placement programmes, so that students from all centres across India will get fair chance in placements (see Table 2 for details). All C-DAC training centres actively coordinate and organise campus interviews for all their PG Diploma students. More than 400 companies participated in C-DAC's campus placements in 2020 and 2021, wherein overall 90% placement is achieved across India. More than 6000 C-DAC students get job annually through C-DAC’s CCPP.

C-DAC has always been the ICT recruiters’ first choice when it comes to recruiting ready-to- deploy manpower for their turnkey projects. Top ICT companies (some are listed in Table 3) have expressed faith in C-DAC's trained resources by regularly recruiting them through CCPP. C-DAC has also recruited many of the PG Diploma students for its R&D projects.

Table 2: Region-wise distribution of cities in C-DAC’s Common Campus Placements (CCPP)

CCPP Region

Cities of the Training Centres attached in CCPP

Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Thiruvananthapuram

Hyderabad

Hyderabad

Mumbai

Mumbai, Nashik, Navi Mumbai

Noida

Noida, New Delhi

Patna

Kolkata, Patna, Silchar

Pune

Bhubaneswar, Indore, Jaipur, Karad, Nagpur, Pune

Across India, C-DAC is offering Post Graduate Diploma courses through its centres located in Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida, Patna, Pune, Silchar, and Thiruvananthapuram. Post Graduate Diploma courses are also offered by C-DAC’s Authorised Training Centres (ATC) in Bhubaneswar, Indore, Jaipur, Karad, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nashik, New Delhi, Patna, and Pune. The address and contact details of these training centres can be found at http://cdac.in/index.aspx?id=cdaccenters and also in Section 19 of this Admission Booklet. Table 4 shows the courses offered and the seat capacity at various training centres of C-DAC in the September 2021 batch.

Table 4: PG Diploma seat capacity at C-DAC’s training centres.

Sr. No.

City

Centre Name

PG-DAC

PG-DESD

PG-DBDA

PG-DITISS

PG-DVLSI

PG-DIoT

PG-DAI

PG- DMC

PG-DASSD

PG-DGi

PG-DRAT

C-DAC Centres

1

Bengaluru

C-DAC, Electronics City

120

 

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2

Bengaluru

C-DAC, Knowledge Park

120

120

80

 

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

3

Chennai

C-DAC

60

40

40

 

 

40

 

 

 

 

 

4

Hyderabad

C-DAC

120

120

 

60

40

 

 

 

80

 

 

5

Kochi

C-DAC

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

Kolkata

C-DAC

40

 

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

40

7

Mumbai

C-DAC, Juhu

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

Mumbai

C-DAC, Kharghar

140

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

New Delhi

C-DAC

40

 

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

Noida

C-DAC

120

40

40

40

40

 

60

 

 

40

 

11

Patna

C-DAC

 

 

 

 

 

60

60

 

 

 

 

12

Pune

C-DAC

240

60

60

60

 

 

60

 

 

 

 

13

Silchar

C-DAC

40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14

Thiruvananthapuram

C-DAC

60

60

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C-DAC’s Authorised Training Centres

15

Bhubaneswar

Lakshya

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16

Indore

Orlando Academy

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17

Jaipur

NETCOM

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

Karad

Sunbeam

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19

Mumbai

AIT (YCP), Nariman Point

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20

Mumbai

MET - IIT, Bandra

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21

Mumbai

USM’s Shriram Mantri VITA, Juhu

120

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22

Nagpur

Soft Polynomials

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

Nashik

MET – IIT

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

New Delhi

Bytes Softech

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

Patna

Astric-COE

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26

Patna

Career Foresight

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27

Pune

IACSD, Akurdi

240

 

60

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

Pune

IET, Shivajinagar

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

29

Pune

Infoway, Kothrud

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

Pune

Know-IT, Deccan

120

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

31

Pune

Sunbeam, Hinjewadi

240

120

60

 

 

 

 

70

 

 

 


Admissions to all PG Diploma courses of September 2021 batch are done through C-DAC's Common Admission Test (C-CAT) that will be conducted in computerised mode physically at C-DAC’s test centres on August 7 and August 8, 2021. Candidates have to apply for C-CAT online at www.cdac.in or acts.cdac.in. Candidates who clear the August 2021 C-CAT will only be considered for admission to C-DAC’s PG Diploma courses of September 2021 batch on the basis of their C-CAT ranks and centre/course preferences.

7.1 C-CAT Test Papers

C-CAT has three sections (Section A, Section B, Section C) of one hour duration each. As shown in Table 5, depending on the category of courses selected 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 category of the courses opted by him/her at the time of filling the online application form.

Every section in C-CAT will have 50 objective-type questions. Each question 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, -1 (minus one) for each wrong answer, and 0 (zero) marks for each un-attempted question. The maximum mark a candidate can obtain in any one section of C-CAT is 150.

Table 5: Categories of PG Diploma courses and the corresponding test paper(s) in C-CAT.

COURSE

CATEGORY

COURSE NAME

C-CAT

PAPER(S)

I

PG Diploma in Geoinformatics (PG-DGi)

Section A

II

PG Diploma in Advanced Computing (PG-DAC)

Section A +

Section B

PG Diploma in Big Data Analytics (PG-DBDA)

PG Diploma in IT Infrastructure, Systems & Security (PG-DITISS)

PG Diploma in Internet of Things (PG-DIoT)

PG Diploma in Artificial Intelligence (PG-DAI)

PG Diploma in Mobile Computing (PG-DMC)

PG Diploma in Advanced Secure Software Development (PG-DASSD)

III

PG Diploma in Embedded Systems Design (PG-DESD)

Section A +

 Section B +

 Section C

PG Diploma in VLSI Design (PG-DVLSI)

PG Diploma in Robotics & Allied Technologies (PG-DRAT)

 

7.2 C-CAT Syllabus

Table 6a: Indicative syllabus of the different sections of test papers in C-CAT.

TEST PAPER

TOPICS

DURATION

Section A

English, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning

1 hour

Section B

Computer Fundamentals, C Programming, Data Structures, Object Oriented Programming Concepts,  Operating Systems

1 hour

Section C

Computer Architecture, Digital Electronics, Microprocessors

1 hour

The list of reference books for the various topics of C-CAT is given in Table 6b. Candidates are, however, advised to read more books than the ones specified in this table.

Table 6b: Reference books for the various topics in C-CAT.

SECTION

TOPIC

REFERENCE BOOK

A

English

Any High School Grammar Book (e.g. Wren & Martin)

Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning

Quantitative Aptitude Fully Solved (R. S. Aggrawal)

Quantitative Aptitude (M Tyara)

Barron’s New GRE 2016

B

Computer Fundamentals

Foundations of Computing (Pradeep Sinha & Priti Sinha)

C Programming

C Programming Language (Kernighan & Ritchie)

Let Us C (Yashavant Kanetkar)

Data Structures

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

Operating Systems

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)

Microprocessors

Microprocessor Architecture, Programming & Applications with 8085 (Ramesh Gaonkar)

The Intel Microprocessor (Barry Brey)

7.3 C-CAT Schedule

C-CAT for admission to the September 2021 batch of PG Diploma courses will be held in computerised mode physically at C-DAC’s test centres on August 7 and August 8, 2021. The tentative schedule for different test papers of C-CAT is given in Table 7. The exact schedule of C-CAT will be communicated to the candidates through the Admit Card.

Table 7: Tentative schedule of August 2021 C-CAT.

C-CAT Dates

Test Paper

Morning Slot Timings

Afternoon Slot Timings

7 August 2021 ;

8 August 2021

Section A

9:30 am – 10:30 am

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Section B

10:45 am – 11:45 am

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Section C

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

7.4 C-CAT Cities

C-CAT will be conducted in computerised mode in various cities across India. The list of cities where C-CAT will be conducted in August 2021 is given in Table 8. Candidates need to give 3 choices of cities while filling the online C-CAT application form. Refer to Section 14(b) of this Admission Booklet regarding C-CAT city preferences and allocation. All C-DAC test centres will adhere to the safety precautions issued by the government.

The C-CAT city once selected in the online application form cannot be changed unless approved in writing by C-DAC, subject to availability of seats on the requested city. All such signed letters of requests with proof of valid reasons should be received at actssupport@cdac.in before the last date of C-CAT application.

Table 8: Cities where C-CAT will be conducted in August 2021*.

Agartala

Agra

Ahmedabad

Allahabad

Aurangabad (MH)

Bareilly

Bengaluru

Bhagalpur

Bhilai

Bhopal

Bhubaneswar

Bihar Sharif / Nalanda

Chennai

Darbhanga

Dehradun

Durgapur

Hyderabad

Indore

Jaipur

Jamshedpur

Jhansi

Karad

Kochi

Kolhapur

Kolkata

Lucknow

Mohali

Mumbai 

Nagpur

Nashik

Navi Mumbai

New Delhi

Noida

Patna

Pune

Ranchi

Silchar

Siliguri

Solapur

Thiruvananthapuram

Varanasi

Vijayawada

*   C-DAC at its discretion may cancel any of the above C-CAT cities due to less number of candidates or any emergency situation arising out of pandemic/calamities or any other relevant reasons. Refer to Section 14(b) regarding C-CAT city preferences and allocation.