What is the full syllabus & exam pattern of CDAC & CCAT

CDAC [Centre for Development of Advanced Computing]

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is an Indian autonomous scientific society under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology. It started its education & training activities in 1994 as a spin-off with time to large efforts to meet the growing needs of Indian Industry for finishing schools.

C-DAC has today emerged as a premier R&D organization in IT&E (Information Technologies and Electronics) in the country working on strengthening national technological capabilities in the context of global developments in the field and responding to change in the market need in selected foundation areas. In that process, C-DAC represents a unique facet working in close junction with MeitY to realize the nation’s policy and pragmatic interventions and initiatives in Information Technology.

As an institution for high-end Research and Development (R&D), C-DAC has been at the forefront of the Information Technology (IT) revolution, constantly building capacities in emerging/enabling technologies and innovating and leveraging its expertise, caliber, and skill sets to develop and deploy IT products and solutions for different sectors of the economy. As per the mandate of its parent, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Government of India, and other stakeholders including funding agencies, collaborators, users, and the marketplace.

CDAC exam syllabus

Full Syllabus of CDAC C-CAT Exam 2024-2025

Every year, CDAC C-CAT is open admissions to all PG Diploma courses of C-DAC are done through C-DAC's computerized Common Admission Test (C-CAT). C-CAT usually conducts two admission tests 1st in June (for August admissions) and 2nd in December (for February admissions).

How to register for the CDAC/CCAT Examination?

CDAC/C-CAT has three sections such as Section A, Section B, and Section C of one-hour duration each depending on the category of courses selected by the candidate. The candidates will have to either appear for just one test paper (Section A) two test papers (Section A and Section B) or all three test papers (Section A, Section B, and Section C). The medium of the C-CAT examination is English.

"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."

CDAC/C-CAT Negative Marking

Every exam section in CDAC/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 the C-CAT is 150.

Categories of PG Diploma Courses & Corresponding Test Paper(s)

Section A

  • PG Diploma in Geoinformatics (PG-DGi)

Section A + Section B

  • PG Diploma in Advanced Computing (PG-DAC)
  • PG Diploma in Mobile Computing (PG-DMC)
  • PG Diploma in System Software Development (PG-DSSD)
  • PG Diploma in IT Infrastructure, Systems & Security (PG-DITISS)
  • PG Diploma in Big Data Analytics (PG-DBDA)
  • PG Diploma in the Internet of Things (PG-D-IoT)
  • PG Diploma in HPC System Administration (PG-HPCSA)

Section A + Section B + Section C

  • PG Diploma in Embedded Systems Design (PG-DESD)
  • PG Diploma in VLSI Design (PG-DVLSI)
  • PG Diploma in Biomedical Instrumentation & Health Informatics (PG-DBIHI)


CDAC C-CAT Exam Syllabus Topics

Section A | Time (1 Hour)

  • English, Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning

Section B | Time (1 Hour)

  • Computer Fundamentals, Data Structures, C Programming, Data Communication & Networking, Object-Oriented Programming Concepts & Operating Systems

Section C | Time (1 Hour)

  • Computer Architecture, Digital Electronics & Microprocessors

Fee Details of the C-CAT Examination

For candidates, who have used their laptops for the C-CAT examination then the fee is Categorised into three sections:

  • (Section A): Rs. 1000/-
  • (Sections A + B): Rs. 1200/-
  • (Sections A + B + C): Rs. 1400/-

A computer usage charge of Rs 200 will be added to the fee if the candidate opts in the online application to use the computer of the CDAC/CCAT center. Candidates may note that the CDAC/CCAT examination fee once paid is not refundable. For candidates, who have used the Centre's Computer for the CDAC/CCAT examination then the fee is Categorised into three sections:

  • (Section A): Rs. 1200/-
  • (Section A + B): Rs. 1400/-
  • (Section A + B + C): Rs. 1600/-

CDAC/CCAT Placement Paper Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

  • Probability, Permutations & Combinations, Algebra, Averages, Time Speed & Distance, Time & Work, Profit & Loss, Ratio & Proportion, Simple & Compound Interest, Percentage, Number Series, Mixtures & Allegations, Simplification, Number System, Heights & Distances, Geometry & Mensuration, Data Sufficiency, Logarithms, Progressions, LCM and HCL, Pipes and Cisterns, Partnership, Boats and Streams, Areas, Volumes, etc...

Reasoning Syllabus

  • Number Series, Letter Series, Analogies, Puzzles, Syllogisms, Binary Logic, Clocks & Calendars, Cubes & Dice, Classification, Blood Relations, Coding-Decoding, Data Sufficiency, Seating Arrangement, Venn Diagrams, Problem Solving, Coded Inequalities, Double Lineup, Logical Deductions, Routes & Networks, Grouping & Selections, Evaluating Course of Action, Statements and Conclusions, Mathematical and Computer Operations, Critical Reasoning, Inferences, Situation Reaction Test, Decision Making, Symbols and Notations, Direction Sense Test, Logical Sequence Of Words, Assertion & Reason, Verification of Truth of the Statement, Statements and Assumptions, Data Interpretation

Verbal Ability Syllabus

  • Synonyms, Antonyms, Sentence Completion, Spelling Test, Passage Completion, Sentence Arrangement, Idioms and Phrases, Para Completion, Error Correction (Underlined Part), Fill in the blanks, Synonyms, Prepositions, Active and Passive Voice, Spotting Errors, Substitution, Transformation, Sentence Improvement, Joining Sentences, Error Correction (Phrase in Bold), Articles, Gerunds, Identify the Errors, Plural Forms, Odd Words, Prepositions, Suffix, Tense, Adjectives, Homophones, Identify the Sentences, Nouns, Prefix, Sentence Pattern, Tag Questions

CDAC/CCAT Reference Books

  1. English - Any High School Grammar Book (e.g. Wren & Martin)
  2. Quantitative Aptitude & Reasoning - Quantitative Aptitude Fully Solved (R. S. Aggarwal), Quantitative Aptitude (M Tyara), Barron’s New GRE 2016
  3. Computer Fundamentals - Foundations of Computing (Pradeep Sinha & Priti Sinha)
  4. Data Communication & Networking - Data Communication & Networking (Forouzan)
  5. C Programming - C Programming Language (Kernighan & Ritchie), Let Us C (Yashavant Kanetkar)
  6. Data Structures - Data Structures Through C in Depth (S. K. Srivastava)
  7. Operating Systems -Operating System Principles (Silberschatz, Galvin, Gagne)
  8. OOP's Concepts - Test Your C ++ Skills (Yashavant Kanetkar)
  9. Computer Architecture - Computer Organization & Architecture (William Stallings)
  10. Digital Electronics - Digital Design (Morris Mano), Digital Design: Principles & Practices (John Wakerly), Modern Digital Electronics (R. P. Jain)
  11. Microprocessors - Microprocessor Architecture, Programming & Applications with 8085 (Ramesh Gaonkar), The Intel Microprocessor (Barry Brey)

How the C-DAC & C-CAT Exam Work?

After filling out the online CDAC/CCAT application form, the examination fee may be paid online through the ‘Make Payment’ step on the main menu of the online application. No cheque or demand draft (DD) will be accepted for payment of the CDAC/CCAT examination fee.

Almost at the same time, CDAC/CCAT started building Indian Language Computing Solutions with the setting up of the GIST group (Graphics and Intelligence Script Technology); the National Centre for Software Technology (NCST) set up in 1985 had also initiated work in Indian Language Computing around the same period.

Electronic Research and Development Centre of India (ER&DCI) with various constituents starting as adjunct entities of various State Electronic Corporations, had been brought under the hold of the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications (now MeitY) in around 1988. They were focusing on various aspects of applied electronics, technology, and applications.

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