Test Pattern & Selection Procedure of C-DAC

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is the premier R&D organization of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (Deity), Ministry of Communications & Information Technology (MCIT) for carrying out R&D in IT, Electronics and associated areas. Their aim is to emerge as the premier R&D institution for the design, development and deployment of world class electronic and IT solutions for economic and human advancement.
CDAC Admission Process for PG Diploma Courses:
The organization conducts C- CAT (Computerized Admission Test) for admissions in PG Diploma Courses. C- CAT is usually conducted twice a year in the month of:
  • June( for August admissions)
  • December( for February admissions)
C- CAT has three sections (A, B, C). A candidate can opt for either one paper (Section A) or two (Section A and B) or all the three test papers (Section A, B and C). The candidate can appear only for that specific test paper as per the category of the courses opted by him/her while filling the online application form.
Written Exam
Section/Test paperTopicsTime Limit
Section AEnglish, Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning1 Hour
Section BComputer Fundamentals, C Programming, Data Structures, Data Communication & Networking, Object Oriented Programming Concepts, Operating Systems1 Hour
Computer Architecture, Digital Electronics, Microprocessors301 Hour
Test Description
  • Each test paper consists of 50 objective type questions and each question carries 4 options.
  • There is -1 (minus 1) for mark for wrong answer and +3(plus 3) for every correct answer
  • The maximum marks a candidate can obtain in any one section of the exam are 150.
Section A is further divided into following sub sections:
SectionNo. of QuestionsTotal Time Limit
English2060 mins
Quantitative Aptitude15
  • English section covers questions based on Reading Comprehension, Prepositions, Articles, Vocabulary , Antonyms, Synonyms, Sentence Rearrangement
  • Quantitative Aptitude consists of questions based on Number System, LCM, HCF, Averages, Ages, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Partnership, Chain Rule, Time & Work, Time & Distance, Pipes & Cisterns, Boats & Streams, Simple & Compound Interest, Clocks & Calendars, Permutations & Combinations, and Probability.
  • Reasoning section consists of questions related to Seating Arrangements, Number Series, Analogy, Blood Relations & Directions, Coding- Decoding, Data Sufficiency, Syllogisms
The area breakup for Section B is as follows:
SectionNo. of QuestionsTotal Time Limit
C Language1560 mins
Data Structure6-8
Operating System6-8
Computer Networks8-10
The area breakup for Section C is as follows:
SectionNo. of QuestionsTotal Time Limit
Microprocessor1560 mins
Digital Logic14-15
Computer Architecture10-11

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