Wednesday, November 9, 2011


C-DAC’s Diploma In Advanced Computing

1.     About
The Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Computing (DAC) is the flagship programme of ACTS. The course is targeted towards engineers and IT professionals who wish to venture into the domain of advanced computing. The course aims to groom the students to enable them to work on current technology scenarios as well as prepare them to keep pace with the changing face of technology and the requirements of the growing IT industry. The course curriculum has been designed keeping in view the emerging trends in advanced computing as well as contemporary and futuristic human resource requirements of the ICT industry. The entire course syllabus, courseware, teaching methodology and the course delivery have been derived from the rich research and development background of C-DAC. The depth and width of the course is unique in the industry covering a wide spectrum of requirements of the ICT industry. Running successfully for more than ten years, the DAC course has yielded thousands of students, who are well positioned in the industry today.

2.     Course Highlights
1.1. 24 weeks full-time Post-Graduate Diploma Programs
1.2. Ten Modules followed by a project
1.3. Evaluation at the mid and end of the course
1.4. Curriculum designed in consultation with industry experts,
1.5. Courseware designed with leading publishers.
1.6. Well-equipped laboratory and can be accessed 24 hours.
1.7. Well-equipped library.
1.8. Support for International Certification Exams.
1.9. Extensive hands on sessions
1.10.             Live exercises relevant to the standards of industry.
1.11.             Limited Internet access
1.12.             100+ hrs for soft skills
1.13.             Assistance for hostel accommodation
1.14.             Placement assistance
1.15.             Centralized examination system.
1.16.             Corporate / industry interaction
1.17.             Best student award.

3.     Eligibility
  • Qualification : BE/BTech, ME/MTech or Equivalent (AMIE, AIETE), B.Sc (Engg), MCA, MCS (After B.Sc), M Sc (Electronics, Instrumentation, Comp. Sc., IT), MCM (With B.Sc), MBA (Systems), BCS, B.Sc(IT), B Sc (Comp. Sc.), BCA, BIS (Bachelor of Internet Sciences), Bachelor Of E-Commerce.
  • Computing Background : Sound knowledge of Computing Fundamentals and Fundamentals of Programming is essential. The applicant must also be conversant with basics of VB Programming, Object Oriented Programming concepts and must be proficient with C Programming.

4.     How To Apply
Manual Application Form
Printed Application Forms along with the instruction sheet are also available free of cost at all the Training Centres offering the DAC course. The application form can also be downloaded from the website free of cost. Candidates can fill in the printed application form and attach a DD drawn on any nationalized bank in favour of “C-DAC, ACTS” payable at Pune of Rs.600/-(for manual only) towards registration fees for the CET along with a recent passport size photograph and submit the same at any of the training centres offering the DAC course or the same can be sent by speed post / courier only to the address mentioned above.
For appearing for the DAC-CET, candidates are required to download & print the admit card. The photograph must be uploaded on our website for our records and further use. Candidates filling in the Manual (Handwritten) Application Form must submit the passport size photograph along with the Application Form, the same then will be scanned and uploaded by the centre accepting the printed application form. Photographs once uploaded will not be changed under any circumstances whatsoever.
Please note that the upload of photograph is mandatory as this photograph will be used on the admit card for the CET and if the candidate is selected for the course, then the same photograph will appear on the Identity Card and finally on the DAC Certificate.
An additional Photo Identification (like Driving License /Voters ID card /College ID Card /Passport) will have to be produced by the candidate along with the admit card, at the time of appearing for the online CET at the exam center
Please note that the candidate should register only once and can appear for any one of the two CETs. Any deviation from this rule will disqualify you for admission to any of the centres unconditionally. Any fees paid by you will also be forfeited. No correspondence shall be made in this regard.
Application form for the Common Entrance Test (CET), is to be filled online at (recommended). The non-refundable registration fee of Rs.500/- (for online) for the CET is to be paid by DD drawn on any nationalized bank in favor of ‘C-DAC, ACTS’ payable at Pune and sent to:
The Programme Coordinator
C-DAC, Advanced Computing Training School
5th Floor,N.S.G. IT Park, S.No. 127/2B/2A,
Aundh, Pune –411 007.
Candidates are required to give the details on the backside of the DD such as Name of the Candidate, Registration ID, Form No, Contact No and the course applied for i.e. DAC February 2012 batch.

5.     Admission Process
The Admission process shall unfold in three stages as described below:
Stage I-Online Common Entrance Test (CET)
The Common Entrance Test (CET) for the admission process shall be conducted twice. The CET would be conducted online at the centers mentioned in the online application form. Candidates can choose any one of the two available dates for the CET as per the convenience. Candidate can select the city only after the uploading of photograph and receipt of the registration fees of Rs.500 /-(for online) or Rs. 600 /-(for manual) (Whatever the case may be) at C-DAC, ACTS, Pune. Once the candidate selects the city, the system will allocate date, center and slots to the candidate for CET, no change of examination will be made under any circumstances whatsoever.
The CET of two hours shall consist of online test of 150 questions. Each question shall carry one mark. There will be a negative marking i.e., quarter (0.25) mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. The syllabus for the CET is given in the brochure /e-brochure.

Stage II: Practical Test
Candidates have to undertake Stage II & III of the selection process only at the specific centre selected by the student. Subject to successful clearance of Stage II & III, the candidate shall be offered admission to the same centre only.
In order to facilitate the participation of the short listed candidates in Stage II and III at the allotted centre, the to and fro second-class railway fare (or its equivalent) by the shortest route from the correspondence address given by the candidate shall be reimbursed to the candidate on production of the original tickets. The accommodation for the previous night shall also be provided at no extra cost to the candidate.
This stage shall consist of a practical test of 60 minutes duration for C Programming on a personal computer with Turbo C or equivalent compiler.
Stage III: Interview
This Stage shall consist of a technical interview based on the syllabus of the CET and a personal interview of the candidate immediately after the Practical Test (Stage II) on the same day.
After the candidate successfully completes all the three stages of the selection process, he/she shall be given an Offer letter of Confirmed Admission to the DAC course at the same centre.

6.     Declaration of result
The result of the CET will be displayed on the website along with the percentile score of the candidates on the day of the result mentioned in the schedule. A message clearly indicating whether the candidate has qualified for Stage II & III will be displayed along with the percentile score in form of a “CET Score Card”. For this purpose candidates need to log on to the website using registration ID and Password..
Note: The CET score is valid for the two consecutive batches(i.e February 2012 and August 2012).
Candidate should carefully note the percentile score. Candidate need to update the details of DD of first installment of course fees of Rs. 2,500/- on ACTS website & then send the same on or before Dec 30, 2011 to C-DAC, ACTS, Pune. Candidate can select the centre for appearing for stage II & III of selection process only after the receipt of the DD of Rs. 2,500/- at C-DAC, Pune
The Candidate need to pay Rs. 2, 500/- (Rupees Two Thousand Five Hundred only) towards the first installment of course fees by a DD drawn on any nationalized bank in favour of “C-DAC, ACTS” payable at Pune on or before Dec 30, 2011. Candidate will be able to see and select the centers available to him for undergoing the stage II and III of the selection process only after the receipt of payment of first installment of course fees of Rs. 2, 500/- (Rupees Two Thousand Five Hundred only) at C-DAC, ACTS, Pune. The facility of selection of the centre for undergoing the stage II and III of the selection process shall be made available in the descending order of the percentile on First-Come-First-Served basis. The exact date and time slot for the centre selection shall be mentioned on CET Score Card and the Schedule shall be updated on our website at on the date of declaration of CET of result.
After the candidate selects the centre for appearing in stage II and III of the selection process, he/ she will be required to download & print the corresponding documents available on the result page and confirm participation for Stage II & III. The detailed instructions about the stage II & III shall be provided in these documents.
At the end of Stage II & III a wait list will be declared (if any). The seats available after the deadline for admission will be filled up in the order of a candidate's wait list number at the centre.
Please note that the candidate is required to select the centre for admission on or before the date and time as given in the schedule.
Candidate need to select the center from the list of centres available for selection as per candidate’s percentile score and availability of the seats at a particular centre for the Stage II & III of selection process.
1. Incase the candidate is not interested in appearing for the stage II & III of the selection process, then he/she should not select any of the center available for selection, but can request for the refund of the first installment of fees of Rs. 2,500/- by clicking the option provided for the REFUND in the member’s area of the candidate.
2. The option for the REFUND of the fist installment of fees shall be provided on the same page where the lists of available centres are displayed.

7.     Course Fee
The total fees for the course is Rs. 79, 000/- (Rupees Seventy Nine Thousand only) to be paid in two installments by Demand Drafts drawn on any Nationalized Bank in favor of "C-DAC, ACTS" and payable at Pune. The course fee is inclusive of the course material to be provided to the individual student.

The first installment of Rs. 2, 500/- (Rupees Two Thousand Five Hundred only) is to be paid after the declaration of CET result and on or before Dec 30, 2011. Once candidate selects the centre for appearing for stage II and III of the admission process or the date of selection of the centre is over, the first installment of course fees of Rs 2,500/- will be non refundable irrespective of candidate is selected for the course or not.

Candidate need to update the details of DD of second installment of course fees of Rs. 76,500/- (Rupees Seventy Six Thousand Five Hundred only) on ACTS website and then send the same to C-DAC, ACTS, Pune. The second installment of the course fees of Rs. 76,500/- (Rupees Seventy Six Thousand Five Hundred only) is to be paid on or before Feb 07, 2012.

For details on the refund of the course fees paid Candidates should refer to the "Rules for Refund of Course Fees" section below.

8.     Syllabus for Common Entrance Examination (CET)
Section I :Computing Fundamentals (10 marks)

Evolutions of computers, Computer generations, Computer organization, Primary and Secondary storage, Input-output devices, Computer software, Operating systems, Data communications and computer networking, Multimedia, Classification of computers, etc.
Section II: Fundamentals of Programming (15 marks)

Algorithms, Flowcharts, Computer languages, System implementation and operation, File organizations and Data processing, etc.

Section III: Programming in C (50 marks)

Introductory concepts, C Fundamentals, Operators and Expressions, Data Input and Output, Control statement, Functions, Arrays, Pointers, Structures and Unions, Arrays, Stacks, Queues and Linked Lists (Single, double, Circular), etc.

Section IV: Basic of OOPS and C++ programming (25 marks)

Understanding of the object oriented concepts, such as Classes and Objects, Generalizations, Polymorphism, Abstract Classes and Re-usability, etc.

Section V :General Apptitude (50 marks)

Questions shall be modeled on GMAT pattern

Recommended Textbooks
1. Foundations of Computing - Pradeep Kumar Sinha and Priti Sinha (BPB)
2. Programming in ANSI C - E Balaguruswamy (TMH)
3. The Object-Oriented Thought Process - Matt Weisfeld (Techmedia)

9.     How to prepare for CET

The online Common Entrance Test shall consist of objective type multiple choice questions on Computing Fundamentals, Fundamentals of programming, C Programming and Object Oriented Programming Concepts . There will also be a section on Aptitude test as per GMAT pattern.

The CET will test the candidate's knowledge of the above topics. The candidate just possesses good knowledge of C Language in terms of the syntax and its appropriate use. The candidate should carefully study the books recommended herein. However, merely reading language constructs from the book cannot develop programming ability. It is absolutely necessary to actually write one's own code in C Language and implement at least 100 good C Programs on a computer. These programs should be of increasing complexity and should exploit appropriate constructs and advanced features of C. Candidates should solve all the problems given in the recommended books. This will help the candidates in not only mastering the language but also develop good problem solving ability, which is most critical for any successful career.

The applicant should also practice the use of good features of the language, modularize his/her code, put suitable comments to improve readability of the code, make extensive use of library routines and format the programs to express the logical flow clearly.

The candidate should note that the rigorous programming practice as prescribed above is not only required to succeed in the Common Entrance Test but is also required to learn various modules of DAC with rapid pace. The rigorous programming practice is in fact the most important prerequisite to undertake the DAC Course and possible successful career in the IT industry thereafter. The candidate may also contact the nearest DAC center for attending the PreDAC course at the center.

Note: The CET score is valid for the two consecutive batches(i.e August 2011 and February 2012).

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