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National Institutes of Technology (NITs) are institutes of national importance and are centrally funded technical institutes. The NIT MCA Common Entrance Test (NIMCET), is a national level test conducted by NITs for admission to their Master of Computer Applications (MCA) program. The admission to the MCA program to the ten NITs at Agartala, Allahabad, Bhopal, Calicut, Jamshedpur, Kurukshetra, Raipur, Surathkal, Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) and Warangal for the year 2020-21 is based on the rank obtained in NIMCET-2020. The curriculum and syllabi of Master of Computer Applications (MCA) program offered by NITs are designed considering the needs of different Information Technology firms in India and abroad.


Indian nationals securing at least 60% marks in aggregate or 6.5 CGPA on a 10-point scales (55% marks or 6.0 CGPA on a 10-point scale in case of SC/ ST) in
(i) B.Sc. / B.Sc. (Hons) / BCA / BIT / B.Voc. (Computer Science/ Computer Applications) of minimum three years full-time from a recognized University with Mathematics/ Statistics as one of the subjects OR (ii) B.E./ B.Tech. from a recognized University

Note: Students who have completed/completing B.Sc./ B.Sc. (Hons)/BCA/ BIT of 3 years from Open Universities are also eligible to apply provided the program is approved by UGC / AICTE and Distance Education Council (DEC) of Govt. of India.

Important Dates

Exam Analysis

Exam Duration – 3 hrs

Mode of Examination – Offline (OMR based)

Pattern of Questions –– Total 120 questions for a total of 100 marks.

A candidate securing zero or negative marks either in Mathematics or Total in NIMCET-2020 test will be disqualified. Based on the marks obtained by a qualified candidate in NIMCET-2020 test, a rank will be allotted by adopting the following criteria.

  • The marks obtained in Mathematics, Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning, Computer Awareness, English, will be multiplied by a factor of 3, 1.5, 2 and 1 respectively. Thus maximum weighted marks will be 1000.

  • Ranking will be based on total weighted marks obtained by a candidate.

  • In case of a tie, it will be resolved based on weighted marks in Mathematics, then on weighted marks in Analytical Ability & Logical reasoning and then on weighted marks in Computer Awareness.

  • In case the tie is not resolved by the above criteria, then it will be resolved by age i.e., in favor of elder candidate.


1. Mathematics : 50 Questions

Set Theory: Concept of sets – Union, Intersection, Cardinality, Elementary counting; permutations and combinations.

• Probability and Statistics: Basic concepts of probability theory, Averages, Dependent and independent events, frequency distributions, measures of central tendencies and dispersion.

 • Algebra: Fundamental operations in algebra, expansions, factorization, simultaneous linear /quadratic equations, indices, logarithms, arithmetic, geometric and harmonic progressions, determinants and matrices.

 • Coordinate Geometry: Rectangular Cartesian coordinates, distance formulae, equation of a line, and intersection of lines, pair of straight lines, equations of a circle, parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola.

• Calculus: Limit of functions, continuous function, differentiation of function, tangents and normal , simple examples of maxima and minima. Integration of functions by parts, by substitution and by partial fraction, definite integrals, applications of definite integrals to areas.

• Vectors: Position vector, addition and subtraction of vectors, scalar and vector products and their applications to simple geometrical problems and mechanics.

• Trigonometry: Simple identities, trigonometric equations properties of triangles, solution of triangles, heights and distances, general solutions of trigonometric equations.


 2.Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning : 40 questions

The section of General Ability and Reasoning examines the thinking skills, non-verbal skills and logical analytics of the candidates in exam.


3.Computer Awareness : 10 questions

• Computer Basics: Organization of a computer, Central Processing Unit (CPU), structure of instructions in CPU, input/output devices, computer memory, and back-up devices.

• Data Representation: Representation of characters, integers and fractions, binary and hexadecimal representations, binary arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, simple arithmetic and two’s complement arithmetic, floating point representation of numbers, Boolean algebra, truth tables, Venn diagrams.

4. General English : 20 questions

Comprehension, vocabulary, Basic English Grammar (like usage of correct forms of verbs, prepositions and articles), word power, synonyms and antonyms, meaning of words and phrases, technical writing.

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