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Catering specifically to the admission process for the Master of Computer Application (MCA) program in several National Institutes of Technology (NITs), the NIT MCA Common Entrance Test or NIMCET is a national-level MCA entrance examination that assesses the mathematical concepts, reasoning, computer skills and general English proficiency of the candidates. The NITs are considered amongst the elite institutions offering MCA thus preparing individuals for a rewarding career in Mathematics and Computing. If you are planning to apply for an MCA course at any of the NITs, here is a blog that will provide you with the specifics of the NIMCET exam and the essential aspects you should know about.

Important Dates & Deadlines

The NIMCET registration and application process begins generally in March extending towards the end of the month. The date of the exam typically hovers around late May. To make sure you are updated with key notifications, we are listing down the 2022 dates and deadlines for the NIMCET exam. Applicants are advised not to consider them as fixed as the 2023 dates may differ. Tabulated below are the Tentative dates:

Notification of ExamLast week of February 2023
Portal Opens and Registration Begins1st week of March 2023
Deadline for Submission of NIMCET Application1st week of April 2023
Notification for Admit Card Download2nd week of May 2023
Exam Date4th week of May 2023
Answer Key4th week of May 2023
Result1st week of June 2023
Counselling Begins4th week of June 2023

Consortium of Institutes

There are scores of institutes that participate in the counselling process of NIMCET in order to select candidates for the MCA course. Here is a list of NIMCET colleges:

Participating National Institutes of Technology (NITs)
NIT Agartala
NIT Calicut
NIT Surathkal
NIT Jamshedpur
Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal
NIT Trichy
NIT Warangal
NIT Raipur
NIT Kurukshetra
Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad

NIMCET: Eligibility

In order to appear for the NIMCET and to gain admission into the NITs, a prospective applicant needs to fulfil certain minimum eligibility conditions. Go through the following table to understand the NIMCET eligibility in detail:

Criteria Details
NationalityMust be an Indian national
Marks Secured1. First division or at least 60% marks/
minimum of 6.5 CGPA on a 10-point scale
in the below-mentioned courses.

For SC/ST: 55% marks or 6 CGPA
on a 10-point scale in the below-mentioned courses
Courses EligibleA three-year full-time
BSc/ BSc(Hons)/ BCA/ BIT/ BVoc
(Computer Science or Computer Application)
degree from a certified university.


Four-year B.E/BTech degree from a
recognised university


Open three-year degrees BSc/BSc(Hons)/BCA/BIT
from universities recognised by UGC/AICTE or
Distance Education Council of India (DEC) of Govt of India.


  1. For universities where the ten-point CGPA scale is not used, scores will be converted through the unitary method.
  2. Total marks must include all language, optional courses taken during the duration of the programs.

NIMCET: Test Structure and Pattern

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Comprising of a total of 120 multiple choice questions, the two-hour NIMCET exam is conducted completely in English and is not offered in any other medium. A detailed explanation of the structure of the test, NIMCET syllabus, and total marks has been elaborated in the following table:

Test ComponentNIMCET SyllabusNo. of Questions
MathematicsSet theory, Probability & Statistics, Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Calculus, Vectors,
Analytical Ability & Logical ReasoningQuestions on
logic-testing and problem-solving 
Computer Awareness Computer Basics, Data Representation10
General English Basic Understanding of English Language,
namely, Comprehension, Vocabulary, Basic English Grammar, Technical Writing


  1. Each correct answer carries 4 marks.
  2. Negative marking of 1 mark per every incorrect answer.
  3. The exam is conducted on an OMR sheet.

For the topics covered within the subheadings mentioned above, you can refer to the official NIMCET brochure.

More Options to Consider

In addition to the Master of Computer Application degree, you can also consider a few other courses to venture into the rewarding field of Computer Science. While an MBA in computer science is an emerging program both in India and abroad, you can also go for a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Application or you can pursue a PhD after MCA.

Thus, we hope that this blog helped you gain clarity about the essentials of the NIMCET exam. Computer Science and other related fields offer individuals with innumerable career opportunities to explore on an international level. Further, pursuing this field at top study destinations such as the USA and Germany provides much-needed industry exposure as well. If you are looking to pursue an MCA in India or abroad, the Leverage Edu counsellors are here to help you apply for the university of your choice so that you can take the first step towards building a vibrant career in the ever-evolving domain of Computer Science.

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