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.
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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 2019 dates and deadlines for the NIMCET exam. Applicants are advised not to consider them as fixed as the 2020 dates may differ. Tabulated below are the Tentative dates:
|Notification of Exam||Last week of February 2021|
|Portal Opens and Registration Begins||1st week of March 2021|
|Deadline for Submission of NIMCET Application||1st week of April 2021|
|Notification for Admit Card Download||2nd week of May 2021|
|Exam Date||4th week of May 2021|
|Answer Key||4th week of May 2021|
|Result||1st week of June 2021|
|Counselling Begins||4th week of June 2021|
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)|
|Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal|
|Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad|
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:
|Nationality||Must be an Indian national|
|Marks Secured||1. 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
|Courses Eligible||A 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
Open three-year degrees BSc/BSc(Hons)/BCA/BIT
- For universities where the ten-point CGPA scale is not used, scores will be converted through the unitary method.
- Total marks must include all language, optional courses taken during the duration of the programs.
NIMCET: Test Structure and Pattern
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 Component||NIMCET Syllabus||No. of Questions|
|Mathematics||Set theory, Probability & Statistics, Algebra, Coordinate Geometry, Calculus, Vectors,
|Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning||Questions on
logic-testing and problem-solving
|Computer Awareness||Computer Basics, Data Representation||10|
|General English||Basic Understanding of English Language,
namely, Comprehension, Vocabulary, Basic English Grammar, Technical Writing
- Each correct answer carries 4 marks.
- Negative marking of 1 mark per every incorrect answer.
- 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.