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Crack NIMCET to Unlock Your MCA dream at top NITs

Updated on 02 February, 2024

Shivangi Mishra

Shivangi Mishra

Sr. Content Editor

If you are interested in studying computer applications and building a prospective career, you should look into the National Institute of Technology Master of Computer Applications Common Entrance Test (NIMCET). This exam is a gateway to the coveted computer science programs by the prestigious National Institutes of Technology (NITs) across India. Check out this detailed guide for the NIMCET exam pattern, exam dates, eligibility criteria, etc. 

What is NIMCET

There are 31 NITs across India that train undergraduate candidates in different branches of engineering and technology. Of these, 9 offer the Master of Computer Applications (MCA) program. The NIMCET exam is your first step to getting admission into these institutions to pursue an MCA. This test assesses your ability to enroll in one of these leading institutions.

NIMCET Exam Highlights 

Here is a glance at the key highlights for NIMCET 2024. 

Name of the ExamNIT MCA Common Entrance Test
Conducting BodyNational Institute of Technology
Mode of ExamOnline (computer-based)
Duration of Exam2 hours
Question TypeObjective (Multiple Choice Questions)
Number of Questions120
Total Marks1000
Negative Marking25%
Participating NITs9 - Agartala, Allahabad, Bhopal, Kurukshetra, Jamshedpur, Surathkal, Warangal, Raipur, and Tiruchirappalli.
Number of SeatsVaries 

NIMCET Exam Dates

Here is an overview of the important dates related to the NIMCET exam.

EventTentative Timeline
Registration StartsMarch
Last Date of Application SubmissionApril
Opening of Edit WindowApril
Admit Card IssuanceJune
NIMCET ResultsJune

NIMCET Eligibility Criteria

As of 2023, the NIMCET entrance exam followed the below eligibility criteria:

  • You must have completed a 3-year UG program with Statistics or Mathematics as one of the subjects from a recognized university, or you must have a BE or BTech degree from a recognized institution. Open university students are also eligible, provided your program is approved by UGC or AICTE and the Distance Education Council (DEC) of the Government of India.
  • If you are a general category candidate, at least a 6.5 CGPA is a must out of a 10-point scale or 60% aggregate marks.
  • If you are an SC/ST/PwD category candidate, at least a 6.0 CGPA is a must out of a 10-point scale or 55% aggregate marks.
  • You can apply for NIMCET if you are appearing for your UG final examination. 

Note: If the CGPA is on any other scale other than a 10-point scale, its  10-point scale equivalent will be calculated based on a unitary method. You cannot convert your scored marks from percentage to CGPA or otherwise. 

NIMCET Registration 

Follow the steps explained below for NIMCET 2024 registration. 

  1. Visit the official NIMCET website to register yourself as a NIMCET candidate. 
  2. You may need the following documents to complete the registration process:
    1. Self-attested and scanned mark sheets and certificates (PDF - document size guide must be followed).
    2. A soft copy of your recent passport-size photograph (follow the mentioned size).
    3. A soft copy of your signature (follow the mentioned ink color and size).
    4. A valid identity proof (PDF - follow the size guide) can be your PAN, Aadhaar, Voter Card, or driver's license.
  3. Fill in all the mandatory fields as marked.
  4. You will be redirected to the payment gateway to pay the application fee. OPEN/OPEN-EWS/OBC category candidates need to pay Rs. 2,500/- and SC/ST/PwD category candidates need to pay INR 1,250.
  5. After successful payment, the page will ask you to “Final Submit” the application. Once you press the button,  you will see a page where the PDF version of your application will be ready to download. This is your final application version with a unique registration number. 

NIMCET Syllabus 

Here is a detailed outlook of the NIMCET exam syllabus:




Set Theory
  • Concept of sets – Union, Elementary counting, Cardinality, Intersection
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Expansions
  • Fundamental operations in algebra
  • Factorization
  • Indices
  • Logarithms
  • Simultaneous linear/quadratic equations
  • Arithmetic, determinants
  • Matrices
  • Geometric and harmonic progressions
Probability and Statistics
  • Dependent and independent events
  • Basic concepts of probability theory
  • Averages
  • Measures of central tendencies
  • Frequency distributions, and dispersions
  • Limit of functions
  • Tangents and Normals
  • Continuous function
  • Differentiation of function
  • Integration of functions by parts, substitution, and partial fraction
  • Definite integrals
  • Simple examples of maxima and minima
  • Applications of definite integrals to areas
Coordinate Geometry
  • Rectangular Cartesian coordinates 
  • Equation of a line, intersection of lines, pair of straight lines
  • Distance formulae
  • Equations of a circle, ellipse, parabola, and hyperbola
  • Addition and subtraction of vectors
  • Position vector
  • Scalar and vector products - their applications to simple geometrical problems and mechanics
  • Simple identities
  • Properties of triangles
  • Solutions of triangles
  • Trigonometric equations
  • Heights and distances
  • General solutions of trigonometric equations.


Computer Awareness

Computer Basics
  • Organization of a computer
  • Structure of instructions in CPU
  • Central Processing Unit (CPU)
  • Input/output devices
  • Computer memory and backup devices.
Data Representation
  • Representation of characters
  • Binary arithmetic: addition, multiplication, subtraction, division,  two’s complement arithmetic, simple arithmetic 
  • Binary and hexadecimal representations
  • Integers and fractions
  • Floating point representation of numbers
  • Boolean algebra
  • Venn diagrams
  • Truth tables
General English
  • Basic English Grammar
  • Comprehension
  • Word Power
  • Vocabulary
  • Synonyms and Antonyms
  • Technical Writing
  • Meaning of Words and Phrases
Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning
  • Logical situations & questions depending on the facts given in a passage.

NIMCET Preparation Tips

To prepare for the NIMCET exam paper, follow the below guidelines:

  • Prepare using previous years’ question papers.
  • Keep practicing and track your timing.
  • Thoroughly understand the exam pattern.
  • Prepare a personalized routine for yourself and stick to that.
  • The more you can revise, the better you will prepare. 

NIMCET Admit Card 

The admit cards for NIMCAT 2024 will be made available on the official website a few days before the exam. 

NIMCET Result 

The tentative timeline for the NIMCET 2024 result is in June. You will need to log in to the official website to check and download your results. 

You will only be able to see your rank with this scorecard. NIMCET does not send any separate rank statements.

NIMCET Cut-Offs 

The cut-off marks of the NIMCET exam are detailed below:

  • Your marks obtained in all the subjects will be combined for the final result. 
  • The maximum mark is 1000.
  • The ranking of candidates will be decided by the total marks obtained.

The cut-off for each institution may vary. You’ll need to check their respective websites for a better idea.

NIMCET Admission Process 

After the final result of the NIMCET entrance exam, you need to fill out another application for the counseling process of institutions. You can apply for this counseling only if you are qualified in the NIMCET exam. You can choose your preferred institution for the counseling process. 

The admission to the MCA program will depend on your acquired rank and your selected institute. 


Is there negative marking in NIMCET?

Yes, for each wrong answer, 25% will be deducted from your marks. 

What is the exam paper pattern of NIMCET?

The NIMCET exam paper contains 120 MCQs, which must be answered in English. Here is an outlook of the exam pattern:


No. Of Questions

Marks For Correct Answer

Deducted Marks For Wrong Answer

Total Marks






Computer Awareness





General English





Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning





Will my documents be scrutinized before the NIMCET entrance exam?

NIMCET does not perform any physical scrutiny of your documents. If any discrepancies are found later, your application will be canceled and debarred from the admission process. 

Shivangi Mishra

Sr. Content Editor

She is an experienced writer and journalist who has extensively covered the education sector in India and Abroad. Now helping Indian aspirants realise their foreign education dream by providing them with relevant content and information through upGrad Abroad. Amateur traveller, loves to read Architectural Digest!

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