NIMCET – Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Admission ProcessΒ 

National Institute of Technology, Raipur conducts NIT MCA Entrance Test (NIMCET) for candidates seeking admissions to MCA programmes in any of the NITs. NIMCET was slated to be conducted onΒ  August 9, but has now been postponed until further notice due to COVID-19. Candidates securing 60% marks or 6.5 CGPA in relevant undergraduate programmes are eligible to appear for this national level entrance exam. Candidates were able to fill the online application form until June 11. The NIT MCA Common Entrance TestΒ  is divided into four sections. Candidates need to answer a total of 120 questions in 2 hours. All the correct responses will fetch 4 marks each.Β 

Candidates who qualify the entrance test as per the NIMCET cutoff will be able to participate in the counselling process. Read this article further to gain comprehensive knowledge about the NIT MCA Common Entrance Test 2020.Β 

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NIMCET – Key Highlights

  1. NIT MCA Entrance Test is conducted on a rotational basis by one of the NITs (National Institutes of Technology) every year.
  2. NIT Raipur is the conducting body for NIMCET 2020.
  3. NIMCET 2020 is conducted to fill a total of 871 seats for admissions to the MCA programme at 10 participating NITs.
  4. Apart from NITs, NIMCET ranks of candidates are also validated by some other private institutions.Β 
  5. This national-level exam is usually conducted in offline mode. However, there might be chances of it being conducted as an online exam this year due to COVID-19.
  6. There is a common counselling process for MCA admission at NITs.Β 

NIMCET – Important Dates

Candidates can check the table below to get aware of the event schedule for NIT MCA Common Entrance Test 2020.

NIMCET Event Schedule

EventsKey Dates
Release of online application formMarch 6, 2020
Reopening of online registrationJune 2, 2020
Last date to fill the application formJune 11, 2020
Release of admit cardTo be announced soon
Last date to download the admit cardTo be announced soon
NIMCET 2020 exam dateTo be announced soon
Declaration of resultTo be announced soon
Choice filling of collegesTo be announced soon
First round of allotmentTo be announced soon
First round of remote reportingTo be announced soon
Second round of allotment and upgradationTo be announced soon
Second round of reporting in personTo be announced soon
Third round of counsellingTo be announced soon

The table above will be updated once NIT Raipur releases the revised schedule for NIMCET 2020.

NIMCET – Participating NITs

Following are the ten NITs that accept NIMCET scores to offer MCA admission:

  1. National Institute of Technology, Agartala
  2. National Institute of Technology, Warangal
  3. Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad
  4. National Institute of Technology, Calicut
  5. National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur
  6. National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra
  7. Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal
  8. National Institute of Technology, Raipur
  9. National Institute of Technology, Surathkal
  10. National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli

NIMCET – Eligibility Criteria

The official exam body holds the authority to reject the candidature of ineligible candidates at any stage of the admission process. Thus, candidates must abide by the eligibility norms set by NIT Raipur as mentioned below.Β 

  1. Nationality – Indian Nationals only
  2. Qualifying degree – Candidates must have any of the following degrees with Mathematics or Statistics as a compulsory subject:
    • B.Sc.Β 
    • B.Sc. (Hons)Β 
    • BCA
    • BITΒ 
    • B.Voc. (Computer Science/ Computer Applications)
    • B.E.Β 
    • B.Tech
  3. Score in qualifying degree – Candidates must obtain 60% marks in aggregate or 6.5 CGPA on a 10 point scale

Candidates who gain any of the above UG degrees from an open university are also eligible to apply.

NIMCET – Application Form

Eligible candidates can fill the online application form as per the schedule. Candidates have to follow certain steps to fill the application form, which are as follows:

Step 1: New registration – Visit and enter your details including name, email ID, mobile number, etc to complete the NIMCET registration

Step 2: Login – After registration, enter your email ID and password (shared on your email ID after registration) to enter the login dashboard and proceed to fill the application form

Step 3: Filling application form – Fill your personal details, academic details, marks information and the test centre choices

Step 4: Uploading of documents – Upload scanned copies of your photograph, signature, aadhaar card and the academic mark sheets

Step 5: Payment of application fee – Pay the application fee (relaxation is offered to certain categories)

Scanned Document Specifications

DocumentFile SizeFile Format
Photograph of the Candidate50 KB – 1 MB.jpg or JPEG
Signature of the Candidate50 KB – 1 MB.jpg or JPEG
Aadhaar Card50 KB – 1 MB.pdf
Mark Sheet Year-wiseΒ 50 KB – 1 MB.pdf

NIT MCA Common Entrance Test – Application Fee

The application fee for various categories is as follows.

CategoryApplication Fee
OpenRs. 2,500
Open – EwSRs. 2,500
SC/ STRs. 1,250
OBCRs. 2,500
PwDRs. 1,250

NIMCET – Admit Card

Candidates who submit the online application form successfully before the last date are issued the NIMCET admit card. They need to carry the admit card on the exam day along with an ID proof. Hall tickets will be made available via the official login portal. Candidates need to follow the steps mentioned below to download the admit card without any hassle.

Step 1 – Visit the official website of NIT MCA Entrance Test, i.e.

Step 2 – Enter your credentials including email ID and password to access the login portal

Step 3 – Hit the β€˜Login’ button

Step 4 – The admit card will appear on the screen. Check all your details on the admit card before downloading the sameΒ 

Step 5 – Download the admit card and take at least 2-3 printouts of the same

Note – Candidates must retain the original copy of the admit card until the admission process gets over

NIMCET – Exam Pattern

Candidates who prepare in sync with the exam pattern are likely to get a good score in the entrance test. The table below mentions the key variables of the NIMCET exam pattern 2020.Β 

NIMCET Exam Pattern

Mode of the examOffline (might be conducted online for the current admission cycle)
Examination levelNational level
Medium of examEnglish
Duration of the exam2 hours
Type of questionsObjective type i.e. Multiple Choice Questions
Number of questions120
Total marks480
  1. Mathematics
  2. Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning
  3. Computer Awareness
  4. General English
Marking Scheme+ 4 for every correct response
– 1 for every incorrect response
No marks for unattempted questions

NIT MCA Common Entrance Test – Syllabus

Besides the exam pattern, candidates must have a deep understanding of the section-wise topics they need to prepare. The table below mentions the NIMCET syllabus 2020.Β 

Section Wise Syllabus for NIT MCA Common Entrance Test

MathematicsSet Theory
Probability and Statistics
Coordinate Geometry
Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoninglogical situations and questions based on facts given in a passage
Computer AwarenessComputer basics
Data Representation
General EnglishComprehension
Basic English Grammar
Word power
Synonyms and Antonyms
Meaning of words and phrases
Technical writing

NIMCET – Test Centres

Candidates have to choose three preferences of the exam cities while filling the application form. The test cities allocated for NIMCET 2020 are as follows.

Exam Cities for NIMCET

Raipur– – – 

NIMCET – Result

Right after taking the entrance exam, candidates wait for the release of the NIMCET result. It is anticipated that NIT Raipur will release the result within 30 days of conducting the exam. Candidates will be able to check their result online by following the steps mentioned below.

Step 1 – Visit the official website of NIT MCA Entrance Test (

Step 2 – Enter your login credentials including email ID and password

Step 3 – Click on the β€˜Login’ button (button in green colour) after entering your credentials

Step 4 – NIMCET rank statement will be displayed on the screen. Check your qualifying status and the sectional scoreΒ 

Step 5 – Download the NIMCET rank card and preserve the same for future references

What are Weighted Marks?

Candidates will be allotted a rank based on their weighted score. A candidate’s score in NIMCET out of 480 is scaled up to a score out of 1000. For this purpose, section-wise factorisation method is used wherein the marks obtained by the examinee in Mathematics, Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning, Computer Awareness, and English, will be multiplied by a factor of 3, 1.5, 2 and 1 respectively. Thus, maximum weighted marks will be 1000.

NIT MCA Entrance Test Factorization Method –Β 

  • Score in Mathematics is multiplied into 3 to convert the same out of 600.
  • Score in Analytical Ability and Logical reasoning is multiplied into 1.5 to convert the same out of 240.
  • The score obtained in the computer awareness section is multiplied into 2 to evaluate the performance of the candidate out of 80.
  • Score of the General English section is left unchanged and taken as it is.
  • Overall score after adding the weighted score of the candidate in each section is the final score of the candidate out of 1000.

NIMCET – Tie-Breaking Criteria

If two or more candidates score similar marks, highest sectional marks of the candidates is taken into account in the following chronology for the resolution of tie –Β 

  1. Mathematics
  2. Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning
  3. Computer Awareness

If the tie isn’t resolved by following the above mentioned chronological order of marks, the older candidate will be considered for a better rank position.Β 

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NIMCET – Counselling

After the release of the rank card, qualified candidates will be eligible to participate in the counselling process. The counselling for MCA admission is held in an online mode. The process of counselling will include the following steps:Β 

Step 1 – Online choice filling

Step 2 – Allotment of seats

Step 3 – Payment of Rs. 10,000 as initial fee (only if reporting at any of the remote centres)

Step 4 – Reporting in-person at the any of the reporting centres (10 participating NITs)

Step 5 – Verification of documents

Step 6 – Exercising options to accept the seat or consideration for up-gradation in the subsequent round(s)

NIMCET – Documents Required

Candidates appearing at the reporting centres will have to carry certain documents for verification. The list of documents to be carried are as follows:

  1. Seat allotment letter
  2. Admit card
  3. Rank card
  4. Class 10th certificate or birth certificate
  5. Class 12th mark sheet and passing certificate
  6. Transfer certificate
  7. Migration certificate
  8. Character certificate/ Conduct certificate
  9. Caste certificate
  10. Category certificate
  11. EwS certificate
  12. 4 Passport Size Photograph

NIMCET – Cutoff

After the release of the seat allotment list, candidates can check the last rank at which the admission is being closed. The last rank at which the MCA admission is closed is referred to as the NIMCET cutoff. Candidates can check the table below to check the expected cutoff score for the year 2020.Β 

NIMCET Cutoff 2020 – Expected

Name of NITLast Rank Range (For Open Category)
National Institute of Technology, Agartala650 – 670
Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad200 – 220
Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal296 – 319
National Institute of Technology, Calicut240 – 265
National Institute of Technology, Durgapur456 – 470
National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur500 – 525
National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra520 – 545
National Institute of Technology, Raipur630 – 649
National Institute of Technology, Surathkal167 – 180
National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli30 – 40
National Institute of Technology, Warangal80 – 105

NIMCET – Seat Intake Capacity

Candidates can check the table below for the number of seats available for MCA admission at the participating NITs.

Seats Available for MCA Admission at NITs

Names of NITsOverall Seats Available
National Institute of Technology, Agartala30
Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad116
Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal115
National Institute of Technology, Calicut58
National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur115
National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra64
National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra (Self Financing seats)32
National Institute of Technology, Raipur110
National Institute of Technology, Surathkal58
National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli115
National Institute of Technology, Warangal58

To check the category wise seats available for MCA admission at NITs, click here

NIMCET – Other Institutes Accepting Score

Apart from the National Institutes of Technology, NIMCET score is accepted by a number of institutes across India. Some of the non-NIT institutes accepting NIT MCA Common Entrance Test scores for admission are as follows:

  1. Harcourt Butler Technical University, Kanpur
  2. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha UniversityΒ 
  3. Bhilai Institute of Technology, Durg
  4. Seemanta Engineering College, Mayurbhanj
  5. Shri Shankaracharya Group of Institutions, Bhilai
  6. Hyderabad University

NIT MCA Common Entrance Test – FAQs

βœ”οΈ Why is NIMCET conducted?

Every year, NIT conducts NIT MCA Entrance Test to provide admission into the MCA courses offered by the participating NITs. Candidates qualifying the entrance test will be eligible to participate in the counselling process and further get admission to MCA programme in any of the participating NITs.

βœ”οΈ When and how can I download the NIMCET admit card?

Candidates will be able to download the NIMCET admit card one week before the exam date. Candidates have to provide their login credentials including email ID and password at the official website to download the admit card.

βœ”οΈ In what mode will NIT Raipur conduct NIMCET 2020?

Usually, the NIT MCA Entrance Test is conducted in an offline mode using the OMR sheet. However, looking at the safety measures against COVID-19, it is anticipated that NIMCET 2020 will be held online. Any modification in the exam pattern will be updated here.

βœ”οΈ What are the number of seats available for the open category candidates for admission through NIMCET 2020?

For the open category candidates, a total of 337 seats are available in the participating NITs. The Open PwD category has a total reservation of 15 seats. Open EwS candidates will have 84 seats available in all the participating NITs collectively.

βœ”οΈ Can I change the email ID after registration for future notifications?

No. Candidates are not allowed to change their email ID after the completion of the registration process. Candidates will only receive the notifications (if any) on their primary email IDs.

βœ”οΈ What documents do I need to carry to appear in the NIMCET examination?

Candidates need to carry a hard copy of the NIMCET admit card along with a valid original ID proof as specified at the time of application process. Candidates failing to carry the documents will be denied to enter the examination hall.

βœ”οΈ What is the validity of the NIMCET rank?

The rank of NIT MCA Entrance Test is valid for admission in MCA programmes for one academic year only.

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