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 on 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 Test 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.
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.
NIMCET – Key Highlights
- NIT MCA Entrance Test is conducted on a rotational basis by one of the NITs (National Institutes of Technology) every year.
- NIT Raipur is the conducting body for NIMCET 2020.
- NIMCET 2020 is conducted to fill a total of 871 seats for admissions to the MCA programme at 10 participating NITs.
- Apart from NITs, NIMCET ranks of candidates are also validated by some other private institutions.
- 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.
- There is a common counselling process for MCA admission at NITs.
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
|Release of online application form||March 6, 2020|
|Reopening of online registration||June 2, 2020|
|Last date to fill the application form||June 11, 2020|
|Release of admit card||To be announced soon|
|Last date to download the admit card||To be announced soon|
|NIMCET 2020 exam date||To be announced soon|
|Declaration of result||To be announced soon|
|Choice filling of colleges||To be announced soon|
|First round of allotment||To be announced soon|
|First round of remote reporting||To be announced soon|
|Second round of allotment and upgradation||To be announced soon|
|Second round of reporting in person||To be announced soon|
|Third round of counselling||To 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:
- National Institute of Technology, Agartala
- National Institute of Technology, Warangal
- Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad
- National Institute of Technology, Calicut
- National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur
- National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra
- Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal
- National Institute of Technology, Raipur
- National Institute of Technology, Surathkal
- 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.
- Nationality – Indian Nationals only
- Qualifying degree – Candidates must have any of the following degrees with Mathematics or Statistics as a compulsory subject:
- B.Sc. (Hons)
- B.Voc. (Computer Science/ Computer Applications)
- 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 nimcet.in 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
|Document||File Size||File Format|
|Photograph of the Candidate||50 KB – 1 MB||.jpg or JPEG|
|Signature of the Candidate||50 KB – 1 MB||.jpg or JPEG|
|Aadhaar Card||50 KB – 1 MB|
|Mark Sheet Year-wise||50 KB – 1 MB|
NIT MCA Common Entrance Test – Application Fee
The application fee for various categories is as follows.
|Open – EwS||Rs. 2,500|
|SC/ ST||Rs. 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. nimcet.in
Step 2 – Enter your credentials including email ID and password to access the login portal
Step 3 – Hit the ‘Login’ button
Step 4 – The admit card will appear on the screen. Check all your details on the admit card before downloading the same
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.
NIMCET Exam Pattern
|Mode of the exam||Offline (might be conducted online for the current admission cycle)|
|Examination level||National level|
|Medium of exam||English|
|Duration of the exam||2 hours|
|Type of questions||Objective type i.e. Multiple Choice Questions|
|Number of questions||120|
|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.
Section Wise Syllabus for NIT MCA Common Entrance Test
|Probability and Statistics|
|Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning||logical situations and questions based on facts given in a passage|
|Computer Awareness||Computer basics|
|Basic English Grammar|
|Synonyms and Antonyms|
|Meaning of words and phrases|
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
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 (nimcet.in)
Step 2 – Enter your login credentials including email ID and password
Step 3 – Click on the ‘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 score
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 –
- 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 –
- Analytical Ability and Logical Reasoning
- 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.
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:
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:
- Seat allotment letter
- Admit card
- Rank card
- Class 10th certificate or birth certificate
- Class 12th mark sheet and passing certificate
- Transfer certificate
- Migration certificate
- Character certificate/ Conduct certificate
- Caste certificate
- Category certificate
- EwS certificate
- 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.
NIMCET Cutoff 2020 – Expected
|Name of NIT||Last Rank Range (For Open Category)|
|National Institute of Technology, Agartala||650 – 670|
|Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad||200 – 220|
|Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal||296 – 319|
|National Institute of Technology, Calicut||240 – 265|
|National Institute of Technology, Durgapur||456 – 470|
|National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur||500 – 525|
|National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra||520 – 545|
|National Institute of Technology, Raipur||630 – 649|
|National Institute of Technology, Surathkal||167 – 180|
|National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli||30 – 40|
|National Institute of Technology, Warangal||80 – 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 NITs||Overall Seats Available|
|National Institute of Technology, Agartala||30|
|Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad||116|
|Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal||115|
|National Institute of Technology, Calicut||58|
|National Institute of Technology, Jamshedpur||115|
|National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra||64|
|National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra (Self Financing seats)||32|
|National Institute of Technology, Raipur||110|
|National Institute of Technology, Surathkal||58|
|National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli||115|
|National Institute of Technology, Warangal||58|
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:
- Harcourt Butler Technical University, Kanpur
- Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University
- Bhilai Institute of Technology, Durg
- Seemanta Engineering College, Mayurbhanj
- Shri Shankaracharya Group of Institutions, Bhilai
- Hyderabad University
NIT MCA Common Entrance Test – FAQs
✔️ 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.
✔️ 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.
✔️ 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.
✔️ 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.
✔️ 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.
✔️ 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.
✔️ 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.