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NIMCET Syllabus – Section-wise Topics & Sub-Topics, Exam Pattern

National Institute of Technology (NIT), Raipur has released the official NIMCET syllabus for the candidates aspiring to secure admission in MCA programmes at any of the 11 participating NITs. It is always considered wise to plan the exam preparation in accordance with the official syllabus of the NIT MCA Entrance Test. Hence, candidates should know about the section-wise syllabus thoroughly before kicking-off their preparation.  

The NIMCET question paper is divided into four sections – Mathematics, Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning, General English, and Computer Awareness. As per the NIMCET syllabus, each of the sections will have topics and sub-topics to prepare for.    

Read this article thoroughly to know about the section-wise syllabus of NIMCET 2021 along with the highlights of exam pattern. 

NIMCET Syllabus 2021 – Highlights

  1. NIMCET is conducted by one of the NITs every year on a rotational basis.
  2. NITs define the syllabus of NIMCET officially each year and publish it along with the information brochure.
  3. NIMCET is conducted in offline (pen & paper-based) mode.
  4. The exam pattern and syllabus will remain the same as previous years, even if NIT, Raipur decides to conduct NIMCET in online mode this year.
  5. Duration of the NIMCET exam is 2 hours during which the candidates need to answer 120 multiple choice questions.

NIMCET Syllabus – Detailed Overview

As stated above, the NIMCET syllabus is segregated into four sections. However, there is no sectional time limit in this exam. Let’s read further to get a hang of the section-wise syllabus of NIT MCA Entrance Test. 

NIMCET Syllabus – Mathematics

Mathematics is the most crucial section of the NIMCET question paper. Candidates who score either zero or negative marks in this section are disqualified for admission. Hence, this section needs special emphasis during preparation.          

Topics Sub-Topics
  • General Solutions of Trigonometric Equations
  • Heights and Distances
  • Simple Identities
  • Solution of Triangles
  • Trigonometric Equations – Properties of Triangles
  • Applications of definite integrals to areas
  • Continuous function
  • Definite integrals
  • Differentiation of function
  • Integration of functions by parts, by substitution and by partial fraction
  • Limit of functions
  • Simple examples of maxima and minima
  • Tangents and normal
  • Addition and subtraction of vectors
  • Position Vector
  • Scalar and vector products and their applications to simple geometrical problems and mechanics
  • Arithmetic
  • Determinants and matrices
  • Expansions
  • Factorization
  • Fundamental operations in algebra
  • Geometric and harmonic progressions
  • Indices
  • Logarithms
  • Simultaneous linear /quadratic equations
Set Theory
  • Concept of sets – Union, Intersection, Cardinality, Elementary counting
  • Permutations and combinations
Coordinate Geometry
  • Distance formulae
  • Ellipse
  • Equation of a line
  • Equations of a circle
  • Hyperbola
  • Intersection of lines
  • Pair of straight lines
  • Parabola
  • Rectangular Cartesian coordinates
Probability & Statistics
  • Averages
  • Basic concepts of probability theory
  • Dependent and independent events
  • Dispersions
  • Frequency distributions
  • Measures of central tendencies

NIMCET Syllabus – Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning

The second most important section of the NIMCET question paper is Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning. Candidates need to answer a maximum of 40 questions in this section. The questions in this section will cover logical situations and questions based on the facts given in the passage. Hence, there is no topic-wise syllabus prescribed for this section.

NIMCET Syllabus – General English

English is considered an easy section in the NIMCET exam and candidates can score exceptionally well in this section just with a channelized preparation plan. The topics that need to be covered are:

Basic English Grammar Word Power
Comprehension Vocabulary
Meaning of Words & Phrases Technical Writing
Synonyms & Antonyms

NIMCET Syllabus – Computer Awareness

Candidates looking to pursue a programme like MCA must already have good computer awareness. There are 10 questions in this section. Candidates should prepare the following topics to ace this section:

Chapters Topics
Data Representation
  • Binary and hexadecimal representations
  • Binary arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division
  • Boolean algebra
  • Floating-point representation of numbers
  • Integers and fractions
  • Representation of characters
  • Simple arithmetic and two’s complement arithmetic
  • Truth tables
  • Venn diagrams
Computer Basics
  • Back-up devices
  • Central Processing Unit (CPU)
  • Computer memory
  • Input/output devices
  • Organization of a computer
  • Structure of instructions in CPU

NIMCET Exam Pattern 2021

Along with the syllabus, it is imperative to get information about the NIMCET exam pattern too. Having the proper understanding of NIMCET syllabus and exam pattern enables aspirants to devise effective study plans:

NIMCET Exam Pattern Highlights

  • Mode of Exam – Offline
  • Exam Duration – 2 hours (10 AM to 12 PM)
  • Medium – English
  • Types of Questions – Multiple Choice Questions
  • Sections – Mathematics, Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning, General English, and Computer Awareness
  • Number of Questions –  120
  • Maximum Marks –  480
  • Marking Scheme – +4 for each correct answer and -1 for each incorrect response

Sectional Distribution of Marks & Questions 

Subject Number of Questions Marks
Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning 40 160
Computer Awareness 10 40
General English 20 80
Mathematics 50 200
TOTAL 120 480

NIMCET Preparation Tips

The preparation tips mentioned below are based on the recommendations by previous NIMCET toppers.  

  1. Prepare a study plan in sync with the NIMCET syllabus and exam pattern for smart preparation of the exam
  2. The Mathematics section has the maximum weightage in the exam. Hence, you should devote the most time for the preparation of this section.
  3. Always refer to the books recommended by the experts while preparing for the exam as it increases your chances of scoring well
  4. Access the previous years’ NIMCET question papers to analyze the paper structure and figure out the important topics that repeat almost every year
  5. Subscribe to authentic exam preparation channels on YouTube and download the relevant mobile applications to receive tips directly from the mentors

Books Recommended for NIMCET Preparation

Candidates should always rely on the recommended books of reputed publishing houses. 

Best Books for Preparation of NIMCET Mathematics Section

  1. Fundamental of Mathematics- Trigonometry: For JEE Mains and Advanced (Sanjay Mishra)
  2. Handbook of Mathematics (Amit Rastogi)
  3. Mathematics for Class 12 (RD Sharma)
  4. Objective Mathematics for Engineering Entrances- VOL 1 (Amit.A.Aggarwal)

Best Books for Preparation of NIMCET Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning 

  1. A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning (old edition) by R.S Aggarwal
  2. A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning (R.S Aggarwal)
  3. Analytical Reasoning Session (MK Pandey)

Best Books for Preparation of NIMCET General English 

  1. English Grammar & Composition Very Useful for All Competitive Examinations (S.C.Gupta)
  2. General English for All Competitive Examinations (S.C. Gupta)
  3. High School English Grammar and Composition Book (Wren & Martin)
  4. Objective General English Arihant Latest Edition (S.P. Bakshi)

Best Books for Preparation of NIMCET Computer Awareness 

  1. Computer Awareness (Objective with Subjective) (Soumya Ranjan Behera)
  2. Computer Awareness for General Competitive Exams (Soumya Ranjan Behera)
  3. Exam Preparation Books For Lucent’s Computer (Lucent Publication)
  4. Objective Computer Awareness (Arihant Experts)

NIMCET Syllabus – FAQs

✔️ How many sections are there in the NIMCET question paper?

NIMCET question paper is designed with four sections - Mathematics, Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning, General English, and Computer Awareness.

✔️ Which section has the most weightage as per the NIMCET syllabus 2021?

As per the syllabus of NIMCET, the Mathematics section holds the maximum weightage of 50 questions carrying 200 marks.

✔️ What is the exam mode of NIMCET 2021?

Usually, NIMCET will be conducted in an offline mode.

✔️ What are the important topics of Set Theory?

The important topics under Set Theory are Concept of sets – Union, Intersection, Cardinality, Elementary counting; permutations and combinations.

✔️ How many questions shall be there in NIMCET 2021?

Candidates will be asked a maximum of 120 questions, which will be divided into four sections.

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