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The competence in software technology (CST) is a countrywide examination. This test is conducted by the C-DAC. (National Centre for Software Technology (NCST)).

This entrance exam is conducted to provide standardized scores to candidates which, they can use while applying for employment in the IT industry, to provide support to IT industry in identifying suitable candidates for recruitment, to shortlist candidates for interviews, for employment at C-DAC, Mumbai, Electronics City Bangalore and other centers, To select students for C-DAC Mumbai and Electronics City, Bangalore's post-graduate diploma courses i.e. PGDST (Post-Graduate Diploma in Software Technology) and FPGDST (Full-time Post-Graduate Diploma in Advanced Software Technology).

The examination is held once in each year, usually in the month of January-February. The CST examination tests a candidate for theoretical knowledge and practical skills. It is conducted in three different levels. i.e. Level E, Level D and Level G. 

The duration of each paper will be 1 hour.

All questions will be of objective type with 4 alternative answers.

Each correct answer will carry 3 marks.

Each wrong answer will carry 1 negative mark. If more than one choice is marked, the answer will be treated as wrong.

All questions are to be answered by choosing the most suitable of the given alternatives. If the candidate feels that the exact answer is not given in the alternatives, candidate should choose the best available answer.

It is likely that candidates may not find enough time to answer all questions. Since all questions are not of the same level of complexity, it is advisable to attempt the easier questions first. Failure to do so is the most common cause of poor performance.

Courses Offered in Competence in Software Technology (CST) examination are mentioned below:

Master of Computer Application MCA

Principal of Project Management PPM

Post Graduate Programme in Management

Master of Science M. Sc (Information Technology)

Eligibility Criteria:

The minimum eligibility requirement for appearing in Competence in Software Technology (CST) examination is a graduation degree certificate under any recognized university with not less than 50% of marks in aggregate.

Computer science background will be given preference. Final year students can also eligible to apply for this test.

Examination Centers and code:

Ahmedabad (0079),

Allahabad (0532),

Bangalore (0800),

Chennai (0440),

Coimbatore (0422),

Delhi (0110), Goa (0832),

Guwahati (0361),

Hyderabad (0400),

Kolkata (0330),

Mumbai (0220),

Nagpur (0712),

Patna (0612),

Pune (0200),

Thane (0221)  

Thiruvananthapuram (0471)

How To Apply:

Interested candidates can download the application form from the below website: http://cst.cdacmumbai.in/

Candidates can also apply online by visiting the abovementioned website.

Candidates are required to submit the duly filled application form along with all the essential documents, on or before the last date mentioned below. For further details, candidates can visit the CST's abovementioned website.

Important Dates:

Exam Date : January 30, 2011

Last Date of submitting the Application Form A1 - January 17, 2011

Last Date of submitting the Application Form A2 (for CST 2010 appeared candidates)- March 14, 2011

Contact Details:

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC)

Gulmohar Cross Road No. 9, Juhu, Mumbai-400049

Ph: 022-26703251, 26201606, 26201488, 22024641, 22836924, 27565303/04/05, 27560013,

Fax: 26232195,

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