NIMCET – 2018


Conducted by:- National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal
Mangalore – 575 025, Karnataka, India

Testdate : 27th May 2018 (Sunday)Timings : 10.00 to 12.00

Eligibility Criteria to Appear For NIMCET-2018

Indian Nationals securing at least 60% marks in aggregate or 6.5 CGPA on a 10-point scales (55% marks or 6.0 CGPA on a 10-point scale in case of SC/ ST) in
(i) B.Sc. / B.Sc. (Hons) / BCA / BIT of minimum three years full-time from a recognized University with Mathematics/ Statistics as one of the subjects
(ii) B.E./ B.Tech. from a recognized University are eligible to appear for NIMCET-2018
Conversion of scored marks from CGPA to percentage and vice-versa is not permitted.
(CGPA other than 10-point scale will be converted to 10-point scale based on Unitary method)
Candidates who are appearing for the qualifying examination are also eligible to apply for NIMCET-2018 and such candidates shall have to furnish the proof (in the form of a certificate issued by the Head of institution where the candidate has studied) of candidature for appearing in the examinations during the academic year 2018-19. All candidates shall submit the proof of fulfilling the eligibility criteria of
NIMCET- 2018 at the time of Counseling/Admission but not later than
September 15, 2018 , failing which their admission is liable to be cancelled by the respective NITs.
Note : Students who have completed/completing B.Sc./ B.Sc. (Hons)/BCA/ BIT of 3 years from Open Universities are also eligible to apply provided the programme is approved by UGC / AICTE and Distance Education Council (DEC) of Govt. of India.
The percentages of marks / CGPA in the qualifying degree are to be calculated on the basis of marks / grade points obtained in all the subjects studied in all the years including languages, optional and additional subjects studied, if any. The aggregate of marks / grade points secured in all the subjects in all the years computed using this method of calculation alone be considered by NIMCET-2018 for deciding the eligibility.

NIMCET Exam Pattern:
NIMCET-2018 test will be conducted with only one question paper containing 120 multiple choice questions covering the following subjects. Multiple Choice Questions will be written in English Language only and will not be translated into any other language.

1. Mathematics

50 questions

2. Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning

40 questions

3. Computer Awareness

10 questions

4. General English

20 questions

Award of Marks

Each correctly answered question will carry FOUR marks and each wrongly answered question will lead to NEGATIVE ONE mark.
• The candidates are advised not to attempt such questions if they are not sure of the correct answer. No deduction from the total score will, however, be made if a question is unanswered.
• More than one answer indicated against a question will be negatively marked.
• The candidates have to mark the responses in the OMR sheet using black or blue ink ball point pen only.
Qualifying Criteria for Allotment of Rank

A Candidate securing zero or negative marks either in Mathematics or Total Marks in NIMCET-2018 test will be disqualified.
Based on the marks obtained by a qualified candidate in NIMCET-2018 test, a rank will be allotted by adopting the following criteria.

  • The marks obtained in Mathematics, Analytical Ability & Logical Reasoning, Computer Awareness, English, will be multiplied by a factor of 3, 1.5 , 2 and 1 respectively. Thus maximum weighted marks will be 1000.
  • Ranking will be based on total weighted marks obtained by a candidate.
  • In case of a tie, it will be resolved based on weighted marks in Mathematics, then on weighted marks in Analytical Ability & Logical reasoning and then on weighted marks in Computer Awareness
  • In case the tie is not resolved by the above criteria stated in the above paragraph, then it will be resolved by age i.e., in favour of elder candidate.
    Ranks secured by candidates in the NIMCET-2018 test will be made available in the website
    Rank Statement should be downloaded from the website. No separate RANK STATEMENT will besent to the candidates.


1. MATHEMATICS: (50 questions)
Set Theory:
Concept of sets – Union, Intersection, Cardinality, Elementary counting; permutations and combinations.

Probability and Statistics:
Basic concepts of probability theory, Averages, Dependent and independent events, frequency distributions, measures of central tendencies and dispersions.

Algebra: Fundamental operations in algebra, expansions, factorization, simultaneous linear / quadratic equations, indices, logarithms, arithmetic, geometric and harmonic progressions, determinants and matrices.

Coordinate Geometry: Rectangular Cartesian coordinates, distance formulae, equation of a line, and intersection of lines, pair of straight lines, equations of a circle, parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola.

Calculus: Limit of functions, continuous function, differentiation of function, tangents and normals, simple examples of maxima and minima. Integration of functions by parts, by substitution and by partial fraction, definite integrals, applications of definite integrals to areas.

Vectors: Position vector, addition and subtraction of vectors, scalar and vector products and their applications to simple geometrical problems and mechanics.

Trigonometry:Simple identities, trigonometric equations properties of triangles, solution of triangles, heights and distances, general solutions of trigonometric equations.

The questions in this section will cover logical situation and questions based on the facts given in the passage.

3. COMPUTER AWARENESS: (10 questions)
Computer Basics:
Organization of a computer, Central Processing Unit (CPU), structure of instructions in CPU, input/output devices, computer memory, and back-up devices.

Data Representation:
Representation of characters, integers and fractions, binary and hexadecimal representations, binary arithmetic: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, simple arithmetic and two’s complement arithmetic, floating point representation of numbers, Boolean algebra, truth tables, Venn diagrams.

4. GENERAL ENGLISH: (20 questions)
Questions in this section will be designed to test the candidates’ general understanding of the English language. There will be questions on the following topics: Comprehension, vocabulary, Basic English Grammar (like usage of correct forms of verbs, prepositions and articles), word power, synonyms and antonyms, meaning of words and phrases, technical writing.

Test Centres :
test centers

NOTE : This is the tentative list of test centers. If enough number of candidates do not opt for a particular centre that centre may be cancelled and then center chosen as the next choice will be allotted automatically.
However, in a situation where none of the three choices indicated by the candidate is available (which is unlikely to happen), one of the available centres that is geographically nearest to the first preference centre.


Process of NIMCET-2018
The entire process that a candidate has to undergo consists of eight stages:

(i) Registration and Application through Online for the test: All the eligible candidates should first register in the website by entering the personal email-id and the personal mobile number between March 1, 2018 (from 10.00 am IST) and March 31, 2018 (until 5.00 pm IST). After submitting this information, an email will be sent to the mentioned email-id and the candidate will see a message accordingly on the webpage. The candidates must use only this email-id and the mobile number for all NIMCET-2018 correspondences. Documents (Soft Copies) needed for completing the registration are:
• Soft copy of a recent passport size photograph (of size between 50 KB and 150 KB)
• Soft copy of the signature (in Royal Blue/ Black colour only) (of size between 50 KB and 150 KB)
• All the marks cards and the certificates (duly self attested and scanned) (max. size 500 KB each)
• A valid proof of Identity [preferably Aadhaar Card] Fill the application form carefully and submit the generated application form on or before March 31, 2018 (5.00 PM IST). Please see section 4 for details.

(ii) Writing NIMCET-2018 TEST : Eligible candidates can download their own Admit Cards from between May 14 and 25 , 2018. In the event of any difficulty/ problem in downloading the Admit Card, the candidates should send an e-mail to or between May 14 and 25, 2018 giving details of the candidate’s application number and proof for the remittance of fee. Telephonic requests will not be entertained. Candidate must print the Admit Card on precision printers only such as Laser Printers (and not on Inkjet printers). Also, the candidate must preserve the Admit Card (used during the examination) till the entire process of admission is complete. Request for issue of duplicate Admit Card will not be entertained after the examination in any case.

(iii) Application number should be quoted in all the subsequent correspondences and the NIMCET-2018 test which is scheduled to be conducted on May 27, 2018 (Sunday) between 10.00 AM and 12.00 Noon at various test centers listed in the section 9. Candidates should be present in the examination hall of the test center before 9.30 am on May 27, 2018. Syllabus and test pattern are given in the section 12 of this brochure.

(iv) Choice filling and locking : Candidates satisfying eligibility (see section 2 ) and qualifying criteria (see section 13 ) will be awarded a Rank in NIMCET-2018 result. The results of the NIMCET-2018 test will be published tentatively on June 6, 2018 . The successful candidates will get an email containing the link to the website where he/ she can download the Rank Card. The email also provides a new username (login) and password to the Choice Filling Website. Such candidates shall login first and reset the password of choice. After that he/ she can fill the choices of the participating institutes in their order of preference on any dates between June 10 and 14, 2018. They can also modify their choices (or) reorder the preferences any number of times before locking. It will not be possible to access their choices after locking. All the candidates must have to lock their choices on or before 5.00 PM (IST) on June 14, 2018. The choices of all candidates will be automatically locked by the server of NIMCET-2018 after 5.00 PM (IST) on June 14, 2018.

(v) Online Seat Allotment and personally reporting at any remote/participating institute : Candidates will be offered seats based on their choices in the order of NIMCET-2018 rank in three rounds of allotment. Candidates who are allotted seats in the first two rounds may either accept or opt for an upgradation in the next round. A candidate who is allotted a seat in the 1st round or the 2nd round MUST REPORT TO ANY OF THE PARTICIPATING INSTITUTES on the dates specified. Reporting at any of the participating institutes other than the allotted institute is called Remote Reporting. Remote reporting is permitted in the first round and the second round of allotments only. During this reporting, the candidate has to produce his/her original academic documents, proof of Date of Birth, caste and relevant certificates for verification and submit payment receipt of the initial fee Rs. 10,000/- (to be paid through NIMCET 2018 website only) and give his/her option in the option form. The candidate will also be issued a provisional admission letter.
Note 1 : Candidates, who get seats in first round of allotment and do not report at any reporting center between June 22 and 23, 2018 , will be permanently deleted from the database and will not be offered any seat in the subsequent rounds of allotment. Similarly, candidates who get seats only in the second round (but not in the first round) and do not report at any reporting center between July 5 and 6, 2018 will be permanently deleted from the database and will not be offered any seat in the subsequent rounds of allotment.
If a candidate who is allotted a seat in the 3rd round wishes to exercise Option-1, then he/she should report directly to the Institute allotted and get admitted by paying full fees. However, if the candidate opts for Option-2, he/she must report at any convenient reporting centre . During this reporting, the candidate has to produce his/her original academic documents, proof of Date of Birth, caste and relevant certificates for verification and submit payment receipt of the initial fee Rs. 10,000/- (to be paid through NIMCET 2018 website only) and give his/her option in the option form. Candidates who get seats only in the third round (but not in the first or second round) and do not report at any reporting center between July 16 and 17, 2018 will be permanently deleted from the database and will not be offered any seat in the subsequent rounds of allotment.
Note 2 : Candidates who got seats allotted/upgraded in any round(s), and do not wish to join the institute, but wish to participate in the final round of allotment must approach a reporting center, surrender the seat between July 16 and 17, 2018 by submitting a prescribed application. See section 3 (vii).

(vi) Getting Admitted into the Allotted Institute : After the third round of allotment, all the allotted candidates (either in the first two rounds of allotment or in the third round of allotment) are required to physically present themselves at the latest allotted institute for admission between July 16 and 17, 2018 and attend the classes as per the Academic Calendar published by the respective NIT.

(vii) Surrendering of seats by the candidates : Candidates who got seat allotted/upgraded in any round(s), and do not wish to join the institute, but wish to participate in the final round of allotment must approach a reporting center, surrender the seat between July 16 and 17, 2018 by submitting a prescribed application. At a later stage, these candidates will receive a refund of Rs. 9,000/- through online transfer into the respective account based on their bank account details entered in the prescribed application while surrendering.

(viii) Fresh Choice filling and final round of allotment : After third round of reporting, vacant seats in all the participating NITs will be published in the website on July 21, 2018. Candidates who were not allotted any seat from the first to the third round of allotment and those who have surrendered their seats are only eligible to fill fresh choices from July 22, 2018 to July 23, 2018 for the final round of allotment. Final round of allotment will be done on July 25, 2018 and candidates, who are offered seats in this round, must report to the allotted institute between July 26, 2018 and July 30, 2018 to join and attend the classes.

Web Enabled Online Application Form :
Eligible candidates as per section 2 are required to fill-in web enabled online application form from any place of their convenience. Candidates are required to register themselves in the website by submitting their personal email-id and mobile number. An email will be sent to the personal email-id, wherein a web link will be provided for the registration process. By clicking on the link, the applicant is directed to the webpage where he/ she will first set the password and choose the security question and submit its answer. After this, the applicant will be directed to the application page. Candidates are not permitted to create multiple Ids. Any such attempts will be viewed seriously.

Username/ Login Id : This will be the personal email-id (as submitted by the candidate while registering)

Password : Password must be a string containing at least eight characters with at least one upper case alphabet, at least one lower case alphabet, atleast one number, at least one special character such as *, $, @, &,ˆ, -, =, +, /, etc.
For any further clarifications, the applicants may contact:

The Secretary,
Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences,
National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal
Srinivasnagar, Mangalore – 575025 Karnataka

Processing Fee through NIMCET-2018 website
The non-refundable Processing Fee for NIMCET-2018 test and counselling for admission to the MCA programme is Rs. 2,200/- for OPEN/OBC category and Rs. 1,100/- for SC/ST/PwD category candidates. Candidates have to deposit an appropriate amount relevant to their category.
Candidates are required to deposit the processing fee online through NIMCET 2018 website only.

Instructions for Filling the Online Application

1. The applicants first need to click the ‘‘New Registration” link to create new user account.
2. In the “New User Registration” webpage, the applicants need to fill all the fields properly.
3. Applicants need to ensure that valid e-mail-id and 10 digit mobile number have been entered in the respective places. [An email will be sent automatically to the given email-id, wherein a link will be provided to access the webpage to set your own password. (If the mail is not found in the regular folder, the candidate is advised to check even the “SPAM” folder, as the spam filters of some mail service
providers dump the first email from a new source to “SPAM” folder).]
4. Candidates must remember their E-mail id, password, Security Question (and its Answer) and Mobile number, entered in the application till the end of NIMCET-2018 process.
5. Candidates are not allowed to create multiple user logins.
6. Filling the Application Form : In the application form, the applicant should fill all the relevant personal and academic information (fields marked “Mandator ” should not be ignored), choose the three test centres in order of preference. Marks/ Grades should be entered as in their respective Marks/ Grades Sheets.
7. Documents upload : After filling in the Application Form, the applicant has to upload all the relevant documents such as the photograph, signature, proof of identity, proof of date of birth
(SSLC/ 10th Marks Card), all other marks cards etc. and the Category/ Caste/ PwD certificate(s), whichever is applicable.
8. Payment Gateway : After filling in the application form and uploading the relevant documents, the applicant shall go to the Payment Gateway and make the application fee payment , as  applicable.
9. Final printing/ saving of the completed Application Form : After the payment of the application fee is successfully done through the Payment Gateway, the page will show “ FINALLY SUBMIT” button. By clicking on this button, the applicant is lead to the webpage  containing the PDF version of the completed application form. It may be noted that this application form contains unique “APPLICATION REGISTRATION NUMBER”. This is the final version of the application. The applicant is advised to download a soft copy of this application and also keep a printed copy of the same. Please note the application number for all future references and correspondence.
6.1 Note
1. Check carefully the eligibility requirements (section 2 ) of NIMCET-2018 as stated in this Information Brochure.
2. Read carefully the instructions to fill in the online application form.
3. The application will be rejected if the requirements are not met.
4. OBC candidates have to satisfy both the caste and creamy layer requirements detailed on the following National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) website:
. Proforma for OBC certificate (issued on or after April 1, 2017) along with the undertaking given in Annexure-I is to be submitted (uploaded) while applying online. How ever, the original certificate
which is issued on or after April 1, 2018 by competent authority has to
be produced at the time of reporting and admission.
5. SC/ST category candidates and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) candidates should use the respective Proforma given in Annexure II and III.
7.  Scrutiny of Application Form and Issuance of Admit Card
For all eligible applicants, Admit Cards will be made available on the website, after scrutiny of their applications. Applicants will be required to download their Admit Card after
logging in to this website between May 14, 2018 and May 25, 2018. See section 3 (ii). The candidates shall have to produce the Admit Card at the Test Centre, Counselling Centre / Remote Reporting Centre and the Participating Institute at the time of admission.
Admit Cards will not be sent to the candidates individually by post.

Important Dates

Events Last Date [time*]
Publication of Advertisement in Press and Web Tuesday , 27/2/2018
Opening date for online Registration Thursday, 1/3/2018 [10 am]
Last date for online submission of Application Form Saturday, 31/3/2018 [up to 5 pm]
Availability of Admit card on web for download Monday, 14/5/2018 to Friday, 25/5/2018
Date and Time of Examination Sunday, 27/5/2018 [Time: 10 A.M to 12 Noon.]
Date of Publication of Result (Tentative) Tentatively on or before Wednesday, 06/06/2018
Choice filling
Sunday 10/6/2018 to Thursday 14/6/2018 [upto 5 pm]
First Round of Allotment Saturday, 16/6/2018
First round of Remote reporting in person in any of the
PartiĐipating NIT͛S
Friday 22/6/2018 to Saturday 23/6/2018 ( Time 10 am to 5 pm)
Second round of Allotment/up gradation Friday, 29/6/2018.
Second round of Remote reporting in person (fresh allotees must report. And allotees whose seats are upgraded need to report
only if they wish to modify their option otherwise need not report)
Thursday, 5/7/2018 to Friday, 6/7/2018.
( Time 10 am to 5 pm)
Third round of allotment/upgradation Tuesday, 10/7/2018.
Third round of reporting in person at the allotted institute and Surrendering the allotted seats by those who do not wish to join
the allotted institute, but wish to participate in final round of
Monday, 16/7/2018 to Tuesday, 17/7/2018. (Time: 10 am to 5 pm)
Announcement of vacant seats Saturday, 21/7/2018
Fresh Choice Filling Sunday, 22/7/2018 to Monday, 23/7/2018 [ 5 pm]
Final round of allotment Wednesday, 25/7/2018
Final round of reporting at allotted institute On or before Monday, 30/7/2018

Note : If Time is unspecified, then contact the concerned participating institute.

For ADMIT CARD NIMCET 2018 , Click here

For Online Registration, Click here


For Participating NITs, Click here

For MCA Seats In Participating Institutes (Seat Matrix), Click here

For Performa for Other Backward Class (OBC) Certificate, Click here

For Proforma for Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST) Certificate, Click here

For Proforma of certificate to be issued by the Head of the institution / Principal of the college (wherein the candidate is studying for his/her qualifying degree), Click here

For Proforma for Persons with Disabilities (PwD) Certificate, Click here

For Important Dates, Click here

For Previous Year Question Papers & Solutions, Click here