CAT Exam Day 2021: Dos and Don’ts on Examination Day

CAT 2021 exam date is near. Candidates appearing for CAT on 28th November have to follow exam day guidelines to ensure smooth conduct of MBA entrance exam. Here are dos and don'ts that aspirants must take note of. 

Updated: Nov 26, 2021 15:57 IST
CAT 2021 Exam Day Do’s and Don’ts
CAT 2021 Exam Day Do’s and Don’ts

CAT Exam Day 2021: The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad will conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021 on 28th November.  It is time to revise notes, concepts, formulae, memorise shortcuts and tricks to solve questions in less time and understand all the CAT exam rules and regulations. Apart from revision, candidates also need to keep in mind a few important points related to the exam day. This year, the CAT exam is being conducted amid the COVID-19 pandemic so the candidates need to be extra careful on the exam day. To help CAT 2021 candidates, we have listed some CAT exam day tips and dos & don'ts to be kept in mind for the exam day. These guidelines will help test-takers understand the different processes involved in the examination in detail. So, let’s check out the CAT 2021 Exam Day dos and don’ts.

CAT 2021: Exam Day Do's

COVID-19 Essentials are Mandatory

This year the CAT exam will be conducted amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore it is the responsibility of the candidates to act as per the guidelines issued by IIM Ahmedabad. Aspirants are required to carry their personal face masks, hand gloves, 2 pens, and a personal water bottle. These are essential amenities without which entry to the test centre is prohibited. Candidates are also advised to follow the social distancing norms at the CAT test centres to avoid physical contact. Some other important points are - 

  • Standard Operating Procedures for implementing safety precautions and for maintaining the required standard of hygiene are getting implemented by IIM Ahmedabad. 
  • For the safety purpose of staff and candidates, hand sanitisers are available at entry and inside the exam venue.
  • All processes are touch-free to ensure social distancing norms. 
  • To avoid crowding, candidates are requested to reach at the Reporting/Entry time. 
  • A fresh 3 Ply mask before entry was provided to all candidates. 

CAT 2021 Admit Card

CAT 2021 Admit Card is a mandatory document for the test-takers. Therefore, make sure that they take a print of the admit card on A4-size Paper, preferably using a Laser Printer. Only those CAT Admit Cards will be deemed to be valid only if it carries a legibly printed photograph and signature of the candidate. Also, note that candidates who will not carry the hall ticket of CAT in hard copy will not be allowed to enter the exam centre at any cost. A duly filled CAT 2021 exam admit card is a mandatory document. 

Photo Identity Proof

Along with their CAT 2021 admit card, candidates will also have to carry an original and valid Photo Identity Proof. The supporting ID Proof will be used to cross-verify the personal details provided on the admit card.

Google Maps Link

To help candidates locate their respective CAT 2021 test centre, IIM Indore has embedded a Google map link on the electronic version of the admit card. You should use the link to identify the location of the CAT test centre and also figure out the mode of transport you would be using to commute to the centre. CAT organizers have also advised candidates to commute to the test-centre at least once before the exam to know the travel time required to reach the centre.

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Photograph on the CAT 2021 Admit Card

CAT 2021 Admit Card will have a dedicated space provided where you will have to affix your recent passport size photograph. You should use the same photograph which was uploaded during the application process. Test-takers carrying CAT 2021 admit cards without a photograph affixed will not be allowed to take the exam.

CAT Exam Reporting Time

CAT 2021 exam will be held in 3 sessions and the reporting time for the respective sessions is as follows:


Time Slot

Reporting Time

Morning Session

8:30 am – 10:30 am

8.15 AM

Afternoon Session

12:30pm – 2:30pm

12.15 PM

Evening Session

4:30pm – 6:30pm

4.15 PM

Make sure that you reach the test centre as per the reporting time.

Personal Belongings

Candidates are advised not to carry any extra personal belongings to the test centre. You will have to submit all your personal belongings including mobile phones, bags, wallets, jackets and jewellery, watch, electronic gadgets, stationery items and others at the entrance gate of the test centre.

Exam Day Activities / Work Flow

After reaching the test centre, you will have to undergo the following processes after reaching the test centre::

Security Check / Frisking & Document Verification

You will have to undergo a thorough security check and frisking before being allowed in the test centre / the test lab. Therefore, avoid wearing heavy jackets and cooperate in the security check. In addition to this, the test centre staff will also perform a spot document verification in which your CAT exam admit card and Photo Identity Proof will be verified.

Locate the Exam Laboratory

The CAT 2021 exam will be held in the computer-based format in the assigned examination laboratory at the test centre. The test centre will display the Exam Lab numbers on the notice board; locate the lab using the reference number provided on the CAT Admit Card.

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Only Mouse – No Keyboard

The computer terminal assigned for your CAT 2021 test will only have one input device i.e. a Mouse. Candidates will have to pick the correct answer option/s using the mouse. For non-MCQ questions, the answers will have to be typed in using the Mouse and the on-screen Keyboard.

Stationery Items

For CAT 2021, you will not be allowed to carry any stationery items to the test lab. Instead, you will be provided a Writing Pad and a Pen for rough calculation at the test centre. All the stationery items provided to you by the invigilator have to be returned back to them at the end of the exam.

Attendance Record

During the CAT 2021 exam, make sure that you mark your attendance in the form along with your signature.

Hand over your Admit Card to the Invigilator

At the end of the exam, you will have to hand over your CAT Admit Card to the invigilator in the exam lab. Ensure that you only submit a duly signed admit card.

Things to Carry on CAT 2021 Exam Day?

  • CAT exam related documents such as duly filled admit card, ID card.
  • A simple transparent ballpoint pen.
  • Additional photograph (For attendance sheet).
  • Personal hand sanitiser (50 ml).
  • Personal transparent water bottle.

CAT 2021: Exam Day - Don’ts

Multiple Attempts Not Allowed

Candidates are only allowed to attempt/appear for the CAT exam once i.e. in either the morning slot or the afternoon slot. If a candidate is found to be attempting/appearing for the CAT exam multiple times or in both the slots, their candidature will be cancelled.

Keyboard Usage Not Allowed

Candidates are not allowed to use the keyboards attached to their computer terminals during the exam. The answers for both MCQs and non-MCQs have to be selected/typed in using the Mouse. Using a keyboard during the CAT exam will lock the test terminal.

No Bio-Breaks Allowed

Candidates will not be allowed any bio-break during the three hour exam period. Candidates with medical conditions and necessary documents supporting it will be allowed bio-breaks as per the exam policy.

Only Candidates Allowed in the Test Centre

CAT 2021 organizers have advised candidates to travel to the test centre alone. Friends and family members of the test-takers will not be allowed to accompany the candidates beyond the test centre.

Change of Test Lab or Console not allowed

Candidates will not be allowed to change the test lab or the computer terminal/console assigned to them for the test. In case of any problem with the console, you can consult the invigilator for help.

Do not tear pages from the Writing Pad

Exam invigilators will issue writing pads and pens to all the candidates in the exam lab. However, you have to return the writing pad with all the pages intact. Candidates are not allowed to carry any page outside the exam lab. 

CAT 2021 Exam Day Rules and Regulations 

  • Follow the CAT dress code. 
  • Follow COVID-19 related guidelines.
  • Follow the CAT question paper sequence.
  • Check Seating Arrangements In Advance. 
  • Keep calm and stay confident.

Keep the above-mentioned Do’s and Don’ts in mind and follow them on the exam day to avoid any confusion and problems. For more such interesting and useful updates about CAT 2021, please visit

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