Alert! Notification for the CAT 2022 Exam and Exam Day Procedures – PaGaLGuY

With CAT 2022 scheduled for November 27, it’s time for all the aspiring candidates to roll up their sleeves and get ready to bell the “CAT”. With the preparation stage over, students must focus on what to carry at CAT 2022 test centres on the exam day, and familiarise themselves with the CAT exam instructions beforehand to avoid any hassles. IIM Bangalore, the conducting body for CAT, has issued a test day guide for candidates and admit cards for CAT 2022. The exam will be held in three shifts. The first slot will begin from 8:30 am to 10:30 am, the next slot from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, and the last one from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. This would help candidates know what to carry with them at CAT 2022 test centres.

CAT 2022 Test Guide

The test day guide provides a list of all the necessary documents that applicants must bring to the testing centres, as well as do’s and don’ts. CAT 2022 will be held across India at around 428 centres in 151 cities, with an estimated 2.5 lakh candidates taking the test. 

CAT Exam Centres 2022

  • CAT 2022 exam centres are allocated based on the city preference given by candidates and centre availability.
  • Report to the exam centre at the time specified via SMS and email one day before the exam. The location of the test centre is mentioned on the CAT admit card.
  • Exam takers must be at the exam location no later than 8:15 a.m. for the morning session, 12:15 p.m. for the lunch session, and 4:15 p.m. for the afternoon session.
  • To locate the CAT 2022 centre, candidates can use the Google map link which is embedded in the electronic version of the CAT 2022 admit card.
  • Students must bring a physical copy of their admit card printed on A4 paper with them.

Things to Carry to the CAT Test Centre

For all the aspiring CAT 2022 candidates, here is a list of the things one must carry to the CAT centre. Candidates will be prohibited from entering the examination hall on the day of the CAT without getting the required documents verified by the officials at the exam centre before the exam.

  • CAT 2022 Admit Card
  • Photo Identity Proof
  • Authorization Form
  • Medical Certificate and Scribe Affidavit
  • Name Change Document( If any)
  • Stationery Items
  • Covid-19 related items such as masks, sanitizer etc.

CAT Admit Card 2022

This is the most crucial document on the day of the exam. Candidates must affix a passport size photograph on the admit card. The photograph used should be the same as the one uploaded in the CAT 2022 application form. Once the admit card is received, ensure that the application number is clearly printed on the CAT admit card. This number is the primary reference identity of a CAT candidate.

Take a printout of the admit card on A4 size paper as the soft copy of the admit card will not be considered. The following details must be clearly printed on the CAT 2022 admit card:

  • Name of the candidate
  • Application number
  • PwD status
  • Date and day of the test
  • Test time and session
  • Reporting/ Entry time at the CAT test centre
  • Gate closing time at the CAT test centre
  • Test City
  • CAT test centre address

Photo Identity Proof

Candidates must carry the photo ID proof issued by the Government of India. This helps the test centre authorities to verify that the person appearing for the exam is a genuine candidate and not an imposter. Two passport-size photographs must also be carried to the centre.

Photo identity proof for a candidate can be any of the following:

  • PAN Card
  • Passport
  • Voter ID Card
  • Aadhar Card
  • UID
  • Employer ID
  • Driving License
  • College ID( This must be supported with a valid debit/credit card)

It must be noted that candidates must carry the original photo ID proof and not the xerox copy of the same.

Authorization Form

Candidates must have the IIM-provided authorization form for carrying any prohibited or exceptional items inside the exam centre, due to medical reasons. This authorization form if required can be obtained from the allocated CAT centre.

Medical Certificate and Scribe Affidavit

PwD category candidates need to carry a medical certificate that supports the disability claim. They also need to carry a scribe affidavit (on the prescribed form by IIMCAT). This affidavit is needed in case of candidates for whom someone else will write the CAT exam question paper.

Name Change Document

If a candidate’s name has changed due to any event (like marriage, legal name change, or divorce), they are required to produce a name change degree document that supports the name change at the CAT test centre. Such name change documents include marriage certificates, divorce decrees, etc. Additionally, candidates must also carry a notarized copy for supporting these documents

Stationery Items

Since CAT 2022 exam will be conducted in a computer-based mode, stationery items will not necessarily be required. However, all candidates will be provided with a pen and paper at the CAT 2022 test centre itself.

Covid-19 Related Items

Due to the still present covid-19 pandemic, candidates are required to carry precautionary Covid-19 items to ensure the safety of other candidates. The items allowed to be carried under this category include:

  • Hand sanitizers
  • Face masks
  • Transparent water bottle
  • Self-declaration issued with CAT admit card

Other general do’s and don’ts.

The final leg of CAT preparation involves getting into a calm frame of mind for the exam and that can be achieved when a candidate is aware of the exam rules and regulations.

  • Electronic gadgets such as wristwatches, calculators, mobile phones, scanners, cameras and wireless/Bluetooth devices are prohibited at the test centre.
  • Metal jewellery, metal headpins/clips, pencil boxes, purses/bags and footwear are not allowed beyond the frisking point.
  • Henna/Mehndi on the palm side is not allowed
  • A medical certificate is needed for candidates with a metal implant, pacemaker, etc. in their body.
  • For safekeeping of their personal belongings at the CAT test centre, candidates must make their own arrangements.
  • Socks, plain pullovers /cardigans or sweaters (without any pockets) are allowed inside the exam room.

Try and reach the CAT 2022 exam centre an hour before your slot. Follow the instructions for document verification, biometric attendance and seating arrangement, etc. Candidates must cooperate with the test centre officials before and during the CAT exam.

If you have prepared well and have gone through this checklist well in advance, acing CAT 2022 will not be difficult. Keep a cool head and give your best to clear the exam with flying colours.

All the best!!!

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