IIM publishes CAT exam day guidelines for students

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On exam day, students must follow IIM’s CAT 2021 guidelines, wear face masks, and follow all CAT exam instructions mentioned on the admission card.

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NEW DELHI: The 2021 Common Admission Test (CAT) will be organized by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ahmedabad on Sunday, November 28. A total of 2,31,000 candidates registered to take the CAT exam from across the country. The IIM CAT 2021 exam for admission to the MBA / PGDM will take place in three sessions – the first session will start at 8:30 a.m., the second at 12:30 p.m. and the last session will start at 4:30 p.m. The CAT 2021 exam will be conducted in English and in computer mode.
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Since the CAT MBA entrance exam takes place in the midst of epidemics, special guidelines should be followed, including masks, disinfectants, and social distancing. Here are all the rules and guidelines you need to know before entering the IIM CAT 2021 exam center


CAT 2021 Exam Day Guidelines

CAT 2021 timetables: The first session will be held at 8:30 a.m., the second at 12:30 p.m. and the last one will start at 4:30 p.m. Students should be at the CAT Exam Center in advance to have time to search, verify, and stagger entry. According to the rules, the entrance gates will be closed 15 minutes before the CAT 2021 exam. Students are therefore advised to arrive at the exam center one hour in advance.

CAT 2021 exam times

CAT session

Report time

Last entry time

Morning session

7:00 a.m.

Students are not allowed to enter after 8:15 a.m.

afternoon session

11:00

Students are not allowed to enter after 12:15 p.m.

Evening session

15:00

Students are not allowed to enter after 4:15 p.m.

Social distancing: All students must strictly follow social distancing standards ensuring a distance of 6 feet upon arrival at the CAT 2021 exam center and after completion of the CAT 2021 exam.

CAT Self-Declaration Form: Students taking the CAT 2021 exam must sign a declaration form attached to the CAT admission card on the day of the examination itself and present it to the authority of the examination center.

Dress code: Socks, plain sweaters or sweaters / cardigans without pockets are allowed inside the CAT examination room. Students should not wear any jewelry or other object containing metal. Applicants who have a metal implant, pacemaker, etc. in their body must bring the relevant medical certificate to the examination center. In addition, shoes with thick soles or other shoes and clothing with large buttons are not allowed inside the examination room.

Pre-examination formalities: After entry, students will need to register, go through a search, document verification, and IRIS and photo registration. The CAT 2021 exam will begin when the proctor notifies students to log into the console.

What to bring to CAT test centers?

  • CAT 2021 admission card

  • Gloves

  • Facial mask

  • Personal hand sanitizer (50 ml)

  • Transparent water bottle

  • Proof of identity such as Aadhaar card, voter ID card, driver’s license, passport

REMARK: Students will be provided with a notepad and pens for large assignments, which must be returned after the test. Students should clearly write their name and CAT registration number on the notepad.

Items not to be worn on the day of the CAT exam: Electronic gadgets, cell phones, watches, stationery, calculators, papers, glasses, wallets, etc. will not be allowed inside the CAT test center.

CAT 2021 will take place in three sessions, comprising Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Ability. Students will have 40 minutes (53 minutes and 20 seconds for PwD applicants) to answer the questions for each section.

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