CAT 2013 is less than 24 hours away from now. Starting from Wednesday, October 16, 2013, CAT 2013 will continue till Monday, November 11, 2013 in a 20 day test window. If you have chosen the first date and slot, then you must be all set for the D Day. However, CAT 2013 preparation is not the only thing that you should focus today. You must also take care of the practical aspect of the test. This article will give you the list of things you must do in the last few hours before the exam.


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Documents to Carry at CAT 2013 Test Center

CAT 2013 Admit Card

There are certain documents and identity proof you have to carry at the CAT 2013 test center. The CAT 2013 Admit Card is the most important document which you have to bring at the test center. Without the Admit Card you will not be allowed to take the test. By now you must have downloaded your CAT 2013 Admit Card. In case you have not, login to your email id which you had provided during the CAT 2013 registration. Locate the mail with the subject line CAT 2013 Admit Card and download the email. This will act as the proof of your registration for CAT 2013.


Proof of Identification

You have to bring one original (not expired photo identification). These include Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, UID card, Driver’s license, employer’s identification card, college ID (this must be supported with a valid Credit/Debit Card with your name).


Things not to carry at the CAT 2013 Test Center

Apart from the above mentioned documents, you are not allowed to bring anything else to the test center. The list includes but not limited to mobile phone, calculator, watch, stationary items, stray paper pieces, keys, kerchiefs, bags etc. We suggest you to take minimum number of personal items. You have to store the rest of them in the plastic pouch which will be given to you by the security personnel.

Locate your test center

Ensure that you reach the right test center on your CAT 2013 test day. Check your CAT 2013 Admit Card for the address of your test center. Ensure that you know the direction and the travel time so that you can plan the day better. If possible, you can also visit the test center a day prior to the exam in order to check the time it takes and the most convenient route.

Keep the time and date on check

Time is the most important factor in the CAT 3013 test day and on the eve of the D Day. Check your test slot at the CAT 2013 Admit Card, whether it is the first slot in the morning or the second slot in the afternoon. The reporting time at the test center is 1.5 hours prior to the exam schedule.

If you have registered for the Slot 1, which starts from 10 am, you must reach the test center by 8.30 am. If you have registered for the second slot, which starts from 3.15 pm, you will have to arrive the test center by 1.30 pm.

Also check your Admit Card for the test date. If you are a candidate from Andhra Pradesh, check if your CAT 2013 test has been rescheduled as reported earlier by Careers360.

Last minute preparation tips for CAT 2013

As per the experts, no rigorous preparation should be done on the last day before CAT 2013. You must have gone through the CAT 2013 syllabus properly and ensured that you have prepared the most important topics.

Don’t worry about your preparation, whether some more topics could have been covered or not. Be confident about your preparation and try to make the most out of whatever you have prepared so far. “CAT is a simple exam in terms of questions. It’s the competition which makes it one of the most difficult exams to crack. At the end of the day, it is just an exam and your attitude towards it will define how well you perform,” assures Abhineet Mittal, CAT 2012 topper with 99.41 percentile and IIM Rohtak student.

You must not take any mock test on the CAT 2013 eve. However, you may revise the basic formulae, grammar rules and go through your vocabulary list. Go back to the mock tests and the solutions which you had taken earlier. Notice the steps of solving a particular question but you should not start any fresh preparation at this moment. If you are taking the CAT 2013 after the Day 1, read the CAT 2013 analysis to get a broad idea on the type of questions to expect.

Relax and take it easy

Relaxation should be the main mantra a day before your CAT 2013. You have worked hard enough so far and even if you have not, you cannot make it up in few hours, so the best way is to soothe your nerves by doing something that relaxes you the most.

Kamlesh Sajnani, MD, IMS Learning says, “On the eve the CAT 2013, sleep early and ensure that you are fresh the next day. Ensure that you have the Admit Card and Photo ID ready. Mentally break the test into shorter tests-carry the success in one mini-test to the next, but leave any failure behind. Do not give up at any stage during the test. For all you know, you may perform relatively better than the others.”

Take it easy. As Nilesh Gupta, CAT 2012 topper and 99.93 percentiler and IIM Bangalore student states, “Take it easy is the only mantra which distinguished me from other candidates whom I met at my CAT test centre. In a country with such a huge talent pool, making it to the top 0.1% definitely needs a stroke of luck. For every bad attempt, there is always a next one. I have batch mates with more than 10 years of experience which clearly signifies that patience is the key.”


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I have 96% in 10th 94 %in 12th and 7 3 cgpa in btech and around 18 months of work much do I need to score in CAT 2020 to get a call from IIMA/B /C or FMS ?

Prakarsh Kaushik 5th Apr, 2020


For getting in top B-schools of India like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, FMS Delhi etc. you need good marks not only in in CAT but also in Class 10th, 12th and your graduation. If you have some work experience then it gives you more advantages.

There is no specific cutoff of percentile on which you can get into top IIMs. Since your marks in 10th, 12th is above 90% and in graduation above 7 CGPA with work experience, you can expect a call from IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C if you have at least 99 percentile in CAT .

For FMS also you should aim for 99+ percentile in CAT and also keep in mind that if you score 95+ percentile in VARC Section it will increase your chances of getting in.

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which is the best book for cat self study to crack cat examination

KUNAL LANJEWAR 5th Apr, 2020


Given below are the best books to refer for preparing for CAT examination:

1. For Quantitative Aptitude:

  • How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT 2019 by Sarvesh K Sharma

2. For Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation :

  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
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3. For Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension :

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how should I crack cat examination

sushmitha M 5th Apr, 2020


Preparing in the right direction is very important for any competetive exams and mainly inportant for CAT. Firstly you need to know the syllabus for CAT and practice the topics that you are not unsure about and put more strss on them and then solve as many mock papers as possible and also go through the previous years papers of CAT and prepare in the right direction.

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How much percentile would be good in CAT to get admission in MBA from IIT Delhi for a general category participant?

anurag khanna 5th Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Till now IIT Delhi has not released its cut-off for CAT for admission to MBA courses. According to last year's trend you should score more than 90 percentile if you belongs to general category and want to pursue MBA from IIT Delhi.

For more details about cut-off for MBA program in IIT Delhi you should read this article .

I hope this answer helps you.

Good Luck!!


Im doing BBA LLB after this should I prepare for judiciary exam ( civil judge ) or for CAT? Which one would be mire practical and easy to clear?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 5th Apr, 2020


see no exam is easier to crack if you dont have enough of preparation. to become eligible for judiciary exam you must completed  an LLB or equivalent degree from an institute that is recognized by the Bar Council of India. and for cat exam eligibility criteria is graduation in any discipline with 50% marks in graduation. cat exam is admission for mba courses in finance, human resource, business analytics and many more stream. now it depends on you , you need to think which of the path you want to go, see in both of the ways you can earn a handsome salary, but you need to really dedicated and hard working for that.

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