CAT 2018: 10 Dos and Don'ts for the exam day
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CAT 2018: 10 Dos and Don'ts for the exam day - With CAT being just a few hours away, your anxiety levels, like most candidates’, must be going through the roof. But it is imperative that you stay calm during this crucial period and be updated with the Dos and Don'ts of the CAT 2018 exam day. With IIM Calcutta coming up with the list of instructions for the exam day, we bring to you the list of Dos and Don'ts for CAT 2018.  

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In a first, IIM Calcutta has issued a list of instructions, which entail candidates to forego items like jacket, metal jewellery, footwear etc. Take a look at the below list for the  

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Carry your Admit Card - CAT 2018 admit card is the mandatory document to be carried at the exam centre. Test takers must ensure that the photograph and signature printed on the admit card is legible. A passport size photograph should be pasted on the CAT admit card on the space provided. Candidates should carry at least two print outs of the admit card in A4 size paper. 

Carry at least one photo identity card  - Along with the CAT admit card, you have to carry at least one photo identity card including the following:

  1. Passport
  2. Voter ID Card
  3. Aadhaar Card
  4. PAN Card
  5. Driving License
  6. Employer ID Card
  7. College ID Card 

 Reach the exam centre on time - As per IIM Calcutta instructions,  candidates have to report to the CAT 2018 exam centre one and a half hour in advance. The last entry would stop 15 minutes before the exam timing. The following table brings the forenoon and afternoon slot timings and reporting times. 

CAT 2018 Slots and Reporting Time





Time Slot


Reporting Time


Last Entry Time


Forenoon Session


9 AM to 12 PM


7:30 AM


8:45 AM


Afternoon Session


2:30 PM to 5:30 PM


1:00 PM


2:15 PM


Locate the exam centre in advance - In a first, IIM Calcutta has provided the Google map link on the CAT admit card in order to locate the CAT exam centre. Candidates must utilise the feature fully in order to arrange mode of transport and estimate the travel time well in advance. A prior planning would save much of exam day stress.

Handover your personal belonging to parents or friends - If you are accompanied by your parents or friends, you have to hand over all the personal belongings including bag, mobile phones, watches, bottles, books, notebooks etc. to them. Candidates are not allowed to carry anything else except admit card and photo ID card inside the exam hall. 

Check the seating arrangement before entering - By checking the reference number and CAT ID given on the admit card, test takers have to note the Test Lab and seat number assigned to them after reaching the centre. After entering the test centre, you have to enter the correct lab and take the system that is assigned to you. 

Do the rough work on the given scratch sheet - Candidates will have to carry out the rough work on the scratch sheet given by the invigilators. Don't forget to write your CAT Roll Number on each page. Also, write the question number along with the rough work on the rough sheet.

Mark your attendance by signing on the sheet provided by invigilator - You have to sign on your admit card in the space provided in presence of the invigilator. You have to also sign on the sheet provided by the invigilator in order to mark your attendance.

Submit your rough sheet and admit card before leaving the centre - Candidates have to submit the CAT admit card and rough sheet to the invigilator before leaving the exam centre. You will be allowed to leave only after the total duration of three hours is complete and not before that. In case you carry the admit card or rough sheet outside the centre, your candidature may get cancelled.

Comply with the exam centre officials - You must follow the instructions stated by the exam centre officials and the invigilators. In case of any inconvenience, you have to raise your hand and draw the attention of the invigilator to get your doubts clarified.

List of Dont's for CAT 2018 Exam Day

Do not carry the prohibited items - You should not carry or wear the prohibited items such as electronic or personal belongings as mentioned below:

  • Mobile phone

  • Watch

  • Bag/wallet
  • Caps, goggles, jacket, closed footwear
  • Metal Jewellery
  • Electronic items
  • Stationery items

Do not request for entry beyond the slot timings - Do not request to change your exam centre beyond 8.45 am (forenoon slot candidates) and 2.15 pm (afternoon slot candidates). Ensure that you reach the exam centre on time in order to avoid inconvenience.

Do not sign the admit card prior to entering the centre - Candidates have to sign on the admit card in presence of the invigilator. Hence, signing prior to the entry would not be considered valid. Candidates must also ensure that their signature matches the printed signature, which they had uploaded during registration. 

Do not get involved in unfair practice - In case a candidate is found to be following any sort of unfair means or practice inside the exam centre, his/her candidature would be cancelled immediately. Hence, ensure that you do not carry any paper or book along with other prohibited items inside the test lab.

Do not request for seat or exam console change - You have to adhere by the seating arrangement that would be displayed outside the exam centre based on your roll number. Request to change the seat or lab would not be entertained unless there is a technical glitch. 

Do not touch the keyboard - Candidates are not allowed to touch the keyboard. Using or touching the keyboard would lock the system. In case of the non-multiple choice questions, test takers have to use the mouse and the virtual keyboard to answer the questions.

Do not ask for bio-breaks - Test takers would not be allowed to go outside the exam centre for bio-breaks unless it is a medical emergency. Those suffering from diabetes or any other ailment must carry medical certificate and produce it to the invigilator if need be.

Do not waste rough sheets - Test takers would not be allowed to tear or waste paper from the scratch sheets. They are also not allowed to write their names on the rough sheets. Doing so might result into the cancellation of candidature. 

Do not speak to fellow test takers inside the exam hall - The candidates should not involve or indulge in any kind of conversation with the fellow test takers. In case of any doubt or confusion, you have to clarify those from the invigilators or test centre officials. 

Do not try to attempt CAT 2018 more than once - You have to appear for the slot which is mentioned in your admit card. In case you attempt to appear it more than once, your candidature would be cancelled under the purview of practising malpractice. 

CAT 2018 will be conducted by IIM Calcutta in 374 test centres across 147 cities of India. Approximately 2.41 lakh candidates have applied for the exam and over two lakh test takers are expected to appear for CAT 2018. 

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