What to Carry at CAT 2019 Test Centres
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What to Carry at CAT 2019 Test Centres - The Common Admission Test is round the corner and candidates are giving the final touch to their preparation. However, on the day of it is very important for the candidates to know “what to carry at CAT 2019 test centres.” Any mistake on the day of the exam may prove to be fatal for the candidates. Hence it is imperative for the aspirants to know well in advance “what to carry at CAT 2019 test centres.” Apart from this, candidates must know what are the instructions that need to be followed on the day of the exam which includes what to wear and what not to wear, what are the items that they are allowed to carry to the test centre of CAT 2019 and what not to carry. CAT exam will be conducted on November 24 in computer based mode in two slots. Know all the details about “what to carry at CAT 2019 test centres” such as the do's and dont’s what to carry to the test centre etc.
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Checklist of what to carry to CAT 2019 Test Centres?

Candidates must be aware of what to carry and what not to carry to the test centre of CAT 2019.

Carry the Admit Card to CAT Test Centre

Candidates who will appear for Common Admission Test (CAT), it is mandatory for them to carry the CAT admit card 2020 to the test centre. Without the admit card, candidates will not be allowed to appear in the exam. It is compulsory for the candidates to take a print out of the admit card on an A4 sheet. While taking a print out of CAT admit card, candidates must ensure that their image and signature are eligible. After taking the print out, candidates will have to paste their image on the specified space. The image which the candidates must paste should be coloured. Candidates will have to sign the signature in the presence of the invigilator and not before that.

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Valid Identity Proof to be carried to the CAT Test Centre

Along with the admit card, it is mandatory for the candidates to carry with them a valid identity proof or else they will not be allowed to appear for the entrance test. As far as what to carry to CAT 2019 test centre, candidates must ensure that they have any one of the following government recognised valid identity proof.

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  • PAN Card

  • Voter Id Card

  • Passport

  • Employer Id

  • College Id (this must be supported by a valid credit or debit card along with the name of the candidate)

  • Aadhaar Card

Note: It should be noted that candidates will have to carry with them an original identity proof as photocopy of the same will not be permitted.

Reporting Time to CAT 2019 Test Centre

Candidates who will appear in the first slot of CAT 2019, they must try to report to the test centre by 7:30 a.m while those who will appear in the forenoon session, they must report to the test centre by 1:00 p.m. None of the candidates who will arrive at the CAT test centre after 7:45 a.m in the morning and after 2:15 for the forenoon session will not be permitted to appear in the entrance exam.

What Items Are Not Allowed at the CAT Test Centre 2019?

Stationery Items

Candidates will not be allowed to carry with them any stationery item to the test centre of CAT 2019. It is at the test centre of CAT that candidates will be given a pen and a note pad.


No personal calculators are being allowed to be taken to the test centre. Candidates will have access to the on screen calculator. This change was introduced in 2017.

Watch or Timer

There is a sectional time limit for CAT and the timer on the right hand will begin as soon as the candidate starts answering the questions. No watches will be allowed inside the test centre of CAT 2019.

Documents or Certificates

Candidates are not allowed to bring with them any documents or certificates. They will not be allowed to carry with them any blank sheet also.

No Jewellery or Closed Footwear

Those who will appear in the Common Admission Test, they will not be permitted to wear any kind of jewellery. Moreover, candidates must ensure that they do not wear any closed shoes as they will not be allowed to wear them inside the exam centre.

No Mobile Phones are Allowed

CAT aspirants must keep in mind that mobile phones are not permitted at the test centre. If the candidate by any chance carries the mobile phone to the test centre, then he or she will have to keep it outside as the authorities are very particular about not allowing any electronic gadget to be allowed to the test centre.

Do Not Apply Mehendi on your Hand

Female candidates should not apply Mehendi on their hands as it will create a problem while their attendance is being taken through biometric. Those candidates whose fingerprints could not be taken digitally, they would not be allowed to appear for CAT 2019.

Key Points to remember on the day of CAT 2019

Visit CAT 2019 test centre a day ahead of the exam

Candidates must try to visit the test centre at least one to two days before the exam so that they do not find it difficult to locate it and they know how much time will it take to reach the test centre as well. The objective of this is to avoid any delay on the day of the exam because of the candidate reaches the test centre late, then they would not be allowed to appear in the exam.

Do not study anything new at the last moment

Candidates must avoid studying anything new at the last moment. If you try to study anything new and if you are not able to grasp it, then one might just panic and become nervous. Just a day before the exam such things should be avoided.

Do Not Get Nervous

On the day of the exam, candidates should not get nervous and they should remain confident about their preparation. They should just relax and have faith in themselves.

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your score is good until now. You have did your best all the way. For CAT exam, IIM Consider 90% to get an admission.

For IIM Kozhikode:- 75% for CAT,Sectional Cutoff:- 65% for  10th:- 60% and for 12th 60%.

For IIM Trichy:- 78% for OBC-NC

for IIM Indore :- 80% for OBC-NC

for OBC category there will very less relaxation. But there is high competition but number of seats available is very less.

So you have to prepare accordingly and get an admission.

CAT exam score hold a 45-50 % weightage for admission at IIM Kozhikode. You have so good qualification in the rest. If you put more effort into it then you can get it.

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Ruchika Chauhan Expert 18th Nov, 2019


Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular national level management entrance exam. CAT 2019 application process has been completed and the exam is scheduled to be conducted on 24th November 2019.

Application forms were available from 07 Aug, 2019 - 25 Sep, 2019.

Aspirants seeking admission to the MBA course have to appear for entrance exams such as CAT/XAT/MAT/SNAP/etc. After the entrance test, candidates have to apply to colleges for admission.

Check the details about the CAT exam using the link below and do let us know if you have any other queries.


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Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 17th Nov, 2019
There is no pass or fail marks for CAT. For example if you get 70 percentile, it means that ypu have done better than 70% of the Candidates who appeared for the exam.

How I crack CAT examinations for MBA to take admission in IIMs.. I also want to go abroad for further studies after completing my bcom degree but i am confused so much what path can I go for future if I want to earn good money ?? Please give me advice guys..

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 17th Nov, 2019

Ayush, CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:

Quantitative Ability
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Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

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Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.

In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.

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Now the IIMs part has been cleared, you need to decide one among MBA in India via CAT or go abroad for higher studies. You cannot be double minded on this. You know your strengths and capabilities and so this should be completely your call.


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Rehan Alam Student Expert 17th Nov, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

If you are planning to get your details corrected in the form of CAT 2019, then now you don't have any option as it is now too late. The exam is scheduled for 24th November, 2019 which is just a week away.

However, in the meantime you can ask on the helpline for any assistance if they can provide.

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