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What to Carry at CAT 2024 Test Centres: Essential Checklist

What to Carry at CAT 2024 Test Centres: Essential Checklist

Edited By Anusha Bhalotia | Updated on Mar 01, 2024 10:27 AM IST | #CAT

What to Carry at CAT 2024 Test Centres: The CAT 2024 exam is expected to be conducted in CBT mode at 400 test centres across 155 cities. This article will provide a comprehensive list of what you should carry with you to ensure that you are as organized and prepared as possible for the test. From your ID proof to your stationery items, we'll talk about everything you need to make sure that taking the CAT 2024 Test is a breeze! Read this article to know what are the things to carry for CAT exam?

What to Carry at CAT 2024 Test Centres

The test day guide includes the important documents to be carried at CAT exam centres, do’s and don'ts for the CAT exam day. Remember the last-minute CAT preparation strategy also means that a candidate must be well aware of the rules and regulations at the CAT exam centre 2024. CAT exam 2024 will be conducted in 155 cities across India. For the convenience of the candidates, we have listed down the details of what to carry at CAT test centres.

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What to Carry for CAT Exam?

Candidates must make sure to carry the list of things given below at the CAT 2024 test centre for the CAT exam. Some of these are the documents without which candidates appearing for the CAT paper will be prohibited from entering the exam hall on the test day.

  • CAT Admit Card

  • Photo Identity Proof

  • Stationery Items

  • Authorization Form

  • Medical Certificate and Scribe Affidavit

  • Name Change Document

  • Covid-19 related items

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Do not forget to Carry CAT Admit Card 2024

The CAT admit card is one of the most important documents that candidates must carry for the CAT exam. Make sure to affix your passport-size photograph on the admit card same as the one uploaded in the CAT form. It must also be ensured that the application number is clearly printed on the CAT admit card as it is the primary reference identity of the candidate.

Furthermore, the authorities would not take into consideration the soft copy of the CAT admit card, instead, it must be printed on A4 size paper. Recheck the following details mentioned on the CAT 2024 admit card:

  • Name of the candidate

  • Application Number

  • PwD status

  • Date and day of the test

  • Test time and session

  • Reporting/ Entry time at Centre

  • Gate Closing Time of Centre

  • Test City

  • Test Center address

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CAT 2024 Dress Code Guidelines

The CAT conducting body has established specific CAT dress code regulations that CAT aspirants have to adhere to on the CAT exam day at the allotted test centre.

  • Simple and comfortable clothes
  • Sandals or slippers with thin soles
  • Female candidates must opt for simple t-shirts, jeans, leggings, and Kurti
  • Male candidates can wear formal pants, jeans, shits, and T-shirts

What are the Documents to Carry for CAT exam?

The first thing to appear for the CAT exam is to download the admit card and check the CAT test centre. Read the instructions mentioned in the CAT admit card carefully. Also, check whether the exam centre mentions the required conditions for the CAT exam. Following is the list of things and documents to carry in CAT exam 2024:

Photo Identity Proof

Along with the CAT admit card another important document to be carried at the CAT exam centre is the photo ID proof issued by the Government of India. This is done so that the test centre authorities can keep a check on the imposters. Also, carry two passport-size photographs to the CAT test centre.

As a photo identity proof, a candidate can carry any of the following:

  • PAN Card

  • Voter ID

  • Passport

  • Aadhar Card

  • UID

  • Employer ID

  • Driving License

  • College ID( must be supported with a valid debit/credit card)

It must be noted that the original photo ID proof has to be carried instead of the Xerox copy of the photo ID.

Stationery Items

As per the CAT paper pattern 2024, the entrance exam will be conducted in a computer-based mode. Moreover, a pen and paper will be provided to the candidates at the CAT exam centre itself. So stationary items are not necessarily needed.

Authorization Form

Candidates must carry an IIM-provided authorization form to carry any prohibited or exceptional items inside the exam lab due to medical reasons. Candidates need to contact the CAT centre to get such authorization (if any).

Medical Certificate and Scribe Affidavit

Candidates belonging to the PwD category will be required to carry a medical certificate supporting the disability claim and a scribe affidavit (on the prescribed form by IIMCAT) to the exam centre. Candidates must be thinking of the scribe affidavit meaning. It is basically for the candidates for whom someone else will write the CAT exam question paper. All the documents will be verified by the officials at the CAT exam centre post-frisking. No candidate will be allowed to proceed to their computer system without document verification.

Name Change Document

Candidates will be required to carry a name change degree document that supports the name change in case their name has been changed due to any event (like marriage, legal name change, or divorce). The list of such documents includes marriage certificates, divorce decrees, etc. To support these documents, carry a notarized copy.

Covid-19 Related Items

Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, in order to ensure safety candidates are allowed to carry these items to the CAT exam centres:

  • Hand sanitiser

  • Face masks

  • Self-declaration issued with CAT admit card

  • Transparent water bottle

What not to Carry at CAT 2024 Test Centre?

There is an entire list of prohibited items, mentioned by the CAT conducting authorities, which are not allowed to be carried to the test centre of CAT 2024. These items are:

  • Bags/ Mobile/ Calculator/ IPAD/ IPOD/ Bluetooth/ Headset/ Digital Wrist Watch/ Laptop/ Camera are not allowed inside the CAT exam hall.

  • Do not carry any electronic gadgets such as beepers, electronic devices, or scanner devices.

  • Candidates with a metal implant, pacemaker, etc. in their body will be required to bring a medical certificate of the same at the CAT exam centre.

  • Candidates are not allowed to wear jewellery that contains metal.

  • Beyond the frisking point, candidates are not allowed to wear footwear, metal headpins or clips inside the examination hall.

  • Do not carry pencil boxes inside the examination hall. Candidates are required to make their own arrangements for personal belongings at the CAT exam centre 2024.

Note: Socks, plain pullovers/sweaters/cardigans (without any pockets) are allowed inside the exam lab.

CAT Exam Centre 2024: Additional Instructions for Candidates

  • Reach the CAT exam centre 2024 an hour before the commencement of your slot’s timing.

  • If the candidate has to travel a long way to reach the examination hall, the candidate is requested to make necessary arrangements for travel, accommodation, food and any other expenses.

  • Follow the instructions for biometric attendance and seating arrangement, etc.

  • Do not apply henna or mehndi on the palm side.

  • Cooperative behaviour with the test centre staff is highly requested from the candidates during the document verification process and frisking.

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. Can I appear for more than one slot for the CAT exam?

No, each candidate can appear for the CAT exam in one slot only.

2. Will the CAT exam centre have space for safely keeping mobile phones?

Most of the CAT exam centres have some arrangements for storing a candidate's mobile phones and other important items. However, the safety of such items cannot be guaranteed and the candidate is instructed to not bring them to the exam centre.

3. Will a photocopy of my ID proof be accepted at the exam centre?

No, you will be required to carry your original ID proof to the CAT exam centres. You will not be allowed to enter with a photocopy of your ID.

4. Is an electronic copy of the CAT admit card accepted at the exam centre?

No, candidates must carry a printed copy of their CAT admit card. Showing a digital copy will not grant entry inside the exam centre.

5. What do you take on CAT exam day?

The list of items that shall be carried out by the candidate on exam day has been listed in this article. 

6. Can I wear jeans in CAT exam?

Wear comfortable clothes and avoid having multiple pockets in pullovers, and sweaters as the same have not been allowed by the authorities. 

7. Is pen allowed in CAT exam/ is pen and paper allowed in CAT?

Since CAT is a CBT or computer-based test, you don't need to carry any standard items like a pen, pencil or eraser to the centre. You will be given a pencil and a piece of paper for roughwork.

8. Are calculators allowed in CAT?

It should be noted that the use of a calculator is allowed in the CAT exam, but students are not allowed to bring their personal calculators. Instead, the exam provides an on-screen calculator that can be accessed on the computer during the CAT exam.

9. Can I carry water bottle in CAT exam?

No, candidates are not allowed to carry water bottles inside the CAT examination hall.

10. Is gold jewellery allowed in CAT exam?

At the CAT examination centre, candidates must ensure that they do not wear any jewellery or carry any metal. Candidates should avoid wearing earrings, nose studs, necklaces, anklets, bangles or any other metal ornaments.

11. Things to carry in CAT exam?
  • CAT Admit Card 2024
  • Photo Identity Proof
  • Stationery Items
  • Authorization Form
  • Medical Certificate and Scribe Affidavit (If applicable)
  • Name Change Document (If applicable)
  • COVID-19 related items

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Option: 1

True


Option: 2

False


$111111^2$ = 

Option: 1

123456654321


Option: 2

123454321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


1111112 =___________ 

Option: 1

 123456654321


Option: 2

1234554321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


159702 is divisible by

Option: 1

7


Option: 2

9


Option: 3

11


Option: 4

6


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What best can be said about the number of satellites serving C? 

Option: 1

Must be between 450 and 725 

 


Option: 2

Cannot be more than 800 
 


Option: 3

Must be between 400 and 800 

 


Option: 4

Must be at least 100 


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The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What is the minimum possible number of satellites serving B exclusively? 

Option: 1

100


Option: 2

200


Option: 3

500


Option: 4

250


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The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

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If at least 100 of the 1600 satellites were serving O, what can be said about the number of satellites serving S? 

Option: 1

At most 475 

 


Option: 2

Exactly 475 
 


Option: 3

At least 475 

 


Option: 4

No conclusion is possible based on the given information 


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The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

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Option: 1

The number of satellites serving C cannot be uniquely determined 

 


Option: 2

The number of satellites serving B is more than 1000 
 


Option: 3

All 1600 satellites serve B or C or S 

 


Option: 4

The number of satellites serving B exclusively is exactly 250 


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2


Option: 2

7


Option: 3

55


Option: 4

None of the above


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6


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