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CAT Exam Day Guidelines 2023

Author : Aparna

Updated On : May 17, 2023


Summary: CAT 2023 will be conducted according to strict guidelines and protocols to ensure the safety and well-being of all examiners and participants. Here’s everything you need to know about CAT Exam Day Guidelines 2023! 

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most important entrance exams for admission to MBA programs in India. 

It is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), and the scores are used for admission to IIMs and other top business schools in the country. 

CAT 2023 is yet to be scheduled for this year; however, the CAT Exam Day Guidelines 2023 will remain similar to that of last year. 

This article provides detailed instructions for candidates appearing for the CAT 2023 exam day.

Common CAT Exam Day Guidelines 2023

  • CAT 2023 is expected to be held in three shifts.
  • Arriving on time for the CAT 2023 exam location is essential. Preferably 90 minutes before the exam. 
  • Masks will be allowed only beyond the frisking point. (if applicable this year)
  • The last entry is 15 minutes before the start time.
  • Carrying all required identity documents, including the CAT admission card is compulsory.
  • Do not bring electronics to the CAT exam location.
  • Dressing in accordance with the exam day guide's fashion guidelines is mandatory. 
  • Observing the guidelines for biometric attendance, seating selection, etc., must be done before the exam day. 

CAT Exam Day Guidelines 2023

Exam Day Workflow for Candidate: 

Exam Hall - CAT Exam Day Guidelines 2023

These instructions are as per the previous year’s brochure: 

  1. The time allotted for each Section is 40 minutes (53 minutes and 20 seconds for PwD Candidates).
  2. As soon as the candidate starts answering a section, the clock (displayed on the top right corner of the screen) starts ticking and will display the remaining time available to complete the current section.
  3. On completion of 40 minutes, the timer would reach zero, the current section would be auto-submitted, and the candidate would be automatically moved to the next section. The candidate can then start answering the next Section.
  4. The same process would be repeated for all three sections. For PWD Candidates, the process would be the same as above, except that for each Section, they would be given 53 minutes and 20 seconds. However, there would be an option for submitting the answers to a Section at any point after 40 minutes. Thus, they would have the option to complete the Test between 120 minutes and 160 minutes.
  5. Candidates would be allowed to leave the Test Lab only after the completion of 120 minutes. PwD candidates would be allowed to leave between 120 minutes and 160 minutes. 
  6. Some questions would be of multiple-choice type (MCQ), and some would be of non-MCQ type.

Check: CAT Exam Pattern 2023

Things to Carry to the Exam Hall

  • Admit Card
  • Govt issued Photo Identity Proof
  • Name Change Document (if applicable)
  • Medical Certificate and Scribe Affidavit
  • Self-declaration issued with CAT Admit Card
  • Affidavit of Scribe and Medical Certificate

Check: CAT Exam 2023 Eligibility Criteria

Things Not to Carry to the Exam Hall

  • Carry bags/Purses
  • Pencil
  • Watches
  • Mobile phones
  • Wallets
  • Expensive items
  • Calculator
  • Electronic devices
  • Cameras
  • Bluetooth devices etc

Can I carry the Calculator to the CAT exam hall? 

Yes, you may use a calculator on the CAT exam. However, this does not imply that you are permitted to bring your own calculator to the exam. You will be allowed to use an on-screen calculator. 

Check: CAT Books 2023

Dress code as per CAT Exam Day Guidelines 2023

  • You are not allowed to wear clothing with large buttons or shoes with thick soles. 
  • Candidates are not permitted to carry a phone or other electronic device, wear jewellery, or wear watches.
  • Inside the exam room, candidates are not permitted to wear closed-toed shoes, hats, jackets, or clothing with pockets or huge buttons.
  • Socks, plain pullovers, sweaters, and cardigans (without any pockets) are allowed inside the exam hall. 

Check: CAT Exam Cut Off 2023

CAT Exam Day Time Slots and Guidelines 2023


In conclusion, the CAT Exam Day Guidelines 2023 provide detailed instructions to help ensure a smooth exam day experience for all test-takers. All candidates are instructed to arrive at the testing centre with the appropriate ID and important documents and be prepared to follow the instructions provided by the examiner. 

Check: CAT Exam Marks vs Percentile 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

You must bring a valid photo ID (such as a passport, driver's license, or government-issued ID card) and the admit card you received when you registered for the exam.
You should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the exam begins to allow time for check-in and security procedures.
You are not allowed to bring electronic items such as cell phones, laptops, or calculators into the exam hall.
If you are running late, contact the exam invigilator immediately. You may be allowed to enter the exam hall up to 30 minutes after the exam has started, but this is at the discretion of the invigilator.
If you are unable to attend the exam, you should contact the exam invigilator as soon as possible. You may be able to reschedule your exam for a later date, but this will be subject to availability, and a fee may be charged.


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