CAT 2021 Exam Day Process – Check the Full Activity Schedule

CAT 2021 Exam Day Process – IIM Ahmedabad has announced the CAT exam day process on the official website i.e. CAT 2021 is going to be conducted on 28 November 2021 i.e. Sunday. The announced exam day process has every activity listed in it starting from entering into the exam centre premises, then frisking, document verification, test commencement, exit from the test centre, and etc. Besides this IIM Ahmedabad also released a time-based schedule for all 3 slots of CAT 2021. Candidates can refer to this page for all such information such as exam day process, CAT exam timings, CAT exam day schedule, and etc.

CAT 2021 Exam Day Process

Latest  IIM Ahmedabad has released the CAT 2021 exam day process. Click here to download.

CAT 2021 Slot Timings

CAT 2021 is going to be conducted on 28 Nov 2021 in 3 different slots. The duration of the exam is 120 minutes(40 minutes per section) and for PwD candidates it is 160 minutes ( 53 minutes 40 seconds per section). Candidates must reach the exam centre at least 30 minutes before the gate closure time and follow all the important CAT exam day guidelines. For detailed information regarding the three slot timings, candidates can refer to the following table:

SlotsSlot TimingsReporting Time
Morning08.30 am – 10.30 am7.00 am (entry not allowed to enter after 8.15 am)
Afternoon 12.30 pm – 02.30 pm11.00 am (entry not allowed to enter after 12.15 pm)
Evening04.30 pm – 06.30 pm3.00 pm (entry are not allowed to enter after 4.15 pm)

CAT 2021 Test Day Process

Upon reaching the test centre candidates should immediately locate their exam lab number from the outside notice board. After that, the candidates should proceed to enter the test centre. Security personnel at the main entrance of the CAT test centre or exam venue would check the CAT admit card before allowing candidates to enter the test centre campus. On the CAT 2021 exam day, the following process is followed:

  • Frisking of candidates
  • Document verification
  • Registration process
  • Test commencement
  • Test format
  • Test end and exit from test center

CAT 2021 Frisking of Candidates

Firstly, candidates would be frisked with Handheld Metal Detectors before entry to the Test Centre campus for CAT 2021. Candidates can refer to the following points for frisking process details.

  • Security personnel, both Male and Female, would be available for frisking of candidates.
  • A separate enclosure would be present for frisking female candidates by female staff.
  • Only the admit card, photo identity card, mask, sanitizer, required medical certificate(s) and scribe affidavit (if any) would be permitted beyond the frisking Point.
  • Candidates must note that there would be no facility at the test centre and the exam conducting agency would not be responsible for the damage of personal belongings of candidates.

CAT 2021 Document Verification

After the completion of the frisking process, candidates would be required to proceed with document verification for CAT 2021 exam process. The candidate’s admit card (passport photo affixed), original
photo-id card proof and the other documents (if applicable) would be checked at this step. The documents to be carried include:

  • Candidates should bring at least one government issued photo identification card such as driving license, PAN card, passport, voter ID, aadhar card or identification affidavit along with the admit card.
  • The candidate’s photograph and signature should be printed and visible on the photo ID card and should match with the name on the Admit Card. Please note that the photo ID card should not be damaged.

CAT 2021 Registration Process

After the successful document verification, candidates would be allowed to move to their respective exam labs. After entering the exam room, candidates shall not be allowed to leave the exam room before the exam ends. Upon reaching the exam lab candidates will be asked to move to the registration desk. The CAT exam day registration process includes the following points.

  • The candidates have to proceed for the iris and photo registration.
  • Candidate’s iris will be scanned, photograph and fingerprints would be captured.
  • Candidates will be required to remove their glasses/contact lenses during the iris scanning process
  • Candidates will be required to sign the attendance sheet for CAT 2021.

CAT 2021 Test Commencement

Candidates would be allowed to use the mouse or on-screen keyboard on their allocated system to log in for the CAT 2021. Candidates can refer to the following instructions:

  • A pen and a scribble pad will be provided for each candidate at their desk. Please note that only one pen and one scribble pad will be provided for the entire duration of the test so use them efficiently.
  • After reaching the assigned terminals candidate should log into their systems, and verify the profile information. If there are any errors in that they should contact the invigilators immediately.
  • The invigilator will read out the important instructions before the CAT 2021 exam.
  • Then read the instructions carefully and agree to the declaration.
  • Now the candidates can start their CAT 2021 exam. Candidates can refer to the following information about the format of CAT exam.

Questions Type: Multiple choice question (MCQ) type and some would be the non-MCQ type.

Marking Scheme: No mark will be awarded for questions that are not answered, 3 marks for every correct response.

Negative Marking: -1 for each wrong answer of MCQs, there would be NO negative marking for a non-MCQ type question.

Medium: English

Sections: The exam would have three sections

  • Section 1: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Section 2: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Section 3: Quantitative Ability (QA).

Duration of exam: 40 minutes for each section while for PwD candidates it is 53 minutes 40 seconds per section

NOTE: A virtual keyboard would be displayed on the screen which is to be used for a non MCQ question. Candidates will use the mouse to operate the virtual keyboard. Also, the virtual Calculator would be available. Use of the physical keyboard is strictly prohibited.

CAT 2021 Test Conclusion

After the exam time is ended, candidates have to submit their exams. After the submission of the exam candidates will be asked to submit feedback about the exam.

  • Before leaving the exam lab candidates have to deposit their CAT admit card, scribble pad, and pen.
  • While leaving the test center candidates should maintain social distancing and silence.
  • Before leaving the test center premises candidates will be asked to collect their personal belongings.
  • Now the candidates can leave the test center premises.

CAT 2021 Exam Day Activity

Candidates can refer to the activity-based timetable released by IIM Ahmedabad that is to be followed on CAT exam day.

ActivitySlot 1Slot 2Slot 3
Reach your exam centre07.00 am11.00 am03.00 pm
Locate your exam lab no.07.05 am11.05 am03.00 pm
Admit card scrutiny/inspection07.10 am11.10 am03.10 pm
Deposit of personal belongings at the entry gate
(bag, mobile phones, etc)
07.15 am11.15 am03.15 pm
Frisking process of candidates by security personnel07.25 am11.25 am03.25 pm
Verification of documents07.30 am11.30 am03.30 pm
Reach your assigned exam labs07.40 am11.40 am03.40 pm
Arrive at the registration desk & sign the attendance sheet07.50 am11.50 am03.50 pm
Registration process07.55 am11.55 am03.55 pm
Verification of candidate’s photo on registration terminal08.05 am12.05 pm04.05 pm
Sit at assigned computers08.10 am12.10 pm04.10 pm
Log into the test screes08.15 am12.15 pm04.15 pm
Confirm your profile information on the test screen08.20 am12.20 pm04.20 pm
Read the declaration form and agree to it08.25 am12.25 pm04.25 pm
Start of CAT 2021 exam08.30 am12.30 pm04.30 pm
Conclusion of test and sharing of feedback10.30 am02.30 pm06.30 pm
Deposit your admit card, pen, and scribble pad10.35 am02.35 pm06.35 pm
Exit from exam lab and collect your personnel belongings10.40 am02.40 pm06.40 pm
Exit from the test centre10.45 am02.45 pm06.45 pm

CAT 2021 Admit Card

CAT admit card 2021 is the most essential document to be carried on the CAT exam day. Candidates can download the CAT admit card from the official website i.e. and recheck all the following details mentioned in the admit card:

  • Test time and slot
  • Reporting/entry time at center
  • Gate closing time at center
  • Test City
  • Name
  • Application Number
  • PwD status
  • Test centre address
  • Date and day of test

FAQs about CAT 2021 Exam Day process

Q. Are there any special provisions for PwD candidates for CAT 2021?

A. Yes, there are special provisions for PwD candidates, such as scribe assistance and extra exam time which is 160 Minutes.

Q. Can I select my preference for shift and test date for CAT 2021?

A. The exam slot will be allotted by the exam authority as per the availability of seats at a center. Therefore, a candidate cannot choose the exam shift of their choice for CAT 2021.

Q. What is the marking scheme for CAT 2021? Is there any negative marking?

A. In the CAT 2021 exam, three marks will be awarded for every right answer and one mark is deducted for every wrong attempt. There is no negative marking for unanswered questions.

Q. What is the exam day process for CAT 2021?

A. The exam day process for CAT 2021 includes frisking of the candidates, Document verification, and registration process followed by the commencement of the CAT 2021 examination. For further information, you can refer to the above page.

Q. When will the CAT 2021 Exam be conduct?

A. The CAT 2021 Exam is scheduled for 28 November 2021 in three slots.

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