CAT Exam Timing 2021 – Slot Timing, Opening Time, Exam Day Guidelines

CAT 2021 Exam Timing – IIM Ahmedabad is going to conduct the CAT 2021 on 28 November 2021, on Sunday in 3 sessions. The CAT 2021 is conducted as a necessity to take admission in various PG management programs in different IIMs and other top b-schools of India. The three slots are morning, afternoon, and evening sessions. We have provided the details of all the 3 slots such as reporting time, gate closing time, exam starting time, and exam end time, and exam day guidelines.

CAT Exam Timing 2021

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Candidates can refer to the below-mentioned information for the different exam slots of CAT 2021.

CAT 2021 Morning Slot

The morning or forenoon session is from 8:30 am to 10:30 am.

Reporting time07:00 am
Gate Closing time08:15 am
Exam start time08:30 am
Exam end time10:30 am

CAT 2021 Afternoon Slot

The afternoon session is from 12:30 pm to 02:30 pm.

Reporting Time11:00 am
Gate Closing Time12:15 pm
Exam start time12:30 pm
Exam end time02:30 pm

CAT 2021 Evening Slot

The evening session is from 04:30 pm to 06:30 pm.

Reporting Time03:00 pm
Gate Closing Time04:15 pm
Exam start time04:30 pm
Exam end time06:30 pm

CAT 2021 Exam Day Activity Schedule

IIM Ahmedabad has released the activity-wise timetable on the official website to help the candidates understand the whole CAT exam day process. Candidates can refer to the following table for the same.

ActivitySlot 1Slot 2Slot 3
Arrival at Exam Center07.00 am11.00 am03.00 pm
Locate your exam lab number07.05 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
Arrival at assigned exam labs07.40 am11.40 am03.40 pm
Reach the registration desk and 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
Sitting at assigned computers/terminals08.10 am12.10 pm04.10 pm
Log into the test screes08.15 am12.15 pm04.15 pm
Confirmation of 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 test08.30 am12.30 pm04.30 pm
Conclusion of test and sharing of feedback10.30 am02.30 pm06.30 pm
Deposit of admit card, pen, and scribble pad10.35 am02.35 pm06.35 pm
Exit from test lab and collect personnel belongings10.40 am02.40 pm06.40 pm
Exit from exam center10.45 am02.45 pm06.45 pm

CAT 2021 Exam Day Guidelines

Here are some guidelines to help you decide what to do and what not to do at the exam center. Also, the most confusing question ‘What to bring to the exam center?’ is also answered clearly here for you to understand better. So, get along to clear all your doubts.

  • The most important and foremost thing to bring with you is your admit card. Print the admit card after downloading it from the official website. Use A4 size sheet to get your admit card printed. The centers also prefer laser printer-printed admit cards.
  • Paste a photograph on the admit card where the space is provided. You should paste the photograph before handing the admit card for verification at test center.
  • Candidates will receive an SMS or e-mail on their registered mobile number or e-mail id. This SMS or e-mail will provide the timing at which you should reach the center.
  • Also, make sure you reach the center at least 30 minutes before the reporting time.
  • Provide your signature on the attendance sheet at the registration desk.
  • After the exam starts, you should use the mouse only to click the right answer. It is advised not to use the keyboard as it may lead to locking of your test.
  • After completion of the examination, make sure you take your original ID proof and printed admit card with you out of the center.
  • Do not argue or misbehave with any of the staff member or invigilator at the center because it may lead to cancellation of your examination.
  • Also make sure you reach the center at your session timing only which is mentioned on your admit card. If you try to appear before or after your session, your candidature may be cancelled.
  • Do not carry any electronic item at the exam center.
  • Do not waste pad pages because another pad will not be provided.

CAT 2021 COVID Guidelines

Keeping in view the current COVID scenario, all candidates must follow the COVID guidelines for their and other candidates’ safety.

  • Candidates must follow the social distancing rules while and after entering the test center.
  • Candidates will be made to undergo a temperature check before their entry in the examination hall.
  • You are advised to wear a mask and use sanitizer to ensure your safety.

CAT 2021 Admit Card

The admit card for the exam has been released. All the candidates who have applied for the exam and have paid the test fee can download their admit card from the official website, here.

Admit card is the most important document to carry to the exam center on exam day. You should get admit card printed after downloading it from the website.

The slot or session in which you will have to appear, i.e., morning, afternoon, or evening, will also be mentioned on the admit card only.

You should check the following details on your admit card:

  • Name
  • Application number
  • Slot/session
  • Date and Day of test
  • Center name and address (city)
  • Gate closing time

FAQs – CAT Exam Timing 2021

What is the timing of the CAT 2021 Exam?

The CAT exam will be conducted in three sessions; morning(08:30 to 10:30 am), afternoon (12:30 to 02:30 pm), and evening session (04:30 to 06:30 pm).

When will CAT 2021 exam be held?

The CAT 2021 exam will be held on 28 November 2021, in three slots.

Is the CAT exam tough?

The difficulty level of the CAT exam is from moderate to difficult.

Is calculator allowed in CAT 2021 exam?

It is not allowed to carry any kind of electronic device to the test center, including a calculator.

Can a weak student crack CAT?

Although the CAT exam contains many parts of Maths, it is a myth that students weak in Maths can not crack the exam. With the right preparation and strategy, you can achieve success in the CAT exam.

Can I carry a water bottle to the exam hall?

It is not advised to carry anything to the examination hall except your admit card and ID proof.

What is the duration of the CAT exam for PwD candidates?

PwD candidates are allowed to attempt their exam in 02:40 hours. They are given forty minutes extra to attempt their exam.

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