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CAT 2021 - Common Mistakes to Avoid on Exam Day

Samiksha Rautela
Samiksha RautelaPublished On: July 27, 2021 | CAT

With CAT 2021 exam date approaching, candidates are likely to feel nervous and anxious. This article takes a look at some of the common mistakes than a candidate might make under stress and how they should be avoided on the day of CAT 2021.

Mistakes to Avoid on CAT Exam Day

CAT 2021 is one of the most coveted management exams that over two lakh candidates give every year. Due to the high competition and limited seat intake, aspirants tend to get nervous on exam day which can ruin the hard work of an individual. Applicants need to ensure that they stay calm in order to avoid committing any CAT exam day mistakes. 

It is extremely crucial to be aware of the common mistakes that everyone must avoid on the CAT exam day as they might hamper the overall performance and the final result. Read on to find out the top CAT 2021 exam day mistakes that can be avoided to get a good score in the entrance exam.

Common CAT 2021 Exam Day Mistakes 

Provided below are the most common mistakes that an individual makes subconsciously or due to exam anxiety. Go through the list to avoid committing any of the mentioned CAT 2021 exam day mistakes.

Do Not Show up Late

Stay informed about the reporting time and do not show up late for the exam. Pack everything you might require before the exam day and sleep on time. Being late to the exam centre might create a lot of rush and chaos which will also affect the exam performance. Provided below is the reporting time for the CAT 2021 exam.

Exam Slot

Exam Timing

Reporting Time

Latest Entry Allowed

Slot 1

8:30 A.M. - 10:30 A.M.

7:00 A.M.

8:15 A.M.

Slot 2

12:30 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

11:00 A.M.

12:15 P.M.

Slot 3

4:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

3:00 P.M.

4:15 P.M.

Read the Questions Properly

Time is a challenge for the CAT applicants, however, it is very crucial to read every question patiently and understand its essence. Not scanning the questions can result in the intake of insufficient or wrong information which can result in incorrect answers.

Do Not Rush

Rushing to solve answers is not an ideal way to approach the questions. It is always advisable to properly assess the paper instead of mindlessly attempting the questions.

Stay Motivated

Staying motivated and believing in exam preparation can help a lot in removing stress and building confidence. Do not keep looking at the on-screen timer as it may take up a lot of your time. Approaching the CAT question paper with doubts and anxiety can shift the focus of the candidate which can hamper the final score.

Do Not Spend a Lot of Time on One Question

Spending too much time on every question can lead to a lack of time in the end which can affect the final performance of an individual. If any question is appearing as confusing or tricky, take a deep breath and go through it again. If you are still unable to comprehend it, move on to the next question. Aspirants must not waste a lot of time on the difficult questions, instead, they must try winding up the questions they are most confident about.

Read the Instructions Displayed on Screen

After logging in to the system, a set of instructions will pop up on the screen. Read the guidelines and instructions carefully and follow them carefully in order to avoid any mistakes.

Follow the COVID-19 Guidelines

The government and IIMs have issued COVID-19 specific guidelines for CAT. Applicants must go through the Exam Day CAT guidelines and follow the instructions in order to erase any inconvenience. Wearing masks and following social distancing on the exam day can help a lot in arresting the growth of the coronavirus pandemic.

Do Not Guess the Answer

Guessing the answer in the CAT exam is not the right strategy as 1 mark is reduced for every wrong attempt. It is better to leave the questions unanswered than answer them incorrectly. Guesswork has no place in the CAT exam.

Carry Important Documents

It is of utmost importance to carry the CAT admit card, valid photo id for verification and all the prerequisites prescribed by the conducting body. Applicants will not be allowed to enter the examination hall without the important documents.

Follow the CAT Dress Code

It is very important to wear clothes as per the CAT guidelines and instructions. Metal objects, jewellery and ornaments are not allowed in the examination hall. Also, candidates should not wear closed footwear, belts, jackets and clothes with pockets. Read the detailed information on CAT Dress Code here.

Do Not Carry Gadgets

Gadgets such as smartphones, calculators are not allowed in the examination hall. Also, stationary or food items are prohibited. Any student found in the possession of any of the aforementioned things will be disqualified from the exam.

Also Read: CAT 2021 Question Papers and Solutions: Previous Years’ Question Papers of CAT

Important Links to Crack CAT 2021

Candidates willing to ace the CAT exam and get admission to top management institutes can visit the important links provided below for CAT 2021.

10 Last-Minute Tips to Crack CAT 2021

Tips to Answer Logical Reasoning Questions in CAT

How Many Questions to Attempt in CAT 2021 for a 99 Percentile Score

How to Approach CAT 2021 Question Paper?

Types of Reading Comprehension Questions in CAT 2021

CAT Predicted Question Paper 2021

Tips to Solve Para jumble Questions in CAT

50+ Important Formulas for CAT Preparation

Also Read:Important Topics for CAT 2021: Expected Subject-Wise Weightage

Hope the CAT 2021 exam day mistakes provided in this article helped you in building confidence. By sticking to the tips shared here, an aspirant can score well and get admission to the desired management institute. 

To take any admission related assistance or help, you can simply dial the toll-free number 1800-572-9877 or fill up the Common Application Form. Stay tuned to CollegeDekho for the latest updates on CAT!

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