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CAT 2022 Exam Day Mistakes You Must Avoid

Samiksha Rautela
Samiksha RautelaUpdated On: December 01, 2022 12:25 pm IST | CAT

With CAT 2022 exam date approaching, candidates are likely to feel nervous and anxious. This article takes a look at some of the common mistakes that a candidate might make under stress and how they should be avoided on the day of CAT 2022.

Mistakes to Avoid on CAT Exam Day

CAT 2022 is one of the most popular management exams in India which is taken by over two lakh applicants every year. Due to the high competition and limited seat intake, aspirants tend to get nervous on exam day which can ruin all their efforts and hard work. The CAT 2022 exam was conducted on November 27, 2022, and applicants needed to ensure that they stay calm and focused on attempting the exam with confidence without making any mistakes.

Meanwhile, candidates will be able to access the CAT 2022 Question Paper for Slot 1, Slot 2, and Slot 3, including the CAT exam analysis 2022, CAT 2022 answer key, and CAT cutoff 2022 for IIMs below. They will find the memory-based questions in a PDF format.

CAT Question Paper 2022
CAT Exam Analysis 2022
CAT Answer Key 2022 (Released)
CAT Cutoff 2022 for IIMs

One of the most common mistakes that CAT candidates make is not being aware of the guidelines and instructions that have to be followed on exam day. No matter how great your strategy is to clear the exam, there is a chance of ruining the exam if you have no idea of what to carry to the exam centre, what items are prohibited, or what the dress code is. Candidates should also remember that CAT is a speed-based test that requires them to have good time management skills. It is essential for them to manage their time well and not spend too much time on a question or an area of their interest.

It is crucial to be aware of the common mistakes that everyone must avoid on the CAT 2022 exam day as they might hamper the overall performance and the final result. Read on to find out the top CAT 2022 exam day mistakes that you must avoid to get an excellent score in the entrance exam.

Common CAT 2022 Exam Day Mistakes to Avoid

Provided below are the most common mistakes that MBA aspirants make subconsciously or due to exam anxiety. Go through the list of CAT exam day mistakes to avoid mentioned below.

  • Showing up Late

CAT 2022 will be conducted in three shifts. The reporting and exam time is mentioned on the CAT 2022 admit card. It is crucial for candidates to stay informed about the reporting time and reach the CAT exam centre before the gate closing time. Pack everything you might require before the exam day and sleep on time. Being late to the CAT exam centre might create a lot of rush and chaos which will also affect the exam performance. Provided below is the reporting and exam time for the CAT 2022 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.

  • Not Checking Seating Arrangements in Advance

Candidates must find their assigned seats as soon as they arrive at the CAT 2022 exam venue. To prevent crowding at any one location under any circumstance, lab numbers will not be displayed outside the CAT exam centre. Bar code readers were available to scan the CAT admit card at the time of entry. Candidates will receive information on the hall/lab number at the same time. In case you face any trouble while finding your allocated seat, take help from the invigilator.

  • Not Getting Documents Checked

This is a crucial step because candidates won't be permitted to enter their respective exam halls to take the test until the documents have been verified. In addition to attaching passport-size photos, candidates must also sign the attendance sheet. Make sure you get all the necessary documents checked, such as admit card, valid photo ID proof issued by the Govt. of India, medical certificates (if required), and others.

  • Not Completing the Biometric Verification Process

Candidates must complete the biometric verification process after finishing the document verification process. Before proceeding to take the exam in the exam centre, one must do this last step. Candidates would have to sign the attendance sheet and have their left thumb impression and photo taken at the time of the biometric verification. What the female applicants need to keep in mind is that they shouldn't put henna on their hands since it will make biometric verification more difficult. On the day of the CAT 2022 exam, it is crucial to avoid making this mistake.

  • Not Reading the Questions Properly

Time is a challenge for 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. Make sure you have a clear head while taking the exam so that you can interpret the questions well and give the correct answer. Try to keep calm and focus on your screen.

Also Read: Important Topics for CAT 2022: Expected Subject-Wise Weightage

  • Rushing Too Much

Making haste just to attempt the entire paper is one of the most common mistakes candidates make which should be avoided at any cost. It is always advisable to properly assess the paper instead of mindlessly attempting the questions. Rushing to solve answers is not an ideal way to approach the questions. The CAT exam has negative markings; thus giving incorrect responses can lower your score and ruin your exam. Be mindful and take your time to read every question carefully so that you can give correct and thoughtful answers. 

  • Not Staying Motivated

Staying motivated and believing in exam preparation can help a lot in boosting your confidence and keeping stress aside. 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. Sometimes exam anxiety clouds your mind and makes you unable to think properly while submitting the responses. Have a positive mindset and attempt every question with confidence. Have a proper sleep before the day of the exam so that you can keep a clear head and feel refreshed.

  • Spending 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.

  • Not Recognizing the Importance of Time

Along with finishing the exam, one must also face the problem of finishing the given portion in the allotted time because there is no going back to a section that has already been finished. Candidates must therefore be aware of the time limit and how they will handle it when tackling the paper. While preparing for CAT 2022, work on your time management skills. Take as many CAT mock tests as you can so that you can practice time management and learn how to complete the entire paper in the given time.

  • Not Reading the Instructions Displayed on the 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. Missing out on anything important may lead you into trouble.

Also ReadDo’s & Don’ts for Writing the CAT 2022 Exam

  • Guessing 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.

  • Not Carrying Important Documents

It is of utmost importance to carry a hard copy of the CAT admit card, a valid photo ID for verification, Medical Certificates & Scribe Affidavit (for PwD candidates), name change documents, and all the prerequisites prescribed by the conducting body. Applicants will not be allowed to enter the examination hall without the important documents. A digital copy of the admit card or photocopy of the ID proof will not be allowed.

  • Not Using the Rough Sheet

Candidates will receive five rough sheets when they arrive at the exam centre to complete the calculation task. Before the entire two hours have passed, candidates won't be permitted to leave. Candidates who answer the questions on the desk, in their hands, or elsewhere will be subjected to punishment. Candidates are only allowed to use the sheets provided by the invigilator for their rough work. The invigilator instructs candidates to write their names and registration IDs on blank sheets of paper. Make sure you return the rough sheets before exiting the exam hall.

  • Not Following the CAT Dress Code

It is very important to wear clothes as per the CAT guidelines and instructions. Metal objects, jewelry, and ornaments are not allowed in the examination hall. Also, candidates should not wear closed footwear, belts, jackets, and clothes with pockets.

Also Read: CAT 2022 Dress Code: What to Wear to The CAT Exam Centre

  • Carrying Electronic Gadgets

Gadgets such as smartphones, Bluetooth/wireless devices, headphones, beepers, calculators, etc. 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.

General Instructions for CAT 2022 Examination

Candidates appearing for the CAT 2022 examination must keep in mind the following instructions:
  • After 8:15 AM for slot 1, after 12:15 for slot 2, and after 4:15 PM for slot 3, do not request access to the CAT test centre. The candidate's exam will be canceled.
  • Devices of any kind are not allowed in the exam lab. If it happens, the candidate will not be allowed to take the test.
  • Any effort to cheat or copy answers from peers is forbidden and will result in the cancellation of the paper.
  • Stay away from any disputes with the test centre staff or applicants.
  • Never use the keyboard throughout the exam; doing so will lock your computer.
  • Except in case of a medical emergency, requests for bio-breaks inside the exam lab will not be granted.
  • On the day of the exam, there will be no consideration for requests to switch to the test centre, console, or lab.
  • There won't be any extra writing pads provided to the candidates, so don't waste any pages.
  • After the examination, it is not permitted to take any pages from the given writing pad outside the exam centre.
  • Applying henna or mehndi on the palm side will make it difficult to obtain the candidate's biometric fingerprint, which is necessary to access the testing facility.
Also ReadCAT 2022 Exam Day Instructions - Rules, Do's, and Don'ts for Candidates

Hope the CAT 2022 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 toour page for the latest updates on CAT 2022!

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