CAT Exam Centres: State-wise List of CAT Test Cities

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaUpdated On: December 19, 2023 03:03 pm IST | CAT

CAT exam centres state-wise list will be released by IIM Calcutta. Candidates appearing for the CAT exam can check all the important details about the CAT test centres provided below.

CAT Exam Centres

CAT exam centres are located in 155 cities across the country. Almost every city has more than one test centre, ensuring enough flexibility for each candidate. While filling out the CAT application form, candidates have to choose up to 6 CAT exam centres based on their accessibility. It is recommended to choose the nearest exam centres for CAT so that one doesn't go through much hassle while reaching there. 

The conducting authority provides a facility to change the test city preference during the CAT application form correction window. The final CAT exam centre will be allotted based on the preference of the choices filled by the candidate and the number of candidates who have registered for the exam. The designated exam centre is mentioned in the CAT admit card along with a Google Maps link to locate it. Find below the complete list of state-wise CAT exam centres along with other important details like how to choose the exam centres, what to carry and what to avoid on the exam day, etc.

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CAT Exam Centres: Major Highlights

Check the major highlights of CAT exam centres below.

CAT Exam Centres Particulars

CAT Exam Centres Details

Total No. of CAT Exam Centres

155

Total No. of CAT Applicants

Over 2 Lakhs

CAT Exam Centres Reporting TimeForenoon Session:
  • Exam Time: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Reporting Time: 7:30 AM
  • Entry into Exam Centers Ends: 8:15 AM
Afternoon Session:
  • Exam Time: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Reporting Time: 11:30 AM
  • Entry into Exam Centers Ends: 12:15 PM
Evening Session:
  • Exam Time: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Reporting Time: 3:30 PM
  • Entry into Exam Centers Ends: 4:15 PM

Things to Carry to CAT Exam Centres

  • CAT Admit Card

  • Two Passport-Size Photos

  • Photo ID Proof Issued by Govt. of India

  • Medical Certificate & Scribe Affidavit (if applicable)

  • Name Change Document (if applicable)

Things Prohibited Inside CAT Exam Centres

  • Wristwatches

  • Mobile Phone

  • Purse/Handbag

  • Log Tables

  • Calculator

  • Camera 

  • Wireless/Bluetooth Devices

  • Other Electronic Gadgets

  • Geometry/Instrument/Pencil Box

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CAT Exam Centres: State-wise List

Let’s have a look at all the exam centres for CAT:

State

Test Cities

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Port Blair

Andhra Pradesh

Guntur; Kakinada; Kurnool; Nellore; Rajahmundry; Tirupathi; Vijayawada; Visakhapatnam

Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar

Assam

Dibrugarh; Guwahati; Silchar

Bihar

Aurangabad; Muzaffarpur; Patna; Purnea

Chandigarh

Chandigarh

Chhattisgarh

Bhilai; Raipur

Delhi-NCR

Delhi, New Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida, Panipat, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida

Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu

Silvassa

Goa

Madgaon; Panaji

Gujarat

Ahmedabad; Anand; Gandhinagar; Rajkot; Surat; Vadodara

Haryana

Ambala; Bahadurgarh; Hisar; Palwal; Rohtak; Sonipat

Himachal Pradesh

Simla; Waknaghat

Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu; Samba, Kashmir

Jharkhand

Bokaro; Dhanbad; Jamshedpur; Ranchi

Karnataka

Bangalore; Belagavi (Belgaum); Dharwad; Gulbarga; Hubli; Mangalore; Mysore; Udupi

Kerala

Ernakulam; Kasaragod; Kollam; Kozhikode; Malappuram; Thrissur; Trivandrum

Ladakh

Leh

Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal; Gwalior; Indore; Jabalpur; Sagar

Maharashtra

Ahmednagar; Amravati; Aurangabad; Jalgaon; Kolhapur; Mumbai, Navi Mumbai; Nagpur; Nanded; Nashik; Pune; Raigad; Satara; Solapur; Thane; Ulhasnagar

Meghalaya

Shillong

Manipur

Imphal

Mizoram

Aizwal

Nagaland

Kohima

Odisha

Balasore; Berhampur; Bhubaneswar; Cuttack; Dhenkanal; Sambalpur; Rourkela

Puducherry

Puducherry

Punjab

Bhatinda; Chandigarh; Fatehgarh Sahib; Jalandhar; Ludhiana; Mohali; Pathankot; Patiala; Ropar; Sangrur

Rajasthan

Ajmer; Alwar; Jaipur; Jodhpur; Kota; Sikar; Udaipur

Tamilnadu

Chennai; Coimbatore; Madurai; Namakkal; Thanjavur; Tiruchirappalli; Tirunelvelli

Telangana

Hyderabad; Karim Nagar; Warangal

Tripura

Agartala

Uttar Pradesh

Agra; Allahabad; Barabanki; Bareilly; Ghaziabad; Gorakhpur; Greater Noida; Kanpur; Lucknow; Mathura; Meerut; Muzaffarnagar; Noida; Varanasi

Uttarakhand

Dehradun; Roorkee

West Bengal

Asansol; Bankura; Burdwan; Durgapur; Hooghly; Howrah; Kalyani; Kolkata; Siliguri

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CAT Exam Centres – Interview Location

The interview locations for each IIM for candidates shortlisted for CAT interviews are provided below.

Name of IIMInterview Centre
IIM AhmedabadAhmedabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, and Kolkata
IIM BangaloreBangalore, Kolkata, and New Delhi
IIM CalcuttaKolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai
IIM AmritsarIIM Kozhikode
IIM IndoreBangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi
IIM BodhgayaIIM Calcutta
IIM KashipurChennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai
IIM KozhikodeKozhikode, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata
IIM LucknowBangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Hyderabad
IIM RaipurChennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai
IIM RanchiChennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai
IIM RohtakChennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai
IIM TrichyChennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai
IIM UdaipurChennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai
IIM ShillongShillong, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai
IIM VisakhapatnamIIM Bangalore
IIM SambalpurIIM Indore
IIM SirmaurIIM Lucknow

How to Choose CAT Exam Centres

While choosing CAT exam centres, candidates must keep their convenience in mind. If you are located in Delhi, make sure to choose an exam centre that is close to your area. If there is no exam centre available in your area, then choose the one which is most accessible to you. Now, let's have a look at how to choose CAT exam centres.

  • The first step is to register yourself on the official website (iimcat.ac.in).

  • After the successful registration, proceed to fill out the CAT application form.

  • In the Test Ciy Preference section, choose 6 cities at your convenience from the list.

CAT 2023 Test City Preferences
  • ​​The selection of the CAT exam centres should be in the order of your preferences.

  • Once you have filled out the CAT exam centres along with other details, you can submit the application form.

  • The allotment of the CAT exam centre is done based on the choices and number of candidates appearing for the exam.

  • In case you are not allotted the exam centre of your first preference, you will be allotted a seat in the next available centre as per your choice.

Can CAT Exam Centres Preferences be Changed?

Yes, a candidate can make changes to his CAT test city preferences during the application form correction process. When the form correction window is available, candidates can edit their CAT exam centre preference by logging into the official website using their CAT credentials. It must be noted that the final CAT exam centre will be allotted based on the preference filled and the number of candidates who have registered for the exam.

Exam Day Guidelines to Follow at the CAT Exam Centre

No matter what level of preparation you have done for CAT, if you’re not aware of the CAT exam day instructions, there are chances of ruining the day. For easy entry to the exam hall, candidates must take a look at the following exam day guidelines that need to be followed at the CAT exam centres:

  • Candidates should arrive at the CAT exam centres at the reporting time mentioned on the admit card. If not possible, reach at least 30 minutes before the gate closes as no entry to the exam hall will be allowed after that

  • Check the reporting time once more the day before the CAT exam. Reporting time for the Morning session is 7:00 am, for the Afternoon session is 11:00 am, and for the Evening session is 3:00 pm.

  • Make sure you have a hard copy of your CAT admit card and an original ID proof before going to the exam locations.

  • Also, have a digital copy of the admit card on your phone to locate the exam centre through the Google Maps link mentioned on it.

  • The CAT Application Number mentioned on the admit card serves as the candidate's primary reference identity. In case the candidate forgets to carry the admit card, he will not be granted entry to the exam hall.

  • To find the Exam Lab/Console in the CAT exam centres, use the application number displayed on the CAT admit card.

  • Attach a photograph to the space allotted on their CAT admit card.

  • Don’t carry any prohibited objects or documents to the exam hall as it may lead you to trouble. In case you are carrying any prohibited or exceptional items, you must carry an authorization form provided by IIMs.

  • Avoid carrying handbags or luggage as the CAT exam centres have no arrangements for the same.

  • PwD candidates must carry the Scribe Affidavit and other necessary medical certificates. Students with a pacemaker or any kind of metal implant in their body are required to carry a medical certificate of the same.

  • Candidates whose name has been changed due to marriage, divorce, or any other legal reason must carry name change degree documents.

What to Carry at CAT Exam Centres?

Understanding what to carry at the CAT exam centres is quite important. Forgetting one of the essential documents or being found carrying any prohibited items to the exam hall can cause trouble for you. Here’s a list of all the things candidates can carry to the CAT exam centres:

  • CAT Admit Card

  • Photo ID Proof Issued by Govt. of India

  • Two Passport-Size Photographs

  • Medical Certificates (in case of any medical condition)

  • Scribe Affidavit (for PwD candidates)

  • Name Change Document (if applicable)

What are the Things Prohibited Inside CAT Exam Hall?

IIMs have strict guidelines regarding the times that can be carried in the exam hall. The items listed below are strictly prohibited inside the CAT exam hall. Any candidate found in possession of these items in the exam hall may have to face serious consequences.

  • Wristwatches

  • Mobile Phones

  • Purse/ Handbag

  • Log Tables

  • Calculator

  • Camera 

  • Wireless/ Bluetooth Devices

  • Other Electronic Gadgets

  • Geometry/Instrument/Pencil Box

  • Headpins, clips, and jewellery that contain metal

  • Closed-toed shoes or boots are not allowed beyond the frisking point

  • Caps, jackets, or clothing with pockets or huge buttons

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How to Use Google Maps Link to Locate CAT Exam Centres?

CAT admit card has a Google Maps link feature that helps a candidate find the exact location of their exam centres. To use the Google Maps link, follow the steps given below:

  • Download your CAT admit card and click on the Google Maps link. 

  • You will be taken to the Google Maps page for the CAT exam centre.

  • Click on the ‘Directions’ option.

  • Choose your starting point and select your mode of transportation

  • The directions to the exam centre will be displayed on the screen that you can follow to access it.

  • Candidates can also find the contact number of the CAT exam centre through the link and use it for any location-related queries.

  • If you are using Google Maps via laptop, you can use the "Send directions to your phone" option to get directions on your phone.

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Do’s and Dont’s at the CAT Exam Centres

It is strongly recommended in the CAT Exam Day Guide by IIM Lucknow to strictly adhere to the dos and don'ts on exam day. It is imperative that you adhere to the guidelines regarding the items you should bring for the CAT exam in order to avoid encountering any unwanted circumstances either prior to or during the CAT exam.

Do’s 

  • In order to avoid missing anything, candidates appearing for the CAT exam need to be aware of the CAT exam timings. It is suggested that candidates reach the CAT exam centres at least half an hour before the exam commences.
  • Keep a hard copy of your CAT admit card with you. Candidates will not be permitted to enter the CAT exam centre at any cost if they do not have a hard copy of their CAT hall ticket. Candidates must carry at least one photo ID as proof in addition to their CAT admit card. 
  • The first task for candidates upon arriving at the CAT exam center is to locate their designated seats. Candidates will receive information about the hall/lab number at the same time.
  • One of the most crucial exam day tips for the CAT is for candidates to have their documents verified as soon as they enter the examination centre. It is necessary for candidates to sign the attendance sheet and paste passport-size photographs on it.
  • Candidates will be given five rough sheets to carry out the calculation work on when they arrive at the exam centre. It is strictly prohibited for candidates to leave before the total duration of two hours have elapsed. Use only the sheets that the invigilator has provided for your rough work. Write your registration ID and name on the rough sheets.

Dont’s

  • Candidates are not allowed to wear jewellery, digital watches, jackets, or other electronic devices. Additionally, candidates are not permitted to bring bags, wallets, or cell phones to the CAT examination location.
  • Avoid applying Mehndi (henna) on the palm side.
  • On the day of the CAT exam, do not request to switch to the exam lab, console, or exam centre.
  • If it is not a medical emergency, do not ask for a bio-break while in the exam lab. During the two hours of the CAT exam, there are no bio breaks permitted.
  • During the exam, don't bother other candidates, try to cheat, or copy answers from someone else.
  • Writing pads are only provided to candidates once during the exam, so don't waste them.

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CAT Preparation Tips for Beginners

How to Prepare for CAT for Working Professionals

Importance of CAT Mock Test During Preparation

Section-wise Time Management Tips for CAT


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FAQs

How can I use the Google Maps Link to locate CAT exam centres?

Candidates can use the Google Maps Link to locate CAT exam centres by following these steps-

  • Download CAT admit card and click on the Google Maps link. 
  • You will be redirected to Google Maps.
  • Click on the ‘Directions’ option.         
  • Choose a starting point and select a mode of transportation.
  • Follow the directions to the exam centre displayed on the screen.         
  • Candidates can also find the contact number of the CAT exam centres through the link and use it for any location-related queries.

What are the things not allowed at CAT exam centres?

The following are the things not allowed at CAT exam centres:

  • Wristwatches
  • Mobile Phones
  • Purse/Handbag
  • Log Tables
  • Calculator
  • Camera 
  • Wireless/Bluetooth Devices
  • Other Electronic Gadgets
  • Geometry/Instrument/Pencil Box
  • Headpins, clips, and jewellery that contain metal
  • Closed-toed shoes or boots are not allowed beyond the frisking point
  • Caps, jackets, or clothing with pockets or huge buttons

What documents do I need to carry to CAT exam centres?

Following are the documents that candidates need to carry to CAT exam centres:

  • CAT admit card
  • Photo ID Proof Issued by Govt. of India         
  • Medical Certificate & Scribe Affidavit
  • Authorization Form
  • Name Change Document
  • Two Passport-Size Photographs

Those who fail to carry these documents to the CAT exam centre will not be allowed entry to the exam hall. So, it’s necessary to carry the above-mentioned documents to the exam centre.

Can I change CAT exam centres?

Candidates can change CAT exam centres during the application form correction process. The CAT exam authority allows candidates to change exam centres through application form correction facility. However, one should note that the allotment of CAT exam centres will be done on the basis of choices filled and the number of candidates who registered for the exam.

How many CAT exam centres can I select?

Candidates can select up to six CAT exam centres as per their preference while filling out the application form. However, the allotment of the exam centre will be done based on the choices and number of candidates appearing for the CAT exam.

How can I choose CAT exam centres?

To choose CAT exam centres, candidates can follow these steps:

  • The first step is to register yourself on the official website (iimcat.ac.in).     
  • After the successful registration, proceed to fill out CAT application form.         
  • In the Test Ciy Preference section, choose 6 cities at your convenience from the list.
  • The allotment of the CAT exam centre is done on the basis of the choices and number of candidates appearing for the exam.

How many CAT exam centres will be there?

There will likely be 151 CAT exam centres across India. The exam conducting body will release an official list of CAT exam centres after the notification is out. Candidates will be able to check the official list on the official website once available.

How are the CAT exam centers allocated?

CAT exam centers are allocated based on the preferences filled by candidates during the registration process. The allocation is subject to availability and discretion of the conducting body.

Can I choose the specific exam center within a city?

No, candidates can only select the preferred city for their CAT exam. The exact exam center within the chosen city is determined by the conducting body and will be communicated to candidates through the CAT admit card.

Is it possible to change the allocated exam center after registration?

Generally, CAT does not allow changes to the allocated exam center once the registration is complete. Candidates are advised to choose their preferred exam city carefully during the registration process.

Will the list of CAT exam centers be available before registration?

Yes, the conducting body will release the state-wise list of CAT test cities prior to the registration period. Candidates can refer to this list to choose their preferred exam city during the registration process.

Can I request a specific exam center in a city for CAT?

CAT does not entertain requests for specific exam centers within a city. The exam center allocation is solely based on availability and logistical considerations, and candidates must accept the allocated center in their chosen city.

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