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Common Mistakes to Avoid While Filling CAT 2022 Application Form

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliUpdated On: September 26, 2022 02:47 pm IST | CAT

Avoiding these common mistakes while filling the CAT application form requires small changes and steps. Check out these best tips on how you can fill the CAT registration form error-free and hassle-free!

Common Mistakes to Avoid While Filling CAT Application Form

CAT registration 2022 ended on September 21, 2022. More than 2 lakh candidates apply for the CAT exam every year. While filling out the CAT application form, you must carefully enter your credentials and details, as you may not be able to change them after submitting the form.

IIM Bangalore opened the application form correction window from September 23 to September 26, 2022, where candidates were able to change test city preferences and images (photograph & signature).

This article talks about the common mistakes candidates make while filling CAT registration form. One should avoid making any mistakes since it can lead to issues or even rejection of the application form.

Common Mistakes While Filling CAT Registration 2022

Here are some of the common mistakes students make while applying for the CAT exam.

1. Not having the required documents ready: When applying for CAT, not having your documents ready can significantly increase your chances of error. It is best to confirm each detail of your application before entering into the application form. While a small step, this will make your application process must easier and totally hassle-free. Here is an article that will help you stay prepared for the CAT form filling.

List of Documents Required for CAT 2022 Registration & Application Process

2. Not using the correct browser: This is another prerequisite that is very important while filling out your CAT application. The conducting body recommends using the following browsers to fill out the application form.

Internet Explorer11 and above
Google Chrome50 - 66
Mozilla Firefox50 - 61

So, if you do not have any of these browsers installed on your computer, it is best to first install them and then proceed. Using a browser other than the recommended one can cause issues while filling out the form.

3. Hurrying through the application process: Since the CAT registration is your entry point to IIMs or your dream B-school, it becomes a vital part of the process. Hurrying through it can cause you to miss out on careless mistakes in your CAT application form. It is best to take your time and fill in each detail carefully. You can even save your application, log out and sign in again later to fill your application form any number of times before the deadline. In case you forget your ID and password when trying to log back in, here is how you can recover them.

CAT 2022 Login - Forgot Password, Username, Steps to Retrieve

4. Entering personal details incorrectly: Another common mistake candidates usually make is while entering their personal details. Your name, father's name and mother's name should be entered exactly as it is mentioned on your certificates. Any discrepancy can lead to disqualification or issues in the future. You should also be careful while selecting your category in the application form. Double-check that you are selecting the right category, download and fill the Certificate form correctly, and attach it with your application form. Given below is the process with which you can apply for category certificates.

How to Apply for Category Certificates (SC/ST/NC-OBC/PWD/EWS) for CAT 2022

5. Entering academic details incorrectly: You will be asked to enter your academic details in the CAT application form. Details such as your school/ college, board/ university, percentage of marks, etc. will be entered in the form. Make sure you enter your marks exactly as given in your certificates. If you are awarded grades or CGPA, then consult your respective institute regarding the process to convert it into a percentage. 

6. Choosing the wrong test centre cities: CAT 2022 is likely to be conducted in 158 cities this year. You are given the option to choose up to 6 test city centres in the CAT application form. While candidates usually get accommodated in their first choice, this may usually not be the case. So, it is best to enter all of the 6 choices carefully. Put the centre most convenient to you as your first choice and then in a gradually decreasing order. Here is the complete list of CAT exam centres to help you.

CAT 2022 Exam Centres -State-wise List of CAT Centres

7. Uploading unclear photograph and signature: Uploading your photograph and signature is the last step of entering your personal details in the CAT application form. Uploading blurry images or images in the wrong dimensions can lead to problems. And while the form correction process provides the option to change them, it is best to get it right on the first go. Given below are the specifications recommended by IIMA for the photograph & signature.

DocumentDimensionsFile SizeFormatResolution
Photograph30 mm X 45 mm< 80 KB.jpg/ . jpeg> 150 ppi
Signature80 mm X 35 mm

Also, keep the following points in mind:

  • The photograph must not be older than 6 months.
  • The photo must be taken against a white background.
  • You will be required to attach the same photograph to the CAT admit card.
  • Make sure you are uploading clear images as per the given resolution.

8. Entering work experience incorrectly: You will be asked to enter the details of your work experience in the CAT application form. Here are some points that you must keep in mind to avoid mistakes while entering your work experience in the CAT application.

  • Only enter full-time experience after graduation. Any pre-graduation work, part-time work, internships, and article ships are not counted towards the work experience.
  • Make sure you check all of the industry types applicable to you. Enter the work experience in days for each separately.

9. Not having a list of programmes ready: You will be asked to enter your choice of programmes in the CAT application form. Since any number of choices can be made without preference, candidates can just use the 'Select All' checkbox to select all of the programmes. This is considered the best option by many candidates. It maximizes the chances of making the shortlist and removes the hassle of sorting through the courses.  However, you may not be eligible for all of the programmes available in each IIM. And it is easy to have a list of courses ready, beforehand to make it easier while filling out the form. Just take the help of these articles.

List of IIM Colleges in India 2022: Ranking & Courses OfferedList of Courses Offered at IIMs: Check IIM MBA Online, Certificate & Integrated Courses

Avoiding these mistakes while filling out the CAT application is easy. All it requires is a little bit of attentiveness and patience. If you have any questions, you can ask them on the CollegeDekho QnA Zone. For help regarding admissions, fill out the Common Application Form.

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