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Do’s & Don’ts for Writing the CAT 2016 Exam

October 19, 2016 04:47 PM 5 minute read , Management - BBA / MBA / Diploma , CAT , CAT - 2016

Do’s & Don’ts for Writing the CAT 2016 Exam

What is online CAT?

COMMON ADMISSION TEST (CAT) is a computer-based test (CBT) and not an Internet-based test (IBT) i.e. a candidate does not take the test on the Internet. A candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option.

How is the computer-based format different from the paper-based format?

The format of the test is more or less the same except that a candidate reads a question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer, instead of reading a paper booklet and using a pencil to darken the ovals on an answer sheet.

How is CAT administered?

The test cannot be taken from just about any computer. A candidate will have to take the test on a pre-assigned workstation. Students will not have a choice to choose their workstation.

  • CAT 2016 will be conducted in two sessions on a single day
  • CAT exam will be conducted across 138 cities in India

How is the computer-based format different from the paper-based format?

A candidate does not take the test on an Internet site. The CBT format of CAT is more or less the same except that a candidate reads a question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer, instead of reading a paper booklet and using a pencil to darken the ovals on an answer sheet.

What does a CBT test look like?

To familiarise yourself, you should have a look at the practice test which is available on the official CAT website. You can familiarise yourself with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam. The CAT 2016 Mock Test link shall be available by the end of October 2016.

Where can I select my preference of shift and test date?

The exam shift (forenoon or afternoon) is allocated for each registered candidate based on the city preference made at the time of application.

ON THE DAY OF CAT 2016 EXAM

What is the reporting time for the test?

One and a half (1.5) hours prior to the test time. If the test begins at 10 AM, you must reach the test centre no later than 8:30 AM. If the test begins at 3:15 PM, you must reach the test centre no later than 1:45 PM.

What are the identification documents required to be carried to the test centre?

Candidates will need to bring the following identification documents on the test day:

a. CAT 2016 Admit Card

b. At least one original (not photocopied / scanned copy) and valid (not expired) photo identification. The name on your photo identification must match your name as entered in the CAT application. Acceptable forms of photo identification are limited to Driver's license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, College ID (supported with a valid ATM/Credit/Debit Card with your name), Employee ID, Unique Identification Card (UID), or a notarized Affidavit (in English) with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address. Photocopies of the original are not acceptable. Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if photo identification is not presented.

c. A valid document as proof of SC/ST eligibility (if applicable).

Note: If you are a Differently Abled candidate and have requested for support during the test, please carry the copy of the authorisation of the support that has been sent to you.

Does the name need to match with the names appearing on the identification documents?

Your name needs to be identical to the name on your school-leaving certificate.

Note: If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage, you must show the relevant document mentioned below and submit a photocopy at the time of the test, interview and at the time of joining a programme.

  • Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Legal Name Change Document

What are the permitted materials I can bring with me to the test centre?

None. You will not be permitted to bring any personal items to the test centre, including but not limited to wrist-watch, pen, cellphones, calculators, etc.

Calculator in the testing centre

Candidates are prohibited from bringing calculators to the testing centre. You may use the onscreen calculator that will be available throughout the exam.

Important: Admit Card and one photo identification, mentioned above, are mandatory in order to appear for CAT 2016.

Note: You will have to store all other personal items at the test centre at your own risk. Please do not bring any other items to the test centre, as they are not permitted into the testing centre.

Can I move back and forth between the two sections?

No, each section will be timed separately. Once a section ends, candidates cannot go back to it.

Can I move to the second section if I finish the first section before the designated 60 minutes are up?

There is a specific order for answering sections. Hence you have to attempt sections in the same order as it is given. You must answer the sections in a pre-specified order and this order will remain same for all the candidates.

If you choose to end your test before the full duration is up, you will be required to wait at your testing station until the test is declared over by the test administrator.

How will the separately timed sections work?

You will not be able to end the first section before the first 60 minutes are up. Similarly, before the second 60 minutes are up you cannot go to the third section. Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.

Falguni Goswami is the Head of TestPrep Division of Collegedekho.com and an Expert in Career Counselling.

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