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CAT 2021 Dress Code: What to Wear to The CAT Exam Centre

Abhinav Chamoli
Abhinav ChamoliUpdated On: July 27, 2021 | CAT

Candidates appearing for CAT 2021 must ensure that they are following the proper dress code. If found in violation of any instructions regarding the CAT 2021 Dress Code, a candidate may be prohibited from taking the exam or disqualified.

CAT Dress Code

Candidates appearing for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021 have to follow all of the instructions specified for the examination. Candidates must adhere to the instructions regarding the timings, what and what not to carry at the exam centre, how to behave at the exam centre etc. One of the very important points to be followed is the dress code to be followed at the CAT exam centre.

Now, let us stop you before you phone your friend about borrowing that lehnga or sherwani to appear for CAT 2021. The CAT 2021 dress code is not about how fashionably you are dressed for the exam. Instead, it is about the proper attire specified by the IIMs for the CAT exam. Here are the details you need to know about the CAT 2021 Dress Code.

What To Wear to the CAT 2021 Exam Centre

CAT 2021 is scheduled to be conducted on the last Sunday of November i.e. November 28. Candidates appearing for CAT this year can expect slight alterations in the dress code for CAT due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the important guidelines related to the CAT 2021 Dress Code are as follows:

Face Masks Mandatory

Candidates must ensure that they are wearing a proper face mask at all times before, during at after the CAT exam to ensure their safety and the safety of their fellow students. Candidates will not be permitted to enter the exam centre without a face mask.

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Sanitization Necessary

Candidates will be asked to sanitize their hands at the entry points and the exam conducting body may also make it mandatory for candidates to carry a sanitizer to the CAT exam centre.

No Footwear in Exam Hall

Candidates will be required to take their footwear outside of the examination hall. Whether a candidate is wearing shoes, sandals or slippers, they will be required to leave them outside the exam hall.

No Heavy Make-Up or Unnatural Marks on Body

Candidates have been asked not to wear heavy make-up to the examination centre. Girls have been advised to stick to a natural look and simple hairstyle while boys must appear in the same look as their photos. Candidates having any unnatural body marks such as Mehandi or tattoos may also be disqualified from taking the exam.

Clothes Must Not Have Pockets

Candidates have been asked to wear clothes that do not have pockets. Those wearing any type of clothes including shorts/t-shirts/jeans/trousers etc. with pockets will be denied entry inside the exam centre.

Also Read: Common Mistakes to Avoid During CAT Preparation

Leave Metal Objects, Ornaments and Jewellery At Home

Candidates will not be allowed to carry any type of metal object including keys, water bottles etc. inside the examination centre. Additionally, any type of ornaments or jewellery will not be allowed inside. It is better to leave any valuables at home.

Keep Bags and Mobile Phones Out

Candidates will not be permitted to carry any type of bag or mobile phone inside the centre. These items will have to be submitted to the test centre staff outside. Electronic equipment such as calculators, smartwatches etc. will also not be permitted.

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It is firmly advised to aspirants to follow all the instructions mentioned above because if an individual fails in doing so, he/she will be considered invalid to sit for the exam. CAT is one of the most popular management exams that offers admission to top colleges in the nation. Go through the links below to understand your chances of getting admission to the desired college.

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What dress code must be followed by the candidates on the exam day of CAT?

On the exam day of CAT, an individual must wear shorts/t-shirts/jeans/trousers etc. without pockets. Also, closed footwear, jackets or belts are not allowed within the examination hall. As per the issued guidelines Metal Objects, Ornaments and Jewellery are also prohibited in the exam centre.

Is the calculator allowed in the exam centre of CAT 2020?

Carrying a calculator is strictly prohibited in the examination centre of CAT 2020. Aspirants will be provided with an on-screen calculator for the calculations.

Is watch allowed in the CAT exam centre?

No, watch or any kind of smart devices or electronics are not allowed in the examination hall of CAT.

Is it mandatory to wear a mask on the CAT exam day?

Yes, wearing a mask is necessary on the exam day of the CAT in order to arrest the growth of coronavirus. An individual without a face mask will not be permitted entry in the exam centre.

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