CAT 2012: Some common dos and don'ts

 | October 11,2012 01:34 pm IST

A record 172 non-IIM B-Schools shall be accepting Common Admission Test (CAT) 2012 scores. Last year, close to 130 B-Schools accepted CAT scores for admissions to their MBA programmes.

A total of 2,14,068 aspirants have registered for CAT 2012 which will be conducted in a 21-day long online testing window, starting October 11 till November 6, 2012.

There are some common dos and donts one need to keep in mind before appearing for the test.


Things to carry to exam centre The unavailability of required documents at the test site can be very detrimental, as candidates who are unable to produce required documents are not allowed to sit for the test. Be prepared with all required documentation day prior to your CAT exam and make sure to pick them before leaving home.


Candidates will have to carry their CAT 2012 Admit Card and an original and valid photo identification document to the test centre. SC/ST candidates will have to produce a valid document as proof of SC/ST eligibility. Acceptable forms of photo identification listed in are Driver's license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, College ID (supplemented with an ATM, Debit or Credit Card with your name), Employee identification card, Unique Identification Card (UID) or a notarised Affidavit (in English) with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address.


Any personal items, like wrist-watch, pen, cellphones, calculators, etc. will not be allowed to the test centre.

Sectional time Pattern of CAT paper has changed since last year. CAT is now a two sections paper with individual time limit. Once the candidate will start a section, the countdown timer will begin and once time ends for that particular section candidate will not be able to attend any more questions in that section. Candidates should keep this in mind while taking full length tests and mocks.

Predicting the questions pattern CAT is unpredictable. You never know how and when it will spring surprise at you. CAT paper carries questions on a wide range of topics, thus it is useless to predict how CAT will look the coming year. However, IIM conducting CAT discloses the paper pattern months prior to exam.