For a test taker, the last days just before the exam can be very tense. They are bothered by questions like “Have I practised enough for the exam?” or “What if I crank on the exam day?”, or “what if the paper is not as per pattern?”. In this hustle and bustle of the exam, most test takers tend to ignore the importance of examination instructions. Especially those, who are appearing it for the second or third time. However redundant and obsolete these instructions may sound, you should ignore them at your own peril. The CAT exam has always been a hoodoo for the students as the exam is considered as a gateway to top management colleges. Therefore, it becomes equally important that you follow instructions, and avoid confusion. Here are a list of do’s and don’ts to be followed on the day of CAT 2015 exam.
- Admit Cards
Your cat admit card is the most resourceful piece of document, which consists of all exam details, including your roll number and test centre. Additionally, on the backside, it consists of a list of further recommendations of the exam. You can easily avoid chaos by reading the admit card carefully. The IIMs, the regulatory authority of CAT exams, have also issued a list of do’s and don’ts on its official website, which you can easily get access. Furthermore, your admit card is the most important document on the test day. It carries your vital information like CAT registration ID, test day and date, test slot, and examination centre. Without this vital document, you will not be allowed to enter inside the test centre. If you have somehow lost the admit card, then download a new copy from the CAT 2015 website. It is adivised that the candidates should always keep a copy of the CAT admit card, until the whole admission process is done with.
Starting this year, the appellate body has made it mandatory for the candidates to sign the admit card in the presence of the test examiner. Consecutively, you candidature will be liable to be cancelled if you sign the admit card without the approval of the invigilator.
- Identity Proof
Along with the admit card, a verified identity proof is the second most important document on the day of the CAT exam. Any of the following can be considered as acceptable photo identity proof: Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhaar card, Driver’s license, employer’s identification card, college ID (along with a valid Credit/Debit Card with your name). Moreover, apart from these two documents, you are not allowed to carry objects like calculator. This year onwards, the IIMs have introduced a basic on-screen calculator for computing. This means, you are not allowed to carry any calculators for the test. Further, you are not allowed to carry any additional document like certificates, blank papers, or mark sheets for the test. CAT being a Computer Based Test (CBT) eliminates the necessity of carrying any stationery items or rough sheets. You will be provided with a pencil and a sheet to do any rough work. It is advisable to take a pen and pencil only for the test.
- Test Centre
To avoid last minute hustle, it is advised that you locate the examination centre well before the exam. In addition, find the shortest possible route to the centre to reach your destination in time. Your CAT 2015 admit card consists of complete information about the exam centre. Ensure you reach before the stipulated reporting time.
- Avoid Massive changes to exam strategy
As advised in our previous article – last moment tips for the CAT exam – avoid massive changes in your examination strategy. Avoid starting a new topic; rather, invest time in strengthening your strong concepts. It is ok to leave few topics. Touching new topics, at the last moment, will only create misperception and anxiety.
- Stay confident
Your main mantra on the day of the CAT 2015 exam should be – relaxation. You have done your part well; worked hard to prepare yourself for the exam. Conversely, you haven’t then now is not the time to do so. Just two days before the exam, you cannot expect to compete with the students who have worked hard throughout the year. Self-confidence is your key to success, so do not be nervous at all.