CAT Admit Card 2018

CAT 2018 Admit card download starts at 1 PM on October 24, 2018 by login at CAT website. IIM Calcutta has confirmed to release the CAT Admit Card 2018 on the scheduled date. Please note that CAT admit card is your passport to appear in the CAT exam. In case you forget to carry the hard copy of CAT Admit Card 2018 with your photograph affixed on it to the test centre, you will not be allowed to enter the CAT testing room. Candidates appearing in CAT exam on November 25, 2018 need to download the Admit Card from CAT Website by login with their CAT 2018 registered ID and password and take a print of the same on A4 paper size. You will also need to affix your photograph on the Print out of CAT Admit Card. The CAT 2018 Admit card download facility will be available till CAT exam day on November 25, 2018.


Important Dates

CAT Admit Card 2018
CAT Admit Card Download starts
October 24, 2018
1.00 PM
CAT Admit Card Download Ends
November 25, 2018
 5.00 PM


According to CAT 2018 exam convener Dr Sumanta Basu, "The Admit card will be available for view and print from Wednesday, 24th October 2018, 1:00 p.m. onwards. The Admit card will appear only if your online application form is submitted successfully. You will receive an automated email confirmation upon successful submission. You can then log into the CAT website using your registered User ID and view/print the Admit card."

How to Download CAT Admit Card
CAT 2018 Admit card download process is much simpler. Now you can download your CAT Admit card in 3 steps:

  • Step-1: Go to CAT 2018 website and click on the icon ‘Download Admit Card’
  • Step-2:  You are at Login window. Enter your CAT user Id and password and you will be led to the CAT Admit card
  • Step-3: All your application details are displayed alongwith the icon ‘Admit Card’. Click on ‘Admit Card’ to download it.
  • Step-4: At the bottom is the message ‘Please click here to download your Admit Card’. Click on the button ‘here’ and your CAT admit card is downloaded. 


Action after CAT 2018 Admit Card Download

  • Take print of CAT 2018 Admit Card now
  • Paste one identical photograph of yours in the given space on the CAT Admit Card
  • Remember to carry your CAT Admit card to the CAT Exam centre with at least one original photo ID proof as mentioned in CAT 2018 Admit Card.    

Details to check in the CAT Admit Card
You need to check the following mandatory details in your CAT 2018 Admit card when you download it from CAT website

  • Your Name: Name should be as entered in the registration/application form of CAT 2018
  • Test date: Your Date of CAT 2018 exam (November 25, 2018)
  • Test Time: Slot of exam (Morning or evening) with time of CAT exam and reporting time at test centre should be mentioned in CAT Admit Card  
  • CAT 2018 registration number should be available in the Admit Card
  • Test System Number: You will be assigned your seat with the help of this number. It is very important as you are authorized to use only the particular test system. This system will display all your details.
  • PWD status – In case the candidate is physically challenged, it must be mentioned in the CAT Admit Card else the benefit of reservation will not be there.
  • Test center Details- Your test city, test site with address should be mentioned

cat admit card

Important Instructions in CAT Admit Card
CAT 2018 Admit Card will contain various exam related instructions. Most important instructions in CAT Admit Card are:

  1. Without Admit Card, candidate will not be allowed to enter the testing hall
  2. Admit Card is valid only if the candidate's photograph and signature images are legibly printed.
  3. The Admit Card is to be produced for verification at test centre at the time of the test
  4. In addition to the Admit Card, at least one original (not photocopied or scanned) valid (not expired) photo identification card (such as College ID, Employer ID, Driving License, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhar Card, Identification Affidavit) should also be presented.
  5. Candidates should report at 7:30 a.m. for the forenoon session and at 1:00 p.m. for the afternoon session.
  6. Mobile phones or any other electronic gadgets such as watches, calculators and stationary items like pen, pencil, and paper are NOT ALLOWED inside the test centre.
  7. Only Admit Card & Photo ID Card will be allowed inside the test hall.
  8. Rough sheet(s) and pen will be provided to the candidate for rough work, which will have to be returned after the test.
  9. The Test System Number is provided only for the limited purpose of identifying the  floor / wing and the computer at the test venue on the day of the test.For any correspondence with CAT Center you must provide your Registration Number.


Important Do's For Exam Day

  • Same photograph as appears on Admit card to be affixed on hard copy of CAT Admit Card
  • CAT 2018 Admit card and one original photo ID proof required to take CAT exam
  • Report 90 minutes before at the CAT testing venue
  • Test system number applicable only to identify the floor/wing and the seating place on the CAT exam day 

Important Don'ts for the exam day:

  • No Jewellery allowed inside the CAT testing room
  • No shoes allowed inside the testing room
  • Pen, Pencil, sharpener, watch, Mobile phones etc. not allowed
  • No break during the test duration of 3 hours
  • No documents except Admit card and photo ID allowed 

 FAQs Related to CAT Admit Card

1.      When to Download CAT Admit Card?
CAT Admit Card 2018 download will start at 1PM on October 24. You should download it from CAT website immediately after it is released as after a few minutes there will be a great rush and you may not be able to get access to the website. Besides, it will help you to check all your details.


2.       I have not received my CAT Admit Card
There could be one of the three reasons for not receiving the CAT 2018 Admit Card - Due to incomplete or erroneous registrations done earlier; Registration was done multiple times or the Payment of CAT 2018 Registration fee has remained unsuccessful.


You should first check that you had received the message of successful submission of your CAT application form. Please note that CAT Centre 2018 may not issue the CAT admit card for the registrations which are not valid or faulty or if the candidate has registered multiple times.


3.      CAT fee deducted twice, how to get it back?
IIM Calcutta has said that CAT fee is non refundable. However, in case you paid your CAT registration fee twice or multiple times and is not received back, please report it promptly so that in case of any anomaly, the correction could be made by IIM Calcutta.  CAT Centre 2018 will issue the Admit card only for the valid and most recent successful registration and not for the faulty or incomplete application


4.      How to confirm that I will get my CAT 2018 Admit Card?
You should check your mail from IIMs that your CAT 2018 application form has successfully been submitted. If yes and still you don’t receive the CAT Admit Card you should immediately contact the CAT 2018 help desk.


5.      What is the Test System Number on CAT Admit Card?
Your Test Centre will assign you the seat and the computer system based on the TSN number. It is very important as you will come to know about your assigned seat and testing room based on your test system number.


6.      Can I download CAT 2018 Admit card from my Mobile Phone?
It is recommended that you should view the CAT Admit Card only using the recommended browsers and not from your mobile phone. You should use one of the three correct versions of the recommended Internet browsers-Internet Explorer – version 11 and above; Mozilla Firefox – 50 to 61; Google Chrome 50 to 69.


7.      My CAT Admit Card is Blank
If the Admit Card is blank, you need not worry. If the candidate registers multiple times, CAT Centre 2018 will consider only the most recent (last) registration as the official application for CAT 2018. Admit Card generated for you is for the most recent (last) registration. Thus, if you login by using User ID of earlier registration attempts, you may find your CAT Admit Card as blank.


8.      Will IIM Calcutta send the hard copy of CAT Admit Card?
No, you need to download the CAT 2018 Admit Card from CAT exam website by using your CAT 2018 ID and Password.


9.      My CAT Admit Card has errors, how to rectify them?
In case CAT Admit Card contains errors, it could be due to the wrong filling up of application form as the information on CAT admit card is taken from your application form. However, you should contact the CAT 2018 help desk on phone1800 209 0830 (Toll Free) or e-mail ([email protected]). You should have your User ID and/or Payment Transaction Number details at hand for reference.


10.  I am unable to access CAT Website, how to download the Admit Card
After a few minutes from the CAT Admit card release, thousands of the candidates try to get access to CAT website simultaneously due to which some technical glitches may come up. The best strategy at that time is to access the website  after some time when the rush gets subsided.


Delay in CAT Admit Card: Last 4 year trends 

Since 2014, CAT Admit card could not be issued on announced scheduled date and the issue date is delayed by a few days. The CAT 2017 Admit card may also be delayed by the IIMs by a few days.  The delay in CAT admit card issue results in the delay in making your travel plan as you would not know the your CAT exam centre and the CAT exam session before getting your CAT Admit card

CAT exam year
Scheduled date of CAT Admit Card Release
Actual Date of CAT Admit Card release
CAT Convening IIM
CAT 2014
October 16, 2014
October 19, 2014
IIM Indore
CAT 2015
October 15, 2015
October 25, 2015
IIM Ahmedabad
CAT 2016
October 18, 2016
October 24, 2016
IIM Bangalore
CAT 2017
October 18, 2017
October 25, 2017
IIM Lucknow


CAT Admit Card: Mandatory document
The CAT Admit Card is a mandatory document required to take the exam. IIMs clearly advise that you must print the Admit Card and bring it to the exam centre on the day of the exam along with your photograph identical to the image used in the CAT 2018 registration and application form.


Without Admit Card entry to test centre will not be permitted and an aspirant has to ensure to carry the print out of his CAT 2018 Admit Card with him


No Admit card issued, if not eligible
The candidate will be eligible for an Admit Card only upon submission of online application form. The candidate should have received an automated email confirmation upon successful submission. 


No hard copy of CAT Admit card by IIMs
The admit card will be only available on the CAT Website when you log on using your CAT 2018 User ID. No hard copy of CAT 2018 Admit card will be sent to you.