CAT 2023 Dress Code: No Jewellery, Thick-Soled Shoes, Wallet, Henna, Jackets with Pockets – Check IIM Lucknow's Guidelines to avoid last minute hiccups

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Updated on November 25, 2023
To ensure a hassle-free exam experience for MBA aspirants, IIM Lucknow has released a dress code for boys and girls to follow for CAT Exam Day. IIM L has also given a list of items to carry, and not to carry. Any breach in following the CAT Day dress code and guidelines may cost the candidates denial of entry to the test centre. So check details carefully, and prepare accordingly.
CAT 2023 Dress Code for Exam Day & Things to Carry

CAT 2023 exam is on Sunday November 26 in 3 slots. IIMs have issued specific dress code guide for the 3.30 lakh CAT aspirants who have registered to appear in CAT 2023 in a single day. In its CAT 2023 guidelines, IIM Lucknow has asked the candidates to follow the CAT 2023 exam day dress code and adhere to the CAT 2023 Exam Day Items to Carry or Not Carry to the test centre.

CAT Day Dress Code for Male & Female: Must Follow
IIM Lucknow has shared CAT exam day dress code for male and female which they need to follow meticulously. Any breach in following the CAT day dress code may cost the candidates denial of entry to the test centre. Following the correct dress code on CAT day will make sure that you appear in the exam without getting subjected to different type of problems before or during the CAT exam.

CAT 2023 Dress Code for Male & Female and Items to Carry on CAT 2023 Exam Day
Below are shared the CAT 2023 Dress Code for Exam Day, CAT 2023 Exam Instructions, items to carry and Things Not to Carry to the CAT 2023 Exam Centre as per the CAT 2023 Exam Day Guidelines from IIML 

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CAT Day Dress Code & Things to Carry: CAT 2023 Exam Day Guidelines from IIML

  1. Girls should not wear Jewellery or Metal Accessories
  2. Girls should not apply Hena (Mehndi) on Palm side
  3. No Shoes are allowed with thick soles inside the test centre
  4. Only Socks, plain pullovers, sweaters, cardigans that do not have any pockets are allowed in the testing lab
  5. No Jackets, Coats with pockets are allowed
  6. Candidates will not be allowed to wear garments with large buttons inside the CAT exam centre.
  7. No electronic gadgets are allowed like mobile phones, watches, calculators
  8. No wallet, goggles should be carried to the CAT test centre
  9. Candidates will undergo a frisking process. Only CAT admit card, photo identity card, required medical certificate(s) and scribe affidavit (if any) would be permitted beyond the frisking point.
  10. If any candidate is using metal implant, pacemaker, he/she will have to bring a supporting medical certificate of the same to the test centre.

Also Adhere to CAT 2023 Guidelines for Exam Day
You must go through the CAT 2023 Exam day guidelines as issued by IIM Lucknow before going to the exam center as below:

Adhere to Reporting Time & Test Day Work Flow
Apart from specific CAT exam dress code for boys and girls, the set of instructions contains when to reach, what to carry, what to avoid, how to locate your CAT exam centre, your seating place and what should be your testing room strategy. 

CAT Date-Nov 26: Check CAT Exam Time 2023 & Schedule
CAT Exam date 2023 is Sunday, November 26. The Exam will be held in 3 sessions on the same day. Duration of CAT exam 2023 is 2 hours for each of the 3 slots. Below is shared the revised CAT exam time 2023 and exam slots on CAT exam date. Please note that the gates of CAT Exam centre will close 15 minutes from the CAT exam commencement.

CAT Exam Slot 2023
CAT Exam Time 2023
Reporting Time at CAT Exam Centre
Slot-1: Morning Session
8.30 AM to 10.30 AM
7 AM
Slot-2: Afternoon Session
12.30 PM to 2.30 PM
11 AM
Slot-3: Evening Session
  4.30 PM to 6.30 PM
3 PM

CAT Day Work Flow at Test Centre
Below is shared the CAT 2023 exam day work flow beginning with Reporting at CAT exam centre and till your exit from the test venue.

cat exam flow

All your hard preparation for CAT 2023 may go waste if you do not get clear understanding for your CAT exam day guidelines. Your testing room strategy is very important and you must be aware how your CAT 2023 exam will begin, how you should answer the MCQs and non-MCQs in testing lab and what events will take place immediately before, during and after the CAT 2023 exam. 

It will be better to make prior necessary arrangements for travel, food, accommodation and any other expenses. Use the Google map link embedded on the electronic version of the Admit card to locate the Test Centre. Identify mode of transport and commute time at least a day before the Exam Day in order to reach the Test Centre on time on the day of the Exam

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