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June 2, 2021

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CAT 2021 Admit card will be released in the last week of October 2021 on CAT official website IIM Ahmedabad is likely to conduct CAT exam 2021 on Sunday, November 28, 2021. Immediately after the CAT Admit card release you must download your admit card from the CAT website by login with your CAT ID and password.  Please note that CAT Admit card and CAT Hall Ticket is one and the same thing, so don’t get confused between Hall Ticket and the Admit card.


CAT 2021 Admit Card is the passport to your CAT Exam as without carrying it, you will not be allowed to enter the CAT exam centre on CAT exam day. Your CAT Admit card download process, therefore is the most important activity on its day of release. Besides, in this pandemic situation and in case of curfew or lockdown in your area. you will be allowed to use your CAT 2021 Admit card as Covid-19 pass while reaching your exam center. 

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CAT Admit Card 2021: Likely Important Dates

CAT Admit Card 2021 Download
CAT Admit Card Download start Date
October 28, 2021
1.00 PM
Last date to download CAT Admit Card 2021
November 28, 2021
 As per test session start time

Download CAT Hall Ticket Early
Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021 will be held on Sunday November 28, 2021 in two or three sessions for admission to the MBA/PGP programmes in all the 20 IIMs and other  top MBA colleges in India. After close of CAT registration window, the next most important thing is to download the CAT exam Admit card from CAT website much before the CAT exam date to avoid any technical glitches.


How to Download CAT 2021 Hall Ticket?
You can view and download CAT exam admit card from official CAT website in 5 simple steps. While two steps are suffice to download your CAT admit card 2021, the three steps are related to the use of your CAT login ID, checking details and taking print of the admit card.


No hardcopy of the Hall ticket will be sent to you. You need to use your CAT login ID to download your CAT 2021 Hall Ticket from official CAT website. Last date for Admit card Download is CAT 2021 exam date. 


CAT Admit Card Download 2021: Single Click Process
You can download your CAT Admit card 2021 with a single click on CAT website displaying download admit card. Now you do not need to take several steps and choosing action on Assessment window with drop down menu. Instead you need to use your CAT login ID and password only once. 

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Simplified Process to Download the Admit card

Simplification Introduced in Hall Ticket Download Process
Login directly at ‘Admit Card’
After Clicking at Admit card icon
Window opens with details of your CAT Exam centre, Time Slot & Admit Card Pdf
Further Action
Simply click on Admit card Pdf and the Admit card Download is done

Instructions by IIMs: How to Download Hall Ticket?

  • Download your admit card from CAT website, take printouts, affix photograph (same as the one uploaded in CAT application forms) 
  • Read carefully all the instructions printed on the CAT 2021 Admit Card and adhere to them   
  • Bring hard copy of Admit Card to CAT test centre along with identity proof in original   
  • CAT remains a 3-hour examination comprising three sections:  VARC, DILR and Quant 
  • One hour for each section will be given to solve the questions   
  • Admit Card 2021 is issued to the candidates with a test centre allocated in their first preference city to more than 90 percent of CAT applicants
  • PwD candidates with scribe should complete all formalities as explained in the CAT website and CAT Hall Ticket.

10 Important Changes with Covid Instructions in CAT Admit Card
Apart from the regular instructions like carrying the Admit card with the photo affixed on it and one of the valid photo IDs, the CAT 2021 Admit card will contain following changes along with additional instructions in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. You should take note of these instructions to get ready for the CAT 2021 exam day:

  1. No Display of Seating Arrangement at CAT Exam Centre: Mapping of 'Candidate Application Number and the Lab Number' may NOT be displayed outside the test venue, but the same will be provided to the candidates individually at the time of the entry of the candidate to the test venue and post their Admit Card and Photo Identification Proof verification
  2. Articles to Bring: Candidate must bring their own Mask, Gloves, personal hand sanitizer (50ml), transparent water Bottle, 2 simple pens and the test related documents (Admit Card, ID Card etc.). No other items will be permitted inside the test centre
  3. No Shoes with Thick Soles: Shoes/Footwear with thick soles are not permitted at the exam centre
  4. No Garments with Large Buttons: Garments with large buttons are Not permitted inside the testing hall
  5. Report One & Half Hour Before: You need to report at the CAT exam centre 90 minutes before the Exam start time. For example if your CAT exam starts at 8.30 AM, you should report at the test centre by 7 AM
  6. Keep Social Distancing: Candidates must maintain social distance starting from point of entry in the test venue till his/her exit from the test venue.
  7. Checking of Temperature: The temperature of candidates will be checked at the entry to the test venue via a Thermo Gun. 
  8. Isolation Room for Symptomatic Candidates: Candidates having symptoms of fever, cough, and cold would be made to sit in a separate isolation room/place with adequate safety measures.
  9. Sanitization is Necessary: At the registration desk, the candidate will be directed to sanitize his / her hands using the sanitizer
  10. Sign the Covid-19 Declaration: Candidate must sign the declaration (provided below) appropriately and show the same to the centre staff at the entry into the test centre.

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CAT 2021 Exam Day Instructions on Admit Card

  • CAT Exam 2021 will be conducted either in two slots of 3 hours each:  a)Morning - 9:00AM–12:00 noon and Afternoon - 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM; Or in three slots of 2 hours each - a) Morning - 8:30AM–10:30 AM; b) Afternoon - 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM; c) Evening - 4.30PM - 6.30PM,  depending upon the Covid pandemic situation
  • Candidates should locate their CAT 2021 test centres in advance and start early in order to reach their test centres on time
  • Go through the test day video uploaded in the CAT website to familiarize with the security and other exam day procedures   

CAT Admit Card: Most Important Document on Exam Day
You must carry the hard copy of your admit card with photo affixed on it, to CAT exam center otherwise you will not be allowed to enter the test center. Admit Card is a mandatory document for taking the CAT 2021 examination. You must print the Admit Card and bring it to the examination centre on the day of the examination. You must follow the instructions provided in the Admit Card before coming for the examination. The photograph affixed on the hard copy of the Admit Card must be the same as the one uploaded at the time of registration. 

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3 Most Important Things you need before you Download CAT Admit Card 2021?
To avoid the technical glitches caused by the rush of more than 2 lakh candidates who will download their admit card simultaneously, you should download your Admit card immediately after it is released by IIMs on CAT website.  But before you download CAT 2021 hall ticket, make sure you have following 3 most important things:

  1. The Computer/Laptop equipped with internet browsers - Internet Explorer (version 11 and above) or Mozilla Firefox (version 50 to 61) or Google Chrome (version 50 to 69) 
  2. Your CAT 2020 Login ID & Password
  3. Printer to Print your admit Card or Pen drive to save the downloaded admit card and to take print later

4 Things you Must Not Carry on CAT Exam Day
Instructions on admit card make it clear not to carry any of the following 4 articles to the CAT exam centre:

  • Don't wear Jewellery inside the CAT testing room
  • Shoes are Not allowed inside the testing room
  • No Stationery like Pen, Pencil, sharpener, watch, Mobile phones is allowed in CAT testing room
  • No other document except Admit card and photo ID allowed  

When to Download CAT Admit card 2021?
After its release by IIMs, thousands of the candidates login to CAT website to download their Admit card which makes the server go very slow or it does not respond. So, either download your Admit Card immediately when it is released or after a few hours. Those who download CAT Admit card 2021 early will have the opportunity to get the Admit Card errors rectified timely from CAT exam centre by contacting the CAT help desk. 

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Step by Step Process: How to Download CAT Admit card?

CAT Admit Card

You can download your CAT 2021 Admit card in following simple steps:

  1. Logon to CAT official Website
  2. Enter CAT Login ID & Password
  3. Click on ‘Admit Card’. It will lead to new page with Exam Centre and test Slot Details
  4. Click on PDF file 'Admit card', your admit card is downloaded now
  5. Check Details and Take Print of CAT Admit card

How to View & Download CAT Admit card: Last Year Process
Going to Admit Card link was made much simpler as against previous years. The same process is expected to be followed to download CAT Admit card 2021. Last year the admit card download process from official CAT website was simple as below: 

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Step-1: Logon to Official CAT Website
Open your computer system and check whether the CAT site is getting opened or there are technical glitches. Check for the icon ‘Login’ on the screen and click on it

CAT Official website

Step-2: Enter CAT Login ID & Password
Enter your 7 digit CAT user Id and the 7 digit CAT password. This will lead to Admit Card page. In case you forget your CAT password, do not worry, click on ‘forget password’ and IIMs will send your CAT login ID and password to your registered Mail ID for CAT exam

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Step-3: Click on ‘Admit Card’
You are at the Admit card link. Click on it and it will open the page with the details of your CAT exam centre and CAT exam slot – Morning or afternoon

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 Step-4: Click on ‘Admit card’ Pdf in Right hand corner
At the opened page click on the pdf file Admit card which is displayed on the right hand corner to get your Admit Card downloaded. It completes the Admit card Download process


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Step-5: Take Print
After downloading the Admit card in your pen drive, take at least 2 prints of the Admit card and affix your identical photo graph on the hard copy of the CAT Admit card. 

CAT Admit Card


After your Admit Card is downloaded error free, save the document in the folder that you can remember – for example a document can be created with the name ‘CAT 2021 Admit Card’. Verify all your personal details, your printed photograph, signature image, Date of Birth, CAT registration Number, TSN number as it will be required to locate your testing room and seat in the testing lab, test venue, exam date and time as well as the reporting time at the CAT Exam centre.  Take at least 2 prints of the CAT admit card on A4 size paper as you will need the hard copy of the admit card with your photo additionally affixed on it at the CAT exam centre on CAT exam date.   

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CAT Admit Card 2021: Important Points to Remember 
Following are the important things to note about the release and download of CAT 2021 Admit Card:

  • Download from Oct 28 onwards: You can download the Admit card 2020 on or after October 28, 2021  
  • Download only from CAT official website: You need to download the admit card 2021 from the official CAT exam website
  • Only Successfully Registered Candidates can Download: Your admit card will appear after login on IIM CAT website only if your online application form has been submitted successfully by the last date to apply for CAT. 
  • Check Automated Mail Confirmation from CAT Centre 2021: Please check that you have received an automated email confirmation upon successful submission of CAT application form alongwith the payment of CAT exam fee. 
  • Use CAT 2021 Login ID & PW: Login to the CAT website using your registered User ID and view/print the Admit Card.     
  • Use High Speed Internet: To avoid any technical glitches and to quickly download the Admit Card when it is enabled, it is advised to login with a high speed internet computer.
  • Take Print on A4 Size White Paper: After completing the Admit Card download process, you must take print of the admit card on A4 size white bond paper or the similar quality paper. 
  • Admit Card Download Available till CAT Exam Date: According to the release by IIMs, "After submission of the application, candidates will be permitted to download their examination admit card, till the date of the test."  

Important Note: The Reference Number printed on CAT Admit Card would be used only for identifying the Exam Lab / Console in the Test Center on the Exam Day.  The primary reference identity of the Candidate would be the CAT Registration Number.  

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Please also note that your candidature is subject to having paid the applicable CAT Test Fees and fulfilled the eligibility criteria of Academic qualification, Category, PwD status etc., as has been mentioned in the Application submitted. These details would be verified in the subsequent stages of the Selection process.


Early download of CAT Admit Card will be helpful to verify your details and get them corrected from CAT centre in case of any anomaly. Only the candidates whose CAT form has been submitted successfully will be able to view and download CAT Admit Card 2021.   


3 Aspirant Friendly Changes in Admit Card
Hall Ticket will have three new changes to help candidates appearing in CAT exam 2021:     

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1. Google Map Link
A Google Map Link to locate the CAT 2021 test centre and its accessibility is made available individually on the electronic version of all the CAT Admit cards 


2. Emergency Contact
CAT 2021 Admit card will have the emergency contact number. This is the candidate's second contact number which is asked by IIMs while completing their application form. This was also asked in past also but was not used in the Admit card earlier.


3. Reference Number to Find CAT Test Room
Reference Number in CAT 2021 Admit card will replace the earlier Test System Number. The Reference number has limited purpose of saving your time and helping you to identify the floor/wing/testing room at the CAT test Centre. However, for any correspondence with CAT Centre, candidate must provide his/her CAT Registration Number. 

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Details to check in the CAT 2021 Admit Card
You need to check the following mandatory details in your Admit card when you download it from CAT website

  • Your Name: Name should be as entered in the registration/application form of CAT 2021
  • Test date: Your Date of CAT 2021 exam
  • 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 registration number should be available in the Admit Card
  • Test System Number/Reference 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 Admit Card else the benefit of reservation will not be there.
  • Test center Details- Your test city, test site with address should be mentioned

Important Do's For Exam Day

  • Same photograph as appears on Admit card to be affixed on hard copy of Admit Card
  • CAT 2021 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 

Delay in CAT Admit Card Release: 6 year trends since CAT Pattern Changed
Since 2014, CAT Admit card could not be released on announced scheduled date and was delayed by a few days. However, CAT 2020, 2019 and 2018 admit card was issued in time on pre announced date.  The CAT 2021 Admit card may also not be delayed by the IIM Ahmedabad. 

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CAT exam year
Scheduled date of Admit Card Release
Actual Date of 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 2018
October 24, 2018
October 24, 2018
IIM Calcutta
CAT 2019
October 23, 2019
October 23, 2019
IIM Kozhikode
CAT 2020
October 28, 2020
October 28, 2020
IIM Indore
CAT 2021
October 28, 2021 (Likely)
October 28, 2021 (Likley)
IIM Ahmedabad

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 2021 registration and application form.


Without Admit Card entry to test centrewill not be permitted and an aspirant has to ensure to carry the print out of his CAT 2021 Admit Card with him  

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No Admit card is 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 Admit card by IIMs
The admit card will be only available on the CAT Website when you log on using your CAT 2021 User ID. No hard copy of CAT 2021 Admit card will be sent to you. 


Q.1. When to Download CAT Admit Card?
A. The Admit Card download will start at 1PM on October 28. 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.


Q.2. I have not received my Admit Card
A. There could be one of the three reasons for not receiving the CAT 2021 Admit Card - Due to incomplete or erroneous registrations done earlier; Registration was done multiple times or the Payment of CAT 2021 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 2021 may not issue the CAT admit card for the registrations which are not valid or faulty or if the candidate has registered multiple times.


Q.3. CAT fee deducted twice, how to get it back?
A. IIMs have 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 CAT convening IIM.  CAT Centre 2021 will issue the Admit card only for the valid and most recent successful registration and not for the faulty or incomplete application


Q.4. How to confirm that I will get my CAT 2021 Admit Card?
A. You should check your mail from IIMs that your CAT 2021 application form has successfully been submitted. If yes and still you don’t receive the Admit Card you should immediately contact the CAT 2021 help desk.


Q.5. What is the Test System Number on CAT Admit Card?
A. 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.


Q.6. Can I download CAT 2021 Admit card from my Mobile Phone?
A. It is recommended that you should view the 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.  

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Q.7. My CAT Admit Card is Blank
A. If the Admit Card is blank, you need not worry. If the candidate registers multiple times, CAT Centre 2021 will consider only the most recent (last) registration as the official application for CAT 2021. 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.


Q. 8. Will IIMs send the hard copy of CAT Admit Card?
A. No, you need to download the Admit Card from CAT exam website by using your CAT 2021 ID and Password. 

Q.9. My CAT Admit Card has errors, how to rectify them?
A. In case the 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 2021 help desk on phone 1800 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.


Q.10.  I am unable to access CAT Website, how to download the Admit Card
A. 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.


Q. 11. Do I need to take color print of Admit Card?
Ans. Not necessary, you can also have B&W print of your CAT 2021 Admit card from laser printer. Don't forget to affix your photo on the hard copy of admit card in the space provided beside the printed photograph.


Q. 12. What is Reference Number on my Admit Card?
Ans. CAT Reference number replaces the TSN number which was provided earlier in admit card. The Reference Number is provided only for the limited purpose of identifying the floor/wing/lab at the Test Venue on the day of the CAT exam. Later on it is of no use. 


Q. 13. Can I use the Reference number while corresponding with CAT Centre?
Ans. No, for any correspondence with CAT Centre, you must provide your CAT Registration Number.  

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