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Updated on
November 20, 2019


IIM Kozhikode has insisted on timely CAT 2019 Admit card download and taking prints of the CAT 2019 Hall ticket before the CAT exam day - November 24, 2019. IIM Kozhikode has released set of last minute Quick Information for CAT 2019 candidates with CAT exam day guidelines and CAT exam day instructions. This important set of last minute CAT information and instructions - especially the CAT Admit Card instructions, is very useful for candidates appearing for CAT 2019 examination on November 24, 2019 either in slot-1 or slot-2. 

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Last Minute CAT Admit Card 2019 Instructions by IIM Kozhikode for Test Takers

  • Download your CAT 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 Admit Card and adhere to them   
  • Bring hard copy of CAT 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   
  • CAT Admit Card 2019 has been issued with a test centre allocated in their first preference city to 92 percent of CAT 2019 applicants
  • CAT 2019 exam  is scheduled to be conducted at 376 test centres spread across 156 cities in India. 
  • PwD candidates with scribe should complete all formalities as explained in the CAT website and CAT Admit Card.
  • 2.44 Lakh candidates are to appear in CAT 2019 on November 24, 2019
  • CAT Exam 2019 will be conducted in two shifts on November 24, 2019: a)Morning - 9:00AM–12:00 noon and Afternoon - 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM.   
  • Candidates should locate their CAT 2019 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   
  • Report at CAT exam centre at 7:30 AM for the Morning shift and at 1:00 PM for the Afternoon shift    

IIM Kozhikode released the CAT Admit card 2019 at 5 PM on October 23, 2019 for 2.44 Lakh candidates who have applied for CAT exam. The CAT Admit card 2019 download process has been further simplified as against last year. Now you can download your CAT Admit card with a single click on Admit card Pdf unlike the last year process which required you to take a circuitous route through drop down menu and action assessment window.  CAT 2019 Exam date is November 24, 2019. The exam will be held in Morning and afternoon slots on the same day in 156 cities in India at more than 376 CAT test Venues. 2.44 Lakh candidates who have registered and applied for CAT exam this year are looking for admission in IIMs and other top B-schools accepting CAT score. Although such a high number of candidates have been downloading the CAT admit card 2019 from single CAT official website, the download process has remained smooth. 


You can view and download CAT admit card from official CAT website in 5 simple steps. While two steps suffice to download your CAT admit card, 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 CAT Hall ticket will be sent to you. You need to use your CAT login ID to download your CAT Admit Card 2019 from official CAT website. Last date for CAT 2019 Admit card Download is November 24, 2019. This is the first time that CAT exam admit card is released in the evening hours. All the earlier CAT Exam Admit cards were released around 1 PM. IIM Kozhikode which is conducting CAT 2019  had made it clear that it would upload the CAT 2019 admit card at 5 PM and not before.  


CAT Admit Card Download 2019: Process Simplified Further
You can download your CAT Admit card with a single click on CAT Admit card window. Unlike last year when you had to take several steps and choosing action  on Assessment window with drop down menu, you need to use your CAT login ID and password only once as below:


Simplified Process of CAT Admit card 2019 Download Vs last Year

Simplification Introduced in CAT Hall Ticket Download Process
For CAT 2019 Admit Card Download
Last Year Route for CAT Admit card Download
After Clicking at CAT Admit card icon
Opens window with details of your CAT Exam centre, Time Slot & Admit Card Pdf
Opened Assessment window
Further Action
Simply click on Admit card Pdf and CAT Admit card Download is done
3 Actions required:
1.Had to choose the drop down menu
2. Had to select Common Admission Test
3.Had to click on Action-Download

CAT Admit Card: Most Important Document on Exam Day
You must carry the hard copy of your CAT 2019 admit card with photo affixed on it, to CAT exam center otherwise you will not be allowed to enter the test center. CAT Admit Card is a mandatory document for taking the CAT 2019 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 on the physical Admit Card must be the same as the one uploaded at the time of registration.    


3 Most Important Things You Need Before you Download CAT Admit Card?
Your CAT Admit card download is the most important activity and you should download your CAT 2019 Admit card immediately after it is released by IIMs on CAT website to avoid the technical glitches caused by the rush of 2.44 lakh candidates who will download their CAT admit card on October 23 simultaneously.  But before you download CAT 2019 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 Login ID & Password
  3. Printer to Print your CAT 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
CAT admit card instructions 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  

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 will be held on Sunday November 24, 2019 in morning and afternoon sessions for admission to the MBA/PGP programmes in all the 20 IIMs and other top MBA colleges in India. CAT registration 2019 was closed on September 25, 2019. After close of CAT registration window, now the next most important thing is to download the CAT Admit card from CAT website before the CAT exam date.


CAT 2019: Chronological Events & Key Dates
Below are the updated activities and events with salient features for CAT 2019 exam since the release of CAT notification in July:

Salient features
July 28
CAT Notification Released
IIM Kozhikode to conduct CAT 2019 exam
August 7
CAT Registration Opens
No Change in Registration Fee
September 17
CAT Percentile Calculation Method Released
Sectional & Overall score Vs Percentile Calculation Formula
September 25
CAT Registration window closed
Extended from September 18
September 28
CAT Photo & Signature Edit Option opens
Edit Photograph and Signature only & Reupload
September 30
CAT Error Correction Window Closed
Only once you could re-upload your photo & Signature
October 16
CAT Official Mock Test Released
100 questions, Attempt at CAT website, No Download Available
October 23
CAT Admit Card Download Begins
Download from CAT website
November 24
CAT Exam Day
In Morning and Afternoon Slots
November 29
CAT Answer Key Released
Only Actual Test Taker can raise objection
January 7, 2020
CAT Result Out
Download CAT score card from CAT website

When to Download CAT Admit card?
After its release by IIMs on October 23, thousands of the candidates login to CAT website to download their CAT Admit card which makes the server go very slow or it does not respond. So, either download your CAT Admit Card immediately when it is released or after a few hours. Those who download CAT Admit card early have the opportunity to get the Admit Card errors rectified timely from CAT exam centre by contacting the CAT help desk. 


How to Download CAT Admit card?

CAT Admit Card

Step by Step Process to Download CAT Admit Card
You can download your CAT 2019 Admit card in 6 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
Going to Admit Card link has been made simpler than last year. The CAT 2019 Admit card download process remains simple. Now you can download your CAT Admit card in 5 steps from official CAT website as shared below:


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

CAT 2018 Login


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

cat admit card download steps


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 CAT Admit card Download process


cat admit card download steps

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

CAT Admit Card


After your CAT 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 2019 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 November 24, 2019.  


CAT 2019 Admit Card: Important Points to Remember 
Following are the important things to note about the release and download of CAT 2019 Admit Card:

CAT Admit Card is the most important document on Exam Day. A candidate who has registered and applied for CAT 2019, should immediately download the CAT Admit Card from CAT Website after it is released and should recheck following details mentioned in Admit Card:

  1. Name
  2. Registration Number
  3. Exam Date
  4. Time / Session
  5. PwD status
  6. Test city
  7. Test Center address
  8. Reference Number:

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.


Please also note that CAT Admit Card issued by IIM Kozhikode is provisional. 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.


You can view, download and take CAT admit card print out in 5 simple steps from official CAT website. No hardcopy of the CAT Hall ticket 2019 will be sent to you. Download process is simple and may not have any technical glitches once the admit card is uploaded.


It is advisable to download and take CAT admit card print out at the earliest as it 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 2019.  


3 New Changes in CAT 2019 Admit Card
CAT Hall Ticket will have three new changes to help candidates appearing in CAT exam 2019 on November 24. The changes are:


1. Google Map Link
A Google Map Link to locate the CAT 2019 test centre and its accessibility is made available individually on the electronic version of all the CAT Admit cards 


2. Emergency Contact
CAT 2019 Admit card is to 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 CAT Admit card earlier.


3. Reference Number to Find CAT Test Room
Reference Number in CAT 2019 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 on November 24, 2019. However, for any correspondence with CAT Centre, candidate must provide his/her CAT Registration Number.   


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 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 24, 2019 need to download the Admit Card from CAT Website. After CAT Admit card download, you should take a print of the downloaded CAT  hall ticket on A4 paper size. You will also need to affix your photograph on the Print out of CAT Admit Card. The CAT 2019 Admit card download facility will be available till CAT exam day on November 24, 2019. 

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Important Dates

CAT Admit Card 2019 Download
CAT Admit Card Download starts
October 23, 2019
1.00 PM
CAT Admit Card Download Ends
November 24, 2019
 5.00 PM

Action after CAT 2019 Admit Card Download

  • Take print of CAT 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 Admit Card 2019.    

Details to check in the CAT 2019 Admit Card
You need to check the following mandatory details in your CAT Admit card when you download it from CAT website

  • Your Name: Name should be as entered in the registration/application form of CAT 2019
  • Test date: Your Date of CAT 2019 exam (November 24, 2019)
  • 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: 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 2019 Admit Card
CAT 2019 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 2019 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 2019 download will start at 1PM on October 23. 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 2019 Admit Card - Due to incomplete or erroneous registrations done earlier; Registration was done multiple times or the Payment of CAT 2019 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 2019 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?
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 2019 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 2019 Admit Card?
You should check your mail from IIMs that your CAT 2019 application form has successfully been submitted. If yes and still you don’t receive the CAT Admit Card you should immediately contact the CAT 2019 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 2019 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 2019 will consider only the most recent (last) registration as the official application for CAT 2019. 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 IIMs send the hard copy of CAT Admit Card?
No, you need to download the CAT 2019 Admit Card from CAT exam website by using your CAT 2019 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 2019 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. However, CAT 2018 admit card was issued in time on pre announced date.  The CAT 2019 Admit card may not be delayed by the IIMs.


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 2018
October 24, 2018
October 24, 2018
IIM Calcutta

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 2019 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 2019 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 2019 User ID. No hard copy of CAT 2019 Admit card will be sent to you.

CAT Admit Card Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Do I need to take color print of CAT Admit Card?

Ans. Not necessary, you can also have B&W print of your CAT 2019 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. What is Reference Number on my CAT Admit Card?

Ans. CAT Reference number replaces the TSN number which was provided earlier in CAT 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. 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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