CAT Exam Centers 2019: State-wise Test Centers

Updated On - November 15th 2019 by KARISHMA KHATRI

CIIM Kozhikode has released the list of all the exam centers at the official website of CAT. The final allotted center will be mentioned on CAT 2019 Admit Card which is available on the CAT official website till CAT exam day – November 24, 2019. Download Now

About CAT – CAT 2019 received a total of 2.44 lakh applications, which is the highest in the past 10 years.Common Admission Test or popularly recognized as CAT, is the most significant management entrance examination of the country. Read More

The exam is a gateway to 20 IIMs and 100+ premier management institutes and is conducted annually by one of the older IIMs on a rotational basis. CAT judges a candidate’s ability through 3 sections - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. With CAT 2019 almost here, we wish all the aspirants good luck for the test day!

  • CAT 2019 exam cities have been increased to 156. Last year, CAT was held across 147 cities. 
  • Google map link facility has been provided in the CAT Admit Card, to avoid any last-minute chaos regarding the location of the  CAT exam center. Read More
  • Candidates get a choice of listing up to 4 preferred exam cities while filling the application form. 
  •  IIMs reserves the right to change or cancel any exam center/ city or change the time and date at their discretion. 

CAT Exam Centers 2019

The list of New CAT centers is tabulated below:

New Exam Centers added for CAT 2019
Bhatinda in PunjabPurnea in BiharWaknaghat in Himachal Pradesh
Samba in J&KDharwad and Gulbarga in KarnatakaErnakulam in Kerala
Ulhasnagar in MaharashtraDhenkanal in OdishaBankura in West Bengal

New Exam Centers for Delhi CAT 2019 Applicants

As of India’s capital, 10 different cities are put under one title of Delhi NCR. Applicants will have to choose the Delhi-NCR option, if they have any of the below-mentioned cities as their preference for the exam centers. These regions are:

NoidaGhaziabadSonipatPalwalGreater Noida
BahadurgarhNew DelhiFaridabadGurgaonMathura

State wise CAT 2019 Exam Centers

Following is a list of all state wise CAT 2019 Exam Centers:

StateCAT Test CityStateCAT Test City
Andhra PradeshChittoorMaharashtraAhmednagar
Arunachal PradeshItanagarNagpur
GuwahatiNavi Mumbai
Andaman and NicobarPort BlairPune
New DelhiNew DelhiSambalpur
GandhinagarPunjabFatehgarh Sahib
Himachal PradeshShimlaAlwar
Jammu & KashmirJammuSikar
DavanagereUttar PradeshAgra
MangaloreGreater Noida
KasaragodWest BengalDurgapur
Madhya PradeshBhopalBurdwan
IndoreKarim Nagar

CAT 2019: Exam Day Instructions 

  • Candidates can choose 4 preferred exam centers while filling CAT Application Form
  • Candidates must have their admit cards along with a photograph same as the one uploaded in the application form affixed to it.
  • An original valid ID proof- Aadhar Card, Passport, Driving License, PAN Card, Voter ID, College ID, Employer ID, or Identification Affidavit is to be presented at the gates of the exam centers.
  • No item other than admit card and ID proof is allowed inside the exam centers.
  • Candidates will be asked to remove their footwear before entering the examination hall.
  • Jewellery, watches, electronic gadgets like mobile phones, calculators, etc. or any other metal item are not allowed inside the exam centers.
  • Under no circumstances will the allotted exam center be changed.
  • Every year new exam centers are added to the list. The same is expected for this year as well.
  • Candidates are advised to choose exam centers closer to their city of residence.

Reporting time for CAT 2019 Exam Centers

  • Two sessions of the exam are conducted each center- forenoon and afternoon.
  • The forenoon session is from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Reporting time for the forenoon session is 7:30 AM.
  • The afternoon session is from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. Reporting time for the afternoon session is 1:00 PM.
  • Entry in the exam centers will end at-
  1. 8:45 AM for the forenoon session
  2. 2:15 PM for the afternoon session

CheckCAT Exam Pattern

CAT Interview Centers 2019

For candidates called for CAT Interview, given below are the interview cities for respective IIMs. For the 9 newest IIMs, IIM Rohtak will conduct the interview round.

IIMInterview City/Center
IIM AhmedabadAhmedabad, Bangalore, New Delhi, and Kolkata
IIM BangaloreBangalore, Kolkata, and New Delhi
IIM LucknowBangalore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Hyderabad
IIM IndoreBangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Mumbai, and New Delhi
IIM CalcuttaKolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai
IIM KozhikodeKozhikode, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata
IIM ShillongShillong, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai
IIM RohtakChennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai
IIM RanchiChennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai
IIM RaipurChennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai
IIM TrichyChennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai
IIM UdaipurChennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai
IIM KashipurChennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, and Mumbai
IIM NagpurN/A
IIM Bodh GayaIIM Calcutta
IIM VishakhapatnamIIM Bangalore
IIM AmritsarIIM Kozhikode
IIM SambalpurIIM Indore
IIM SirmaurIIM Lucknow

CAT 2019 Admit Card

  • CAT Admit Card has been released by IIM Kozhikode on October 23, 2019. 
  • Candidates can download their hall ticket from theofficial website.
  •  Admit card is to be submitted to the invigilator at the end of the exam.
  • CAT Admit Card contains the following details:
Details on CAT Admit Card
Name of the CandidateRegistration Number
Category and PwD StatusDate of Birth
Google Map LinkDate and Day of the Test
Test Time and SessionTest City and Center
Reference NumberSet of Instructions

CAT 2019 Google Map Link Facility 

The e-version of CAT 2019 Admit card contains a google map link facility through which candidates can know the exact location of their exam center. Such a feature will be very helpful in eliminating the last-minute chaos during reaching the test center. Candidates are advised to visit the exam center once before the actual test day. A contact number of the center is also available through the link, candidates can use it for any sort of center related queries. Check How to Use Google Map Link Facility on CAT 2019 Admit Card?

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

  • CAT is a 180-minutes long computer-based test.
  • It consists of 100 questions from 3 sections, namely, Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude.
  • The questions are a combination of MCQs and non-MCQs. Each section is allotted a time limit of 60 minutes.
  • Each question carries 3 marks. For each incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted.
  • There is no negative marking in the case of non-MCQs.

Read MoreCAT 2019 Exam Pattern

CAT Exam Center FAQs 

Ques.  Can we choose our exam centers and slot for CAT 2019?

Ans. While filling the CAT 2019 Application form, candidates are asked to list their 4 preferred exam cities. Out of which the test center is alloted to the candidate. The conducting authority will try its best to allot everyone their desired exam center, but it doesn’t guarantee the same. However, slots are assigned by the conducting body and candidates can not choose the same. 

Ques. How to use the google map facility link given in the admit card?

Ans. Google map facility link on the e-version of CAT 2019 admit card can be used to know the exact location of CAT 2019 exam center. The steps to use the link are as follows:

  • Download your CAT 2019 Admit card.
  • Click on the google map link provided.
  • You will be directed to the google maps with the exact location of the exam center.
  • Choose your starting point and mode of conveyance.
  • You can follow the map to reach the test center location.

Ques.  Till when can we expect CAT 2019 Admit Card?

Ans. CAT 2019 Admit Card has been released on October 23, 2019. Candidates can download the same from the official CAT website.

Ques.  Who will release the list of exam centers for CAT 2019?

Ans. IIM Kozhikode will be releasing the list of exam centers at its official website

Ques.  Where can we check our final allotted exam center?

Ans.Final allotted exam center will be mentioned on the admit card. All students must carefully check their exam center as soon as they receive their admit cards. 

Ques.  Can we change our exam center?

Ans. No, once the examination center is allotted on the admit card, under no circumstances will it be changed.

Ques.  In how many cities will CAT 2019 be conducted?

Ans.CAT 2019 will be conducted in 156 cities across the country at more than 400 test venues.

Ques.  How many preferences for test cities can we provide?

Ans.While registering for CAT 2019, you can provide up to 4 test cities, according to your preference and comfort.

Ques.  On what basis time slot for CAT 2019 will be allotted?

Ans.Time slots for CAT Exam are generally allotted randomly. There is no such basis to decide.

Ques.  Which are the new test-centers added for CAT Exam?

Ans.Last year, 9 new test centers were added by IIM Lucknow to accommodate the growing number of test-takers. Given below is the list of them:

  • Bhatinda in Punjab
  • Samba in Jammu & Kashmir
  • Purnea in Bihar
  • Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra
  • Dharwad & Gulbarga in Karnataka
  • Dhenkanal in Odisha
  • Ernakulam in Kerala
  • Waknaghat in Himachal Pradesh
  • Bankura in West Bengal

Ques.  Is it compulsory to bring a hard copy of CAT Admit Card to Exam Center?

Ans.Yes, it is very important to bring CAT admit card to the exam center, with photograph same as the one uploaded in the application form affixed to it.

Ques.  What will happen if we forget to bring the admit card?

Ans.Any student who doesn’t bring the admit card to the exam center, will not be allowed to give the exam.

Ques.  Which documents are we supposed to bring to the exam center?

Ans.On the exam day, a hard copy of admit card and an original valid ID proof will have to be presented at the gates of the exam centers. Without these, entry to the examination hall will not be permitted. No other documents are allowed inside the exam center.

Ques.  What can be a valid ID proof?

Ans.Aadhar Card, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Driving License, College ID, Employer ID, or Identification Affidavit can be considered as a valid ID proof. Note that all these should be original, photocopies will not be accepted.

Ques.  Will we have to remove the footwear?

Ans.Yes, before entering in the examination hall, all students will have to remove their footwear.

Ques.  Is a calculator allowed inside the examination hall?

Ans.No, calculators, jewelry, watches, mobile phones, or any other metal item or electronic gadget are not allowed inside the exam centers.

Ques.  Will more exam centers be added?

Ans.Usually, every year, new exam centers are added to the list, so, the same is expected for this year also.

Ques.  How many sessions of the exam are conducted?

Ans.At every exam center, there are two sessions of exam, forenoon & afternoon.

Ques.  What is the timing for the forenoon session?

Ans.Forenoon session is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, for which the reporting time is 7:30 am.

Ques.  What is the reporting time for the afternoon session?

Ans.Afternoon session is from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, for which students are supposed to report at 1:00 pm.

Ques.  Until when, is the entry allowed for forenoon session?

Ans.For forenoon session, an entry in the exam centers will end at 8:45 am. Students are advised to report early on the exam day. Entry after 8:45 am will not be allowed under any circumstances.

Ques.  Until when, is the entry allowed for the afternoon session?

Ans.For the afternoon session, no entry will be permitted after 2:15 pm under any circumstances.

Ques.  Is it a pen-paper test or computer based?

Ans.CAT 2019 is a computer-based test consisting of three sections. There will be both MCQ and Non MCQ questions in the question paper.

Ques.  How much time is allotted to complete the exam?

Ans.Three hours (180 minutes) are allotted to complete the test having 100 questions of both MCQ and Non-MCQ nature.

Ques.  How many rough sheets will be provided in the exam hall?

Ans.They will provide you with unlimited rough sheets, but still practice consuming less rough sheets and minimize usage.

Ques.  Are we allowed to carry stationery items?

Ans.As CAT 2019 is a computer-based test, students are advised to carry minimum stationary item. In the examination hall, you will be provided with a pencil and a rough sheet. You can carry a pen with you if you want to.

Ques.  Is mehendi allowed in the examination hall?

Ans.No, Mehendi is not allowed in the examination hall, as your digital fingerprint scan will be captured in the exam center. If your fingerprints cannot be digitally scanned due to reasons like applying Mehndi/any cosmetic colors etc., then they will not be permitted to take the test.

Ques.  How will we perform the calculations in the exam hall without a calculator?

Ans.In the examination hall, all students will be provided a basic On-screen Calculator for Computing. Therefore, you will be able to access the on-screen calculator and are not allowed to take any personal calculators for the test.

Ques.  Won’t a soft copy of admit cards be enough to enter in the exam center?

Ans.No, soft copies of admit card will not be enough for entry to the exam center. You must carry a print out of your admit card on an A4 size sheet.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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1 Comment
Bholanath Beura

After filling up cat application online and save and continue is done. Before submission and payment whether any change or edit on subsequent login is possible?

08 Aug, 2018 00:20
Akansha Expert

Hi Bholanath, Don't Worry about Correction they release their Correction Form Dates, You may Check the Entrance exam Official website.

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