CAT 2009

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All About CAT2009

   1.        Download the CAT Registration Instructions and go through the CAT FAQs thoroughly

Ensure that you download the CAT Registration Instructions and take a printout to help with the Registration process. The registration Instructions are available at The FAQs available at will answer your queries and you should go through it thoroughly before you start the process.

   2.       Buy the CAT voucher

The CAT2009 Vouchers will be on sale at AXIS bank branches from Wednesday, 9th September, 2009. The list of AXIS bank branches where the Vouchers are being sold is available at Buy the CAT Voucher as soon as possible. Do not wait till the last day to buy the vouchers! SC and ST candidates must show a copy of their SC/ST certificates at the time of obtaining the CAT 2009 voucher from the Axis bank branches.

   3.       Buy the CAT Voucher in your name as it appears in your School Leaving certificate

The name on the pay-in-slip (when you buy the voucher from the bank) SHOULD match with the name appearing on your School-leaving certificate. If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage, the candidate must show the relevant documents such as a marriage certificate and submit a photocopy at the time of the test, interview and at the time of joining the programme. Ensure that you buy the CAT Voucher personally and do not delegate it to someone. In case you do delegate this to someone ensure that you write down your name as it appears in your School leaving certificate and give it to the person buying the form on your behalf so that NO mistake is made in buying the form.

   4.       Complete your Online Registration immediately

The Online registration starts on 9th September 2009 and ends on 1st October 2009. You can choose a test date, test slot and test centre from the 30 centres across India subject to availability. Read the registration instructions given on the website carefully. Please review your data prior to submission as NO changes to the application data will be permitted after it is submitted. Once the candidate profile has been successfully submitted, a copy of your Candidate Profile will be sent to you via email within 24 hours. In case you do not receive an email, check the SPAM folders first. If, for some reason, you do not receive a Candidate Profile email or you need another copy, you will need to login to, revisit registration link and choose Resend Application. The registration is completely an online process. You do not need to send any documents/certificates to the IIMs’.

   5.       Schedule your Test Slot and date immediately

Once your Candidate Profile has been successfully submitted, you should continue the Test Scheduling process to schedule an appointment to take CAT. You will be asked to choose a site and you will be provided with dates and time slots available at that site. Since the slots are allotted on a first come first serve basis, ensure that you do not tarry in registering and booking your test slot otherwise you will not get a test centre/time slot/test date of your choice. Please note that:

         1.             The CAT can be given on any day from 28th November 2009 to 7th December 2009. There will be two sessions each day – one at 10 a.m. and one at 3:30 p.m. For the first slot students need to check in by 8:30AM and for the second slot students need to check in by 2:00PM.
         2.             You can appear for CAT 2009 only ONCE. It will be deemed a fraudulent activity if one attempts to appear for CAT2009 more than once. Admit cards and picture IDs of the candidates will be checked, and candidate pictures and biometric information will also be captured at the test venue.
         3.             A list of all sites where the CAT can be given will be available online at from 9th September 2009. You should review the list and identify sites where you would like to take the test. This will be useful during scheduling process in case your first choice for test venue/site is unavailable.
         4.             Read the instructions for scheduling a test slot carefully.
         5.             There is NO advantage / disadvantage in taking the test on the first / last days. Book the test based on the availability and your convenience.
         6.             You can reschedule your Test Date/Test Slot/Test Centre till the end of the registration period i.e. 1st October.
         7.             To reschedule the date of the test, login and choose “Reschedule an Appointment”. Once you have rescheduled the test, you will receive a new admit card. Take a print out of the Admit card. There is NO fee for rescheduling.

   6.       Ensure you have a valid Email ID

Prospective candidates must maintain a valid email account throughout the selection process. If you do not have a valid email ID then create one immediately. Keep the email password confidential. Check the SPAM folder regularly. Some email providers might classify the message(s) as SPAM. Add the email address to your address book to AVOID this problem.

   7.       Ensure that you have a VALID Photo ID

All candidates are required to have a Valid Photo ID to enable them to enter the Test Venue and take CAT2009. Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if photo identification and Admit Card are not presented. If you DO NOT have a valid Photo ID then apply for one immediately. The following constitute a valid Photo ID:
  • Driver's license
  • Passport
  • PAN Card
  • Voter ID
  • College ID
  • Employee identification card
  • Notarized Affidavit with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address

   8.       Retain all documents
Please ensure that you retain all your documents pertaining to the CAT Voucher and Online registration. The documents to be retained are:
  • Copy of the bank pay-in-slip used to buy the CAT Voucher
  • CAT Voucher
  • Candidate Profile (take a printout from the email sent to you after registration)
  • CAT Admit Card

   9.       Reach Test Venue atleast 2 hrs in advance with relevant documents

You have to report to the Test Venue at least two hours prior to the test time. Candidates will need to bring their CAT 2009 Admit Card (In case you had rescheduled your test, you need to bring the latest Admit card), voucher, a valid document as proof of SC/ST eligibility (if applicable) and one photo-identification to the test centre. Acceptable forms of photo identification are Driver's license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, College ID, Employee identification card, or a notarized Affidavit with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address. If you are a candidate belonging to the SC/ST category then you need to bring a valid document as proof of your SC/ST eligibility. Without proper documentation, you may not be permitted to take the test.

      Do not carry any personal items to the test venue

You are NOT permitted to carry any personal items to the test centre, including but not limited to wrist-watch, pen, cell phones, calculators, etc. There will be NO breaks in the test. At the test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations. After the test is over, the candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. You are NOT permitted to take anything out of the testing room.
Important dates

Note down the important dates like date of sale of CAT Vouchers, last date of registration, test dates, date of release of results etc. This will ensure that you do not miss out on important events. Some of the key dates are given below:

      Commencement of Sale of CAT Vouchers: 9th September, 2009
      Last date of Sale of CAT Vouchers: 1st October, 2009
      Commencement of Registration on : 9th September, 2009
      Last date of Registration on : 1st October, 2009
      Scheduling Window: 9th September,2009 – 1st October, 2009
      Re-Scheduling Window: 9th September,2009 – 1st October, 2009
      CAT2009 Test Date: 28th November, 2009 to 7th December, 2009
      CAT 2009 results: 22nd January, 2010
Resolution of queries and Support from Prometric

The FAQs, IVRS and online instructions are designed to enable self-service. You are requested to use these tools which can guide you through the entire process and help answer most of your queries. In case you are still facing issues, then CAT Candidate Care Support is available by phone and email.
Phone: 1-800-103-9293
Phone support availability:
September 9 to October 1, 2009 - 9AM to 6:00 PM from Monday to Saturday
Webmail support availability:
Webmail support will be available from the beginning of registration till candidates receive their score reports. Queries, received by webmail, will be responded to within 48 business hours.

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