MICAT Exam Analysis

Updated on
July 25, 2020

MICAT Exam Analysis: Scoring Pattern, Difficulty level, Cut off

MICAT Exam Analysis for MICAT-I and MICAT-II will be released after the exam is over in December 2020 and February 2021 respectively. Apart from MBAUniverse.com analysis for MICAT, the detailed analysis by IMS, CL, TIME will also be released.

 

Expected Testing & Scoring pattern; Cut offs for MICAT 2021

  • MICAT offers 1-Minute break between different sections
  • No navigation allowed between MICAT exam sections
  • There are No Negative Marks for the Psychometric Test and the Descriptive Test
  • Students who clear the Psychometric Test and secure an overall score around 50 can expect a call for the GE-PI round 
  • The shortlist will be prepared based on the Composite Score formula with 50% weightage for CAT/XAT/GMAT and 50% for MICAT
  • Around 1/10th of the total number of candidates who appear in the two MICATs are shortlisted for GE & PI based on the Total MICAT Scaled Score

MICAT 2020 Analysis

MICAT exam Analysis for the first MICAT held on December 7, 2019 in different cities in India reveals that it was a moderate difficulty level test. A score around 50 in MICAT-I can get you shortlisted by MICA for GE-PI round at MICA.

 

MICAT, conducted by MICA Ahmedabad, has remained a Computer Based Test (CBT). It is conducted twice for selection of PGDM-C and PGDM programs offered by MICA. A candidate is allowed to appear in both the MICAT exams – MICAT-I and MICAT-II which are conducted in the months of December and January/February respectively for admission in MICA. Better of the two MICAT Scores are considered for admission.

 

MICA Ahmedabad conducts its own admission test MICAT for the candidates who apply to MICA for admission to PGDM-C programme on the basis of CAT/XAT/GMAT scores. The PGDM-C is the flagship programme of MICA, Ahmedabad. The two-year, full-time, residential programme is AICTE approved and is deemed equivalent to an MBA by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). 

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MICAT-I Analysis in Detail
MICAT-I on December 7, 2019 has remained a multidimensional computer based examination. The exam assessed candidates in areas such as Divergent Thinking Abilities, Written Communication Abilities, General Awareness about contemporary social and business issues, including areas relevant to media, marketing, advertising & current affairs and Analytical & Verbal Abilities.

 

MICAT-I: Key Highlights

  • Held on December 7, 2019, MICAT was the computer based exam
  • It was held in 48 cities across the country
  • MICAT was divided in Verbal ability (VA), Quantitative ability and Data Interpretation (QADI), General awareness (GA), and Divergent and Convergent Thinking (DCT) sections
  • The Admission test also included psychometric profiling to assess the candidate’s leadership potential
  • Break of 1 Minute between sections
  • Sections had individual time limit. No Navigation was allowed between sections
  • Section C carried +1 mark for each correct answer and - 0.25 mark for each wrong answer
  • No Negative Marking in Psychometric Test and the Descriptive Test
  • No marks for any un-attempted question in the Psychometric test
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

MICAT Exam Pattern

Section
Name
Total Questions
Sectional Time (In Minutes)
A
Psychometric Test
150
30
B
Descriptive Test
4
30
C
i.  Divergent and Convergent Thinking
30
105 (Sub divided into 4 sections)
 
ii. Verbal Ability
25
 
iii. Quantitative Ability Data Interpretation
25
 
iv. General Awareness
25

Final Selection Process after MICAT

  • Candidates need to clear the Psychometric test first. Those who qualify on the Psychometric, their CAT/XAT/GMAT relative performance will be considered (Subject to a minimum cut-off in CAT total percentile/XAT total percentile/GMAT score)
  • Those who qualify on the basis of relative performance subject to a minimum cut-off in Scaled Scores for each of these sections (namely: VA, QADI, GA and DCT) and CAT/XAT cut-off or GMAT score shall have their Descriptive Tests evaluated.
  • Those who qualify on the basis as mentioned above and on the basis of relative performance subject to a minimum cut-off in Scaled Score in DT shall be considered for short listing for GE and PI. Shortlist will be prepared on the basis of MICAT-I and /or II or better of the two relative performances if a candidate has taken both MICAT-I and MICAT-II.
  • The shortlist will be prepared based on the Composite Score formula of 50% CAT/XAT/GMAT and 50% MICAT
  • Approximately 1/10th of the total number of candidates who appear in the two MICATs will be shortlisted for GE & PI based on the Total MICAT Scaled Score.

MICAT-I Exam Analysis by IMS Learning
The detailed analysis of MICAT-1 exam held on December 7, 2019 for PGDM admission 2020 at MICA as shared by IMS Learning is given below:

 

MICAT (MICA Admission Test) is the ONLINE entrance exam for PGDM-C/PGDM from MICA, Ahmedabad. Generally, MICAT is held twice for admission to the batch in the ensuing year. MICAT-I is held in December and MICAT-II in February for the batch commencing a few months later in June/July.

 

MICAT I 2020 was held on December 7, 2019, 9 am to 11:50 am.

 

Overall, the MICAT- I matched the pattern and difficulty level of the last year’s MICATs - neither too easy nor too difficult, barring the normal peculiarities of the test. The General Awareness was reported as difficult. In a major change from the previous years, the psychometric test consisted of 150 questions instead of 27 to 35 questions.

 

Structure and Good Attempts:

Section
Name
No. Of Questions
Time allocated
Good Attempts
A
Psychometric Test
150
30 minutes
ALL
B
Descriptive Test
4
30 minutes
ALL
C
i.  Divergent and Convergent Thinking
30
105 minutes
19-20
ii. Verbal Ability
25
19-20
iii. Quantitative Ability Data Interpretation
25
18-19
iv. General Awareness
25
15-17
  • 1-Minute break between different sections
  • Navigation between sections not allowed
  • Section C carried 1 mark per question. 0.25 for each incorrect response.
  • No Negative Marks for the Psychometric Test and the Descriptive Test
  •  ‘No marks would be given for any un-attempted question in the Psychometric test’. (Earlier, Psychometric Test used to be a qualifying Test which made it compulsory to attempt all the questions)

VERDICT
Students who have ‘cleared’ the Psychometric Test and secured an overall score of 48-50 in Sections C (i) to C (iv) can expect a call for the GE-PI round (subject to their fulfilling the other criteria specified at https://www.mica.ac.in/postgraduate-programme/selection-process-and-timelines.

 

Those who have attempted IMS test pack on MICAT (a series of 5 tests) would have found that the level of difficulty and the nature of the questions in these tests, as well as the structure of the paper were similar to those asked in the actual MICAT.

 

 

ANALYSIS BY SECTIONS

 

Section - A

PSYCHOMETRIC TEST

There were 150 questions in this section - up from 27 last years.

In this section, there were no correct or incorrect responses.

Around 30 questions presented a situation/course of action and the test-taker had to mark either True or False.

 

The other 120 questions were about a particular personality trait or a course of action. Students had to select any one option.  The eight options from which students needed to mark their answer were:

  1. Totally Disagree
  2. Strongly Disagree
  3. Disagree
  4. Somewhat Disagree
  5. Somewhat Agree
  6. Agree
  7. Strongly Agree
  8. Totally Agree

Given that 150 questions were to be attempted in 30 minutes, it was necessary to work fast and mark the answer quickly.

 

Section B

DESCRIPTIVE TEST

This section tested the analytical and descriptive writing ability and creative skills of test-takers. The total time given for attempting these questions was 30 minutes. The first three questions were related to each other. The topic for the first three questions was ‘Laziness: How it can benefit society’. For the first two questions, students had to write three points each, ‘for’ and ‘against’ the topic. These two questions carried 10 marks each.

 

In the third question, students had to write a 300-word answer to ‘suggest steps by which a young manager could ensure that laziness could be used as a tool for organizational success’. The instruction clearly stated that the points for the third question should not include the points stated in the first two questions. Twenty marks were allocated to this question.

 

The fourth question in this section consisted of four pictures. Students had to write down a particular pictorial combination (A-B-C-D or D-C-B-A or any such combination) and explain it with the help of a story. The pictures were related to an ‘old dilapidated house with a newly constructed gate which was painted red, a shopping complex, a drone in the form of a bee and a window grill with 3 panels’. This question carried 30 marks. 

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Section C

 

(4 Sub-sections)

 (i) Sub-section: DIVERGENT AND CONVERGENT THINKING
The Reasoning section combined 30 word-association, statement-assumption, data sufficiency and visual reasoning questions. Usually, questions in this section used to have 5 options. However, this year there were 4 options.

Topic
No. of Qs.
Level
Word Association
9
2 Difficult, 5 Moderate, 2 Easy
Statement Assumption
4
2 Easy, 2 Moderate
 
The non-verbal reasoning questions in the section were of easy-to-moderate level of difficulty. Following was the break-up of the non-verbal reasoning questions in the section:
 
Type of questions
Number of questions
Level of difficulty
Visual Reasoning (Total 11 questions)
Odd man out (similar pairs)
4
Easy-Moderate
Analogy (A:B::C:D)
4
Complete the series (Next figure)
3
Logical Data sufficiency (Total  4 questions)
Data Sufficiency
4
Easy-Moderate
Miscellaneous (Total 2 questions)
 
 
 
 
 
Family Tree
1
Medium
Arrangement
1
Easy

In this section ,19-20 questions in about 30 minutes with around 80% accuracy would be considered a good attempt

 

(ii)Sub-section: VERBAL ABILITY
This section consisted of jumbled paragraphs, synonyms, double blanks, sentence errors, paragraph completion, idiom-based questions and a Reading Comprehension passage. Like last year, only 1 RC passage was present this year. The passage was on the easier side.

 

Topic
No. of Qs.
Level
Grammatically correct sentence
1
1 Moderate
Jumbled Paragraph – 4/5 sentences
5
3 Easy, 2 Moderate
Synonyms of the highlighted word used in the sentence
3
1 Easy, 2 Moderate
Reading Comprehension – 1 Passage
5
3 Easy, 2 Moderate
Antonym
2
2 Easy
Error in underlined part
2
1 Easy, 1 Moderate
Preposition-based FIB (3/4 blanks)
1
1 Moderate
Phrase-based FIB
1
1 Easy
FIB with Four blanks
1
1 Moderate
Meaning of underlined idioms/ Idioms-based FIB
4
1 Easy, 3 Moderate
 
In this section, 19-20 questions in about 25-30 minutes with around 80% accuracy would be considered a good attempt.

 

(iii)  Sub-section: QUANTITATIVE ABILITY AND DATA INTERPRETATION

There were 25 questions in the section, out of which 20 questions were on quantitative ability and 5 questions were on Data Interpretation. The Quantitative Ability section was dominated by 7 Arithmetic questions and then followed by 6 questions of Geometry and 5 questions of Modern Math. There was 1 question from Numbers and 1 question from Algebra. Most of the questions were based on elementary concepts but were time-consuming. Overall, the section was Easy to Moderate.

 

There were two sets on Data Interpretations. One set had a table and the calculations were based on Average and Percentage. The other set had a pie chart in which the break-up of the production quantity of 5 products was given in terms of degrees and the questions were asked on the percentage and ratio.

 

Following was the break-up of the questions in the Quantitative Ability section:

Types of questions
Number of questions
Level of difficulty
Arithmetic (7 questions)
Profit & Loss
2
1 Easy, 1 Moderate
Mixtures
1
Easy
Ratios
1
Easy
Time Speed & Distance (Trains, Circular Tracks, Boats and Stream)
3
2 Easy, 1 Moderate
Numbers  (1 question)
Fractions
1
Moderate
Modern Maths (5 questions)
Set Theory
1
Easy
Permutation & Combination
3
1 Easy, 2 Moderate
Series & sequences
1
Difficult
Geometry ( 6 questions)
Plane Geometry (Angle of elevation)
4
4 Moaderate
 
 
 
Mensuration
2
1 Moderate, 1 Difficult
Algebra  (1 question)
Quadratic Equations
1
Easy
Data Interpretation (5 questions)
Table
2
Easy to Moderate
Pie Chart
3
Easy to Moderate
 

In this section, an attempt of about 18-19 questions in about 40 minutes with around 80% accuracy would be considered good

 

(iv) Sub-section: GENERAL AWARENESS

General Awareness section consisted of 25 questions. Out of the 25 questions, 7 were on National issues while 13 were on international topics. 5 questions were of miscellaneous types (logos, taglines etc.) Also, 18 questions were of static type while 7 were on current affairs. Overall, the section was more difficult than last year’s MICAT. The questions were about business, government, politics, ad agencies, laws and acts, and logos. 5 questions could be classified as easy; 12 as medium and 8 as difficult.

 

In this section, an attempt of 15 – 17 questions in about 10 minutes with around 60% accuracy would be considered good.

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