MICAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Deepika Narwal Updated On: 15 Oct, 2018 17:35 IST

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MICAT 2019 Exam Pattern

MICAT is a computer-based exam, which is conducted in two phases. While the first phase exam is conducted in the month of December, the second phase exam is held in the month of February. In order to score good marks in the entrance test, candidates must know the exam pattern of MICAT 2019. The exam pattern of  MICAT 2019 comprises of the type of questions that will be asked in the entrance exam, marking scheme, duration of the test. The applicants must read in detail about the MICAT 2019 Exam Pattern before they fill in the MICAT 2019 application form for the examination.

The question paper of MICAT comprises of both objective and subjective questions. Through the MICAT 2019 exam pattern, candidates get a fair idea about the overall format of the exam. One should also be well adept with the MICAT syllabus 2019 to crack the exam.  

  • The question paper of MICAT 2019 is divided into 3 main parts, which has 3 Sections.

    • Section A- Psychometric Test

    • Section B- It has 4 sub-sections i.e

      • Verbal ability(VA)

      • Quantitative Ability(QA) and Data Interpretation(DI)

      • General awareness(GA)

      • Divergent and Convergent Thinking(DCR)

    • Section C- Descriptive Test.

  • In MICAT question paper, there are 25 questions each in VA, QA & DI, GA, and DCR whereas the Psychometric Test has a total of 35 questions. The Descriptive Test carries only 4 questions. 

  • The total duration of the exam is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

  • The MICAT 2019 exam paper will consist of approximately 140 questions.

  • The question paper will be in English language only.

  • There is negative marking of  0.25 marks for every incorrect answer which is applicable only on Verbal Ability, General Awareness, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, and Divergent and Convergent Thinking Sections.

Highlights of MICAT Paper Pattern 2019

Highlights Details
Examination Mode Online (Computer Based Mode)
Time Duration         2 hours and 45 Minutes
Number of Sections 3
Total Number of Questions 140
Negative Marking 0.25 for VA, QA, GA, and DCR 

Detailed MICAT Exam Pattern 2019

Sections Subjects Number of Questions Time Duration
Section I Psychometric 35 25 minutes
Section II  Verbal Ability (VA) 25 1:45 minutes
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DA) 25
General Awareness (GA) 25
Divergent-Convergent Reasoning (DCR) 30
Section III Descriptive Test  4 35 minutes
Total   140 2 Hour 45 Minutes

MICAT Marking Scheme 2019

  • In the exam, 1 mark is awarded for each correct answer

  • There is no negative marking for the Descriptive section and Psychometric section.

  • The sections including Verbal Ability, General Awareness, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, and Divergent and Convergent Thinking have a negative marking. 0.25 percent is deducted of the allotted marks.

In order to get well-versed with the MICAT exam pattern, interested applicants must also practice MICAT Mock Test and MICAT Previous Years Questions here.


Q. What is the mode of test?  

Computer-Based Test (CBT)

Q. Can a candidate use his/her own computer and give the test?

No, one has to necessarily go to the test venue allotted and appear for the test there.

Q. Can I take the test from any computer?

No, a candidate will have to take the test on a pre-assigned center allotted in the admit card and will not have a choice to choose his or her venue and the assigned computer in the test center.

Q. When & how many times is MICAT conducted in a year?

MICAT is conducted in two phases. MICAT-I will be held in the month of December while MICAT-II is scheduled for February.

Q. Can a candidate appear in both the MICATs?

Yes, a candidate is eligible to appear in both exams but has to fill two separate application forms by paying the registration fees and as per the timelines. Shortlist will be prepared on the basis of MICAT-I and /or II or better of the two performances if a candidate has taken both MICAT-I and MICAT-II.

Q. How is the computer-based format different from the paper-based format?

The format of the test is more or less the same except that a candidate reads the question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer, instead of reading on a paper booklet and using a pencil to darken the ovals on an OMR sheet. The subjective section of the MICAT will have to be typed out as per the instructions. 

Q. What does a Computer Based Test look like?

MICAT trial test shall be available on the official website for candidates to get familiarised with the functionality and navigation of the actual Computer Based Test, closer to the examination dates.

Q. What is the pattern for MICAT, GE, and PI?

The MICAT has been designed comprehensively to assess analytical and verbal ability, logical reasoning, divergent thinking, written communication skills, creative potential and general awareness about contemporary social and industry related issues, including areas covering media, marketing, advertising, and business. All psychometric questions are compulsory.

Group Exercise (GE): A group exercise is a team based evaluation process wherein candidates will be judged on their performance with their allotted group members. There will be no screening after the GE.  All those who have appeared for GE will also appear for PI. Personal Interview (PI).

Q. What is a psychometric test?

Psychometric tests are a standard and scientific method used to measure individuals' mental capabilities and behavioural style. Psychometric tests are designed to measure candidates' suitability for a role based on the required personality characteristics and aptitude (or cognitive abilities).

Q. Am I allowed to carry a calculator or mobile to the test venue? 

No, you are not allowed to carry a calculator or mobile to the exam hall.

Q. Will I get sheets/papers for rough work/calculations etc. for MICAT? 

Yes, but no electronic devices are allowed in the examination hall/room.

Q. Are there any breaks during the test?

There are no scheduled breaks in the test. However, test takers can take unscheduled breaks if they want during the test session. An unscheduled break means a break during which the test clock does not stop. If a test taker chooses to take a break, the actual time spent on the break will be deducted from the time allocated to complete the test. No extra time will be given to complete the test. During the break, the test taker must leave the testing room. Upon re-entering the testing room, the test taker must show a valid ID. 

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