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MICAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Accepted For : MBA , PGDM

Exam Mode : Online

Registrations Date

26 Sep, 2017


Exam Date

17 Dec, 2017


MICAT 2017 Exam Pattern

The MICAT Exam Pattern 2018 includes details related to different sections in the exam, number of questions, time duration as well as marking scheme. MICAT is a computer-based exam, which is conducted in two phases. While the first phase exam will be conducted in December, the second phase exam will be held in the month of February. The main aim of MICAT is to judge the overall abilities and skills of the candidates based on the following six sections such as:

  • Verbal Ability,
  • General Awareness,
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation,
  • Psychometric Test,
  • Descriptive Test, 
  • Divergent and Convergent Thinking

In MICAT question paper, there will be 25 questions each in VA, QA, GA, and DCR whereas the Psychometric Test will have a total of 35 questions. The Descriptive Test will carry only 4 questions. The exam comprises of both objective and subjective questions. The total duration of the exam is 2 hours and 45 minutes. 

Detailed MICAT Exam Pattern 2017

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: 45 Minutes

Section-wise exam pattern of MICAT 2018:

Verbal Ability:

Comprising of 25 questions, this section tests candidates’ comprehension, grammatical skills, and vocabulary. 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

General Awareness:

This section consists of 25 questions in total. Candidates’ overall knowledge about current affairs is tested in this particular section. There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for this section.

Descriptive Test:

This section consists of 04 questions in total, which judges candidates’ flair of creative writing. A total of 35 minutes is allotted to complete this section, with no negative marking.

Quantitative Ability:

This section consists a total of 25 questions. Candidates’ mathematical skills are tested in this section, with 0.25 marks as negative marking for wrong answers.

Psychometric Test:

This section consists of 35 questions in total, which must be attempted by the candidates. This psychometric test judges candidates’ personality and behavioural traits. For this particular section, there is no negative marking.

Divergent-Convergent Reasoning:

30 questions are asked from this section, which judges candidates’ reasoning and analytical skills. A negative marking of 0.25 marks is applicable for this section.

Highlights of MICAT Paper Pattern 2017

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 

MICAT Marking Scheme 2017

There is no negative marking for the Descriptive section and Psychometric section. The section which includes Verbal ability, General Awareness, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, and Divergent and Convergent Thinking, is a negative marking, which will result in 0.25 percent deduction of the allotted marks.


1. What is the mode of test?  

Computer Based Test (CBT)

2. 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.

3. Can I take the test from any computer?

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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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. 

7. 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.

8.  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).

9. What is a psychometric test?

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