MICAT Exam Pattern 2021

Updated By Abhinav Chamoli on 19 Jan, 2021 17:32

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MICAT 2021 Exam Pattern

MICAT is a computer-based exam, which is conducted in two phases. While the first phase of the exam has been conducted on December 5, 2020, the second phase exam will be held in February. In order to score good marks in the entrance test, candidates must know the exam pattern of MICAT 2021. The exam pattern of  MICAT 2021 comprises 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 2021 Exam Pattern before they fill in the MICAT 2021 application form for the examination. MICAT duration has been reduced to 2 hours 15 minutes from 2 hours 45 minutes(last year).

Read More about the Revised MICAT 2021 Exam Pattern.

The question paper of MICAT comprises both objective and subjective questions. Through the MICAT 2021 exam pattern, candidates get a fair idea about the overall format of the exam. One should also be well adept with the MICAT syllabus to crack the exam.  

  • The question paper of MICAT 2021 is divided into 3 main parts, which has 3 sections.

    • Section A- Psychometric Test

    • Section B- Descriptive 

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

      • Verbal ability(VA)

      • Quantitative Ability (QA)

      • General Awareness (GA)

      • Divergent and Convergent Thinking(DCR)

  • In the MICAT question paper, there are 20 questions each in VA, QA, GA and DCR. The Psychometric Test has a total of 150 questions. The Descriptive Test carries only 4 questions. 

  • The total duration of the exam is 2 hours and 15 minutes.

  • The MICAT 2020 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.

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.

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Highlights of MICAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Highlights of MICAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Examination ModeOnline (Computer Based Mode)
Time Duration        2 hours and 15 Minutes(Reduced)
Number of Sections3
Total Number of Questions140
Negative Marking0.25 for VA, QA, GA, and DCR 

MICAT 2021 Section-Wise Exam Pattern

The section-wise exam pattern of MICAT 2021 is as follows. Candidates can check the section-wise number of questions as well as the duration given for each section of the question paper in the table given below.


Section Name

Number of Questions


Section A

Psychometric Test


30 minutes

Section B



25 minutes

Section C

Divergent & Convergent Thinking


80 minutes

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation


Verbal Ability


General Awareness



2342 hours 15 minutes

MICAT 2021 Marking Scheme 2021

The marking scheme for MICAT 2021 is given in the table below. Candidates must note that this marking scheme applies only to the Section C (including Verbal Ability, General Awareness, Quantitative Ability, and Data Interpretation, and Divergent and Convergent Thinking of) of the question paper.

Marks for Correct Answer

+1 mark per correct answer

Negative Marking for Incorrect Answer

-0.25 marks per incorrect answerr
  • 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 per cent is deducted of the allotted marks.

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FAQs about MICAT Exam Pattern

In which language is MICAT conducted?

MICAT is conducted in the English medium only.

Is there any negative marking in MICAT?

MICAT has negative marking only in the VA, QA, GA and DCR sub-sections of Section B. 0.25 marks are deducted for each incorrect answer in these sections.

How many marks are awarded for a correct answer in MICAT?

The candidate is awarded 1 mark for each correct answer in MICAT.

Do all sections of MICAT have equal weightage?

No, each section of MICAT contains a different number of questions and hence have different weightage.

Does MICAT have objective type or subjective type questions?

MICAT has a mix of both types of questions. Section A and B of MICAT both contain subjective type questions while Section has objective type questions.

Does MICAT have a sectional time limit?

Yes, MICAT has a time limit for every section. Candidates get 25 minutes for the Psychometric Test, 35 minutes for the Descriptive Test and 1 hour 45 minutes are reserved for Section B.

What is the total duration of MICAT?

The total time duration of MICAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

How many total questions does MICAT have?

MICAT has a total of 140 questions combined across all of the sections.

What are the different parts of the third section in MICAT?

The different sub-sections in the third section or Section C of MICAT are Divergent and Convergent Thinking, Verbal Ability, General Awareness and Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation.

How many sections are there in MICAT?

MICAT has a total of three sections named Section A, Section B and Section C. Section A and Section B are Psychometric Test and Descriptive Test while Section C is further divided into 4 sub-sections.

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