Nidhi Bahl Updated On: 19 Feb, 2019 16:51 IST
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If you are preparing for popular management entrance exams like CAT, IIFT, MAT or XAT, preparing for MICAT 2019 exam is not going to be a difficult task. For example, you need not devote extra time to the General Aptitude section, as the same is common in all the popular management entrance exams including MICAT 2019. However, MICAT is quite different from other management entrance exams, and the candidates must note that MICAT has a Descriptive part for which the candidates must pay utmost attention. The Descriptive part of MICAT exam involves story writing, essay writing, and psychometric test.
If you wish to improve in the Descriptive part of MICAT exam, it is advisable to write an essay or a story on different topics associated with the syllabus of MICAT exam. If you are appearing for December or February session of MICAT exam, it is advisable to start your MICAT 2019 preparation as early as possible. You can appear for either December or January session of MICAT exam or both.
For the better MICAT 2019 preparation, it is better to have complete awareness of MICAT 2019 syllabus. After checking the syllabus, it is better to practice MICAT mock test or MICAT previous year question papers to identify your performance in different sections of MICAT exam. Practicing mock test or previous year question papers of MICAT will help you in identifying the areas to improve in terms of exam preparation.
In order to help the candidates preparing for MICAT 2019 exam, we have come up with a bunch of preparation tips for MICAT 2019 exam preparation. We hope that these exam tips will clarify all your doubts pertaining to the MICAT exam preparation strategy.
MICAT aspirants must focus on each section of MICAT 2019 exam, and the candidates must have complete awareness of MICAT 2019 syllabus. Here is the detailed section-wise preparation strategy for MICAT 2019.
The name of section creative writing itself denotes that the creative writing skills of candidates play a vital role. In the creative writing section of MICAT exam, you must express your imaginative and creative skills based on the theme and topic given. If you're not good at writing, you need to practice by writing on different topics. Before expressing your creative thoughts on a topic, you must know whether the given topic is abstract-based or knowledge-based.
Abstract topics need creativity, and some of the examples of abstract topics are:
Haste makes Waste
There is no right way to do a wrong thing
Smart Work vs Hard Work
Every cloud has a silver lining
Ethics and Values are Utopian Words
The above topics are just for reference purpose, and there is a strong possibility that these topics will come in MICAT exam.
The knowledge-based topics need facts, and the topic may depend on the current happenings in the economy across the country or world. In order to gain knowledge on such topics, it is advisable to read newspapers, magazines, articles on different websites, blogs, etc. The more you refer, the more knowledge you can gain. The knowledge-based topics in MICAT exam may be asked from different areas like psychology, history, politics, business/economy etc. You can ask your friends to give feedback on your essays so that you can improve.
Story writing is not a difficult task if you think positively. Many students feel uncomfortable with the story writing section, but there is no need to get worried about this section. In the MICAT exam, examinees will be given four pictures, and they must frame a story based on the pictures given.
As far as stories are concerned, there is a traditional pattern for the same. One must focus on a strong introduction to the story, and a sensible conclusion. Refer to some of the short stories or picture-based stories available on the internet to have an idea of the story pattern. Observe the pictures given carefully, and sharpen your creativity to weave a story.
Your story should have a good introduction, and you must create an impression in the mind of the examiner with opening lines of the story. You must continue the same tempo until the conclusion of the story. The ending of the story must be convincing and sensible.
There is no instance that the pictures given in MICAT will dry up your ideas. Every story is based on a theme, and you must understand the theme of the story by observing the pictures first.
In order to attain perfection in the story writing section of MICAT, you must observe different pictures in magazines, newspapers, comics, etc. and try creating a story. The more your practice, the better you perform.
The role of creative skills is limited in the Psychometric Test section of MICAT exam. The attitude of the candidates reflects in the answers they give in the psychometric test. While taking the psychometric test, you must have an open mind, and make sure that you are giving honest answers. The psychometric test in MICAT exam gives a detailed account of strengths, weaknesses, moral values, and personality of the examinees. There is nothing like right or a wrong answer in the psychometric test. Most of the questions are based on situational judgment, career goals, life goals, etc. You need to practice some psychometric tests available on the internet to analyse your personality.
While taking a psychometric test, you must understand each question carefully. It is advisable to read each question twice or thrice, as most questions may be confusing or logical. The better your practice, the better you perform.
Convergent & Divergent Thinking
Questions in the convergent and divergent section of MICAT exam are unpredictable. The questions in this section are based on logical reasoning. The questions may be in the form of statement-conclusion based, word association, puzzle, and visual reasoning. In order to improve your skills in logical reasoning, you must practice many mock tests. You need to get a practice book on logical reasoning and start practicing as early as possible. There are many books for MICAT 2019 exam preparation available in the market and online stores.
While answering each question in the mock test, you need to analyse the answers carefully. If you mark a wrong answer, analyse the mistake and come up with a correct solution or answer. The more you practice and analyse, the better you perform in the convergent and divergent section of MICAT exam.
Quantitative Ability section of MICAT exam does not need extensive preparation, and one must focus on basic concepts associated with the topic. If you understand the concept carefully, you can easily solve the questions. Therefore, it is advisable to build a strong base on the basic concepts of Quantitative Ability. Without awareness of basic concepts, it is very difficult to answer the questions. Some of the tips that will be helpful to candidates are:
It is advisable to list down all the formulas associated with quantitative ability.
Revise the formulas in regular intervals so that you get perfection.
It is better to practice mock tests regularly and analyse your mistakes or weak areas.
If you are weak in a particular area, learn from previous mistakes and solve at least 50-70 questions in the same area.
Give importance to only those mock tests that have mixed variety of questions.
Be careful with calculation part. In order to get perfection in this area, learn tables (at least until 25), the square root of at least the first 10 natural numbers and cubes & score until 30.
Apart from the above, some of the other areas that you must focus on are Probability, Number Systems, Geometry, Functions, Graphs, Tables, and P&C. It is advisable to solve basic questions on these topics so that you will get perfection.
Verbal ability section of MICAT exam involves both verbal and non-verbal questions. Therefore, you must focus on both and attain perfection in the same. There are numerous ways to prepare, and the aspirants must read newspapers, articles, magazines that have a rich content. Pick up the difficult or complex words from the articles, and search for the meaning in dictionary or Google. While learning a word, you must remember meaning, synonyms, and antonyms of the specific word. Later, try to frame some sentences by using the specific word.
There are specific books available for Verbal Ability in the market and online stores. If you get one book, it will be useful for multiple exams. The book contains meanings, mock test, synonyms, antonyms, comprehensions, etc. The more your practice, the better you perform in the MICAT exam.
A good preparation in General Awareness section of MICAT exam will not only be helpful in attaining a good score but will also be helpful in MBA admission interviews. You need to refer to newspapers regularly to stay updated about the latest happenings around the world. You must refer to the latest current affairs (at least one or two months), and most of the questions will feature the latest current affairs. The Internet is the key resource, and you can get information on all the latest happenings across the globe.
Getting anxious prior to taking an entrance exam is completely normal, but you can overcome your fears by adopting some measures suggested below:
Don't Start Any New Topics
This pointer is applicable to all entrance exams. You should avoid starting any new chapter when the exam is just a few days away. If you've already appeared for CAT and if you are preparing for exams like XAT and SNAP, then you just have to revise the Quant, VA, DI & LR and GK sections. In the last week, your focus should be on revision and not starting a fresh topic.
Prepare for Online Format
Since MICAT is conducted in online mode, your basic computer skills should be in place. You may also get used to the Computer-based format of test taking by practicing mock tests online. The more mock tests you take, more comfortable you will be on the exam day.
Solve Previous Question Papers
One of the best ways to become familiar with the exam structure as well as the question types is through solving previous question papers of MICAT. You must try and solve as many papers as you can to get used to the exam pattern.
Keep Documents Ready
Keep yourself ready for the exam day by keeping all the necessary documents handy. Those who are yet to download their MICAT Admit Card should do the same now. The admit card is an important document that has details such as test venue, timing, and instructions for exam day. Also, keep some ID proofs that you will be required to show at the exam venue. You must report at the test center as per the schedule.
We hope that this explanation of MICAT 2019 preparation strategy was helpful to you.
All the Best!
1. Which is better: online coaching or classroom?
While the classroom programmes entail a larger view of each topic, with a more detailed approach on the basics, a credible online programme helps you understand the basics and develop an extra edge with smarter techniques to solve the problems.
2. Should I finish my syllabus before taking the mocks?
One should not wait for the syllabus to start taking mocks. It is very important to understand and get comfortable with the type of questions asked. Therefore, the ideal approach should be to start taking mocks right away.