MICAT 2018 Exam Analysis

Deepika Narwal Updated On: 16 Oct, 2018 16:07 IST

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MICAT – II Exam Analysis (February 2018)

MICAT-II for admission to MICA Ahmedabad's two-year Post Graduate Diploma in Management Communications was successfully conducted on 17th February, 2018 in a computer-based format. The examination was divided into three parts. The first part was the Descriptive Test. The second part of the exam was divided into four sub-sections i.e Convergent and Divergent thinking, General Awareness, Verbal Ability, and Quantitative Ability. The third part was Psychometric Test. Overall, MICAT II was on expected lines with no major changes in the pattern. The paper, however, seemed a bit lengthy and candidates found some questions slightly unusual. One noticeable difference in MICAT-II was that the GK section was dominated by business GK, which wasn't the case in MICAT I.

Part I Analysis - Descriptive Test

In this section, candidates had to attempt four questions within 35 minutes. This section tested candidates based on their analytical and descriptive writing ability as well as creative skills. The first three questions seemed related to each other, as the topic was based on ‘Start-ups’. In the first two questions, students were supposed to write three points in favour of the topic, three points against the topic. Both the questions carried a weightage of 10 marks each. The third question carried 20 marks and it required students to write a 3-point guideline that would enable start-ups to become established companies. The fourth question was allocated 30 marks and it consisted of four pictures. As part of the question, students were required to write down a particular pictorial combination and explain it with the help of a story.

Part II Analysis 

The time allotted to solve this section was 1 hour 45 minutes. Candidates had the option to navigate between different sections. For every correct answer, 1 mark was awarded and there was a penalty of 0.25 for every wrong answer. No marks were deducted for unattempted questions.

Section 1 - Divergent and Convergent Thinking (30 Questions)

Topic

No. of questions

Difficulty Level

Word Combination questions

15

Tough

Missing Picture(Visual Reasoning)

8

Easy to Moderate

Data Sufficiency

4

Easy

Statement-Assumption

3

Easy

Section 2 - General Awareness (25 Questions)

Topic

No. of questions

Difficulty Level

Current Affairs and Politics

4

Easy to Moderate

Banking and Finance

7

Moderate

Personality

4

Moderate to Tough

Business, Brands, Media

7

Moderate to Tough

Misc. GK

3

Moderate

Section 3 - Verbal Ability (25 Questions)

Topic

No. of questions

Difficulty Level

Fill in the blanks- Grammar based

3

Easy to Moderate

Idioms (Contextual)

2

Easy and Tough

Synonym/Antonym

3

Easy

Parajumble (4 sentence)

5

Moderate to Tough

Reading Comprehension

1 Passage (5 questions)

Easy to Moderate

One word substitution

1

Easy

Sentence Correction

4

Tough

Text Completion

2

Moderate

Section 4 - Quantitative Ability (25 Questions)

Topic

No. of questions

Difficulty Level

Algebra

4

Moderate

Arithmetic

7

Easy-Moderate

Number system

3

Easy

Set Theory

2

Easy

Geometry

3

Moderate

Caselet

6

Easy

Part III - Psychometric Test

This section was compulsory and it had no negative marking. It was mandatory to attempt all the questions in this part. 

Topic

Number of questions

Personality trait

10

Choosing from two arguments

16

Ranking Response to a situation

10

With inputs from Career Launcher

MICAT – I Exam Analysis (December 2017)

MICAT-I 2018 was conducted on 17th December, 2017 in a computer-based format, and the Result of MICAT-I 2018 was announced on 3rd January, 2018. The examination was divided into three parts - Psychomteric test, Descriptive test and the last part was divided into four sections - Logical reasoning, Verbal ability, Quantitative ability and General awareness. It is a two-hour and 45 minutes long exam. 

Detailed MICAT - I December 2017 Exam Analysis

As compared to last year's MICAT, this year's MICAT turned out to be slightly more difficult. The sections on General Awareness and Quantitative Analysis were also tough. This year's MICAT had the following three changes:

  • In this year's exam, the Psychometric test was the last section.
  • In General Awareness, there were 25 questions as compared to last year's 22 questions.
  • In the Descriptive test, the maximum marks for every question were mentioned.
Sections No. of Questions Time Duration
Descriptive Test 4 questions 35 minutes

Divergent Convergent Reasoning

General Awareness

Verbal Ability

Quantitative Analysis

 

30 Questions

25 Questions

25 Questions

25 Questions

105 minutes
Psychomteric Test 36 Questions 25 minutes

Candidates did not have the freedom to navigate to any other section during the examination.

While there was no negative marking in Sections 1 and 3, Section 2 had a negative marking of 0.25 marks for every wrong attempt.

MICAT is carried out in two phases for candidates who wish to join MICA's PGDM-C. One of the two MICAT scores will be considered for selection. Along with MICAT, MICA considers CAT/XAT/GMAT scores as well to shortlist candidates for its admission process, which may include GE-PI. After MICAT - I 2017 is conducted, candidates would be able to check Answer Key of the same. Using the Answer Key of MICAT - I, candidates would be able to cross-check their answers and calculate their probable scores. Stay tuned for further information on MICAT - I (December 2017) exam!

Section-Wise Analysis of MICAT - I December 2017

Section I: Descriptive Test - In this section, candidates' analytical and descriptive writing ability and creative skills were tested. Test takers had been given 35 minutes to attempt questions in this section. While the first three questions in this section were based on the theme ‘has education shifted from a learning perspective to one focusing on earning’, the fourth question in this section was based on four pictures that students had to use to write down a pictorial combination and explain the same with a story. The first two questions of Descriptive Test carried 10 marks each, the third question had been allocated 20 marks, and the fourth question carried 40 marks.

Section II: Divergent Convergent Reasoning

This section had a total of 30 questions based on word-association, statement assumption, data sufficiency as well as visual reasoning.  

In 30 minutes, a student should have answered 19-20 questions with 80-85% accuracy.

Topics and types of questions No. of questions Difficulty Level
Word Association 15 8 tough, 5 Moderate and 2 Easy
Statement Assumption 3 1 Easy and 2 Moderate
Visual Reasoning 8 Easy to Moderate
Logical Data Sufficiency  4 Moderate

Section II: General Awareness

In this section, there 25 questions this year. Out of 25, 16 questions were based on National issues while 9 were based on International affairs. There were 19 questions which were of static type and 6 were based on current affairs. Overall, the section was more difficult as compared to MICAT 2016. Candidates with good general knowledge could have easily attempted about 10-11 questions with 80% accuracy in a time frame of 10 minutes.

Section II: Verbal Ability 

In this section, students had to answer questions based on jumbled paragraphs, double blanks, synonyms, sentence errors, idiom-based questions, paragraph completion and a Reading Comprehension passage. In about 25 minutes, candidates should have attempted about 19-20 questions with 80% accuracy.

Topic No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Double Fill in the Blanks 1 Moderate
Jumbled Paragraph 5 1 Easy, 1 Tough and 3 Moderate
Identify the correct sentence 2 Moderate
Synonyms of the highlighted word used in the sentence 3 2 Moderate and 1 Difficult
1 Reading Comprehension passage 5 3 Easy and 2 Moderate
Complete the Paragraph 1 Tough
Antonym 1 Easy
Preposition-based (Fill in the Blanks) 2 1 Easy, 1 Moderate
Grammar-based correct response 1 Easy
Make the sentences in which adverbs are correctly placed 1 Easy
Meaning of underlined idioms/idoms-based (Fill in the Blanks) 3 Moderate

Section II: Quantitative Ability

In this section, there were 25 questions. While 19 questions were based on Quantitative Ability, 6 questions were based on Data Interpretation. Majority of the questions had a higher difficulty level as compared to last year's MICAT. A good attempt in this section means students would've answered 15-16 questions with 85% accuracy in about 40 minutes.

Types of Questions No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Number  2 Moderate
Algebra 1 Moderate
Arithmetic 7 Moderate

Modern Mathematics

Sequence Series

Set Theory

Functions

 

2

1

1

 

Tough

Easy 

Moderate

Geometry

Quadrilaterals

Trigonometry

Circles and Polygons

 

2

2

1

 

 

Moderate

 

 

Data Interpretation

Table

Caselet

 

3

3

 

Easy to Moderate

Section III: Psychometric Test - In this section, students had to answer 36 questions within a time frame of 25 minutes. As per MICA's test instructions, it was mandatory to attempt all the questions as failure to do so would lead to candidate' disqualification. There were no right or wrong answers in this section.

In the first set of questions in Psychometric Test, there were 10 questions and every question had three options. The questions were based on a particular personality trait and students had to choose any one option out of the three. 

In the second set of questions, there were 16 questions that asked students had to make a choice from a set of two arguments and to rate them in accordance with one’s personality traits. 

The third set had around 10 questions where candidates had to rank 6 actions/response sentences in the given question in an order of decreasing importance.

This section usually turns out to be simple and less time-consuming for those who are accustomed to taking psychometric tests. 

Note: Analysis has been written with inputs from IMS India

MICAT – II Exam Analysis (February 2017)

The MICAT II, which was held on February 12, 2017, turned out to be tougher as compared to MICAT I, conducted on December 11, 2016. The exam was conducted in online mode across 27 cities in India. The exam was conducted without any technical glitches. The overall difficulty level of MICAT – II was easy to moderate, with General Awareness and Quantitative Ability sections being tougher than the rest.

The exam structure of MICAT comprises of different sections in the exam, time duration, number of questions and marking scheme. The exam is divided into three parts – Descriptive, Psychometric, and the last part is divided into four sections namely Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability, General Awareness, and Quantitative Ability.

Part – 1, Part – 2 and Part – 3, all parts had a separate time constraint of 35 minutes, 25 minutes and 110 minutes respectively. There was, however, no sectional time limit in the last part.

Brief Analysis of Part - I (Descriptive)

This section had 4 questions, which were descriptive in nature. This section tested candidates based on their critical and creative writing skills. The total time duration allocated to this entire section was 35 minutes. Overall, there were no surprises in this section.

Brief Analysis of Part II (Psychometric Test)

There was no negative marking in this section and attempting all the questions in this part were compulsory. The section had 36 questions, which had to be attempted within a sectional time limit of 25 minutes. According to the instruction sheet, the consequence of failing to attempt all the questions was disqualification.

Brief Analysis of Part III

The third part of MICAT had four sections, including Logical Reasoning, General Knowledge, Verbal Ability, and Quantitative Ability. The number of questions were 30, 22, 25 and 25 respectively. The third part had a sectional time limit of 110 minutes. Candidates had the liberty to navigate through the 4 sections as per their requirement. Once the time was over, the test paper got submitted automatically. There was a penalty of 0.25 marks for every wrong answer, and there was no penalty for un-attempted questions.

MICAT – I Exam Analysis (December 2016)

MICAT - I was conducted in online mode on 11th December 2016. The exam is meant for candidates who wish to pursue MICA's two-year flagship programme 'Post Graduate Diploma in Management Communications or PGDM-C'.

The first phase of MICAT examination was conducted across various cities in India including Delhi, Noida, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Allahabad, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Dehradun, Patna, Guwahati, Indore, Raipur, Visakhapatnam, Jaipur, Kochi, Nagpur, Lucknow, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Ranchi and Vadodara.

Get a Detailed Analysis of MICAT – I Exam (December 2016)!

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