MICAT 2022-2024

MICAT (MICA Admission Test) is a qualifying examination for admission to the PGDM programs offered by MICA Ahmedabad. The exam is conducted biannually and administered by MICA (Mudra Institute of Communication), Ahmadabad. MICAT 1 2022 is expected to be held in the first  week of December 2021 and MICAT 2 2022 is expected to be held in the second week of February 2022. The candidates can appear for both the exams. The better score is considered at the next stage of the selection process. The Notification for the MICAT 2022-2024 batch & exam is expected to release in the third week of August 2021. MICA offers 50% weightage to MICAT exam and other 50% weightage to CAT/XAT/MICAT scores.


About MICAT 2022-2024

MICAT is quite different from other MBA Entrance Exams. It will have three different sections with their own time limits.

Part 1: Psychometric test

Part 2: Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, General Awareness, and Divergent-Convergent Thinking

Part 3: Descriptive Test

While the aptitude section is something that MICAT has in common with other MBA Entrance Exams, the other sections firmly place it in a different category.

The Psychometric test is something that some institutes implement but most of the colleges hold this test during their Personal Interview rounds rather than the MBA Entrance Exam itself making MICAT different from other exams.

In addition to this, there is a descriptive test in MICAT which is not the norm with most MBA Entrance Exams. The closest example of this is the XAT Essay writing section which was discontinued from XAT 2019 onwards.

The exact pattern of MICAT is not available currently as the MICAT 2022 - 2024 Notification has not been released. The pattern for MICAT has remained relatively stable and no major changes are anticipated.

Highlights of MICAT 2021

Part 1: 30 minutes

Part 2: 105 minutes

Part 3: 30 minutes

MICA Ahmedabad holds the MICAT Exam twice in a year before releasing a shortlist of candidates for the Group Exercise and Personal Interview process. The first MICAT 2021 Exam (dubbed MICAT 1) is expected to be conducted in the first week of December 2021 while the second MICAT 2021 Exam (dubbed MICAT2) is expected to be held in the third week of February 2022. Candidates can attempt both MICAT Exams and the higher score will be considered for the cut-off.

Courses Offered through MICAT

MICAT is held for selecting candidates for admission in MICA Ahmedabad. The flagship course that accepts the MICAT Score is the PGDM-C course or the diploma course in Communication. MICA has carved a niche for itself in generating business stalwarts in the domain of strategic management and digital marketing. The applicants of MICAT are extremely serious about pursuing masters from MICA and the total number of MICAT test takers had been more than 5000 last year. As the number substantially drops from the number of aspirants appearing for CAT, XAT or NMAT, clearing MICAT becomes fairly easier for candidates and no part of their dream of getting into a prestigious b-school is compromised. The selection process of MICA is held once or twice for one academic session of two years. The cycles mainly shuffle between December to January and Feb to March. MICA is extremely welcoming towards students who take MICAT additionally and keeps them on the frontline as compared to traditional CAT or GMAT aspirants.

He PDGM-C (Post graduate diploma in Communication) focuses on developing strategic marketing professionals. MICA Ahmedabad is acknowledged to be one of the best colleges in the field of marketing and the PGDM-C focuses on grooming business leaders who focus on creative thinking, consumer-centricity, communication, and community outreach according to MICA's Program Summary of PGDM-C.

MICAT is held specifically for MICA Ahmedabad’s selection processes. This increases the difficulty level of the exam since the only candidates that appear are serious aspirants for MICA Ahmedabad.

MICAT Notification 2022-2024

The MICAT 2022-24 official Notification contains some of the essential details such as the timeline of the selection process for the 2022-2024 batch including the registration window and the exam date. Some details about the MICAT Exam Pattern and the MICAT Selection Procedures are available on the official MICA website. The MICAT Notification announces the important dates of MICAT 1 as well as MICAT 2 but hasn’t been released yet. The tentative exam schedule of MICAT 1 and 2 is mentioned as under: 

Exam-related Event (MICAT II )

Tentative Exam Dates

Commencement of Registration

First week of January 2021

Registration Deadline

Last week of January 2021, upto 12 AM

Issuance of Hall ticket

First week of February 2021

MICAT – II Exam Date

Second week of February, 2021

Declaration of Result

Third week of  February 2021

Selection for Group Exercise - Personal Interview

Third week of February 2021

Shortlisting rounds (New Delhi and Kolkata)

Second week of March 2021

Shortlisting rounds (Ahmedabad)

Second week of March 2021 (Different Days)

Shortlisting rounds (Bangalore and Mumbai)

Third week of March 2021

Final results

Monday, March 25, 2019

For more details, please go to this page.

MICAT Eligibility Criteria

The Eligibility Criteria for MICAT is quite similar to other MBA Entrance Exams with one significant difference. Candidates applying through MICAT are expected to give one of CAT/XAT/GMAT as well in order to be eligible for further processes. The major eligibility criteria for candidates to be eligible for MICAT are:


MICAT Registration

The MICAT Registration is expected to start the third week of August 2021 for MICAT 1 and normally close by the third week of November 2021. The application and registration for MICAT is completely online and the candidates need to provide the following details:

With these details, the candidate will be able to complete the MICAT Registration after paying the application fee.

MICAT Exam Fees

The test fees for MICAT is 1985/- for each attempt. The application fee for the MICAT Exam must be paid online with an option of offline payment. The online options for payment of the application fee of MICAT 2022 are expected to be:

The offline options available for payment of the MICAT 2022 Application fee are expected to be:

If the candidate wishes to pay by cash, they need to click on the “Payment through SBI” button in the payment options and print the Challan generated. The Challan has 3 parts with one part to be kept with the candidate, one part to be submitted at MICA Ahmedabad and one part that will be taken by the bank when the payment is made.

MICAT Exam Pattern

MICA Ahmedabad has released the MICAT 2022-2024 Notification but has not given details regarding the number of questions in the sections so we have to study the exam pattern of last year’s MICAT Exam. The overall pattern is not expected to change too much from the norm which is shown in the table given below:

Section No of Questions
Part 1 Psychometric Test 150
Part 2 Verbal Ability 25
Quantitative Ability 25
General Awareness 25
Divergent-Convergent Thinking 30
Part 3 Descriptive Test 4

MICAT has a combination of subjective and objective questions. There is also no negative marking in any section except Section 2 due to the nature of the sections themselves. Section 2 is quite similar to the aptitude section of other MBA Entrance Exams.

MICAT Syllabus

The MICAT Exam has 3 sections as mentioned above. The section-wise MICAT Syllabus is discussed below:

Psychometric Test - MICAT Syllabus

The Psychometric test is entirely subjective and there is no fixed syllabus as it asks questions to find out about the candidate personality.

Aptitude Section - MICAT Syllabus

This is a section that is somewhat similar to other MBA Entrance Exams. While it does not have a clearly defined syllabus, the major topics can be identified quite easily. The Verbal Ability section contains three main topics:

The Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation section in MICAT contains:

The Convergent and Divergent Thinking section is a combination of logical reasoning and verbal reasoning. Some of the major topics in this section of MICAT are:

How to Prepare for MICAT

The difference between MICAT and other MBA Entrance Exams emphasizes that preparation for MICAT is somewhat tricky. The first thing that each candidate needs to do is to understand exactly what is tested in the MICAT Exam. The major pain points for the candidates during MICAT Preparation could be the Descriptive section as it is completely different from any of the sections in other MBA Entrance Exams.

The best mode of preparation for this section would be to go through previous MICAT papers and the sample papers that MICA Ahmedabad has uploaded on their website. This will give the candidate an idea of the kind of questions that could be asked in the MICAT Exam. Apart from this, attempting as many MICAT Mocks would also be helpful in your MICAT Preparation.


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