MICAT 1 2020 Exam Analysis

MICAT 1 2020 was conducted on 7th December 2019 between 9 AM and 11:45 PM. The pattern for the MICAT 2020 remained the same as last year with the overall paper being of a similar level to last year.

Section Name Number of Questions Sectional Time Limit (min.)
Section 1: Psychometric Test 150 30
Psychometric Test 150 30
Section 2: Aptitude Test 105 105
Verbal Ability 25 No specific time limit
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 25 No specific time limit
General Awareness 25 No specific time limit
Divergent and Convergent Thinking 30 No specific time limit
Section 3: Descriptive Test 4 30
Total 259 165

There is no negative marking in Section 1 and 3 since they are subjective nature however Section 2 has negative marking. For each incorrect answer in this section, the candidate is penalized with a negative mark of 0.25 marks.

MICAT 1 2020 Analysis: Psychometric Section

The number of psychometric questions drastically increased to 150 from the previous years but the time limit increased to only 30 minutes. This meant that the candidates did not have much time to ponder their choices but rather had to select the options that came to their mind first.

MICAT 1 2020 Analysis: Aptitude Section

In the aptitude test, the sections remained the same. The Aptitude section overall was of a similar level as the previous years and hence the cut off would not vary too much.

MICAT 1 2020 Analysis: Verbal Ability

The Fill in the blank type of questions were fairly easy and solvable while the synonym-antonym questions were easy-moderate in terms of difficulty. The error correction questions followed a similar vein as the synonym-antonym questions and were easy-moderate in difficulty. There were 5 questions of Reading Comprehension and were quite easy while the ParaJumbles were moderate in difficulty. A different type of question tested was the Idioms and Proverbs type of question. Here, a word was given and idiom/proverb that would fit the word had to be chosen. These questions were slightly difficult owing to the words which were used.

S.no Topic Number of questions Level of difficulty
1 Synonym & Antonym (Contextual) 5 Easy- Moderate
2 Fill in the blank (Idioms & Prepositions) 7 Moderate
3 Statement Correction & Completion 3 Moderate
4 Para Jumble 5 Moderate
5 Reading Comprehension 1 Passage (5 questions) Easy- Moderate

MICAT 1 2020 Analysis: Quantitative Ability

The Quantitative Section had a small surprise in the sense that there were 5 questions of Data Interpretation in the section. The questions asked in Data Interpretation were split into 2 sets. One set was in the form of a table and had 2 questions while the other DI set was in the form of a pie chart and had 3 questions. The Quantitative questions were fairly easy in terms of difficulty which meant that the section overall was easy-moderate in terms of difficulty level.

MICAT 1 2020 Analysis: General Awareness

The General Awareness section was quite tricky as per usual. This section had 25 questions. The level of difficulty ranged from moderate to difficult. The questions covered familiar areas like Banking & Finance, Business, brands and media, from which questions have been asked in previous years’ papers. The section also included questions on corporate law, politics, history and 5 questions were asked from geography.

MICAT 1 2020 Analysis: Divergent-Convergent Thinking

The Divergent and Convergent thinking section was moderate-difficult in terms of its level. There were 11 questions of Visual Reasoning asked where the candidate’s ability to grasp patterns was tested. There were also 10-11 questions of Word Associations which were moderate in difficulty level. There were a few Statement Assumption questions and a few singlets which were miscellaneous in nature. The remaining questions were data sufficiency types of questions which were moderate in terms of their difficulty.

S.no Topic Number of questions Level of difficulty
1 Missing figure 12 Easy
2 Word Associations 9 Moderate
3 Statement Assumption 4 Moderate
4 Date sufficiency 4 Easy-Moderate
5 Blood Relation 1 Easy

MICAT 1 2020 Analysis: Descriptive Essay

The topic for the descriptive essay was “Laziness” and the candidates were asked to give:

  • 3 reasons how it could benefit society
  • 3 ways in which it would negatively affect society
  • How can a manager use it as a progressive tool

Apart from this, the candidates were also asked to build a story based on 4 pictures given in the form of tiles. The pictures were:

  • A silhouette of a man on a zebra crossing
  • An empty road across a warehouse
  • A robotic looking bee
  • A padlocked gate surrounded by trees.

In the descriptive essay, the candidates are expected to show their creativity as well as their logical reasoning to answer the questions posed and the story writing subsection.

MICAT 1 2020 Exam Analysis: Overall

MICAT 1 2020 was, by and large, of a similar difficulty level as the previous MICAT Exams and this means that the cut offs are unlikely to shift. However this is no guarantee as the cut offs are dependent on the candidate pool just as much as the difficulty of the paper.

While deciding on the calls to be given, MICA Ahmedabad looks at the candidates who have qualified in the Psychometric section first (Candidates who fail this section are not considered). Following this, the candidates' MICAT Score and CAT Score are considered to form a preliminary list. From this list, the candidates who stand out in their descriptive essay section are called for the final selection procedures. This elaborate procedure means that it is difficult to estimate the cut off for MICAT 2020.

MICAT 2019

MICAT 2 was held on 9th February 2019 while MICAT 1 was held on 1st December 2018. It was held as a Computer Based Test as they have been since 2015. The paper pattern of MICAT 2020 is expected to be the same as the paper pattern of the MICAT 2019 Exam.

Section Name Number of Questions Sectional Time Limit (min.)
Section 1: Psychometric Test 27 25
Psychometric Test 27 25
Section 2: Aptitude Test 105 105
Verbal Ability 25 No specific time limit
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 25 No specific time limit
General Awareness 25 No specific time limit
Divergent and Convergent Thinking 30 No specific time limit
Section 3: Descriptive Test 4 35
Total 136 165

The MICAT Exam is slightly tricky because getting a high score in the Aptitude test does not guarantee you an interview call. All it does is ensuring that the candidate clears the cut off in that section. The Psychometric test as well as Descriptive Test is also evaluated before deciding the final list of candidates. Due to this, it is difficult to determine the MICAT Cut Off. With a good descriptive test, candidates with 44 marks also had calls while candidates with 50 did not get a call due to their descriptive test.

MICAT 2018

MICAT 2018 was held on 17th December 2017 and 17th February 2018. The number of questions in the Psychometric section was lower in MICAT 2018 compared to MICAT 2019. The MICAT 2018 paper pattern is given below:

Section Name Number of Questions Sectional Time Limit (min.)
Section 1: Psychometric Test 36 25
Psychometric Test 36 25
Section 2: Aptitude Test 105 105
Verbal Ability 25 No specific time limit
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 25 No specific time limit
General Awareness 25 No specific time limit
Divergent and Convergent Thinking 30 No specific time limit
Section 3: Descriptive Test 4 35
Total 145 165

Similar to MICAT 2019, the cut off is difficult to determine but candidates with scores over 50 would stand a good chance of getting a call as long as they did well in their descriptive test.

Read complete MICAT 2018 Exam Analysis

MICAT 2017

MICAT 2017 was held on 11th December 2016 and 12th February 2017. The MICAT Paper Pattern remained exactly the same as in MICAT 2018. The paper pattern is as follows:

Section Name Number of Questions Sectional Time Limit (min.)
Section 1: Psychometric Test 36 25
Psychometric Test 36 25
Section 2: Aptitude Test 105 105
Verbal Ability 25 No specific time limit
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 25 No specific time limit
General Awareness 25 No specific time limit
Divergent and Convergent Thinking 30 No specific time limit
Section 3: Descriptive Test 4 35
Total 145 165

Any candidate who receives over 50 in the MICAT Exam should be relatively confident of the getting the call for GE-PI if their descriptive test went well.

Conclusion

One of the most important things that each candidate needs to prepare for is the Descriptive test. MICAT puts quite a bit of emphasis on the creativity shown in this section and it can act as the deciding factor for candidates who have cleared the cut off. Based on the score in this section, the decision on whether the candidate will get a GE-PI call.