MICAT 2020 Analysis and Cut Off

MICAT is the admission test which MICA Ahmedabad holds in order to select candidates for all their courses including the flagship course of PGDM-C. Given the reputation that MICA Ahmedabad holds in Marketing, it is no surprise that MICAT is a fairly popular MBA Entrance Exam. The MICAT 2020 Exam will likely contain three broad sections/tests:

  • Psychometric Test
  • Aptitude Section
  • Descriptive Test

The Aptitude section will contain 4 distinct parts:

  • Verbal Ability
  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
  • General Awareness
  • Divergent and Convergent Thinking

While the exact MICAT 2020 Exam Pattern has not been released, it is not likely to differ greatly from the MICAT 2019. Thus, the MICAT 2020 Exam Pattern is likely to be:

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

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 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.