MICAT 2020 Exam Pattern, Duration, Mode, Marking Scheme

    Neha Rani Neha Rani
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    MICAT 2020 Exam Pattern will be released by MICA Ahmedabad. No new change in MICAT Paper Pattern has been notified as yet. MICAT 2020 will be conducted on December 7, 2019 in online mode. The exam is held twice a year (MICAT I and MICAT II). Best of the two scores are considered for final admission.

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    • Mode of Exam: The exam will be organized through online mode (Computer Based Test).
    • Type of Questions: The questions will be of objective type and subjective type.
    • Number of Questions: Total of 144 questions will be asked in the exam.
    • Total Duration of Exam: The whole examination will be of 2 hours and 45 minutes. 35 minutes will be given to section-I while 130 minutes will be given to Section-II.
    • Sections: It will be comprised of six sections.
    • Negative Marking: There is no negative marking for Part 1 and 3. Part 2 has a negative marking of 0.25 percent of the total marks allotted.

    Highlights of MICAT Paper Pattern 2020

    Examination ModeOnline (Computer Based Mode)
    Time Duration2 hours and 45 Minutes
    Number of Sections3
    Total Number of Questions144
    Negative Marking0.25 for VA, QA, GA, and DCR 
    Exam Language English

    MICAT 2020 Exam Pattern

    The MICAT Exam Pattern includes details related to different sections in the exam, number of questions, time duration as well as marking scheme. While the first phase exam is conducted in December and the second phase exam is conducted in January 2020. The main aim of MICAT is to judge the overall abilities and skills of the candidates based on the following six sections such as:

    • Verbal Ability,
    • General Awareness,
    • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation,
    • Psychometric Test,
    • Descriptive Test, 
    • Divergent and Convergent Thinking

    In MICAT question paper, there are 25 questions each in VA, QA, GA, and DCR whereas the Psychometric Test has a total of 35 questions. The Descriptive Test carries only 4 questions. The exam comprises of both objective and subjective questions. The total duration of the exam is 2 hours and 45 minutes. 

    Detailed MICAT Exam Pattern 2020

    SectionsSubjectsNumber of QuestionsTime Duration
    Section IPsychometric3525 minutes
    Section II Verbal Ability (VA)251:45 minutes
    Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QA & DA)25
    General Awareness (GA)25
    Divergent-Convergent Reasoning (DCR)30
    Section IIIDescriptive Test 435 minutes
    Total -1402: 45 Minutes

    MICAT 2020 Section-wise Exam Pattern

    Verbal Ability

    • Comprising of 25 questions, this section tests candidates’ comprehension, grammatical skills, and vocabulary. 0.25 marks will be deducted for each wrong answer.

    General Awareness

    • This section consists of 25 questions in total. Candidates’ overall knowledge about current affairs is tested in this particular section. There is a negative marking of 0.25 marks for this section.

    Descriptive Test

    • This section consists of 4 questions in total, which judges candidates’ flair of creative writing. A total of 35 minutes is allotted to complete this section, with no negative marking.

    Quantitative Ability

    • This section consists of a total of 25 questions. Candidates’ mathematical skills are tested in this section, with 0.25 marks as negative marking for wrong answers.

    Psychometric Test

    • This section consists of 35 questions in total, which must be attempted by the candidates. This psychometric test judges candidates’ personality and behavioural traits. For this particular section, there is no negative marking.

    Divergent-Convergent Reasoning

    • 30 questions are asked in this section, which judges candidates’ reasoning and analytical skills. A negative marking of 0.25 marks is applicable for this section.

    MICAT Marking Scheme 2020

    • There is no negative marking for the Descriptive section and Psychometric section.
    • The sections including Verbal Ability, General Awareness, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, and Divergent and Convergent Thinking have a negative marking. 0.25 percent is deducted of the allotted marks.

    MICAT 2020 – Previous Year Analysis

    • Sample Papers of MICAT 2020 will help the candidates to practice the type of questions that will be asked in MICAT.
    • MICA does release the sample papers for MICAT ahead of the exam so that they can practice from it and get an idea what type of questions will be asked.
    • Shortlisted candidates will appear for Group Exercise (GE) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. While preparing the final merit list, 30% weighatge if allotted to MICAT Score.
    • Below the candidates can find links to MICAT Paper Analysis:

    FAQs Related to MICAT 2020 Exam Pattern

    Ques.  What is the mode of test?  

    Ans. Computer-Based Test (CBT)

    Ques.  Can a candidate use their own computer and give the test?

    Ans. No, one has to necessarily go to the test venue allotted and appear for the test there.

    Ques.  Can I take the test from any computer?

    Ans. No, a candidate will have to take the test on a pre-assigned center allotted in the MICAT Admit Card and will not have a choice to choose his or her venue and the assigned computer in the test center.

    Ques.  When & how many times is MICAT conducted in a year?

    Ans. MICAT is conducted in two phases. MICAT-I will be held on December 7, 2019 while MICAT-II is scheduled for January 25, 2020. 

    Ques.  Can a candidate appear in both the MICATs?

    Ans. Yes, a candidate is eligible to appear in both exams but has to fill two separate application forms by paying the registration fees and as per the timelines. Shortlist will be prepared on the basis of MICAT-I and /or II or better of the two performances if a candidate has taken both MICAT-I and MICAT-II.

    Ques.  How is the computer-based format different from the paper-based format?

    Ans. The format of the test is more or less the same except that a candidate reads the question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer, instead of reading on a paper booklet and using a pencil to darken the ovals on an OMR sheet. The subjective section of the MICAT will have to be typed out as per the instructions. 

    Ques.  What does a Computer Based Test look like?

    Ans. MICAT trial test will be available on the official website for candidates to get familiarised with the functionality and navigation of the actual Computer Based Test, closer to the examination dates.

    Ques.  What is the pattern for MICAT, GE, and PI?

    Ans. The MICAT has been designed comprehensively to assess analytical and verbal ability, logical reasoning, divergent thinking, written communication skills, creative potential and general awareness about contemporary social and industry-related issues, including areas covering media, marketing, advertising, and business. All psychometric questions are compulsory.

    Group Exercise (GE): A group exercise is a team-based evaluation process wherein candidates will be judged on their performance with their allotted group members. There will be no screening after the GE.  All those who have appeared for GE will also appear for PI. Personal Interview (PI).

    Ques.  What is a psychometric test?

    Ans. Psychometric tests are a standard and scientific method used to measure individuals' mental capabilities and behavioural style. Psychometric tests are designed to measure candidates' suitability for a role based on the required personality characteristics and aptitude (or cognitive abilities).

    Ques.  Am I allowed to carry a calculator or mobile to the test venue? 

    Ans. No, you are not allowed to carry a calculator or mobile to the exam hall.

    Ques.  Will I get sheets/papers for rough work/calculations etc. for MICAT? 

    Ans. Yes, but no electronic devices are allowed in the examination hall/room.

    Ques.  Are there any breaks during the test?

    Ans. There are no scheduled breaks in the test. However, test takers can take unscheduled breaks if they want during the test session. An unscheduled break means a break during which the test clock does not stop. If a test taker chooses to take a break, the actual time spent on the break will be deducted from the time allocated to complete the test. No extra time will be given to complete the test. During the break, the test taker must leave the testing room. Upon re-entering the testing room, the test taker must show a valid ID. 

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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