MICAT Paper Analysis 2020

    Neha Rani Neha Rani
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    MICAT 2019 covered three sections –Section I was a  Descriptive Test and Section II contained four sub-sections viz. Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Verbal Ability and Quantitative Ability and Section III was a Psychometric Test. Candidates are given 2 hours and 45 minutes to attempt the exam. Now, the first phase of MICAT will be conducted on December 7, 2020.Check MICAT-I 2019 Analysis, Question Paper, Answer Key & Cut off

    This article talks about the paper analysis of the MICAT 2019 exam. It will help you in understanding the section-wise distribution of questions, overall difficulty level, weightages of topics and expected the cut off criteria.

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    MICAT 2019 Analysis

    The overall difficulty of the MICAT- I was moderate, but difficult as compared to that of the previous year. The General Awareness and Quantitative Analysis sections are found to be most difficult of all.

    Several changes are introduced in the MICAT 2020 exam. Firstly, the Psychometric Test section was the last one in the exam. Then 25 questions are asked from the General Awareness section, compared to 22 questions in the previous year. Check MICAT Syllabus

    No negative marking is there for Section 1 and Section 3. In case a candidate has attempted an incorrect answer in Section 2, 0.25 marks would be deducted.

    Candidates are required to complete sections in a sequential manner. So before moving to the next section, they are required to complete the current section. It means that the switching between the sections was not allowed.

    All of these three sections collectively contained 140 questions. Following is the overall details on MICAT 2019 paper analysis.

    Paper PartSection NameNumber of QuestionsTime Duration (Minutes)Overall Difficulty
    Section 1Descriptive Test435Moderate
    Section 2Divergent Convergent Reasoning30105Moderate to difficult
    General Awareness25
    Verbal Ability25
    Quantitative Analysis25
    Section 3Psychometric Test3625Moderate

    Section-wise MICAT Analysis 2019

    Section I

    Section I in MICAT is the Descriptive Test that evaluates the analytical and creative writing skills of the candidates. This section contained only four questions, and the first three questions are linked with each other.

    • The section was based on the topic – ‘Has education shifted from a learning perspective to one focusing on earning’. The first two questions of Section I instructed candidates to write three points each to support and counter the topic.
    • Each of these two questions carried 10 marks. For the third question, candidates are required to draft a write-up of around 300 words about the integral education. This question carried 20 marks.
    • In the last and fourth question of this section, candidates are provided with four pictures. They are required to draw one combinational picture from the four pictures, and narrate a supporting story.
    • The four pictures in this question are related to a scene of a rabbit in a gift box, a globe with pins stuck all over it, a man kayaking in a beautiful lake surrounded by trees, and a photo of people cycling.

    Section II

    Section II contained 105 questions to be attempted by the candidates in 105 minutes. Following is its detailed paper analysis based on its four sub-sections - Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Verbal Ability and Quantitative Ability.

    1- Logical Reasoning

    The Logical Reasoning section contained 30 questions to be attempted in 30 minutes. Questions are based on word association, statement assumption, data sufficiency and visual reasoning. 

    In general, students could have answered at least 19-20 questions with 80-85% accuracy. Following are the details of the analysis of this section.

    Types of QuestionsNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
    Word Association158 difficult, 5 moderate and 2 easy
    Statement Assumption32 moderate and 1 easy
    Visual Reasoning8All questions are from easy to moderate
    Logical Data Sufficiency4All questions are moderate

    2- General Awareness

    This section contained 25 questions, which are 3 questions more than that in the previous year. Out of these 25 questions, 16 are based on national issues and the remaining 9 on international affairs.

    Total 19 questions are of a static type and the remaining 6 are on current affairs. The overall difficulty level of this section is moderate to difficult than the previous year’s exam.

    It is predicted that the candidates with good general knowledge would have attempted at least 10-11 questions with 80% accuracy in 10 minutes.

    3- Verbal Ability

    This section contained the questions based on jumbled paragraphs, double blanks, synonyms, sentence errors, idiom-based questions, paragraph completion and a Reading Comprehension passage. In general, candidates will have attempted at least 19-20 questions with 80% accuracy in about 25 minutes. Following is the detailed breakup.

    TopicNumber of QuestionsDifficulty Level
    Double Fill in the Blanks1All questions are moderate
    Jumbled Paragraph51 difficult and 3 moderate and 1 easy
    Identify the correct sentence2All questions are moderate
    Synonyms of the highlighted word used in the sentence31 difficult and 2 moderate
    1 Reading Comprehension passage52 moderate and 3 easy
    Complete the Paragraph1All questions are difficult
    Antonym1All questions are easy
    Preposition-based (Fill in the Blanks)21 moderate and 1 easy
    Grammar-based correct response1All questions are easy
    Make the sentences in which adverbs are correctly placed1All questions are easy
    Meaning of underlined idioms/idioms-based (Fill in the Blanks)3All questions are moderate

    4- Quantitative Ability

    This section contained 25 questions. Of these, 19 are completely based on quantitative ability, and the remaining 6 are biased on data interpretation.

    Most of these questions are more difficult than that of the previous year's exam. It is expected that candidates would have answered at least 15-16 questions with 85% accuracy in around 40 minutes. Following is the detailed breakup.

    Type of questionsNumber of questionsLevel of difficulty
    Number2All questions are moderate
    Algebra1Question was moderate
    Arithmetic7All questions are moderate
    Modern Mathematics
    Sequence-Series2All questions are difficult
    Set Theory1Question was easy
    Functions1Question was moderate
    Quadrilaterals2All questions are moderate
    Trigonometry2All questions are moderate
    Circles and Polygons1Question was moderate
    Data Interpretation
    Table3All questions are easy to moderate
    Caselet3All questions are easy to moderate

    Section III

    This section is the Psychometric Test. It contained 36 questions to be attempted by the candidates in 25 minutes. Based on the instructions issued by MICAT, candidates are mandatorily required to attempt all the questions in this section.

    Failing to this, the candidates are liable to disqualification. There are no right or wrong answers in this section. The section contained three sets.

    There are 10 questions with three probable answers in the first set. The questions in this set are based on a particular personality trait.

    The second set contained 16 questions with two probable answers related to the candidate’s own personality traits. The third set contained 10 questions, where candidates are required to descend 6 responses for each question in the order of decreasing importance.

    The overall section is simple and less time-consuming for those the candidates who has practised on psychometric tests before taking the exam. With the limited timeframe and the condition of attempting all the questions, candidates are forced to be honest while attempting all the questions.

    To conclude, MICA shortlists candidates based on the section-wise scaled scores. The institute does not release any cut off for admission to the PGDM-C program. It is expected that those candidates who clear the psychometric test and descriptive section and secure 45-47 marks in total, would be called for the GD-PI round. All the best!

    *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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