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MICAT Paper Analysis 2018

Updated On - January 25th 2018 by SONAL ROHATGI

The first phase of MICAT 2018 was conducted on December 17, 2017 in online mode. Its result was declared by the organizing committee on January 03, 2018.

MICAT 2018 covered three sections –Section I was 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 were given 2 hours and 45 minutes to attempt the exam. Now, the second phase of MICAT is scheduled for December 17, 2018.Check MICAT-I 2018 Analysis, Question Paper, Answer Key & Cut off

This article talks about the paper analysis of the MICAT 2018 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 2018 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 were found to be most difficult of all.

Several changes were introduced in the MICAT 2018 exam. Firstly, the Psychometric Test section was the last one in the exam. Then 25 questions were asked from the General Awareness section, compared to 22 questions in the previous year. Check MICAT Syllabus

No negative marking was 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 were required to complete sections in a sequential manner. So before moving to the next section, they were 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 2018 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 2018

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 were 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 were 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 were provided with four pictures. They were required to draw one combinational picture from the four pictures, and narrate a supporting story.
  • The four pictures in this question were 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 were 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 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 were from easy to moderate
Logical Data Sufficiency4All questions were moderate

2- General Awareness

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

Total 19 questions were of static type and remaining 6 were on current affairs. The overall difficulty level of this section was 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 would 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 were moderate
Jumbled Paragraph51 difficult and 3 moderate and 1 easy
Identify the correct sentence2All questions were 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 were difficult
Antonym1All questions were easy
Preposition-based (Fill in the Blanks)21 moderate and 1 easy
Grammar-based correct response1All questions were easy
Make the sentences in which adverbs are correctly placed1All questions were easy
Meaning of underlined idioms/idioms-based (Fill in the Blanks)3All questions were moderate

4- Quantitative Ability

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

Most of these questions were more difficult than that of 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 were moderate
Algebra1Question was moderate
Arithmetic7All questions were moderate
Modern Mathematics
Sequence-Series2All questions were difficult
Set Theory1Question was easy
Functions1Question was moderate
Quadrilaterals2All questions were moderate
Trigonometry2All questions were moderate
Circles and Polygons1Question was moderate
Data Interpretation
Table3All questions were easy to moderate
Caselet3All questions were easy to moderate

Section III

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

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

There were 10 questions with three probable answers in the first set. The questions in this set were 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 were required to descend 6 responses for each question in the order of decreasing importance.

The overall section was simple and less time-consuming for those the candidates who has practiced on psychometric tests before taking the exam. With the limited timeframe and the condition of attempting all the questions, candidates were 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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