MICAT Selection Procedure 2020 Merit List for PGDMC 2019-21

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    The selection procedure of MICAT 2020 will commence in March 2020. All the candidates who clear the entrance exam, they will be shortlisted for MICAT 2020 selection procedure. They will have to participate in group exercise and personal interview which is part of MICAT selection procedure 2020. The personal interview and group exercise will take place from March 7 to March 18 in different cities. The final result of MICAT 2020 will be declared on March 2020. 

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    • The admission to MICAT 2020 is a 3 step procedure. The first step is to score well in CAT/ XAT/ GMAT exam. The second step is to score qualifying marks in the MICAT 2020.
    • The selected candidates for second phase are selected on the basis of composite scores of phase I. 
    • After the phase II of GE - PI process, final merit list will release which completes the MICAT 2020 selection procedure and admissions are offered to the candidates.

    MICAT 2020 Selection Procedure

    Candidates who demonstrate an aptitude for expressing, assessing, and /or conceiving ideas that move people to action and achieve business results tend to stand a better chance of being shortlisted. MICA selection is a 3-step process as detailed below:

    Step-I: CAT/ XAT/GMAT.

    Each candidate must have taken at least one of the three exams: CAT/ XAT/GMAT (CAT / XAT / GMAT (onwards).

    Note: Kindly update your score options in the online application form which you would like to submit (i.e. CAT, XAT & GMAT onwards). After receiving your CAT score, XAT Registration No. and GMAT score, please update the details on our website on or before 30th January 2020. (please mention your XAT Registration no. only and we will collect the score from XLRI).

    Step-II: MICA Admission Test (MICAT).

    All candidates are assessed on MICAT, which consists of 3 sections

    • Section A: Psychometric Test
    • Section B: (has 4 sub-sections) - Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, General awareness; Divergent and Convergent Thinking
    • Section C: Descriptive Test.

    Step-III: GE & PI.

    All the candidates shortlisted on the basis of their performance in CAT/XAT/GMAT & MICAT shall appear for both Group Exercise (GE) & Personal Interview (PI).

    Preparation of Shortlist of the candidates for GE & PI

    1. Section A of MICAT (Psychometric test) is a qualifier.
    2. Those who qualify on the Psychometric, their relative performance on CAT/XAT/GMAT will be considered. Candidates clearing a minimum cut-off in CAT /XAT total percentile/GMAT score shall be considered.
    3. Those who qualify based on the CAT/XAT/GMAT performance, their Section B of MICAT will be assessed.
    4. Those who qualify on the basis of relative performance subject to a minimum cut-off in *Normalized Scores of Section B of MICAT shall have their Section C of MICAT Assessed. Each section will have its own cut-off.
    5. Those who qualify on the basis of a, b, c and d (on the basis of relative performance subject to a minimum cut-off in Normalized Scores of Section C of MICAT) shall be considered for shortlisting for GE and PI. Short listed candidates will be called for GE and PI at Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata & Mumbai. (GE & PI candidate list is prepared on the Composite Score formula of 50% CAT/XAT/GMAT and 50% MICAT scores)

    MICAT 2020 – GE-PI Process

    This is one of the three steps of the MICAT 2020 selection process. This GE-PI process is basically group exercise and personal interview. After the results of MICAT are declared, candidates are selected on its basis. The selected candidates are called for this GE-PI process.

    This round basically focuses on assessing the candidates’ overall personality. This overall personality has many parameters. A candidate is tested and judged on the following barriers.

    • Clarity in thought
    • Ability to work in a team
    • Knowledge
    • Determination
    • Leadership
    • Creativity
    • Communication skills
    • Overall eligibility for the course

    Some of the important things about GE-PI round are mentioned below:

    • Candidates who are selected for this GE-PI round are called upon by sending call letters to them. 
    • The GE-PI round is conducted in two phases.
    • The first phase is held at Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata and Mumbai
    • The second phase for group exercise and personal interview is held at Ahmadabad itself
    • This is the final and last round of the MICAT 2020 selection procedure. After this, the final merit list will be released

    MICAT 2020 – Calculation of Composite Scores

    (Combined weight age based on MICAT, Group Exercise and Personal Interview):

    After all the three steps of the MICAT 2020 selection procedure are done, candidates are evaluated and a composite score of every individual is prepared.

    Some of the important things about the composite score so prepared are mentioned below:

    • The three rounds contribute to the composite score of candidate.
    • Every round has a fixed weight age to be contributed in the composite score.
    • MICAT admission test : 50%
    • GE (group exercise ): 20%
    • PI (personal interview ): 30%
    • The marks obtained by each candidate at every stage contribute less or more to the composite score.

    Conditions for receiving confirmed offers at the end of GE-PI round:

    Completion of these three rounds marks the completion of theselection procedure of MICAT 2020. The candidate who will successfully fulfill clear all these three rounds and meet the required benchmarks sets by the university will be sent confirmed offers.

    The conditions and requirements set for receiving the confirmed offers are:

    • Recommendation by the 3 member panel of Personal interview round unanimously.
    • Scoring 4 or more than 4 on the 5- point scale in GE.
    • Scoring 4 or more than 4 on the 5- point scale in PI.
    • Candidate must have a score among the top ten percent in the MICAT Score when compared to all other candidates.
    • Candidate must have a score among the top ten percent in the CAT/ XAT/GMAT when compared to all other candidates.

    All the candidates who will meet these conditions will be send confirmed offers at the end of GE- PI process phase-I. The confirmed offers will include an invite regarding the GE- PI process phase - II. It will also contain details regarding the GE - PI phase II schedule.

    MICAT 2020 – Final Merit List

    All those candidates who appear in GE & PI are considered for the final merit list MUST be RECOMMENDED by majority of the panelists of PI.

    1. All those who meet the criteria described above, their final composite score shall be created based on the following weightage:
    • CAT/XAT/GMAT: 20%
    • MICAT: 30%
    • GE: 20%
    • PI: 30%

    End Notes:

    • MICAT is a Computer Based Test (CBT) used for selection of PGDM-C 2020-2021 batch. It is conducted twice a year in over 48 cities across the country. Better of the two MICAT Scores is considered. A student may choose to write both MICAT I & II. Section A, B, and C of MICAT may not appear in the same order.
    • If a candidate has appeared for more than one exam (CAT, XAT and GMAT) the better of the two/ best of the three exams performance will be considered.

    *Calculation of Normalized Scores:

    1. The score obtained individually by a candidate in a particular sub-section of MICAT-I/MICAT-II, e.g. Verbal Ability will be converted into a Normalized Score.
    • Scores will be normalized using appropriate statistical methods by considering scores of all qualifying candidates up to the stage applicable to the candidate. Normalized scores will be calculated for each sub section separately.

    1. Total MICAT-I/MICAT-II score will also be Normalized using appropriate statistical methods.


    • The exact cut-offs mentioned above are based on previous years’ MICAT data and this may vary year to year. In view of this fact the Admissions Committee of MICA reserves the right of changing the same if deemed desirable in the light of the data.
    • Approximately 1/10th of the total number of candidates who appear in the two MICATs will be shortlisted for GE & PI based on CAT/XAT/ GMAT and the total MICAT Score.

    FAQs Related to MICAT 2020 Selection Process

    Ques.  What is the weightage of CAT/XAT marks in MICA conversion?

    Ans. There is no weightage accorded to performance in CAT, XAT, GMAT in the computation of the composite score used for ranking. CAT/XAT/GMAT are the qualifying examinations to be eligible for admission to MICA. However, those who are given confirmed offers (known as ‘spot offers’ earlier) need to be amongst top 10 percent of the candidates based on their performance in CAT/XAT/GMAT out of all the candidates who appear in MICAT.

    Ques.  Why is it that CAT/XAT scores are asked at the time MICAT II application and not during the MICAT I application?

    Ans. At the time of conducting MICAT – I, the results of these entrance exams are not usually available and hence the scores are not asked. Those who appear for MICAT – I need to update their CAT/XAT/GMAT scores as and when they are available within the given deadline.

    • For those appearing for MICAT – II, the scores are asked since they are already available by then.

    Ques.  Do students with low CAT score like 70 percentile have the chance of being shortlisted if their MICAT exam goes well.

    Ans. MICA does not consider performance in CAT/XAT/GMAT for the purpose of shortlisting for GE-PI or for the purpose of computation of the composite score.

    • The shortlisting for the GE-PI process is based purely on the candidate’s performance in MICAT.
    • As explained, CAT/XAT/GMAT performance has no bearing on the process of shortlisting of GE-PI. Those appearing for MICAT – II are called for the GE-PI process based on their performance in MICAT – II only.

    *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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