MICAT I December 2020 Analysis

MICAT (MICA Admission Test) is the ONLINE entrance exam for PGDM-C/PGDM from MICA, Ahmedabad. Generally MICAT is held twice for admission to the batch in the ensuing year. MICAT-I is held in December and MICAT-II in February for the batch commencing a few months later in June/July.

MICAT I 2020 was held on December 5, 2020 from 9 AM to 11:15 AM. Usually the MICAT is of 165 minutes duration. This year, the test was of 135 minutes owing to the constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overall, the MICAT- I matched the pattern and difficulty level of last year’s MICATs - neither too easy nor too difficult, barring the normal peculiarities of the test. The General Awareness section was difficult. The Psychometric test consisted of 150 questions. The Descriptive test was of 25 minutes compared to 30 minutes in last year’s test. Section C (the Aptitude test) was allocated 80 minutes, reduction of 25 minutes.

Structure and Good Attempts:

Section Name No. Of Questions Time allocated Good Attempts
A Psychometric Test 150 30 minutes ALL
B Descriptive Test 4 25 minutes ALL
C i. Divergent and Convergent Thinking 20 80 minutes 15-16
ii. Verbal Ability 20 15-16
iii. Quantitative Ability Data Interpretation 20 12-14
iv. General Awareness 20 9-10
  • 1-Minute break between different sections
  • Navigation between sections not allowed
  • Section C carried 1 mark per question. 0.25 for each incorrect response.
  • No Negative Marks for the Psychometric Test and the Descriptive Test
  • Psychometric Test is compulsory and a qualifying test. Earlier, it was also compulsory to attempt all the questions. However, the instructions are now changed to: ‘No marks would be given for any un-attempted question in the Psychometric Test.

VERDICT

Students who have ‘cleared’ the Psychometric Test and secured an overall score of 42-45 in Sections C (i) to C (iv) can expect a call for the GE-PI round (subject to their fulfilling the other criteria specified at https://www.mica.ac.in/postgraduate-programme/selection-process-and-timelines.

Those who have attempted the IMS test pack on MICAT (a series of 5 tests) would have found that the level of difficulty and the nature of the questions in these tests were similar to those asked in the actual MICAT.

ANALYSIS BY SECTIONS

Section - A

PSYCHOMETRIC TEST

There were 150 questions in this section.

In this section, there were no correct or incorrect responses.

Around 33 questions presented a situation/course of action and the test-taker had to mark either True or False.

The other 117 questions were about a particular personality trait or a course of action. Students had to select any one option. The eight options from which students needed to mark their answer were:

  • Totally Disagree
  • Strongly Disagree
  • Disagree
  • Somewhat Disagree
  • Somewhat Agree
  • Agree
  • Strongly Agree
  • Totally Agree

Given that 150 questions were to be attempted in 30 minutes, it was necessary to work fast and mark the answer quickly.

Section - B

DESCRIPTIVE TEST

This section tested the analytical and descriptive writing ability and creative skills of test-takers. The total time given for attempting these questions was 25 minutes. The first three questions were related to each other. The topic for the first three questions was ‘Since time cannot be stored, therefore, Time Saved is Time Wasted’. For the first two questions, students had to write three points each, ‘for’ and ‘against’ the topic. These two questions carried 10 marks each.

In the third question, students had to write a 300 word answer to ‘suggest steps by which a young manager should ensure that no time is saved’. The instruction clearly stated that the points for the third question should not include the points stated in the first two questions. Twenty marks were allocated to this question.

The fourth question in this section consisted of four pictures. Students had to write down a particular pictorial combination (A-B-C-D or D-C-B-A or any such combination) and explain it with the help of a story. The pictures were related to: ‘farmer milking a buffalo, a colour illustration of seven little kids lying down on a playground in a happy mood, a single shoe with untied shoelaces, a colourful scarf hanging on a window grill’. This question carried 30 marks.

Section - C

APTITUDE TEST

(4 Sub-sections)

(i) Sub-section: DIVERGENT AND CONVERGENT THINKING

The Reasoning section comprised 20 questions including word-association, analogies, statement-assumption, data sufficiency, coding and visual reasoning questions. Earlier, questions in this section used to have 5 options. However, this year there were 4 options.

Topic No. of Qs. Level
Word Association 6 Medium
Statement Assumption 3 Medium-Difficult
Analogies 3 Easy-Medium

Following was the break-up of the non-verbal reasoning questions in the section:

Type of questions Number of questions Level of difficulty
Visual Reasoning (Total 2 questions)
Odd man out (Group) 1 Easy-Medium
Complete the series (Next figure) 1
Logical Data sufficiency (Total 3 questions)
Data Sufficiency 3 Easy-Medium
Miscellaneous (Total 3 questions)
Coding-decoding 2 Easy
Arrangement 1 Easy

In this section , 15-16 questions in about 25 minutes with around 85% accuracy would be considered a good attempt

(ii) Sub-section: VERBAL ABILITY

This section consisted of jumbled paragraphs, word pairs, paragraph completion, idiom-based questions and a couple of Reading Comprehension passages.

Topic No. of Qs. Level
Grammatically correct sentence 2 Easy
Jumbled Paragraph – 5 sentences 3 Medium
Single word substitute of the highlighted phrase 1 Medium
Reading Comprehension – 1
(Diaspora and their features- 500 words)
5 Easy-Medium
Reading Comprehension – 2
(The novel Mephisto - 200 words)
4 Medium
Meaning of Idiom 1 Medium
Word pair (Synonyms/Antonyms) 2 Difficult
Phrase/Idiom-based FIB 2 Easy

In this section, 15-16 questions in about 15-20 minutes with around 85% accuracy would be considered a good attempt.

(iii) Sub-section: QUANTITATIVE ABILITY AND DATA INTERPRETATION

There were 20 questions in the section, out of which 15 questions were on quantitative ability and 5 questions were on Data Interpretation. The Quantitative Ability section was dominated by 8 Arithmetic questions and then followed by 4 questions of Modern Math and 2 questions of Geometry. Overall, the section was at Medium level of difficulty.

There was one set on Data Interpretation with 5 questions. The set was on line-graphs.

Following was the break-up of the questions in the Quantitative Ability section:

Types of questions Number of questions Level of difficulty
Arithmetic (8 questions)
Time-Speed-Distance 3 2 Medium, 1 difficult
Simple and Compound Interest 2 1 Medium, 1 difficult
Percentages 1 Easy
Mixtures and Alligations 1 Medium
Profit & Loss 1 Medium
Modern Maths (4 questions)
Probability 2 1 Medium, 1 Difficult
Set Theory 1 Easy
Statistics 1 Medium
Geometry (2 questions)
Quadrilaterals 1 Medium
Circles 1 Difficult
Algebra ( 1 question)
Simple equations 1 Medium
Data Interpretation (5 questions)
Table 5 Easy to Moderate

In this section, an attempt of about 12-14 questions in about 30 minutes with around 85% accuracy would be considered good.

(iv) Sub-section: GENERAL AWARENESS

General Awareness section consisted of 20 questions. Out of the 20 questions, 6 were on National issues while 9 were on international topics. 5 questions were of miscellaneous types (logos, taglines etc.) Also, 15 questions were of static type while 5 were on current affairs. Overall, the section was more difficult than that of last year’s MICAT. The questions were about business, ad agencies, authors, awards geography, economics, terms, laws and acts, and logos. 5 questions could be classified as easy; 10 as medium and 5 as difficult.

In this section, an attempt of 9-10 questions in about 5-7 minutes with 60-70 percent accuracy would be considered good.

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