MICAT Preparation Tips

The biggest challenge in MICAT is time management.

Total 165 minutes.

Section A: Psychometric Test: Make sure that you answer all the questions. Even one unattempted question may render your question paper as incomplete and such papers may not be evaluated as the test authorities have stated that the ‘Psychometric test is a qualifier and only those who qualify on the Psychometric test shall be assessed for other MICAT sections’.

Give spontaneous answers to the questions. These will serve as a benchmark for the PI process. “Ideal” answers usually get you into trouble. Your responses help align your creative responses with your overall aptitude to create your intellectual profile.

BE HONEST; don’t spend time thinking how your responses will be interpreted

In the last season, many test-takers scoring between 58-66/105 did not qualify for the second round as they had not cleared the Psychometric test, while someone clearing the Psychometric Test and scoring as low as 49/105 received a call for the PI.
So, DO NOT leave any questions unattempted in the Psychometric Section and maximize your attempts in the other sections. Even one unattempted question may invalidate your entire question paper.

Section B: Verbal Ability: The section typically has:

  1. 2 R.C. passages (6-8 questions) of moderate to difficult level. The R.C. passages also tend to be lengthy.
  2. 4-5 Sentence Correction questions of Easy to Moderate level.
  3. 4-5 Sentence Phrasing questions of Easy to Moderate level.
  4. 4-5 Para jumbles in which the first option is usually fixed.
  5. 4-5 Fill in the blanks questions which tend to be on the easier side.

Expected time: 25 minutes.
Total questions: 30.
Attempts should be around 20-22 questions.

Section C: Quantitative Ability: This tends to be extremely time consuming. There are 30 questions.
Good attempts will be 16-17 in 25 minutes. The questions typically require lots of calculation.
There are few or no questions that can be solved just by the application of formulae.

Section D: Reasoning:

Types of questions:

(i) Word Association: 15 questions are there.
Minimum 10 should be attempted. Negative marking is there.

These questions test the student’s abilities of:

  1. Phrase formation
  2. Idiomatic Usage
  3. Meanings and Usage
  4. Homonyms

Sample Word Association Question:
Choose one word in the right column that will correspond to all the words in column 1:



1 Salt a Result
2 Difficult b Solution
3 Problem c Lock
4 Key d Tablet
    e Answer

“Solution” fits all the words on the left. The ‘key’ at the back of a book contains solutions to the

(ii) Verbal Reasoning: There are around 10 questions of this type. These questions tend to be of easy-to-medium level of difficulty. Possible question types are:

  1. Statement/Assumption
  2. Statement/Conclusion
  3. Statement/Inference
  4. Statement Sufficiency (Verbal Data Sufficiency)

Around 7-8 of these should be attempted.

(iii) Visual Reasoning: includes sequences and which figure follows next. Typically, it is a section that bleeds time and hence, should ideally be attempted at the end. There are around 10 questions of this type. 5-6 of these questions will be easy, rest will be difficult. Attempt these easy ones and move on. If you cannot find the logic in 30 seconds, move on. You might find the logic in one minute but that will spoil your timing overall.

Section E: Current Awareness:
The section focuses on:

  1. Business awareness (Corporate Honchos, Events, History of major corporations)
  2. Media Industry Awareness (Major awards, Ad agencies, Ad campaigns, Slogans, Logos)
  3. Basic G.K. about India (Geography, History, rarely Politics)
  4. Titbits (World Champions, current social awareness)


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