MICAT I – December 2022 Analysis

03 December, 2022

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 January for the batch commencing a few months later in June/July.

MICAT I 2022 for 2023-2025 batch was held on December 03, 2022, from 9 AM to 11:15 AM.

Test Structure and the IMS estimate of good attempts:

Section 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 9-10
ii. Verbal Ability 20 9-10
iii. Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 20 9-10
iv. General Awareness 10 4-5
  • 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 the performance in the psychometric test is used as a qualifying criterion for the next stage. Candidates must attempt all the questions in the Psychometric Test to ensure that their paper is evaluated. However, the marks or the assessment criteria of the test are not revealed to the candidates.

VERDICT

MICAT I 2022 was considerably more difficult than last year’s test. Students who have ‘cleared’ the Psychometric Test and secured an overall score of 25 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


ANALYSIS BY SECTION

Section – A
PSYCHOMETRIC TEST

There were 150 questions in this section.

Apparently, there are no correct or incorrect responses in a psychometric test. Around 32  questions presented a situation/course of action and the test-taker had to mark either True or False. Around 118  questions  were about a particular personality trait or a course of action. which required the candidates to respond with one of the following 8 options.

  • 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 first three questions were related to each other. The topic for the first three questions was “Confusion contracts chaos” 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 ‘how a young manager can use this concept to motivate his team members.’ The instructions stated that the points for the third question should not include the points stated in the first two questions. 20 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: ‘Printed tile; Sad-faced soft toy (yellow-coloured doll head); Credit card; Mouse pointer’. This question carried 30 marks.

This section was to be attempted in 25 minutes and carried no negative marking.

Section C

APTITUDE TEST

The aptitude test had 4 sub-sections with a total of 70 questions. These 70 questions had to be solved within 80 minutes. The test this year had a mix of questions with 8, 6, 5 and 4 options. This was a change from the previous year Out of 70 questions, about 55 had 8 options.

(i) Sub-section: DIVERGENT AND CONVERGENT THINKING

The Reasoning section comprised 20 questions including word-association, analogies, statement-assumption, data sufficiency, puzzle, numerical series-odd one out, Circular arrangement and visual reasoning questions.

Topic No. of Qs. Overall Difficulty Level
Verbal reasoning
Word Association 5 Medium
Statement Assumption 2 Medium
Non-verbal reasoning
Visual Reasoning 13 Medium
Data Sufficiency
Puzzles
Miscellaneous

In this section, 9-10 questions (in about 25 minutes with  90 % accuracy) would be considered a good attempt.

(ii) Sub-section: VERBAL ABILITY

This section consisted of jumbled paragraphs, word pairs, paragraph completion(cloze), choosing the grammatically correct sentence questions, and one Reading Comprehension passage.

Topic No. of Qs. Overall Level of difficulty
Reading Comprehension
(Earth’s rotation/revolution and Time – 500 words)
4 Medium
Jumbled Paragraph 3 Medium
Odd sentence 2 Easy
Summary 1 Difficult
Jumbled sentence 1 Medium
One word substitute – passage 1 Medium
Critical Reasoning – Inference 1 Medium
Replace the underlined part of the sentence 1 Difficult
Cloze – 4 blanks – Vocabulary- and Idiom-based 4 Medium
Para-completion 2 Medium

In this section, 9 – 10 questions (in about 15-20 minutes with 90% 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 16 questions were on quantitative ability and 4 questions were on Data Interpretation. The Quantitative Ability section was dominated by 6 Arithmetic questions and then followed by 5 questions of Geometry and 5 questions on Modern Math. Overall, the section was Medium in terms of level of difficulty. and it was one notch more difficult than the corresponding section last year. One important characteristic of this section was that only 4 questions had 4 options and the remaining 16 questions had as many as 8 options.

There was one calculation intensive set on Data Interpretation involving a bar graph and a line graph with 4 questions.

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

Area No. of Qs LOD
Arithmetic
TSD,Ratio-Proportion, Percentages, Time & Work, Profit-Loss, Trigonometry 6 Medium – Difficult
Geometry
Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, Mensuration 5 Medium – Difficult
Modern Math
Progression, Permutation & Combination, Progressions, Statistics 5 Difficult
Data Interpretation
Bar Graph & Line Graph 4 Difficult

In this section, an attempt of about 9-10 questions in about  30  minutes with around 90% accuracy would be considered good.

(iv) Sub-section: GENERAL AWARENESS

There was a reduction in the number of GK questions in this year’s test. The General Awareness section consisted of 10 questions. Out of the 10 questions, 6 questions were based on national issues while 4 were based on international topics. Also, Static GK contributed 2 questions while the remaining 8 questions were based on current affairs. Overall, the section was more difficult than that of last year’s MICAT.

In this section, an attempt of 4 – 5 questions in about 5-7 minutes with 70 percent accuracy would be considered good.