MICAT II – January 2022 Analysis

29 January, 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 II was held on January 29, 2022, from 9 AM to 11:15 AM.

The test duration was 135 minutes. MICAT II had the same structure as MICAT I held in December 2021. As per feedback received , students found the Aptitude Test Section in MICAT II a bit more difficult than MICAT I.

Test Structure and IMS estimate of 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 11-12
ii. Verbal Ability 20 10-11
iii. Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 20 7-8
iv. General Awareness 20  7-9
  • 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

Students who have ‘cleared’ the Psychometric Test and secured an overall score of 32-35 in Sections C (i) to C (iv) in MICAT  II 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

For MICAT I , our prediction was that an overall score of 35-38 in Sections C (i) to C (iv) could fetch a call for the GE-PI round.

 

ANALYSIS BY SECTIONS

Section – A
PSYCHOMETRIC TEST

There were 150 questions in this section.

Apparently,there are no correct or incorrect responses in a psychometric test. Around 33  questions presented a situation/course of action and the test-taker had to mark either True or False. Around 117  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 two questions was “Convenience is supreme”. 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. The topic was “As a manager, you want to work within your convenience and yet establish a deep relationship with your key stakeholder. Present 3 ways in which this can be done.” The instructions stated that the points for the third question should not include the points stated in the responses for the 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: “An upside down yellow mop, a man photographing a staged dead body, white spots on a black screen, a bird flying in a cloudy sky.” 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 part had 4 sub-sections with 20 questions per sub-section. These 80 questions had to be solved within 80 minutes. This year all sections in the aptitude test saw a mix of questions with 4 options and 8 options. This was a change from the previous year.

 

(i) Sub-section: DIVERGENT AND CONVERGENT THINKING

The Reasoning section comprised 20 questions including word-association, analogies, statement-assumption, data sufficiency, coding, puzzle(symbol based logic + family tree) and visual reasoning questions.Out of 20 questions, 14 had 8 options each while the remaining 6 (all non-verbal reasoning) had 4 options each.

Topic No. of Qs. Overall Difficulty Level
Word Association 4 Medium
Critical Reasoning – Assumption 1 Medium
Analogy (Word grouping) 1 Easy
Critical Reasoning – Inference 2 Medium

 

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

Type of questions Number of questions Overall Level of difficulty
Visual Reasoning (Total 3 questions)
Odd man out (Group) 1 Medium
Complete the series (Next figure) 2
Logical Data sufficiency (Total 1 question)
Data Sufficiency 2 Medium
Miscellaneous (Total 7 questions)
Coding-Decoding 2 individual questions Medium
A set on networking of roads 3 Easy
A set on symbol based numerical logic 2 Medium

In this section , 11-12 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, matching the antonyms, choosing the grammatically correct sentence questions, and three Reading Comprehension passages.  Out of 20 questions, 12 had 8 options each while the remaining 8 had 4 options each.

Topic No. of Qs. Overall Level of difficulty.
Replace grammatically incorrect part 2 Medium
Jumbled Paragraph – 5 sentences 2 Easy-Medium
One word substitution (paragraph based) 2 Difficult
Reading Comprehension – 1(600 words) 5 Medium
Reading Comprehension – 2(50 words) 2 Easy
Reading Comprehension – 3(100 words) 2 Medium
Cloze passage (4 blanks/5 blanks) 3 Medium
Match the Antonyms 2 Easy

 

In this section, 10 – 11 questions in about 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. There were 7 questions on Arithmetic, followed by 6 questions on Geometry. There were 2 questions on Algebra and one question on Statistics. This section was one notch more difficult than the section in December 2021 MICAT. Most questions were very lengthy and all questions had 8 options, which made option elimination difficult.

There was one set on Data Interpretation involving multiple graphs with 4 questions. Though the questions per se were not very difficult, getting relevant data from the graphs and performing calculations on the data made them more time-consuming.

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

 

Area No. of Qs LOD
Arithmetic
Time-Speed-Distance, Averages, Mixtures-Alligations, Time and Work, Percentages, Ratio-Proportion, Work, Pipes & Cisterns 7 2 Easy, 3 Medium, 2 Difficult
Geometry
Trigonometry, Quadrilaterals, Polygons 6 2 Medium, 4 Difficult
Algebra
Quadratic Equation, Maxima-Minima 2 2 Medium
Statistics
Variance 1 1 Medium
Data Interpretation
Multiple graphs 4 Medium to Difficult

 

In this section, an attempt of about 7-8 questions in about  30  minutes with around 85% accuracy would be considered good.

 

(iv) Sub-section: GENERAL AWARENESS

The General Awareness section consisted of 20 questions. Out of the 20 questions, 17 questions were based on national issues while 1 was based on international topics and 2 were based on miscellaneous topics. Also, Static GK contributed 6 questions while the remaining 14 questions were based on current affairs. Overall, the section was slightly more difficult than MICAT I. The questions were about business, books and authors, awards, economics, terms, and taglines. 2-3 questions could be classified as easy; 7-8  as medium and 9-10 as difficult. 19 out of 20 questions had 8 options each.

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