What is MICA?
MICA (Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad) was established in 1991. Also, it is one of the few, or perhaps the only institute in the Asia-Pacific. That is creating leadership in Strategic Marketing and Communication. Moreover, MICA is an autonomous institute that provides three programs. Which are-PGDM – Communications (PGDM – C), Crafting Creative Communication (CCC), and Fellowship Programme in Management-Communications (FPM-C). Most importantly, it is a premier management institute for marketing, creativity, and communication. Moreover, it provides several online courses through the MICAT exam.
What is the MICAT exam?
Firstly, the pattern of MICAT along with the MICAT syllabus is different from other MBA Entrance Exams. As most of the MBA entrance exams are made up entirely of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). However, MICAT has a paper pattern that asks objective, as well as subjective questions. Further, the marking scheme for each section isn’t usually disclosed. Although negative marking applies only to the objective questions (except Psychometric). And will not be applicable to any of the subjective questions.
MICAT Eligibility Criteria
- The candidates who appeared/appearing in CAT/XAT/GMAT
- The candidates having Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in any discipline recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
- Also, candidates appearing for final year Bachelor’s degree examinations are eligible to apply
MICAT Exam Important dates:
|5 Dec ’20||MICAT (I) 2020 exam|
|3 Dec ’20 –
5 Dec ’20
|MICAT (I) 2020 admit card download|
|6 Oct ’20 –
26 Nov ’20
|MICAT (I) 2020 Registrations|
|26 Nov ’20 –
20 Jan ’21
|MICAT (II) 2021 registration process
|20 Dec ’20||MICAT (I) 2020 result declaration|
|27 Jan ’21||MICAT (II) 2021 admit card download|
|30 Jan ’21||MICAT (II) 2021 exam|
|14 Feb ’21||MICAT (II) 2021 result declaration and release of GE/PI shortlist|
|9 Mar ’21 –
10 Mar ’21
|GE & PI at MICA, Ahmedabad|
|13 Mar ’21 –
14 Mar ’21
|GE & PI at Bangalore & Mumbai|
|19 Mar ’21 –
21 Mar ’21
|GE & PI at Delhi and Kolkata|
MICAT Exam: Selection process
So the selection process for MICA is different from the other B – Schools across the country. And it has three steps:
All the candidates must appear for at least one of the above mentioned three exams. In order to be eligible for an application of MICA.
Step 2: MICA Admission Test (MICAT)
MICAT is the in-house exam of MICA. And it assesses the students with the help of 6 sections:
- Psychometric Test
- Verbal Ability
- Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
- Divergent and Convergent Thinking
- General Awareness
- Descriptive Test
Step 3: GE and PI
Also read: All you need to know about MICAT
The students who score top ranks in MICAT are then selected for the next round. After that is Group Exercise (GE) followed by Personal Interview (PI).
The Psychometric Test
It is a qualifier test for the candidates. So if the student does not clear the psychometric test. Then he/she is not eligible for the next round of GE and PI. Further, the marks in the other 5 sections of the MICAT Exam do not matter if the student doesn’t qualify for this test. If a person qualifies the psychometric test, his/her relative score of CAT/XAT will be considered, which in turn has a minimum cut-off value.
The Psychometric section is a compelling feature of the MICAT. Students are given 30 questions (MCQs) to comprehend their Aspirations, Motivations, and Behavior.
The individuals who qualify for the CAT/XAT cut-off or GMAT score are then evaluated for the remaining sections of the MICAT exam, namely: Verbal capacity (VA), Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation (QADI), General Awareness (GA), and Divergent and Convergent Thinking (DCT).
The candidates who qualify based on relative performance in a subject to a base cut-off in Scaled Scores for every one of these areas (to be specific: VA, QADI, GA, and DCT) and CAT/XAT cut-off or GMAT score might have their Descriptive Tests assessed.
The individuals who qualify based on a, b,c, and d as specified above and based on relative performance in a subject to a base cut-off in Scaled Score in DT might be considered for the next step in the process, i.e., for GE and PI. The waitlist will be set up based on MICAT-I and/or II or better of the two relative exhibitions if an applicant has taken both MICAT-I and MICAT-II. (This will be readied in accordance with the Composite Score formula of half CAT/XAT/GMAT and half MICAT).
A shortlist of around 1/10th of the average number of applicants who show up for either of the two MICATs. Further for GE and PI on the basis of the total scaled score earned in MICAT.
MICAT exam centres
Click here to access past year’s MICAT sample paper
- Gandhinagar (Gujarat),
- Navi Mumbai,
- Varanasi, and
Every one of those hopeful applicants who appear for GE and PI. And satisfies the below-mentioned conditions will be considered for the shortlist:
- Recommendation by PI panel.
- No less than at least 3.5 on a 5-point scale in GE
- No less than at least 4 on a 5-point scale in PI
Also Read: What is the pattern of the MICAT exam?
For each one of the individuals who meet the criteria a final composite score (FCS) is made according to the following weightage:
CAT/XAT/GMAT: 20%; MICAT: 30%; GE: 20%; PI: 30%; (Scaled Scores are utilized for MICAT).
The final round of GE and PI are held in Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Delhi.
MICAT Exam pattern
MICAT exam design is as per the following:
MICAT is a Computer Based Test (CBT)
The length of the exam will be 3 hours
The exam paper will comprise of roughly 94 questions
MICAT Distribution of Questions
MICAT comprises of 2 papers- Paper I and Paper II. Paper I contains Descriptive type of questions and Paper-II contains Multiple Choice Questions. Paper-II is further sub-divided. Read the details below:
MICAT Exam pattern:
|Paper 1||No. of Questions||Paper2||No. of MCQs|
|Argument Writing||4 Descriptive type of Questions||Part I||Psychometric Test||35|
|Story Writing||Part II||Reasoning and Verbal Ability||35|
|Essay Writing||Part III||General Knowledge||25|
|Part IV||Verbal Ability||25|
|Part V||Quantitative Ability||25|
|Part VI||Divergent-Convergent Reasoning||30|
More about MICAT exam
MICAT exam design specifies the aggregate number of questions that will be asked. And in addition, the mode in which the test will be held. Also, MICAT is conducted twice in a year. MICAT exam design likewise specifies whether there is any negative marking if the applicant gives the wrong answer. So, the objective of taking a section-wise pattern test for MICAT 2020 is to help the applicants in drawing a clear plan for the exam. Applicants can read about the syllabus of MICAT 2020 to make themselves familiar with the themes and subjects from which questions are probably going to be asked. Therefore, in this article, applicants can thoroughly understand MICAT exam design 2021, for example, the marking scheme, the method of the examination, the number of questions, allocated time, total marks, and so forth.
Remember, along with your aptitude, MICAT also tests you on your creative skills. And it is one of the few entrance tests that engages your brain in an off-beat way. Also, MICAT is known to throw in surprises, with respect to the paper pattern, every year. Moreover, changes are usually in the number of questions and/or in the duration of a section. So, be ready for any such changes.
Thank you for reading this article. And I hope it helps in your preparations.
All the best!