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MICAT 2022 difficult for most candidates

The 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 the 2023-2025 batch was held on December 03, 2022, from 9 AM to 11:15 AM.

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 were “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-colored 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.

(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.

(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 were on Data Interpretation. The Quantitative Ability section was
dominated by 6 Arithmetic questions and then followed by 5 questions in Geometry and 5
questions on Modern Math. Overall, the section was Medium in terms of the 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 of Data Interpretation involving a bar graph and a
line graph with 4 questions.

(iv) Sub-section: GENERAL AWARENESS
There was a reduction in the number of GK questions in this year’s test. The General
The 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.

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