MICAT 2023 Analysis

MICAT - 2023

MICA, Ahmedabad administered MICAT I on December 2, 2023

The exam had three sections with a time duration of 135 minutes.

Section A: Psychometric Test
Section B: Descriptive Test
Section C: Aptitude Test with four sub-sections

  1. Divergent & Convergent Thinking
  2. Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  3. Verbal Ability
  4. General Awareness

A total of 150 questions were asked in the Psychometric Test and four in the Descriptive Test. There was no negative marking in the Psychometric Test and the Descriptive Test. Psychometric Test was compulsory though was only a qualifying test.

The Aptitude Test section had 70 questions with varying number of answer choices, some of the questions having eight choices. Candidates were required to answer these 70 questions in 80 minutes. The questions in this section carried 1 mark for each question and 0.25 for each incorrect response. There was no sectional time limit within the Aptitude test of the exam.


Section Number Section Name Total No. of Questions Time Allotted
A Psychometric Test 150 30 min
B Descriptive Test 4 25 min
C Divergent & Convergent Thinking 20 80 Min
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation 20
Verbal Ability 20
General Awareness 20
TOTAL 234 135 min

Section-wise Analysis

SECTION A - Psychometric Test

A total of 150 questions were asked in the Psychometric Test. It was a test of a candidate’s personality traits and value system.

Topic Type of Questions No. of Questions
Situation / Course of Action True / False 33
Personality Trait / Course of Action MCQs with 8 options 117

The following eight options were available in the MCQ type of questions.
  • Totally Disagree
  • Strongly Disagree
  • Disagree
  • Somewhat Disagree
  • Somewhat Agree
  • Agree
  • Strongly Agree
  • Totally Agree

SECTION B - Descriptive Test

Question Type Topic Writing logic No. of Questions Marks Allocated
Argumentative If social media was really social. Points in Favour 1 10
Points Against 1 10
Mention 3 ways in which a young manager can use the social media to create an egalitarian work culture. Essay 1 20
Story This section consisted of four pictures. Students had to write a story which Should include all the 4 pictures given in an order of their choice ( they had mention the order they are choosing upfront ). Explanation with a story -- 30

The word limit for each of the above 4 questions was 300 words. The candidates had to complete this section within 25 minutes.

SECTION C - Aptitude Section

This section has four sub-sections which had 20 questions each. The total number of questions in this section was 80 and candidates were given a total of 80 minutes. The overall difficulty level of the section ranged from Moderate to Difficult.

Divergent and Convergent Thinking

Topic Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Word Association 3 Moderate-Difficult
Blood relations/Symbols and notations 2 Moderate
Series 2 Moderate
Nonverbal Reasoning 2 Moderate-Difficult
Logical Deductions 1 Easy
Coding and Decoding Moderate
Linear and circular arrangement 2 Moderate-Difficult
Miscellaneous 6 Easy-Moderate
Total 20 Moderate

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Topic Number of Questions Difficulty Level
Arithmetic 7 Moderate-Difficult
Algebra 2 Moderate
Geometry & Mensuration 3 Moderate-Difficult
Pure Maths (Permutations & Combinations, Probability, Trigonometry etc) 4 Moderate-Difficult
Data Interpretation 4-question set Moderate
Total 20 Moderate-Difficult

Verbal Ability

The questions in this section needed good conceptual clarity. Students who practiced verbal ability topics well and not just reading comprehension would have found this section easy to deal with. There were quite a few questions based on Para formation, Para summary, cloze passage, sentence correction etc. There was an RC passage also, which was relatively easy. Overall, the difficulty level of this section can be classified as moderate.

General Awareness

Almost half of the questions in this section were pertaining to the advertising sector. They included questions based on logos, brand ambassadors, mergers etc. The remaining questions dealt with economics, sports etc. Overall, the questions can be classified as moderate-difficult.

Students who clear the Psychometric Test, secure an overall score of 30 (+/-)2 in Section C and fulfil the other criteria given by MICA can expect a call for the next round i.e., GE-PI round.

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