MICAT Paper 1 Analysis

MICA Ahmedabad conducts its national level management entrance test for admissions to its Post Graduate Diploma in Communications (PGDM-C). The MICAT-I 2018 test comprised of three parts: Descriptive, Objective and Psychometric.

Exam Structure

Section Number of Questions
Descriptive Test 4
Divergent Convergent Reasoning 30
General Awareness 25
Verbal Ability 25
Quantitative Analysis 25
Psychometric Test 36

Candidates were not allowed to navigate between sections. There was no negative marking scheme for Descriptive Test and Psychometric Test sections.

Descriptive Test

The total duration of this section was 35 minutes. First three questions of this section were inter-related. The topic of these questions was '‘Has education shifted from a learning perspective to one focusing on earning". First two questions were based on argument where candidates had to write three points for and against the topic. These two questions carried 10 marks each.

In the third question, test takers had to write a 300-word passage stating how learning can be made an integral to education. According to the instructions, points for this question should not include the points stated in the first two questions. Marks allotted for the third question was 20.

The fourth question was on story writing based on four pictures. Candidates 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 a scene of a rabbit in a gift box, a globe with pins stuck all over it, a man kayaking in a beautiful lake surrounded by trees, and a photo of people cycling. This question carried 40 marks. 

Divergent Convergent Reasoning

This section comprised of questions from Verbal Reasoning, including word association, statement-assumption, Data Sufficiency and Visual Reasoning.

Topic-wise question distribution

Topic Number of Questions
Word Association 15
Statement Assumption 3
Visual Reasoning
Odd Man Out 4
Analogies 2
Series completion 2
Data Sufficiency
Relations, Directions and Coding 4

General Awareness 

This section consisted of 25 questions. Last year, 22 questions were asked from this section. The topics from which questions were asked included business, government, politics, ad agencies, laws and acts, and logos. As many as 19 questions were on Static GK and six were on current affairs.

Verbal Ability 

There was only one Reading Comprehension passage. Rest of the questions were on English Usage.

Topic-wise question distribution

Topic No. of Qusetions
Double FIB 1
Jumbled Paragraph - 4/5 sentences 5
Identify the correct sentence 2
Synonyms of the highlighted word used in the sentence 3
Reading Comprehension - 1 Passage 5
Complete the paragraph 1
Antonym 1
Preposition-based FIB 2
Grammar-based correct sentence 1
Mark the sentence in which the adverbs are correctly placed 1
Meaning of underlined idioms / Idioms-based FIB 3

Quantitative Ability 

Out of 25 questions in this section, 19 were on Quantitative Ability and six were Data Interpretation questions. There were two sets of Data Interpretation with 3 questions each.

Topic-wise question distribution

Type of questions Number of questions
Number 2
Algebra 1
Arithmetic 7
Modern Mathematics
Sequence-Series 2
Set Theory 1
Functions 1
Geometry
Quadrilaterals 2
Trigonometry 2
Circles and Polygons 1
Data Interpretation
Table 3
Caselet 3

Psychometric Test

There were 36 questions which were divided into three sets. In the first set, there were three options for each question about a particular personality trait. Test takers had to mark the most suitable option. There were 10 questions of this set.

There were around 16 questions in the second set. Candidates had to choose from a set of two arguments and rate them in accordance with their personality traits. One statement was presented on the left and another was on the right side of the screen. The six options from which students needed to mark their answer were:

  1. Very Strongly agree with the statement on the right
  2. Strongly agree with the statement on the right
  3. Moderately agree with the statement on the right
  4. Very Strongly agree with the statement on the left
  5. Strongly agree with the statement on the left
  6. Moderately agree with the statement on the left

The third set consisted of 10 questions.Test takers had to rank six actions or response sentences in the given question in an order of decreasing importance.