How to prepare for MICAT 2020
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How to Prepare for MICAT 2020 - You have decided to enroll in the best school to pursue PG course. Now that you have made up your mind, how can you make your dream come true? Preparation for MICAT and taking up the entrance exam will turn your dream into reality. When you wish to appear for MICAT, the first question that crops in your mind is, ‘How to prepare for MICAT’? Prior to MICAT preparation, one should gather all the information as to MICAT syllabus.

Remember that preparing according to the syllabus and focus on important topics will help you obtain high marks in the exam. Also, a few practice session before attempting the actual test will go a long way. Taking up the mock test will help you get comfortable with the question pattern. In addition, it is important to follow the exam day instructions and other MICAT related information such as effective preparation tips. Careers360 brings you the guide on how to prepare for MICAT 2020 where candidates can know best book and study material of MICAT, section wise MICAT preparation tips and much more.

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MICAT Preparation Tips 2020

A preparation plan will go well if you make a time-table and follow it from the beginning. Also, having the syllabus at the fingertips is important as it will enable you to know the topics that will help you garner maximum marks.

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MICAT Syllabus 2020

Some of the important sections of the MICAT syllabus 2020 are listed below. An important point to know about how to crack MICAT 2020 is to go through the sections and draw a plan accordingly.

  • Psychometric Test

  • Verbal Ability

  • Quantitative Ability

  • General Awareness

  • Divergent Convergent Reasoning

  • Descriptive test

MICAT Exam Pattern 2019

Having know-how to MICAT 2020 exam pattern enables candidates to understand the sections and the question paper. Time management is one factor that can be honed with knowledge of the exam pattern of MICAT 2020. Candidates, moreover, will come to know which particular section would be more time consuming for them. They will be able to draw a plan which is full proof and will help them to excel on the day of the exam.

MICAT 2020 Exam Pattern



Mode of exam


Total number of sections


Duration of the exam

Two hours 45 minutes

Total number of Questions

140- 150

Negative marking for every incorrect answer

¼ of the total marks allocated for that particular question will be deducted

Detailed Exam Pattern of MICAT 2020



No. of Questions

Time Allotted

Section I

Descriptive Test


35 Minutes

Section II

General Awareness (GA)


1 Hour 45 Minutes

(105 minutes)

Verbal Ability (VA)


Quantitative Ability (QA)


Divergent-Convergent Reasoning (DCR)


Section III

Psychometric Test (DT)


25 Minutes

Best Books to study for MICAT 2020

To know how to crack MICAT 2020, it is pertinent to have the right study material. One should not refer too many books as it is a preparation for a competitive exam and, not undertaking a research. Those who are preparing for MICAT 2020, mostly prepare for CAT also. Some of the important books from which the candidates can study are:

MICAT 2020 - Quantitative Aptitude

Name of the book


Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

Abhijit Guha (Tata McGraw-Hill)

How to Prepare for the CAT Common Admissions Test

Muhamed Muneer, published by Om Books

The Complete CAT Digest

Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Exams

Trishna Knowledge Systems (Pearson)

MICAT 2020 - Verbal Ability

Name of the book


The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

Nishit Sinha

How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay (Tata McGraw-Hill)

Word Power Made Easy

Norman Lewis

Pocket Guide to Vocabulary


MICAT 2020 - Psychometric Test

Candidates should know that psychometric test is an essential part of MICAT entrance exam. Answering all the questions in this section is mandatory for candidates. Leaving out any question unanswered will lead to disqualification .

Hence in order to crack MICAT 2019, candidates must extensively practice the psychometric test. While answering the questions, candidates must respond spontaneously as these responses will be taken into account at the time of personal interview. Moreover, candidates will be assessed on the basis of such questions. At the same time candidates must avoid giving too idealistic answers and remain honest while answering questions in the psychometric test.

MICAT 2020 - General Awareness

To excel in general awareness, candidates should consistently work on it as it is a vast section. One cannot prepare for the general awareness section at the last moment or by merely studying in the last month. Reading newspapers every day from different publishers and listening to news will help you remain updated on the latest happenings.

Candidates can also check the past years’ sample papers to know the topics from which questions are asked. Some of the topics that you should prepare are:

  • Topics related to media

  • Domestic and international current events

  • Books and Authors

  • Tag lines of Companies

  • Logos

  • History

  • Geography

  • Advertisements

  • Abbreviations

MICAT 2020 - Descriptive Writing

In this section, candidates will have to showcase their writing skills, which should be free from grammatical errors. At the time of writing answers for descriptive questions, candidates should give neutral point of views rather than giving biased views.

MICAT Sample Paper 2020

Candidates who wish to take the entrance exam, they must be thinking about how to prepare for MICAT 2020. Focusing on each topic while practicing MICAT sample paper 2020 will give an edge on the competition. Candidates will come to know about the types of questions asked in the exam. They can practice and analyze their strong and weak points ,which will help them to perform well.

Some more Essential MICAT Preparation Tips

Step-by-Step Analysis

One should analyze their preparation level at every step, which will help discover the weak and strong areas. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses will help you figure out how much you need to devote to each topic, subject or section.

Work on Time Management Skill

Managing time is important when you are preparing for MICAT. Make a timetable so that you give equal time to each section. If you find any section difficult, give more time to the same to gain confidence. Keep revising the topics from time to time as avoid forgetting the answers that you learnt back in the day.

Problems during preparation can be resolved with the help of expert opinion. Rightly said by Miles Davis is the statement, “Time is not the main thing, it is the only thing.”

Remain Healthy and Sleep Well

Always eat healthy and sleep well. Having inadequate sleep due to pressure of the competitive exam is quite common among students. A tired mind will not aid in achieving one’s goal. One important factor to success in MICAT 2019 is good health and adequate sleep.

Some Exam Day Guidelines for MICAT 2020

  • Carry the MICAT admit card 2020

  • You should know about your MICAT exam centre 2020 in advance

  • Do not carry any bags

  • No electronic material and eatables will be allowed in the examination hall

  • Candidates will not be allowed to leave the exam hall before completion of the examination

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I got 89%ile in XAT but only 83%ile in CAT. Will they consider my XAT score instead of CAT? And how much will I have to score in MICAT 2, say with a decent attempt of the descriptive section?

Sampriti Student Expert 4th Feb, 2020
Your XAT scores would be considered during the final selection if you've applied through both CAT and XAT. Meanwhile if you manage to score above 50 in MICAT then considering your XAT percentile, which is very good, you can easily get through if you perform well in the subsequent selection rounds. For the descriptive test the best attempt was to answer all the 4 questions. The first 2 being of 10 Mark's each and the 3rd and the 4th questions being of 20 and 30 respectively. So if you managed to do atleast the first 3 questions then that would be even better and can assure you a higher chance of final selection. The final selection is based on the following criteria

CAT/XAT percentile = weightage is 20%

MICAT = 30%

Group Discussions/Group Exercise = 20%

PI = 30%

i have score of 95 in cat and i was thinking how much should i score in micat to assure a call??

Pranav Mishra 26th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Your percentile in CAT is great congratulations for it, Now the marks you should need to score for getting a call will be 50+ to make yourself in a good position for getting admission, Although there are students who got less than 50 marks in MICAT and get a call but it is not a safe score for MICAT, So I would suggest you to score above 50 in MICAT exam for making yourself in a safe side for admission.

I hope the above information is beneficial for you.

All the best.


my cat percentile is below 70, is there any chance that i will be further considered if i score well in micat?

Pranav Mishra 17th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

As far as last year cutoff is concerned which is 78 percentile in CAT you have no chance. Getting good score in MICAT can get you a call till 75 percentile at some conditions but getting less than 70, In my opinion there is no chance, However MICA also accept XAT score so, if you have good percentile like 75-80 in it than you have a chance to convert it.

I hope the above information is beneficial for you.

All the best.


My CAT percentile is 79. Ill be taking micat 2. Will I have any chance to compete after good micat scores despite my low cat percentile?

Harshita Gupta 16th Jan, 2020


During the selection process, CAT will have 20% weightage and MICAT will have 30% weightage. So, if you score well, your chances may increase. Your academic scores and your performance in GD and PI also matter when it comes to admission.

Please check the link below to understand how the admission process works after MICAT:

Hope this helps!


where is the exam center for micat in mumbai?

_Abhishek_Vatsya Student Expert 27th Nov, 2019


According to test center of MICAT,test will be conducted in CBT across 48 cities in different parts of India.Cnadidates can choose maximum three centre from the list of centre.For having centre at Mumbai Candidates can go for cities with MUMBAI AND NAVI MUMBAI..MICAT qualified candidates will have to appear for GROUP DISCUSSION AND PERSONAL INTERVIEW ROUND for admission..

Refer to below mentioned link for more details regarding MICAT:

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