MICAT 2020 – Preparation Tips, Important Books & Topics
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MICAT 2020 - MICA has released MICAT 2020 admit card on December 3, 2019. The authorities released the application form of MICAT 2020 for phase 1 on October 9 in online mode. Candidates could fill the application form till November 25, 2019. Only candidates who have passed in CAT 2019 / XAT 2020 / GMAT (2018 onwards) can apply for MICAT 2020. MICA Admission Test (MICAT) 2020 will be held on December 7, 2019 for phase 1 in computer based mode. MICAT 2020 will be conducted across 48 exam centres in the country in two phases - December and February. About 7500 candidates are scheduled to appear for MICAT Phase I and II out of which around 800 will be shortlisted for the Personal Interview (PI) and Group Exercise (GE). Selection will be based on the scores obtained in MICAT, PI and GE for the PGDM-C and PGDM offered by the institute. Careers360 brings an article to know about how to prepare for an entrance exam, best books for MICAT, exam pattern, preparation tips etc.

Latest: MICAT 2020 admit card has been released. Fill MICA Application Form Below or Click Here

In MICAT 2020, candidates are given the choice to opt for PGDM-C or PGDM programme. Students who wish to opt for both the programmes, they will have to enter the programme of their first preference as priority 1 and the programme of second preference as priority 2.

MICAT 2020- Facts & Figures



Name of the Exam

MICA Admission Test

Commonly known as


Conducting Body

MICA, Ahmadabad

Exam category

Post Graduate

Exam level


MICAT Application Process


Exam duration

2:45 hours

Type of questions

Both subjective and objective

Exam centres


Weightage used in MICAT 2020 selection process


MICAT: 30%

GE: 20%

PI: 30%

Programmes offered


Specializations offered

Advertising and Brand Management

Marketing Analytics

Digital Communication Management

Media and Entertainment Management

MICAT Important Dates 2020

Candidates can check the important dates for MICAT 2020 in the table that is given below. It is advisable to keep track of MICAT important dates 2020 so that they do not miss on any important events.

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MICAT 2020 Important Dates


MICAT 1 Dates

Dates for MICAT 2

MICAT 2020 Registration

October 9, 2019

November 26, 2019

Last date of application form

November 25, 2019 at 11:50 pm

January 16, 2020 at 11:50 pm

Admit Card Download

December 3, 2019

January 22, 2020

MICAT I exam date

December 7, 2019

January 25, 2020

Declaration of Result

December 23, 2019

February 14, 2020

MICAT 2020 Admission Dates

Announcement for candidates shortlisted for GE and PI

February 14, 2020

GE & PI in Delhi and Kolkata

March 13, 14 & 15, 2020

GE & PI at MICA Ahmedabad

March 2 & 3, 2020

GE & PI in Bangalore and Mumbai

March 5,6 & 7, 2020

Announcement of final MICAT 2020 Result

Fourth week of March 2020

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MICAT Exam Pattern 2020

According to the exam pattern of MICAT 2020, candidates will find complete details about the mode of the entrance exam, the type of questions that will be asked, marking scheme, the total number of sections, duration of the exam.

MICAT 2020 Exam Pattern



Mode of exam


Duration of the exam

2 hours 50 minutes

Total number of sections


Total number of Questions

105 approximately

Negative marking

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

MICAT Exam Pattern- Section- Wise

MICAT entrance exam is divided into three sections. The table consists of a number of questions asked, and time duration allotted for each section as per MICAT Exam Pattern.

Section-wise Exam Pattern



No. of Questions

Time Allotted

Section I

Descriptive Test


35 Minutes

Section II

Verbal Ability (VA)


1 Hour 45 Minutes

(105 minutes)

Quantitative Ability (QA)


General Awareness (GA)


Divergent-Convergent Reasoning (DCR)


Section III

Psychometric Test (DT)


25 Minutes

MICAT Syllabus 2020

Before starting your preparation for MICAT, it is important that you should completely know the syllabus of MICAT. After checking the syllabus, candidates should study about their strong and weak areas and work on them accordingly. Some of the important sections for MICAT syllabus 2020 are verbal ability, general awareness, subjective questions, verbal ability, psychometric test.

MICAT 2020 Section-wise Topics

Psychometric Test: Candidates must try and answer all the questions asked in this section. Through the Psychometric Test, candidates’ characteristics and behavioural features are examined in the exam.

Verbal Ability: This section tests candidates' Comprehension skills and Vocabulary, and questions are based on topics such as:

Sentence correction

Idioms and Phrases


Synonyms and antonyms

Fill in the blanks



Jumbled paragraphs and sentences

One word substitution



Reading Comprehension passage

English usage or Grammar

Quantitative Ability: This section tests candidates' quantitative, logical skills, and the questions are based on topics like:




Ratios and Proportion

Heights & Distance

Profit & Loss


Time-Speed-Distance, Work & time



Geometric Progression

Arithmetic progression

Number system

Arithmetic mean

Geometric mean

Permutations & Combinations



Mode & Median

Simple Interest & Compound Interest

Venn Diagram


Harmonic mean

Number Base System

Binomial Expansion


Coordinate geometry

Maxima & Minima Progression

General Awareness: In this section, candidates’ knowledge about current affairs is examined. So, they must magnify their knowledge to score well in this particular section. Questions are mostly asked from the following areas:


Current Affairs







Indian Constitution

Authors and Literature

Science & research




Divergent-Convergent Reasoning: This section tests candidates' Reasoning Ability, and questions are based on:

  • Data Sufficiency

  • Sequence and Series

  • Statement – Assumption

  • Visual Reasoning

  • Word Association

Descriptive Test: In this section of the exam, Descriptive questions are asked, which evaluate candidates' creative and unique writing skills. To perform well in this section, candidates must create a flair to write creatively.

Best Books for MICAT 2020 Preparation


Name of Book


Quantitative Aptitude

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT

Sarvesh K Sharma

Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency

Arun Sharma

A complete manual for CAT


Verbal Ability

Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT

Ajay Singh

Verbal Ability

R.S. Aggarwal

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading

Arun Sharma

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension


Wiley’s Verbal Ability

P.A. Anand

Psychometric Tests

Psychometric Tests for Dummies

Liam Healy

Ultimate Psychometric Tests

Mike Bryon

Management level Psychometric & Assessment test

Andrea Shavick

How to Pass Psychometric Tests

Andrea Shavick

General Awareness

General Knowledge


Mega Yearbook

Disha Experts

Objective General Knowledge


Social Issues and Institution

Wizard publication

The Divergent and Convergent Thinking Book

Dorte Nilsen

Manorama Yearbook

Pratiyogita Darpan

Indian Polity

M Laxmikanth

MICAT 2020 Preparations Tips

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

If you are preparing for one of the reputed management entrance exams like CAT, IIFT, MAT or XAT, preparing for MICAT 2020 exam is not going to be a difficult task. MICAT is quite different from other entrance exams, and the candidates must note that MICAT has questions which are descriptive in nature and candidates must pay attention to it. Follow the tips given below while attempting the MICAT 2020 exam to get an excellent score.

Tips to Approach MICAT Psychometric Test:

Answer All Questions: It is very important to answer all the questions in the psychometric test as leaving out even a single question might prove to be fatal. Also, this is a qualifying section and passing it is essential in order to be shortlisted for the second phase of selection.

Answer Immediately: Going for the ideal answers may get you into trouble as the psychometric test is the basis for the questions that will be asked by the interview panel. Therefore, you must answer candidly and not fake or beat about the bush.

Tips to Approach MICAT Verbal Ability Section

Attempt Short Questions First: In order to save time and get more questions correct, pick ‘fill in the blanks’ and ‘synonyms and antonyms’ first as they take less time in MICAT 2020. Then pick the sentence completion questions and passage as you progress.

Reading Comprehension at the End: Since the passages are lengthy and time consuming, you must attempt this section towards the end. Pick the easy passages first and answer them as they will take less time than the lengthier and more complicated passages.

Tips to Approach MICAT Quantitative Ability Section

Minimum Number of Questions: To get the qualifying score, you will have to attempt at least 18 questions or more. For this, you will have to manage time efficiently and ensure that you have at least 30 minutes for this section as well.

Keep Negative Marking in Mind: As per the exam pattern of MICAT, all sections carry negative marking of 0.25 marks for each wrong answer. Whenever in doubt, avoid marking the answer. Getting more correct answers is important rather than attempting all questions out of which some are incorrect.

Tips to Approach MICAT General Awareness Section

Read all the Questions: This is one of the most scoring sections of the MICAT exam as it takes the least time and it is possible to attempt all the 25 questions in 15 to 18 minutes. Therefore, one must at least read all the questions and then answer those about which you are sure. This will help you to save time and also score more marks.

Don’t spend too much Time: In this section, you either know the answer or you don’t know the answer. Hence, don’t spend too much time to think about the answer. There’s nothing that you can solve, therefore, if you don’t know the answer, move on and don’t waste time.

Tips to Approach MICAT Reasoning Section

Read Carefully: Convergent and divergent questions can be twisted in terms of language, therefore read the question carefully in order to understand what is being asked and mark the correct answer.

Solve your strong sections first: Pick the type of questions that are your master in that section. For example, if you are good at solving ‘Permutations & Combinations’ questions first, you must solve these questions first.

Tips to Approach MICAT Descriptive Test:

Make brief Points: Descriptive test are an important part of the test since the college wants to judge your creativity. Therefore, to present your ideas efficiently, write down the points that you want to present and then explain them in paragraphs. This is the best way to complete the essay.

Content Flow: While writing the essays/story, it is important that you maintain a flow of the content according to the quantity as well as quality. The essay should be simple and clear about the thoughts and must convey the message of the topic.

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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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