MICAT 2020 – Preparation Tips, Important Books & Topics
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.
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
MICAT Application Process
Type of questions
Both subjective and objective
Weightage used in MICAT 2020 selection process
PGDM (C) and PGDM
Advertising and Brand Management
Digital Communication Management
Media and Entertainment Management
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.
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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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
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
Verbal Ability (VA)
1 Hour 45 Minutes
Quantitative Ability (QA)
General Awareness (GA)
Divergent-Convergent Reasoning (DCR)
Psychometric Test (DT)
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:
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
HCF & LCM
Permutations & Combinations
Mode & Median
Simple Interest & Compound Interest
Number Base System
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:
Authors and Literature
Science & research
Divergent-Convergent Reasoning: This section tests candidates' Reasoning Ability, and questions are based on:
Sequence and Series
Statement – Assumption
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
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT
Sarvesh K Sharma
Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency
A complete manual for CAT
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Wiley’s Verbal Ability
Psychometric Tests for Dummies
Ultimate Psychometric Tests
Management level Psychometric & Assessment test
How to Pass Psychometric Tests
Objective General Knowledge
Social Issues and Institution
The Divergent and Convergent Thinking Book
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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Questions related to MICAT
MICAT 2 raw score 45.5, scaled 56.5 CAT PERCENTILE - 85.14 Based on ghis what are the chances gor getting shortlisted?
Score is moderate which will make difficult to get an admission. Moderate because your rank is close to cutoff value. as college cutoff list is not available it is difficult to say in which you can apply. Cutoff list will be released prior to counselling so keep an eye on it. Be attentive and keep taking updates so that you don't miss any information.
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Hope it helps!
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?
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??
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?
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?
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!