MICAT Exam Pattern 2020 - Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA) released the MICAT 2020 exam pattern on September 25, 2019. The exam pattern of MICAT provides comprehensive information to students about the number of questions likely to be asked, exam duration, marking scheme, structure, and mode of the exam. Those who are new to MICAT, the entrance exam is conducted twice in a year- MICAT I and II. MICAT I 2020 was conducted on December 7, 2019 while MICAT II was conducted on January 25, 2020. Candidates, therefore, must prepare well for the exam before the deadline. The main objective of MICAT exam pattern 2020 is to enable candidates to plan an effective strategy to score high in the entrance exam.
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MICAT Exam Pattern 2020

MICAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern of MICAT 2020 is given below in the table, candidates can go through it to know the details. In MICAT 2020, candidates cannot navigate to any other section of the test during answering descriptive and psychometric parts. Also, candidates cannot navigate to descriptive and psychometric parts while attempting questions from Part II. Test- takers, however, can navigate between sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 of part II.

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MICAT 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 is deducted

MICAT Exam Pattern- Section- Wise

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

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No. of Questions

Section I

Descriptive Test


Section II

Verbal Ability (VA)


Quantitative Ability (QA)


General Awareness (GA)


Divergent-Convergent Reasoning (DCR)


Section III

Psychometric Test (DT)


Verbal Ability

  • This section includes 25 questions, which tests candidates’ comprehension, grammatical skills, and vocabulary. Candidates must note that 0.25 marks are deducted for each wrong answer.

General Awareness

  • This section consists of 25 questions in total. Candidates are tested based on their knowledge of current affairs. It attracts a negative marking of 0.25 marks for any incorrect response.

Descriptive Test

  • This section comprises four questions in total, which scrutinizes candidates’ writing abilities. The descriptive test does not have any negative marking.

Quantitative Ability

This section consists of a total of 25 questions that tests candidates’ mathematical skills. Quantitative ability attracts a negative marking of 0.25 marks for wrong answers.

Psychometric Test

  • This section consists of 150 questions in total and attempting all of them is important for candidates. This psychometric test examines candidates’ personality and behavioral traits. There is no negative marking for this section.

Divergent-Convergent Reasoning

  • Candidates have to answer 26 questions in this section, which judges candidates’ reasoning and analytical skills. 0.25 marks is deducted for any incorrect answer.

MICAT Marking Scheme 2020

  • As per the exam pattern of MICAT 2020, there is no negative marking for the Descriptive section and Psychometric section.

  • The following sections have a negative marking - Verbal Ability, General Awareness, Quantitative Ability, and Data Interpretation, and Divergent and Convergent Thinking. 0.25 percent is deducted for every wrong answer.

Total Number of questions in MICAT 2020

Candidates must note that there is no fixed number of questions that are asked in MICAT. Every year, the total number of questions asked in each section in the entrance exam varies. In 2018 MICAT - I, there was approximately 105 questions asked in the exam. MICAT exam pattern, therefore, keeps on changing every year.

MICAT Syllabus 2020

Candidates who are aiming to crack MICAT 2020, they should keep the syllabus at their fingertips. The syllabus will help them know the exact topics and subjects from which questions asked in the exam.

MICAT 2020 Syllabus

Psychometric test- According to the Syllabus of MICAT 2020, It is mandatory for candidates to qualify this section of MICAT. The other sections from which questions asked are:

  • General Awareness (GA)

  • Verbal Ability (VA)

  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

  • Divergent-Convergent Reasoning (DCR)

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - MICAT Exam Pattern 2020

Question: What is the exam pattern of MICAT 2020?


MICAT 2020 will be a computer based online paper which will be consisting of 105 questions divided into 6 sections. The duration of the paper will be 2 hours and 50 minutes.

Question: How many sections are there in the MICAT paper?


MICAT paper will be consisting of 6 sections which are mentioned below: 

  • Descriptive Test
  • Verbal Ability (VA)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)
  • General Awareness (GA)
  • Divergent-Convergent Reasoning (DCR)
  • Psychometric Test (DT)

For other details like number of questions and time allotted in each section kindly refer the article.

Question: What is the marking scheme for MICAT paper?


For the following section there is a negative marking of.25 marks

  • Verbal Ability
  • General Awareness 
  • Quantitative Ability
  •  Divergent and Convergent Thinking

There is no negative marking for descriptive and psychometric test.

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MICAT 2 raw score 45.5, scaled 56.5 CAT PERCENTILE - 85.14 Based on ghis what are the chances gor getting shortlisted?

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 20th Mar, 2020


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.

For more details , please go through the link given:- https://media.careers360.com/articles/micat-cutoff

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?

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!

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