MICAT 2018 PAPER ANALYSIS
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The first phase of MICAT 2018 was conducted on December 17, 2017 in online mode. Its result was declared by the organizing committee on January 03, 2018.
MICAT 2018 covered three sections –Section I was Descriptive Test and Section II contained four sub-sections viz. Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Verbal Ability and Quantitative Ability and Section III was a Psychometric Test. Candidates were given 2 hours and 45 minutes to attempt the exam. Now, the second phase of MICAT is scheduled for December 17, 2018.Check MICAT-I 2018 Analysis, Question Paper, Answer Key & Cut off
This article talks about the paper analysis of the MICAT 2018 exam. It will help you in understanding the section-wise distribution of questions, overall difficulty level, weightages of topics and expected the cut off criteria.
The overall difficulty of the MICAT- I was moderate, but difficult as compared to that of the previous year. The General Awareness and Quantitative Analysis sections were found to be most difficult of all.
Several changes were introduced in the MICAT 2018 exam. Firstly, the Psychometric Test section was the last one in the exam. Then 25 questions were asked from the General Awareness section, compared to 22 questions in the previous year. Check MICAT Syllabus
No negative marking was there for Section 1 and Section 3. In case a candidate has attempted an incorrect answer in Section 2, 0.25 marks would be deducted.
Candidates were required to complete sections in a sequential manner. So before moving to the next section, they were required to complete the current section. It means that the switching between the sections was not allowed.
All of these three sections collectively contained 140 questions. Following is the overall details on MICAT 2018 paper analysis.
|Paper Part||Section Name||Number of Questions||Time Duration (Minutes)||Overall Difficulty|
|Section 1||Descriptive Test||4||35||Moderate|
|Section 2||Divergent Convergent Reasoning||30||105||Moderate to difficult|
|Section 3||Psychometric Test||36||25||Moderate|
Section I in MICAT is the Descriptive Test that evaluates the analytical and creative writing skills of the candidates. This section contained only four questions, and the first three questions were linked with each other.
Section II contained 105 questions to be attempted by the candidates in 105 minutes. Following is its detailed paper analysis based on its four sub-sections - Logical Reasoning, General Awareness, Verbal Ability and Quantitative Ability.
1- Logical Reasoning
The Logical Reasoning section contained 30 questions to be attempted in 30 minutes. Questions were based on word association, statement assumption, data sufficiency and visual reasoning.
In general, students could have answered at least 19-20 questions with 80-85% accuracy. Following are the details of analysis of this section.
|Types of Questions||Number of Questions||Difficulty Level|
|Word Association||15||8 difficult, 5 moderate and 2 easy|
|Statement Assumption||3||2 moderate and 1 easy|
|Visual Reasoning||8||All questions were from easy to moderate|
|Logical Data Sufficiency||4||All questions were moderate|
2- General Awareness
This section contained 25 questions, which were 3 questions more than that in the previous year. Out of these 25 questions, 16 were based on national issues, and the remaining 9 on international affairs.
Total 19 questions were of static type and remaining 6 were on current affairs. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderate to difficult than the previous year’s exam.
It is predicted that the candidates with good general knowledge would have attempted at least 10-11 questions with 80% accuracy in 10 minutes.
3- Verbal Ability
This section contained the questions based on jumbled paragraphs, double blanks, synonyms, sentence errors, idiom-based questions, paragraph completion and a Reading Comprehension passage. In general, candidates would have attempted at least 19-20 questions with 80% accuracy in about 25 minutes. Following is the detailed breakup.
|Topic||Number of Questions||Difficulty Level|
|Double Fill in the Blanks||1||All questions were moderate|
|Jumbled Paragraph||5||1 difficult and 3 moderate and 1 easy|
|Identify the correct sentence||2||All questions were moderate|
|Synonyms of the highlighted word used in the sentence||3||1 difficult and 2 moderate|
|1 Reading Comprehension passage||5||2 moderate and 3 easy|
|Complete the Paragraph||1||All questions were difficult|
|Antonym||1||All questions were easy|
|Preposition-based (Fill in the Blanks)||2||1 moderate and 1 easy|
|Grammar-based correct response||1||All questions were easy|
|Make the sentences in which adverbs are correctly placed||1||All questions were easy|
|Meaning of underlined idioms/idioms-based (Fill in the Blanks)||3||All questions were moderate|
4- Quantitative Ability
This section contained 25 questions. Of these, 19 were completely based on quantitative ability, and the remaining 6 were biased on data interpretation.
Most of these questions were more difficult than that of previous year's exam. It is expected that candidates would have answered at least 15-16 questions with 85% accuracy in around 40 minutes. Following is the detailed breakup.
|Type of questions||Number of questions||Level of difficulty|
|Number||2||All questions were moderate|
|Algebra||1||Question was moderate|
|Arithmetic||7||All questions were moderate|
|Sequence-Series||2||All questions were difficult|
|Set Theory||1||Question was easy|
|Functions||1||Question was moderate|
|Quadrilaterals||2||All questions were moderate|
|Trigonometry||2||All questions were moderate|
|Circles and Polygons||1||Question was moderate|
|Table||3||All questions were easy to moderate|
|Caselet||3||All questions were easy to moderate|
This section was the Psychometric Test. It contained 36 questions to be attempted by the candidates in 25 minutes. Based on the instructions issued by MICAT, candidates were mandatorily required to attempt all the questions in this section.
Failing to this, the candidates were liable to disqualification. There were no right or wrong answers in this section. The section contained three sets.
There were 10 questions with three probable answers in the first set. The questions in this set were based on a particular personality trait.
The second set contained 16 questions with two probable answers related to the candidate’s own personality traits. The third set contained 10 questions, where candidates were required to descend 6 responses for each question in the order of decreasing importance.
The overall section was simple and less time-consuming for those the candidates who has practiced on psychometric tests before taking the exam. With the limited timeframe and the condition of attempting all the questions, candidates were forced to be honest while attempting all the questions.
To conclude, MICA shortlists candidates based on the section-wise scaled scores. The institute does not release any cut off for admission to the PGDM-C program. It is expected that those candidates who clear the psychometric test and descriptive section and secure 45-47 marks in total, would be called for the GD-PI round. All the best!
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College
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