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MICAT 2018 Exam Analysis: GA, Quant tougher than last year

Dec 3, 2018 15:24 IST
    MICAT Exam Analysis
    MICAT Exam Analysis

    MICAT Exam Analysis 2018: MICAT 2018 exam was held on 1st December 2018. The test is conducted by MICA Ahmedabad and is the gateway for admission to the design institute. Experts at Jagranjosh.com has compiled a detailed exam analysis for MICAT 2018 Part I test that will help you decode your performance, provide you section-wise analysis and cutoffs along with overall MICAT 2018 cutoffs for admission to the institute.

    Initial Impressions

    MICAT 2018 Part 1 of the test was held on 1st December 2018. The entrance exam is held to screen students for admission to the Post Graduate Diploma Management in Communication for 2019-21 batch. The following are the initial impressions of experts at Jagranjosh.com for MICAT I 2018 exam:

    • MICAT I exam had common paper for all the candidates, unlike other MBA entrance exams
    • Order of the questions was also the same for all the test-takers
    • Difficulty level of the MICAT 2018 test was the same as last year
    • Psychometric test was the first test in the exam
    • Psychometric test contained fewer questions this year (27 as against 36 of last year)
    • Descriptive test was the second test of MICAT 2018
    • The third test in MICAT 2018 consisted of 4 sub-sections i.e. Divergent & Convergent Thinking, Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability and General Awareness
    • General Awareness section was tougher as compared to 2017
    • Quantitative Aptitude section was also tougher than 2017 paper

    MICAT 2018 – Exam Pattern

    MICAT 2018 is held in two instalments i.e. MICAT I which was held on 1st December 2018 and MICAT 2 which is scheduled to be held on 9th February 2019. The MICAT 2018 Exam consisted of three key tests or sections as listed below:

    Test

    Section Name

    No. Of Questions

    Time allocated

    1

    Psychometric

    27

    25 minutes

    2

    Descriptive

    4

    35 minutes

    3

    A. Divergent Convergent Reasoning

    30

    105 minutes

    B. Verbal Ability

    25

    C. Quantitative Ability

    25

    D. General Awareness

    25

    Key Highlights

    • MICAT 2018 Exam test-takers were given 1 minute break between sections
    • Candidates were not allowed to switch between different tests / sections
    • Psychometric Test didn’t carry any negative marking
    • Descriptive Test didn’t carry any negative marking
    • The Part III Test i.e. Divergent & Convergent Thinking, VA, Quant and GA sections, carried + 1 / -0.25 marking scheme

    MICAT 2018 – Sectional Analysis

    The sectional exam analysis of MICAT 2018 will help you to gauge your performance in the MBA entrance test and also help you to predict the MICAT 2018 score and cutoffs.

    Part I: Psychometric Test

    The Psychometric Test in MICAT 2018 is aimed at analysing the personality and personal traits of the candidates. Therefore, the test has no correct or incorrect answers. This test consisted of 27 questions which was fewer as compared to 36 questions in 2017.

    Identification of Personality Traits: The first question of the Psychometric test asked the students it identify the 10 personality traits of characteristics that describe them the best.

    Assessment of Personality Traits: Questions 2 to 17 were aimed at assessing the specific personality traits of the candidates. The question format presented two set of arguments before the candidates and they were provided the following six options to choose as the one that best described their response to the question.

    • Very Strongly agree with the statement on the right
    • Strongly agree with the statement on the right
    • Moderately agree with the statement on the right
    • Very Strongly agree with the statement on the left
    • Strongly agree with the statement on the left
    • Moderately agree with the statement on the left

    Personality Preferences: Questions 18 to 27 were aimed at understanding personality preferences of the candidates. For these questions, candidates had to rank 6 choices or responses to the given statements in the decreasing order of importance.

    Overall, the Psychometric test was pretty standard and candidates who have taken such tests in the past didn’t take much time to solve it.

     

     

    Part II: Descriptive Test

    The Descriptive Test was aimed at assessing the Written Ability Skills, Creative Skills and Analytical Skills of the test-takers. This section consisted of 4 descriptive questions which were to answered in 35 minutes.

    For & Against Questions: The first three questions of the test were based on the same topic i.e. ‘Equality is a myth’. The first question asked the candidates to provide three points in favour of the topic. The second question asked the candidates to write three points against the topic. Both of these questions carried 10 marks each.

    Essay Writing: The third question in the Descriptive Test asked the candidates to write a 300 word essay / passage to ‘suggest steps in which an equal world can be created’. As per the question instruction, candidates could not use the points included the first question as part of the answer to this question. This question carried 20 marks.

    Pictorial Analysis: The fourth Question was based on Pictorial Analysis format in which candidates had to write down a particular pictorial combination to build a story. The four pictures provided for this question were:

    • A Number of old cars in a parking lot
    • Red blood cells
    • A withered tree leaning against a brick wall and another leafy tree
    • An emoticon conveying a puzzled state with a magnifying glass in front of one of its eyes

    Candidates had to arrange these pictures in a particular order to tell a story. This questions was worth 40 marks.

    Part III

    The third section of the MICAT 2018 consisted of four sub-sections i.e.

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

    Divergent & Convergent ThinkingSection

    The Divergent & Convergent Thinking section consisted of 30 questions of which included word-association, statement-assumption, data sufficiency and visual reasoning questions.

    Reasoning

    The Reasoning questions in MICAT 2018 were spanned across word association and statement – assumption formats. There were 10 Word Association questions of which 3 questions were difficult, 5 questions were of moderate difficulty and 2 were easily doable. Similarly, there were three statement – assumption questions of which 2 were of moderate difficulty while 1 was easy.

    Topic

    No of Questions

    Easy

    Moderate

    Difficult

    Word Association

    10

    2

    5

    3

    Statement - Assumption

    3

    1

    2

    Non-Verbal Reasoning

    Questions in the non-verbal reasoning section were of easy to moderate difficulty level. The key themes or topics on which questions were asked include:

    Type of questions

    No of Questions

    Level of difficulty

    Visual Reasoning (Total 9 questions)

    Odd man out

    4

    Easy-Moderate

    Analogy

    3


    Complete the series

    2


    Logical Data sufficiency (Total 8 questions)

    Relations.

    3

    Easy-Moderate

    Directions

    2

    Easy-Moderate

    Comparison

    2

    Easy

    Arrangement

    1

    Easy

    Non-Verbal Reasoning section consisted of Visual Reasoning and Logical Data Sufficiency Questions. The Visual reasoning questions were based on Odd-Man-Out, Analogy and Complete the Series type questions. The Logical Data Sufficiency Questions were based on Relations, Directions, Comparison and Arrangement format.

    Verdict: Overall, in the Divergent & Convergent Thinking Section, candidates having 19 to 20 attempts with around 80% accuracy would deem to be good attempt.

    Verbal Ability Section

    Verbal Ability section was quite similar to the previous year question papers. The section consisted questions on double blanks, sentence corrections, paragraph completion, idiom-based questions, synonyms, jumbled paragraphs and other similar formats. The VA section also had once Reading Comprehension Paragraph, which was quite easy to manage. The detailed break-up of VA section is given below:

    Topic

    No. of Questions

    Level

    Double Fill-in-the-Blanks

    1

    1 Moderate

    Jumbled Paragraph – 4/5 sentences

    4

    2 Easy, 2 Moderate

    Identify the correct sentence

    2

    2 Moderate

    Synonyms of the highlighted word in the sentence

    2

    2 Moderate

    Reading Comprehension – 1 Passage

    5

    3 Easy, 2 Moderate

    Antonym

    1

    1 Easy

    Preposition-based FIB (4/5 blanks)

    3

    2 Easy, 1 Moderate

    Complete the last sentence of the passage

    2

    2Moderate

    Phrase-based FIB

    2

    2 Easy

    Meaning of underlined idioms/ Idioms-based FIB

    3

    3 Moderate

    Verdict: For Verbal Ability section, attempting of 19-20 question with around 80% accuracy will ensure that candidate clears the sectional cut-offs.

    Quantitative Ability Section

    The Quantitative Ability section consisted of 25 questions of which 18 questions were based on Quant while the rest 7 were based on Data Interpretation theme. Overall Quantitative Aptitude Section was tougher and more calculation intensive as compared to last year.

    Quantitative Ability

    The core Quant section was dominated by questions based on Arithmetic followed by Modern Math and Number systems. Surprisingly, there were no questions based on Geometry and Algebra unlike CAT or IIFT exams. The detailed break-up of questions can be found below:

    Topic / Theme

    No of Questions

    Level of difficulty

    Arithmetic

    Percentages

    1

    Moderate

    Profit & Loss

    4

    Moderate

    Ratios

    3

    Easy

    Time Speed & Distance

    2

    Moderate to Difficult

    Numbers

    Numbers

    2

    Moderate

    Modern Maths

    Set Theory

    1

    Moderate

    Venn Diagram

    2

    1 Easy, 1 Difficult

    Permutation & Combination

    2

    Moderate

    Series & sequences

    1

    Difficult

    Verdict: Overall, the Quantitative questions were based on elementary concepts and therefore were easy but time-consuming in nature. The overall difficulty level can be termed as moderate.

    Data Interpretation

    The Data Interpretation questions were based on two sets, one based on bar-graph of sales and second on profit-percentage table of a company. Both the sets were quite similar and all the questions were based on calculation. The difficulty level was moderate. The detailed break-up the Data Interpretation Questions is as follows:

    Topic / Theme

    No of Questions

    Level of Difficulty

    Data Interpretation

    Bar Graph + Table

    4

    Moderate to Difficult

    Line Graph + Table

    3

    Moderate

    Verdict: Overall attempt of about 13 to 15 questions with 85% accuracy will be termed as a good attempt.

    General Awareness Section

    The General Awareness section was another section that was found to be tougher compared to the MICAT 2017 exam. The GA section had 25 questions of which 17 were based on National issues while the rest 8 were based on International issues. In terms of Static GK vs Current Affairs, 18 questions based on Static GK while 7 were based on Current Affairs. A lot of questions were related to Banking & Finance.

    The key themes in the General Awareness section revolved around business, government, politics, ad agencies, laws and acts, and logos.

    The detailed break-up of GA section for MICAT 2018 is as follows:

    Topic

    No of Questions

    Level of difficulty

    Current Affairs& Politics

    7

    Easy- Moderate

    Banking & Finance

    5

    Moderate

    Personality

    4

    Moderate-Difficult

    Business, brands and media

    4

    Easy - Moderate

    Miscellaneous GK

    5

    Moderate

    In terms of level of difficulty, 8 questions were relatively easy, 13 were of moderate difficulty while 4 were difficult and majority of the candidates faced problem while answering them.

    Verdict: For General Awareness section, an attempt of 10 – 11 questions with 80% accuracy should be enough to get a call back.

    Final Verdict

    Candidates who have managed to do well in the Psychometric test and those who are expecting a score of 48-50 in Part III can term this as a good attempt. For the Written Ability test, candidates having average writing skill will be able to score around 55 to 60 marks.

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