MICAT 2017: A fairly moderate paper

MICAT 2017, hosted by the MUDRA Institute of Communication, Ahmadabad was conducted on 11th December, 2016 for admissions to the institute’s PGDM-C programme. The total duration of the test was 2 hours and 45 minutes and comprised of three sections:

Section 1 – Descriptive writing

The Argument Writing question this year asked candidates to present views (for, against and personal) on the topic ‘Expert opinion is critical for Geo-Political development.’ The picture-story writing had a total of 4 pictures: a sea turtle, a library, two kids smiling and a chained heap of computers/ keyboards with a word limit of 400 words in total.

The total time allotted for this section was 35 minutes with no negative marking. However, time has always been a constraint for this section.

Section 2 – Psychometric Test

This section is considered as a qualifier. Candidates were advised to attempt each and every question of this section as leaving a question unanswered might lead to disqualification. The questions revolved around ‘choosing the best-suited personality traits’, ‘argument selection’, and ‘ranking the situation responses’.

The total time allotted for the 40 questions was 30 minutes.

Section 3:  Aptitude Paper

Consisted of four sub-sections – Reasoning, General Awareness, Verbal Ability and Quantitative Analysis.

Reasoning: Majority of the questions were from topics like word association, data sufficiency, visual reasoning, and statement conclusion. Total number of questions were 30 with a difficulty level ranging from easy to moderate.

General Awareness: 22 Questions covering topics like media brands, ads slogans, mergers & acquisitions, and CEOs were asked. The difficulty level was easy to moderate.  

Verbal Ability:  Reading comprehension, fill in the blanks, grammar correction, para jumbles, and synonyms type questions were majorly seen in this section. Total number of questions were 25 with a difficulty level ranging from easy to moderate. 

Quantitative Analysis: This sub-section had 25 questions covering arithmetic, profit and loss, trigonometry, functions, time and distance, bar graphs, etc. The level of difficulty of this section was between moderate to difficult.

Section 3 carried a negative marking of 0.25 for each incorrect answer.

The score card for MICAT 1 will be released on December 19,2016.

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