The MICAT exam refers to an MBA entrance test conducted twice annually by the MICA Ahmedabad. The exam falls in February and December every year. This exam paves the way for the candidates to get admitted to PGDM-C (Post-graduate diploma in Management Communications) courses. The exam is computer-based and is held in two phases. MICA is one of the reputed institutions for MBA in India. Hence, getting admitted into a PGDM –C here open doors for plenty of job opportunities after an MBA for candidates. Therefore, let’s understand the MICAT selection process to grab the opportunity.
MICAT Selection process
The selection process involved in the MCAT exam comprises of three phases:
Phase 1: To appear for the MICAT exam, a candidate has to give CAT, GMAT, or XAT exam (any one). You can apply for MICA admission online, along with the registration details of the exam you gave. The registration fee for the MICAT exam is Rs. 2100 and has to be paid online.
Phase 2: After you have applied for the exam online, you will have to give the MICAT exam, which is computer-based. The MICAT exam pattern comprises of six sections: Psychometric, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Divergent and Convergent Thinking, Verbal ability, Descriptive Test, and General Awareness. The marks for this exam will be evaluated as a MICAT score.
Phase 3: The candidates will be shortlisted based on their scores obtained in the CAT/GMAT/XAT exams and MICAT. Only the shortlisted candidates can appear for the Group Exercise (GE) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. The allotted centres and dates will also be notified to the candidates.
A brief guide for the MICAT exam
The MICAT is a computer-based examination and consists of only objective-type questions. The maximum time duration allowed for this exam is 2 hours and 15 minutes. Those who obtain qualifying or high marks in the MICAT will be shortlisted. The scores will be evaluated based on the marks obtained in each of the six sections. A normalization process will also be employed while calculating the scores.
The candidates who are shortlisted will be called to attend the GE and PI rounds. These two final rounds may be conducted in any of the cities among Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Bengaluru, or Delhi. These rounds will be given a weightage of 50% each. The qualifying mark for the GE round is 3.5 or more, and for the PI round is 4 or above, out of a maximum of 5. Following this evaluation, the final merit list for the MICA admission will be announced.
Important facts about the MICAT exam
Here are a few things that a candidate must be aware of while appearing for the MICAT examination:
- The first stage of the MICAT exam will be held in Ahmedabad.
- The second round of GE & PI will be conducted in Bengaluru and Mumbai.
- Candidates who have been shortlisted for the GE & PI rounds will get call letters from the institution.
- After the completion of GE & PI rounds, the final merit list will be prepared and announced.
- The GE round will be analysed based on a candidate’s leadership qualities, team spirit, and communication skills.
- The candidates on the merit list must be collectively selected by the PI panellists.
- There is no specific age limitation for attempting the MICAT.
- The scores obtained in MICAT are only valid for one year and cannot be used in the following year for admission.
- All candidates who wish to get admitted into MICA Ahmedabad have to give the MICAT and can prepare with BYJU’s Exam Prep.
Candidates who appear for the MICAT exam have to be well aware of the exam and selection procedures. Although the exam is highly competitive, you can ace the exam with the preparation strategy.