MICAT Exam Pattern 2023: Negative Marking, Marking Scheme

Rajalakshmi BK
Rajalakshmi BK

Updated on - Nov 22, 2023

MICAT exam pattern 2023 consists of 6 sections having a total of 105 questions. MICAT is a Computer Based Test (CBT). The question paper comprises both subjective and objective-type questions. MICAT 2023 is a national-level test and is conducted twice every year.

MICAT Exam Pattern 2023 Highlights

The MICAT Exam 2023 will be conducted in online mode for 105 marks approximately for a time duration of two hours and fifteen minutes. The table below gives more details on the MICAT Exam Pattern 2023.

MICAT 2023 Exam Pattern Highlights
Mode of Exam Online
Duration of Exam 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Number of Sections 6 Sections
Total Number of Questions 105 approximately
Negative Marking 0.25 for VA, QA, GA and DCR sections

MICAT 2023 Marking Scheme

The marking scheme MICAT 2023 adheres to is as follows.

  • The MICAT exam pattern 2023 specifies that there is no negative marking in the descriptive and psychometric sections of the exam.
  • The other sections such as verbal ability, general awareness, quantitative ability and data interpretation and divergent and convergent thinking have a negative marking of 0.25 Marks i.e. 1/4 th of the allotted mark is deducted.

MICAT Exam Pattern 2023

The MICAT exam pattern 2023 consists mainly of 3 sections, each of which tests candidates on various topics. More details of the MICAT Exam Pattern has been listed in the section below.

Section A - Psychometry Test

Psychometry Test is qualifying in nature, those who qualify for Section A, and their performance on CAT, XAT, and GMAT will be considered. There is no right/wrong answer but the test evaluates the candidate's personality, thinking ability, strengths, and weaknesses. The questions will be based on the life and career goals, situations, etc.

Note: If the candidate has appeared for more than one exam (CAT, XAT, GMAT) the better of the two scores will be considered.

Section B - Verbal Ability, General Awareness, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

The syllabus for MICAT for Verbal Ability, General Awareness, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, and Divergent and Convergent Thinking topics will be generic and as per other management exams. Those who qualify based on their performance in CAT 2023, XAT, GMAT (2018 onwards), will be assessed on the basis of Section B.

Section C - Descriptive Test

The test comprises topics that the candidate has to present his/her views on. The candidate has to write an essay of about 250 words. Section C will be assessed for those candidates who qualify on the basis of performance in Section B. Candidates will need to qualify for the minimum cutoff (normalized) specified.

Candidates who will qualify for the above sections will only be shortlisted for GE & PI. Shortlisted candidates will have their GE & PI at various centres of MICA namely Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata.

Section-wise marks distribution:

MICAT 2023 Exam Pattern 
Parts Sections Number of Questions Duration Negative Marking
Section A Psychometric Test 150 30 No
Section B Descriptive Test 4 25 No
Section C Verbal Ability 20 80 Yes- 0.25 marks for each wrong answer
Quantitative Ability 20
General Awareness 20
Divergent-Convergent Reasoning 20

MICAT 2023 Preparation Books

Candidates can use the MICAT syllabus 2023 and MICAT Exam Pattern 2023 along with some of the books mentioned below to use while preparing for the MICAT Exam 2023.

MICAT Preparation Books

Subject Name of Book  Publisher/ Author
Verbal Ability Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis
General Awareness Manorama Yearbook 2021 Manorama
Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation Universal's Elementary Mathematics (Numerical Ability) Jain Prateek
Quantitative Aptitude Quantitative Aptitude RS Aggarwal
Current Affairs Yearly 2021 Current Affairs Yearly 2021 Arihant


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