Mica Admission test
MICAT or MICA Admission test is an entrance test for its flagship 2 – yearlong Postgraduate in diploma and Management in Communication (PGDM – C) course. The candidates who will be writing the CAT -2013, MAT – 2014, et cetera onwards will be eligible to write the MICAT. The MICAT has both subjective and objective sections in the paper.
Structure of the Test
MICAT is a paper and pencil-based test, and has both subjective and objective parts, and the test extends for about 125 minutes. The exam is divided into two sections;
- Section 1 is a subjective part consisting of 4 descriptive questions on writing argument and essay writing.
- Section 2 is divided into 3 parts: Part 1 is a psychometric test, part is a reasoning and verbal ability test, and part 3 is general knowledge.
According to MICA, MICAT is a multi-dimensional test assessing a candidate in subjects related to a career in communications management, such as:
- Persuasive writing abilities
- Analytical and verbal abilities
- General awareness about contemporary social and industrial issues, including areas such as media, marketing, advertisement and business.
- Psychometric profiling of the candidate to assess his abilities in communications management.
MICAT eligibility criteria state that the candidate should be a graduate from a recognized university in a 10+2+3 system or its equivalent. Candidates in the final year of their graduation may also apply for the exam. Candidates should apply for the exam with scores of CAT 2014/XAT 2014/ XAT 2015/CMAT 2014 et cetera.
How to Apply?
The candidate may apply for the exam, either offline or online.
The candidate may obtain the application form from the admission office, MICA by cash payment of Rs 1875, or by sending a demand draft of Rs 1875 in favor “MICA” payable at Ahmedabad with one self addressed stamped envelope of the size 12” x 10”
To register online, you must fill in all the details in the online application form and then receive the unique MICA ID by E-mail, which needs to be used for all further correspondence, after which the candidate needs to pay online. The candidate has two options to pay:
- He may pay through Credit Card: The candidate may pay using Master card or Visa online following the instructions as mentioned
- He may get a demand draft of Rs 1875 in favor of MICA payable at Ahmedabad. The demand draft must be sent to the following address:
Mudra Institute of Communications,
Ahmedabad 380-058, India
Phone: 02717 – 308250/ 308313
After having made the payment the candidate will receive a confirmation of the same, by E-mail.
The selection procedure for admission involves two stages. The first stage is the MICAT where the students applying with scores in either CMAT/ CAT/XAT et cetera will be called for the exam, subject to the completion to their application form and accepting by MICA.
Stage 2 involves the candidates who are shortlisted based on their MICAT scores, to be called for Group exercises and personal interviews. The students are then finally admitted based on their total performance throughout the admission procedure.
Syllabus for the exam
The MICA admission test is slightly different compared to the other MBA entrance examinations. Owing to its subjective (descriptive) sections, some sections do not have an exhaustive syllabus list, as can be specified for other exams. For the objective sections of the exam, the candidate may find the syllabus by observing the previous exam papers. The syllabus and list of topics for each of the sections are as follows:
- Reasoning and Verbal Ability: This section usually asks questions based on Visual Reasoning, Data Sufficiency, Statement-Conclusions, Word- combinations. Further the skill level for the exam ranged from moderate to tough. This section can be easily grazed along with the syllabus for other MBA entrance exams like the CAT.
- General Knowledge: The Institute being a Communication focused college, primarily bases most of its general knowledge questions on media, marketing advertising and film.
It is worthy of note that MICAT does not have a quantitative section like other entrance exams, and most part of the exam is designed to test the students’ creative and imaginative talent.
Important Dates for the Exam
The MICA admission test is usually held only once a year, and the important dates for the exam for the year of 2015 are as follows:
- MICA registrations open: August 2014
- MICA registrations close: 18th January 2015 (11:59 pm)
- Issue of MICAT call letters: January/ February 2015
- MICAT Exam: 15th February 2015
- GE and PI: March/ April 2015
- Declaration of Results: April/ May 2015
- Orientation Program: June 2015
The exact dates will be updates soon by the institution (those dates where only tentative months are mentioned)
List of Exam Centers
MICAT will be held all throughout India at 12 centers. The centers for the exam are as follows:
Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Jaipur, Jammu, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow and Mumbai.
The students may contact MICA for admissions at the following:
Email: [email protected]
Phone no: +91-2717-308313
Shela, Ahmedabad - 380 058
The results of the exam, and the students called for the GE and PIs will be declared on their official site. Further more the final list of candidates will also be shown on the website. (www.mica.ac.in)
The scores of the test are valid for admissions into the institutions for a period of only one year. The candidate will thus have to reappear for the exam the next year, if he has not cleared any of the rounds in the second stage.
Reservation and Seat Distribution
The institution takes a maximum of only 180 students for its PGDM-C course. The numbers of seats sanctioned for the academic year are:
- PGDM –C : 180
- Ex PGDM –C: 60
- FPM –C: 08
The college follows no reservation rules and the admission is based purely on merit. There are no special cut offs for the special category students.
The examination gives you eligibility for admission to only MICA, and is its flagship examination in its first stage of the admission procedure.
Counseling and Admission Procedure
The admission procedure involves basically of two stages:
Stage 1: All students who submit their MICA applications with their score in CAT2014 / XAT2014 / XAT2015 / MAT2014 (Feb/May/ Sept/Dec) / CMAT2014 (Feb / Sept) / ATMA2014 (Feb/May/July) / GMAT (2011 onwards), will be called for the MICAT irrespective of their scores in the standardized exams. The MICAT has been designed to test communication ability, divergent thinking, verbal ability, and analytical ability. The first stage of the admission concludes with the announcement of results of the exam.
Stage 2: The candidates are shortlisted based solely on their performance in the MICAT and their scores in the standardized tests. The shortlisted candidates are then called for the Group Exercises and Personal Interviews. The candidates are then finally sifted and a final merit list of admitted candidates are announced.