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MICAT 2011 Analysis (20th Feb 2011)

MICA lived up to its reputation of giving a creative as well as a lengthy paper. The paper had a good mix of questions from all the areas. The paper not only tested the knowledge of a student but also analyzed the personality traits. The paper also gave ample chances to the students to showcase their creative abilities. They overall beauty of the test was however marred by the fact that there were quite a number of erroneous questions in the Quantitative Ability/DI section. Still it must be said that the test required a good amount of perseverance and out of box thinking on part of the students to attempt the paper. However, there was no information regarding the weight assigned to different papers/parts inside the test. Let us now look at the detailed structure of the paper: Overall Analysis The test was of overall 2 hours and 45 minutes duration. It contained 2 papers: Paper I and Paper II, where each paper had a time limit (as illustrated in the table given below). Paper I Sections A. Reasoning B. General Awareness C. Quantitative Ability/LRDI D. Verbal Ability Total Questions Creative Ability Tests Essay topics Story writing Paper II Psychometric Tests No. of Questions 35 25 30 30 120 Time Duration (Minutes)

Part I

135 Minutes

Part II

1 1 30 minutes

The Paper I was itself divided into two parts: Part I (aptitude) and Part II (writing ability). There was no individual time limit between the two parts. The marking scheme for the questions was not mentioned except for Part I where mark would be deducted for every incorrect response and no mark would be deducted for not attempting the question. Lets analyze the parts as they appeared in the examination.

T he following is the detailed analysis of the paper: Paper I, Part I Even though no sectional cut -off was mentioned, it would have been wise to allocate time to each sub-section and pick up the questions that were sitters. Considering the overall difficulty of test it can be said that a serious candidate should allot around 115 minutes, out of the total 135 minutes of Paper I to Part I. A . Reasoning: The section was of moderate level of difficulty. It contained questions of Topics Covered Word Association Statement Conclusion Data Sufficiency Visual Reasoning Total following types:

No. of Questions 15 5 5 10 35

Total number of questions in this section was 35 and the number of options per question was 5 (unlike other sections where each question carried 4 options). The questions of data-sufficiency and Statement Assumption were relatively easy. An attempt of 20-22 questions with an accuracy of 80% would have been an ideal attempt in this section. Ideal time allotted: 40 minutes. B. General Awareness: This section had a good mix of questions from the field of marketing, advertising, media, general knowledge and general global awareness. The level of the section was moderate to difficult. Total number of questions in this section was 25 and the number of options per question was 4. An attempt of 10-12 questions with an accuracy of 80% would have been an ideal attempt in this section. Ideal time allotted: 15 minutes. C. Quantitative Ability and LRDI: The section contained mainly questions based on arithmetic (Percentages, average, mixtures, time and speed, series etc.). Other topics covered were P & C, probability, mensuration etc. Also there were two questions on linear programming. Unlike last years test there were no questions on data sufficiency, logical reasoning and set theory. There were three DI sets out of which two were table based and one set was based on line graph. The overall difficulty level of this section was above average as some of the questions involved very lengthy calculations. The number of options per question was 4. Out of a total of 30 questions, there were at least 7 -8 questions that were erroneous and none of the options was correct for such questions.

The breakup of these 30 questions was as follows: Topics Covered Arithmetic (Percentages, Ratio, Installments, SI/CI, TSD) Algebra (Functions, Linear equations etc.) Geometry (Mensuration. Heights and distance etc.) Modern Math (P&C, Probability etc) Linear programming Data Interpretation Total No. of Questions No. of Questions 11 3 3 6 2 5 30

An attempt of 10-12 questions with an accuracy of 80% would have been an ideal attempt in this section. Ideal time allotted: 30 minutes. D. Verbal Ability: The section had a total of 30 questions. The overall difficulty level of this section was moderatedifficult. RC passages were doable. One of the passages presented inferential questions; the other one had more of direct questions. Sentence completion questions stressed the understanding of common confusable words as well as that of the context. There were a couple of sentence completion questions, which were repeated from MICAT 2008 paper. Para jumbles had one fixed sentence (the opening one) and four subsequent sentences; these four sentences had to be arranged to form a coherent paragraph. Sentence construction questions required a good command of not only syntax but also linguistic semantics. The breakup of these 30 questions was as follows: Topics Covered Reading Comprehension (2 passages) Sentence completion (FIB) Parajumble Sentence construction Total No. of Questions No. of Questions 8 11 6 5 30

Overall, 15 -18 questions could have been attempted by a student keeping in mind that he/she had to demonstrate his/her competence across all sections. Ideal time allotted: 30 minutes.

Paper I, Part II The section was a test of a candidates writing ability. The topic for the writing ability assessment was Trial by Media. The candidate had to write their views both for and against the topic. In addition, the conclusion (highlighting candidates own opinion) was also to be written. It is important to note that in conclusion one had to either support or oppose the motion; not taking a stance would mean that one would no t be marked for the essay. In another question in this part a few pictures were given and one had to write a story based on them. Ideal time allotted: 20 minutes.

Paper II
The time allotted for this section was 30 minutes. The paper was intended for the purpose of psychometric assessment of the candidate. The paper was divided into 3 sections, section E, F & G. One needed to answer each of the questions. Section E, F & G had 10, 26 & 10 questions respectively. Failing to attempt all the questions on this paper meant that the candidates OMR would not be evaluated. The first set of questions had 30 statements out of which one had to pick 10 describing ones personality traits without ranking them. The second set of questions asked one to choose from a set of two arguments and also to rate them in accordance with ones personality traits. In the third set of questions, one had to rank the various responses under given situations on a scale of 1 to 6 (where a rating of 1 implied highest priority and a rating of 6 meant least priority).