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To Take or Not to Take MICAT II 2017


MICAT II registration window opens on January 3 and many MICA aspirants are in a fix: whether to retake the examination.

With different sites giving varying information, many aspirants are confused and wondering why someone   with a MICAT score of 44 was shortlisted for the Group Exercise (GE) and Personal Interview (PI) last year whereas someone else with a MICAT score of 60 didn’t make the cut.  Well, I think the person with a score of 60 might not have qualified for one or more of the following reasons:

  • not qualifying the Psychometric Test 
  • not clearing the cut-off in the Descriptive Test (DT)
  • not clearing the cut-off on one or more of MICAT sections (Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, Verbal Ability and Divergent-Convergent Reasoning). Sectional cut-offs exist for each of these 4 sections of MICAT, but these cut-offs are not declared on MICAT score cards.
  • not getting a competitive composite score (DT and the 4 sections put together). The weight given to DT for the purpose of shortlisting students for GE and PI is not declared by MICA.

Let's talk about MICAT II.

All those aspirants who did not qualify the Psychometric Test (PT) do not have a choice; I want to remind them that they need to attempt ALL 35 questions on the PT on February 12 to stand a chance. Also, around 10 questions on PT expect you to arrange choices in order of preference and hence doing these 35 questions in the given 25 minutes should not be taken lightly at all.

Aspirants who have qualified the Psychometric Test and scored above 60 on MICAT I need not apply for MICAT II, while those who have scored between 55-60  may or may not apply for MICAT II.

MICA will consider the better of your two MICAT scores. Aspirants who have scored below 55 on MICAT I should apply for MICAT II; even if they get shortlisted for GE and PI, it would be difficult for them to get selected in the final round as the MICAT score carries 50% weight.

MICAT II is on February 12--give it your best shot and don’t let MICAT II throw you off your Valentine Day plans. MICAT II results will be declared on February 20, and the shortlist for GE and PI will be announced on February 23.

Best!