MICA Admission 2018: GE-PI shortlist on March 1; 50% weight goes to MICAT

MICA Admission 2018
Tuesday, February 20 2018, 09:04 AM
MICA Ahmedabad will announce the shortlist of candidates for GE-PI round for admission to its flagship PGDM-C 2018-20 batch on March 1, 2018 after declaration of MICAT-II result on February 26
MICAT carries a weightage of 50% while the National level exams like CAT 2017, XAT 2018 or GMAT scores will also be awarded 50% weight while finalizing the shortlist

MICA Ahmedabad will announce the shortlist of candidates for GE-PI round for admission to its flagship PGDM-C 2018-20 batch on March 1, 2018 after declaration of MICAT-II result on February 26.

One of the key components in shortlisting criteria, MICAT carries a weightage of 50% while the National level exams like CAT 2017, XAT 2018 or GMAT scores will also be awarded 50% weight while finalizing the shortlist for final selection round. Those candidates who have appeared both in MICAT-1 and MICAT-II stand a better chance in shortlisting as their better scores in MICAT will be considered.

MICA has introduced a new admissions process where candidates are given two opportunities to take the MICAT exam – MICAT-1 and MICAT-II and participate in the GE and PI. 

MICAT is a computer-based exam in place of the pen and paper model. For those who have appeared in both MICAT - I and II, the better of the two scores are considered for admission.

GE-PI in MICA: Your next step
The GE and PI round at MICA consists of a series of interactions with the candidates to assess their suitability for the Strategic Marketing and Communication driven industry sectors. This, according to MICA,does not require any prior preparation.

Are you a right candidate for MICA? Assess yourself
MICA admission chair Prof Ashutosh Dutt says that MICA would prefer an applicant who has following qualities:

  1. Inherent ability to think out of the box and apply it meaningfully for problem solving
  2. Strong inclination to excel in the areas of strategic marketing and communications as against doing a generic MBA
  3. Highly motivated to learn and unlearn and relearn in a digitally enabled world of today

MICAT score to be considered at two stages
It is extremely important to score well on MICAT-II as MICA will consider this score at two stages – at the time of shortlisting and while preparing final merit list for admission.

Shortlisting for GE and PI
MICA would calculate a cut off by looking at an aggregate score of both MICAT and CAT/XAT/GMAT.

Preparation of Final Merit list
MICA will look at the MICAT score while preparing the final list of selected students. At that time CAT/XAT/GMAT score will have a weightage of 20% and MICAT score will have a weightage of 30%. 

According to MICA, ‘We expect our prospective candidates to be well-read, innovative and intelligent with an analytical bent of mind. A regular habit of reading newspapers and practice in analytical and creative writing would be useful.’

3 Step selection process
PGDM-C 2018-20 selection process involves three steps which are:

Step - I : You must have appeared in CAT 2017, or XAT 2018 or GMAT (2016 onwards)

Step - II : You should register and apply for MICA Admission Test –MICAT-1 or MICAT-II

Step - III : Participate in Group Exercise (GE) and Personal Interview (PI) on the designated date

Scoring in MICAT
The score obtained individually by a candidate ‘X’ in a particular component of MICAT-I/MICAT-II,e.g. Verbal Ability (VA) will be converted into Scaled Score using the following sample formula for one of the components:

VA: Scaled Score -VA of a candidate 'X' in MICAT-I/MICAT-II = (Score -VA of the candidate 'X' /Maximum obtained by any candidate amongst the candidates who have appeared in MICAT-I/MICAT-II in VA) multiplied by Maximum Possible Score in VA in MICAT-I/ MICAT-II.

Similarly Scaled Scores will be calculated for all the MICAT-I/MICAT-II components using sample formula in point i) namely: VA, QADI, GA, DCT and DT.

Total MICAT-I/MICAT-II score will be calculated using Scaled Scores for each of the MICAT components, namely: VA, QADI, GA, DCT and DT

The exact cut-offs depend on various factors like the applicants’ pool, the distribution of CAT and MICAT scores etc. which may change year to year.

Shortlisting process for GE-PI

  • Psychometric test in GE-PI round is a qualifier. Those who qualify on the Psychometric, their CAT/XAT/GMAT relative performance will be considered. (This is based on their relative performance in CAT/XAT/GMAT, subject to a minimum cut-off in CAT total percentile/XAT total percentile/GMAT score)
  • Those who qualify based on the CAT/XAT cut-off or GMAT score shall be assessed for the following MICAT sections: Verbal ability (VA), Quantitative ability and Data Interpretation (QADI), General awareness (GA), and Divergent and Convergent Thinking (DCT).
  • Those who qualify on the basis of relative performance subject to a minimum cut-off in Scaled Scores for each of these sections (namely: VA, QADI, GA and DCT) and CAT/XAT cut-off or GMAT score shall have their Descriptive Tests evaluated.
  • Those who qualify on the basis of above parameters and on the basis of relative performance subject to a minimum cut-off in Scaled Score in DT shall be considered for short listing for GE and PI.
  • Shortlist will be prepared on the basis of MICAT-I and /or II or better of the two relative performances if a candidate has taken both MICAT-I and MICAT-II. (This will be prepared based on the Composite Score formula of 50% CAT/XAT/GMAT and 50% MICAT).
  • Approximately 1/10th of the total number of candidates who appear in the two MICATs are shortlisted for GE & PI based on the Total MICAT Scaled Score

MICA is an autonomous, non-profit institution. It offers a wide-range of academic programmes including following 3 residential programs:

  1. Post Graduate Diploma in Management-Communications (PGDM-C),
  2. Crafting Creative Communication (CCC)
  3. Fellow Programme in Management-Communications (FPM-C)

MICA will offer admission to limited number of 180 candidates for PGDM-C 2018-20 batch. The PGDM-C programme fee at MICA is Rs.16.50 lakhs for 2 years.

MICA has consistently had 100% placements for both final and summer internships. Some of the most respected companies and brands of the world recruit from MICA. Highest salary in Placement 2017 stood at Rs.56 lakhs/annum and the average salary at Rs.12.65 lakhs/annum. Summer internships this year have risen to a new high of Rs.2 lakhs as the highest stipend and average of 61,000. Both final and summers have had international placements.

MICA has created a niche in management education with consistently achieving and aspiring for yet higher standards. It is a unique institution with unique approach in pedagogy and learning; in selecting the students for admission to its flagship programme.

Established in 1991, MICA is the only residential institute in the country, and perhaps in the Asia-Pacific region, dedicated to creating leadership in Strategic Marketing and Communication. It differs from other B-Schools in terms of the range & depth of the courses that are offered to its students.

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