MICAT Vs CAT: Which One Is Tougher to Appear?

By BYJU'S Exam Prep

Updated on: September 13th, 2023

The MICAT and CAT MBA entrance examinations are two of the most important MBA entrance exams of the year. The notifications for both the CAT 2022 and MICAT 2023-25 exams have been announced. The MICAT score is accepted by the Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad; whereas, the CAT scores are accepted by the IIMs and several other B-Schools in India. We’ll go through the specifications of how the two differ in numerous areas in this article. Let’s get started!

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CAT is held by the IIMs on a rotational basis, and over 2 lakh people apply each year for this exam. The CAT score and percentile are commonly accepted as criteria for admission by management institutes around the country. The Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad, on the other hand, administers MICAT, which attracts roughly 4000-5000 candidates each year.

MICAT Exam Pattern Vs CAT Exam Pattern

Given below is the Difference between MICAT  & CAT Syllabus and Exam Pattern. 


MICAT Exam Pattern

CAT Exam Pattern

Number of Sections


  • Section A: Psychometric Test.
  • Section B: Descriptive Test.
  • Section C: (has 4 sub-sections) – Divergent and Convergent Thinking; Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, and Data Interpretation and General awareness.


  • VARC (Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension)
  • DILR (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)
  • QA     (Quantitative Ability)

Sectional Time Limit

  • Psychometric Test-30 minutes
  • Descriptive Test- 25 minutes
  • Divergent and Convergent Thinking; Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, and Data Interpretation and General awareness- 80 minutes
  • VARC – 40 minutes
  • DILR – 40 minutes
  • QA – 40 minutes

Number of questions

234 (as in MICAT 2022-24)

66 (as in CAT 2021)

Section-Wise Break-Up

  • Psychometric Test – 150 Qs
  • Descriptive Test – 4 Qs
  • Verbal Ability – 20 Qs
  • Quantitative Ability – 20 Qs
  • General Awareness – 20 Qs
  • Divergent & Convergent Thinking – 20 Qs
  •  VARC- 24
  • QA- 22
  •  DILR- 20

Duration of Examination

2 hours 15 minutes

2 hours type

Type of Questions

MCQs and Descriptive

MCQs  and Non-MCQs

Negative Marking

-0.25 for each incorrect response in VA, QA, GA, and DCT sections only

-1 for MCQ-type questions

0 for Non-MCQ type questions

Overall Difficulty Level



MICAT Syllabus Vs CAT Syllabus

Both the MICAT and the CAT have a similar syllabus however the MICAT exam consists of two additional sections. The CAT exam is considered to be more difficult than the MICAT exam.

Get more details about MICAT Syllabus and CAT Syllabus

Check MICAT 2023 Eligibility. Check CAT 2022 Eligibility.

Key Differences Between CAT and MICAT

The following is a list of the differences between the CAT and the MICAT examination:

MICAT Vs CAT: Difficulty Level

CAT is more challenging than MICAT, as previously stated. This means that if you’re studying for the CAT, scoring well in MICAT would not be that tough; yet, if MICAT is your primary emphasis, this isn’t the case. MICAT evaluates your ability to solve problems quickly and accurately rather than your problem-solving technique (which is seen in CAT). As a result, just because you did well in MICAT doesn’t mean you’ll do well in the CAT.

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MICAT Vs CAT: Types of Questions

The syllabus for MICAT and CAT are very similar. The MICAT exam consists of both MCQs and Descriptive types of questions. CAT, on the other hand, includes both MCQs and non-MCQs. TITA-style questions are non-MCQs in which candidates must Type In The Answer (TITA). In CAT majority of the questions are MCQ-based. Go through the Preparation Tips for CAT 2022

MICAT Vs CAT: Marking Scheme

Each correct response in the MICAT exam will be given one mark, whereas each correct answer in a CAT question is for 3 marks. In CAT, 1 mark is deducted for each incorrect response, however, in MICAT, there is a negative grading of -0.25 for any question answered incorrectly (only for VA, QA, GA, and DCT sections).

MICAT Vs CAT: Strategy to Attempt Questions

The MICAT and the CAT are two entirely different tests. You’ll need to adopt a different strategy, mindset, and prepare for each exam. The most effective way to prepare for both exams is to practice mock tests. You can practice CAT mock test to level up your exam preparation. 

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