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What is the key strength of the Post Graduate Diploma in Management - Communications (PGDM-C) at MICA?

MICA is India’s premier business management institute offering AICTE approved courses dedicated to creating leadership in Strategic Marketing and Communication. MICA produces a different leader - one who is adept in both business as well as creative domain. Our students can not only blend numbers and interpret the story behind them, but also possess the ability to do so with creative and innovative insights. MICAns understand customers and brands from a unique 360-degree view. At the intersection of sequencing and imagination, linear thinking and intuition, facts and opinions, MICA’s strength is in fostering innovative leaders in strategic marketing and communication!

How is the Programme offered by MICA different from those offered by other B-schools?

MICA’s Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Communications (PGDM–C) has a predominant focus on Strategic Marketing and Communications. Our curriculum is designed to integrate conceptual rigor and industry relevance. The key focal points of our curriculum are an interdisciplinary perspective and holistic approach and it aims at being disruptive and challenging the status quo.

Unique Specializations

We have pioneered program innovations in the areas of Digital Platforms & Strategies, Media & Entertainment, Marketing Analytics, Strategic Communication and Strategic Marketing area. MICA offers the following unique specializations

  • Advertising and Brand Management

  • Marketing Analytics

  • Digital Communication Management

  • Media and Entertainment Management

Balancing the Left and Right Brain

MICA is the only top institution in the country with its own community FM station, MICAVAANI, and a Creative Lab where analytical mind-sets meld with creative thinking to tell a story on every wall. What stands apart is the fact that, the innovative pedagogy at MICA rests on peer-learning and developing the intuitive traits and emotional intelligence of the participants.

Appreciating Diversity

The diversity that exists in the student body is noteworthy. The men and women account for almost 1:1 ratio in the student body. It’s encouraging to see that this diversity is by default, not by design! In addition, nearly half of the students at MICA right now come from non-engineering backgrounds. This is a unique distinction from other B-Schools.

Empowering Entrepreneurs

Committed to motivate and support young entrepreneurs, MICA’s own Start-Up Incubator and the Entrepreneurship Development Cell encourages students to start-up their ventures and further helps them with ideation and implementation. Several MICAns have been successful in establishing their own unique startups. Rajat Tuli and Rahul Anand (Happily Unmarried), Sachin Sharma and Shreya Parashar (Culture Opus), Varun Dua (Co-Founder, & Founder- Acko) and Shraddha Sharma (Your Story) are few of the many such entrepreneurial MICAns.

Alumni Network

Today, it is the alma mater of professionals serving in leadership positions in some of the best known companies in India and the world. They are well represented in marketing, brand management, research and analytics, advertising, media, digital and other fast-changing dynamic and creative domains.

MICA has been the alma mater to many corporate leaders such as:

  • Sushant Dash (Regional President - India at Tata Global Beverages)

  • Manmeet Vohra (Chief Marketing Officer, VISA)

  • Pankaj Bhalla (Director, Gilette & Venus, P&G, North America)

  • Nishant Kaushal (Executive Director, Head of Kantar TNS Singapore)

  • Tara Prabhakar (Global Director, Client Impact, Kantar, London)

  • Chiradeep Gupta (Global Media Director, Unilever, Singapore)

MD/CEOs of top advertising agencies of the country viz. Ogilvy & Mather (Kunal Jeswani),  Publicis Communications (Saurabh Varma), DDB Mudra (Aditya Kanthy), BBH (Arvind Krishnan) are all MICAns.

What are the eligibility criteria for applying to PGDM-C?

Admission to the PGDM (C) programme requires a Bachelor's degree (10 + 2 + 3 system) or an equivalent qualification in any discipline recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

Candidates appearing for final examinations towards a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) are also eligible to apply.

Candidates who demonstrate aptitude for expressing, assessing, and /or conceiving ideas that move people to action and achieve business results tend to stand a better chance of being shortlisted.

Candidates should appear for CAT 2018 or XAT 2019 or GMAT 2017 (or later) for MICA to consider their application.

How do you prepare for the MICAT & GE-PI?

The MICAT has been designed as a comprehensive test to assess analytical and verbal ability, logical reasoning, convergent & divergent thinking, written communication skills, creative potential and general awareness about contemporary social and industry related issues including areas covering media, marketing, advertising and business.

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.

GE and PI - These consist of a series of interactions with the candidates to assess their suitability for the Strategic Marketing and Communication driven industry sectors. This does not require any prior preparation.

What is the admission process (Selection Process) for the PGDM-C Programme at MICA?

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What is the mode of test?  

Computer Based Test (CBT)

Can a candidate use his/her own computer and give the test?

No, one has to necessarily go to the Test Venue allotted and appear for the test there.

Can I take the test from any computer?

No. A candidate will have to take the test on a pre-assigned center allotted in the Admit Card and will not have a choice to choose his or her venue and the assigned computer in the test center.

When & how many times is MICAT conducted in a year?

MICAT is conducted twice a year, please view the following link for the exact dates:

Can a candidate appear in both the MICATs?

Yes. A candidate is eligible to appear in both exams but has to fill two separate application forms by paying the registration fees and as per the timelines. Shortlist will be prepared on the basis of MICAT-1and /or 2 or better of the two performances if a candidate has taken both MICAT-1 and MICAT-2.

How is the computer-based format different from the paper-based format?

The format of the test is more or less the same except that a candidate reads the question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer, instead of reading on a paper booklet and using a pencil to darken the ovals on an OMR sheet. The subjective section of the MICAT will have to be typed out as per the instructions. 

What does a Computer Based Test look like?

MICAT trial test shall be available on the website for candidates to get familiarized with the functionality and navigation of the actual Computer Based Test, closer to the examination dates.

What is the Validity of CAT/XAT/GMAT?

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What is the pattern for MICAT, GE and PI?

MICAT is Computer Based Test (CBT).

The MICAT has been designed comprehensively to assess analytical and verbal ability, logical reasoning, divergent thinking, written communication skills, creativity potential and general awareness about contemporary social and industry related issues, including areas covering media, marketing, advertising and business. All psychometric questions are compulsory.

A demo on MICAT excluding psychometric section shall be available closer to the examination date

Group Exercise (GE)

A group exercise is a team based evaluation process wherein candidates will be judged on their performance with their allotted group members.  

There will be no screening after the GE.  All those who have appeared for GE will also appear for

Personal Interview (PI)

This consists of interactions with the candidates, to assess their suitability for Creative Leadership in Strategic Marketing and Communication driven industry sectors along with other required traits. This does not require any prior preparation.


What is the cut off score for CAT/XAT/GMAT, MICAT and GE/PI?

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Is there any weightage given to work experience for admission to PGDM-C?

Everything else being equal, MICA prefers the incumbent candidates to have relevant work experience.

What are the specializations offered at MICA?

The following specialisations are offered in the second year of the Programme:

  • Advertising and Brand Management

  • Marketing Analytics

  • Digital Communication Management

  • Media and Entertainment Management

The single most important aspect that makes MICA stand apart from other management schools in the country is the strength and design of its curriculum. The specializations in the curriculum are continuously updated based on feedback from alumni and faculty.

What are the placement statistics of MICA?

MICA students have consistently had 100% placements with leading Companies in India and abroad. For details of the industry sector and companies, please refer to the Placements section.

Does MICA award a degree or diploma?

MICA awards a diploma called PGDM-C which is approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and deemed equivalent to an MBA by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).

What is the number of seats in PGDM-C?

The maximum intake for PGDM-C is 180 students. (It is likely to be substantially increased).

Apart from academics, what are the other ‘on campus’ activities at MICA?

The institute encourages students to participate in extra-curricular activities for holistic growth. There are a number of formal and informal student-run committees at MICA that organise events throughout the year. You can know more about these committees here.

Does MICA offer Scholarships?


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Does MICA offer student exchange and learning Programmes with foreign universities?

Yes, MICA has collaborations with many international management and communication institutes. To know more about this visit: International.

How many candidates applied to MICAT-1 and MICAT-2 for PGDM-C batch 2018-20?

MICAT-1: 2854, MICAT-2: 4662

How many candidates have been shortlisted for GE-PI for PGDM-C batch 2018-20?


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