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The Maharashtra Common Entrance Test will soon be introduced with few significant changes. DTE Maharashtra, the conducting body of MHT CET, is working on upgrading the syllabus of the examination. Apart from this, there have been speculations that the level of CET will be brought at par with the level of national entrance examinations like JEE and NEET.

The decision is assumed to be a fruitful one because now the students will follow only one syllabus but will be automatically preparing for CET, JEE, and NEET. The state-level common entrance exam is conducted for enrollment of students in the fields of technology and pharmacy.

Earlier the exam pattern of MHT CET was nowhere close to JEE and other national competitive exams. The syllabus of the exam was predominantly based on the HSC syllabus of Maharashtra State Board which was very different from that of the national level examinations. Hence, the students of Maharashtra students had to separate preparation for each competitive examination. This eventually led to increase in the level of anxiety and pressure.

The revamped syllabus would be applicable from the academic session 2018-19. Along with it, the exam pattern might also be changed. The enhanced level of the exam is also expected to raise the standard of questions asked in the exam.

The MHT CET exam consists of three questions papers of 100 marks each and the prescribed duration of the exam.The questions asked from the state board syllabus, which is very different from NCERT boundaries. The changes in the pattern are yet to be announced. However, it is expected that the nature of the questions will change to select the candidates worth of qualifying a national level examination. 7

The introduced changes are expected to favour the students in all the aspects. It might help the candidates to prepare efficiently for MHT CET and other competitive exams side-by-side but it is yet to be discovered whether it works in the favour of them as many experts and officials are sceptical about the approach. Some students are complaining that there is no clarity about the detailed structure as though CET would be on the lines of the JEE  or not.

Yet, the amendment is expected to increase the number of applications for the upcoming session. Earlier this year, the announcement pertaining to the removal of negative-marking scheme was made. The reason for such was the plea of parents sharing their concern about the exam pattern.

If the official announcement confirming the reports is not announced soon, the situation of chaos will be evoked. Aspirants will grow more anxious as the exam will come nearer. Few parents have also criticised the sudden decision to introduce the changes. They have raised  the questions as to why has the state government planned and informed about this few years in advance. In response, the officials at the department of higher and technical education are trying to seek clarity from the AICTE pertaining to the issue.

Approximately 3 lakh aspirants appeared for the MHT CET every year. The examination was earlier scrapped and the admissions were granted on the basis of JEE Main. However, the state decided to revive the examination again in 2016. The students of Maharashtra take the examination in hope to receive admission in engineering and pharmacy courses, offered by the colleges in the state. But the impact of new pattern and syllabus can only known as the time pass by. What is your opinion on the matter? Is DTE doing right by bringing CET at Par with JEE and NEET? How beneficial do you think the new syllabus will be for the candidates? Let us know your thoughts, leave a comment below.

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21 COMMENTS

  1. In march, AICTE has declared that there will be single entrance exam for engineering from 2018. What about that ?

    • dear on 29th of april 2017 HRD ministry put hold on the decision as many of states KARNATAKA,TAMIL NADU, WEST BENGAL opposes the move of AICTE

  2. It should be implemented from 2019 with proper planning. Students studying at present in 11th can have planned preparation for changed syllabus and pattern. It will be injustice to current students of 12th class as they have passed considerable time and planning for old pattern of MHCET in 2018. Why so much hurry to change the syllabus?

    • Nahi aisa nahi karnaa chaheye. I am myself a student studying in std XII and as a student I feel it shouldn’t be done. It is a myth thaat students have to study different syllabus for different entrance exam. Our state’s student of this year didn’t score in CET Jo state syllabus pe tha toh national level kya khak prepare karege in short the reality is humari most of the students ke AUKAT nai hai national level exam deneke. Marks minus mai aate hai kya admission milega baccho ko
      State should understand it is out of our capabilities to cope with national level exam

      • The students dint score this year bcos the paper was pretty tough! Not to the level of jee but close to it! The students cleared the exam though they wernt prepared! Only students who had prepared for other national exams wer able to score pretty well! Ur a 12th std student u dont know the reality! I myself cleared it with jee vit bits and cet! Ud realise the trouble in the month of march!

  3. It should be from 2019 as current 12 students have almost completed their half of year doing old syllabus of cet

  4. It’s injustice with 12th class student as they didn’t know the syllabus for cet and they have already spend there important time . So its better to implement new cet syllabus from 2019 year.

  5. It’s very important step taken by DTE,now students won’t have confusion between JEE and CET .They would able to study for both,but it should from fresh year like 2018/2019

  6. Is this applicable for me as I of now I am studying in 12th standard ? Because it is saying academic year 2018-19. But academic year for 12th standard students is 2017-18. Please notify me I am confused !

  7. I think the changes in CET exam should be implemented from the academic year 2019-20. As students in class 12 who are preparing for old syllabus of cet for almost one and a half year will find it difficult to cope up with the new and vast syllabus . Implementing the changes from 2018 itself won’t help students .

  8. IT IS DEFINITELY INJUSTICE TO THE PRESENT 12th STD STUDENTS, TO BRING CHANGE IN BETWEEN THE ????????????????????YEAR OF THE EXAM. PREPARING FOR MHCET THROUGHOUT 11th STD,& NOW BRINGING CHANGE IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG ON PART OF EDUCATION DEPT. MANY STUDENTS HAVE GONE IN TO DEPRESSION & MANY HAVE QUIT SCIENCE STREAM. WHY R THE ANNOUNCEMENT NOT DECLARED BEFORE CHILD DECIDING THE STREAM. STILL THERE IS NO PROPER CLARITY OF THE NEW CHANGE IN PATTERN. THE DURATION OF EXAM, MARKS ETC MANY THINGS STILL UNCLEAR. RIDICULOUS, GOVERNMENT PLAYING WITH THE CAREER OF STUDENTS, & 12th STD BEING THE MAIN YEAR. ONCE AGAIN REQUESTING THE EDUCATION DEPT FOR NOT CHANGING THE PATTERN & KEEP THE MHCET AS EARLIER ONLY PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.

  9. Padhai aisa ho jo baccha enjoy kare.it should not be d burden.syllabus jee n neet dono ka aisa banao ke appear karne wale baccha frustrate na ho.they r our bright future.both exam questions should be revised

  10. It is ridiculous to make changes so late in the year . Now those who r in 12 th are suppose to do 11th again with NCERT syllabus ? Why cnt they give notice in d beginning of 11th ? Those who are preparing for Jee main and advance will get better ranks and those who took admission in HSC college with great trust and confidence and were preparing for MHCET will b loser. Majak bana ke rakkha hai

  11. Keep PCM marks of 12 th Std syllabus or like tamilnadu keepboarfExam for both 11& 12..Don’t play with life of students .Mark a clear decision

  12. This is unjust for the students who are right now in std. 12 th. Any changes in syllabus or exam pattern should be applied in 2019.
    Education department must know that students have started preparing for MH CET in year 2016 . So now it is too late for any changes.

  13. Students & parents are confused every year about these kind of experiments on mhcet pattern.there is a need to have a common syllabus for HSC based on CBSE pattern which is widely used.
    Moreover only one exam shall be conducted on all India basis.
    Students cannot focus on all kind of exams they need to appear.after December they do not understand which exam they will focus on.

    Hence there is no need of mhcet exam.

    Also very few engineering colleges in Maharashtra are to the standard.majority of them are opened for money making purpose.
    My daughter refused to get admitted to Maharashtra colleges as she got admission in outside State college on her merit.
    Experts need to look in to this & stop playing with students delicate minds.

  14. Please clarify and update soon whether it wil be All India one entrance exam or Mh-Cet with only 12th std syllabus ??? If it is going to be Mh-Cet,what wil b syllabus and pattern for entrance exam for admission to Engineering colleges 2018 .a proper announcement and circular in newspaper is must needed …it is high time for students to get update n prepare accordingly

  15. Ideally any changes In syllabus and pattern of the examination should be announced before the start of the academic year for students taking admission in std 11….it would be unfair to students currently in std 12 to announce and implement changes this year.Please issue clear instructions regarding syllabus and pattern of MH-CET 2018 at the earliest….it’s high time now…

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