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.


  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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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