Maharashtra Health and Technical Common Entrance Test, commonly referred to as the MH CET is an annual entrance exam conducted by the Government of Maharashtra. The exam is conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education. The degree courses of the following streams mainly accounted for in this entrance exam are-
- Health Sciences
ABOUT THE EXAM:
Maharashtra Government’s State Common Entrance Test Cell conducts the MH CET for admissions to degree courses of health sciences (MBBBS, BDS, BAMS BHMS, BUMS, BPTh, BOTh, BA SLP, BP&O and B.Sc Nursing, BV.Sc and AH) and Technical Education (Engineering and Technology, Pharmacy and Pharm. D) every year. The MHT CET 2016 exams was scheduled on May 5, 2016
DISCUSSIONS OVER THE EXAM:
In the backdrop of the chaos over a common medical entrance examination in the Maharashtra state, authorities are now discussing changes in the existing pattern of the MH CET examination for engineering courses across the state. In a meeting conducted at the Directorate of Technical education (DTE) a few days ago, officials discussed if there could be changes in the existing syllabus and exam pattern for the state level examination for engineering courses to make the exam at par with the national level Joint Entrance Exam (JEE). Several high-level officials who were present in the meeting discussed changes in the MH CET examination like making the exam tougher like JEE, having both class XI and XII syllabus instead of only class XII as JEE is based on concepts taught in both years, etc.
Kiran Patil, Deputy Secretary, Higher and Technical Education said, “We want to ensure that students do not suffer if there is a decision to have a common entrance examination for engineering in the future. Also, making the difficulty level of the MH CET at par with the JEE would ensure that students prepare for the best and can compete with students from other states.” Experts said that there are several issues with respect to making changes in the existing syllabus of the MH CET, especially considering the low number of takers for engineering seats in state colleges as compared to the high number of seats. “There is lower demand for engineering and several seats lie vacant. If the difficulty level of MH CET is increased, students would score lower but would still get admissions. Also, there will be a bigger market for coaching like there is for JEE,” said Dr. Gopakumaran T Thampi, principal, Thadomal Shahani Engineering College.
Dayanand Meshram, The Joint Director of DTE said that the process for MH CET has already started for this year and new changes can only be implemented in 2018. Some of the decisions taken in the recent meeting were to include both the syllabus of class XI and XII for the MH CET entrance, similar to JEE which covers subjects from both the standards. The level will also be set tougher so that only the best could get through. Also, if the difficulty level for MH CET is raised, there will be a bigger market for coaching classes to help aspirants crack the examination like it happens for JEE.
The MH CET-2016 consists of three question papers. Each paper is of 100 marks. Paper 1 comprises of Physics and Chemistry and carrying 50 marks each. All the questions carry 1 mark each and with a total of 50 multiple choice questions (MCQ) for every subject. Paper 2 comprises of Biology (botany) and Biology (zoology) and carrying 50 marks each. All the questions carry 1 mark each with a total of 50 MCQs for every subject. Paper 3 has Mathematics carrying 100 marks. All the questions carry 2 mark each and having 50 MCQs. There won’t be any choice between questions i.e. candidates will have to answer all the questions. The candidates will have to choose one option as their answer from the four choices provided. Each correct answer will be marked. There shall be no negative marking for wrong answers. Candidates should be sure of the answers before marking them in the OMR sheet as changing an answer is not allowed. In case an answer is changed, it will be marked as invalid/incorrect response. Duration of the paper will be 3 hours.
- A candidate belonging to Open Category must have obtained not less than 50% (i.e. 150 out of 300) marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology taken together at the HSC (or equivalent) Examination.
- A candidate belonging to constitutional reservation and constitutional reservation with Person with Disability claim must have obtained not less than 40% (i.e. 120 out of 300) marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology taken together at the HSC (or equivalent) Examination.
- A Person with Disability in General category must secure not less than 45% marks in Physics, Chemistry & Biology (PCB) taken together at the HSC (or equivalent) Examination.
The final decisions for the exam are still on hold. Keep your preparations on, and you will soon get all the updates about the exam.
All the Best!! 🙂