Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET):
In India, there are various tests conducted for entry into degree related fields. The fields include Engineering, Pharmacy, Doctorate, Master of Business Administration(MBA), Master of Computer Applications(MCA), Union Public Service Commission(UPSC),Indian Administrative Service(IAS), Indian Foreign Services(IFS), National Defense Academy(NDA),Centre for Developmental Studies(CDS), SSB, Nursing, Bachelor of Veterinary Science(BVsc), Allied Health Courses(AH). These courses are offered by many colleges and institutions in Maharashtra. To determine the caliber of the individual joining them, all these institutions have agreed on a common test to determine the individual’s credentials. The Government of Maharashtra hence carries out these tests every year. Hence the name: Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET).
The examination for entry into Health Science Degree courses is set by the The Director, Medical Education and Research, Mumbai; while the entrance test for entry into Engineering and Pharmacy related courses is set by The Director, Technical Education, and Mumbai. The Registrar of the Maharashtra Animal and Fisheries Science University, Nagpur is the controlling head for the BVsc and AH degree courses.
To take any of these examinations an individual should have cleared HSC with minimum 50percent marks in all required subjects. There are various other conditions for eligibility. These are given in the information brochures which are given to the individual at the time of application. The information brochures are sent to the local college when it asks for them. Eligible students can then request for the forms. The Application Brochures are split into two parts one for Engineering/Pharmacy/Medical and the other for BVsc and AH related courses.
Every year more than 1-2lakh students appear for the Entrance Test conducted around in the month of May. Individuals wanting to get into Medical or Pharmacy have to give the following three main subjects: Physics, Chemistry and Biology and those wanting to get into Engineering have to give Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. The Physics and Chemistry paper consists of 50 multiple choice questions each whereas the Mathematics and Biology Paper consists of 50 questions each question of which carries two marks.
Each paper is scheduled for 1hour.The MHT-CET does not include negative marking for candidates. Right answers carry 1mark. On the hall tickets provided to the candidate is mentioned his/her seat no, exam centre, examination timings and various other guidelines and instructions. The results of the examination are available online one month after the examination on the respective courses official Directorate websites. And the results are dispatched to the individual’s college one week after the website notice. The Institutions grant admission to their courses based on the marks an individual has secured in the common entrance test. In case of a tie, his/her HSC /SSC marks are differentiated and the seat is awarded to the candidate securing more marks.