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What is MAH CET?
Do you aspire to pursue your postgraduate education from Maharashtra’s most reputed MBA Colleges? Then MAH CET is the entrance examination you need to crack with all you have! MAH CET is a statewide examination conducted by DTE (Directorate of Technical Education Maharashtra) every year. Cracking this examination is most instrumental in securing your admission to any of Maharashtra’s renowned MBA colleges.
All about MAH CET:
- The MAH CET exam has 200 questions in all, in an MCQ format.
- It is held online, for the duration of 2.5 hours.
- The total 200 questions of the exam are divided into 3 sections.
- There is no negative marking in the MAH CET grading system.
- The registration fee is Rs 800/- for students or applicants from the state of Maharashtra.
- For applicants from out of Maharashtra, the registration fee is Rs 1000/-.
- By cracking this exam, you stand to secure admission in Maharasthra’s top MBA B-Schools like JBIMS, NL Dalmiya, SIMSREE, KJ Somaiya, and so on.
- In this blog, we answer the frequently asked questions related to MAH CET.
1. Do you have to score a whole 200 marks in the MAH CET exam?
In the history of MAH CET exams, nobody has ever scored 200. Applicants take the MAH CET to secure admission in the most reputed institutes all over Maharashtra. Admissions to these colleges for the MBA/MMS courses are through the Centralized Admission Process (CAP) Rounds. There are admission reservations for students from different parts of the state. Hence, the college admission cut-off for different types of candidates varies. Your target score should depend on the cutoff of the college you want to get yourself admitted to.
2. Can you navigate through the questions in MAH CET?
In the MAH CET exam, you can tell if the student is well prepared or not from the order in which he solves the questions. Given there are a total of 200 questions, and it is next to impossible to solve all 200 in the stipulated time of the exam, the question that strongly probes is which to solve and which do not.
If you solve questions in sequential order, it is highly possible that you do not reach the last one, at the end of the exam. There are not all difficult questions in the MAH CET exam; there are easy ones too. You take less time to solve an easy question, compared to one that is difficult. Hence, in the time to solve a single difficult question, you can solve 2-3 easy ones, thereby increasing your score as all the questions carry equal marks. Also, when a difficult question takes more time, it causes you to lose interest with all the mental strain it brings.
3. Is there a negative marking in a MAH CET exam?
According to the concept of probability, even if you randomly mark an answer to a question in MAH CET, the probability of getting the answer correct is 1/5. CET gives everyone a head start of 40 marks in the exam. There are no negative marks, hence the applicants can take risks in answering questions – especially the ones where one can eliminate a few options, thus increasing the chances of getting the answer right. Also, some candidates may choose to randomly mark an answer to the difficult questions so as to invest time in easy questions that they can deal with.
4. Is intelligence the only thing you need for a MAH CET exam?
The management entrance exams like CAT, XAT, and CMAT favor accuracy. Unlike these, MAH CET is more about speed. CAT and XAT have difficult questions and hence, the average time per question is relatively higher than the ones in MAH CET. Basically, CAT and XAT are entrance exams that reward intelligence as only the intelligent few can solve the difficult questions there. But, talking about MAH CET, has easy questions that most people can solve. Hence, the major differentiating factor in MAH CET is speed, paired with smart work and sincerity. Smart work here means better time management and better order of attempting questions during the exam, as discussed in the above answer. Although, only smart work can never get you anywhere, forget about the top ranks of MAH CET. Is it not a universal truth that smart work and hard work go hand in hand?
Hard work pays off, hence practice is a must. To ensure you solve the maximum of the questions and maximize your score, you need good speed and accuracy. And this speed and accuracy come through practice. When you solve plenty of questions of a certain type, the solving process for that type of question becomes mechanical for you, thereby saving time and energy on solving that type of question on D-day of the MAH CET exam.
The best way to practice is Mock-CETs. Most of the toppers in CET are people who have appeared for 15+ Mock-CETs. There is no need to get demotivated if your scores have been low in the initial few Mock-CETs. Mock-CETs should be considered as a learning tool rather than a testing tool. While taking Mock-CETs, don’t hesitate from experimenting with things. Try solving questions by eliminating the options; it increases the possibility of you arriving at the right one. Try to speed-read and speed-calculate.
Appear for as many Mock-CETs as you can, more of the queries in your mind about the actual MAH CET will be cleared. Also, do not be discouraged about a low percentile in a Mock-CET. This is because you are only experimenting and learning, it’s more of a warm-up for the main MAH CET exam. So, you learn from your mistakes in your mock exams, as you cannot afford to make them on your D-day.