Maharashtra CET (MAH-CET)
Don’t be fooled by the name; this exam isn’t only for students in Maharashtra. Candidates from across the country sit for the CET, simply because the colleges in Maharashtra (Mumbai, specifically) are really high-grade. It is one of the very few exams where there is no negative marking, so you should really sit for it if you’re a generally lucky person.
A list of institutes in Maharashtra which DON’T accept CET scores would be miniscule compared to those which do. There are a total of about 400 colleges in Maharashtra (out of which 70 or so are in Mumbai) which accept CET scores.
CET is normally the last exam on the MBA-entrance calendar. It is generally conducted on the last Sunday of February every year.
Format and Peculiarities:
The CET isn’t very well structured. The questions are quite jumbled up. Basically, you have 150 minutes (2.5 hours) to answer as many questions as you possibly can. There is no negative marking, and no sectional cutoffs.
|Section||No. of Qs||Time Allotted|
|Verbal Ability||35||150 minutes in all; can be utilised as per candidates discretion|
|Data Interpretation (DI)||20|
|Reading Comprehension (RC)||15|
Make sure you attempt every question, that is, make sure you mark an answer even if you haven’t looked at the question. There’s no negative marking, so you have nothing to lose.
Brush up on your speed. CET is definitely amongst the easiest entrance exams in the country, but the sheer number of people taking it means that there’s tremendous competition, and hence you need to be VERY quick if you want to stand any chance.