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MH CET 2018 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - May 15, 2017

MH CET 2018 is a state level entrance exam conducted by Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Government of Maharashtra, every year to fill seats in various UG and PG courses offered by the colleges in the state of Maharashtra.

  • MH CET 2018 exam is scheduled from the second week of May 2018 onwards.
  • MH CET 2018 exam would have different syllabus and pattern and would comprise four papers.
  • The exam comprises MHT CET 2018, MH CET Law 2018, MAH MBA 2018 and MAH MCA 2018 exams.
  • The exam would be a pen and paper (offline mode) based MCQ type exam.  
  • For engineering and pharmacy, the exam would be based on Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology.
  • For MBA candidates, the exam would be designed to test their aptitude level competency.

MH CET 2018 Exam Pattern Highlights

Candidates who are willing to appear for MH CET 2018 exam should make themselves aware of the pattern of exam, syllabus of the exam, type of question asked, and mode of exam. For your reference, we have tabulated all the important information below:

Exam ModeOffline (Pen and Paper mode)
Number of Papers4
Number of Sections2 to 4
Question Paper Type200 MCQ type questions for MBA/Engineering/Pharmacy aspirants 150 questions for law aspirants and 100 questions for MCA aspirants
Exam Duration90 minutes to 160 minutes (depending upon course applied for)
Exam LanguageEnglish, Marathi, Urdu

To make candidates familiar with the exam pattern DTE has provided the online mock and free sample paper on its website which can be accessed by the candidates any time. Candidates are advised to visit the official website of DTE and solve those mock papers.


MH CET 2018 Exam Pattern in Detail

MH CET 2018 is a pen and paper based MCQ type exam. Candidates would be tested for their ability and competence in handling problems from Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology (PCM)/(PCB), English, legal aptitude (For law candidates), Reasoning (For MBA), Computer applications (MCA). For your reference detail pattern of MH CET 2018 is mentioned below.

MH CET 2018/MHT CET 2018 for Engineering, Medical and Pharmacy

MH CET/MHT CET 2018 is conducted by DTE Maharashtra to admit candidates to B. Tech/B.E or B. Pharm courses. The exam consists of MCQ type questions to be attempted within 90 minutes. Given below is the detailed table of the exam pattern followed for MH CET 2018/MHT CET 2018.

Number of Questions200
Type of questionsMCQ type
SectionsLogical reasoning, Abstract reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal ability and comprehension
Time allottedNo specific section-wise time is allotted. A total time of 90 minutes for the entire paper. 

MAH MBA CET 2018

MAH MBA CET 2018 is the entrance exam conducted to admit eligible candidates to MBA programs offered by various institutes in Maharashtra State. The exam will be based on four sections namely, Logical Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Quantitative Attitude and Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension.

Number of Questions asked200
Type of questionsMCQ type
SectionsLogical Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Quantitative Attitude and Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension
Time allottedNo specific section-wise time is allotted. A total time of 150 minutes for the entire paper. 

MAH MCA CET 2018

The exam is conducted to test candidate’s ability to answer questions based on Computer Application and Awareness. If a candidate qualifies in this examination, he/she will be eligible to take admission to MCA course at Institutes across Maharashtra state.

Number of Questions asked100
Type of questionsMCQ type
SectionsGeneral Aptitude and Computer Concepts
Time allottedNo specific section-wise time is allotted. A total time of 90 minutes for the entire paper. 

MH CET Law 2018

To admit eligible candidates to law courses across the concerned institutes in the state of Maharashtra, candidates must appear for MH CET Law 2018 exam. The exam covers 5 sections to be solved within a time span of 120 minutes.

Number of Questions asked150
Type of questionsMCQ type
SectionsEnglish, GK and Current Affairs, Legal Aptitude, Logical reasoning, Analytical reasoning
Time allottedNo specific section-wise time is allotted. A total time of 120 minutes for the entire paper. 

In total, there would be four different exams for 4 different courses which would be conducted under the umbrella of MH CET 2018. Admissions would be made based on the performance of the candidates in each of the exam (for which application has been made by the candidate).


Marking Scheme in MH CET 2018

Total marks scored by a candidate in MH CET 2018 would be calculated based on the calculation of questions attempted and marks per question. The following marking scheme is applicable for MH CET 2018.

  • Every objective question would carry equal mark. Marks would be awarded if the answer is found to be correct.
  • More than one answer for a question would be treated as incorrect answer and no marks would be awarded in that case even if one of the marked answers is correct.

Candidates can refer to the tables given below for each exam separately.

For MAH MBA CET 2018

Parts of the Question PaperSubjectsNo. of QuestionsMarks per questionTotal Marks
Part ILogical Reasoning75175
Part IIAbstract Reasoning25125
Part IIIQuantitative Aptitude50150
Part IVVerbal Ability/ Reading Comprehension50150

For MAH MCA CET 2018

PaperSubjectsNo. of QuestionsMarks per questionTotal Marks
Paper IGeneral Aptitude254100
Paper IIComputer Concepts254100

For MHT CET 2018

PaperSubjectsNo. of QuestionsMarks per questionTotal Marks
Paper IPhysics50150
Chemistry50150
Paper IIBiology (Botany)50150
Biology (Zoology)50150
Paper IIIMathematics502100

For MH CET Law 2018

NAME OF THE SECTIONTOTAL NUMBER OF QUESTIONSWEIGHTAGE PER QUESTIONTOTAL MARKS
Legal Aptitude and Legal Reasoning30130
General Knowledge and current affairs40140
Logical and Analytical Reasoning30130
English50150
Total1501150

Note: There is no provision for negative marking in any of the exam except MAH MCA CET 2018. 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrectly marked answer.  


Exam Syllabus

The syllabus for MH CET 2018 exam is largely based on the syllabus of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics of class XI and XII. While for MBA exam it would be based on the general aptitude similar in lines to the CAT exam.

For MCA exam, it would be based on the graduation level (BCA) curriculum of computer concepts and the second section would be based on general awareness and aptitude.

The syllabus for MH CET Law 2018 would be based on legal aptitude, general awareness, reasoning and GK/Current affairs. Candidates are required to cover these topics based on the analysis of previous year papers.


Since MH CET 2018 is on similar lines with other engineering/medical/law/pharmacy/MBA/MCA entrance exams like JEE Main, NEET, CAT and CLAT and the syllabus is also quite similar candidates can refer to same sources. For your reference, we have tabulated the booklist for MH CET 2018.

For MHT CET 2018

BookAuthorISBN No.
NCERT part 1&2 class 12thNCERT8174506314 & 8174506713
NCERT chemistry Part 1 and Part 2 for Class XIINCERT8174506489 & 8174507167
Arihant Maths Series by S.K. Goyal for in-depth understanding and practiceS.K.Goyal35203290X

MAH MBA CET 2018

BookAuthorISBN No.
The Pearson Guide to CET: MBA Maharashtra by Vandana ThorpeVandana Thorpe8131768643
MBA Entrance Guide byVerma8121927951
 Maharashtra MBA CET Books by CET kingVarious9820500380 

MAH MCA CET 2018

BookAuthorISBN No.
A Comprehensive Guide for MCA Entrance Examinations by R.S. AggarwalR.S. Aggarwal 8121914817
Computer Fundamentals by P. K. Sinha P. K. Sinha9788176567527 
ComputerSystem ArchitecturePearson Publisher9780131757387
MCA-CET FAST TRACK Preparation PackChandresh Aggarwal9352037197

MH CET Law 2018

BooksAuthorISBN Number
Legal aptitude for CLATBhardwaj9332519781
Modern Approach to logical reasoningR. S aggarwal8121919053
S.Chand Basic MathematicsVarious8121933315
Objective EnglishHari Mohan Prasad9332901775

MH CET 2018 Important Instructions

Candidates are advised to follow the certain instructions on the day of exam and week prior to the same.

  • Candidates would be required to select the correct option displayed on the screen in order to mark their answer. Necessary instructions would be provided by invigilator in this regard. 
  • Try to make yourself calm and composed and avoid getting into panic mode even if don’t know the answer for some questions. Hold on and move forward.
  • Make arrangements for necessary documents like admit card and Photo Id proof which are required to be carried to the exam venue a day before the exam date.
  • Visit the exam centre before the exam day to get an idea of the time taken and shortest route to the exam venue from your location.
  • In case the exam venue is far away from your current location then you should make some arrangements near the exam center beforehand to avoid last hour rush.

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