MBA-CET: Mini encyclopedia for the common entrance test!


MBA-CET: Mini encyclopedia for the common entrance test!

MBA-CET (Common Entrance Test) is an entrance examination conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education of Maharashtra. This exam acts as a medium for getting admission to various MMS & MBA courses in the state of Maharashtra. If you closely examine MAH-CET, you may realize that it acts as a last resort for students to get admission into management colleges of the state. Common Entrance Test is comparatively easy to CAT, GRE and GMAT.  And, this is where majority of students commit a mistake of taking the test lightly.

The common entrance test is all about speed and accuracy and so, this is where students must focus on. After having given CAT, NMAT and other entrances, CET shouldn’t pose a challenge to candidates. The best way to prepare for any examination is by going through the past papers.

Given below is the paper analysis for last year’s Common Entrance Test.

In 2016, the examination was held on e 12th and 13th of March. After giving the test, candidates had to go through a Common Admission Process (CAP).

 Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation

This section was tough as compared to the previous year, where the section was pretty easy. Questions were tricky and were based on calculations. Arithmetic Questions were in majority. There were 4 sets of Data Interpretation. Out of these 4, two were easy, one was moderate and the other was calculation-intensive. The sets covered Tables, Line Graphs, Pie Charts and Case-lets. No questions from Numbers this year. A few questions were asked along with Data Sufficiency. No new types in any of the questions. No reports of any errors in the questions.

Good Attempt: 30 questions and above with high accuracy.


Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

This section was one of the easiest and the least time-consuming. Questions were on close test, para-jumbles, grammatical errors, spelling correction, synonyms and antonyms. There were 2 Reading Comprehension Passages with 5 questions each. There was rarely any question that could be termed ‘difficult’.

Good Attempt: 40 questions and above with high accuracy.


Logical Reasoning

This was the toughest section of the exam with a moderate difficulty level. No surprises in this section. Questions were from Cause & Effect, Statement & Course of Action, Statement & Conclusions, Statement-Assumptions, Critical Reasoning and Syllogisms. Students found some questions on analytical puzzles to be a bit tough. Many questions included figures and diagrams. There were some basic questions, based on Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations and Directions.

Good Attempt: 48 questions and above with high accuracy.


Abstract Reasoning

This was the easiest section for the students. Questions were standard and not something new. There were around 17 questions on Completion of sentences and 8 questions on analogies.

Good Attempt: 20 questions and above with high accuracy

Overall, the difficulty level of the exam was moderate and almost similar for every slot. The test was computer-based with no technical glitches reported across the centers.


Eligibility to appear for the test

All those who wish to appear for the common entrance test must ensure that they fulfill the following criteria’s-

  1. You must be between 21 years and 25 years of age.

2. You must have graduated from any stream with minimum 50% & the institute must be recognized by the Association of Indian Universities. Candidates belonging to the backward categories or having disabilities must have a minimum of 45% score in order to apply for the exam.

3. Those students who are in their final year of graduation can also apply.

Note- The MH-CET exam for 2017 is going to be a computer based test.


Application form

The Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra will only accept online registration for MH-CET, 2017. The spokesperson for DTE has advised candidates who wish to apply to follow the instructions on the online application system. The registration form is available on the Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra website. Candidates need to fill up all the details mentioned in the form. You also need to upload your photo & your signature in a jpeg format. The site will ask you to verify your information before submitting. After that, you will be provided with a registration id and password.  It is recommended that you keep a hard copy of your application form.     The price of the online form is 1000 rupees for those in the general category & 800 rupees for scheduled caste and tribe candidates. Payment for the form can be done via e-challan or online payment.


Important dates to keep in mind

The online application forms will be available from February, 2017. The last date for submission is probably February, 2017. The exam will be held in March and the results will be out during the same month.

Note- The above dates may tend to fluctuate. In order to be on a safe side, keep visiting our website for further updates.


Hall ticket for the entrance

Hall tickets are given to candidates on the basis of the information they provide on the online application. You need to visit the official website and download the hall ticket. Your admit card must be carried with you on the day of the paper and while submitting the documents.


Insights from past CET rank holders

Jaideep Mehendale had secured 99.99 percentile in 2016 state level examination. Jaideep’s basics were almost in place before he began his preps. The strategy he adopted for the entrance mainly consisted of 2 things- firstly, solving mock papers & secondly practicing on visual reasoning set.  “On the day maintaining a cool head is your biggest asset”, he quotes.  He admits that having a calm mind is the key to shine in MBA-CET.  He is aware of many people with a calm mind outscoring those who were stressed during the paper. What makes MAH Common Entrance Test different from other entrances is that it demands high speed & high accuracy! Apart from this, the visual reasoning section makes CET stand out among others. Jaideep advises that having a high speed and accuracy always gives you an edge over other candidates. This applies for all b-school entrance tests.

On other hand, Ajinkya Jain (99.99 percentile-r in 2014) worked on attempting as many practice sets as possible. After he had learned of the paper being conducted online, he decided to get familiar with the new format. He began preparing accordingly and gave online tests for the same. Talking about time management, Ajinkya had literally no time left to go back to any questions in the paper. So, while solving the paper, he marked and left those questions. This assisted in increasing his accuracy & attempts in the paper.

Ajinkya advised 2015 candidates to follow the following principles.

1. Introspect yourself including your abilities, strengths and weaknesses.

2. Have a clear idea of your potential. Once you are aware of your weaknesses start working on it.


Abhishek Pandey, a 2013 topper shares his experience of preparing for the entrance. He appeared for 7 other b-school entrances prior to CET, so for the common entrance test he focused on certain strategies.  He enrolled for classes for CAT and attempted sectional tests for MH-CET. He also solved mocks from other coaching institutes. On the exam day, he didn’t do any experiments and solved those problems he was familiar with. He had managed to solve 100 problems in the first hour, which mainly consisted of logical reasoning.   Luckily, he had the time to study the left over problems. Abhishek noticed some fill in the blanks questions in the end. He decided to attempt them since that was a good opportunity to score in a less amount of time. He solved them before going to the lengthy questions.  He then went on solving quantitative and verbal questions. At the end, he succeeded in attempting 185 questions accurately.

Preethi Parthasarthy (a 2012 rank holder) shares her tips for the common entrance test. In order, to tackle her weaknesses, she started working on her basics. She recommends to be well versed with particular type of questions that appear during the exam. For the areas on which she wasn’t confident about, Preethi kept on practicing till her fundamentals were thorough. She kept solving mock papers, which helped to identify her weak points and also keep a tab on her progress.  Also doing a SWOT analysis helped Preethi to draw her attention on the areas that she needed to focus on.  Her strategy for the entire year included working on her fundamentals thoroughly. For the same, she made use of her coaching classes study material.   She recommends candidates to work on optimizing their accuracy and speed. Try working on one problem at a time and improve your pace for the same. It is necessary to maintain a sync between your pace and getting the problems right. This helped Preethi in recognizing her weaknesses and accordingly devoting time to them. For quantitative ability, she maintained a different book for formulas. She used it to glance through the formulas every day.  The best practice for learning verbals is to go through flashcards. There is no need to explain what needs to be done for visual reasoning as practice is the only way to sail through it!


Is it possible to get 99.99 percentile in MBA-CET within 3 months?

In life, anything and everything is possible provided that you work sincerely towards achieving it. Now speaking about MBA-CET, for obtaining a 99.99 percentile you must start with your preps from day 1 itself. You can reserve the initial month for working on your basics. For the rest 2 months, attempt at least a full length mock and do an evaluation for the same daily. Follow this routine and you will see progress in your performance with each passing day.

Those who had appeared for the common entrance test (2016) might be well aware of how scoring the paper was! The Venn diagrams, data interpretation, verbal ability and arrangement section were quite easy. Candidates could have increased their attempts in these areas. Simultaneously, the visual reasoning was a bit time consuming and so, one could have skipped it to save time. There were some incorrect questions & grammatical mistakes reported by the candidates. Also, a small portion of the questions were taken from the SSC tier 1 paper.  On the whole, an actual attempt of about 140 can be called good. Nevertheless, a score under 130 may unlikely get you a call from JBIMS

The best thing about MBA-CET is that there is no negative marking. Your aim must be to solve 175 questions within 115 minutes with minimum of 85% accuracy. After that, you can randomly mark the rest of the questions. But, don’t leave anything unattended! If you have evaluated the previous year paper, you might realize that the weight age on logical reasoning is significantly more. In the verbal reasoning, statement conclusion/ argument/ implicit statements form the basis of this section. For series and pattern associated questions, one can prepare from Bank PO practice sets. Try focusing on your speed and accuracy to nail the examination.

Below is the list of a few management institutes and their estimated cut-offs:

Sr. NoManagement InstitutesEstimated Cut- offs
2KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai160
3Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Management & Research, Pimpri96
4Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education , Mumbai147


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