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The MBA CET is an entrance examination conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education, Mumbai. The exam score of the Common Entrance Test (CET) is taken into consideration for getting admission in the MBA colleges of Maharashtra.  This exam acts as a last shot at redemption for a candidate after getting poor scores in CAT, NMAT, XAT, etc. That itself speaks about the importance of this state held examination. Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research and Balaji Institute of Modern Management are some of the well known b-schools that accept MBA-CET scores.


Eligibility Criteria:

1. He/she who wishes to appear for the exam must be between 21 yrs and 25 yrs of age.

2. A candidate must’ve minimum 50 % aggregate score or a similar CGPA. It is minimum 45% for those candidates belonging from other backward class or those having disability.

3. Those in their final year degree are also eligible to apply.


Important dates:

Commencement of online registrationFeb, 2017
Last date for submission of online formFeb, 2017
Exam dateMarch, 2017
Exam resultsMarch, 2017

 The above dates are tentative and may tend to fluctuate. For more updates, you can visit the official DTE site.


Hall ticket/ admit card:

The admit card is provided to an individual on the basis of the information he/she provides while submitting the online application. You need to visit the official website and download the hall ticket. Without your hall ticket, you won’t be allowed to be seated for the examination.

Those who want to apply through CAP (percentile method) & other admission processes need to mandatory register themselves for the Common Admission Test. In such a circumstance, you won’t be provided with a hall ticket as you need to take a print out of your application for referential purposes.

The centers for MBA-CET will be allocated by the DTE at various cities within the state of Maharashtra. A candidate has a choice of choosing the city he/she desires to give the paper, but the venue within the city is decided by the Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra.



1. Verbal reasoning

2. Reading comprehension

3. Quantitative ability

4. Data analysis

5. Data sufficiency

6. Analytical reasoning

7. Verbal reasoning

8. Non- Verbal reasoning


Paper Pattern:      

A candidate needs to answer 200 questions within duration of 1 hr 50 minutes. So, you will need to work up on your speed! The paper will be conducted in English. For the paper, there won’t be negative markings. This should bring a smile on all the CET 2017 aspirants. There will be 3 sections- i.e. verbal ability, quantitative aptitude and abstract reasoning. All of them will be MCQ’s and also you are allowed to switch between sections.


Preparation tips for MBA-CET (2017):

For any examination including MBA-CET, a well devised study plan becomes crucial. What distinguishes a rank holder from an average student is his/her level of preparation! So, how do you get started with your entrance preps? Following are the tips that’ll guide you in your preparation for the upcoming Common Entrance Test-

1. Create a to- do- list

In this context, a to-do-list refers to the list of subjects you will be covering on a particular day. You need to make a to-do-list that covers the task you need to do from Day 1 all the way till the day of CET exam. This will be your first step towards achieving merit for CET.

First, have a careful look at the exam syllabus and accordingly assign the subjects you will be working on every day. You can make use of an excel sheet for this. It would be wise, if you take a print out of this list and stick it up on your wardrobe/mirror. This will act as a reminder every time you glance at the mirror or head towards the wardrobe.

Don’t get over ambitious and assign something more than what you can do! Also, the other way round- don’t get too lazy also either. Carefully plan the number of hours you will be spending on each section and the average time per day. Your social or professional life shouldn’t interfere with your study time. If you can’t study on the weekdays due to work, then study hard during the week ends.

2. Knowing your basics is the key

Those having strong basics on quant’s and verbal can get started with mock solving right away! For those having shaky basics can spend the initial months working on it. You might be good at quants, but struggle at verbal or analytical reasoning. So, that’s where you need to start working out on.

If you can afford joining a coaching class, then feel free to do so. However, it is not compulsory. First thing you need to do is get a good study material. You can refer to a friend or an expert for the same. There are also various books on MAH-CET available online. (Avail a basic CET mock version here).Make sure to go through the reviews before purchasing them. Brush up on your verbal and quantitative fundamentals on a daily basis.

A good command over your fundamentals means half of your preparation is done for the entrance. On the other hand, ignoring your basics can cost you dearly on the exam day.

3. Need for Speed

Attempting 200 questions within 2 hrs can be challenging, but not impossible to solve. The paper pattern for CET itself gives a hint that you need to work on your speed. The best way of improving your speed is by attempting mock papers. But, before jumping into mock solving, try attempting the solved examples from your study material. Then, start solving the exercises from each chapter and see the solutions for the same.

Once you get a knack of the problems, then you can proceed to solving sectional tests and mocks. While initially solving them, don’t time yourself. Take as much time as you want in getting equipped to the mocks (don’t take forever)! Then, you can start setting the timer and keep giving mock papers.

4. Evaluation is a must       

Now that you’ve attempted a full length mock, check how you’ve fared in it. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got a good or a bad score! What really matters is that you don’t repeat the same mistakes that you’ve committed in the previous mock. The best thing one can do is to re-solve the same question where you’d earlier made a mistake. If you don’t have the time, then go through the solution sheet thoroughly after solving a mock.

Normally, students ignore doing an analysis of the mocks and that’s what gives them poor scores during the exam. Evaluating the mock might be more time consuming than actual mock solving, however, it will in improving your performance.

Do an analysis of a mock after giving one and be optimistic of a great MAH-CET score.

5. Practice does help!

Practice does not only mean solving mock papers every time. It also means working on your weak areas and making them into your strengths. The more you practice- the better it will be for you.

While solving mocks, try experimenting with various short cuts and see which ones consumes the least amount of time. Try getting a knack of these short cuts, for they would save you a great deal of time during the exam. Click here for a full fledged online mock test pack.

6. The strategy for the exam

It is very important to have a strategy for the CET day. This strategy must not only save you ample of time, but also give you as many accurate answers within those 2 hours. So, how to get started with it? While solving sample mocks try experimenting with various approaches. For instance: You can start with the sections that you’re confident about and then, proceed to the ones that tend to make you nervous. This way you can spend more time on solving the difficult questions/sections.

Another strategy you could implement is solving 40 to 50 questions accurately every half an hour. This means you may have solved a minimum 160 questions accurately in those 2 hours, thus giving you a good percentile.

7. Take a break

No matter where you go, quality is always preferred over quantity. The same applies for your Common Entrance Test preps as well! A wise person might only study 2 to 3 hours a day & despite being involved into tons of other activities, he/she will still manage to nail the paper. You might be wondering how?

Well, the secret is how much you grasp in those 2 to 3 hours is where the magic actually happens!  Identify the time of the day where you can study without any hindrances. The results might naturally show up.

Try to engage yourself in some other activities apart from studying. Go for a walk or get involved in some sports. Last, but not the least- get enough sleep.

8. On the exam day

This is the day you have toiled for the entire year. Treat it just like any other day. Spend some time on revision and then head straight to the examination center. Avoid studying anything at the last moment.

While you are in the examination hall stay focused on the strategy you are going to implement. This is the strategy that you were using the entire year while solving mock papers. Carry the mental image of that strategy in your mind and apply it as soon as you start the paper.  This should be the only thing on your mind.

Since the paper is 2 hours long, you might get exhausted while solving the paper. In such a circumstance, you can have a red bull or snickers chocolate bar before the commencement of the paper.


Insights from past toppers- How we did it!

Jaideep Mehendale had secured 99.99 percentile in 2016 state level examination. Jaideep’s basics were almost in place before he began his exam preparations. The strategy he adopted for the entrance mainly consisted of 2 things- firstly, solving mock papers & secondly practicing on visual reasoning set.  “On the exam 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 the 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.

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.

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 CAT classes 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 well 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.

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