MAH-CET – Maharashtra Common Entrance Test

Conducted by
Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra



Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MAH-CET) is a computer-based management entrance test. Officially known as MAH-MBA/MMS-CET, the exam is conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra, for admission to management courses such as MBA/MMS in various institutes in the state of Maharashtra.

The exam was conducted on March 09 & 10, 2019, and the result of the same has been declared on March 19, 2018.

The admission to the management courses such as MBA/MMS/PGDBM/PGDM is a centralised process and covered under Centralized Admission Process (CAP) carried out by the Competent Authority of the State of Maharashtra.

The exam was held in multiple sessions. “Competent Authority, using standardized equi-percentile method, will be equating scores across sessions,” informs the official website.

The test comprises multiple choice objective type questions. Candidates need to attempt 200 questions in 150 minutes.
Some of the top B-schools in Maharashtra that accept MAH-CET scores are Bharati Vidyapeeth’s Institute of Management Studies & Research, K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and more.
Students from Rest of India will have to appear in CMAT from 2017 onwards to be eligible to apply for admissions to Maharashtra management colleges.

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Here’s the eligibility criteria for MAH-CET:
Candidates must have a bachelors’ degree in any discipline from any recognised university with a minimum of 50% marks, and at least 45% in case of reserved candidates.
Final year students can also apply.
Candidates appearing for CAT / GMAT / CMAT /MAT February / XAT/ ATMA are considered to be eligible for admission against the All India Seats subject to the fulfilment of eligibility criteria. Such candidates need to fill online application form according to the schedule.

Exam Dates

Get detailed information about all MAH-CET 2019 important dates such as exam date, registration date, application date, result date and much more on CATKing.

January 201922 January (Tentative)MAH-CET 2019 Registrations Start
February 201917 Februray (Tentaive)MAH-CET 2019 Registrations Ends
28 February (Tentative)MAH-CET 2019 Admit card download starts
March 201909 March MAH-CET 2019: Start Date
10 MarchMAH-CET 2019: End Date
19 MarchMAH-CET 2019 Result


Step 1: Fill in the Application form
Candidates willing to apply for MAH CET need to fill in the application form. Candidates must note that the application form can be filled online only. The exact date for the starting of the application process has not been announced yet. However, registrations are expected to begin in January and end in February. Candidates must note that one candidate is allowed to fill only one Application Form. Multiple applications will be rejected.
The fee can be paid using:
1.Online payment

Step 2: Download MAH CET  Admit Card
Candidates who register successfully for MAH CET will get access to admit cards at least a week before the date of exam. The admit cards will be available for download on the official website. To download the same, candidates need to provide their username and password. Each admit card will carry a registration number which will be unique for every aspirant.
Step 3: Appear for MAH CET Exam
The tentative schedule for MAH CET has been announced. The exam is expected to be conducted on first or sencond week of March. Candidates can expect questions from sections like Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Aptitude and Logical / Abstract Reasoning.
Step 4: Check MAH CET Result
Test-takers can expect MAH CET result within a week from the date of test.The score cards can be downloaded from the official website using username and password. Post result-declaration, aspirants will need to apply to the state colleges of their choice through DTE.

CET Reasoning:


MAH CET exam will consist of two sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension and Quantitative Aptitude and Logical / Abstract Reasoning.
A total of 200 questions have to be attempted in 150 minutes. There’s no negative marks for incorrect answers.
Here’s a detailed look at the syllabus:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
3.Reading Comprehension
Quantitative Aptitude and Logical / Abstract Reasoning
3.Blood Relations

5.Clocks and Calenders
6.Data Structures
7.Direction Sense
8.Geometry and its applications
9.Numbers and its applications
10.Percentages and its applications
12.Ratio and Its applications

Reading Comprehension:

Exam Centers

MAH CET 2019 was conducted at various exam centres across India. Candidates must note that they can select any three locations or cities as their preference for exam centre while filling the application form.
The allocation of exam centre shall be done by DTE on the basis of the candidate’s preference. Candidates must note that once selected, the choice of centre cannot be changed. Candidates must ensure that they reach the exam centre at least an hour before the reporting time.
MAH CET 2020 is likely to be conducted at the following locations:

In Maharashtra State:
MumbaiMumbai Sub UrbanNagpur NandedNandurbar




Outside Maharashtra State


DTE reserves the right to cancel or add any MAH CET 2018 exam centres (if required).

Exam Pattern

MAH-CET paper pattern: The exam consists of multiple choice objective type questions.
Candidates appearing for the exam can expect multiple choice objective type questions. The total number of questions will be 200, and the duration of the exam will be 150 minutes. There is no negative marks for incorrect answers.

SectionNumber of questionsMarks Allotted
Test of Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension5050
Test of Quantitative Aptitude5050
Test of Logical Reasoning7575
Test of Abstract Reasoning2525

1.Verbal ability and reading comprehension: This section of the exam paper determines the grasp a candidate has on English language. The question paper will comprise of passage, and questions based on the passage. Through this section, a candidate’s vocabulary, grammar, synonyms, antonyms, sentence completion, comprehension is tested. To answer the questions, the candidate must first understand the contents of the passage, and secondly, use correct phrases, words and expressions.
2.Quantitative aptitude: This section of the paper assesses a candidate’s ability to solve numerical calculations with speed and accuracy. To excel in this section, the candidate must have a good understanding of ratio and proportion, percentage, interpretation of tables, charts and graphs.
3.Logical / abstract reasoning: This section determines a candidate’s ability to think quickly and accurately. Candidates can expect questions on verbal reasoning or on diagrams and figures in this section.

Exam Analysis

MAH-CET 2018 was conducted online over a period of 2.5 hours (150 minutes). The medium of the exam was English, and the paper had a total of 200 multiple choice questions. Candidates will be allotted 1 mark for every correct answer. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers. Every question had 5 answer options out of which candidates had to select one.
Day 1 Analysis
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 Interpretatio – 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 Caselets. There were 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. There were very few Questions on Geometry and Modern Maths.
Good Attempt: 35 questions and above with high accuracy.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
This section was moderate but full of surprises! There were no questions on cloze test; parajumbles questions had a very different pattern, grammatical errors questions were easy, ad there were very unique questions on vocabulary. Reading comprehension questions had numeric data, and each passage had more questions like 6-7.
Good Attempt: 40 questions and above with high accuracy.
Logical Reasoning
This was the toughest section of the exam with a moderate difficulty level. There were many surprises in this section. Arrangements questions dominated the section, Critcal reasoning also had a great weightage with 15 questions. 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 which were not time consuming. To our surprise slot 1 didnt have any input output questions, however that did appear in the slot 2.
Good Attempt: 45 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 12 questions on Series and 13 questions on analogies.
Good Attempt: 20 questions and above with high accuracy
Overall, the difficulty level of the exam was moderate and the difficulty level was almost similar for every slot. The test was computer-based with no technical glitches reported across the centres.
Day 2 Analysis
The MAH-CET day 2 has shown few surprises in the Verbal section as compared to yesterday. The overall paper difficultly level was higher as expected.
Most students came out mixed opinions – those who had prepared thoroughly were able to score well with genuine 159 attempts as the paper was lengthy, but ofcourse those who weren’t well-prepared found it difficult to cope up with the paper.
The most scoring section was Logical Reasoning as it had no new innovations. The section had basic questions – they were just time consuming.
Abstract Reasoning was fun and interesting.


Application Form

Candidates are allowed to fill only one Application Form. Multiple applications will be rejected.
To apply online, candidates need to follow four steps:
Step 1:Fill in the Registration Details, choose your Password and note down system generated Application ID here. Candidates have to choose a password and security question and enter his/her Answer. After successful submission of the data, the Application ID will be generated. This ID will be used to complete the remaining Steps of the Application Form such as uploading images of photo and signature, Edit dates, Payment and also required for all future correspondence.

Step 2:Candidates have to upload scanned images of their photograph and signature in .jpg/.jpeg format only. Here are some points to remember:
1.Size of the photo image must be greater than 10 kb & less than 100 kb
2.Size of the signature image must be greater than 5 kb & less than 20 kb
3.Dimension of photograph image should be 3.5 cm(width) x 4.5 cm(Height) only
4.Dimension of signature image should be 3.5 cm(length) x 1.5 cm(Height) only
Step 3:Candidates can edit their data, before final submission. Once saved, candidates cannot change the data.
Step 4:Thereafter candidates need to pay the application fee via Card / Debit Card / Internet Banking or by e-Challan to be submitted at any Axis Bank Ltd in India.
Application fee once paid will not be refunded (full or partial) under any circumstances.
Mode of Payment:
Candidates can opt to pay the application fee either by Credit Card / Debit Card / Internet Banking or via e-Challan: to be submitted at any Axis Bank Ltd in India.
Online Payment:
Candidate has to select Credit Card / Debit Card / Internet Banking option to pay the application fee and follow the online instruction to complete the payment of fee. After successful payment, candidate will be able to print the Application Form.
The candidate has to select e-challan option to deposit the application fee. One needs to take a printout of e-Challan and take it to the nearest branch of the Axis bank for making payment. After the confirmation of fee deposited from Bank/DTE, the candidate will be able to print the Application Form.


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