The basic requirement for getting into a B schools in India is to clear the entrance exams. CAT,MAT, ATMA,NMAT, XAT, CMAT and GMAT. Clearing the one of these entrance exams is mandatory for the aspirants to get into B school that is AICTE approved. The first phase of the process of getting into a B school is to crack one of the above mentioned entrance exam and get a call from the applied B school. The next phase of the process is Group Discussion/Personal Interview/Group exercise/Written Assessment Test. IIFT, NMAT, SNAP and TISSNET results are accepted by those B schools who are conducting these exams. In this article we will be analyzing CMAT vs CET exam. How are these exams and how we need to approach them to crack it?


In order to get into a B school in the state of Maharashtra one needs to write the MH-CET exam which is conducted by Directorate of Technical Education DTE, Maharashtra every year. This exam score is accepted by more than 100+ management institutes in the state of Maharashtra. MH-CET exam by the DTE is held once in a year in the month of February/ March.

How to get 99.99% in CET

The key factor to excel in this exam is the speed in answering questions. Practice daily by preparing a proper study timetable. The student has to thoroughly analyze the previous year question papers and practice the questions and the concepts well. The aspirants who are attempting this exam have to attempt 200 questions for which they are allotted 150 minutes.

Read also: Syllabus for CET 2019

MH-CET Eligibility

All the students appearing for MH-CET must have passed / appeared in the qualifying examination i.e 12th standard exam or its equivalent exam. The student who wants to get in to admission will have no age limit.

MH-CET Counselling

In order to get a seat in the B school DTE conducts counselling in the month of July. The aspirants needs to register themselves for the counselling process and the seat allotment process. Only these aspirants who register are qualified to appear for the counselling process.  Centralized Allotment Process (CAP) is the process followed during MHCET counselling. The aspirants need to submit their preferred choice of courses and colleges during the counselling process

CMAT (Common Management Admission Test)

Another exam which all MBA aspirants can attempt is CMAT (Common Management Admission Test). This exam is the national level MBA entrance exam which is conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).  CMAT is accepted by more than 400 colleges in India. Through CMAT we can get admission into top B schools like JBIMS, KJ Somaiya, GIM and many other premier institutions.


  1. CMAT has a negative marking in the exam which means that the aspirant should be cautious and balance the accuracy. CET on the other hand has no negative marking, students can attempt all the questions and do the guess work
  2. CMAT is the national level exam conducted by AICTE and MH-CET is the state level exam conducted by DTE, Maharashtra.
  3. The proportion of quant questions in the entire paper is more in CMAT than CET
  4. Both the exams are conducted online across many centers
  5. Visual reasoning questions are asked in CET where as in the CMAT exam such kind of questions are not asked
  6. The reading comprehension in the CMAT are not of conventional type, these RCs are not traditional long RCs but these are short paragraph based RCs.
  7. The paper of the CET has more reasoning questions, almost around 50% of the paper contains reasoning questions. This is the main advantage for Non Engineering students. Where as in the CMAT only 25% marks is allocated for logical reasoning.
  8. CET has verbal reasoning questions. Around 20 questions are from this section. But these kind of questions don’t appear in CMAT.

Learn from CMAT Toppers and get 99.99%ile

Aspirants who are preparing for the entrance exam should concentrate on all the exams and try to excel in all. This gives the students a clear advantage in selecting their preferred B school from the available options. Concentrate on your preparation and follow all the guidelines given by your mentors.

All the best!!!

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