The Common Entrance Test (MH-CET), a gateway for undergraduate courses at state medical colleges, was held on Thursday, with a changed syllabus and modified assessment system that has scrapped negative marking for wrong answers.
After directions from state medical education ministry, the Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER), which conducts the exam, scrapped negative marking and took a decision that the test was based on the state board syllabus.
Pravin Shingare, director, DMER said, “The test was conducted smoothly across the state with no complaints made by students. With no negative marking and use of state board syllabus, there has been substantial increase in number of students opting for medical and Para-medical courses.”
On Thursday, total 1, 89,131 students appeared for the exam across 507 centres in the state. For an academic year 2015-16, around 7,500 seats are available for undergraduate medical courses including MBBS, BDS, and BSc Nursing conducted by state medical colleges.
Ishita Shah, an aspirant who appeared for an exam from Mumbai suburbs said, “Initially, it was difficult for us to shift our preparations from NEET syllabus to state-oard syllabus after the decision was announced in February. However, the test seemed easy compared to last year. However, physics paper was tricky and lengthy."
In 2013, the medical entrance test was based on syllabus of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). MH-CET for state medical colleges was reintroduced in 2014. However it was based on the syllabus for NEET exam.
As reported by HT on May 2, with an increase of 41000 students, around 1.94 lakh students had registered for MH-CET 2015 compared to 1.53 lakh registered last year.
A total of 1,89,131 candidates appeared for the test out of 1.94 lakh registered. Around 7,500 seats are available for undergraduate medical courses including MBBS, BDS, and BSc Nursing conducted by state medical colleges.
Changes in MH-CET 2015 for state medical colleges
In December 2014, during the winter session of state assembly, Tawde announced negative marks system in the central entrance test (CET) for medical college admissions in the state will not be used implemented from the MH-CET 2015.
In February this year, the state higher and medical education minister Vinod Tawde had announced that the CET for medical college admissions will be based on state board syllabus.