Most of the 3.8 lakh engineering and pharmacy aspirants who appeared for what could be the last Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) on Thursday found the physics section of the paper very lengthy.
Some said that the mathematics section was difficult, but biology and chemistry papers were easy.
This year had the highest number of applicants for engineering and pharmacy courses.
Aman Kumar, 17, a student of Navy Children School, said, “I have been schooled in the CBSE curriculum and found some sections of the paper a little difficult as the questions were mostly based on the state board syllabus. However, I’m very happy with the exam and hope to score well.”
Another student, Nikhilesh Thapa,18, said that the mathematics paper demanded some brainstorming. “Overall, there were no surprises. Other than some parts of the maths paper, the pattern was nothing different,” he said.
MH-CET comprises three papers — each with 50 or 100 multiple choice questions of one and two marks. Paper 1 is mathematics, paper 2 is physics and chemistry and paper 3 is biology (which is only for pharmacy aspirants).
Examinees said that the questions were from the syllabus.
“When students prepare for so long and then find a question from outside the syllabus, it affects the entire performance. No unexpected questions were thrown at students this year, which is very heartening,” said Sudhanshu Sinhal, managing director of a coaching institute in the city.
In December 2016, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had called officials from various state governments, including the technical directors from across the country, for their suggestions to attract meritorious students to engineering institutes. One of the suggestions was to introduce a common syllabus for all entrance exams. In March, AICTE announced their decision to introduce a national level exam for engineering aspirants, similar to National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), to be applicable from 2018.
“We have not received an official circular from the AICTE on this, so we are not sure about the future of the state entrances. Anyway, if the common national level exam is not introduced, the state plans to upgrade the exam pattern and syllabus for engineering aspirants from next year,” said Dayanand Meshram, joint director, state Directorate of Technical Education.