For the last one week, the only outing Prateek Sharma has had is a 30-minute walk every evening.
On Thursday, the Class 12 student will take the MH-CET, the common entrance exam for admission to professional courses — engineering and medicine.
The MH-CET is the biggest exam in the state with more than 2.85 lakh applicants.
Over the past few years, the number of students taking the exam has been increasing by 10 per cent every year.
The results for this year will be announced in mid-June.
For most students, this exam is part of a string of entrance tests to various engineering and medical colleges.
“I have taken the AIEEE (the entrance test for the National Institutes of technology), but I am banking on the MH-CET,” said Sharma.
“The best way to crack the CET is to solve previous year’s papers.”
W.B Tayade, head of the Directorate of Medical Education and Research, said that everything is working on schedule.
“Students should reach their centres at 9 am, an hour before the paper starts. We have organised everything and it should go off smoothly,” he added.
For the past few years, more students have opted for mathematics over biology showing an increasing trend of the students aspiring to be engineers instead of doctors.
This year, 1.05 lakh students have opted for mathematics and only 33,000 have opted for biology.
Shifani Manoharan is one of the 1.05 lakh students who skipped biology.
“I always wanted to do engineering. I have been preparing for this for one-and-a-half years. I am hoping to get into Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), so for me this exam will define my career,” said Manoharan.
“All I can think of right now is when the exam will get done,” she added.