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Not just Class 12, Maharashtra engineering CET takers in 2018 will have to study Class 11 syllabus too

Each section of the MH-CET paper will have 20% (10 questions) from the Class 11 syllabus and 80% (40 questions) from the Class 12 syllabus

mumbai Updated: Oct 06, 2017 08:53 IST
Shreya Bhandary
Shreya Bhandary
Hindustan Times
The state wants to make the CET on par with national-level examinations like JEE and NEET.

Engineering aspirants appearing for the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (CET) in May 2018 have to work twice as hard. They will have to focus on the Class 11 and 12 syllabus of the Maharashtra state board for the exam. Until now, the exam focused only on the Class 12 syllabus.

Each section of the MH-CET paper (mathematics, physics & chemistry and biology) will have 20% (10 questions) from the Class 11 syllabus and 80% (40 questions) from the Class 12 syllabus. All questions will be multiple choice.

On Thursday, the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) announced the change in syllabus. Approximately 3.50 lakh students appear for the engineering CET every year.

“The state government has insisted on bringing all state level entrance examinations at par with those conducted by the central government, including the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) and National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). This move is the first step towards achieving this goal,” said Dayanand Meshram, joint director, DTE.

In February this year, the state had released a government resolution (GR) asking authorities to conduct state CET at par with it’s counter part, JEE. “This move will be applicable for engineering and pharmacy aspirants. The changes will be effected in terms of the level of difficulty, paper pattern as well as quality of test from next year,” said Meshram.

This change comes almost a year after officials from DTE had proposed changes to the government about how the exam should be conducted in order to bring better quality applicants for engineering courses across institutes in the state. “Since the entrance exam to all medical and health science courses is already at par with national level exams, we wanted to make sure we avoid any last-minute changes to the engineering and pharmacy entrance test. This would give enough time to students to prepare for the entrance exam in 2018,” said Meshram.

The inclusion of the Class 11 syllabus into MH-CET was proposed by the DTE last year itself. Officials said this was done to give students a proper understanding of the concepts in subjects such as mathematics, physics and chemistry. “The basis of most theories taught in Class 12 is taught in Class 11, so it makes sense to include the syllabus of both years for the exam. Students will find this move helpful. However, the decision should have been made earlier this year so that students at least get one full year to prepare,” said Ankush Karkera, a physics professor at a city-based coaching institute.

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First Published: Oct 05, 2017 23:25 IST