MH CET 2018: Changes in syllabus, exam pattern, application process, exam dates and other details

Maharashtra CET: Through this test, the board grants admission to candidates in BE, BTech, BPharma and PharmD courses in the state.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 16, 2017 11:02 am
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Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra has announced some changes in the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT CET) examination, which will be implemented from 2018-19. DTE Maharashtra has said that these changes have been brought to make the level of examination at par with JEE examination.

The sense of unpredictability and nervousness is high for the MHT CET 2018 exams, when these changes are going to be implemented for the first time. Through this test, the board grants admission to candidates in BE, BTech, BPharma and PharmD courses in the state.

The exam is conducted once in a year, with examination pattern varying slightly according to the course in which a candidate is seeking admission. Till now, it was entirely based on class 12 syllabus of HSC Board (Maharashtra).


MHT CET changes introduced:

– Earlier MHT CET used to be based entirely on Class 12 syllabus of HSC Board of Maharashtra. Now however, students will have to study Class 11 syllabus as well. About 20 per cent of the questions in the exam will be based on class 11 syllabus and remaining will be on class 12 syllabus.

– The questions based on physics, chemistry and mathematics will get slightly trickier and more application based. On the other hand, questions of biology will be at par with NEET examination.

MHT CET exam pattern 2017:

The MHT CET 2017 examination consisted of 250 questions, which were divided into 3 papers. Paper 1 contained questions on physics and chemistry, paper 2 included questions on botany and zoology and paper 3 had questions on mathematics. Each paper was for 90 minutes and each subject carried 50 questions and a weightage of 100 marks per subject. Mathematics had a weightage of 100 marks.


There was no need to attend all three papers. Engineering candidates had to appear in paper 1 and 3 only, whereas candidates looking for medical courses had to appear in paper 1 and 2 only. For admission to pharmacy courses, paper 1 was mandatory and candidates could choose any one or both the papers from paper 2 and 3.

MHT CET exam pattern 2018:

The major change that is brought in the examination pattern is that the question paper will now contain questions from Class 11 syllabus. The overall terms and conditions still remain the same. The exam will still be divided in three papers, with a total of 250 questions. Candidates will still need to appear in the same way as they used to appear in 2017, as per the course opted by them.

Paper 1 will include questions on mathematics, paper 2 on physics and chemistry and paper 3 on botany and zoology. However, the 50 questions in each subject will be divided— 10 questions from class 11 syllabus and 40 questions from class 12 syllabus. A total of 50 questions out of 250 will now be from the syllabus of Class 11. Each subject will carry a weightage of 50 marks, except mathematics, which will carry a weightage of 100 marks.

Engineering candidates will now need to appear for paper 1 and 2, medical candidates will need to appear for paper 2 and 3, and for pharmacy candidates paper 2 is mandatory.

MHT CET syllabus 2017:


1. Physics

Circular Motions, Gravitation, Rotational Motions, Oscillations, Elasticity, Surface Tension, Stationary Waves, Wave Motion, Kinetic Theory of Gas and Radiation, Wave Theory of Light, Interference and Diffraction, Electrostatics, Current Electricity, Magnetic Effects of Electric Current, Magnetism, Electromagnetic Induction, Electrons and Photons, Atoms, Molecules and Nuclei and Communication Systems

2. Chemistry

Solid State, Solutions and Colligative Properties, Chemical Thermodynamics, Electrochemistry, Chemical Kinetics, General principles and Processes of Isolation of Elements, P block elements, D and F block elements, Co-ordination compounds, Halogen Derivatives, Alkanes and Arenes, Alcohols, Phenols and Ether Alcohols, Aldehydes, Ketones, and Carboxylic Acids, Organic Compounds containing Nitrogen, Biomolecules, Polymers and Chemistry in Everyday Life.

3. Biology (Botany and Zoology)

Genetics and Evolution, Biotechnology and its applications, Biology and Human Welfare, Plant Physiology, Reproduction in Organisms, Ecology and Environment, Cell Structure and Division, Diversity in Living World, Human Physiology, Structural Organization in Animal and Plants.

4. Mathematics

Mathematical Logic, Matrices, Continuity, Differentiation, Application of Derivative, Indefinite Integration, Definite Integrals, Ratio, Proportion and Partnership, Commission, Brokerage and Discount, Insurance and Annuity, Demography, Bivariate Data and Correlation, Regression Analysis, Random Variable and Probability Distribution.

Additional topics to be covered for MHT CET 2018:

1. Physics

Force, Measurements, Ray optics, Refraction of light, Scalars and Vectors, Friction in Solids and liquids

2. Chemistry

Basic concepts of chemistry, States of matter (gases and liquids), Surface chemistry, Nature of Chemical Bond, Hydrogen, Redox Reactions, s-block elements, Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry.

3. Mathematics

Trigonometric Functions and Trigonometric Functions of Compound Angles, Factorization, Straight Line, Circle and Conics, Sets, Relations, Functions, Probability, Sequence and Series

4. Biology

Biochemistry of Cell, Water Relations and Mineral Nutrition, Development and Plant Growth, Animal Tissues, Human Nutrition and Human Respiration.

MHT CET eligibility:

– Must have passed class 12 under HSC Board of Maharashtra and must be an Indian national.
– For engineering course, aspirants must have passed class 12 with subjects physics, mathematics, English and chemistry/biology/biotechnology/vocational subject with at least 50 per cent marks (general category).
– For pharmacy course aspirants need to have passed class 12 with physics, chemistry, english and one of the remaining subjects (as mentioned above) with at least 45 per cent marks.
– For seeking admission in allied health courses, students must have passed class 12 with physics, chemistry, biology and English subjects.

No exam is tough if one is well prepared. All the best!


— Authored by Devyani Madan,

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