Admissions to engineering courses in the state would take place through JEE from the academic year 2014-15.
The state cabinet decided on Wednesday Maharashtra would be a part of the new admission regime.
The standard 12 curriculum would be upgraded next year to bring it up to the standard of JEE,the cabinet decided at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
Scores of JEE and the standard 12 exam would be given 50:50 weightage for admissions.
JEE will have two parts main and advance. But admission to engineering courses in state-affiliated colleges would be granted only on the basis of marks obtained in the mains.
While deciding the weightage of the standard 12 exam score,only marks obtained in physics-chemistry- mathematics would be considered,though a student must secure 50 per cent aggregate.
State officials said the advantage of becoming a part of the JEE admission system was that students would have to take only one entrance for IITs too. This would particularly help students in rural areas,they said.