MAH CET -Details of Online Exam Pattern

The state MBA/MMS CET is online exam conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) for the admission in the MBA colleges in Maharashtra .MAH CET 2018 will be conducted in March 2018 for MBA & MMS courses.

Government of Maharashtra has established a State Common Entrance Test Cell (CET CELL) under Admission Regulating Authority (ARA). The Competent Authority shall conduct the MAH- MBA/MMS CET 2018 for admission to ;First Year of Post Graduate Degree Courses in Management (MBA/MMS) in various institutes in Maharashtra, for Academic Year 2018-19.

There are more than 200 institutes those come under different universities in Maharashtra in which admission is through MAHCET.  It is administered by the Competent Authority on its own or in collaboration with professional Agencies which holds a record of its competence and experience of personnel selection through competitive examinations.


MAH CET 2018 Important Dates

Important Dates

MAH CET Exam Date (Online MAH-MBA/MMS-CET 2018)

March 2018

Issue of Hall Ticket

Feb 2018

Result declaration

March 2018

Online registration Start Date

January 2018

Online registration End Date

February 2018


MAH CET Syllabus


This is to test your English language. In this test there will be passages with
questions based on their contents to test your comprehension. Your English Language ability would be tested through questions on grammar , vocabulary , sentence completion, synonyms , antonyms, comprehension of passages etc. Your English language ability would be tested through questions on (1) understanding of the contents of the passage and (2) choice of appropriate words, phrases, expressions and similar language skills.


This test helps to know how fast and accurate you can work with numbers, do numerical calculations understand various arithmetic problems involving ratio and proportion, percentage, etc. This test also helps to measure your power of quantitative reasoning, interpretation of tables, common graphs and charts.


This measures how quickly and accurately you can think. This test may have questions based on figures and diagrams and also questions on verbal reasoning.

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Topics to be covered are:

  • Verbal ability
  • Reading comprehension
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Data interpretation
  • Data sufficiency
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning

MAH CET Exam Pattern

Topics No. Of Questions Marks per Question Maximum Marks Total Marks Test Duration
Logical Reasoning 75 1 75 200 150 Minutes
Abstract Reasoning 25 1 25
Quantitative Aptitude 50 1 50
Verbal Ability/ Reading Comprehension 50 1 50

Eligibility Criteria

The Eligibility Criteria is as below:

Passed with minimum of 50% marks in aggregate (45% in case of candidates of backward class categories belonging to Maharashtra State only) in any Bachelor’s Degree of minimum three years duration in any discipline recognized by the Association of Indian Universities.

Eligibility Criteria for admission to Maharashtra State candidates:

Candidate should be an Indian National and should possess basic qualification as specified above. Appeared for MAH-MBA/MMS-CET .

Eligibility Criteria for admission against All India Seats:

For Maharashtra State Candidates & outside Maharashtra State (OMS) candidates should be an Indian National and should possess basic qualification as specified above Appeared for CAT (conducted by IIMs) /JMET (conducted by IITs) / MAT (conducted by AIMA in February) AIMA (conducted by AIMS)/ XAT (conducted by XLRI) for seeking admission to MBA/MMS in the current academic year. Such candidates are required to appear for GD & PI conducted by the Competent Authority of Maharashtra State for current academic year.


MAH CET Registration Process

Online Application - Steps for Registration

  • Online Applicants can submit and confirm through the website
  • To register application, choose the tab "Click here for New Registration" and enter Name, Contact details and Email-id. A Provisional Registration Number and Password will be generated by the system and displayed on the screen. Candidate should note down the Provisional Registration Number and Password. An Email &SMS indicating the Provisional Registration number and Password will also be sent.
  • In case the candidate is unable to complete the application form in one go, he / she can save the data already entered by choosing "SAVE AND NEXT" tab. Prior to submission of the online application candidates are advised to use the "SAVE AND NEXT" facility to verify the details in the online application form and modify the same if required. Visually Impaired candidates should fill the application form carefully and verify/ get the details verified to ensure that the same are correct prior to final submission.
  • Candidates are advised to carefully fill and verify the details filled in the online application themselves as no change will be possible/ entertained after clicking the FINAL SUBMIT BUTTON.
  • The Name of the candidate or his /her Father/ Husband etc. should be spelt correctly in the application as it appears in the Certificates/ Mark sheets/Identity proof. Any change/alteration found may disqualify the candidature for CET & Admission.
  • Validate your details and Save your application by clicking the 'Validate your details' and 'Save & Next' button.
  • Candidates can proceed to upload Photo & Signature as per the specifications given in the Guidelines for Scanning and Upload of Photograph and Signature.
  • Candidates can proceed to fill other details of the Application Form.
  • Click on the Preview Tab to preview and verify the entire application form before FINAL SUBMIT.
  • Modify details, if required, and click on 'FINAL SUBMIT' ONLY after verifying and ensuring that the photograph, signature uploaded and other details filled by you are correct.
  • Click on 'Payment' Tab and proceed for payment.
  • Click on 'Submit' button.

Score Validity Validity of the test score is till one year.


MAH CET Exam Fees

Application form processing fees has to be paid through online system only by Internet Payment, Credit Card / Debit Card (RuPay / Visa/MasterCard / Maestro), Internet Banking, IMPS, Cash Cards / Mobile Wallets for which the service charges, as per rules, shall be applicable in addition to the application form processing fees.

For Open Category Candidates from Maharashtra State, Outside Maharashtra State (OMS), J & K Migrant candidates and NRI/Foreign Nationals / PIO/Children of Indian Workers in the Gulf Countries Candidates Rs. 1000
For Candidates of Backward Class Categories [SC, ST, VJ/DT- NT(A), NT(B), NT(C), NT(D), OBC, SBC] and Persons with Disability Candidates belonging to Maharashtra State only. Rs. 800

Courses You can Apply

The Common Entrance Test - Maharashtra (CET) is conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education and is accepted by close to 298 Institutes in Maharashtra. Courses you can apply for :

  • Two year full time course in Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Two year full time course in Master of Management Studies (MMS),
  • Two year full time course in Post Graduate Diploma Course in Business Management (PGDBM)
  • Two year full time course in Post Graduate Diploma Course in Management (PGDM).

MAH CET Colleges List

  • AICAR Business School Mumbai
  • Anjuman-I-Islam’s Allana Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
  • Apex Institute of Management & Research, Pune
  • Atharva Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
  • Balaji Institute of International Business, Pune
  • Balaji Institute of Telecom and Management, Pune
  • Bharatratna Indira Gandhi College of Engineering, Solapur
  • Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce, Pune
  • Chetana’sRamprasadKhandelwal Institute of Management & Research
  • DY Patil Institute of Engineering & Technology, Pune
  • Institute of Business Management & Research, Pune
  • Institute Of Management Education, Pune
  • International School of Business & Media, Pune
  • Jayawant Institute of Management Studies, Pune
  • KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai
  • LalaLajpat Rai Institute of Management, Mumbai
  • Maharashtra Academy of Engineering, Pune
  • Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune
  • Mahatma Phule Institute Of Management and Computer Studies, Pune
  • MET Institute of Management, Mumbai
  • MIT School of Management, Pune
  • Mukesh Patel School of Technology Management & Engineering, Mumbai
  • Neville Wadia Institute of Management Studies & Research Pune
  • NL Dalmiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai
  • Padmashree Dr. D.Y. Patil Institute of Management Studies, Pune
  • PE Society’s Institute of Management & Career Development, Pune
  • PES Modern College of Engineering, Pune
  • PimpriChinchwad College of Engineering, Pune
  • Pravara Centre for Management Research & Development, Pune
  • Prin N G Naralkar Institute of Career Development & Research, Pune
  • Prof. Ram Meghe Institute of Technology & Research, Amravati
  • R.K. Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai
  • Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Mumbai
  • Rizvi Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai
  • Shah and Anchor Kutchhi Engineering College, Mumbai
  • ShivajinagarVidyaprasarak Mandal’s Institute of Management, Pune
  • SIES College of Management Studies, Mumbai
  • Sinhgad College of Engineering, Pune
  • Sipna’s College of Engineering & Technology, Amravati
  • SmtKashibaiNavale College of Engineering, Pune
  • Smt. HirabenNanavati Institute of Management and Research for Women, Pune
  • Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, Mumbai
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management Pune
  • Vivekanand Education Society’s Institute Of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai

The seats distribution is as follows

Sr. No. Name of University No Collages / Institutes under University Intake Capacity
01 Pune University 179 22506
02 Mumbai University 82 10065
03 Solapur University 12 1125
04 Shivaji University 25 2400
05 Swami RamanandTirthaMarathwada University 09 765
06 North Maharashtra University 10 780
07 Dr. BabasahebAmbedkarMarathwada University 19 1980
08 SantGadgebabaAmrawati University 11 840
09 RTM Nagpur University 55 4680
10 SNDT Women’s University 01 60
11 Gondwan University 03 420

The distribution of Seats are categorized as under

  • Maharashtra State level Seats : there are two sub categories as Home University and other than Home University
  • Maharashtra State Seats: Each Maharashtra State candidate who has appeared in the MAHMBA/MMSCET 2018 conducted by Competent Authority of Maharashtra State will be assigned a State level Merit Number on the basis of percentile obtained in MAHMBA/MMS CET 2018
  • All India Seats: Each All India candidate who has appeared in CAT 2017 (conducted by IIMs)/CMAT 2018 (Conducted by AICTE) / GMAT (conducted by GMAC, USA)/ MAT (conducted by AIMA in February 2017)/ XAT (conducted by XLRI)/ ATMA (conducted by AIMS)/ MAHMBA/MMSCET 2018 will be assigned a State level merit number on the basis of percentile mentioned on the score card
Sr. No. Type of Institute Maharashtra State Seats All India Seats Institute level Seats Minority Community Seats
Home University area candidates Other than Home University area candidates her than
01 University Department and Government Institute 70 % 15 % 15 % - -
02 Institute under SNDT Women’s University 85% (State Level seats)
Women Candidates
15 % - -
03 Unaided Non-minority Institutes       15 % 20% -
04 Unaided Minority Institutes 70 % of
M.S. Seats
30 % of
M.S. Seats
15 % seats under CAP 20 % Min 51 %

CAP Seats = Sanctioned Intake ( Minority Seats+ Institute Level Seats )

Centralized Admission Process (CAP): For the academic year 2018-20, the Competent Authority shall conduct total four (4) rounds of Centralized Admission. The CAP shall consist of first three (3) rounds by Centralized Allotment wherein eligible candidates will fill separate Online Option forms for respective rounds. Fourth round of CAP shall be conducted by way of counseling only for the eligible Maharashtra State candidates

Stages of Centralized Admission Process (CAP) are as follows

  • Go to
  • Click on “Apply Online” & Fill up and submit the personal details, qualification details, latest photo and options for CET Centers
  • Verify the correctness of the information filled In case of any correction, the candidate can do it online before confirmation
  • Confirm Application by paying applicable fees by e challan or by e payment

Maharashtra MBA CET Paper Pattern and Analysis

MAH- CET paper that was held last was nothing short of traumatic for most of the students. It was by far the toughest one out of the last 8 years CET papers. The question types, the paper pattern and the distribution of marks were different when compared to the last 8 years papers. The paper had many speed breakers which shouldn’t have been attempted by the students.

Last MAHCET Paper Pattern

Total Number of Questions


Total Time allotted

150 minutes

No. of Choices per question

5 choices

Negative Marks

No Negative Marks

Number of Sections

No sections – jumbled paper


Last MAH -CET Paper Analysis

Q. No. Area Type of Question Level of Difficulty
1 Verbal Reasoning Small passage and inference on that Difficult
2 to 5 Verbal reasoning Passage + 5 statements + Effect, Conclusion, Weakening , Substantiate Easy
6 to10 Analytical Reasoning Number Series ( Two Rows) Moderate
11 to 17 Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension Easy
18 to 20 Quantitative Ability HCF, P& C and Geometry Moderate
21 to 22 Data Sufficiency Quant based DS with two statements Moderate
23 Quantitative Ability Question on Arithmetic Progression Difficult
24 to 27 Verbal Reasoning Passage + 5 statements + Apprehension, assumption , Weakening , Course of action, Moderate
28 to 33 Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension Moderate
34 to 39 Quantitative Ability Quantitative Comparison Moderate
40 to 45 Analytical Reasoning Deductions Easy
46 to 57 Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension: View and counter-view Moderate
58 to 66 Quantitative Ability Geometry, Mensuration, Numbers, Ages, Partnership, SI, Equations Moderate
67 to 71 Non-verbal Reasoning Analogy Easy
72 Verbal Reasoning Weakening the Argument Moderate
73 Verbal Reasoning Inference Moderate
74 to 75 Quantitative Ability Geometry : Circle inscribed in a square Moderate
76 to 77 Quantitative Ability Geometry : Pythagoras Theorem Easy
78 to 82 Non-verbal Reasoning Series : Five Fig series - Find missing fig. Moderate
83 to 92 Verbal Ability Cloze Passage Easy
93 to 97 Data Interpretation Line Graph : Expenditure on Arms by different countries Easy
98 to 105 Analytical Puzzles Circular Arrangement : Arrangement and blood Relations Difficult
106 to 108 Verbal Ability Insert the missing sentence Moderate
109 to 113 Non-verbal Reasoning Odd man out : Dissimilar Pair Easy
114 to 118 Data Interpretation Table : Scores of students in QA, Verbal, Reasoning and Cut off Very Easy
119 to 125 Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension Moderate
126 to 132 Analytical Puzzles Car Parking Difficult
133 to 137 Non Venal Reasoning Series : Five Figure series - find next Figure Moderate
138 to 145 Verbal Ability Assumption, Cause, Inference Easy
146 to 147 Analytical Puzzles Arranging Students according their weights Easy
148 to 152 Data Interpretation Table : Income and Exp of Four Families for Jan, Feb and March Easy
153 to 155 Analytical Puzzles Circular Arrangement Difficult
156 to 157 Analytical Reasoning Direction Sense Easy
158 to 160 Data Sufficiency Logic based DS with two statements Easy
161 to 165 Verbal Ability Error Spotting Easy
166 to 170 Analytical Reasoning Coding Easy
171 to 175 Non-verbal Reasoning Series : Five Fig series - Find next Fig Moderate
176 to 180 Data Interpretation Pie Charts : Contribution of Industrial sectors to GDP in 2008 and 2009 Difficult
181 to 185 Analytical Puzzles Seven people owing seven floors and six Business Houses Easy
186 to 191 Analytical Reasoning Input and Output Moderate
192 to 195 Analytical Puzzles Five people going for industrial visit in a week from Mon to Sun Easy
196 Analytical Reasoning Formation of a word from selected letters of the word Moderate
197 to 199 Analytical Reasoning Odd Man Out from given Five words Easy
200 Analytical Reasoning Analogy : Words Easy

Analytical Puzzles

This area had the maximum number of questions in the paper. The students were stumped to see a set on circular arrangement in which the people were facing inside or outside. The other difficult set was the one in which the student had to consider blood relations when considering the circular arrangement. The smart thing to do was to leave these sets alone and focus on the others. A good score in this section would have been around 12 marks.

Analytical Reasoning

This was the easiest section in the paper. There were no surprises at all as fast as the types of questions were concerned. However, the presence of Input Output questions prima-facie would have made the student to jump to attempt them but once into the questions they would have come across a surprise. The method used is quite different from the traditional methods. It would have taken the students a lot of time to understand the pattern. This was a high scoring area and a good score would have been around 26 marks.

Data Interpretation

This section also remained true to expectations and the sets were easy to attempt. There was a set consisting of 2 pie-charts which was difficult. The remaining sets were easy to understand and involved moderate calculation. A good score would have been around 16 marks.

Data Sufficiency

DS Questions were easy. Quant based Data sufficiency questions could have been solved if one knew the basic concepts of Numbers. Logic based DS questions were based on concepts like coding.

Non-verbal Reasoning

After finding a few difficult questions in Analytical puzzles, the wise move was to solve Non-verbal Reasoning. Analogy and similar pair questions were easy and one could have scored 7 out of 10. Remaining 15 questions were based on series. The key to solve these questions was to work on options and eliminate the options to get the final correct answer. Someone who was familiar with the basic concepts of series type’s questions could have easily scored 8 marks. Hence, a good score would have been around 15 marks.>

Quantitative Ability

Almost all the students were turning the pages eagerly to find BODMAS and Approximations questions. But there was not a single BODMAS question in the paper against students’ expectation of 10 questions. Many students panicked on seeing 8 questions on Geometry. But out of these 8 questions 5 questions were easily solvable using concepts like Area and circumference of circle, Pythagoras theorem, Area of square. The questions on other topics like Numbers, Ages, Partnership, Simple interest, Equations were quite manageable.

Quantitative Comparison

Though the format was different, students were familiar with these types of questions. A score of 4 will be a good score.

Reading Comprehension

Any student who had hoped to skip RC in the exam would have been dismayed to find that it dominated the verbal section with 4 passages and 32 questions. This is more than a 100% jump, from 15 questions till last year to 32 questions this year. The nature of questions also underwent a shift, from direct ones to inference and partially inference types. But, the passages on financial reforms and UMC were easy to attempt. The one which stunned the students was the passage which presented both, the view and the counter-view on a topic. It was lengthy, difficult to understand and not something the student would have encountered before. And to add to all these, it had 12 questions which tempted to students to have a go at it.

Verbal Ability

This section provided some relief to the students as it did not spring any surprises. The cloze passage was very easy, as were the sentence correction and paragraph completion questions.

Verbal Reasoning

“What have I done to deserve these questions?” This was the lament heard all around where verbal reasoning was concerned. The questions were only 19 in number, but since they were scattered throughout the paper, they seemed more than 19. Such questions have never before been seen in the CET. However, a student who had focused on the concepts of assumptions, conclusions and inferences would have found these questions manageable. A calm approach and a careful reading of these questions would have surely helped the students attempt this section with confidence instead of bemoaning their fate. Overall, the paper can be classified as a difficult one.

Reference Books for MAH MBA/MMS CET

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Time
  • Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examination, Guha
  • Quantitative Aptitude for CAT and other Aptitude Examination 3rd, Time
  • Mathematics for MBA Entrance Exams, R.S.Agarwal
  • The Pearson Guide to MBA Entrance Examination, Edgar Thorpe
  • MBA Entrance Guide,5th Ed, Career Launcher

Study Plan

The prime quality that a prospective candidate must have is to budget his/her time realistically. The time which one spends on study sessions should consist of enough varieties in terms of their area of specialization and also include many other activities to prevent loss of proper effectiveness. Candidates can also depend on various coaching centers which will help them to have an idea on time management, creativity, Language efficiency etc. Track current affairs up to date for creating proper awareness about what is happening around.


Contact Details

Address - Joint Director, Technical Education Regional Office, World Bank Project Building, Government Polytechnic Campus, 49-Kherwadi, Ali Yawar Jung Marg, Bandra(East), Mumbai-400 051

1. 022 22641150/51

2. 022 22612139

3. 022 22644859

4. 022 22644861

5. Fax:- 022 22692102/22690007

6. E-Mail :-


Issue of Hall Ticket

Hall Ticket can be downloaded in Feb 2018. Candidates will have to visit the website for downloading Hall Ticket for online test. Intimation for downloading Hall Ticket will also be sent through email/SMS. Once the candidate clicks the relevant link, he/she can access the window for Hall Ticket download. The candidate is required to use

  • Registration Number / Roll Number
  • Password/Date of Birth for downloading the Hall Ticket. Candidate needs to affix recent recognizable photograph on the Hall Ticket preferably the same as provided during registration and appear at the examination centre with
    1. Hall Ticket
    2. Photo Identity Proof as stipulated below and also specified in the Hall Ticket and Photo Identity Proof as brought in original.

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