The Maharashtra Common Entrance Test [ MHT-CET ]

By Srushit Pargat Last Updated: November 27th, 2020

MHT-CET 2021

The Maharashtra Common Entrance Test is an online examination conducted once a year for students looking to pursue their master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) or a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM).

This examination is conducted by the State Common Entrance Test Cell, Maharashtra, in about 48 cities in Maharashtra. There are over 1 lakh applicants that take up this examination every year.

Features  Details 
Exam Name MHT-CET or MAH-CET
Conducting Body State Common Entrance Test Cell
Exam Level State-level examination
Exam Frequency Annually once
Exam Fees Rs 1,000 for General Category Rs 800 for Reserved Categories
Exam Purpose Admission test for over 200 Business schools in Maharashtra
Course Offered MBA (Master’s in Business Administration) PGDM (Post Graduation Diploma in Marketing)
No. of applicants Over 1 lakh applicants
No. of Test Cities 48 test cities
Exam Helpdesk No. 022-22016153/57/59
Exam Website

MHT-CET 2021 Updates 

MHT-CET 2021 registrations start The first week of January 2021 All registrations are done online on the Maharashtra-CET website
End of the registration process The second week of February 2021 Last date for any candidate to register and pay the application fees and final application submission
Admit card gets issued The first week of March 2021 The admit card should be downloaded from the official website of Maharashtra-CET by the applicant
MHT-CET 2021 examination The second week of March 2021 To be conducted online in 48 cities across India over two days (Saturday and Sunday)
MHT-CET 2021 result declaration Last week of March 2021 Result and scorecard should be downloaded from the official website
MHT-CET 2021Counselling Procedure begins The third week of June Candidates should register online to participate in CAP for getting involved in the application procedure
MHT-CET 2021 Counselling procedure ends The first week of August The process of seat allotment and admission procedure is to be completed for classes to begin

MHT-CET Eligibility Criteria

In order to write the MHT-CET examination, all applicants need to pass the eligibility criteria. These criteria is stated below:

1. The applicant must have a basic bachelors’ degree in any field from any recognized university/board with a minimum of 50 per cent in aggregate if the candidate is in General Category and at least 45 per cent in case the candidate is from a reserved category.

2. Students who are still in their final year or ones who have not received their final Bachelor’s degree result at the time are also eligible to write the examination.

3. Candidates appearing for the GMAT / CAT / MAT / CMAT /XAT/ATMA are also considered to be eligible for admission against the All India Seats subject to the fulfillment of eligibility criteria. These candidates need to fill the online application form depending upon the schedule.

MHT-CET Syllabus

The MHT-CET comprises of four sections - Logical Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension. The syllabus consists of topics from Physics, Chemistry, Maths, and Biology (depending upon the subjects selected during registration) from the basic curriculum of classes 11 and 12.

The examination is conducted in two streams, PCM and PCB.

Logical and Abstract Reasoning - Linear and Circular Arrangement, Venn Diagram, Symbol-based Comparison, Series Completion, Coding/Decoding, Syllogisms, Sequential Output, Selection Criteria, Blood Relations, Conditional Coding, Direction Sense

Quantitative Aptitude – Arithmetic, Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, Data Sufficiency, Mensuration, Geometry, Probability, Ratio & Proportion, Numbers, Percentage, Trigonometry, Data Interpretation – Graphs, Charts, Tables

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension – Reading, Comprehension, Antonyms & Synonyms, Spelling/Inappropriate usage, Error Correction, Fill in the Blanks, Sentence Completion and Word Arrangement, Para Jumbles, Grammar, Vocabulary, Spelling/Inappropriate usage

MHT-CET Exam Pattern

MHT-CET Exam Pattern Details/Features
Number of Sections, Questions and Total Marks per section Logical Reasoning (LR)
Abstract Reasoning (AR) 25 questions
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 50 questions
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 50 questions
Duration of exam 150 minutes (1 hour 30 minutes)
Mode of examination Computer Based Test (CBT/Online mode)
Medium of instruction English
Marking scheme ·       One mark for each correct question (1 Mark for accurate)·       No negative marking (0 for incorrect or unanswered questions)

MHT-CET Application Process

1. To apply for the MHT-CET 2021, the applicants needs to first visit the official website and register themselves for the examination before application procedure begins.

2. The application procedure has various crucial steps – Registration, filling of the complete application form, uploading images of the photograph as well as the signature of the applicant. 

3. The documents to be uploaded must be uploaded as per the prescribed format and size in the application.

4. While filling in the necessary information in the application form, the candidate must make sure that the information is valid and updated as there will be no refilling of information in the form in case incorrect details have been filled.

5. Also, if the applicant has made any mistakes, they should refrain from reapplying as it can cause technical difficulties such as providing the admit card on time.

6. The application fees for the examination is as follows:

- For general category/J&K migrant/OMS candidates- Rs.800

- For ST / SC / OBC / PWD / NT / SBC candidates- Rs. 600

MHT-CET Exam Centres

There are overall 36 districts in the state of Maharashtra where the MHT-CET will be conducted. These districts can be distributed into eight divisional authorities. These include Mumbai, Pune, Amravati, Nagpur, Nashik, Aurangabad, Nanded and Sangli.

The exam centres, cities and centre codes can be seen in the table below:

District Centre Centre Code
Mumbai Mumbai 11
Mumbai Sub Urban 12
Thane 13
Palghar 14
Raigad 15
Pune Pune 16
Ahmednagar 17
Solapur 18
Satara 19
Miraj (Sangli) Sangli 20
Kolhapur 21
Ratnagiri 22
Sindhudurga 23
Dhule Jalgaon 24
Dhule 25
Nandurbar 26
Nashik 27
Aurangabad Aurangabad 28
Jalna 29
Beed 30
Osmanabad 31
Nanded Nanded 32
Parbhani 33
Latur 34
Hingoli 35
Akola Buldhana 36
Akola 37
Washim 38
Amravati 39
Yavatmal 40
Nagpur Wardha 41
Nagpur 42
Bhandara 43
Gondia 44
Chandrapur 45
Gadchiroli 46

MHT-CET Results

The expected cutoffs of MHT-CET counselling for each round:

Institute Name Branch Expected Rank Cut-off 2020 2019 Round-1 2019 Round- 2 2019 Round- 3
K.J. Somaiya Institute of Engineering and Information Technology (Mumbai) Electronics Engineering 1124-1454 12550 13695 13955
Fr. C Rodrigues Institute of Technology Navi (Mumbai) Information Technology 3576-5879 4371 5607 5293
Maharashtra Institute of Technology, (Pune) Polymer Engineering 1996-6980 20664 23413 68592
Dwarkadas J Sanghvi College of Engineering, (Mumbai) Bio-Medical Engineering 9000-1045 9143 9476
Sardar Patel Institute of Technology, (Mumbai) Electronics Engineering 1793-2018 1640 1923 1992
KJ Somaiya College of Engineering, (Mumbai) Electronics Engineering 1195-1545 12550 13695 13955
Institute of Chemical Technology, (Mumbai) Dyestuff Technology 3420- 5600 3283 5312
Pune Institute of Computer Technology, (Pune) Electronics, and Telecommunication Engg. 4656-1794 4848 6195 16944
Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, (Mumbai) Bio-Medical Engineering 1234-3698 13027 35782

Candidates who were able to successfully cross the MHT CET cut off shall be shortlisted for the admission process and can take part in the counselling process.

The merit list is made with the procedure that candidates are arranged in the decreasing order of their marks obtained and increasing order of their rank. Meaning that the higher the candidate scores, the lower your rank.

Candidates are asked to join in for the counselling process or CAP on the basis of their ranking and position in the merit list.

Candidates with higher marks implying that they have a lower rank, will be preferred and granted admissions earlier than those of who have gotten a higher rank.

2020 toppers and their ranks

MHT CET 2020 : Toppers


Topper Name Category Percentile Score
Sanika Sanjeev GumasteOpen100.00
Sourabh Bhalchandra JogOpen 100.00
Vanshita Prashant JainEWS100.00
Ketaki Mandar DeshmukhOpen100.00
Chaitya Nirav VoraOpen100.00
soham rohit ChitnisOpen100.00
nishtha vivek pandey Open100.00
Aryaman ShardulOpen100.00
Kratin MANISH JAIN Open100.00


Topper Name Category Percentile Score
Anish Arvind JagadaleOpen 100.00
Varsha Hridaynarayan KushwahaOBC100.00
Vedant Mukul Joshi Open100.00
Tanay Anil Manjrekar OBC100.00
Devaansh Chirag ShahOPEN100.00
samradnyee vijay patilEWS100.00
Janhvi Dilip ChafleOBC100.00
Smit Anand Walke SC100.00
Aarya Anand Chati OPEN100.00
Keyur Gajanan Deshmukh OPEN100.00

Candidate Statistics of 2020

Examination Number of Candidates TypeNumber of candidates in each category
PCM 174679 OPEN 76193
FEMALE 57661
MALE 117008
PCB 211925 OPEN 77851
FEMAIL 106360
MALE 105555

MHT-CET Exam Tips 

Candidates who are aiming to give the MHT-CET need to have a study plan that is detailed and efficient to be able to cover-up all the syllabus for the MHT-CET. Also, the new syllabus has some addition of topics from class 11th as well. It might seem a bit more tricky for the candidate to complete the syllabus in time and score optimally in the required amount of time. But even so, after completing all the syllabus, the candidate must revise the given syllabus and work towards solving the questions at a fast pace and strategically to not only clear the cut-off but also to score higher marks to get a lower rank.

Candidates should practice through the previous year question papers and make sure that they mark the difficulty of the questions to remember what to go through during the final few days of revision.

To save time, it is suggested that the candidate attempts the easy questions first and use the saved time to attempt the more difficult questions that require more time.

As there is no negative-marking scheme, the candidates should try and attempt all the questions. Attempting these questions brings in the possibility of the question being attempted correctly. Hence, this opportunity should be used to the fullest.

The question paper’s level of difficulty is considered easy to moderate for this particular examination and quite frequently, direct questions based on formulas and the NCERT textbooks are given in the examination. It enables one to solve the questions in an easier and faster manner. Candidates should make sure that they attempt and focus on solving these direct questions first.

As this is examination has no negative marking, the candidate should maintain an accuracy level of 80%  or above for both of the Maths and Science paper. Mathematics holds the highest weightage and should not be neglected. It should be given a higher priority while the candidate is preparing for the exam in order to score more.

Any candidate should be able to attempt atleast 40 questions in each paper with about 80% accuracy. This can ensure that the they will be able to easily score around 128-160 which is decent enough to fetch a seat into a very goof college in the state.

The twisted and analytical questions should be attempted in the last to save time.


Q. What is the duration of the examination?

A. Mathematics will be for 90 minutes and the Physics & Chemistry paper is also for 90 minutes (combined) and Biology– 90 minutes.

Q. Where can I get the application form?

A. The application form is made available in on the website and can be filled and processed only in online mode.

Q. What are the relevant steps involved in the process to fill the form?

A. The Online Application Submission has four steps in the following process:

- Registration which includes creation of a Username and a Password 

- Filling up Application Form for MHT-CET 202–State your personal and educational details on the online application form.

- Upload your Photograph and Signature – Candidates have to upload a recent photograph and signature as per the specified format and file size.

- Payment of Fees – Candidate needs to make the payment of fees using online payment mode only.

Q. What has to be the size and format of the uploaded photo?

A. The file size of the photograph is supposed to be between 15 KB and 50 KB. Whereas the signature should be between 5 KB and 20 KB per file. The photograph and signature must be submitted in the .jpg format.

Q. What is the relevant fee required for the application to MHT-CET exam?

A. If the candidate has chosen only for PCM or only PCB in the General Category, then they will have to pay Rs.800 and for the Reserved Categories the candidate from the State of Maharashtra then they will have to pay Rs.600 for the MHT-CET 2020 examination. If any candidate opts for both the groups; that are PCM and PCB, then for appearing in the General Category, they need to pay Rs.1600. For the Reserve Categories candidates from the State of Maharashtra, the fees that a candidate has to pay is Rs.1200.

Best Wishes to all the MHT-CET exam aspirants from CollegeMarg team!