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MAH CET 2019 Exam Pattern

Updated On - August 13th 2018 by GAURI KAUSHIK

MAH CET syllabus and marking pattern outlines are designed by the Directorate of Technical Education, DTE Maharashtra. Exam pattern will comprise of 4 sections namely Logical Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and Reading Comprehension. It will be a computer-based test and each candidate will be provided with a separate system. There will be 200 questions and each question will have five alternatives. The final submission of answer will be marked by clicking “Save & Next”. Candidate shall not click any of the ‘keyboard keys’ once the exam starts as this will lock the exam.

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MAH CET 2019 question paper pattern

Exam Pattern of questions

  • MAH CET 2019 will have 200 questions
  • Exam pattern will have objective type questions.
  • There will be 5 alternatives to choose from.
  • There will be no negative marking.

Weightage of marks

  • The question paper will consist of 4 sections.
  • One mark will be awarded for one question.
  • Logical Reasoning will consist of 75 questions of 1 mark each.
  • Quantitative Aptitude will carry 50 questions of 1 mark each.
  • Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension will carry 50 questions of 1 mark each.
  • Abstract Reasoning will carry of 20 questions of 1 mark each.

Exam duration

  • Duration of exam will be 150 minutes (2 hours)
  • Candidates with disability shall be allowed to have compensatory time of 20 minutes per hour.
  • Candidates will not be allowed to leave the examination hall/submit the answer sheet before the clock runs out.

MAH CET Exam pattern highlights

Mode of examinationOnline
Medium of CETEnglish
Types of questionsMCQ type
Test duration150 minutes
Sections of exam patternLogical Reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension
Total Marks200
Total Number of questions200
Marking Scheme1 mark for each correct answer

Marking Scheme for MAH CET 2019

  • Time slot will be of 150 minutes to answer 200 questions.
  • For every correct response +1 mark will be awarded for every correct response
  • There will be no negative marking
Name of the sectionNumber of questionsMarks per questionMaximum marks
Logical Reasoning75175
Abstract Reasoning25125
Quantitative Aptitude50150
Verbal Ability/Reading Competition50150
Total200 -200

MAH CET 2019 Syllabus

Logical/Abstract Reasoning

It assesses ability skills to interpret number sequences and questions based on verbal reasoning.This section will include 75 questions from Logical reasoning and 25 questions from Abstract reasoning, will include questions from following topics:

Linear and Circular ArrangementSeries Completion
Venn DiagramCoding/Decoding
SyllogismsSymbol-based Comparison
Sequential OutputSelection Criteria
Blood RelationsConditional Coding
Conditional CodingDirection Sense

Quantitative Aptitude

This section covers arithmetic problem involving ratio and proportion. It is to assess quantitative reasoning abilities, interpretation of tables, common graphs and charts. It will include 50 questions from following topics:

Quantitative ReasoningData Sufficiency
GeometryRatio & Proportion
PercentageData Interpretation – Graphs, Charts, Tables

Verbal Ability

This includes English language grammar and basics, to test comprehensive and accuracy of English language. This section will include 50 questions from following topics:

Antonyms & SynonymsReading ComprehensionFill in the blanks
GrammarSentence completion, arrangementSpelling/Inappropriate usage
VocabularyPara JumblesError Correction

Know more MAH CET Syllabus

MAH CET reference books for exam preparation

If you are already in the middle of preparation then, you can refer following books:

Name of the bookAuthor/Publisher
50+ Solved PapersArihant
Solved and Mock PapersArihant
Entrance guide for MHA MBADeepak Aggarwal
MBA Mock PapersR. K Jha
Mock PapersDisha Experts

Section-wise books to refer for the preparation

For section-wise preparation the applicant can refer the following books:

Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionAjay Singh
Reading ComprehensionArun Sharma
Quantitative AptitudeArun Sharma
Quantitative AptitudeSarvesh. K.Sharma
Logical ReasoningArun Sharma
Verbal AbilityR.S.Aggarwal

General instructions for MAH CET 2019

To know how to mark the correct answer on optical response sheet, follow the instructions given below:

  • The clock is set at the server and the countdown timer at the top right corner will indicate the remaining time to complete the exam. So, the exam will be submitted by default when the time is over.
  • There will be a question palette at the right corner of the screen that will show one of the following statuses for each of the questions:
  • You will be automatically taken to the first question of the next test after clicking “Save & Next” on the last question for a test.
  •  Any adoption of unfair means or misconduct by the candidate will lead to debarment from appearing for examinations by CET cell.
  •  Once the test time is up (150 minutes) none of the candidates will be allowed to attempt any questions as answers will be saved automatically by the computer system even if the candidate has not submitted his/her answer sheet.

How to choose the correct answer in MAH CET 2019 exam?

The candidate will have a combination of 5 alternatives in a palette. The procedure of choosing correct answer for MAH CET exam is given below:

Question Paper Pattern

NOTE: If the answer that has been selected is for a question that is ”Marked for Review” then, the answer will be considered in the final evaluation.

  1. How to select the correct answer?
  • Select the most appropriate answer and ‘mouse click’
  • The clicked option will be treated as answer to that question.
  • The final submission of answer will be marked by clicking on “Save &Next” or “Mark or Review”
  1. You can select the question of the answer in one of the following ways:
  1. You can click the question number on the question palette to go to the numbered question directly.
  2. You can click on ‘Save & Next’ to save answer to current question.
  3. You can click on ‘Mark for Review and Next’ to save answer.
  1. For selecting your answer, click on one of the following options:
  1. To change your answer, select the question and then click on the new answer option.
  2. To deselect your chosen answer, click on desired option or click on the Clear Response button.
  3. To save your answer, click on “Save & Next”.

NOTE: Only “Saved & Marked” questions will be considered for evaluation.

To view a question click on “test name” on the top bar of the screen.

MAH CET 2019 General Instructions

The general instructions for MAH CET exams are given below:

  • The candidate is required to carry a recent passport size photo along with the admit card.
  • Use of calculators, notebooks, gadgets or any other electronic devices is strictly prohibited.
  • You can carry a ball pen and a sheet of blank paper for rough work. You must submit the sheet of paper to the test administrator before leaving the test venue.
  • Any candidate found receiving or giving assistance then he/she shall not be considered or assessment.

Guidelines for persons with disabilities

Candidates who are visually impaired must arrange their own scribe during the online examination. The candidate must abide by the rules where the scribe is used:

  • The candidates who will be requiring a scribe during the examination must indicate the same in the online application form.
  • Only one person can act as a scribe per candidate.
  • The candidate and scribe will be required to give a suitable undertaking, confirming the fulfillment of eligibility criteria.
  • If the candidate does not fulfill the eligibility criteria then, the candidature of the applicant will stand canceled.
  • Candidates registered for the compensatory time shall be allowed to have20 minutes of compensatory time for every hour of the examination.
  • Scribe can be of any stream and should not answer on his/her own.
  • Candidates with locomotors disability and cerebral palsy shall be given 20 minutes of compensatory time.
  • Visually impaired candidates can also access to view magnified font content of the test and shall be given a compensatory time of 20 minutes.
  • Visually impaired candidates opting for magnifying view shall not be given services of a Scribe for the examination.

Applicability of Scribe

These guidelines are subject to change from time to time as per GOI guidelines.

Type of disabilitySub typePermitted ScribeCompensatory time
Orthopedically handicappedOne leg affectedNot requiredNot required
Both legs affectedNot requiredNot required
One arms affected (Dominant hand)If optedIf opted
Both arms affectedYesYes
Blind vision/Low visionBlindYesYes
Low visionYesYes
OthersLearning Disability/DyslexiaIf optedIf opted
Hearing impairedNot requiredNot required
Cerebral PalsyIf optedIf opted
AutismIf optedIf opted

The scores of Online Examination will be obtained by adopting the following procedure:

  1. The final score will be determined by the total number of correctly answered questions in each objective test.
  2. Scores obtained by the candidate will be equated to the base form by considering a distribution of scores of all forms.
  3. Scores will be marked with decimal points up to two digits.

MAH CET 2018 question paper analysis

The registration count showed a gradual increase in the number of applicants. There was 14% rise in registrations for MAH CET exam, over 4.34 lakh candidates enrolled for the exam. The exam was conducted across 36 cities in Maharashtra and 13 cities outside the state. Overall exam difficulty level was rated higher than last year. Aptitude and logical reasoning section remained moderate, while logical reasoning and verbal ability was found difficult to solve.

Section-wise analysis

Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension

This section mostly included questions on usage of contextual vocabulary, phrases, synonyms, antonyms. This section had a major change in pattern. Few of the questions were difficult and some were moderate. Reading comprehension had 12 questions out of 50 questions from this section.

Topics of questionNumber of questions askedDifficulty level
Reading comprehension12Moderate
Mark the Error in sections4Difficult
Faulty Construction sentences-rewriting5Moderate to difficult
Para jumble, Para placement, completion, out of context8Tricky
Sentence written in different ways6Moderate to difficult

Quantitative Aptitude

The level of difficulty was moderate to difficult. There were three sets of Data Interpretation questions and mostly the questions were on Arithmetic. Data Interpretation carried 20 questions and remaining questions were from Quantitative Aptitude.

Topics of questionNumber of question askedDifficulty level
Graph, Pie charts, Table, case lets (DI questions)22Moderate to difficult
Modern Maths1Moderate
Data sufficiency -Moderate
Others including Algebra, odd man out11Moderate to difficult
Arithmetic (Percentage, P&L, TSD, ratio etc)10Moderate
Data sufficiency4Moderate

Logical Reasoning

The logical reasoning section had 75 variable questions. It included question sets on series, statements,inferences & conclusions, true/false and coding/decoding.

There were about 55 questions on Non-Verbal Reasoning and the remaining 20 fell under the Verbal Reasoning section in the MAHCET Exam. Statements, arrangements, family tree and letter re-arrangements were amongst the most favourite sections in the exam. The questions were usually in sets or are individual in nature. They were quite lengthy in nature and take a considerable amount of time to solve.

A majority of the questions in The Verbal Reasoning Section section belonged to Critical Reasoning syllogism and others.  The questions on syllogisms were usually moderate but they were time consuming in nature. Cause effect and strong weak arguments were also some of the other time consuming questions which test takers have encountered in the past. However these questions were not as difficult as compared with the other sections and were quite doable in nature.

Topics of questionNumber of question askedDifficulty level
Syllogism6Moderate to difficult
Arrangements-Linear, Matrix, Square , etc28Moderate to difficult
Data Sufficiency4Moderate to difficult
Family-tree blood relationship5Moderate
Letter Re-arrangements2Moderate
Statement-conclusion interference, cause-effect7 Moderate to difficult
Critical Reasoning15Moderate

Abstract Reasoning

The Abstract Reasoning section was moderate in nature and most exam candidates tried to maximize their attempts in this particular section. Exam pattern had difficulty level of this section slightly higher in comparison to last year’s exam. Most questions were based on analogy, series and puzzles. A majority of the questions in this section were quite similar to Visual Reasoning questions which had appeared earlier in the exam.

Topics of questionNumber of question askedDifficulty level

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College



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