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MHT CET Exam Pattern 2021, Marking Scheme, Topic-wise Weightage, Syllabus and Books

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MHT CET Exam Pattern is released by DTE Maharashtra with an official notification on the web portal. Approximately, 20% weightage is given to class 11th curriculum and 80% weightage to class 12th curriculum while setting the question paper. Check MHT CET Syllabus 2021

Students appearing for the engineering stream have to appear for Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics papers while students who wish to pursue a career in Pharmacy have to appear for Physics & Chemistry and can choose between Maths or Biology. Aspirants must keep in mind that as per MHT CET Exam Pattern mathematics question paper is published in the English language only. The questions asked in MHT CET are MCQs and the time duration to solve these questions is 180 minutes. 

Latest Updates

  • June 10: MHT CET 2021 Official Brochure has been released. Download Here
  • June 8: Registrations open for MHT CET 2021, candidates can apply until July 7, 2021. Check Here
  • June 6: Higher Education Ministry of Maharashtra has announced that MHT CET 2021 will be held either in the July end or August beginning. Read More
  • April 20: MHT CET Mock Tests available for students to practice. Check Here

Read the following article to know more about the given MHT CET exam pattern such as mode of examination, types of questions, marking scheme, preparation books for MHT CET, etc. 

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MHT CET Exam Pattern Highlights

Details Particulars
Mode of Examination Online Mode (Computer Based Test)
Medium of Examination English, Marathi, Urdu
Number of Papers 3 (Physics/Chemistry, Zoology/Botany and Mathematics)
Time Duration of Exam 180 minutes (90 minutes for each section)
Question Paper Type Multiple Choice Questions
No. of Questions 150 (50 from each Subject)
Total Marks 200 marks (100 marks for each section)
Marking Scheme

Physics & Chemistry - 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer.

Mathematics - 2 marks will be awarded for every correct answer.

Negative Marking No

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Exam Pattern 2021

MHT CET 2021 Exam Pattern

The questions will be based on the syllabus of Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. MHT CET holds papers for 3 subjects that are Mathematics/Biology, Physics & Chemistry. 

Subject No. of MCQs – Class XI No. of MCQs – Class XII Marks per Questions Total Marks Time Duration
Mathematics 10 40 2 100 90
Physics 10 40 1 100 90
Chemistry 10 40
Biology (Botany) 10 40 1 100 90
Biology (Zoology) 10 40
  • The difficulty level will be at par with the JEE (Main) for Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and difficulty level for Biology will be at par with NEET.
  • The questions will be mainly application based. The question will be set on the whole syllabus of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics subjects of Std. XII.
  • However, 10 questions from each subject will be based on class 11th. MHT CET 2021, being a common entrance test, has been divided into three papers.

Candidates applying for a particular course are required to appear for a specified set of papers. Provided below is the distribution of subjects, questions, duration, and marks in various papers:

  • Engineering candidates are required to attempt or appear for PCM
  • Pharmacy candidate are required to attempt or appear for PCM or PCB
  • PCM/PCB are divided into 2 Groups/Slots: In Group 1, candidates will get 90 minutes to complete physics & chemistry. In Group 2, candidates will get 90 minutes to complete Maths/Biology.

Note: Exam will be conducted at all the district headquarters in the State of Maharashtra.


Marking Scheme 2021

MHT CET 2021 Marking Scheme

MHT CET 2021 consists of 3 sections- Section 1 will comprise of Physics and Chemistry, Section 2 will be based on Botany and Zoology while Section 3 will include questions related to Mathematics. The only difference is in the marks per question in the 3 papers. Check the marking scheme for each paper in table below:

Section Subject Number of questions Marks Total marks
Section I Physics 50 +1 50
- Chemistry 50 +1 50
Section II Botany 50 +1 50
- Zoology 50 +1 50
Section III Mathematics 50 +2 100

Topic-wise Weightage

Subject and Topic-wise Weightage

As 80% of questions are asked from class 12th and 20% from 11th obviously the weightage of topics from earlier will be higher. Given below are the topics with highest weightage in the exam.

Weightage of topics in Physics

Topics Weightage(Percentage)
Kinetic Theory Of Gases And Radiation 12
Oscillations 8
Atoms, Molecules And Nuclei 8
Rotational Motion 7
Electrostatics 7
Magnetic Effects Of Electric Current 6
Electromagnetic Induction 6
Semiconductors 6
Wave Motion 5
Magnetism 5
Magnetism 4
Circular Motion 4
Surface Tension 4
Interference And Diffraction 4
Current Electricity 4
Gravitation 3
Stationary Waves 2
Electrons And Photons 2
Elasticity 1
Wave Theory Of Light 2
Communication Systems 1

Weightage of topics in Mathematics

Topics Weightage (Percentage)
Integration 9
Trigonometric Functions 8
Three Dimensional Geometry 8
Differentiation 8
Probability Distribution 8
Matrices 5
Circles 5
Conics 5
Vectors 5
Continuity 5
Applications of Derivatives 5
Differential Equations 5
Bernoulli Trials And Binomial Distribution 4
Pair Of Straight Lines 3
Line 3
Plane 3
Linear Programming Problem 3
Applications of Definite Integrals 3
Statistics 3
Mathematical Logic 2

Weightage of topics in Chemistry

Topics Weightage (Percentage)
Chemical Thermodynamics And Energetics 13
p-Block Elements - Group 15 To 18 11
Coordination Compounds 9
d And f Block Elements 8
Alcohols, Phenols And Ethers 8
Organic Compounds Containing Nitrogen 8
Solid State 6
Solutions And Colligative Properties 6
Chemical Kinetics 5
Halogen Derivatives Of Alkanes And Arenes 5
Aldehydes, Ketones And Carboxylic Acids 5
Biomolecules 5
Polymers 5
Chemistry In Everyday Life 5

Syllabus 2021

MHT CET 2021 Syllabus

  • MHT CET Syllabus for Engineering, Pharmacy and Agriculture courses will be as per the class 11th and 12th syllabus.
  • Candidates must prepare for all the units of class XII & XI, except for the ones deleted for HSC examination due to COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • The difficulty level will be somewhat similar to the JEE Main for Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and difficulty level for Biology will be comparative to NEET.
  • The exam consists of 3 papers of 100 marks each and there will be no negative marking.

The subject wise syllabus for CET 2021 is mentioned below:


Preparation Books 2021

Preparation Books for MHT CET

MHT CET 2021 will consist of the syllabus from Class XI and Class XII textbooks of Maharashtra board. Listed below are some preparation books for MHT CET exam:

Subject Book Name Author ISBN
Chemistry Marvel Chemistry for MHT CET Mayur Mehta, Chitra Joshi, Rekha Diwekar 8193264746
Physics MHT CET Physics (Marvel) AJ Bapat 8193264754
Mathematics Marvel MHT-CET Mathematics Hemant G. Ainapure 8193264738
Biology Marvel Biology for MHT-CET K. Shankaran, Devaki Rema Devi 8192993345

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MHT CET Statistics

As per the data of MHT CET exam conducted in 2017, 2018, 2019 you can see a rise in the number of candidates registered.

  • As per the press note released by DTE Maharashtra, in 2019, 4,35,606 candidates registered for MHT CET and 4,19,052 appeared for it.
  • In 2018, 3,89,520 candidates had registered for the MHT CET. Of which, 3,76,282 candidates (96.60%) appeared for the exam.
  • In 2017, 4,09,276 candidates had registered for MHT CET whereas only 3,97,768 candidates took the test. 

Frequently Asked Questions

MHT CET Exam Pattern 2021 FAQs

Ques. What if the candidate has completed Section 1 earlier than the stipulated 90 minutes, will the time saved be added to the time of Section 2 as per the MHT CET Exam Pattern?

Ans. No, MHT CET Exam Pattern is fixed in the way the candidate attempts the paper. If the candidate completes Section 1 before 90 minutes, he would not be allowed to attempt Section 2 immediately. He must complete the duration of 90 minutes in Section 1 before attempting Section 2.

Ques. Are we allowed to carry our Calculator in MHT CET 2021 exam centres?

Ans. No, you are not allowed to carry any electronic item with you for MHT CET 2021. Doing so could result in your disqualification from the whole process. Certain rules and regulations will be written in your admit card and you have to follow them.

Ques. Can I switch in between the two Sections back and forth during the MHT CET test as per the MHT CET Exam Pattern?

Ans. No. According to the  MHT CET Exam Pattern, the candidate is not allowed to jump from one question in Section 1 to another question in section 2 back and forth. A candidate can attempt Section 2 only after he has completed the question of Section 1 or the time limit of Section 1 has expired.

Ques. Will there be a break/interval/ time given between the sections of MHT CET as per the  MHT CET Exam Pattern?

Ans. No, no break would be given in between the papers of each subject. MHT CET Exam Pattern consists of 150 (PCM)/200(PCB) questions divided into 3 (PCM)/ 4 (PCB)  respective subject’s sections and all the sections have to be attempted within the time limit of 3 Hours. After 3 hours from starting the candidate's paper would automatically be submitted.

Ques. What is the time duration of MHT CET 2021?

Ans. MHT CET 2021 will have 3 papers and for each paper, you will get 180 minutes. No extra time will be provided to any candidate. The mode of the exam is online. To attempt a maximum number of questions in a given interval of time you need to practice a lot. Try to go for some online mock exams so that you can practice online and can calculate your speed of answering the questions.

Ques. What will be the difficulty level of MHT CET 2021?

Ans. MHT CET 2021 difficulty levels will be on par with JEE (Main) for Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and difficulty level for Biology will be on par with NEET. So candidates are advised to start preparing for the exam well in advance.

Ques. What will be the marking scheme of questions in MHT CET?

Ans. MHT CET 2021 marking scheme is as follows. 2 marks will be awarded for every correct answer in the mathematics paper and 1 mark in other papers. You have to attempt 3 papers in 180 minute each and each paper will have 50 questions. The level of difficulty will be equal to other competitive exams like JEE, NEET. You can try to answer all the questions because there will be no negative marking in the exam.

Ques. How can I prepare for MHT CET 2021?

Ans. You can try solving MHT CET previous years question papers. This will help you in getting an idea about the type of questions asked in the exam. You can take reference from the books mentioned here.

Ques. What will be MHT CET 2021 exam syllabus weightage?

Ans. Approximately 20% weight will be given to class 11th curriculum and 80% weight will be given to class 12th curriculum while setting MHT CET question papers. That means you have to give more preparation time to class 12th syllabus. Read More MHT CET Syllabus

Ques. Which topic in mathematics has the highest weightage in MHT CET?

Ans. Based on previous years trends, Calculus (with an emphasis on integration) has one of the highest weightages in MHT CET Mathematics. 

Ques. Which topic in Physics has the highest weightage in MHT CET?

Ans. Based on previous years trends, Kinetic Theory of Gasses and Radiation has one of the highest weightages in MHT CET Physics. 

Ques. Which topic in Chemistry has the highest weightage in MHT CET?

Ans. Based on previous years trends, Chemical Thermodynamics and Energetics has one of the highest weightages in MHT CET Chemistry. 

Ques. What is the best book to refer to while preparing for MHT CET Biology?

Ans. ‘Marvel Biology for MHT CET’ by K. Shankaran and Devaki Rema Devi is one of the best sources for MHT CET biology preparation.

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

Comments


37 Comments
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sheetal chib
Where can I get previous years' sample papers of the exam?
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shivangi srivastava

We have attached a set of previous years question or sample papers of MHT CET 2021 in the link below, for your further analysis. Practicing previous years papers is a crucial way to prepare for the actual examination and attempt to crack it as well. This also enlightens you strong and weak points. 

MHT CET 2021 Sample Papers

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neha
From which reference book should I prepare for Biology?
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shivangi srivastava

A list of top recommended books for MHT CET 2021 including that of Biology subject, are mentioned in the link below for your reference. These books cover the topics mentioned in your syllabus as well more details and study areas that might be considered important in the actual examination paper. 

MHT CET 2021 Preparation Books

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saurav kumar
What is the marking scheme of the paper?
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sinbad chongtham

There will be three papers in MHT CET 2021: Paper 1 – Mathematics, Paper 2 – Physics & Chemistry and Paper 3 – Botany and Zoology. Each paper is of 100 marks. Paper 1 consists of 50 questions each carrying 2 marks and 100 questions each for Paper 2 and 3, each question carrying 1 mark.

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shruti verma
Can you tell me the important topics of mathematics in MHT CET?
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mrittika mallick

Important topics for the Mathematics paper in MHT CET include Three-Dimensional Geometrical System, Mathematical Reasoning, Differential Co-efficient, Application of Derivates, Point and Straight Line, Differential Equation, Continuity and Differentiability, Indefinite Reasoning, Matrices and Determinants, Vector, and Probability.

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utkarsha khatri
Please guide me about how shall I prepare for the exam within span of 2 months?
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mrittika mallick

It is possible to prepare for MHT CET in two months. You need to create an everyday study plan to complete the syllabus and cover all the topics of the exam. You must also make a strategy on how to attempt the questions and learn time management. It is important to practice from mock test papers and previous years’ question papers available on the internet. To know about more preparation tips, click on the link MHT CET 2021 Preparation Tips.

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vanshika chandra
In which courses can I get admission by clearing MHT CET?
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aniket ranjan

MHT CET is common state level entrance exam through which you can obtain admission to undergraduate engineering, pharmacy and agriculture courses such as B.Tech/ B.E, Pharma D and B.Pharmacy offered at colleges in Maharashtra.

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priya
Can you tell me the detailed syllabus of biology subject?
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priya negi

These are the topic that is covered in chemistry. Check out MHT Chemistry For more information.

  1. Some basic concepts of chemistry.
  2. Structure of atom, chemical bonding, redox reaction.
  3. Element of group land 2,
  4. states of matter(gaseous and liquids).
  5. adsorption and colloids(surface chemistry)
  6. Hydrocarbons.
  7. Basic principles of organic chemistry.
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surabhi s
Can you please tell me the weightage of maths??
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mohammed najamuddin
How should I prepare for Biology section?
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aniket ranjan

Biology is one of the important subjects for MHT CET. So, you need to prepare well for all the concepts of Biology. It consists of questions from Zoology and Botany. You should revise topics from zoology and Botany because concepts or wording used in these subjects is difficult and confusing. Make sure that you are preparing with the latest syllabus and exam pattern.

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bhagyashri kene
Has there been any reduction in this year's syllabus of the exam?
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aniket ranjan

Yes, MHT CET Syllabus 2021 has been released by State Common Entrance Test (CET) Cell, Maharashtra. MHT CET Syllabus 2021 will not contain the deleted portions of HSC 2021 examination. For more details visit:- MHT CET SYLLABUS

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anuj singh chauhan
Is there any interview after clearing this exam?
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diya suresh

No there is no interview process for those clearing the entrance test.Allotment of seats will be done on the basis of Centralised Allotment Process or CAP based on merit ranking and choice filling. Depending on the allotment status on the official website, you need to report to the alloted college for document verificationa nd payment of fees. To get more details visit MHT CET 2021 counselling.

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nafisa khatoon
Will there be single paper or more than one subject paper in MHT CET?
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diya suresh

There will be 3 papers in the exam namely Physics/Chemistry, Zoology/Botany and Mathematics. Those insterested for engineering stream have to appear for Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics papers while students who wish to pursue a career in Pharmacy have to appear for Physics & Chemistry and can choose between Maths or Biology. For more details visit MHT CET exam pattern 2021.

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ashish singh
Can you please explain me the marking scheme of the exam?
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diya suresh

The questions in the exam will be objective in nature i..e MCQs. For every correct answer, 2 marks will be awarded for mathematics paper and 1 mark will be awarded for other papers. There will be no negative marking for wrong or unattempted questions.There will be 50 questions from each subject and you will get 1 hour 30 minutes to solve the same. Find more details at MHT CET exam pattern 2021.

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priya
From which coaching should I prepare for the exam?
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diya suresh

There are various coaching centers to choose from and each one of them uses different strategies to prepare students. Try to choose the one with maximum reviews  There are other ways of online and offline preparation including mock test papers, previous year question papers and several reference books that can be used. Find more details at MHT CET 2021 preparation tips.

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shatakshi patki
Do I need to give all the papers?
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diya suresh

No, a candidate can appear for specific set of papers depending on the course interested in as follows:

  • Engineering aspirants need to appear for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics
  • Those interested in Pharmacy, need to qualify PCM or PCB

20% weightage is given to 11th syllabus while rest is for 12th syllabus. Check more details at MHT CET exam pattern 2021.

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surabhi s
How many sections are subjective and how many are objectives?
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diya suresh

The exam will have only Multiple Choice Questions or objective type questions from different subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Biology. Total time alloted for the test is 180 minutes or 3 hours. The mode of exam will be online and 50 objective type questions will be asked from each subject. To know details visit MHT CET exam pattern 2021.

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bhumika
From which books shall I prepare for the exam?
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diya suresh

Different books are available for different sections of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. Some of the recommended books are:

  • MHT CET Physics (Marvel) for Class XII
  • Chemistry for MHT CET (MCQ)
  • Mathematics for MHT CET
  • Complete Reference Manual MH-CET Biology

There are many more books and you will find those at MHT CET 2021 books.

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ramesh kumar gupta
Wiil all the questions be MCQ or some descriptive questions can be asked?
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diya suresh

Yes there will be only MCQ type questions in the exam and no descriptive questions are asked. Total time for the exam is 180 minutes. For Mathematics paper, 2 marks will be awarded for right answer and for other papers 1 marks will be granted.

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naman
How many total sections are there in the exam?
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manisha malik

MHT CET 2021 is a common entrance test which has been divided into three papers. Engineering candidates are required to attempt or appear for PCM. Pharmacy candidate are required to attempt or appear for PCM or PCB. PCM/PCB are divided into 2 Groups/Slots: In Group 1, candidates will get 90 minutes to complete physics & chemistry. In Group 2, candidates will get 90 minutes to complete Maths/Biology.

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pandav kumar
I am an electronics engineer holder and Am I eligible for it bt i want to know about it in brief. Plz sir
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swati srivastava

Hi Pandav, you are eligible to apply for MHT CET exam. For details visit: MHT CET 2020