Intro

Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra conducts its Common Entrance Test for admission to MBA/MMS and PGDBM/PGDM courses offered in various institutes in Maharashtra. The test is generally conducted in two time slots and spans over a two day window in March.

  1. The computer based test comprises 200 questions from three broad sections (Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Logical/Abstract Reasoning) and a student needs to attempt them in 150 minutes.
  2. There is no demarcation among questions from different sections; one can easily find a RC passage sandwiched between a set on Data Interpretation and Syllogisms.
  3. The fact that the test has no negative marking provides much needed respite to the candidates. Given the number of questions, MH-CET is clearly a test of your speed and accuracy. The exam is largely on the lines of previous CETs; though a few new questions types have also been reported.

Pattern

Section No. of Questions Optimal Time in minutes Difficulty Level Good Attempts Good Net Score
Verbal ability and Reading Comprehension 50-55 35 Easy 48-50 45-46
Quantitative Ability 50-55 40 Easy-Moderate 44-46 38-40
Logical Reasoning 90-95 75 Moderate 77-78 70-72
Total 200 150 Moderate 170-175 153-155


Dates

The exam is generally conducted on the second/third weekend of March and the results are published within 10 days of the exam. Registrations for the exam begin 40-45 days before the exam date.

Analysis

March 15, 2015-Morning Slot

Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra conducted its Common Entrance Test for admission to MBA/MMS and PGDBM/PGDM courses offered in various institutes in Maharashtra. The test is being conducted in two time slots (10:00 am -12:30 pm and 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm) and will span over a two day window i.e. March 14, 2015 - March 15, 2015.

The computer-based test comprises 200 questions from three broad sections viz. Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Logical/Abstract Reasoning. A student needs to attempt them in 150 minutes. There is no demarcation among questions from different sections; one can easily find an RC passage sandwiched between a question on Probability and Visual reasoning. The fact that the test has no negative marking provides some much needed respite to the candidates. Given the number of questions, MH-CET is clearly a test of your speed and accuracy. The exam is largely along the lines of previous CETs.

Given below is a general overview of the exam held on 15th March from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm:

Area

Number of questions (Approx.)

Difficulty level

Quantitative Aptitude

50-55

Easy-Moderate

Logical/Abstract Reasoning

90-95

Easy-Moderate

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

50-55

Easy

Total

200

Easy-Moderate


Quantitative Aptitude

of around 55 questions from this section, a large number of questions have been reported to be from Arithmetic, which mainly included Percentages and Ratios. The questions varied from easy to moderate in terms of difficulty level. There were two sets of five questions each on Data Interpretation. Unlike last year, no questions from Data Sufficiency and Comparison of Quantities were reported this year. There were about 5 questions from Modern Math which were of moderate difficulty level. Apart from this, two sets (five questions each) based on Venn diagram/Set theory were also reported. This set of 55 questions was easy to moderate and an attempt of about 40 questions from this area can be said to be a good attempt.

Logical/Abstract Reasoning 

This section comprised approximately 90 questions, of which about 20 questions were based on Visual Reasoning which were of moderate to difficult level. There were 7-8 questions on Series which were easy and could have been attempted in no time. The 4 questions on Venn diagram and the questions on Statement Conclusion, Statement Argument, Statement Assumption and Implicit Statement were moderate in terms of difficulty level. This set also had 3 questions on Analogy, which were quite easy. There were also symbol based sets which had questions on Mathematical Relations and Blood Relations. The remaining questions on Anagram, Coding/Decoding and Odd One Out have been reported to range from easy to moderate in terms of level of difficulty. An attempt of about 60-65 questions from this area can be considered to be a good attempt.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

This set consisted of 18 questions on Reading Comprehension (2 passages). Both the passages were an easy read and the questions were direct. The majority of these questions were based on Synonyms and Antonyms. There were 2 cloze tests, of 8 blanks each. The difficulty level of Cloze Tests was easy-moderate. There were 8 questions on FIB of which 6 were based on vocabulary. The 8 questions of Error Spotting were easy. An attempt of about 35-40 questions from this area can be considered to be a good attempt.

Overall Analysis

Questions on Series, Venn Diagrams, Arrangements, Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability were very easy and these were the areas where students could have maximized their attempts. On the other hand, Visual Reasoning could have been a bit troublesome and should have been skipped in case of paucity of time.
Few incorrect questions, across the paper, and numerous grammatical errors were reported by students. One noticeable fact was that there were quite a few questions in the Reasoning section that were picked from the SSC tier 1 paper.
Overall, a genuine attempt of about 140 can be considered good. However, a score less than 130 is unlikely to fetch a call from JBIMS.

 

Strategy

The fact that the test has no negative marking provides much needed respite to the candidates. Given the number of questions, MH-CET is clearly a test of your speed and accuracy. A candidate should look at attempting 175 questions in 115 minutes with 85% accuracy and then randomly marking the remaining questions. No question should be left unanswered.
As can be seen from the analysis and the pattern of the paper the focus on Logical Reasoning is very high. Statement Conclusion/ Statement Inference/ Statement argument/ Implicit statements form the crux of Verbal reasoning questions in this section. Candidates should practice well for the same. Series and pattern questions form the bulk of Mathematical puzzles in this section and can be practiced through Bank PO papers or mocks. Overall this is a test of your speed and accuracy with cut off for JBIMS ranging around 155-160.

Leading B-Schools

Over 400 B-schools accept MH-CET scores for admission into their MBA programme. The leading institutes accepting the scores are:

  1. Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai
  2. Prin. LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research, Mumbai
  3. Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education, Mumbai
  4. KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai

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