The Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET) for admission to Engineering, Medical Sciences and Pharmacy was conducted successfully on Thursday, May 5. A total of 4,09,276 candidates applied for the exam. Out of these, 3,97,768 students appeared for the exam in two phases. So, about 97.2 per cent students who applied also appeared for the exam. The exam was conducted in 1054 centers across 36 districts. The region-wise distribution of candidates appearing for MHT-CET 2016 is 80,271 from Vidarbha, 69,397 from Marathwada and 2,566,479 from rest of Maharashtra. Students could take this exam in three languages- English or Marathi or Urdu.
Many engineering aspirants who appeared for the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE), entrance exam for admission
to IITs and NITs, also appeared for
MHT-CET. Gautam Naik, an aspirant who qualified for the JEE Advanced said, “I will be giving the Advanced on May 22. But I am not
sure whether I will get a seat in a ‘good’ IIT. So, I thought it prudent to
give MHT-CET as well.” Gautam scored 130 marks in JEE Main, result of which were
declared on April 27.
Another student Paras Singh said, “I concentrated on MHT-CET
from early on. I also gave the JEE Mains. I scored 98 marks, so did not qualify
for Advanced. However, I am not upset as I prepared for it on my own.” About his
choice of concentrating on MHT-CET rather than JEE, Paras said, “My dream is to become a good
engineering professional. There are many good engineering colleges in the state
which can help me achieve my dream. IITs never attracted me.” He added that his parents duly supported his
With most engineering entrance exams over, students are looking forward to enjoying the much needed vacations.