Students aspiring to take admission to first year engineering and pharmacy colleges next year will have to take the state common entrance test (MH-CET), the state directorate of technical education said.
There has been confusion about them taking the joint entrance exam (JEE) and the state entrance.
Joint director of DTE Dayanand Meshram said, “The common entrance test would be at par with JEE. The decision will be implemented from 2018-19 academic year.“
The syllabus for the entrance will have standard XII topics and a few from standard XI as well. The exact weightage of both the class syllabi would be decided by the Maharashtra State Board of Se condary and Higher Secondary Education, Meshram said. Once the details have been worked out, the DTE will announce the syllabus.
The negative marking system would be eliminated from the exam. The level of questions from physics, chemistry and mathematics would be at par with JEE while the level of difficulty for biology would be at par with the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).
With the indecision about the entrance examination, several coaching classes in the city wore a deserted look at the start of the year.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is contemplating a single national entrance test for engineering from 2018, although a formal notification from AICTE has not been issued.
Considering the AICTE move, students aspiring for engineering admissions have already started enrolling for coaching for JEE, which is a national test for admissions to Indian Institutes of Technology and National Institutes of Technology.
The state education department was expecting the AICTE move to hold a single entrance from 2019 and hence the government had decided to change MH-CET exam pattern and syllabus from 2018.