Admissions to first-year engineering and pharmacy colleges will be based on the state's common entrance test (MH-CET) and not the joint entrance exam (JEE), the directorate of technical education (DTE) said.
There has been confusion over the conduct of a national -level JEE for engineering admissions from next year.
Joint director of DTE Dayanand Meshram said, “The common entrance test would be on a par with JEE in 2018-19.“ The syllabus for next year's CET will be from class XII as well as XI.
The exact weightage of both the class syllabi would be decided by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education, Meshram said.Once the details have been worked out, the DTE will announce the syllabus. However, there will be no negative marking. The level of questions from physics, chemistry and mathematics would be on a par with JEE while the level of difficulty for biology would be on a par with the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET). 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 .