To bring the Maharashtra common entrance test (MH-CET) for pharmacy and engineering on par with nationallevel examinations, the state government has decided to make the Class 11 syllabus part of the CET curriculum.
In a letter to the directorate of technical education (DTE) on July 24, the state said a ‘small’ part of the test must be based on Class 11 curriculum, said Dayanand Meshram, joint director at DTE.
The state has also directed the DTE to consult Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) on choosing the exact proportion of Class 11 for the CET, he added. For now, the CET is solely based on the state board’s Class 12 curriculum.
The state’s directive follows a government resolution (GR), issued earlier this year, requiring MH-CET to be brought on par with the national-level joint entrance test (JEE) in terms of the level of difficulty, paper pattern and the quality of the test from the next academic year.
In its letter to the DTE, the state also said the Biology paper would be based on NEET, which holds the key for the prominent medical and dental colleges of the country. But unlike other national-level tests, there won’t be any negative marking in MH-CET.
“We had asked the state to provide clarifications regarding the proposed pattern for CET. Following state’s directives, we will consult the state board and finalise the pattern,” said Meshram