Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET or MHCET) is a state-level entrance examination conducted by the State Common Entrance Test Cell, Maharashtra, for admission to various undergraduate courses in engineering, pharmacy, and agriculture offered by colleges and universities in the state. MHT-CET is highly popular among aspiring students in Maharashtra as it provides an opportunity to secure seats in reputed institutions within the state. The exam covers subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology, depending on the chosen course. MHT-CET is conducted annually, usually in May, and the exam pattern consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs). The test serves as a gateway for students to pursue their desired career paths and fulfill their academic ambitions. By excelling in MHT-CET, candidates can gain access to quality education and bright prospects in various fields.


  • State-Level Entrance Exam: MHT-CET is a state-level exam, which means it is specifically designed for students seeking admission to colleges and universities within Maharashtra. This allows candidates to focus on their preferred institutions within the state without competing on a national level.

  • Wide Range of Courses: MHT-CET provides access to various undergraduate courses in engineering, pharmacy, and agriculture. It caters to diverse academic interests and offers students the flexibility to choose from a wide array of career options.

  • Resident Quota: The exam reserves a certain percentage of seats for students domiciled in Maharashtra, providing an advantage to local candidates in securing admission to prestigious colleges and universities.

  • Simpler Application Process: The application process for MHT-CET is generally straightforward, and candidates can apply online from the comfort of their homes. This ease of application streamlines the process for students and reduces administrative complexities.

  • Familiarity with State Syllabus: As MHT-CET is based on the Maharashtra State Board syllabus, students who have studied in the state board schools have an advantage, as they are already familiar with the topics and content.


  • Nationality: Candidates must be Indian citizens to be eligible for MHT-CET.

  • Domicile: For admission to government and government-aided colleges, candidates must have a domicile certificate of Maharashtra. However, candidates from other states are also eligible for admission to private unaided institutions.

  • Academic Qualification: For Engineering and Pharmacy courses, candidates must have passed 10+2 or its equivalent examination with Physics and Mathematics as compulsory subjects, along with Chemistry or Biotechnology or Biology or Technical or Vocational subjects.

  • Aggregate Marks: Candidates belonging to the general category must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks in the above subjects combined. For reserved category candidates (SC/ST/OBC/PwD), the minimum aggregate requirement is 45%.

  • Age Limit: There is no specific age limit for appearing in MHT-CET.

Application Form

MHT-CET application form is available online on the official website. Candidates need to register with valid details, fill in personal and academic information, upload required documents, choose exam centers, and pay the application fee online. After reviewing the form, candidates can submit it and download a copy for future reference. Complete the process within the specified dates to avoid any issues.


The MHT CET syllabus encompasses the entire Class 12 curriculum of the academic year, including subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics. Students preparing for the examination should thoroughly study and be well-versed with the topics and concepts covered in their respective Class 12 syllabus.

Exam Pattern

The MHT CET examination is based on the syllabus prescribed by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education. The exam consists of three subjects: Mathematics/Biology, Physics, and Chemistry.

Candidates applying for specific courses are required to appear for a designated set of papers as follows:

  • Engineering candidates attempt PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics).
  • Pharmacy candidates attempt either PCM or PCB (Physics, Chemistry, Biology).

PCM/PCB papers are further divided into two groups/slots:

  • Group 1: Candidates get 90 minutes to complete Physics and Chemistry.
  • Group 2: Candidates get 90 minutes to complete Mathematics or Biology.

Total Duration for each group is 180 minutes (3 hours).

Examination and Selection Process

The MHT CET examination is typically conducted in offline mode (pen and paper-based). Candidates are required to visit the assigned examination centers to attempt the test. The exam consists of multiple-choice questions (MCQs), where candidates need to choose the correct option among the given choices. The duration of the exam is 3 hours, and it is conducted in two sessions for different subject groups (PCM and PCB).

Selection Process: The selection process for MHT CET involves the following steps:

  • Merit List: After the examination, the conducting authority prepares a merit list based on candidates’ performance in the MHT CET exam.

  • Counseling: Shortlisted candidates are invited to participate in the centralized counseling process. During counseling, candidates are required to choose their preferred courses and colleges based on their ranks and the availability of seats.

  • Seat Allotment: Based on the choices filled during counseling and the merit rank, candidates are allotted seats in various engineering, pharmacy, and other relevant courses in colleges across Maharashtra.

  • Document Verification: Candidates must undergo document verification to confirm their eligibility and authenticity of information provided during the application process.

  • Final Admission: After the successful verification of documents and seat allotment, candidates are offered final admission to their chosen courses and colleges.