Following a series of problems in the medical admissions this year the Directorate of technical education (DTE) Maharashtra is considering changes in the syllabus and pattern for the engineering entrance exam MHT-CET. DTE told that discussions are going on to make changes in the Maharashtra CET exam pattern to align it with the pattern of central Joint Entrance Examination (JEE).
Discussions were made due to the problems faced by medical aspirants because of the Supreme Court’s decision that made the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) mandatory. This year many of the medical aspirants from the state were left without admission due as they had prepared for the state Common Entrance Test (CET) instead of the NEET which is completely based on the CBSE syllabus.
A similar situation can be seen in the engineering admission process on account of which the DTE is thinking to make changes in the CET for engineering admissions. The changes will be proposed to the state and if approved by the state government the same will be applicable from the academic year 2018-19.
The National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) was introduced to ensure transparency in the admission process but many of the students were not prepared for the CBSE based syllabus and pattern of NEET. If a central entrance examination is to be held for engineering admissions the same situation can arise again as the students are not yet prepared for the same.
The Maharashtra CET for admission to engineering courses is based on the Class XII syllabus of the state board while the central Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) is based on the CBSE syllabus for Class XI and XII. If the JEE Main becomes mandatory for engineering admissions, candidates will need to study the CBSE syllabus of class 11th and 12th.
The DTE is observing the developments in NEET and will soon take a decision so that similar developments do not affect the upcoming batch. There was a trend of centralising the admission processes and the proposal if submitted is to be evaluated properly before taking a final decision.