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Difference Between MAH CET and CAT: Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Difficulty Level, Colleges

Samiksha Rautela
Samiksha RautelaUpdated On: March 09, 2021 09:12 am IST

Want to know the difference between MAH CET and CAT 2021? Check out MAH CET Vs CAT including the eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, counselling process, participating institutes etc.

Difference Between MAH CET and CAT: Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Difficulty Level, Colleges

Held by the Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test Cell, MAH CET is an MBA entrance exam that offers admission to over 300 B-Schools across Maharashtra. The exam is relatively easier than CAT which makes it very popular among MBA aspirants of Maharashtra.

The syllabus and eligibility criteria of MAH CET and CAT are mostly the same, but, due to less number of applicants, less competition and no negative marking, candidates of Maharashtra generally prefer to sit for the former one. Scroll through the page to understand the essence of both the exams and find out the difference between MAH CET and CAT 2021.


A detailed comparison between MAH CET and CAT 2021 is given in the table below:


MAH CET 2021

CAT 2021

Conducting Body

Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test Cell


Application Mode

Online mode

Online mode

Total Applications

Approx. 75,000 to 1 Lakh

Approx. over 2 Lakh

Reserved Category Exam Fee



Unreserved Category Exam Fee



Total Exam Centres



Exam Frequency

Once a year

Once a year

Exam Mode

CBT (Computer Based Test)

CBT (Computer Based Test)

Exam Duration

150 minutes

120 minutes

Number of Sections

04 sections

03 sections

Name of Sections

  • Abstract Reasoning

  • Logical Reasoning

  • Verbal Ability

  • Quantitative Aptitude

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Sectional Time Limit


Yes, 40 minutes per section

Type of Questions


MCQs & Non-MCQs

Total Questions

200 questions

76 questions (54 MCQs & 22 Non-MCQs)

Total Marks

200 marks

228 marks

Marks per Correct Attempt



Negative Marking



Marks per Incorrect Attempt



Marks per Unattempted Question



Also Read: GMAT vs CAT Differences: Which is Better?

What are Some other Differences Between MAH CET and CAT?

Provided below are a few more differences between MAH CET and CAT. Go through them to get a better idea of both the exams.

Eligibility Criteria of MAH CET and CAT

The eligibility criteria are the same for both MAH CET and CAT 2021. Enlisted below are a few pointers explaining the same:

  • To sit for this exam, it is crucial to have completed a bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognised institute/ university. 

  • The minimum aggregate marks required in the qualifying exam is 50%. 

  • 5% relaxation is offered to reserved category candidates. 

  • Final year students are also free to apply, provided that they produce required documents at the time of admission.

Detailed MAH CET Eligibility Criteria

Detailed CAT Eligibility Criteria

Sectional Weightage:

MAH CET- Here is the section-wise weightage for MAH CET 2021.


Total Questions

Total Marks

Logical Reasoning

74 questions

74 marks

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

50 questions

50 marks

Analytical Reasoning

25 questions

25 marks

Quantitative Aptitude 

50 questions

50 marks


100 questions

100 marks

CAT- Check out the sectional weightage for CAT 2021 underneath.


Total Questions

Total Marks

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

26 questions

26 marks

Quantitative AptitudeQuantitative Aptitude

26 questions

26 marks

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

24 questions

24 marks


76 questions

228 marks

Click on the links below to get more information about the exam pattern of MAH CET and CAT.

Detailed MAH CET Exam Pattern

Detailed CAT Exam Pattern

MAH CET Syllabus vs CAT Syllabus

CAT exam has all the sections just like MAH CET 2021 including sections such as Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability and Quantitative Aptitude, However, AN Abstract Reasoning section is additional in the MAH CET 2021. The detailed study of the MAH CET and CAT Syllabus is given below:

MAH CET Syllabus 2021

CAT Syllabus 2021

Difficulty Level of MAH CET vs CAT

It is often asked if the CAT is more difficult than MAH CET? Taking in view the total number of applicants appearing for the exam, it is safe to say Yes! As opposed to MAH CET, CAT 2021 has more number of applicants appearing for the exam which directly affects the difficulty level of the test.

Counselling Process of MAH CET vs CAT

MAH CET and CAT have totally different processes of counselling. The former one has a common counselling process for admission to the MBA programme at one of the many B-Schools of Maharashtra. While the latter one has separate counselling processes for CAT participating institutes.

Participating Institutes of MAH CET vs CAT

CAT is a national level entrance examination while MAH CET is a state-level exam which implies that the scores of CAT are accepted by top universities from all over the nation and MAH CET scores are accepted by premier colleges situated in the state of Maharashtra.

Participating Institutes of MAH CET 2021

Participating Institutes of CAT 2021

Colleges Accepting MAH CET 2021 Scores

Colleges Accepting CAT 2021 Scores

Also Read: CAT vs CMAT, NMAT, XAT, SNAP, IIFT & Other MBA Entrance Exam

MAH CET Vs CAT: Detailed Analysis

Given below are a few links related to MAH CET and CAT 2021. Click on them to get a detailed analysis of both the exams. You can compare and contrast the two as per your requirements.

MAH CET 2021

CAT 2021

How to Apply for MAH CET

How to Apply for CAT

How to Prepare for MAH CET

How to Prepare for CAT

Best Books for MAH CET Preparation

Best Books for CAT Preparation

Mock Test of MAH CET

Mock Test of CAT

Previous Year’s Question Papers for MAH CET

Previous Year’s Question Papers for CAT

Paper Analysis for MAH CET

Paper Analysis for CAT

Coaching Institutes for MAH CET

Coaching Institutes for CAT

Result of MAH CET

Result of CAT

Cut-offs for MAH CET

Cut-offs for CAT

MAH CET and CAT are two different kinds of MBA exams that open up the door to top management institutes. It solely depends on the requirement of the candidates to choose either of the two. One offers admission in the state of Maharashtra while the other one can provide you admission in any desired state of India.

To weigh your options and explore top MAH CET and CAT colleges, just dial the toll-free helpline number 1800-572-9877 or fill-up the Common Application Form. Our admission experts will be glad to resolve your queries. You can also drop your questions in the QnA zone.

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Is MAH CET easier than CAT?

MAH CET is considered relatively easier than CAT as it is a state level exam while the latter one is a national level exam. More candidates sit for CAT than MAH CET which makes the difficulty level of the exam and admission through CAT a bit more difficult.

Is the eligibility criteria for MAH CET and CAT the same?

Yes, MAH CET and CAT both have the same eligibility criteria where an individual needs to have completed a Bachelor's degree in any stream from a recognised university with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks. 5% relaxation is offered to the unreserved category candidates.

What are the major differences between the marking scheme of MAH CET and CAT?

MAH CET does not follow a negative marking scheme but CAT does as there is deduction of 1 mark for every incorrect attempt. +1 mark is offered for every correct attempt in MAH CET and +3 is awarded for each correct answer in CAT.

What is the exam duration for MAH CET and CAT?

The exam duration for MAH CET is 150 minutes and for CAT, it is 120 minutes.

Is the application fee for MAH CET and CAT same for reserved and unreserved categories?

No, for MAH CET, the reserved category application fee is ?800 while for CAT, it is ?950. For unreserved category, the application fee is ?1,000 and ?2,000 respectively.


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