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MHT-CET - B.Tech -

Maharashtra Common Entrance Test MHT-CET (B.Tech) (MHT-CET - B.Tech - 2018)

Pen & Paper | State Level Exam

Q - I get quite tensed before the test. Anything I can do?

A -

There are few things parents have always said before any exam--"don't put too many books in your bag", "don't eat too much, you'll feel sleepy" and "don't take tension"--and although you may hate to admit it, there are absolutely right. These three tips can help you get in the right frame of mind.

MHT-CET - B.Tech 2018 Question Paper Format

questions 150
of Questions
duration 3.0 Hr
online Pen & Paper
Exam Type
marks 200
Total Marks
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Negative Marking

MHT-CET - B.Tech 2018

The Maharashtra Common Entrance Test MHT-CET (B.Tech) is popularly known as MHT CET B.Tech exam. The exam is a state level test, conducted for the admission of candidates in undergraduate BTech Engineering course. 


MHT-CET - B.Tech 2018 Conducting Body

MHT CET is conducted by Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) Maharashtra State. The role of the Directorate is to maintain, enhance the standard, quality of technical education by laying the policies, establishing developing Govt. Institutions, guiding supervising the aided, private institutions, interacting with industry and national level institutions, co-ordinating with other departments of State Government, Government of India Statutory Organisations and to contribute to the development of industry society at large.

MHT-CET - B.Tech Contact Details

Address Commissionerate, Common entrance Test Cell 305, Government Polytechnic Building, 49, Kherwadi, Ali Yawar Jung Marg, Bandra (E), Mumbai 400 051. (M.S.) Email: mhtcet2017@dtemaharashtra.gov.in
Phone no +91-22-26476034
Website http://www.dtemaharashtra.gov.in
Type State
Mode Pen & Paper


1) I get quite tensed before the test. Anything I can do?

There are few things parents have always said before any exam--"don't put too many books in your bag", "don't eat too much, you'll feel sleepy" and "don't take tension"--and although you may hate to admit it, there are absolutely right. These three tips can help you get in the right frame of mind.

2) What is the difference between BE & B.Tech.?

Practically nothing. BE is bachelor of engineering & B.Tech. is bachelor of technology. In Maharashtra most of the universities have named the engineering course as BE while IIT’s & few Autonomous institutes like COE, Pune named it B.Tech.

3) Is it necessary to give CET for taking an admission to engineering college in Maharashtra?

Absolutely if you are seeking admission to engineering colleges (except IIT’s) approved by All India Council for Technical Education i.e. AICTE. 

4) What’s the right attitude to have before the test?

Be excited yet relaxed. Being excited means you're feeling confident of what you have studied and can't wait to get to the exam hall and mark one right option after another. During the exam, its best to be calm and composed for you to perform at your peak efficiency. A small difference in your attitude can make a big difference to your performance.

5) Do I have to report to any CET (B.Tech) office for Online registration?

No. Online Registration can be done from any place of convenience (including from home) using internet.

6) Do I require any documents to get registered Online?

No. You will only be required to fill the information in the online application form like birth-date, residential address, contact details like mobile no, email id etc and SSC mark details etc.

7) Am I allowed to edit / make changes to the data filled online.

  • Yes, you will be prompted to verify the data entered by you after you click "NEXT" on the registration form. You can view your complete data and should you want to make any changes, click on "BACK" button on the screen to make changes. Once you have submitted the data online, you may choose to "EDIT" the information. If you find that the data is correct, click "Upload Photograph & Signature". Please note that no change in the three name fields(Candidate's First Name, Father's / Husband's First Name, Last Name), Date of Birth, Email and Mobile No is possible.
  • Once you have submitted the data, 'Edit Profile' link will appear after you login to the website using your unique application no. and password. Please note that no change in the three name fields(Candidate's First Name, Father's / Husband's First Name, Last Name), Date of Birth, Email and Mobile No is possible.

8) I have made an error in filling my first name / father's / husband's first name / last name / mother's first name / date of birth. What should I do?

You will be allowed to correct these errors by sending a letter to the competent authority, MHT-CET, Mumbai. This letter should be submitted before declaration of results and should be accompanied by SSC marksheet.

9) How do I get login credential (i.e. Application No. and Password) for logging in?

During the process of online registration you will generate your own password. After submission of registration form, system will generate Application No. Candidates are advised to keep the application no. and password confidential till the end of the process. Password is very important for participating in the Online Process. Sharing of password can result in its misuse by somebody else, leading to even exclusion of genuine candidate from the online process.

10) If I forget my password that I have created during the process of registration, how to retrieve it?

To retrieve the forgotten password, system facilitates the following process: Click on Forgot Password. Candidate is required to enter details like MHT-CET Application No., Date of Birth and Mother's First Name as filled at the time of registration. The above data submitted by candidate will be validated with registered candidate's database. If the above entries match, only then the system will allow to create a new password.

11) When shall I receive the MHT-CET (B.Tech) Admit Card?

You can download your admit card from official website any time during April 25, - May 04.

12) Are there any restrictions on the file size for the photograph and signature?

Yes, the file size of the photograph should not be more than 50 KB and the signature file should also not be more than 50 KB. 

13) When can I check & confirm my photo and signature before the admit card is generated?

On successfully registering for MHT-CET, you are required to upload your recent passport size photograph and signature and the same is displayed on the Acknowledgement Form which will be available after you have made the payment at any of the SBI branch. Please note that full height photographs / portions cut from group photographs etc. will not be accepted and the application summarily rejected.

14) What are the eligibility criteria?

Candidates must have cleared 10+2 level form the recognized board with at least 50 % aggregate to be eligible for appearing in entrance examination. Those candidates who are currently pursuing 12th class can also appear in the Examination.

15) If I have passed /appearing for (HSC)12th / Equivalent Examination from a School/Jr. College in Mumbai, how do I know if the ‘District of College’ falls under Mumbai(11) or Mumbai Suburban(12).

If your School / Jr. College is situated anywhere between Colaba and Mahim or Colaba and Sion, then select Mumbai(11) and if it is beyond Sion and Mahim, then select Mumbai Suburban(12).

16) Can a student from Nagpur take admission to college in Pune?

Off course yes but that student has to apply under 30% quota of CAP seats earmarked for students from other universities. However student from other universities can also compete for 100% seats in Autonomous colleges like COE, Pune or VIT, Pune. 

17) Is there any negative marking for wrong answers?

There is no negative marking for wrong answers.

18) Can one apply with CET score as well as AIEEE score at the same time?

Yes. AIEEE students can apply for 15% quota while CET students can apply for 65% seats. If you have given MHT-CET as well as AIEEE you can apply for both the quota seats in single option form.You are allotted -the best of both the allotments- at the end of particular CAP round.

19) What is the duration and pattern of the Examination?

The Examination will be of 3 hours i.e. from 10:00 am to 01:00 pm.

20) Are the question paper of the MHT-CET and Std. XII similar?

Although the syllabus of the MHT-CET is exactly identical to that of the Std. XII, the pattern of the question paper is entirely different vis-a-vis the Std. XII question papers. The Std. XII Exam is a subjective type exam, whereas the MHT-CET is an objective type exam. The students get less than a minute per question in Paper I as well as in Paper II and about 1.8 minutes per question in Paper III of MHT-CET. Thus accuracy and speed are the two main aspects of the MHT-CET.

21) Marking the answers takes a lot of time. Is there a faster method?

The strategy that many CET toppers have used is solving all the questions on one page, then transferring the answers to the OMR sheet. You can even use a 1.0 mm thick ball-point pen in order to mark the OMR bubbles quicker.

22) I find it difficult to finish the Maths section in time. Can I save time somehow?

The questions in CET Maths are mostly direct and involve you substituting and simplifying. If you know the formulae at your finger tips, you will save time while recalling them. So it’s a good idea to make a list of all the formulae that you find even slightly difficult to remember and then revise them before the test.

23) 23.Can you give some tips for Physics as I find it the toughest part to solve.?

Polls on CET web-portals have shown that most students find the Physics section the trickiest. This is in part because almost three-fourth of the Physics section is numerical. To counter this, you can do three things:

  • Revise all concepts before the test
  • Spend more time in Physics and less in the Chemistry section
  • Focus on the keywords and not the grammar.

24) So how much time should the Chemistry section be solved in?

There is no fixed time that one can allot as that varies from student to student, but CET toppers usually use two strategies: firstly they solve the Chemistry section before the Physics section and secondly target to solve the Chemistry section in 33 minutes. This can allow them to get an extra 10-12 minutes for the more time consuming Physics section. Also, for Chemistry, you can make a list of the difficult equations which you have mugged up, so you don't waste time in trying to remember them during the CET.

25) Even after having studied many Biology books, there are many questions which I don't know the answers of...Can I do something to guess better on questions I don’t know?

There are 2 things that you can do.  First, revise all the questions which you got wrong in any prelims/online tests in the last 2 months. Second, you can try to understand the meaning of the keyword in the question and connect it to one of the answer choices. Both these tips will help you to think clearly, quickly and even get the right answers to certain questions which you didn’t know the answers of.

26) How do I convert CGPA to percentage?

Please contact the principal of your school / junior college for the conversion formula.

27) What will be the weightage of HSC marks in JEE-Main for admission to Maharashtra state engineering colleges?

For admission to Maharashtra government engineering colleges a merit list will be prepared with equal weightage to HSC marks and JEE-Main marks i.e. 50% weightage to board marks and 50% weightage to JEE-Main marks.

28) What are the criteria for reservation of seats in govt. colleges?

Reservation of seats for Maharashtra students in Government colleges:-

  • 70% Home University seats reserved ( Based on MHT CET score).
  • 30% other than Home University seats reserved ( Based on MHT CET score ).

29) 2What is important, Branch or College?

If you are clear about branch selection then college selection becomes secondary but if you are not sure about which branch to select or confused between 2 or 3 branches or ready to take up any branch then do give preference for good college (Good college means good CET score is required).

30) Are there any seats reserved for female candidates?

30% seats are reserved in every branch of engineering except Mining Engineering.

31) How to claim seats under management quota?

Well you sure can apply for one at any un-aided non-minority engineering college directly (no management quota in Government or Govt. aided Engg. Colleges). There are 20% seats available with such college management.

32) What is an autonomous institute?

Autonomous institutes are designated few institutes which has been allotted complete autonomy for running the institutes like designing syllabus, conducting the examinations. We have following Autonomous institutes like College of Engineering, Pune, Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune, VJTI, Mumbai, Walchand College of Engg,, Sangli, UICT, Mumbai, SGGIE&T,Nanded. These institutes have proven track record for educational excellence so more competition to get into these colleges.

33) Is it risky to get admission for engineering in the time of recession?

You have got 4 years to enter into Job Market. Hope for the better tomorrow and concentrate on excelling your engineering studies. See section Careers After BE & B.Tech. for variety of opportunities.

34) Will JEE-Main be difficult than MHT-CET?

Well there is no official stance on whether JEE-Main would be tougher or easier than MHT-CET. But our experts analyzed results of a lot of students in for both AIEEE and MHT-CET in past years. Through our research we have found out that on an average AIEEE (Now JEE-Main) is about 1.42 times tougher than MHT-CET.

35) How does one select a college?

Students should select a college which offers an Integrated Program for Std. XI+XII + MHT-CET. Selecting such a college will help the students to synchronize his Std.XI, XII and MHT-CET. This avoids the unnecessary duplication of attending College and Classes separately and thus results in huge saving of time.

36) Which subjects should Engineering aspirants opt for?

We recommend that Engineering aspirants should take Bi-focal subjects (ofcourse along with Physics, Chemistry, Maths and English). This will reduce their burden of studying for Biology and the 2nd language.