Want to join JBIMS, SIMSREE, K J Somaiya and other Top MBA Colleges in Maharashtra, MAH CET is the exam for you. Only a few candidates are able to make it to these colleges. Want to know how do they do it? Have a look below at the preparation tips.

What is MAH CET?

MAH CET is the Common entrance test for admission into Post Graduate courses in Management in the state of Maharashtra. It is a State Level entrance exam that is being conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) Maharashtra for the admission in MBA, MMS, PGDBM, PGDM courses.

Mode: The MAH CET will be conducted online at various centres across Maharashtra and few centres outside the state.

Selection: The candidates who have appeared for or appearing for CAT, ATMA, XAT, MAT February are eligible for counselling in all the colleges under Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) Maharashtra. The final selection will depend on other factors like GD, PI etc. in addition to the written Exam.

Exam Date: The MAH CET will be tentatively held in the month of March 2020.

Topics: There are four sections in MAH CET namely Logical reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reading Comprehension/Verbal Ability.

The various details associated with the MAH CET are:

MAH CET Summary
Exam Maharashtra Common Entrance Test.
Conducted By Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Maharashtra
Exam Type State Level  PG
Languages English
Exams Involved  MAH MBA/MMS CET 
Official Address to HQ The Directorate Of Technical EducationNo. 3, Mahapalika Marg, Opp. Metro Cinema,Dhobi Talao,Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Area,Mumbai - 400001Phone: 022 2264 1150

Exam Dates

The MAH CET notification will be out in the month of January. The exam is generally scheduled in the month of March and the result is expected in the last week of March. The other MAH CET 2020 Important Dates are:

MAH CET 2020 Exam Dates
Important Events to MAH CET 2020 Dates(Tentative)
Application Form Availability of MAH CET 2020  January 2020
Last Date to Fill Application Form to MAH CET 2020   February 2020 
Admit Card to MAH CET 2020   February 2020
MAH CET 2020  March 2020 
MAH CET 2020 Results March 2020 
MAH CET 2020 Counselling June 2020 

The exact dates will be updated as soon as the official notification is out.


The Candidate must be an Indian National. Children's of NRI/ OCI/ PIO, Children of Indian workers in Gulf countries, and Foreign nationals are exempted from appearing for the exam.

Scores Considered: The candidates who appeared for CAT, ATMA, XAT, MAT February are also eligible for the counselling process.

The MAH CET has a reservation policy for seats which is given below:

MAH CET Reservation Policy
Type of seats Reservation Percentage
Seats of Maharashtra state 85% (70% for HU & 15% for OHU)
All India seats 15%
SC 13%
ST 7%
VJ/ DT (NT - A) 3%
NT – B 2.5%
NT – C 3.5%
NT – D 2%
OBC 19%
J&K seats 1 seat in every institution
Foreign Nationals/PIO 15%
Ward of NRIs 5% of sanctioned intake
Institute level seats 20% only in Unaided non-minority institutes
Minority seats Minimum 51% in Unaided-minority institutes


The MAH CET paper is divided into four sections namely Logical reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reading Comprehension/Verbal Ability. The Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has not defined the exact syllabus anywhere. From the previous year papers, the conclusions have been made and the probable MAH CET 2020 syllabus is:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Reading Comprehension

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Geometry 
  • Numbers 
  • Percentages 
  • Ratio
  • Series 
  • Algebra

Logical Reasoning and Abstract Reasoning

  • Blood Relation
  • Coding- Decoding
  • Directions


The registration process for MAH CET 2020 will probably start in the month of January and will be completely online. The portal will remain open for over a month. 

How to Apply for MAH CET 2020?

The candidates are required to follow the given steps:

  • Visit the official site: The candidates should visit the Official Website to get the Application Form. Click on the "MAH CET Application Form" tab and then a new page will be displayed on the screen.
  • Select the right course: Choose the MAH CET Exam Application Form section and then choose the required course (MBA, MMS, PGDBM, PGDM).

  • Fill the relevant Information: After choosing the course and filling up the correct and proper information, upload the required scanned documents. The Application Form should be complete in all senses before submitting.

  • Submit and Save: Click on "Submit" to enter the MAH CET Application Form and then a new page will be open up. The candidate should then pay the MAH CET Application Fees. Save and Print the MAH CET Application Form for future use.

 MAH CET Application Form

The candidates have to fill the MAH CET 2020 Application form online on the official website of DTE, Maharashtra. The candidates have to fill their personal and academic detail in the application form.

Exam Fee: The Application fee is Rs.1000 for open category and Rs.800 for reserved category. Candidates can pay the examination fee through Internet Payment, IMPS, Credit Card/ Debit Card (RuPay/Visa/MasterCard/Maestro), Internet Banking, Cash Cards/ Mobile Wallets.

Documents required to Apply for MAH CET?

The candidates are required: to upload the scanned images of the specified documents. The following documents with constraints are given below:

  • Photograph 
    • Size and Color: The size of the file should be between 20kb – 50 kb. The Photograph must be a recent passport style colour photo. 
    • Instructions to be followed: If you wear glasses make sure that there are no reflections and your eyes can be clearly seen. Caps, hats and dark glasses are not acceptable. Religious Headwears are permitted provided that they should not cover any portion of the face. Dimensions 200 x 230 pixels (preferred).
  • Signature 
    • Instructions to be followed by the candidate: The applicant has to sign on white paper with Black Ink pen. The signature must be signed only by the applicant and not by anyone else. The signature will be used wherever it is necessary like in the admit card.

    • A sign should be scanned: The candidate has to sign in the examination hall and both the signs will be matched. if there is a difference between the two, the candidature of the individual will be cancelled. The size of the file should be between 10kb – 20kb. Signature in CAPITAL LETTERS shall NOT be accepted.

Exam pattern

The MAH CET Exam will be Computer based test(CBT). The candidates will be required to complete 200 questions in 150 minutes(2.5 hours).

All the questions will be Multiple Choice Questions(MCQs) containing 5 options for each answer. For every correct answer, the candidate will be given 1 mark and negative marking is not there. No marks will be awarded or deducted for not attempting a question in MAH CET 2020. 

The whole paper will be in English only and will have four sections i.e Logical reasoning, Abstract Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, and Reading Comprehension/Verbal Ability.

The Exam pattern for MAH CET Exam is as follows:

MAH CET Exam Pattern
Section Marks per question Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Logical Reasoning 1 75 75
Abstract Reasoning 1 25 25
Quantitative Aptitude 1 50 50
Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension 1 50 50
Total   200 200

MAH CET Exam Pattern

Admit Card

The Admit card will be issued online only on the official website of DTE, Maharashtra and no hard copy will be sent through the post. The candidate has to enter his/her Registration number and password/Date of Birth in order to access the MAH CET Admit Card 2020.

 If any discrepancies are there in the admit card, the candidate needs to immediately contact the conducting authority.

How to Download the Admit Card?

The candidate needs to follow the given steps:

  • Visit the MAH CET official website.
  • Click on the 'Admit card' link.
  • Enter your registration number and password/Date of Birth.
  • Download and take a printout of your admit card.

Exam Centre

The candidates have to choose their desired Exam centre at the time of Applying for the exam. A candidate has to choose 3 exam centres in the order of their preference. The choice of the centre will be final and once selected, the centre cannot be changed.

The various exam centre for the exam are as follows:

MAH CET 2020 Exam Centres
Exam Centres In Maharashtra Exam Centres outside Maharashtra
Ahmednagar Jalgaon Parbhani Ahmedabad
Amravati Jalna Pune Bengaluru
Akola Kolhapur Raigad Bhopal
Aurangabad Latur Ratnagiri Delhi
Bhandara Mumbai Sub Urban Satara Gandhinagar
Beed Mumbai Sangli Hyderabad
Buldhana Nagpur Sindhudurga Jaipur
Chandrapur Nandurbar Thane Kolkata
Dhule Nanded Solapur Lucknow
Gadchiroli Nashik Wardha Panaji
Gondia Osmanabad Washim Patna
Hingoli Palghar Yavatmal Raipur

Documents required at the Exam Centre

The candidates must carry the following documents to the Exam Centre:

  • MAH CET Admit card
  • A valid Photo ID


The results for the exam will be declared on the official website of the DTE in the last week of March. The candidates will need their registration number and password in order to access their MAH CET 2020 result.

Then, a merit list will be prepared by the DTE on the basis of the result. The merit list will contain State merit number, regional merit number and category merit number.

How to View the MAH CET Result?

In order to view the result, the candidate needs to undertake the following steps:

  • Visit the official website of MAH CET.
  • Enter your registration number, password etc., and click on Submit button.
  • Download the result and get it printed for future use.


The cutoffs are released by each institute after the results are declared. The Cutoff varies from one college to another. The cutoff is also different for each category. 

The cutoff depends upon many factors like the number of seats available, difficulty level of the paper and the number of candidate appearing for the exam. 

Selection Process

The Selection process for Admission through MAH CET starts with the written exam. On the basis of the result of the written exam, cutoffs are released by the individual institutes and candidate above the cutoff are called for further process. The further process is called CAP (Centralized Admission Process )

The institutes then have their uniques procedures for selection, which may involve Group Discussion, Personal or panel Interview, WAT etc. Finally, on the basis of the score obtained in all the rounds each having their own weightage, the students will be given call letter to join the institute.


The candidates will get notified about the counselling either through mail or SMS. The candidates can take part in The MAH CET 2020 Counselling by visiting the official website of the DTE and adding their login credentials.

The process of counselling comprises of 3 steps document verification, photo verification and signature verification.CAP is the Centralized Admission Process introduced by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) to 400 - B-Schools in Maharastra. CAP consists of four rounds. The candidates who qualify for MAH CET will be allocated in any one of the session depending upon the score of the candidate.

Proof: Any identity proof like Aadhar Card, Voter Card, etc is required for the MAH CET 2020 counselling.

How To Prepare for MAH CET 2020?

The MAH CET is a highly regarded exam for admission into MBA, and thus the level of competition is very high. The top colleges under MAH CET are having cutoff percentile around 99, showcasing the level of competition. 

The MAH CET is basically a race against time, where the candidate is required to complete 200 questions in 150 minutes. Thus practising a lot of questions can help the candidate to reduce the average time to complete each question. This is the prime strategy to be followed in Reasoning and Aptitude sections.

The candidate is also required to read a lot of articles from newspapers and magazines in order to develop a good reading habit for the Verbal Ability section. Also, the candidate can read a number of grammar books for the same.

The candidate can refer Previous year papers, sample papers and reference books for MAH CET 2020.

Reference Books

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Time
  • The Pearson Guide to CET MBA Maharashtra by Vandana Thorpe
  • Target MH CET (MBA/ MMS) - Past Papers + 6 Mock Tests by Disha Publications
  • Maharashtra MBA CET Guide by RPH Editorial Board / Priyanka Prakashan
  • MH CET (MBA/ MMS) Entrance Guide by Disha Publications
  • Maharashtra MBA CET Books by CET King Publications
  • Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examination, Guha.
  • Mathematics for MBA Entrance Exams by R.S. Agarwal
  • Study Material on all sections of MBA CET Maharashtra by Chandresh Agarwal

Mock tests

The Mock tests will help the candidate to analyze his/her speed of doing questions in the exam. Moreover, as a result of solving the mock test, the candidate can become aware of the areas that are taking more time and thus require more practice.

Previous Year Question Papers

The candidates can get a fair amount of idea about the syllabus after solving the previous year papers. Moreover, the candidate can analyse his/her weak spots in the syllabus and time required to solve the entire paper. Thus MAH CET previous year papers will help him/her in planning his/her preparation.

Coaching Centres

A number of coaching centres are there for MAH CET 2020 especially in Mumbai, some of them are:

  • MBA Pathshala LLP
  • IMS Learning Resources Pvt Ltd
  • Manoeuvre
  • Unique classes
  • Study Campus

Courses Offered

Various courses are offered by the different institute under MAH CET which are given as follows:

MAH CET Courses Offered
Courses Duration
MBA(Masters of Business Administration) 2 Years
MMS(Master of Management Studies) 2 Years
PGDM(Post Graduate Diploma in Management) 2 Years
PGDBM( Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management) 2 Years

Guidelines for MAH CET exam 2020

MAH CET Guidelines

  • Candidate without the Admit card and without the photograph pasted on the admit card will not be permitted to appear for the MAH CET examination.

MAH CET Guidelines

  • The candidate is requested to report to the exam venue at least 30 minutes before the reporting time mentioned on the admit card.

MAH CET Guidelines

  • Candidates are not allowed to enter in the examination hall after the commencement of the examination.

  • The candidate’s photograph affixed to the hall ticket should reasonably match with the uploaded in the online application form failing which the candidate may not be allowed to appear for the examination.

MAH CET Guidelines

  • The signature that the candidate has done in the exam and the one that is uploaded should be the same. In case of discrepancy, the candidate will not be allowed to write the examination.

MAH CET Guidelines

  • The candidate is not allowed to carry any personal belongings to the exam centre including but not limited to wrist-watch, cell phones, calculators, etc., If the candidate is carrying any personal item, it should be kept outside the class at candidate's personal risk. The examination centre will not responsible for any loss or damage to such items

MAH CET Guidelines

  • If the candidate completes the exam before the scheduled end time, he/she will not be allowed to leave the exam hall.

MAH CET Guidelines

  • Having in possession of any notebook(s) or notes or chits or any other unauthorized material concerning the subject pertaining to the examination paper respective action will be taken by the authority.


Q. How many attempts are allowed in MAH CET?

Ans. A candidate can appear for MAH CET for 3 times only.

Q. Can a non-Maharashtrian student appear for MAH CET?

Ans. Yes, a non-Maharashtrian can appear for the exam, however, he/she will be fighting for 15% of the total seats which are known as All India Seats.

Q. Will there be GD/PI after MAH CET written exam?

Ans. Only JBIMS conducts GD, PI and other selection rounds after the written test. Rest all colleges give admission only on the basis of written test.

Q. How many candidates generally appear for MAH CET?

Ans. Over 1 lakh students appear for MAH CET each year.

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Colleges which accept [MAH CET]

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Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech] (Food Technology), batch of 2022
16 Apr 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

You can gain admission to the college by JEE MAIN score as well as your MAH CET score. The best of the two is considered at the end. I took both JEE and CET I was taken in by my CET score. Cut off for food engineering and technology varies from 150-110

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Bachelor of Engineering [BE] (Computer Engineering), batch of 2021
13 Apr 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The eligibility criteria is pretty decent 60% marks in PCM and around 100 scores in state engineering examination. I got my admission through MAH CET.

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Bachelor of Engineering [BE] (Electronics & Communication Engineering), batch of 2022
28 Sep 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

For my admission, eligibility was 50%. I gave my MAH CET in 2018. I got 109 out of 200. Cut off is 50%.

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Master of Science [M.Sc] (Mathematics), batch of 2012
18 Jun 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

For my course, MAH CET marks are considered for the merit list.

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Bachelor of Engineering [BE], batch of 2020
01 Mar 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

I'm studying Information Technology(BE) 2nd year in MITCOE. Eligibility criteria to get admission in those colleges is through MAH CET and JEE MAIN. For cutoffs, you can visit

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Bachelor of Engineering [BE] (Chemical Engineering), batch of 2019
01 Mar 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

DMCE uses the standard Maharashtra cap rounds of counseling for admissions, the only two exams needed for admissions are either JEE MAIN or MAH CET. The cutoffs are higher in branches like civil and computers but can be manageable in other branches. The usual cutoff is 60%

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Bachelor of Engineering [BE] (Information Science & Engineering), batch of 2020
13 Feb 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

You can get admission through MAH CET. Typically cutoff range from 150 to 50 for various courses. It is Sindhi minority so Sindhi's have lower cutoff

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Bachelor of Engineering [BE], batch of 2016
13 Feb 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

For engineering, a student has to pass 12th with PCM aggregate. After you have to fill the form from DTE website and the results will be allotted by DTE according to your MAH CET entrance marks.

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Bachelor of Technology [B.Tech], batch of 2020
12 Feb 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The eligibility criteria for SIES GST is strictly based on the marks scored in MAH CET. The cutoff typically ranges from 120+ marks in MAH CET.

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Bachelor of Engineering [BE], batch of 2020
11 Feb 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

One should have passed his/her 12th board with PCM subjects and should have attempted MAH CET entrance examination or JEE MAIN to get admission in this college. No Personal Entrance Test of our college. The cutoff is 30% in MAH CET and 50% in PCM subjects in 12th.

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