The Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET) for engineering which will be conducted on the lines of JEE from 2018 will not have negative marking, government officials have confirmed. While the difficulty level of the exam would be at par with the JEE, students appearing for the state entrance test will not have to worry about negative marking.

Kiran Patil, deputy secretary, higher and technical education said, "There will not be any change in the marking pattern for CET. The only change will be with respect to the difficulty level of the exam which would be at par with JEE. Students will have to study the syllabus of both class 11 and 12 just like JEE," said Patil.

The government had issued a GR announcing the change in the pattern of the entrance test in March 2017. While the GR stated that the exam would be conducted 'at par with JEE', there was no clarity about the detailed rules, including the one on negative marking.

This led the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) to seek clarity over the 2018 exam pattern. Parents of aspirants who were worried about the exam pattern had also written to various officials in the last few months.

Patil said that everything apart from the difficulty level and syllabus will remain the same. "The GR issued in the month of March is very clear. Parents need not worry as the overall pattern of the exam will remain the same," he added.

Parents welcomed the decision of keeping negative marking at bay for CET but said that the government should come up with an official confirmation on the issue. Parents also said that the state should work towards taking its syllabus at par with the central board so that students will not have to prepare separately for the boards and the CET.

IN THE LURCH

  • The government had announced the change in the pattern of the entrance test in March 2017
  • However, there was no clarity including the one on negative marking