Pune: Over 32,500 students appeared for the Maharashtra Health and Technology - Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET) 2011, which was held at 73 exam centres across the city on Thursday.
The test is a combined entrance exam for admissions to the first-year degree courses at health sciences, engineering and pharmacy colleges in the state. Overall, 3.02 lakh students from and outside Maharashtra had enrolled for the exam, which was conducted simultaneously at 786 centres. The results will be declared on June 14.
The test was conducted in three slots of one-and-a-halfhours each starting with physics and chemistry (paper I) at 10 am, followed by biology (paper II) at noon and mathematics (paper III) at 3 pm.
A majority of students found physics and mathematics tougher to solve as compared to chemistry and biology. “Physics, in particular, was difficult, lengthy and high on numericals,” said Jeevan Zambre, who appeared for the test from the Abasaheb Garware College centre.
Thorat, who also appeared for the test at the Garware college centre, gave a similar assessment. “Physics was a bit tough but, chemistry and biology were easier,” she said. Another student, who did not wish to be identified, said, “The overall difficulty level for maths was along the expected lines. However, the paper had a few tricky questions.” In biology, the zoology segment was relatively difficult, he said.
Going by the PCB paper, CET coaching expert Harish Butale said, “The cut-off point, i.e. the percentage where the admission to a given course closes, is likely to be around the same score as it was last year for medical seats. Admission to medical course closed at a score of 171 out of 200 marks in 2010.”
B J Medical College dean Renu Bharadwaj, who is also divisional authority for the test, said, “The exam passed off smoothly with a marginal 1.6% of the total 33,104 enrolled students from the city remaining absent.” In all, 32,573 appeared for the test, which means 98.3% attendance, she said. Among these, 17,125 students wrote the papers for physics, chemistry and biology (PCB) group, which is meant for admission to health science courses. Another 28,810 students appeared for the physics, chemistry and mathematics (PCM) group, which is for engineering courses, she said.
“Some of these figures may overlap considering that a fairly large number of students attempted the physics, chemistry, maths and biology (PCMB) group, which enables them to take a call on going either way to engineering or health science courses,” said Bharadwaj.
The enrolment for MHTCET this year had gone up by 6.10%, from 2.85 lakh students in 2010 to 3.02 lakh students in 2011.
While the exam is conducted by the state director of medical education (DMER), the centralised seat-allotment process, after the results, is conducted independently by the DMER for the health sciences seats and by the director of technical education (DTE) for the engineering and pharmacy seats. Meanwhile, the DMER issued a release on Thursday evening stating that an elaborate programme of admission process will be declared through a public notification after the MHT-CET results are announced on June 14.
The merit list of MHTCET shall be used for filling up the preference forms. This process is likely to be conducted in the last week of June or first week of July. The selection for health science courses shall be as per merit and the preferences given by the candidates, the release stated. The cut-off date for medical, dental, nursing council courses is September 30.
Total candidates enrolled in state: 3,02,689 Candidates appeared in test: 2,99,085 Candidates appeared from Rest of Maharashtra, including Pune: 1,94,126 From Marathwada: 45,491 From Vidarbha: 59,468
Courtesy: Times of India