Maharashtra Government has decided to go back to MH-CET in order to reduce the burden on class 12th students.
Maharashtra will go back to conducting a state level common entrance test (MH-CET) from the next academic year, after switching to Joint Entrance Exam (JEE Main), a national-level joint entrance exam for admissions to undergraduate engineering courses in 2014.
State higher and technical education minister Vinod Tawde had announced the plan to return to MH-CET in February, and the state issued a government resolution (GR) on Saturday.
The GR said: "Based on the provisions in Maharashtra Unaided Private Professional Education Institutions (Regulation of Admissions and Fees) Act, 2015, the admissions to undergraduate engineering and medical courses will be conducted on the basis of common entrance test (CET) based on state board Class 12 syllabus."
Also, a CET cell is being formed by the government, aiming to put an end to tests by private and unaided professional educational institutions from the next academic year (2016-17).
Tawde said, "It will lessen the burden on students as they won't have to study the syllabus of Class 11 and 12 for MH-CET as they do for JEE Main. Also, JEE-Main exam is held only 15 days after the Class 12 boards and the students do not get enough time to prepare for it."
In 2014, 2.45 lakh candidates appeared for JEE-Main from the state.
This year, around 13.035 lakh students registered all over India with a drop of around 52,500 students compared to last year when around 13.56 lakh students registered for exam.
Engineering colleges welcomed the move. GT Thampi, principal, Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, Bandra, said: "It is a good move as it was necessary that the state simplify the entrance examinations for medical and engineering candidates. Many states have not adopted the JEE-Main exam yet. With this exam, students can focus on their Class 12 studies."
MH- CET is based on the Class 12 state board syllabus, while JEE-Main is conducted by Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE).
Source: Hindustan Times