Pune: Although the Ministry of Higher and Technical Education and Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) had said that the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET) will be at par with Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) Mains, experts have claimed that the State has not even reached half the level of JEE. MH-CET was held on Thursday across the State.
Experts have expressed immense disappointment and raised questions on the way the MHT-CET papers were set. Students too have stated that the papers were easy and were completed well in time. This has raised concerns, as experts doubt if such an easy level of competitive examination can be held credible in selecting future engineers.
MHT-CET was very easy. Students had no time management issue either. DTE had earlier claimed that CET exams will be held at par with JEE Mains. However, the paper was nowhere near the level of difficulty of JEE Mains. This kind of easy paper is very inappropriate to select future engineers. Majority of the questions were based on only information and formula and there were less conceptual questions,” said Durgesh Mangeshkar, Director of IITians Prashikshan Kendra.
He said, “If DTE is unable to set papers for MHT-CET at par with the standards of JEE Mains, then they should cancel State CET and replace it with JEE Main and admissions should be done accordingly, the way Rajasthan government has done from this year.”
Vaibhav Bakliwal of Bakliwal Tutorials claimed there is a lobby in conducting the examination. “Though stated last year by higher authorities that CET will be conducted in accordance with JEE Mains, this exam does not seem to be anywhere near that level. In JEE, a question would take 120 seconds to solve it whereas in CET the question can be solved in less than 60 seconds. That easy questions were framed. The State does not intended to hold the exam at the JEE level. In 2013 and 2014, CET was not conducted. The admission in those two years were based on JEE only. However, after several agitations, CET was brought back to fill seats at engineering colleges,” said Bakliwal.
Shreya Kulkarni from Fergusson College appeared for Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics (PCM) subjects. She said, “Chemistry was very easy and Mathematics and Physics were good. Overall it was an easy exam.”
Vaishali Patil of Ashok Mahavidyalaya, who also appeared for PCM, said, “Apart from mathematics, the other two papers were quite easy. Only mathematics was a bit lengthy, but the solutions were easy.”
Rutuja Khire (PCM) of Fergusson College said, “I felt mathematics was difficult. I could not understand a few questions, hence it took me some time to complete the paper. Physics and chemistry were fine.”
For Manasi Waghmare from Latur, physics was difficult and lengthy. “Other papers were averagely good,” she said.
47K students appear for exam
As many as 1.4 lakh candidates from across Maharashtra, including over 47,000 candidates from Pune appeared for MHT-CET on Thursday. There were 111 centres across Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad. The exam was conducted in Pune, Ahmednagar, Solapur and Satara.