Pune: The State government has decided to include Std XI syllabus for the Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test (MH-CET) for engineering and pharmacy. The government also wants to raise the difficulty level of the exams to bring them to par with the national level entrance tests like JEE and NEET.
This decision followed a GR (Government Resolution) by the State government issued a couple of months ago, that stated that MH-CET should be as competitive as the national level entrance examinations. This step was taken as studies showed that the students in the state couldn’t compete well in these national level exams that were much more difficult.
Speaking about the decision, Dayanand Meshram, Joint Director, Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) said, “We have received a letter from the government that states that a small portion of Std XI syllabus needs to be considered for
MH-CET.” “However, which topics are to be covered is not yet decided. For that, we have been instructed to discuss with the officials from the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE). Experts, on the other hand, feel that instead of covering just a small part of the portion, adding the full Std XI curriculum to the MH-CET syllabus will be in the interest of the students.”
“Students and parents don’t usually take studying seriously in Std XI. So, it’s necessary that the syllabus is included for MH-CET,” Prof Dilip Shaha said.
Dev Jha of Jha’s Educational Services also expressed similar opinion saying, “It’s absurd to include only a ‘small’ part of Std XI syllabus, as it will just end up confusing the students.
“They should either leave it or altogether take the whole syllabus. Incorporating the whole syllabus will again also help students preparing for JEE and NEET as well.”