MHT CET 2018 Topper Interview: Priyesh Vakharia says “Have a goal and work towards it”
If you are determined to learn and grow, then no one can stop you. Priyesh Vakharia has proved this by topping the chart of MHT CET results where he scored the fourth position. The two years of dedication and hard work finally paid off on June 3 when MHT CET result was declared. Priyesh, a Mumbai based boy scored 191/200 in MHT CET 2018 making his parents and teachers proud. For Priyesh, engineering was always appealing on account of being an intriguing and vast stream. Now that he has scored a good rank, Priyesh is aiming for Computer Science branch in Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI). Careers360 caught with the Mumbai lad to know more about his journey, what motivated him, his inspiration, what strategy he adopted to crack MHT CET, what his future plans are and so. Read the full article below.
Careers360: Congratulations for your outstanding performance in MHT CET! What was your reaction upon knowing your rank?
Priyesh Vakharia: I had expected the marks but I was pleasantly surprised at knowing my MHT CET 2018 result and that I shared the fourth rank overall. It was amazing. The second rank in Maharashtra for total marks is shared by four students including me but officially my rank is fourth as per the merit list .
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself. Which board have you studied under? Which school have you studied in?
Priyesh Vakharia: I had studied under the IGCSE board in Vibgyor High (Goregaon- West). I scored a total of 191 in MHT CET 2018.
Careers360: Did you also appear for JEE Main? What was your score and rank in JEE Main?
Priyesh Vakharia: Yes I appeared for the JEE Main 2018 exams also. I scored 154 with an AIR of around 16000.
Careers360: Why do you want to study engineering? When did you decided to study engineering? Which branch would you be interested in? Which college do you wish to apply for?
Priyesh Vakharia: Engineering appeals to me as an intriguing and vast stream. I have always been more interested in the computer stream. But there was no fixed decision when I started my 11th. On consultations with my elder cousins and friends I slowly got drawn to the ‘computer science’ branch. I would prefer to apply to VJTI.
Careers360: When did you start your MHT CET preparation? Tell us something about your preparation strategy and daily routine for MHT CET?
Priyesh Vakharia: There is no exact date which I can share with you as it was an ongoing flow. When I started class 11th, my main goal was to prepare for MHT CET but in addition I liked practising problems at a slightly higher level. There was no exact strategy or routine; I only followed my intuition. I knew my capacity to study in a particular day and accordingly I would plan the day. To keep my strength and not fall sick, I took proper care of my health by eating lot of fruits and home cooked food every day. I also feel this habit kept me light and fresh.
Careers360: Was there a difference in the preparation strategy in the last months of MHT CET considering that the board exams also are during this period? How did you manage preparation for both?
Priyesh Vakharia: These two years I understood the concepts of the syllabus. I took the opportunity of the 2 month long preparation for board exam to revise my concepts and all the formulae as the syllabus is same for both but only the paper pattern is different. As soon as the board exams ended I started preparations for JEE Main. During this preparation, I tried to get used to the MCQ pattern as time and speed are crucial factors in these objective exams while it is not the case for the boards. I solved only problems from different books and mock tests. To prepare for the entrance exam I also took coaching from Mindsetter’s private tuitions.
Careers360: Mock tests and sample papers – how extensively did you practise with the help of these? Do you think practising from the previous year papers help and how?
Priyesh Vakharia: I practised mock tests and sample papers quite extensively. Practising the previous year papers may help but one should not solely be dependent on those. Since this year the level of the exam was slightly raised from the previous one, last year papers were not much help in gauging the difficulty level. That doesn’t mean it is of no use. We do get an overall idea of the exam paper.
Careers360: Are there any special books that you feel have helped with your MHT CET preparation? Are the school text books adequate for preparing for MHT CET and Class XII?
Priyesh Vakharia: The textbooks only explain the concepts. They don’t contain objective questions so I had to practise objective questions from other reference books.
Careers360: How was the MHT CET exam different from JEE Main? Did you give JEE Main in offline mode or online?
Priyesh Vakharia: MHT CET exam focuses on speed and time management while JEE Main focuses on pure application of concepts. I gave it in offline mode.
Careers360: Did you face any problem during the MHT CET examination? Which subject was the easiest and which was the toughest? What do you think is a tough thing to manage during the exam?
Priyesh Vakharia: Time was a crucial factor. I could solve Maths paper in the given time and it was ample. Physics and chemistry was easy but managing time was tough . Physics was the all the more tricky given the time crunch.
Careers360: What do you think are the key factors behind your stupendous success in MHT CET?
Priyesh Vakharia: A lot had to come together to make this happen. I can’t attribute the credit of my success to any one factor. First credit would go to my support system - my parents, especially my mom and my grandparents, my fellow students and professors. A lot of credit can be given to the competitive atmosphere in my peer group. This actually spurred me to work harder and perform better.
Careers360: How did you de-stress yourself during the preparation? What are your hobbies? How often could you pursue them?
Priyesh Vakharia: I used to start my studies early in the morning and continue till evening with short breaks . I would de-stress by going for a swim in the evening. Music was also an excellent de-stressor. I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. One month before the MHT CET exam , I would swim or play a good game of badminton or squash every day to relieve the stress.
Careers360: Who is your ideal or biggest inspiration in life and why?
Priyesh Vakharia: My biggest inspirations are my elder cousins who have completed their under graduation in India. They are now studying abroad pursuing their Masters with scholarships.
Careers360: You know you are an inspiration to thousands of students across the country. Do you have any message for future aspirants on tackling the MHT CET exam?
Priyesh Vakharia: Have a goal and work towards it. Regular studies are a must with intensive hard work in the last two months. Ensure to participate in some outdoor activity to de-stress. However, it all boils down to keeping calm while writing the paper and avoiding silly mistakes in the process.
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MHT CET 2021 APPLICATION FOEM STARTING DATE
MHT CET (or Maharashtra Common Entrance Test) is a common state level entrance exam conducted by the State Common Entrance Test Cell, Government of Maharashtra every year for admission into undergraduate engineering, pharmacy and agriculture courses. MHT CET Application form is not released yet. MH CET 2021 Application Form is expected to be made available inonlinemode from 2nd week ofFebruary 2021 on the official website.
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mgr CET 2021 application starting date
It seems that you want to ask for MHT CET 2021 Application form because there is no exam by the name MGR CET, if not then please mention the correct one.
So the MHT CET 2021 application was expected to be out in the first week of January 2021 but it is not released yet and is expected to be released by the end of this month. It will be released on the official website as given below by The Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test Cell :-
After the release of application form you can follow the complete application process as described below :-
- You have to fill the registration form very firstly by visiting to the above mentioned official website.
- To register, you will have to enter your basic details such as your name, father's name, mother's name, contact details and so on.
- Then after you will also be required to create a username (4 to 15 characters) and password (8 to 20 characters).
- Now the registered candidates will have to visit the MHT CET home page and required to login using their username and password created in the third step.
- Now coming to the last part, you are required to enter your preferences in the MHT CET application form 2021 for exam day like language of exam, exam centers, etc.
- Then you have to proceed for uploading of images in the prescribed format :-
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- Now you have to proceed for payment of application fee which is Rs. 800/- + Bank Charges for candidates from Maharashtra State belonging to general category, Outside Maharashtra State (OMS), J & K Migrant candidates and Rs.600/-+Bank charges for candidates of backward Categories [SC, ST, VJ/DTNT(A), NT(B), NT(C), NT(D), OBC, SBC, SEBC] and persons with disability; Candidates belonging to Maharashtra State only.
For complete details about MHT CET 2021 , check out the link given below :-
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My son will appear 10th CBSE from Kuwaitin 2021, I am planning for him to do his 11th & 12th from Maharashtra, will he be able to get admission through MHCET,is it is enough to have 11th and 12th from Maharashtra state to be eligible for MHCET.Appreciate your response. _
Candidates should have passed SSC and also Diploma in Engineering or HSC or Bachelor of Science Exam from a recognised institution in the state ofMaharashtra. Candidate should either be aDomicileofMaharashtraand/or should be born inMaharashtra to avail the reservation for the Maharashtra state students. So I think that if you make your child study 11th and 12th standard from Maharashtra, that will not be enough. For more info you can visit the following link:
Others state candidate (Reserve Category ) shall be eligible for admission in B.Tech in Maharashtra through MHT CET
Yes,candidates who do not belong to Maharastra state can also appear for the MHT CET. You can get admission into the engineering colleges in Maharashtra even if you are non-resident of Maharashtra. However, non-residents can just go for the private colleges under AIQ 15% quota. They cannot appear for the government and government aided colleges for the admission process through MHT CET.
My son is OCI holder and is currently studying in 8th standard (CBSE). He shifted to Thane,Maharshtra in class 3. Can he be eligible for MH CET in near future taking in to the current rules?
Yes, he will be eligible.
Candidates who pass the following examination from a recognised institution in the state of Maharashtra are eligible for MHT CET :
Diploma in Engineering
Bachelor of Science
The candidate whose domicile is Maharashtra and/ or is born in the state of Maharashtra are also eligible.
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