In the announcement of MHT CET 2018 on October 5, 2017, Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Maharashtra emphasized on the revision of the entrance exam’s pattern. What stood out was the fact that DTE informed students that the difficulty level of MHT CET 2018 would be at par with JEE Main 2018 entrance exam.
With this announcement, students scrambled to prepare well for good ranks and seats in reputed colleges taking pains to ensure their preparation was good enough to tackle JEE Main too. Then, MHT CET 2018 was conducted on May 10. The paper was held in offline mode by DTE, Maharashtra in 36 districts across 1260 exam centres. Held in two papers - Paper I (Mathematics) & Paper II (Physics & Chemistry), the exam had four sets of papers with codes 11, 22, 33 and 44.
Careers360 set out to find out whether the claim by DTE Maharashtra was in fact true or was it all just hullabaloo and much ado about nothing? In this process, we talked to students, experts etc to understand how much of the claim was enforced.
The general consensus of those who appeared in the exam was that it was relatively easy in comparison to JEE Main 2018. The questions in JEE Main were analytical and required thinking ability and skills, whereas, MHT CET 2018 questions were straight from the text books. In fact, talk is that it is one of the easiest since the entrance exam came into being.
Mahavir Jain who teaches Mathematics at Pace IIT and Medical says, “It was easier than most entrance papers. Also the level of difficulty was 50% less when compared to JEE Main. Only 2 questions in Maths were on par with JEE questions while the remaining was almost from state board syllabus.”
Why this makes a difference?
Since the announcement stressed on the fact that MHT CET would be on par with JEE Main, most students perceived it to be tough since JEE Main is one of the toughest entrance exams in the country. This was the reason most students and their teachers were expecting the exam to be difficult and even prepared for it the same way. This could have been avoided and students could prepare well without the added stress.
Mahavir Jain further says, “We were expecting a bit tough paper but the paper turned out to be a complete scoring package for kids. If they have committed no silly mistakes, then they can expect a great result. Most students were very happy to see an easier paper”
JEE Main 2018 versus MHT CET 2018
Now, that both the exams have concluded, the real picture is out and students who have appeared in both feel that DTE had unnecessarily created a hype about nothing and that the upheaval they had to face on account of that one announcement turned to be unworthy.
Early Expectations for MHT CET
When the exam pattern was revised, coaching institutes too adopted a different strategy and starting teaching students accordingly preparing them for a tougher exam than before.
Hardik Tibrewal, a student says, “Based on what DTE had announced, the mock tests and sample tests were prepared with higher difficulty levels than past MHT-CET papers. However, the reality was not the same as per the expectations.”
Reality on D-Day
Utsav Kadam, who appeared for both exams says, ““MHT CET was comparatively very easy as compared to JEE Main 2018. Majority of the questions were direct and from the textbooks. We were told that the MHT CET 2018 this year will be at par with the JEE Main 2018. But it was not the case. It was in fact very easy and I think the hullabaloo was not even worth it.”
Hardik Tibrewal, further adds, “Compared to JEE Main, MHT-CET was far simpler. The questions were directly picked from the textbooks; very few required a deeper understanding of the topic. However, JEE Main was more difficult when compared to previous years. Maths was lengthy, and Chemistry required an understanding of the reactions. Physics was of a moderate level.”
The big question that can be raised out of the whole experience of MHT CET is – Why did DTE come up with such an announcement if there was no intention of following it up in the actual exam? What was the point of stressing the students and parents into preparing for a difficult paper if it was going to be easy? In this competitive era where students have to cope up preparing for multiple entrance exams, board exams and such, DTE could have done them a favour by not announcing any details of the difficulty levels.