How to prepare for MAH CET 2023?

MAH CET preparation should begin with understanding its exam pattern, important topics, and then putting your knowledge into practice. This article is dedicated to helping you develop a smart plan for your MBA CET preparation 2023.
MAH CET 2023

The Maharashtra CET (Common Entrance Test) is utilised for MBA/MMS admissions at the reputed B-schools of the State. Since 2021, it has been held annually over three slots (days) in the month of August, but starting in 2023, it will take place over two slots (two days) in the month of March.

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MAH CET 2023: Overview of Exam Structure

MAH CET typically contains 200 MCQ (multiple choice questions) to be attempted in 150 minutes. All test questions carry equal marks. It is held across various cities of India. The following table shows the key features of MAH CET 2023:

Sectional Time Limit
Type of Questions
Areas of Testing
Logical + Critical Reasoning, Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Abstract Reasoning
Answer Choices/ Question
Marking Scheme
+1 for each correct answer; No negative marking
Intersection/Intrasectional Navigation
How to prepare for MAH CET 2023

Generally, the difficulty level of MAH CET is moderate. But with so many aspirants competing for limited admission seats, you need to focus well to ace the exam. As there is no sectional limit in MAH CET, you must decide beforehand about the time to be spent in each section. Here is the probable range of questions from each area, along with the suggested time to be spent on them:

No. of Questions
Suggested Time (minutes)
Logical Reasoning
Abstract Reasoning
Verbal Ability
Quantitative Aptitude
MAH CET Preparation 2023: Section-wise Strategy

As you can see from the above tables, MAH-CET features a mix of the usual MBA test contents. However, unlike other entrance tests, questions from different sections are usually jumbled up throughout the MAH CET paper. Below is the analysis of all sections for your MBA CET preparation:

  • Verbal Ability: The questions from this section are based on: Jumbled paragraphs, Error corrections in sentences, Vocabulary, Sentence completion, Synonyms - Antonyms, Idioms and Phrases, phrasal verbs, Synonyms and antonyms, Similar words used in different contexts, Reading Comprehension of unseen passages, completion of paragraphs and One-word substitutions.
    Verbal ability basically requires you to have a strong hold over vocabulary, grammar and reading skills. Make a habit of reading good books and newspapers and try to learn new words and their usage by looking up a standard dictionary. Studying a good Grammar book like Wren & Martin’s High School Grammar and solving the questions therein can help you a lot.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: The major topics for this section are: Numbers, Ratio - Proportion, Percentage, Numbers, SI & CI, Time - Distance, Height & Distance, Indices & Surds, Geometry, Mensuration, Logarithms, Permutations & Combinations, Probability, Time & Work, Profit-Loss, and Data Interpretation - Graphs, Charts, Tables.
    The questions asked are based on elementary mathematics, however, you can solve the practice questions. Do memorise tables, squares and cubes to save time in the test. Mental calculations can help you a lot here. Use approximations, decimal-fractions and percentage techniques to solve quant questions. DI forms the major part of this section. So, do practice 3-4 DI sets daily.
  • Logical & Abstract Reasoning: This section has the highest weightage in MAH-CET exam. Reasoning questions are usually based on: Series, Input & Output, Directions, Linear and Circular Arrangements, Symbol based Series Completion, Directions, Conditional Coding, Selection Criteria, Venn Diagrams, Deductions and Coding-Decoding.
    As there are no standard techniques to solve these questions, the only way to ace this area is to practice 15-25 questions daily. Visual reasoning questions are a new addition to this section. It is advised to solve previous year papers and mock tests to get hold of this most important section.

Like other MBA entrance tests, MAH-CET checks your time management and speed skills more than your knowledge.

Resources for MAH CET Preparation 2023
You must refer to the past question papers and practice mock tests during your MBA CET preparation. Access the required resources below:
Source Description Test Link
MAH CET Mock Test Access & take the Free Mock MAH-CET Click Here
MAH CET Previous Year Papers Download past papers of MAH CET Click Here
FAQs about MAH CET Preparation 2023
1. Is MAH CET easy?
MAH CET is mostly manageable, with only a few tricky questions. It is perceived to be moderate in difficulty level. So if you have prepared for other MBA entrances like CAT, XAT, etc, you will be able to take on MAH CET easily.
2. What is the cut-off for MAH CET?
MAH CET cut-off varies from college to college, with the top-ranked institutes setting it at 99+ percentile, while some colleges have a cut-off of 60-70 percentile. So, you will be able to spot a number of colleges in the cut-off range of 60-99.7.
3. How many colleges accept MAH CET score?
Around 330 B-schools accept MAH CET scores, for admissions to their MBA/MMS/PGDM programmes.
4. Can I crack MAH CET in 2 months?
Yes, you can prepare for MAH CET in 2 months, beginning with strengthening your conceptual knowledge in the first month and practising mock tests in the second month. Your practice should be followed by a thorough performance analysis for improvements in the further tests.
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