The CET procedure
The details of the CET (including the date of the exam) are advertised in all leading newspapers by DTE. The CET application forms are generally available in the month of March. You can appear for the exam by filling up the application form. In order to be eligible for the CET, you should be a graduate with a minimum of 50% marks in the qualifying (final) examination of the bachelor’s degree. If you are studying in the final year of graduation, you may also apply provided you obtain 50% in the final exam of graduation. For students belonging to the Reserved Category, the minimum percentage is 45 in the qualifying exam.
The test will be held on one day for all the CET centres across Maharashtra. Approximately a month after the written test, the candidates who obtain the minimum cut off score are shortlisted for the Group Discussion and Interview. For the past few years, the minimum cut off score has been 70 out of 200. You have to appear for only one Group Discussion and Interview under the centralised system to be eligible for admission to any of the institutes. Your GD and Interview scores are added to your written test scores. Besides these scores, some points are also allocated for your academic achievements and work experience. Students who qualify after the GD and interview are short- listed for admission.
The break- up of the total score is as follows:
Group Discussion 17
Past Academic Record 04
Work experience 02
Now, based on your merit ranking, you are offered a choice of institutes. For example, a candidate with rank 1 will be given the first preference for admission. Naturally, he will get a wider variety of choices of institutes than say, a candidate with rank 50. This system makes it very important for MBA aspirants to work hard to obtain the highest possible merit rank, in order to get admission to the institute of their choice.
More about the CET Syllabus
The CET is a 2˝ hour objective test with multiple choice answers. The total marks for the written test is 200. For the past three years, the questions have not been classified in the section-based format, i.e., there are no separate sections for each question type. The questions are an assorted variety, where the question types are distributed across the question paper.
Naturally, as there are no sections, there is also no minimum time allocated for any section. The CET of 1996, 1997 and 1998 had no negative marks for wrong answers. However, it is very important that you verify whether there is any negative marking before you appear for the test. There are three question types in the CET:
Math : This question type covers math topics like numbers, ages, simple interest and compound interest, percentage, profit and loss, ratios, and the like. This question type also includes data interpretation, which deals with analysing information given in the form of tables, graphs and charts.
English : English includes questions based on grammar like sentence correction, error spotting, idioms and phrases, etc. other forms of English questions include paragraph construction, spellings, analogies, fill in the blank, jumbled sentences and the like. It also includes reading comprehension.
Logic : This question type covers a wide variety of analytical questions such as syllogisms, logical data interpretation, logical puzzles, finding the missing number, relationship, visuals, and the like. In the CET, logic is given the most weightage; as nearly 50% of the questions are based on logic. There are questions on visual reasoning, that is, questions based on figures and pictures. The CET covers approximately 35-40 questions purely on visual reasoning. Of all the three sections, undoubtedly visual reasoning questions are the most difficult and largest in number of questions in the CET.
HOW TO GO ABOUT IT
Structure: CET is not a section-based paper. Furthermore for the last three years’ CET did not have any negative marking. In the CET, there is no timing for any section as the CET does not have sections.
Question Types: CET has both Verbal and Non verbal logic. Logic comprises nearly 50% of the paper. Amongst these, visual logic is one of the trickiest areas.
Hence, a student who has prepared for the CAT thoroughly may not necessarily be fully prepared for the CET, due to the predominance of the logic questions. A serious CET student must, therefore make sure that he/she has completely prepared in all areas of the exam, especially in logic.
When is the CET held?
For the last three years, the CET has been held on the 4th Sunday of May. Though you may be reasonably sure that the exam will be held in May, the exam date cannot be predicted.
How to prepare for the CET
When you appear for any kind of competitive examination, you must keep in mind that you have to be ahead of the competition to reach your desired goal. Hence you need to be completely prepared for the CET. After all, no soldier goes to the battlefield to fight without equipping himself with weapons!
The CET is a competitive exam where students of different streams compete to get into a good management institute. In such a scenario, the well prepared students are the ones who emerge as winners.
CET accords very low weightage to work experience and academic performance. The marks for past academic record are distributed on the basis of your academic performance in 10th and 10+2nd year of undergraduate study. Hence, for instance, if you have secured more than 60 but less than 74 % in SSC or any other equivalent board of examination, you get 1 point. If you have secured above 75%, you get 2 points. The same rule applies for HSC or any other equivalent examination board.
To gain points for work experience, you need to have a minimum of 1-year postgraduate work experience in a company listed on any stock exchange of India. If you have more than 3 years’ work experience in a company listed on any stock exchange of India, you get 2 points.