What is MBA-CET Exam?

MBA-CET is a state level management entrance test held by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), the government body responsible for technical education in Maharashtra. It is also known as MBA-CET MBA exam. It is one of the major entrance exams which give the candidates access to MBA colleges across Maharashtra like JBIMS, Sydenham, Wellingkar etc.

The MBA-CET exam is held once every year, usually in the month of March. One major difference in the procedure for the exam from other entrance exams is that the MBA-CET exam score determines the college that you are eligible for admission in. There are no Group Discussion or Personal Interview rounds like most other entrance exams. The only factor that affects the candidature (apart from the score) is the domicile of the candidate. Candidates who have a Maharashtra domicile tend to get a benefit from the reservation policy that the DTE has.

The level of difficulty of the MBA-CET exam is usually lower than other entrance exams like CAT, XAT, SNAP, etc. One of the major reasons for the lower level of difficulty is the fact that there is no negative marking. The MBA-CET exam is almost purely a speed test where the candidate who is able to solve the most number of questions within the shortest period of time will get a higher percentile. The absence of negative marking introduces an element of luck and fortune in the equation as the guesses that every candidate makes can elevate their percentile if they get it right.

Syllabus for MBA-CET Exam

The MBA-CET exam is divided into 4 sections–

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • I. Paragraph Jumbles
  • II. Error Correction
  • III. Verbal Reasoning
  • IV. Reading Comprehension
  • V. Paragraph Completion
  • VI. Antonyms & Synonyms
  • VII. Fill in the blanks
  1. Logical Reasoning:
  • I. Symbol based questions
  • II. Linear and Circular Arrangement
  • III. Blood Relations
  • IV. Venn and Network diagram
  • V. Sequential Output
  • VI. Directions
  • VII. Syllogism
  • VIII. Puzzles
  • IX. Coding and Decoding
  • X. Direction Sense
  • XI. Statement-Argument
  • XII. Figure-Based Statement
  • XIII. Fact-Inference
  • XIV. Analogy
  • XV. Binary Logic
  • XVI. Clocks and Calendars
  • XVII. Set Theory
  • XVIII. Passage Conclusion

3. Quantitative Ability

  • I. Numbers and its applications
  • II. Percentages and its applications
  • III. Ratio and Its applications
  • IV. Algebra and its applications
  • V. Geometry and its applications
  1. Abstract Reasoning
  • I. Visual Reasoning

MBA-CET 2023 Exam Notification and Overview

MBA-CET registration generally opens around February and closes by March. The application dates for MBA CET 2023 are yet to be officially released. In order to register for the exam, the candidates have to apply online at the official website, provide the requisite information, select the preferred test centres, and pay the application fee.

The authorities also extend the provision to make corrections in the application form. The exam will be tentatively held in the month of March, and its admit card will be issued a week before the scheduled date. MBA CET result is usually announced in April.

MBA-CET 2023 Exam Pattern

MBA-CET is somewhat different from other entrance exams. Though it is an aptitude test, there is a little leverage provided to the test taker in terms of the difficulty level of the questions. However, it is better for a candidate to understand section-wise breakup of the exam in order to get a better score. He/she must understand the individual weightage and the total marks allotted to each section in order to identify their preparation strategy for the management entrance test.

Exam ModeComputer Based
Exam Duration2.5 Hour (150 Minutes)
Name of the sections

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Aptitude

Abstract Reasoning

Section wise time durationNo time limit for each section
Number of questions per section

200 questions in total

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension – 50 questions

Logical Reasoning – 75 questions

Quantitative Aptitude – 50 questions

Abstract Reasoning – 25 questions

Total Marks200
Marking Scheme

+1 for every right answer

No negative marking for wrong answers

MBA-CET 2023 Eligibility

Following are the eligibility criteria to consider while applying for MBA-CET exam –

  • Bachelor’s Degree

Any candidate with a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institute is qualified to apply for the exam. There is no minimum or maximum academic qualification limit for the test taker to take MBA CET exam. Students in their pre-final or final year of graduation can also apply. For the general category, the minimum aggregate should be 50% and for reserved category, the candidate should have acquired at least 45% in graduation.

  • Other Examinations

Candidates appearing for CAT/GMAT/CMAT/MAT/XAT/ATMA are eligible for admission against the All India seats subject to the fulfilment of eligibility criteria. Such candidates need to fill an online application form according to the schedule.

  • Work Experience

You can be either a fresher or an experience working professionally.

  • Language Medium

You’re eligible to take the MH-CET exam even if your medium of instruction in school and/or college was not English.

MBA-CET 2023 Application Fee

While the registration fee for this year’s exam is yet to be announced, the registration fee for the MBA-CET 2022 exam was –

  • Maharashtra State Candidates – Rs 800
  • All India level Candidates – Rs 1000

MBA-CET Exam Cutoff

There is no overall cutoff in the MBA CET exam however each individual college does have its own cutoff depending on the category of the candidate. To get into JBIMS, the candidate needs to get over 135-140 marks if they have Maharashtra domicile. If the candidate is from outside Maharashtra, they need to get around 150-160 marks to stand a chance at getting into JBIMS. SIMSREE is expected to have a cutoff of approximately 130-135 marks with the candidates with Maharashtra domicile being able to get admission with a score of 110-115 marks. Candidates without reservation would face a cutoff of around 130 while the minority status would grant candidates admission for a lower score of around 115 marks. The cutoff for other colleges will be lower than the above-mentioned scores.