Exam Detail

MAH MBA CET 2024State Common Entrance Test Cell, Government of Maharashtra

  • Test Level-: State Level
  •     Eligibility-: Graduation
  • Duration-:2 Hours 30 Minutes
  • Medium-: English
  • Examination Mode-: Online
  • Total Questions-: 200

MAH MBA CET 2024 exam will be conducted by Maharashtra State CET Cell on March 9 and 10, 2024. The exam is conducted for admission to MBA/MMS courses offered by over 300 colleges and institutes. MAH MBA CET 2024 registration dates are January 11 to January 31, 2024. Know all about MAH MBA CET 2024 latest syllabus, pattern, preparation tips, etc.

MAH MBA CET 2024 will be held is conducted for admission to MBA/MMS courses offered by over 300 B-schools in Maharashtra. The exam is conducted by the Maharashtra State CET cell annually in March-April. The MAH CET 2024 will be held on March 9 and 10, 2024. Although MAH MBA CET is conducted for Maharashtra State candidates, students from rest of India can also appear for it. The exam is followed by a common counselling process called - Centralised Admission Process or CAP through which seats are allotted to candidates in MBA/MMS programmes offered by over 300 Maharashtra institutes.

MAH CET 2024: Exam Highlights

MAH MBA CET is the most popular MBA entrance exam in Maharashtra, mainly because it is accepted by popular government as well as private institutions of the state. Take a look at the table below for key highlights of MAH MBA CET 2024:

Exam Particulars

Exam Details

Exam Name


Conducting Body

State Common Entrance Test Cell, Maharashtra

MAH MBA CET 2023 Exam Dates

March 9, March 10

Exam Level

Postgraduate exam at the state level

Exam Frequency


Mode of Exam

Computed Based Test (CBT)

Total Registrations

About 1 lakh

Courses offered through Entrance Exam


Exam Fees

INR 1,000 (General category)

INR 800 (Reserved category)

Exam Duration

2.5 hours

Total Marks


Total Questions


Marking Scheme

  • One mark for each correct answer
  • No negative marking

Language/Medium of Exam


Colleges Accepting Exam Score

JBIMS, SIMSREE, PUMBA, Prin. LN Welingkar, Balaji Institute of Modern Management, ITM Business School, etc.

No. of Test Cities


Official Website

CET | State Common Entrance Test Cell (mahacet.org)

Contact Details

State Common Entrance Test Cell, Maharashtra State, Mumbai
8th Floor, New Excelsior Building, A.K.Nayak Marg, Fort, Mumbai-400001

Helpline Number (10:00 AM to 06:00 PM)


Application Fees

For General Category Candidates from Maharashtra State, Outside Maharashtra State (OMS), J & K Migrant candidates Rs.1000/-

For Candidates of Backward Class Categories [SC, ST, VJ/DT- NT(A), NT(B), NT(C), NT(D), OBC, SBC and EWS and Persons with Disability Candidates belonging to Maharashtra State only. Rs.800/

MAH MBA CET Eligibility Criteria 2024

  • Candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised university with a minimum of 50 per cent in aggregate (at least 45 per cent in case of reserved category candidates).
  • Final year graduation students or those awaiting their bachelor's degree result are also eligible to apply. However, their average score of 2 years, should meet the minimum score criteria.
  • Candidates appearing for CAT/GMAT/CMAT/MAT/XAT/ATMA are considered to be eligible for admission in the All India Seats category. Such candidates need to fill only the online application form for MAH CET Counselling which is conducted one to two months after the entrance exam result declaration.


MAH MBA CET CAP 2024 Counselling Process

MAH MBA CET is followed by a common counselling process for seat allotment which is called Centralised Admission Process (CAP). The MBA CAP is conducted by the State Common Entrance Test Cell for allotment of seats in participating institutes. All MBA CET qualifiers can participate in MBA CAP rounds. Students from outside Maharashtra are required to have a valid scores of CAT /GMAT /CMAT /MAT /XAT /ATMA to be eligible to apply for admissions to Maharashtra management colleges under counselling

MBA CET CAP registrations is done online. Candidates have to register for the MBA CET CAP on Maharashtra CET website before the deadline. Listed below are key points candidates must know about MAH CET MBA counselling.

  • MAH MBA CET CAP round is held in two to three rounds for both Maharashtra State and Outside Maharashtra State candidates.
  • MAH MBA CET CAP registration fees (for non-MAH CET students) is INR 1,000 to be paid at the time of filling the application online. For Reserved category students to fee is INR 800.
  • Upon selection for admission, the candidate will be required to visit designated counselling centres for document verification.
  • MAH MBA CET CAP 2024 schedule will be announced after the declaration of entrance exam result. 


MAH CET 2024 Application Process

MAH CET MBA registration cum application process 2024 is online. Candidates have fill an online application form to be able to appear for the entrance test. Application fee for MAH CET 2024 is INR 1,000 for unreserved category candidates and INR 800 for reserved category candidates. Check the steps below for application process:

  • Open the MAH CET MBA 2024 website: CET | State Common Entrance Test Cell (mahacet.org)
  •  Click on ‘New Registration’ tab
  • Click on ‘I accept and proceed’ tab
  • Fill the registration form with personal details, address, mobile phone number
  • Create a password and click on save and proceed
  • Note down the application number displayed on screen
  • Enter application number and password
  • Enter personal details, domicile and category
  • Upload a document for proof of identity
  • Upload scanned copy photo and signature 
  • Enter test city preference for test centre allotment
  • Pay application fee (debit card/credit card/net banking) to complete the process

Subject Wise Syllabus

MAH CET MBA Exam Pattern 2024

In MAH MBA CET exam, the questions are listed in random order and not sectionalised unlike other MBA entrance exams. Even the number of questions vary in sections and exam session. For example, if in one session, the numbrer of LR questions is 75, in another session, it can be 50. Take a look at the highlights of exam pattern below.

MAH MBA CET Exam Pattern


Number of sections, questions and marks

Logical Reasoning

75 questions

 75 marks

Abstract Reasoning

25 questions

25 marks

Quantitative Aptitude

50 questions

50 marks

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

50 questions

50 marks

Exam duration

150 minutes

Mode of examination

Computer Based Test

Medium of examination


Marking scheme

  • One mark for each correct answer
  • No negative marking


  1. Logical / Abstract Reasoning

This shall include the questions to measure how quickly and accurately you can think. This test may have questions based on figures and diagrams and also question on verbal reasoning.

      B. Quantitative Aptitude

This shall include the questions to know how fast and accurate you can work with numbers, do numerical calculations, understand various arithmetic problems involving ratio and proportion, percentage, etc. This test also helps to measure your power of quantitative reasoning, interpretation of tables, common graphs and charts.

C. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

       This shall include passages with questions based on their contents to test your comprehension. Your                   English   Language ability would be tested through questions on grammar, vocabulary, sentence                           completion, synonyms, antonyms, comprehension of passages etc. Your English language ability would               be tested through questions on

      (1) understanding of the contents of the passage and

      (2) choice of appropriate words, phrases, expressions and similar language skills


MAH MCA CET Reference Books

Name of Book


MCA CET Maharashtra

Chandresh Agarwal

MCA Entrance Examination

S Chand

A Comprehensive Guide for MCA

RS Aggarwal

A complete study package for MCA Entrances

Amit M Aggarwal

11 Years Solved Papers MCA Entrances

Amit M Aggarwal

The perfect study resource for MCA

Experts Compilation

Computer Fundamentals

PK Sinha

Object-Oriented Programming with C++


Mathematics for MCA Entrance Examination

Amit Choudhary and Neelam Choudhary

A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning

R.S. Aggarwal

Verbal Ability    

Wren and Martin


General Preparation Tips for MAH CET 2024

  • Solve as many practice papers as possible to get a real idea of the exam.
  • Jot down the strengths and weaknesses and devote time accordingly.
  • Prepare a timetable and devote enough time for physical exercises.
  • Get a good amount of sleep every night to increase concentration and productivity. 
  • Understanding MAH CET Exam Pattern is essential to crack MAH CET exam. There is no sectional time limit, however, candidates should follow the section-wise time allotment tabulated below:


Number of Questions

Suggested Time (in minutes)

Logical Reasoning



Abstract Reasoning



Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension



Quantitative Aptitude







MAH CET Preparation 2024: 3 Month Study Plan

MAH CET (MBA) Preparation Plan for the First Month

  • Look for the most suitable coaching institute to assist you in your preparation. Otherwise, gather all the recommended books and subscribe to all the vital YouTube channels. 
  • Solve a previous year's paper to understand the level and pattern of the exam.
  • Try to complete at least 50% of the syllabus for each section.
  • Attempt at least 2 mock tests at the end of the month to understand your level of MAH CET Preparation.
  • Jot down the important points and analyze the mistakes.

MAH CET (MBA) Preparation Plan for the Second Month

  • Cover the remaining syllabus of each section.
  • Revise the already studied topics in each section. 
  • Attempt 2-3 practice papers every week and analyze your performance. Also, note down any new trick or concept which you come across.
  • Start taking sectional mock tests:
    • MAH CET Logical Reasoning - Monday & Wednesday
    • MAH CET Quantitative Aptitude - Tuesday & Saturday
    • MAH CET Abstract Reasoning - Thursday
    • MAH CET VARC - Friday & Sunday

MAH CET (MBA) Preparation Plan for the Third Month

  • Revise the entire syllabus.
  • Focus on solving sample papers and full-fledged mock tests. Practice as many practice papers as possible.
  • Analyze previous year’s question papers.
  • Jot down the mistakes and rectify them.
  • Study every day and stay away from any distractions.

MAH CET Section-Wise Preparation

MAH CET Section-Wise Preparation Strategy

Every section in MAH CET 2024 exam has been awarded a different weightage with respect to the number of questions. Hence, a section-wise MAH CET Preparation Strategy is essential for scoring well in all sections.

MAH CET Preparation Tips for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Candidates should focus on the below-mentioned points to ace preparation for MAH CET Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Section.

  • Read newspapers to enhance the skill set in both verbal ability and reading comprehension sections.
  • Maintain a habit of reading the questions first and then answering and not the other way around.
  • Focus on the context of the words if the meaning is incomprehensible. 


Preparation Tips

Reading Comprehension

Practice 2-3 RC Passages daily. Read Newspapers like The Hindu, The Times of India, and The Indian Express. Read Short stories, novels and articles to understand different themes of RC passages Break elements of passages into simple words to understand the essence.

Verbal Ability

Improve the vocabulary by jotting down and memorizing the difficult words.
Read a good reference book for vocabulary like Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis. Practice Sample Papers to get hold of the pattern of questions. Practice confusing grammar topics like prepositions, word usage, etc. daily from books like Wren and Martin, M.Tyra, etc. Read newspapers and journals.

MAH CET Preparation Tips for Logical Reasoning

The Logical Reasoning section has the maximum weightage and hence requires a lot of practice. Below are some preparation tips for Logical Reasoning section.

Important Topics for MAH CET Logical Reasoning Preparation

Arrangement (Linear, Circular, Matrix)

Blood Relations


Statements – Assumptions

Fact – Inference – Judgement






  • It is advised to know the weightage of each part of the Logical Reasoning section and focus on the important topics.
  • Practice at least 20 questions from Arrangements daily as around 20 questions are asked from this topic alone.
  • Try to visualize the problem and solve the questions with the help of tables and grids.
  • Use the process of elimination, wherever necessary.
  • Avoid choosing the trap answers. 
  • The students should practice previous year’s question papers to get real-time exam experience.

MAH CET Preparation Tips for Abstract Reasoning

  • Do not spend inconsiderable time on one question.
  • Read all important concepts and visualization tricks to solve Non-Verbal Reasoning questions.
  • Do not make any assumptions and stick to whatever the question is asking.
  • Speed and time are crucial elements of this section. The students must devote their time accordingly.
  • The students need to practice as many previous year question papers as possible. 

MAH CET Preparation Tips for Quantitative Aptitude

This is the most time-consuming section of the entire exam. The students need to follow these tips to ace Quantitative Aptitude section of the exam.

  • This section requires students to think quickly. Hence, they are advised to solve as many questions as to increase their thinking speed.
  • The students need to memorize the tricks and shortcuts for calculations.
  • Practice is the key to ace this section. So practice at least 20-25 questions every day in the given sequence:
    • Arithmetic - Monday
    • Algebra - Tuesday
    • Geometry - Wednesday
    • Mensuration - Thursday
    • DI - Friday
    • Miscellaneous - Saturday
    • Mock Test - Sunday
  • Don’t make any assumptions and strictly stick to the questions.
  • Solve mock tests and Identify the topics you are weak in and work on them.
  • Don’t stick to one question. If one is unable to solve a question within 60-90 seconds, it is advised to move on to the other.

Last Minute Preparation Tips for MAH CET 2024

  • Revise Important Topics: The students must spend the last week revising the stuff they have already prepared. 
  • Do not pick up new topics: The students are recommended not to pick up new topics a week before the exam. Studying new topics is likely to create confusion.
  • Analyze the mistakes: Students must spend considerable time attempting practice papers. They need to jot down their mistakes and analyze their point of weakness.
  • Rest well: The students need to sleep well and eat enough the day before the exam. It is scientifically proven that a good sleep of 7-8 hours is essential to sharpen memory. 
  • Don’t Take Stress: Taking stress can have a negative effect on your health and performance in the exam. Stay calm and have confidence in your preparation.



Given below is the list of some top MBA colleges having MAH CET cut offs above 95 percentile for 2023 and 2022 academic years:

Institute Name

MAH MBA CET Cut off 2023 (percentile)

MAH MBA CET Cut off 2022 (percentile)

JBIMS, Mumbai






Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai



S.I.E.S. College of Management Studies, Mumbai






St. Xavier College Soc.'s, Xavier Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai



College of Engineering, Pune



Chetana's Ramprasad Khandelwal Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai



MET's Institute of Management, Mumbai



Lala Lajpatrai Institute of Management, Mumbai



Zagdu Singh Charitable Trust's Thakur Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai



Rizvi Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai



Shree C. E. Society's Indira Institute of Management, Pune



Vivekanand Education Society's Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai



Alkesh Dinesh Modi Institute for Financial & Management Studies, Mumbai



S.C.E.S. Indira School Of Business Studies, Tathwade



Agnel Charities Agnel Seva Sangha's Fr. C. Rodrigues Inst. of Management Studies, Navi Mumbai




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MAH MBA CET 2024 Seat Allocation

The category – wise seat allocation in MBA colleges in Maharashtra is as follows:

Type of Institution

                     Percent of Sanctioned intake








Government/Government- Aided Institute


  • Autonomous
  • Non- Autonomous University Departments
  • 70% for HU & 15 % for OHU



15 %






SNDT University



MAH MBA/MMS CET 2024 Seat Allocation in Unaided Private Professional Institutions

Type of Institution

                Percent of Sanctioned Intake




Institution Quota


Unaided Private Professional Institutions (Excluding Minority Institutions















Unaided Minority Educational Institutions


100% of MS Seats i.e CAP seats – (AI Seats + Minority Quota)


15% of CAP Seats i.e (Sanctioned Intake- Institution Quota)




Min . 51%


MAH MBA/MMS CET Seat Reservation Policy

Seat reservations in MAH MBA/MMS CET 2024 are provided for special category candidates belonging to Maharashtra only. Candidates applying for All India category seats will not be able to claim any type of seat reservation. Besides the reservations in MS Category seats, Supernumerary seats are also reserved for certain other categories of candidates. All of the details about the seat reservation policy of MAH MBA/MMS CET 2024 can be found given below:

MAH MBA CET 2024 Seat Reservation for MS Category

Following is the percentage of CAP Seats reserved for various categories of candidates eligible for reservation in MAH MBA/CET 2024





















               Supernumerary Seats Under MS Category



MAH MBA CET Admit Card 2024

The Maharashtra CET will issue MAH MBA CET admit card 2024 online. It will be released for download at its official website. Given below is a brief description of MAH CET admit card download process:

  • Visit the of Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test website
  • Go to on MAH-MBA/MMS CET 2024 
  • Click on ' to download admit card'
  • Enter your MBA CET 2024 application number and date of birth
  • Enter security pin and click on 'sign in'
  • The admit card will be displayed on the screen
  • Click on download tab and save your MAH CET 2024 admit card/hall ticket on desktop
  • Take two print outs of MAH MBA CET admit card