What is the Difference Between MAH MBA CET and CAT?

What is the Difference Between MAH MBA CET and CAT?

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MAH MBA CET vs CAT: Which exam is easier to crack? Let's find out the difference and similarities between MAH MBA CET and CAT.

MAH CET vs CAT: Which is easier?

Even though MAH MBA CET is a state level entrance exam, it is quite popular among management aspirants. It is so, mainly for two reasons -

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1. A lot of popular MBA colleges in India accept MAH MBA CET score for admission.

2. It is a moderately difficult exam and is conducted much after CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT so one gets a lot of time to practice and prepare. 

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MAH MBA CET conducted by Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test Cell is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams in India as it is a gateway to over 300 B-Schools in Maharashtra. Some of the top ranked MBA institutes such as JBIMS, Welingkar’s, SIMSREE, PUMBA, KJ Somaiya, NL Dalmia and Rizvi Institute accept MAH CET score for admission.

The other reason why MAH MBA CET is popular among MBA aspirants is that the exam is relatively easier than CAT, the biggest MBA entrance exam in India. Although, the exam syllabus and pattern are common for both CAT and MAH MBA CET, many Maharashtra based students prefer the latter as it is easier to crack and there is less competition viz. the number of applicants. Also, Maharashtra domicile candidates are preferred for admission through MAH CET. In this article, we will discuss the similarities and differences between MAH MBA CET and CAT. So, if you are planning to pursue MBA, read this article for MBA CET vs CAT comparison.

 What is the Difference Between MAH MBA CET and CAT?

Common Entrance Exam or CAT is a national level entrance exam and has over two lakh applicants on an average. Maharashtra Common Entrance Test or MAH CET, on the other hand, is a state level exam and about 75,000 candidates apply for it. Being a national  level exam, CAT sees applications from candidates from all over the country. On the other hand, MAH CET MBA is preferred by students from Maharashtra state as there is provision of seat reservation for Home candidates.

MAH MBA CET vs CAT: Conducting Body

  • MAH CET MBA/MMS: Conducted by Maharashtra State Common Entrance Test Cell
  • CAT: Conducted by Indian Institute of Management on rotation basis

MAH MBA CET vs CAT: Number of Applicants

  • MAH CET: On an average, about 75,000 to one lakh students apply for MAH CET MBA exam. 
  • CAT: On an average, over 2 lakh candidates apply for CAT exam.

MAH CET MBA vs CAT: Eligibility Criteria

MAH MBA CET: Bachelors’ degree in any discipline from any recognised university with minimum 50 per cent in aggregate ( 45 per cent for reserved category candidates). Final year students are also eligible to apply.

Also Read: MAH CET MBA eligibility criteria

CAT: Bachelors’ degree in any discipline from any recognised university with minimum 50 per cent in aggregate ( 45 per cent  for reserved category candidates). Final year students are also eligible to apply.

Also Read: CAT Eligibility Criteria

MAH MBA CET vs CAT: Syllabus and Pattern

Take a look at the table below for syllabus and pattern of MBA CET and CAT. The table reflects highlights of latest exam patterns of MAH CET and CAT.

Features

MAH CET MBA

CAT

Syllabus

  • Logical Reasoning (LR)
  • Analytical Reasoning (AR)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

 

Question Type

MCQ and non-MCQ

MCQ and non-MCQ

Total number of questions

200 questions

66 questions

Section-wise number of questions

LR

75 questions

VARC

24 questions

AR

25 questions

DILR

20 questions

QA

50 questions

QA

22 questions

VARC

50 questions

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-

Marking Scheme

  • 1 mark for every correct attempt
  • No negative marking
  • 3 marks for every correct attempt
  • Negative marking of -1 for every wrong attempt

Total marks

200 marks

198 marks

Exam mode

Computer Based Test

Computer Based Test

Exam slots

One slot, two days

Two-three slots, one day

Exam duration

150 minutes

120 minutes

Number of test cities

48

156

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MAH CET vs CAT: Exam Duration

  • The MAH MBA CET exam is of 150 minutes (2.5 hours) without break. There is no sectional time limit in the exam so the candidates can choose to solve the paper according to their convenience.
  • The CAT Exam is of 120 minutes (2 hours) without break. There is sectional time limit of 40 minutes for each exam section, which means the candidates have to complete each section within 40 minutes.

Also Read:

Download Free CAT Syllabus PDF Download Free MAH CET Syllabus PDF

MAH CET vs CAT: Difficulty Level

‘Is MAH CET Easier than CAT?’ To answer this oft asked question, we would say that yes, MAH MBA CET is much easier than CAT. The overall difficulty level of MAH CET MBA paper is usually moderate, while CAT exam is invariably of high difficulty level. the Reading Comprehension section of CAT is specifically much tougher than that of MAH MBA CET. Also, since the competition is high in CAT ( over 2 lakh applicants) as compared to MAH CET (over 75,000), getting a high percentile in former is tougher.

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MAH CET vs CAT: Exam Fees

  • MAH CET: Exam fees is INR 1,000 for General category students and INR 800 for Reserved category students
  • CAT: Exam fees is INR 2,400 for General category students and INR 1,200 for Reserved category students

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MAH CET vs CAT: Counselling Process

MAH CET: After the MBA CET, candidates have to participate in a common counselling process, or the Centralised Admission Process (CAP) for allotment of seat in an MBA programme offered by one of the Maharashtra universities or colleges.

CAT: There is no common counselling process for all CAT accepting colleges. The IIMs conduct Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) to select candidates for MBA admission. To seek admission to other MBA colleges accepting CAT score, candidates are required to apply to them separately and participate in their selection process.

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