MAH CET 2017 Result Analysis - 95 per cent of 88,226 test takers score below 100

mah cet result analysisDespite having an increase of 27 per cent test takers in MAH CET 2017, ensuring quantitative improvement, candidates’ performance could not reflect the qualitative improvement. While the management fraternity was rejoicing that MAH CET, the state level MBA entrance exam received 94,679 applications, the fact that the quality of performance has also dipped, is a matter of concern for them now. Compared to past two years, parameters like the highest score, percentage of test takers scoring above 50 per cent as well as the number of candidates getting disqualified for scoring nil is higher. Out of 200, the highest score obtained by the topper is 145, which is not even 80 per cent. Out of 88,226 test takers, around 95 per cent candidates have secured less than 50 per cent marks.

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On the other hand, around 50 per cent of the MAH CET 2017 test takers have scored between 0 to 50. As compared to last year, 39 per cent candidates were in this score range. Moreover, as many as 49 test takers have been disqualified from the further round of admission owing to scoring zero in the test. However, the number of candidates securing the highest percentile of 99.99 is 11, which is slightly higher than last year. In MAH CET 2016, as many as nine candidates had secured 99.99 percentile. The following table brings to you the comparative analysis of MAH CET result of past two years.


MAH CET Result Comparison Over Past Two Years


MAH CET 2017

MAH CET 2016

MAH CET 2015

Number of test takers




Highest score obtained




Total number of candidates obtaining highest score




Candidates scoring 100 and above

2.03 per cent

5 per cent

28 per cent

Candidates scoring between 50 and 99

45.87 per cent

55 per cent

70 per cent

Candidates scoring between 0 to 49

48.75 per cent

39 per cent

5 per cent

Higher difficulty level of exam may have led to lower scores


Compared to last year, the overall difficulty level of MAH CET 2017 was higher. Logical Reasoning, which carried the highest weightage of the exam with 75 questions was the toughest section. On the other hand, Abstract Reasoning, the easiest section carried only 25 questions. According to experts, this could be a probable reason why test takers could not maximise the score despite the lack of negative marking scheme. Also, solving 200 questions within 150 minutes was too tedious for test takers. According to Tigran Wadia, AIR 1, MAH CET 2017, there was hardly any time to go through the entire question paper and select questions to solve. 


Till 2015, there was no sectional demarcation in the exam pattern. From 2016 onwards DTE had changed the MAH CET exam pattern as follows:

MAH CET 2017 Structure



No. of Questions

Maximum Marks

Marks per Question

Total Marks


Logical Reasoning






Abstract Reasoning





Quantitative Aptitude





Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension




Each question carries one mark and there is no negative marking scheme for wrong answers. There is no negative marking for unattempted questions.  The total marks in the exam is 200.

According to DTE, the following procedure is adopted to obtain the scores:

(i) Number of questions answered correctly by a candidate in each objective test is considered for arriving at the corrected score.


(ii) The Corrected Scores so obtained by a candidate are made equivalent to take care of the minor difference in difficulty level, if any, in each of the objective tests held in different sessions to arrive at the Equated Scores*

*Scores obtained by candidates on any test are equated to the base form by considering the distribution of scores of all the forms.


(iii) Test-wise scores and scores on total is reported with decimal points up to two digits.


Cutoff expected to decrease owing to overall low score


Owing to the overall low score, the MAH CET 2017 cutoff for the participating institutes are expected to further go down. The final selection at the top B-schools acceptingMAH CET 2017 scores such as JBIMS, SIMSREE, KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research etc. will take place through Common Admission Process (CAP) or MAH CET Counselling rounds to be conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) most likely in May.


MAH CET 2017 result was announced on March 10. The computer based test was held over two days window on March 4 and 5, 2017.


Also Read

Top B-schools Accepting MAH CET Scores and Cutoffs

MAH CET Analysis 2017 - Moderate test with tough LR section


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First Published On : 16 Mar 2017 09:23 AM IST
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