MAHCET 2018: Complete Exam Analysis

The exam was quite lengthy and the difficulty level was high for Logical reasoning section. Nevertheless, the questions from Abstract reasoning were easy to solve and the difficulty level of Quantitative Aptitude section was neither too difficult nor too easy.

Created On: Mar 12, 2018 18:22 IST
Modified On: Mar 12, 2018 18:40 IST
MAHCET 2018: Complete Exam Analysis
MAHCET 2018: Complete Exam Analysis

MAHCET 2018 exam that was held on 10th March was based on a completely changed pattern as different sets of questions from Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability were asked in the exam. The exam was quite lengthy and the difficulty level was high for Logical reasoning section. Nevertheless, the questions from Abstract reasoning were easy to solve and the difficulty level of Quantitative Aptitude section was neither too difficult nor too easy. More or less, the difficulty level of this year’s exam was similar to that of the last year’s exam paper. The expected cut off at JBIMS, Mumbai may remain around 136 to 140.

The MAHCET 2018 Exam was conducted in two slots that began at 10AM and 2PM on 10th March, 2018. DTE Maharashtra conducted the test in multiple sessions in a two days test window on 10th and 11th March, 2018 across the country. The timings for both the days for slot 1 and slot 2 exams were from 10AM to 12.30PM and from 2PM to 4.30PM respectively.

Candidates felt that the paper was lengthy

The online computer based MAHCET 2018 test paper had 200 questions, and students were feeling the shortage of time as less than 1 minute was available to solve a question in the allotted time of 150 minutes. Irrespective of using tips and tricks to solve questions, candidates had to choose one out of the 5 options to answer a question, which again demanded extra time.

The only breather for candidates was that there was no mention for negative marking for wrong answers, and they played on guess work due to shortage of time. 

MAHCET Exam Overview

The MAHCET exam 2018 is conducted as per the standard format of IBPS tests.  At few test centers some of the candidates faced problem due to system-hang for a while, however, it got resolved and students were given alternate systems.

MAHCET 2018: Exam Analysis

Total number of questions


Mode of Exam

Online Computer Based

Number of Sections


Time slot

2 and half hours

Sectional Cut-Off

Applicable to determine percentile scores

Scoring Pattern

1 mark for every correct answer

Total Marks


Negative Marking

No negative marking

Answer options for each question


MAHCET 2018: The Positive Outlook

  • There was no fear of negative marking and candidates attempted to solve every question
  • The blend of fixed questions along-with uniform marking was helpful to maintain balance in the score of all four sections
  • On an average, many questions were found to fall on the easier side
  • Logical and Abstract Reasoning with 100 questions comprised 50% weight in the exam

MAHCET 2018: The negative Outlook

  • As per the MAHCET Exam scoring pattern, there are chances that a low scorer can get high percentile as the calculation of percentile and scoring process is based on the difficulty level of the exam
  • Due to the guess work, there are higher chances that a candidate can score higher based on sheer luck

Section-wise difficulty level of MAHCET exam 2018

MAHCET exam 2018 had 4 sections, wherein 100 questions were placed in the Logical and Abstract Reasoning Sections.

Name of the Section

No. of Questions

Marks per Question

Total Marks for the section

Difficulty Level

Logical Reasoning





Abstract Reasoning





Quantitative Aptitude





Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension





Total marks for the test





Overall score and cut offs of SIMSREE, JBIMS, PUMBA and  KJ Somaiya

It is confirmed that the difficulty level of MAHCET Exam 2018 was gone up across all the sections. Here’s an insight of last 3 years MAHCET Exam pattern:

Exam Year

Highest Percentile

Overall Score





11 candidates




9 candidates




3 candidates

As the trend suggests, a candidate attempting 150 questions along-with some guess work can fetch 99 percentile. Importantly, if the candidate has appeared in a more difficult exam slot, he can get high percentile even with a low score.

Expected Cut offs for SIMSREE, K J Somaiya and JBIMS

A candidate scoring more than 130 marks can get admission in top MBA colleges like SIMSREE, JBIMS, K J Somaiya and PUMBA that accepts MAHCET Exam score. A detailed analysis is given below:

  • PUMBA: 120 and above
  • SIMSREE: 130 and above
  • JBIMS Mumbai: 135 and above
  • K J Somaiya: 125 and above

There was a 20% fall in candidate’s turnout in all slots of the MBA/MMS aspirants in the MAHCET 2018 Exam for admission in colleges like PUMBA, JBIMS, K J Somaiya, SIMSREE and N L Dalmiya. MAHCET 2018 Exam was conducted in 40 cities across the country.

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