Maharashtra: Optional CET for FYJC admissions on Aug 21, forms available till July 26

The Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) based question paper will be of 100 marks based on the Class 10 curriculum of the Maharashtra state board, and will be available in eight mediums, students can notify the medium in their application forms.

The optional Common Entrance Test (CET) for admissions to Class 11, first year junior college will be held on August 21 between 11 am and 1 pm. The exam will be held offline in a multiple-choice question format. The Optical Mark Recognition-based question paper will be of 100 marks, based on the Class 10 curriculum of the state board, and will be available in eight mediums. Students can notify the medium of their choice in their application forms.

While the CET itself is not mandatory for any student and all students who have passed Class 10 have been assured of a FYJC seat by the Maharashtra education board, first priority in admissions will be given to candidates who have appeared for the test.

Questions will be asked from four subjects — English, Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences subjects — with each subject carrying 25 per cent weightage of marks. Questions won’t be asked from topics that were omitted from the curriculum in 2020-21. The complete chapter-wise syllabus has been released by the state education department through a notice issued about online CET, and was even tweeted by state School Education Minister Varsha Gaikwad late on Monday night.

Students can fill in the application form for the test by logging in to the website or clicking on the link,, after 11.30 am on July 20. The forms will be available till July 26.

Students can log in to the board website where a link will be made available. Once students enter their roll numbers, they will get an option to indicate Yes or No, asking them if they want to take the CET or not. There will be separate instructions for students of other academic boards like CBSE or ICSE. Once students have indicated their preference, they will get an option to go to the payment gateway and pay the entrance exam fees. It is free for state board students while non-state board students will have to pay the entrance fee of Rs 178.

Students who have taken the CET will be given priority in all the junior colleges, based on merit in the CET. The FYJC admissions will take place in phases and in the first phase, students who have appeared for the CET, irrespective of board, will get admissions as per merit. Post their admissions, students who have not opted for CET will be given admissions based on Class 10 merit.

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