How to Enroll in Engineering Colleges in Maharashtra?
Maharashtra is leading state in terms of technical education. Do you know that Maharashtra has the largest number of engineering colleges in the country only after Tamil Nadu? There are total 372 colleges in Maharashtra offering over 1 lakh engineering seats each year. Maharashtra is home to premier institutions like IIT Bombay, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) and Institute of Chemical Technology.
Admissions to most of the engineering colleges in Maharashtra are done on the basis of entrance exams. Earlier in 2014 and 2015, the colleges were accepting JEE Main score, while from this year MH CET is being conducted again which was discontinued for these two years. Now the admissions in undergraduate engineering courses of Maharashtra are done on the basis of MHT CET results, except for IIT Bombay.
Furthermore, we need to discuss the engineering colleges of Maharashtra in details such as what are the courses being offered at Maharashtra engineering colleges? What are some of the top engineering college of the state? What is the most common gateway to get into engineering colleges of the state?
Availability of Courses at Engineering Colleges of Maharashtra
Engineering courses in Maharashtra at the undergraduate and postgraduate level are offered inRegular, Part Time and Correspondence mode. Engineering colleges of Maharashtra offer a plethora of engineering branches ranging from Aeronautical to food technology. Maharashtra is also known to offer two of India’s most popular paper and pulp technology programs.
Some of the engineering courses available are- Aeronautical Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Bio-Technology, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Fashion Technology, Food Engineering and Technology, Marine Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Oil and Paints Technology, Paper and Pulp Technology, Petroleum Engineering and Textile Engineering etc.
Top Engineering Colleges in Maharashtra
On the basis of parameters like academics, Selection Procedure, Fees, Infrastructure, Industrial exposure and Placements here are some top Engineering colleges in Maharashtra-
- IIT Bombay: IIT-B, the second oldest IIT in the country is the most premier engineering college in the state. It is ranked among World’s Best Colleges and Universities rankings based in QS World University Rankings. It is also ranked among top universities in India and MHRD of India has ranked it second in 2016.
- College of Engineering, Pune: This College was started in 1854. One of the oldest colleges in India has always been considered under the top 20 Engineering Colleges in India since its inception. This is also the remarkable college in the state as an autonomous college of the University of Pune.
- Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology(NIT Nagpur): An Institute of National Importance was established in 1960 and was earlier known as Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering (VRCE).
- Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai: ICT is one of the unique institutions in the country to research on chemical sciences.
- Sinhgad College of Engineering Pune- This private college was established in the year 1996. The institute offers eight undergraduate engineering programs of B.Tech.
- Government College of Engineering Amravati- Government College of Engineering Amravati is one of the oldest engineering colleges in Maharashtra. It is affiliated with Amravati University.
- Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai
- Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune
- These colleges offer admission on the basis of entrance tests and getting into any of these colleges is a dream for many. The selection process of all these colleges is solely based on the MHT CET results and academics (Except for IIT-B).
Engineering Entrance Exam in Maharashtra
Admissions to state engineering colleges will be offered basis the final Merit List based on MHT CET results. Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) conducts MHT CET (earlier MH-CET) for first year B.E/B. Tech programs of Maharashtra engineering colleges (apart from IIT Bombay). The exam was scrapped in 2013 and admissions were done through JEE Main for the year 2014 and 2015, and from the academic year 2016, one combined “Common Entrance Test” is conducted. MHT CET 2016 was conducted on May 05. Admissions to postgraduate engineering courses are done on the basis of GATE score.
MHT CET: Applicants appearing for MHT CET are required to have passed 10+2 from any recognized Board in India with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (45% for SC/ST/OBC). Application form could be filled online only. An application fee for open category is Rs. 800, and for Reserved Category Candidates it is Rs. 600. The entrance exam had three papers of 100 marks each- First paper: Physics and Chemistry, Second paper: Botany and Zoology, Third paper: Mathematics. All the question papers are of objective type and there is no negative marking.
MH CET or MHT CET Result contains the actual marks of the candidates they have scored in test and the rank obtained by the candidate. The final Merit List is declared for candidates who had qualified in the entrance exam.DTE conducts counseling, seat allotment and admission process for the engineering colleges of Maharashtra on the basis of MHT CET Merit List. According to the new process, all students seeking admission will have to go through the Common Admission Process (CAP). Aspirants have to mark their choice of course and college before the counseling starts.
According to DTE, in 2015 only 1.07 lakh students applied for the CAP against 1.56 lakh engineering seats in colleges across Maharashtra. There is also a decline in the number of students registering for engineering entrance exam. Maharashtra engineering colleges’ principals quoted the higher fees and decrease in job opportunities after completing engineering may be a reason for the decline. However, the number of engineering seats have been reduced to 1,38,741 in 2016 as some of the colleges were not up to the AICTE norms. MHT CET 2016 results were announced on June 01 and total 2,62,133 students qualified the exam. This shows that engineering colleges in Maharashtra are not losing their charm.