B. Pharmacy Admission Process in Maharashtra: If you are a “people’s person” embedded with empathy and problem-solving skills, aiming to improve healthcare, Pharmacy is the best option for you. Combining health care, science, counselling, computer technology, math and business, Pharmacy has earned much respect and recognition as a field of study and occupation. Unlike other job options involving science and medicine, Pharmacy ensures close interaction with one’s patients. This makes a pharmacist trust-worthy and admirable among the people. To become a pharmacist, the first step is to possess a degree in Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharmacy). Read on to find out more about how to get admission in B. Pharmacy.
Bachelor of Pharmacy, popularly known as B. Pharm, is a 4-year long undergraduate programme in the field of Pharmacy which deals with health and chemical science. B. Pharmacy course involves a crucial study of medicines/ drugs, including its uses and effects/ side-effects.
Pharmacy aspirants in Maharashtra have a wide range of reputed institutes offering B. Pharmacy. Some top institutes of Maharashtra like the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, provide B. Pharmacy admission on the basis of Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT CET) score. Thus, it is essential for B. Pharmacy aspirants residing in Maharashtra to be well versed with the MHT CET important dates, application process, exam pattern, etc.
The State Common Entrance Test Cell of Maharashtra will conduct the MHT CET for B. Pharmacy admission in the first half of May 2019 tentatively. The MHT CET application form has been released in online mode and B. Pharmacy aspirants can apply till March 31, 2019. Thereafter, late applications will be accepted with an additional fee of Rs. 500. Candidates will have to bring their MHT CET admit card to the exam hall which will be available in the last week of April 2019 tentatively. MHT CET will be conducted online for a duration of 1 hour 30 minutes wherein examinees will be required to answer MCQs on physics and chemistry (Paper 2) and mathematics (Paper 1)/ botany and zoology (Paper 3). The MHT CET result is expected to release by the first week of June 2019.
Pharmacy aspirants should ensure that they fulfil the eligibility criteria of MHT CET before applying for the same. The MHT CET eligibility criteria are as follows:
Minimum educational qualification
Must have passed class 12 (with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) or any equivalent exam from a recognised board.
50% overall for general category candidates
45% overall for SC/ ST/ OBC category candidates
Candidates can fill the online application form of MHT CET till March 31, 2019, without late fee. Any submission of MHT CET application form after the last date will be accepted with a late fee of Rs. 500. Check the steps below to know how to fill the application form of MHT CET:
Candidates will have to either submit their personal, contact, academic, bank details, etc. manually or register via Aadhaar.
A password will be generated which must be noted and remembered for future logins.
Fill the necessary details required on the online form.
Upload scanned copies of a recent, passport size photograph and signature. Both the files must be in JPG/ JPEG format while the file size must not exceed 50 KB for each.
Pay the application fee via credit card/ debit card (RuPay/ Visa/ MasterCard/ Maestro), net banking, IMPS, cash cards/ mobile wallets, bank challan.
After submitting the MHT CET application form, download and print out the completed form for future reference.
General category candidates
Rs. 800 + service charges
SC, ST, VJ/DT- NT(A), NT(B), NT(C), NT(D), OBC, SBC and Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates belonging to Maharashtra
Rs. 600 + service charges
The conducting body will release the online admit card of MHT CET in the fourth week of April 2019. The MHT CET admit card will contain the examinee’s name, roll number, application ID, DOB, subjects opted for, medium of question paper, parents’ names, exam date and time, exam centre location, important instructions, etc. Candidates will also have to carry an original photo ID proof along with their MHT CET hall ticket.
Each candidate’s allotted MHT CET exam centre will be mentioned on his/ her admit card/ hall ticket. This year, the online exam will be conducted in 36 cities and towns of Maharashtra. Candidates will be required to choose their preferred exam centre of MHT CET while filling the online application form. Check the MHT CET conducting cities in the table below:
B. Pharm. aspirants must check the exam pattern of MHT CET to know the mode and medium of exam, time duration, type of questions, marking scheme, etc. Check the MHT CET exam pattern below:
Mode of Exam
Medium of Exam
Paper 1- English
Paper 2- English/ Hindi/ Marathi
Paper 3- English/ Hindi/ Marathi
1 hour 30 minutes
Type of questions
Multiple choice questions
Number of questions
Paper 1 (mathematics)- 50
Paper 2 (physics and chemistry)- 100 (50 in each)
Paper 3 (zoology and botany)- 100 (50 in each)
Paper 1- +2 for every correct answer
Paper 2- +1 for every correct answer
Paper 3- +1 for every correct answer
No negative marking
Since 20% weightage is given to class XI syllabus, it is essential for candidates to know the topics which will be tested. From the class XII syllabus, candidates must focus on all the topics as a whole. Some of the class XI topics which are included in the MHT CET syllabus are as follows:
Probability, Sequences and Series, Factorisation Formulae, Trigonometric functions of Compound Angles, Relations and Functions, Sets, Circles and Conics, Trigonometric functions, Straight Line
Magnetics effect of electric currents, Friction in Solids and Liquids, Force, Ray Optics, Magnetism, Refraction of Light, Scalars and Vectors, Measurements
Alkanes, Basic principles and techniques in Organic Chemistry, Some basic concepts of Chemistry, s-Block elements (Alkali and alkaline earth metals), Hydrogen, Redox Reaction, Nature of Chemical Bond, Surface Chemistry, Gases and Liquids, States of Matter
Diversity in organisms, Plant Water relations, Plant Growth and Development, Biochemistry of the cell, and Mineral Nutrition
Human nutrition, Human respiration, Organization of the cell, Animal tissues,
The answer key of MHT CET is expected to be released by DTE Maharashtra in the last week of May 2019. By checking the MHT CET answer key, candidates can know the correct answer and calculate their probable score. Those who want to challenge the answer key of MHT CET, they can do so within the stipulated time period.
The authorities will most likely release the result of MHT CET by the first week of June 2019. Only those candidates who appear for the MHT CET for Pharmacy will be able to access the result in online mode. The MHT CET result will be available in the form of a scorecard which needs to be printed out and preserved till the admission process is over.
By the third week of June, the merit list of MHT CET is expected to be declared in online mode. Candidates will be able to view the MHT CET merit list by submitting their application ID and DoB. According to the merit list of MHT CET, candidates will be called for counselling.
The counselling process of MHT CET will commence by the first week of June 2019 tentatively. MHT CET counselling consists of three rounds and some additional rounds in case of vacant seats. Candidates who score higher according to the merit list will be given preference over lower ranks. Firstly, the shortlisted candidates need to register and then pay the fee to participate in the counselling of MHT CET.
General, Outside Maharashtra state candidates, and children of Indian workers in Gulf countries
Reserved category and PwD applicants of Maharashtra State
Children of NRI/ OCI/ PIO, Foreign National
B. Pharmacy graduates can either pursue Master in Pharmacy (M.Pharm), M.S. Pharm, MBA, etc. or try out some lucrative job opportunities. Some of the Pharmacy job options are listed below:
Start a Pharmaceutical company
Pharmaceutical and medical devices manufacturing
Drugstore or wholesaler
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