Maharashtra is an exemplary state for being an educational hub. The importance of education had been retained right from pre- independence era. Many visionaries who had a greater vision to see that “only education could bring the change in society we have aimed” therefore much efforts had been taken to establish schools, colleges and educational institutes. Many educational establishments situated in Pune and Mubai have been embarked in it’s centurion year standing as the name for qualitative and meritorious  education.

Talking about law sector 3 colleges from Maharashtra consistently ranking in top 10 law schools of the country. They are

ILS law college, Pune

Symbiosis law college, Pune &

Government law college, Mumbai

If you think you are interested in the career of law and you have all those abilities which can give you a breakthrough in a law profession you need to know some basic thumb rules. Please refere my earlier article written in this connection here

It’s mid of March and chase has been started all over from India to be enrolled for coaching centers to clear the Law CET but many students are baffled as to what is the span and scope of this CET. What are the subjects? How to prepare for it? Is there any coaching center available which can provide good coaching for CET and so on. I already wrote down extensive article about how to do your LL.B. in India guide but after that  I got many messages till today about inquiring MH-CET for law and it’s procedure. Frankly speaking myself as a practicing lawyer is not 100% accustomed with this entrance trend but when I searched on net I did not get clear idea as the information is spread in pieces. Info is lagging and incomplete on many websites. Got a little idea what layman and career aspirants must have going through in absence of accurate information about the same. This was my urge behind writing this pillar article. I Will try to cover the information about Law CET in Maharashtra and it’s scope in this article.

What is MH- CET of Law in Maharashtra?

Directorate of Higher Education, Maharashtra State has introduced Maharashtra state common law entrance test (MH-CET Law) for all law colleges in Maharashtra in the beginning of 2016.  The said exam is organized by State Common Entrance Test Cell, Maharashtra, Mumbai. This means now your entry to law college in Maharashtra will be determined by your score in the entrance test.

Eligibility for appearing for MAH Law CET

For five years and three years CET minimum percentage criteria is defined. open category candidates need to score at least 45% in their respective examinations of 12th or graduation. For OBC category criteria is 42% and for SC/ST category it’s further reduced to 40%. Students awaiting their final year result and student who are arriving in their final year can also appear for MAH Law CET. According to the revised policy implied by the Bar Council of India there is no age bar for MH Law CET  five years or three years course. 

The Directorate of higher education, Maharashtra release the application form of MH CET Law every year on their official website. Candidate can visit their for filling up procedure. The official website is here.

What are the subjects you need to study for MH Law CET

There are different patterns  set for five years law course and three years law course.

Exam pattern for five years law course:-

There will be one paper consisting of five subjects. The topics and their bifurcation of the marks will be as given as follows.

Mathematics 10 Marks
Logical and Analytical Reasoning 40 Marks
 Current Affairs 30 Marks
English 30 Marks
Legal Aptitude & Legal Reasoning 40 Marks

It’s an online exam and student need to select his answer from multiple choices. There will be total 150 questions and each question will carry one mark. The exam can be given in Marathi and English. The good thing is that there is no negative marking pattern is set for this exam.

Exam pattern for three years law course:-

There is bit difference in three years exam pattern. As the relaxation about mathematical reasoning has given to the graduate students and hence there will not be any questions on mathematics in CET for three years course.  

There will be one paper consisting of four subjects. The topics and their bifurcation of the marks will be given as follows.

Logical and Analytical Reasoning 30 Marks
 Current Affairs 40 Marks
English 50 Marks
Legal Aptitude & Legal Reasoning 30 Marks

The other rules are same as it’s an online exam and student need to select his answer from multiple choices. There will be total 150 questions and each question will carry one mark. The exam can be given in Marathi and English. There will not be any negative mark system.

How to prepare for MH Law CET

That’s tricky question. The syllabus of CET is selected on the basis of competitive exam pattern and students need to prepare for it in advance. As per the bifurcation every area carry it’s own weightage. Students who do not have base of mathematics should not be worried. Only 10 questions on mathematics will be asked in CET conducted for five years course. For graduate students they need to concentrate more on English subject as it is the highest score carrying subject in the list. If you prepare well you can earn all the 50 marks in English topic. Every student has it’s own strong and weak points. I would suggest to work on your weak and strong areas as per your abilities. You can join coaching classes or else if you want to study on your own there are plenty of study material available in market which can help you. I can refer to take following books for your basic preparations.

  • Indian Polity by author Lakshmikant for legal aptitude and reasoning.


  • Manorama year book of previous and current year for current affairs.


  • Quantitative aptitude by R.S. Agarwal for logical reasoning


  • How to prepare for verbal ability and reading comprehension for CAT, a book written by Aruna Sharma for English


  • Refer NCERT books from 5th to 10th standard for basic mathematics, history, economics, civics, geography.


  • English and Marathi newspapers daily reading.


  • CLAT and CAT exam papers  

These are some outlooks about the preparatory material for CET. Many students have cleared their CET by preparing on their own. If you are not sure that you can handle it alone you can also search for the online or class room based coaching classes. There are plenty coaching classes available at Pune and Mumbai. You can find it online as per your convenience and place. 

Adv. Anjali Zarkar

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