Maharashtra has one central university, twenty state universities and twenty one deemed universities. It is the wealthiest state in India and is home to institutions like the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) (which has developed India's fastest supercomputer with a global rank of 62), IIT Mumbai, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI), Sardar Patel College of Engineering, University Department of Chemical Technology, Army Institute of Technology Pune (AIT), Fergusson College, Pune, NMIMS and S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR)
Most of the universities and the institutes in Maharashtra conduct their own entrance exams and accept national level entrance exams too for admissions to their programmes. Following are the main entrance exams that need to be taken for admission to various colleges and universities in Maharashtra:
The All India council for Technical Education (AICTE) conducts the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) as an entrance test for admission to 4,000 management colleges that offer MBA and 500 colleges which run postgraduate diploma in management programs. CMAT is a computer based test that is conducted twice a year - first in September/ October and again in February for admission to a single academic session. The Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education (SIMSREE) uses CMAT scores for admission to its MMS & PGDBM programmes.
The Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP) Test is conducted by the Symbiosis International University for admission to postgraduate management programs offered by various management colleges affiliated to it.
The NMIMS Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) is an all India entrance examination for admission into management programs offered by Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) Mumbai. NMAT is a Computer Based Test (CBT) administered in association of Pearson VUE.
The Maharashtra Technology-Common Entrance Test (MT-CET) is conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE). The MT-CET evaluates candidates for admission to pharmacy courses.
MH-CET is the Common Entrance Test for the selection to all health science courses ((MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS, BUMS, BPTh, BOTh, BP&O, BASLP and BSc Nursing)) in the state of Maharashtra.
The Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra conducts the Maharashtra Master of Computer Applications Common Entrance Test (MAH-MCA-CET) for admissions to the postgraduate Master of Computer Applications (MCA) degree, either as a first-year/direct second-year (separate division and lateral entry) in the three-year full-time course.
AMUPMDC ASSO CET
The Association of Management of Unaided Private Medical and Dental Colleges (AMUPMDC) conducts a Common Entrance Test (ASSO CET) for admission to MBBS, BDS, BAMS, BHMS, BPTh, BOTh & BSc-Nursing courses in private un-aided medical colleges in the state of Maharashtra.
The Common Admission Test (CAT) is among the toughest MBA entrance exam that needs to be taken to qualify for admission to post graduate management programmes offered by well-known management institutes in Maharashtra like Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management (VJIM), Dhruva College of Management and Siva Sivani Institute of Management (SSIM).