Maharashtra’s BJP-led government has announced that starting this year, there will be no negative marking in the state’s medical exams.
Education Minister Vinod Tawde, made a statement in the state legislative assembly in Nagpur last week announcing the government’s decision to withdraw the negative marking system from the entrance test conducted after Class 12 Board exams. Going a step further, the state government has also appealed to the Supreme Court to remove Maharashtra from national medical exams.
“Due to participation in the national test, we are losing 300 medical seats. We have to keep 300 seats for students of other states because we are a part of the national medical test. On the other hand, from our state, hardly 25-30 students are going out of our state to take the medical admission. Once we withdrew ourselves, then we will get back 300 more seats for our students,” said Tawde.
The MH-CET is a common entrance examination that serves as a gateway to all health science programs in the state. The MH-CET exam includes multiple choice, objective questions – each carrying four marks.
Questions are asked from three subjects: Physics, Chemistry and Biology. While Physics and Chemistry carries 180 marks each, Biology alone carries 360 marks. Prior to this, one mark was being deducted for each wrong answer, marking two or more answers, scratching, or overwriting.