Mumbai: The Maharashtra Teacher Eligibility Test (MAHATET) will be held on January 16, 2015 and the candidates can download their admit cards from December 14, 2015 at 11:00 am till January 16, 2015 before the exam starts, the Maharashtra State Council of Examination Pune (MSCE) Pune said in a statement.
The examination was earlier scheduled to be held on December 27, 2015. The Maharashtra State Council of Examination Pune (MSCE) Pune however rescheduled the exam mandatory for recruitment in government and government aided institution because of the National Eligibility Test (NET) 2015.
"We had earlier scheduled the Maharashtra Teacher Eligibility Test (MAHATET) on December 27, 2015. But, the National Eligibility Test (NET) 2015 will be held on December 26, 2015, and many candidates from the state will be appearing for MAHATET and NET both. Hence we have decided to postpone the MAHATET 2015", Commissioner, Maharashtra State Council of Examination Pune (MSCE) Pune, said.
He also said that the MAHATET 2016 exam has been postponed for about 15 days so that candidates appearing for MAHATET 2016 and NET 2015 get sufficient time for study.
He also said that Examination Council will provide the link on its official website mahatet.in to do download and take the printouts of the admit cards.
"The link will become active at 11:00 am on December 14 and the candidates can download and take the printouts at any time till January 16", he added.
He also said that the Examination Council has provided a link on its website for the candidates who need any correction in their admit cards.
To download the Admit Card, a candidates needs to go to MAHATET official website mahatet.in, click on the link available for MAHA TET 2015 – Admit Card, Enter your details, Download the admit card and Take a printout of Mahatet Admit card.
The Maharashtra TET is held in Marathi, English and Urdu three languages since 2014. It comprises of two papers. Paper I is for candidates aspiring for posts of primary teachers, whereas Paper II is for those wanting to be secondary school teachers.
As per the schedule declared by the council, Paper I will be held from morning 10:30 to 01:00 pm on January 16, 2016 whereas Paper II will be held on th same day from 02:00 pm to 04:30 pm.
In the first TET held on December 15, 2013, a total of 3, 67, 896 candidates had appeared for Paper I (for D.Ed qualified) and 2, 24, 094 had appeared for Paper II (for B.Ed qualified). Only 4.43 per cent (Paper I) and 5.95 per cent (Paper II) candidates have qualified.
In the second exam held on December 14, 2014, only about 1% candidates from 2.45 lakh passed Paper I of TET, whereas only 4.92% candidates of 1.54 lakh passed the MAHATET 2015 exam.
In 2014, thousands of Urdu medium teachers who had appeared for the Maharashtra Teacher Eligibility Test were shocked when they were given hand written question papers that also contained many mistakes.
As per the Right to Education Act, 2009, all states have to mandatorily conduct TET for recruitment of teachers to all types of schools. Only candidates who have qualified the TET will be eligible for teaching jobs henceforth.