7 min readMay 6, 2023

Are you aspiring to become an Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellow in Maharashtra? If yes, then the Maharashtra State Eligibility Test (SET) is the gateway for you. The Maharashtra State Eligibility Test is a state-level eligibility exam conducted by the University Grants Commission (UGC). This exam is conducted to determine the eligibility of candidates for the post of Assistant Professor in Maharashtra’s colleges and universities. In this article, we will discuss the Maharashtra State Eligibility Test’s eligibility criteria, syllabus, exam pattern, and preparation tips.

Exam NameMaharashtra State Eligibility Test (SET)Conducting AuthoritySavitribai Phule Pune UniversityExam LevelState LevelExam TypeEligibility Test for Assistant ProfessorshipExam ModeOnlineExam Duration3 hoursExam LanguageEnglish and MarathiNumber of Papers2 (Paper I and Paper II)Paper I Marks100Paper II Marks200Total Marks300Negative MarkingNoEligibility CriteriaMaster’s Degree with at least 55% marksAge LimitNo Age LimitApplication FeeRs. 800 for Open Category, Rs. 650 for ReservedApplication DatesTo be announced (The last exam was conducted SET, 26th March 2023))Exam DateTo be announcedResult DateTo be announcedOfficial Websitehttps://setexam.unipune.ac.in/Contact DetailsEmail: setco@unipune.ac.inPhone: 020–25692527/28

Please note that the information provided is based on the last exam conducted in 2019 and is subject to change for future exams. It is recommended to check the official website regularly for updated information.

Maharashtra State Eligibility Test (SET) — Eligibility Criteria

Before applying for the Maharashtra State Eligibility Test, candidates must check the eligibility criteria. The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Candidates must have a Master’s degree in a subject recognized by UGC.
  • Candidates must secure at least 55% marks (50% for OBC/SBC/DT(VJ)/NT/Transgender/PwD/Orphans, and 50% for SC/ST) in their Master’s degree or equivalent examination.
  • Candidates studying in the first year of a two-year Master’s course, the first two semesters of a four-semester course, or the fourth year of a five-year integrated Master’s course are not eligible.
  • Candidates pursuing a Master’s degree, who have appeared for their final year examination, or whose qualifying examination results are awaited may apply. Such candidates will be admitted provisionally and must complete their degree within two years of the SET result declaration, with the required marks.
  • Candidates must appear for SET in the subject of their post-graduation only.
  • There is no age limit for applying for SET.
  • Candidates who have passed M.Sc. (by PPPR/Research) are not eligible for SET.

If you are seeking admission to the Maharashtra State Eligibility Test for Assistant Professor (M-SET) on March 26, 2023, you must apply online at the SET website https://setexam.unipune.ac.in. When filling out the online application form, you must provide the “NUMBER” of one of the following documents: PAN card, Aadhar card, Voter ID, Passport, Ration card, Bank account, or any other government-issued identification. Before applying online, you must have scanned copies of a passport-sized photograph (in JPG/JPEG format, maximum 50 kb) and your signature (in JPG/JPEG format, maximum 30 kb).

To submit the application form, you must follow these steps:

  1. Read through all the details, including important dates and eligibility criteria, before filling out the online application form.
  2. Fill out the User Registration Form with your valid e-mail ID, password, etc. To do this, click on the “Apply Now” link on the home page. Create a username, and then use that to fill out the online M-SET application form. The username and password will be e-mailed to you for future reference. (Your registered e-mail ID will be your username.)
  3. Follow these steps:
  • After logging in with your registered username and password, click on “Step 1: Fill Main Application Form” and fill out all the required information carefully.
  • After filling out all the details, double-check that everything is correct, and then click on the “Submit” button.
  • To preview your filled application form, click on “Step 1: Fill Main Application Form.”
  • Once you’ve completed Step 1, the system will generate a unique application number.
  • Click on “Step 2: Upload Scanned Photo and Signature” to upload your passport-sized photo (max size: 50 kb JPG/JPEG file) and your signature (max size: 30 kb JPG/JPEG file). Check both images carefully before uploading.
  • After completing Step 2, click on “Step 3: Payment and Print Application Form,” where you can pay the examination fee via credit/debit card or Internet banking.
  • Credit/Debit card and Internet Banking: After a successful transaction, you can download your Online Application Form. This form will consist of two pages: the first page will contain your application form details, and the second page will contain your online payment transaction details.
  • Ensure that you have printed both pages.
  • Do not send a printout of the application form to any coordinating center or to the SET department at Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune.

Maharashtra State Eligibility Test — Syllabus

The Maharashtra State Eligibility Test (SET) consists of two papers — Paper I and Paper II. Paper I is common for all candidates, while Paper II is subject-specific. Here is the detailed syllabus of both papers.

Paper I Syllabus

Paper I tests the teaching and research aptitude of the candidates. The topics covered in Paper I are:

  1. Teaching Aptitude
  2. Research Aptitude
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Communication
  5. Reasoning (Including Mathematical)
  6. Logical Reasoning
  7. Data Interpretation
  8. Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
  9. People and Environment
  10. Higher Education System: Governance, Polity, and Administration

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Paper II Syllabus

Paper II is subject-specific. Candidates can choose the subject of their choice from the given list. The subjects are:

Subject CodeSubject Name00General Paper on Teaching & Research Aptitude (Paper-I)01Marathi02Hindi03English04Sanskrit05Urdu10History11Economics12Philosophy13Psychology14Sociology15Political Science16Defence & Strategic Studies17Home Science18Library & Information Science19Journalism & Mass Communication20Social Work21Public Administration30Mathematical Sciences31Environmental Sciences32Physical Science33Chemical Sciences34Life Sciences35Earth , Atmospheric , Ocean & Planetary Science36Geography37Computer Science & Application38Electronics Science39Forensic Science50Commerce51Management60Law70Education71Physical Education

Scheme of Examination

📝 Scheme of Examination:

  • SET will be conducted offline in objective mode
  • The test consists of two papers, held in two separate sessions without a break
  • Paper-I assesses teaching/research aptitude and consists of 50 compulsory questions
  • Paper II consists of 100 compulsory questions based on the subject selected by the candidate
  • OMR sheets with questions attempted from both Sections II & III of Paper II will be rejected
  • The top part of the OMR sheet will be given to each student along with Admit Card to practice writing and shading
  • No negative marking

💡 Summary:

The Maharashtra State Eligibility Test (M-SET) will be conducted offline in two separate sessions without a break. Paper-I assesses the candidate’s teaching/research aptitude while Paper-II consists of 100 compulsory questions based on the subject selected by the candidate.

The top part of the OMR sheet will be given to each student along with Admit Card to practice writing and shading, and there is no negative marking.

Maharashtra State Eligibility Test — Exam Pattern

The Maharashtra State Eligibility Test consists of two papers — Paper I and Paper II. Both papers are objective-type and consist of multiple-choice questions. The exam pattern is as follows:

  • Paper I: 50 questions (100 marks) — Duration: 1 hour
  • Paper II: 100 questions (200 marks) — Duration: 2 hours

There is no negative marking in the Maharashtra State Eligibility Test.

Maharashtra State Eligibility Test — Preparation Tips

Preparing for the Maharashtra State Eligibility Test requires dedication and hard work. Here are some tips that can help you prepare for the exam:

  1. Know the Syllabus: Before starting your preparation, make sure you know the syllabus and exam pattern thoroughly.
  2. Create a Study Plan: Plan your study schedule and set daily/weekly targets to cover the entire syllabus.
  3. Practice Previous Year Question Papers: Solving the previous year’s question papers will give you an idea about the exam pattern and difficulty level.
  4. Take Mock Tests: Taking mock tests will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses and improve your time management skills.
  5. Revise Regularly: Make sure you revise the topics regularly to retain the information and avoid last-minute stress.
  6. Stay Updated: Keep yourself updated with current affairs and the latest developments in your subject area.

How To Check MH SET 2023 Result

To check the MH SET 2023 Result, candidates will need to follow these steps:

  1. Visit the official website of SPPU (Savitribai Phule Pune University)
  2. Look for the MH SET Result 2023 link on the homepage
  3. Click on the link to access the Result portal window
  4. Enter your login credentials such as Registration Number and Password
  5. Your MH SET 2023 Result Marksheet will appear on the screen
  6. Check your result carefully and download the mark sheet
  7. Take a printout of the mark sheet for future reference
  8. Candidates who qualify in the MH SET 2023 examination will be eligible to receive an e-certificate from the university. They can also apply for the post of Assistant Professor in colleges and universities.

Procedure & Criteria For Declaration Of Result

The following procedure and criteria are followed for the declaration of SET (State Eligibility Test) result as per the UGC notification (No. F.4–2/90(NET), Feb. 2018):

Step 1: Total qualifying slots The total qualifying slots are 6% of the candidates who appeared for both papers of the SET.

Step 2: Category-wise qualifying slots The total qualifying slots are allocated to different categories as per the reservation policy of the Maharashtra state.

Step 3: Candidates fulfilling minimum eligibility subject-wise, category-wise To be considered eligible for the Assistant Professor position, candidates must have appeared for both papers and secured at least 40% aggregate marks in both papers combined for General category candidates and at least 35% aggregate marks in both papers combined for all candidates belonging to Reserved categories (SC/ST/OBC/DT(A), NT(B), NT(C), NT(D)/SBC (Non-Creamy Layer only), Orphans, and PwD).

Step 4: Number of qualifying slots subject-wise for a particular category Candidates who fulfill Step 3 are considered to compute the qualifying slots subject-wise and category-wise.

Step 5: Qualifying cutoff % aggregate marks subject-wise, category-wise A merit list of candidates fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria (Step 3) is prepared subject-wise for a particular category. The % aggregate marks corresponding to the number of qualifying slots for a particular subject category-wise gives the qualifying cutoff % aggregate marks subject-wise category-wise.

Step 6: Number of candidates qualified subject-wise, category-wise The number of candidates who scored marks in both papers taken together, equal to or greater than the qualifying cutoff % aggregate marks in a particular subject category-wise gives the number of qualified candidates subject-wise category-wise.

It is important for candidates to enter their category and subject correctly in the online application form as the cutoff % marks for qualifying are linked with it. No requests for corrections will be entertained after the last date for editing the online application form. Also, no changes in category, subject, center, etc. will be allowed after the last date for editing the online application form.