The state government will be launching a new test next month for high school graduates that will be designed to check whether you can get into universities and colleges and earn a university degree.
The test will be held in December, but the government has announced it will be administered in a different format for high schools.
The education ministry will set up a special centre for the exam, which will be run by the Centre for Educational Testing Services (CETS).
The centre will conduct a random sample of 10,000 high school students across Maharashtra.
The centre will also be set up in Mumbai.
Students who pass the test will then be assigned to a school and a teacher.
If they get a score of 20 per cent or better on the test, they will be allowed to enter colleges and universities.CETs will also provide free training to students.
The ministry has decided to run the test in a randomised manner for all students to assess whether they can go to university.
While there are more than 20 lakh students in the state, about 8,000 students take the exams every year, with the rest being the students who pass.
The government has been trying to encourage students to take exams, saying it will give them better prospects.
“The exam will be the first to be conducted by the ministry, which is in charge of the admission process in the university.
It will help ensure that the students are not forced to take tests and the exam will also give a boost to the admission rate.
We have made it clear that the government is in no way looking to penalise students who don’t take the exam,” said a senior official.