State cabinet of Maharashtra Government has approved JEE Main as basis for admission into engineering courses from Academic Year 2014-15. For AY 2013-14 the MHT CET exam shall be the basis for admission into various engineering courses in the state as said by H&TE minister Mr. Rajesh Tope. From the year 2014-15 equal weightage shall be given to school board exam and JEE Main score for admission into the engineering courses in the state.
Students from different school boards are to be judged through a process of normalisation and the Indian Statistical Institute will be working out a formula for normalisation of marks for different school boards including the CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE, IB and state boards. The speculation regarding applicability of JEE Main from the year 2013-14 now clarified by the decision of the cabinet. JEE Main shall be conducted coming 2013 and primarily shall be covering the centrally-funded technical institutions (CFTIs) like the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), NITs, NIITs etc.