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TANCET M.E./ M.Tech - Chemical Engineering, Ceramic Technology And Biotechnology Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

The TANCET - Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test for M.E./ M.Tech. - Chemical Engineering, Ceramic Technology, and Biotechnology exam pattern is as follows - 

Sections Number of Questions Maximum Marks
Part – I Engineering Mathematics 20 20
Part – II Basic Engg. & Sciences 35* 20
Part – III Chemical Engineering, Ceramic Technology, and Biotechnology  60/65** 60


Marking System - 

  • Multiple shading will be considered as the wrong answer and 1/3 mark will be reduced.
  • One mark will be awarded for every correct answer. 
  • *All the correct answers up to 20 will be awarded marks and all the wrong answers shall be taken into consideration for awarding negative marks.
  • **All the correct answers up to 60 will be awarded marks and all the wrong answers shall be taken into consideration for awarding negative marks.
  • Negative marking will be applied, 1/3 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. 
  • Normalization process - On evaluation, the mean (m) mark and the standard deviation (s) of raw marks (r) may vary from discipline to discipline under Part – III. Marks will be normalised using the formula - Normalised marks = 40 + (10/s) (r – m). This gives the relative ranking of the candidates in any discipline.

Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 10
No. Of Unit 21
No. Of Chapter 104
  1. Particle size and shape
  2. Free and Hindered Settling
  3. Centrifuge and Cyclones
  1. Principles of Process Economics and Cost Estimation
  2. Optimization in Process Design
  1. History of Immunology
  2. Innate, humoral and cell mediated Immunity
  3. Antigen
  4. Antibody Structure and Function
  5. Antigen-antibody Reaction
  6. B and T cells
  7. Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC)
  8. Immune Tolerance
  1. Prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell structure
  2. Cell cycle and cell growth control
  3. Cell-Cell Communication
  1. Biomolecules
  2. Biological membranes
  3. Enzymes
  4. Basic concepts and designs of Metabolism
  5. Bioenergetics
  1. Viruses - Structure and Classification
  2. Microbial Classification and Diversity
  3. Methods in Microbiology
  4. Microbial Growth and Nutrition
  5. Aerobic and Anaerobic Respiration
  6. Nitrogen Fixation
  7. Microbial Diseases
  1. Molecular structure of Genes
  2. Mutations and Mutagenesis
  3. Nucleic acid Replication
  4. Mendelian Inheritance
  5. Gene Interaction
  6. Extrachromosomal Inheritance
  7. Microbial Genetics
  8. Horizontal Gene Transfer
  9. RNA Interference
  10. DNA Damage and Repair
  11. Molecular basis of genetic diseases
  1. Major Bioinformatic Resources
  2. Sequence and structure databases
  3. Sequence Analysis
  4. Genomic and Proteomic Studies
  5. Molecular dynamics and simulations
  1. Steady and unsteady heat conduction
  2. Types of Heat Exchangers and Evaporators
  3. Design of double pipe, shell and tube
  1. Inorganic Chemical Industries
  2. Natural Products Industries
  3. Petroleum Refining and Petrochemicals
  4. Polymerization Industries
  1. Steady and Unsteady State Mass and Energy
  2. Use of Tie Components
  3. Gibb’s Phase Rule and Degree of Freedom Analysis
  1. First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics
  2. Thermodynamic Properties of Pure Substances
  3. Phase Equilibria
  1. Measurement of Process Variables
  2. Control Valves
  3. Analysis of Closed Loop Systems
  1. Functions of single variable
  2. Limits, continuity and differentiability
  3. Mean value theorem
  4. Chain rule
  5. Partial Derivatives
  6. Maxima and Minima
  7. Gradient
  8. Divergence and curl
  9. Directional derivatives
  10. Integration
  11. Theorems Of Stokes
  12. Gauss And Green
  13. Fourier Series
  1. First order linear and nonlinear differential equations
  2. Higher Order Linear Odes
  3. Partial differential equations
  4. Laplace transforms
  5. Numerical methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations
  6. Numerical integration and differentiation
  1. Vector algebra
  2. Matrix Algebra
  3. Systems of Linear Equations
  4. Rank of a matrix
  5. Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
  1. Solutions Of Linear And Non-Linear Algebraic Equations
  2. Numerical integration - trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule
  3. Numerical solutions of ODE
  1. Mean, median, mode and standard deviation
  2. Random Variables
  3. Poisson, Normal And Binomial Distributions
  4. Correlation And Regression Analysis
  5. Tests of significance, analysis of variance (ANOVA)
  1. Complex number
  2. Polar Form Of Complex Number
  3. Triangle Inequality
  1. Theories of Reaction Rates
  2. Kinetics of Homogeneous Reactions
  3. Residence Time Distribution
  4. Non-isothermal Reactors
  5. Kinetics of Heterogeneous Catalytic Reactions
  1. Fick’s Laws and Surface Renewal Theories
  2. Momentum, Heat and Mass Transfer Analogies
  3. Stage-Wise and Continuous Contacting
  4. HTU & NTU Concepts

How to prepare

Preparation Strategy

Make a proper Time Table

 It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it. 

Concept clarity rather than rote learning

 It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basis and concepts before moving on.

Prepare Notes

It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.

Revision of Class XI and XII concepts

Make sure that you revise your concepts from the syllabus of these classes before starting anything new as most of the engineering exams will be for admission to undergraduate courses and so the syllabi from class XI and XII becomes the testing ground to check students.

Seek guidance

It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.

Sample Papers

Even though there may be a complete   change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint. 

Mock tests

The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building  speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams. Try to build up an Engineering Entrance Exam Test Prep MCQ Question Bank 

Time management

Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Negative marking

Most the entrance examinations will have negative marking and everyone would suggest you stay clear of questions are not sure about. But some experts are of the opinion that you answer the questions in which you are confused between an option or two because there will also be a chance of getting it right.

Duration : 120 Minutes

Important Instructions

i) Candidates must reach the examination venue at least half an hour (30 minutes) before the start of the examination ii) Candidates will not be allowed to enter the examination hall half an hour (30 minutes) after the start of the examination, i.e. 10.00 am iii) Candidates will be allowed to leave the examination hall only after one hour from the start of the examination, i.e. 10.30 am iv) Use of log tables and calculators in the examination hall are not allowed v) Candidates must bring their own pen, pencil, eraser and other stationeries vi) Candidates must bring their Admit Card and Identity Card to the examination hall vii) Mobile phone and other electronic gadgets are not allowed inside examination