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TANCET M.E./ M.Tech - Civil Engineering & Geo Informatics Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

The TANCET - Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test for M.E./ M.Tech. - Civil Engineering & Geo-Informatics 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 Civil Engineering & Geo-Informatics 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 7
No. Of Unit 26
No. Of Chapter 119
  1. Highway materials
  2. Design of bituminous paving mixes
  3. Design of flexible pavement
  4. Design of rigid pavements
  5. Distresses in concrete pavements
  1. Geometric Design of Highways
  2. Geometric design of railway track
  3. Airport runway length
  1. Traffic studies on flow, speed, travel time
  2. Microscopic and macroscopic parameters
  3. Webster’s method
  4. Types of intersections and channelization
  1. Principles of surveying
  2. Maps
  3. Levelling and trigonometric levelling
  4. Photogrammetry
  5. Remote sensing
  6. Geographical information system (GIS)
  7. Geographical Positioning system (GPS)
  1. Sub-surface investigations
  2. Earth pressure theories
  3. Stability of slopes
  4. Boussinesq’s and Westergaard’s theories
  5. Shallow foundations
  6. Terzaghi’s and Meyerhoff’s bearing capacity Theories
  7. Deep foundations
  1. Origin of soils, soil structure and fabric
  2. Permeability
  3. Darcy’s law
  4. Principle of effective stress
  5. Mohr’s circle
  1. Working stress
  2. Design of beams
  3. Bond and development length
  4. Prestressed concrete
  1. Bending moment and shear force
  2. Theories of failures
  3. Simple bending theory
  4. Uniform torsion, buckling of column
  1. Design of tension and compression
  2. Connections - simple and eccentric
  3. Plastic analysis of beams and frames
  1. Equilibrium equations
  2. Internal forces in structures
  3. Kinematics
  4. Euler’s equations of motion
  5. Energy methods
  1. Construction Materials
  2. Concrete
  3. Bricks and mortar
  4. Construction Management
  5. Cost estimation
  6. Project planning and network Analysis - PERT and CPM
  1. Statically determinate and indeterminate structures
  2. Method of superposition
  3. Displacement methods
  4. Influence lines
  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. Vector algebra
  2. Matrix Algebra
  3. Systems of Linear Equations
  4. Rank of a matrix
  5. Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
  1. First order equations
  2. Higher order linear equations
  3. Euler-Cauchy equations
  4. Laplace transform
  5. Initial and boundary value problems
  1. Fourier series
  2. Solutions of one- dimensional diffusion equation
  3. First and second order one-dimensional wave equation
  4. Two-dimensional Laplace equation
  1. Definitions of probability and sampling theorems
  2. Discrete Random variables
  3. Continuous random variables
  4. Descriptive statistics
  5. Hypothesis testing
  1. Accuracy and precision
  2. Numerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations
  3. Newton’s and Lagrange polynomials
  4. Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule
  1. Hydrologic cycle
  2. Hydrograph Analysis
  3. Ground water Hydrology
  4. Application of Darcy’s law
  1. Crop water requirements
  2. Types of irrigation systems
  3. Water logging and drainage
  1. Forces on immersed bodies
  2. Dimensional analysis and hydraulic similitude
  3. Kinematics
  4. Basics of Hydraulic Machines
  5. Channel Hydraulics
  1. Properties of fluids, fluid statics
  2. Laminar and turbulent flow
  3. Concept of Boundary Layer
  1. Drinking water standards
  2. Sewage and sewerage treatment
  3. Primary, secondary and tertiary treatment of wastewater
  4. Domestic wastewater treatment
  1. Impacts of noise
  2. Measurement of noise
  3. Control of noise pollution
  1. Transportation of solid wastes
  2. Engineered systems for solid waste management
  1. Types of pollutants
  2. Air pollution meteorology

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