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TANCET M.E./ M.Tech - Computer Science And Engineering And Information Technology Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

The TANCET - Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test for M.E./ M.Tech. - Computer Science & Engineering and Information Technology 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 Computer Science & Engineering and Information Technology 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 9
No. Of Unit 12
No. Of Chapter 55
  1. Inter-process Communication, and Synchronization
  2. Deadlock
  3. CPU Scheduling
  4. Memory Management and Virtual Memory
  5. File Systems
  1. Concept of Layering
  2. LAN Technologies
  3. Flow and Error Control Techniques
  4. IPv4/IPv6, routers and Routing Algorithms
  5. Application Layer Protocols
  6. Basics of Wi-Fi
  7. Network Security
  1. Programming in C
  2. Recursion
  3. Arrays, stacks, queues
  1. Lexical analysis, Syntax-Directed Translation
  2. Runtime Environments
  3. Intermediate Code Generation
  1. Machine Instructions
  2. ALU, data-path and Control Unit
  3. Instruction Pipelining
  4. Memory Hierarchy
  5. I/O Interface
  1. Searching, Sorting, Hashing
  2. Asymptotic Worst Case Time
  3. Algorithm Design Techniques
  4. Graph search, Minimum Spanning Trees, Shortest Paths
  1. ER-model
  2. Relational Model
  3. Integrity Constraints, Normal Forms
  4. File organization, Indexing
  5. Transactions and Concurrency Control
  1. Limits, continuity and differentiability
  2. Maxima and Minima
  3. Mean value theorem
  4. Integration
  1. Vector algebra
  2. Matrix Algebra
  3. Systems of Linear Equations
  4. Rank of a matrix
  5. Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
  1. Random Variables
  2. Binomial Distributions
  3. Mean, Median, Mode
  4. Conditional Probability
  5. Bayes Theorem
  1. Propositional and first order logic
  2. Sets, relations, functions
  3. Partial orders and lattices
  4. Graphs
  5. Combinatorics
  1. Regular Expressions and Finite Automata
  2. Context-free Grammars and Pushdown Automata
  3. Regular and Context-free Languages, Pumping Lemma
  4. Turing Machines and Undecidability

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