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TANCET M.E./ M.Tech - Mechanical, Automobile & Aeronautical Engineering Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

The question paper will have three parts.

  • Part-I and Part-II are compulsory and under Part-III the candidates have to answer the section which has been chosen at the time of registration.

Total Questions- 100

Part- I- 20 Questions

Part- II- 35 Questions

Part-III- 60 to 65 Questions

Total Marks- 100

Test duration- 2 Hours

Marking System –

Part-I -

  • For correct answer 1 and for the wrong answer is 1/3.

  • Multiple shading will be considered as the wrong answer and 1/3 mark will be reduced.


  • 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.

  • Multiple shading will be considered as the wrong answer and 1/3 mark will be reduced.


  • 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.

  • Multiple shading will be considered as the wrong answer and 1/3 mark will be reduced.

Syllabus Summary

No. Of Subject 5
No. Of Unit 26
No. Of Chapter 150
  1. Conservation laws
  2. Potential flow theory
  3. Viscosity
  4. Reynold's number
  1. Airfoil nomenclature
  2. Aerodynamic coefficients
  3. Kutta-Joukoswki theorem
  4. Thin airfoil theory
  5. Finite wing theory
  6. Critical and drag divergence
  7. Wind Tunnel Testing
  1. Basic concepts of compressibility
  2. One dimensional compressible flows
  3. Isentropic flows
  4. Prandtl-Meyer flow
  5. Flow through nozzles and diffusers
  6. Viscous flows
  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. Numerical methods for linear and nonlinear algebraic equations
  5. Numerical integration and differentiation
  6. Laplace transforms
  1. Matrix Algebra
  2. Systems of Linear Equations
  3. Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors
  1. Numerical solutions of linear and non-linear algebraic equations
  2. Integration by trapezoidal and Simpson’s rule
  3. Single And Multi-Step Methods For Differential Equations
  1. Conditional probability
  2. Mean, median, mode and standard deviation
  3. Random Variables
  4. Definitions of probability
  5. Binomial, Poisson and normal distributions
  1. Taylor Series, Laurent Series
  2. Analytic functions
  3. Cauchy-Riemann equations
  4. Cauchy’s integral theorem and integral formula
  1. Thermodynamic systems and processes
  2. Properties of pure Substances
  3. Zeroth and first laws of Thermodynamics
  4. Second law of Thermodynamics
  5. Thermodynamic property charts and tables
  6. Thermodynamic relations
  1. Modes of heat transfer
  2. One dimensional heat conduction, resistance concept
  3. Unsteady heat conduction
  4. Heisler's charts
  5. Effect of turbulence
  6. Heat Exchanger performance
  7. LMTD and NTU method
  8. Stefan- Boltzmann law
  9. Wien's displacement law, black and grey surfaces
  1. Fluid properties
  2. Fluid statics, manometry, buoyancy
  3. Control-volume analysis
  4. Differential Equations of continuity and momentum
  5. Bernoulli’s equation
  6. Dimensional analysis
  7. Viscous flow of incompressible fluids
  8. Elementary turbulent flow
  1. Air and gas compressors
  2. I.C. Engines
  3. Refrigeration and air-conditioning
  4. Turbomachinery
  5. Pelton-wheel, Francis and Kaplan turbines
  1. Basic concepts of CAD/CAM
  2. Integration tools
  1. Deterministic model
  2. Safety stock inventory control systems
  1. Limits, fits and tolerances
  2. Linear and angular Measurements
  3. Interferometry
  4. Alignment and testing methods
  5. Tolerance analysis
  1. Forecasting models
  2. Aggregate production planning, scheduling
  1. Mechanics of machining
  2. Basic machine Tools
  3. Single and multi-point cutting tools
  4. Economics of machining
  5. Principles of non-traditional machining processes
  1. Different types of castings
  2. Solidification and cooling
  3. Plastic deformation and yield criteria
  4. Load estimation for bulk and sheet
  5. Principles of powder Metallurgy
  1. Structure and properties of engineering materials
  2. Phase Diagrams
  3. Stress-strain diagrams for engineering materials
  1. Linear programming, simplex method
  2. Network flow models
  3. Simple queuing models
  1. Stress and strain
  2. Poisson's ratio
  3. Mohr’s circle for plane stress and plane strain
  4. Thin cylinders
  5. Shear force and bending moment
  6. Torsion of circular shafts
  7. Euler’s theory of columns
  8. Energy methods
  9. Thermal stresses
  10. Strain Gauges and rosettes
  11. Testing of materials with universal testing machine
  12. Testing of hardness and impact strength
  1. Design for static and dynamic loading
  2. Failure theories
  3. Fatigue strength and the S-N diagram
  4. Rolling and sliding contact bearings, brakes and clutches
  1. Displacement, velocity and acceleration analysis
  2. Dynamic analysis of linkages
  3. Flywheels and governors
  4. Balancing of reciprocating and rotating masses
  5. Gyroscope
  1. Free and forced vibration
  2. Effect of damping
  3. Resonance
  4. Critical speeds of shafts
  1. Free-body diagrams and equilibrium
  2. Trusses and frames
  3. Virtual work
  4. Kinematics and dynamics of particles and of rigid bodies
  5. Impulse and momentum
  6. Energy formulations, Collisions

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