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TANCET - Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test - M.E./ M.Tech./ M.Arch./M.Plan. (TANCET(M.E. / M.Tech. / M.Arch./M.Plan.) - 2016)

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TANCET(M.E. / M.Tech. / M.Arch./M.Plan.) FAQ

Q - What is the “Normalisation of Marks” in TANCET?

A -

Part I (Engineering Mathematics) and Part II (Basic Engineering and Sciences) are common to all the candidates.  
Part III however is an optional and candidate may choose from 13 possible categories. On evaluation, the mean and standard deviation of original marks may be varying according to the standard of paper after evaluation. So there is a formula for normalisation of these marks:
40    + (10/S)(R-M) = Normalised marks.

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.

TANCET(M.E. / M.Tech. / M.Arch./M.Plan.) 2016 Question Paper Format

online Pen & Paper
Exam Type
marks 1.0 Mark
Correct Question Mark
marks 0.33 Mark
Negative Marking

TANCET(M.E. / M.Tech. / M.Arch./M.Plan.) 2016

The Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test - TANCET for M.E./ M.Tech. is an entrance exam conducted every year by Anna University on behalf of the Tamil Nadu Government. The examination is for the students who wants to take admission into post graduation courses of M.E. / M. Tech Programs offered in university departments, regional centers of Anna university, arts & science colleges and self – financing & stand-alone colleges. Some other Institutes, Universities & Self – Financing Colleges may also admit the students on the basis of TANCET.

Course Offered Under University Departments-

  • Faculty of Technology
  • Faculty of Information and Communication Engineering
  • Faculty of Civil Engineering
  • Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Science and Humanities
  • Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Faculty of Civil Engineering


Division of Structural Engineering (CEG)

M.E. Structural Engineering 
M.E. Construction Engineering and Management


Centre for Water Resources (CEG)

M.E. Hydrology and Water Resources Engineering 
M.E. Irrigation Water Management 
M.E. Integrated Water Resources Management


Division of Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering (CEG)

M.E. Soil Mechanics and Foundation Engineering


Division of Transportation Engineering (CEG)

M.E. Transportation Engineering


Institute of Remote Sensing (CEG)

M.E. Remote Sensing and Geomatics


Centre for Environmental Studies (CEG)

M.E. Environmental Engineering 
M.E. Environmental Management 


Institute for Ocean Management (CEG)

M.Tech. Coastal Managment

  Faculty of Mechanical Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering (CEG)

M.E. Internal Combustion Engineering  
M.E. Energy Engineering 
M.E. Engineering Design  
M.E. Solar Energy 
M.E. Computer Aided Design (CAD) 
M.E.  Product Design and Development (PDD) 
M.E. Manufacturing Systems Management 
M.E. Thermal Engineering (with specialization in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning)


Department of Printing Technology (CEG)

M.E. Printing and Packing Technology


Department of Manufacturing Engineering (CEG)

M.E. Computer Integrated Manufacturing


Department of Industrial Engineering (CEG)

M.E. Industrial Engineering 
M.E. Quality Engineering & Management


Department of Automobile Engineering (MIT)

M.E. Automobile Engineering


Department of Aerospace Engineering (MIT)

M.E. Aeronautical Engineering 
M.E. Aerospace Technology 
M.E. Avionics (under faculty of I & C)


Department of Production Technology (MIT)

M.E. Green Manufacturing (with specialization in Green Manufacturing Engineering) 
M.E. Manufacturing Engineering 
M.E. Mechatronics

  Faculty of Electrical & Electronics Engineering


Department of Electrical Engineering (CEG)

M.E. Power Systems Engineering 
M.E. High Voltage Engineering 
M.E. Control and Instrumentation Engineering 
M.E. Power Electronics and Drives 
M.E. Power Engineering and Management 
M.E. Embedded System Technologies


Department of Instrumentation Engineering (MIT)

M.E. Instrumentation Engineering

  Faculty of Information & Communication Engineering


Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering (CEG)

M.E. Applied Electronics 
M.E. Communication Systems 
M.E. VLSI Design 
M.E. Bio-Medical Engineering 
M.E. Medical Electronics


Department of Computer Science and Engineering (CEG)

M.E. Computer Science and Engineering 
M.E. Software Engineering 
M.E. Computer Science and Engineering (Specialization in Big Data Analytics) 
M.E Systems Engineering and Operations Research


Department of Information Science and Technology (CEG)

M.E. Multimedia Technology 
M.Tech. Information Technology 
Master of Computer Applications (MCA)


Department of Electronics Engineering (MIT)

M.E. Communication & Networking 
M.E. Wireless Technologies 
M.E. VLSI Design and Embedded Systems


Department of Information Technology (MIT)

M.Tech. Information Technology


Department of Computer Technology (MIT)

M.E. Computer Science and Engineering

  Faculty of Technology


Department of Chemical Engineering (CEG)

M.Tech. Chemical Engineering 
M.Tech. Petroleum Refining and Petro-Chemicals
M.Tech. Environmental Science and Technology


Department of Ceramic Technology (CEG)

M.Tech Ceramic Technology


Department of Applied Science and Technology (CEG)

M.Tech. Industrial Safety and Hazards Management


Department of Textile Technology (CEG)

M.Tech Textile Technology


Department of Bio-Technology (CEG)

M.Tech Biotechnology 
M.Tech. Computational Biology 
M.Tech. Nano Science and Technology 
M.Tech. Food Technology 
M.Tech Bio-Pharmaceutical Technology


Department of Rubber and Plastics Technology (MIT)

M.Tech. Rubber Technology


Department of Leather Technology (CEG)

M.Tech. Leather Technology 
M.Tech. Footwear Science and Technology

  Faculty of Architecture and Planning


Department of Architecture and Planning (SAP)

M.Arch Digital 
M.Arch Landscape 

  Faculty of Science & Humanities


Department of Physics (CEG)

M.Tech. Laser and Electro-Optical Engineering (under faculty of I & C) 



(i) Candidates who have a valid GATE score with qualifying marks for assistantship in the appropriate discipline of Engineering / Technology

(ii) Candidates who have a valid GATE score with qualifying marks for assistantship in Engineering Science (XE) and Life Science (XL) papers should appear for TANCET also.

TANCET(M.E. / M.Tech. / M.Arch./M.Plan.) 2016 Conducting Body

The Government of Tamilnadu has authorized Anna University for conducting the Tamilnadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) for admission to M.E./ M.Tech./ M.Arch./ M.Plan. Degree Programmers offered in colleges in Tamilnadu. Anna University was established on 4th September 1978 as a unitary type of University. It offers higher education in Engineering, Technology and allied Sciences relevant to the current and projected needs of the society.Besides promoting research and disseminating knowledge gained therefrom, it fosters cooperation between the academic and industrial communities.The University was formed by bringing together and integrating two well-known technical institutions in the city of Madras.

TANCET(M.E. / M.Tech. / M.Arch./M.Plan.) Contact Details

Address The Secretary Tamil Nadu Common Admissions (TANCA) Anna University Chennai - 600 025
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TANCET(M.E. / M.Tech. / M.Arch./M.Plan.) FAQ

1) What is TANCET?

Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) has to be taken by students who want admission into Post graduate programmes ( MCA & ME/M.Tech/M.Arch/M.Plan) offered by Anna University and colleges affiliated to Anna University as well as to some other aided and unaided universities.

2) What is the examination for? Who conducts it?

TANCET is an examination for M.Tech. in Tamil Nadu. Highly esteemed Anna University is responsible for conduction of this exam.

3) When will I get my Admit Card?

Admit card will be available for view and print in the First week of June (onwards). You will have to log onto the TANCET website with your registered User ID. You will be eligible for an Admit Card only upon submission of online application form. You will receive an automated email confirmation upon successful submission from website .

4) I have completed the online application. But, I have not taken a print out. How can I get a print out now?

You can go to the applying online page again and enter the personal details AND the application number. You will be taken to the printout page again. 

5) What details will be mentioned in the Admit Card?

The admit card will contain the following details: Name of the candidate Test date Test City & Centre address User ID / Registration Number PWD/DA status.

6) Can I apply for more than one programme through a single TANCET exam?

Yes, you can apply for more than one programme through a single TANCET exam. However, you need to pay Rs. 500/- (Rs. 250/- for SC/SCA/ST candidates belonging to Tamilnad) for each additional programme.

(Note: A single demand draft would be enough for one or more programmes).

7) I do not belong to Tamil nadu. Can I still apply for TANCET ?

Yes, candidates belonging to other states can also apply for TANCET . However, the eligibility criteria will be specified by the admitting authority / University.

8) What is the eligibility criterion?

For admission in any university under TANCET for M.E. or M.Tech. Degrees the candidate needs to have passed with 50% or more marks aggregate (for general), 45% or more aggregate (for SC/ST) with:

  • B.E./B.Tech. in respective fields
  • B.Pharm./B.Sc. (Agriculture/ Fishery/ Forestry/ Horticulture)
  • B.Sc. 3 yrs Course + M.Sc. 2 yrs course in Computer Science or IT
  • A Masters degree in any appropriate field of Science or Arts
  • M.Sc. 5 Year Integral Programme
  • MCA 3 years after 3 Years of Bachelor’s degree.

9) Am I allowed to carry a calculator or mobile into the test venue?

No ,you are not allowed to carry a calculator or mobile into the test venue.

10) Will I get sheets/papers for rough work/calculations etc for TANCET ?

Yes, but no electronic devices are allowed in examination hall/room.

11) Are there any breaks during the test?

There are no scheduled breaks in the test. However, test takers can take unscheduled breaks if they want during the test session. An unscheduled break means a break during which the test clock does not stop. If a test taker chooses to take a break, the actual time spent on the break will be deducted from the time allocated to complete the test. No extra time will be given to complete the test. During the break, the test taker must leave the testing room. Upon re-entering the testing room, the test taker must show a valid ID.

12) What is the examination pattern of TANCET?

There are 3 parts to be answered in the question paper. Part 1 and Part 2 are mandatory; Part 3 allows a choice to the candidate to choose from the allotted 13 subjects. 

13) Are diploma holders eligible to apply for the program?

No. Diploma holders are not eligible to apply for the program.

14) I am a General class candidate and got less than 40% (in the range of 30-40%) in my graduation and 45% (in the range of 40-50%) in post-graduation. Am I eligible for TANCET (M.E./ M.Tech./ M.Arch./M.Plan.) Entrance Exam?

No,you are not allowed.

15) I am doing final semester B.Tech course. Whether I am eligible to apply for (M.E./ M.Tech./ M.Arch./M.Plan.) course?

Yes, provided your final semester results will be declared latest by August second week with 50% marks altogether.

16) What is the duration of these (M.E./ M.Tech./ M.Arch./M.Plan.) courses?

All courses are full time two years (Four semesters) program.

17) Any evening batch for this (M.E./ M.Tech./ M.Arch./M.Plan.)courses are available?

No,there are no evening batch for this MTech courses.

18) I have a consolidated 55% marks in my B.Tech/ or B.Pharm/ or MBBS/ or BDS degree. Whether I am eligible to apply for (M.E./ M.Tech./ M.Arch./M.Plan.) courses?

No. Students should get minimum of 50% marks (consolidated) during their degree program.

19) What is the “Normalisation of Marks” in TANCET?

Part I (Engineering Mathematics) and Part II (Basic Engineering and Sciences) are common to all the candidates.  
Part III however is an optional and candidate may choose from 13 possible categories. On evaluation, the mean and standard deviation of original marks may be varying according to the standard of paper after evaluation. So there is a formula for normalisation of these marks:
40    + (10/S)(R-M) = Normalised marks.

20) What if my marks/ rank change after re-totaling?

If the ranking of candidate is changed due to re-totaling/revaluation of mark, he/she can attend counseling as per the new mark and rank, though the call letter specifies different date (as per original mark).

21) What is/are the college/colleges covered under this examination?

There are numerous University Colleges under Anna University, Government and Government Financed Engineering Institutions along with many Self-Financed private colleges which are covered under TANCET for M.Tech.  
The top colleges covered under this examination are:  

  • Government College of Engineering, Chennai (Anna University)
  • PSG College of Technology, Coimbatore
  • Madras Institute of Technology, Chennai (Anna University)
  • Government College of Engineering, Coimbatore
  • Coimbatore Institute of Technology, Coimbatore
  • Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar College of Engineering, Thirupuror, Kanchipuram
  • Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai
  • A.C. College of Technology, Chennai (Anna University)
  • Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore
  • Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering, Kanchipuram.

22) What is the generalised selection procedure?

  • The registration for TANCET begins in February. The last date for online and offline spot registration is usually mid February. Following this the candidate receives the Hall Ticket within a week or so.  
  • TANCET exam is conducted at March end usually and by last week of April the result is declared. Following this the Counselling process begins by July.
  • Candidate must send the counselling Fee (INR 5,300) along with desired documents to the counselling centre (Anna University) to the address mentioned above.

23) What is the counseling process for TANCET ?

The counseling for TANCET is likely to be held in July . Applications for participation in counseling must be sent along with all the relevant certificates, counseling fee and GATE scorecard/TANCET scorecard to: The Secretary, Tamil Nadu Common Admissions (TANCA), Anna University, Chennai – 600 025. Venue of the counseling will be the university itself.

24) Which are the coordinating centres for TANCET ?

Following is the list of coordinating centres for TANCET :

  • Chennai Examination Centre, Anna University, Chennai
  • Chidambaram Annamalai University
  • Coimbatore Government College of Technology
  • Dindigul University College of Engineering, Dindigul
  • Erode Institute of Road and Transport Technology
  • Karaikudi Alagappa College of Engineering & Technology
  • Madurai Anna University Regional Centre – Madurai
  • Nagercoil University College of Engineering, Nagercoil
  • Salem Government College of Engineering
  • Thanjavur Kunthavai Naacchiyaar Govt. Arts College for Women
  • Tirunelveli Government College of Engineering
  • Tiruchirappalli Anna University Regional Centre – Tiruchirappalli
  • Vellore Thanthai Periyar Government Institute of Technology
  • Villupuram University College of Engineering, Villupuram
  • Virudhunagar Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology.

25) Out of State Who is eligible to apply for Anna University Counseling?

Nativity - Applicant should be a citizen of India but not belonging to Tamil Nadu Minimum Qualification - As prescribed for Tamil Nadu Candidates Minimum Mark rules - Marks prescribed for Tamil Nadu candidates under GENERAL CATEGORY.

26) What are the documents I need to organize before counseling?

Mark sheets (All appearance) of HSC or Equivalent Examination Mark Sheet of X standard Transfer Certificate Permanent Community Certificate Card, if applicable Nativity Certificate, if applicable Permanent Residence Certificate for Other State Quota Special Reservation form with relevant documents, if applicable. Only attested copies are to be enclosed.

27) What are the special quotas available for TNEA?

Know the various categories by which students are admitted through single window counseling in Tamil Nadu. Some of the allotments are Sports quota, Ex-servicemen quota, Differently-abled quota and caste based allotment. 

28) Who should submit Nativity Certificate?

Candidates belonging to Tamil Nadu having studied VIII, IX, X, XI & XII Std or their equivalent examination in Tamil Nadu need not enclose a Nativity Certificate. However, students having passed any of these classes VIII, IX, X, XI & XII Std or their equivalent examination outside Tamil Nadu should enclose a Nativity Certificate. Other state candidates having studied VIII, IX, X, XI & XII Std in Tamil Nadu need not enclose Nativity Certificate, but are eligible for open competition only. (1890) .

29) Can I authorize someone else to attend the counselling?

Due to unforeseen and unavoidable reasons, if a candidate is unable to attend the counseling on the specified date and time, he/she can authorize his/her parent on his/her behalf and the parent decision will be binding on the candidate.