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TANCET 2017 Paper Analysis Mar 26

Last Updated - March 28, 2017

TANCET 2017 for ME/M.Tech/M.Arch/M.Plan degree program was successfully conducted on March 26, 2017. TANCET is organized by Anna University, Chennai on behalf of Tamil Nadu state government. It is an entrance exam for taking admissions to pursue a Master's Degree in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Candidates who appeared for the exam are now eagerly waiting for the TANCET 2017 Answer Key to evaluate their performance, which will be soon available. The examination keeps its candidates on their toes as each year there is a surprise in the exam question pattern. So let us be familiar with what the exam had in store this year. We have evaluated & combined all the information you need, in our TANCET 2017 Paper Analysis.


TANCET 2017 Paper Analysis (M. Tech/ ME / M. Plan. /M. Arch)

TANCET is a pen and paper based test of 2 hours to answer 100 questions for 100 marks. The exam conducted on March 26, 2017,  for M.Tech/ M.E/ M.Arch/ M.Plan was divided into 3 sections:

Part 1: Engineering Mathematics: 30 Questions

  • It is compulsory for all the candidates.
  • This section comprises of a total of 30 questions.
  • 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer, and ¼ mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Part 2: Basic Engineering and Sciences: 30 Questions

  • It is also compulsory for all the TANCET 2017 aspirants.
  • This section comprises of a total of 30 questions.
  • 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer, and ¼ mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Part 3: Based on the Elective Subject chosen at the time of registration: 40 to 45 questions.


  • 1 mark will be awarded for every correct answer and ¼ mark deducted for every wrong answer.
  • The 15 specialization sections are as follows:
  1. Earth Sciences
  2. Mechanical, Automobile & Aeronautical Engg.
  3. Electronics and Communication Engg.
  4. Electrical & Electronics Engg. and Instrumentation Engg
  5. Civil Engg. & Geo-Informatics
  6. Production and Industrial Engg
  7. Computer Science and Information Technology
  8. Chemical Engg. Ceramic Technology and Biotech
  9. Textile Technology
  10. Leather Technology
  11. Architecture
  12. Physics and Material Science
  13. Mathematics
  14. Social Sciences
  15. Printing Technology

Detailed Section Wise Analysis

Based on all the information by expert and candidates, We have prepared a section-wise analysis of TANCET 2017 question paper for M.E/ M.Tech/ M.Arch/ M.Plan.

Section 1 - Engineering Mathematics

Section one consisted of 30 questions, amounting to a total of 30 marks in the examination. Engineering Mathematics is a common section for all to attempt, and in this year, the noticeable weight age was on the following topics:

  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Vector Calculus
  • Transform
  1. Z- Transform
  2. Inverse Transform
  3. Laplace Transform
  • Numerical Methods
  1. Integration
  2. Differentiation

The difficulty level of the section one was easy to moderate. Numerical methods & vector calculus were comparatively difficult than the other major topics in the section 1.

Section 2 - Engineering Sciences

The Section two consists of 30 questions as well, totaling to 30 marks as well. Just like the Section one, even engineering sciences is also a common section for all to attempt. Engineering sciences syllabus was vast, but it wasn't necessary to focus on all. We have prepared a table which shows topic’s and chapter’s which were an integral part of the examination this year.

TopicChapterDifficulty level
PhysicsSound – Latices – Ultrasonic flaw detector – X-Ray Radiography – Interference Fringes – Planck’s quantum theory – Laser and Fibre Optics.Moderate
Material ScienceFracture – Magnetic and Dielectric materials – Conductor and Semiconductor materials – Ceramic and Superconductor materials.Difficult
Electrical EngineeringOhm’s law – Kirchhoff’s law – A.C. circuits – D.C. machines – Transformers – Synchronous machines – Instrumentation.Moderate
Applied MechanicsLaw of Mechanics – Lame’s theorem – Forces, Moments and Couples – Displacement, Velocity, and Acceleration – Friction – Moment of Inertia.Moderate
ChemistryAdsorption – Chromatography – Chemical kinetics – Electrochemistry – Spectroscopy – Fuels and Combustion.Easy

Section 3 - Elective Subject

Section three of the exam is different for everyone, depending on the elective subject they chose at the time of registration. TANCET authorities do love to surprise its test takers, and that is why the questions in this section can range from 40-45 for a total of 40 marks. Thought this year there were 40 questions, and among those 40 questions the topics which were the most scoring were:

  • Understand the concepts and practice while writing the theorems.

Civil Engineering

  • Static and Kinematic Indeterminacy – Energy Principles – Deflection of pin-jointed plane frames – rigid frames.
  • Properties of fluids. Fluid statics and relative equilibrium. Basic concepts of fluid flow – kinematics and dynamics.
  • Theories of Failure – Unsymmetrical Bending – Curved Beams – Theories of Columns.
  • Prestressed Concrete – Principles – Methods – Losses – Deflection – Design.
  • Steel Structures: Steel Sections – Connections – Design of Tension and Compression Members – Beams, Column Bases – Plate Girders and Trusses.

Mechanical Automobile & Aeronautical Engineering

  • Thermodynamics
  • Automotive Engines
  • Heat Transfer
  • Mechanics: Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies, Properties of Surfaces and Solids, Dynamics of Particles, Friction and Elements of Rigid Body Dynamics - Basics of Mechanisms, Kinematics of Linkage Mechanisms, Kinematics of Cam Mechanisms, Gears and Gear Trains, Friction, Force Analysis, Balancing and Vibration.
  • Aerodynamics

Electrical & Electronics Engineering and Instrumentation Engineering

  • Electrical Circuits and Fields: KCL, KVL, Nodal & Mesh analysis, the transient response of D.C and A.C networks.
  • Control Microcontrollers: Principles of feedback; transfer function; block diagram; steady state errors; stability Routh and Nyquist criteria; Bode plots; compensation; root loci.
  • Digital Electronics
  • Microprocessor
  • Microcontrollers: 8-bit microcontroller – 8051 architecture, bus configuration, Instruction sets, programming & applications.

Electronics and Communication Engineering

  • Digital Electronics
  • Electromagnetic fields
  • Digital Communication

Computer Sciences

The difficulty level of the section three was moderate to difficult. Where Civil Engineering and other Topics like Mechanical engineering were difficult. The rest of the questions in the section III were moderate but scoring.

  • Information Technology
  • Chemical Engineering, Ceramic Technology, and Biotechnology
  1. Thermodynamics and Kinetics
  2. Heat and Mass Transfer
  • Textile Technology.

TANCET 2017 Answer Key

The Answer Key 2017 will provide the candidates with all the correct answers for their respective TANCET question paper sets. It is important for every candidate to have a look at the answer key to evaluate their performance and calculate and estimate of your TANCET score. The answer key helps every aspirant in planning and deciding what colleges to apply in before the official results are out.

How to Download TANCET 2017 Exam Answer Key?

  • Go to the official website portal of the Anna University: www.annauniv.edu.
  • Search for the link "Tamil Nadu CET 2017 Answer Key" & Click on it.
  • Find & Select your course.
  • You will be redirected to download that pdf file of the TANCET 2017 Answer Key

TANCET Cut Off 2017

The cutoff marks for the TANCET 2017 will soon be released after the official announcement of the TANCET 2017 Result. Cutoff will be based on the number of applied applicants, the available vacant seats, previous year cut off, the difficulty level of the examination paper and other criteria. Candidates who qualify TANCET 2017 Cut Off Marks will be eligible for the TANCET 2017 Counselling. The release date of result & process to download the TANCET 2017 Score Card will be updated soon on the official Anna University web portal.


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