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TANCET 2018 Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus

Updated On - December 11th 2017 by SOUMYA SEHGAL

Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) is a state-level exam, organized by Anna University. The exam is conducted for programmes such as M.E., M.Tech, MBA, MCA, M.Arch. and M.Plan. Nearly 37,000 candidates appeared for TANCET last year.

tancet syllabus

  • TANCET 2018 Application Form is expected to release in January. You can apply online at TANCET Official Website.
  • Candidates from General Category must hold a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks to register. Check  TANCET Eligibility
  • TANCET is scheduled in March 2018 in offline mode. It will be held across 15 centres in Tamil Nadu. 
  • There will be 100 questions of 1 mark each. TANCET Exam Pattern for all courses is the same, while the syllabus will vary.
  • Anna University will declare TANCET Result 2018 in April.
  • TANCET Cut off will be released separately for all the courses. It can be checked at the official website.
  • Qualifying candidates need to further register for TANCET Counselling, that will begin in July.

Highlights of TANCET 

Highlights of TANCET 2018
Exam NameTamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET)
TANCET 2018 Exam DateMarch 2018
Conducting BodyAnna University
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Mode of ExamPen and Paper Based
Duration of Exam2 hours
Type and Number of Questions120 MCQ type Questions
Courses OfferedM.E., M.Tech, MBA, MCA, M.Arch and M.Plan
Number of Colleges400+
TANCET Help Desk2220 0303

TANCET 2018 Exam Dates

All exam related events and dates are mentioned below. Make sure you do not miss upon any of these.

TANCET 2018 Online Registration begins fromLast week of January 2018
Last Date to fill TANCET 2018 Application Form Last week of February 2018
Release of TANCET 2018 Admit CardMarch 2018
TANCET Exam Date 2018Last week of March 2018 
Declaration of TANCET 2018 ResultApril 2018
Commencement of TANCET 2018 CounselingJuly 2018

Read More About TANCET Exam Dates

TANCET 2018 Eligibility Criteria

Anna University has ruled out certain eligibility conditions for candidates registering for TANCET. These must be fulfilled by the candidate in order to sit for the exam. 

Academic Criteria

  • Candidates who have completed/ are in their final year of Graduation can apply.
  • Masters in any discipline of science is also accepted.
  • Candidates who have passed 10+2 or possess a 10+3 years diploma certificate from the State Board of Technical Education are eligible. 
  • Candidates with a valid GATE Score with qualifying marks in relevant discipline of Engineering /Technology, need not appear for TANCET.
  • Candidates who have a valid GATE score with qualifying marks in Engineering Science (XE) and Life Science (XL), have to appear for TANCET 2018.

Percentage Required

The pass percentage is determined on the basis of the category the candidate. Read it below:

Name of the categoryPass Percentage

Domicile Criteria

  • Candidates from the other states excluding Tamil Nadu can also apply for the entrance. However, the eligibility will be determined by the respective authorities.

Read complete TANCET Eligibility Criteria

TANCET 2018 Application Form

  • TANCET 2018 Application Form will release in the last week of January 2018.
  • Candidates can register themselves at TANCET Official Website before the registration window closes.
  • TANCET 2018 Registration can only be done in online mode. The forms will not be available via any offline mode.

How to Apply for TANCET 2018?

  1. Visit the website of Anna University i.e.
  2. Click on ‘TANCET 2018 Registration’
  3. Enter your Name, Date of Birth, Email ID, and Password
  4. On completion of the above-mentioned registration process, a user ID will be sent to your registered email ID
  5. Log-in with the user id and password in order to fill TANCET 2018 Application Form
  6. Upload a recent colored passport size photograph
  7. Once the form is submitted, the details in the application form cannot be modified or changed
  8. Post submission of the form, an application number will be auto-generated by the system
  9. Save this number and print your filled form

TANCET 2018 Application Fee

Candidates can apply for more than one course but in such cases, they have to pay for each added course. The payment can be made in a single demand draft for more than one program. The fee structure is summed up in the table below:

Name of the CategoryFee
SC/SCA/ST (candidates who belong to Tamil Nadu)INR 250
Fees Charged for more than one program
SC/SCA/ST (candidates who belong to Tamil Nadu)INR 250

TANCET 2018 Admit Card

  • The hall ticket for TANCET 2018 is expected to release in March.
  • Candidates can download TANCET Admit Card from the official website of Anna University.
  • No admit cards will be sent via email or post.

How to Download TANCET Admit Card?


  1. Visit the official website
  2. Click the link ‘Download TANCET 2018 Admit Card’
  3. Enter User ID and Password
  4. TANCET 2018 Admit Card will appear on the computer screen
  5. Take printout for further reference

Discrepancy in TANCET Admit Card

In case of any change in the information mentioned on TANCET Admit Card, you may contact the officials at

The Secretary,
Anna University,

Number- 2220 0303

TANCET 2018 Exam Center

  • Aspirants can choose one exam center at the time of filling TANCET 2018 Application Form.
  • Details such as the address and the location of the center will be mentioned in the admit card.
  • Candidates may be allotted another exam center other than the one chosen, in case there is no vacancy in the preferred one.
  • TANCET 2018 will be held across 15 venues in Tamil Nadu. The list of TANCET exam centers is displayed below:
Exam Centers

TANCET 2018 Exam Pattern

  • TANCET 2018 is scheduled in March 2018 in offline mode (pen and paper-based).
  • It consists of 100 MCQ questions.
  • The medium of the paper is English.
  • The duration of the exam is 2 hours.
  • Question paper for programs like M.Tech/ME/M.Arch and M.Plan are segregated into 3 sections.
  • Against every correct answer, +1 mark is allotted and for every incorrect answer, -1/5 mark is subtracted. No marks are allotted for un-attempted questions. Aspirants can score a maximum of 100 marks.

120 minutes


Exam duration is 2 hours


Each of 1


Each Correct Answer will be awarded 1 mark


-0.20 mark

-ve Score

1 mark deducted for 5 wrong answers 



Exam type

It will be a pen and paper based test



Question type

Questions will be of objective type



Total Questions

There are 100 questions in each paper

Read  TANCET 2018 Exam Pattern

tancet question paper

TANCET 2018 Syllabus

TANCET 2018 Syllabus is different for all the 3 papers. Candidates must be through with basic verbal and logical reasoning questions. Arithmetic questions will be based on 10+2 syllabus. The details are elaborated underneath:

Name of the ProgramSyllabus
MBAData Analysis, Comprehension, Quantitative Aptitude, General English
MCAQuantitative Ability, Analytical Ability, Logical Reasoning, Computer Awareness, Verbal Ability, Basic Sciences

Part 1: Engineering Mathematics
Part 2: Basic Engineering and Sciences
Part 3: The subject as selected by aspirant in the application form

Read complete TANCET 2018 Syllabus

TANCET Preparation Books

Aspirants are suggested to follow the below-mentioned books besides reference books and online study material for boosting up their preparation for TANCET 2018:

Name of the ProgramName of the BookAuthor/PublisherISBN
Engineering and Science StreamTANCET (M.Tech/M.E/M.Arch/M.Plan)V.V.K.Subburaj978-8172543693
MCATANCET MCA Superior GuideSakthi Publishing House978-9385078231
TANCET MCA (Anna University)V.V.K.Subburaj978-8172542399
MBATANCET MBA (Anna University)S.Chand (G/L) & Company Limited978-8172543020
TANCET MBA Superior GuideSakthi Publishing House978-9385078224

TANCET 2018 Result

  • TANCET 2018 Result is scheduled to come out in April.
  • TANCET Score Card is released at the official website.
  • The result should be downloaded within ten days post declaration of the result.
  • Anna University releases 3 separate TANCET Rank List viz. GATE Category Rank List, TANCET Category and Sponsored Category. 

How to Check TANCET Result?

Aspirants should go through the steps given below to download the result:

TANCET result
  1. Visit the website
  2. Click on ‘TANCET 2018 Result’
  3. Login option will automatically appear on your computer screen
  4. Enter the e-mail ID and password
  5. Click on the log in tab

Read  TANCET 2018 Result

In case the result is lost or damaged, duplicate one can be issued with a payment of INR 100 via Demand Draft with a written appeal to:
The Secretary, TANCET,
Anna University, Chennai- 600 025

TANCET 2018 Cut Off

  • TANCET Cutoff is published on the university website post exam result.
  • The cut off marks will decide if an aspirant is eligible for admission or not.
  • The cut off is given as per the category and program selected.
  • The result or rank list will be prepared on the cut off marks declared by the university.

A number of factors determine the cut off which are:

  • Difficulty level of exam
  • Previous year cut off
  • Number of aspirants appeared for the exam
  • Marking pattern
  • Categories and reservation

TANCET 2018 Counselling

  • The counseliing rounds are expected to begin in July 2018.
  • Candidates have to undergo separate application procedure for TANCET Counselling.
  • The counselling forms are available both online and offline.
  • Offline forms will have to be filled and sent via post to “The Secretary, TANCET, Anna University, Chennai”.
  • The online form will be available on Anna University’s website and the procedure will be exactly same as that of the application form filling during the entrance.
  • Candidates who are GATE qualified can participate directly in TANCET 2018 Counselling.
  • Candidates must have acquired the minimum eligible marks category-wise to be a part of the counselling procedure:
CategoryMinimum Eligible Marks
BC/BCM/MBC&DNC/SC/SCA/ST candidates of Tamil Nadu45%


Ques. What is TANCET?

Ans. TANCET stands for Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test. It is conducted by Anna University for admission to M.E., M.Tech, MBA, MCA, M.Arch and M.Plan courses. The score of TANCET are accpeted by more than 400 government and non-government colleges of Tamil Nadu.

Ques. Can I apply for more than one programme in TANCET?

Ans. Yes, you are allowed to do so. However, you must pay INR 500 (INR 250 for reserved category candidates) for each programme.

Ques. What is the exam pattern for M.Tech./ M.Arch./M.E./M.Plan?

Ans. The pattern for engineering paper is different from the other two. The paper consists of three parts. The first and second part is compulsory whereas the candidates are allowed to choose one section in third part. The third part includes 14 sections of which the candidates have to choose one based on his/her specialization. The duration of the test is 120 minutes.

Ques. Which are the coordinating centres for TANCET 2018?

Ans.  Following is the list of coordinating centres for TANCET 2018:

TANCET Coordinating Centers
Chennai Examination Centre, Anna University, ChennaiChidambaram Annamalai University
Coimbatore Government College of TechnologyDindigul University College of Engineering, Dindigul
Erode Institute of Road and Transport TechnologyKaraikudi Alagappa College of Engineering & Technology
Madurai Anna University Regional Centre – MaduraiNagercoil University College of Engineering, Nagercoil
Salem Government College of EngineeringThanjavur Kunthavai Naacchiyaar Govt. Arts College for Women
 Tirunelveli Government College of EngineeringTiruchirappalli Anna University Regional Centre – Tiruchirappalli
 Villupuram University College of Engineering, VillupuramVellore Thanthai Periyar Government Institute of Technology

Ques. I have a valid GATE Score. Do I need to appear for TANCET as well?

Ans. No, GATE qualifiers are exempted from appearing in TANCET. They just need to ply with the other eligibility conditions.

Ques. What is TANCA?

Ans. The counselling rounds for MTech courses is done through TANCE or Tamil Nadu Common Admissions. It is done via two channels, one for GATE qualifiers and teh other of TANCET qualifiers.


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Santhiya Grace A

Hello sir... How can i download my tancet admit card

28 Jul, 2017 15:56
sangeeta rawat

Hi Santhiya, For downloading the TANCET admit card,candidates apply the following steps :

How To Download TANCET Admit Card :

  • Go to the official website.
  • Access the link “TANCET 2018 Hall Ticket.
  • Log in by using TANCET 2018 User ID and Password.
  • TANCET 2018 Hall Ticket will be displayed on the screen.
  • Download the Admit Card.
  • Print the Admit Card on an A4 sheet.

29 Jul, 2017 10:56
Raja veera pandian G

I am a final year student wrote tancet 2017 I don't have my last two sem marklist how can I attend my tancet counseling without them??

21 Jul, 2017 01:34
sangeeta rawat

Hello Raja, You can contact to university to know the counselling details on 04144-238248, 238610.

25 Jul, 2017 12:55
Lakshmi Priya

Hii, I scored 35.333 normalized marks in tancet. In which college ill be getting seat for MBC CATEGORY IN MBA

15 Jul, 2017 17:49
sangeeta rawat

Hi Lakshmi, To know about the college allotment find this link and check TANCET Cut Off

17 Jul, 2017 12:30

IS clearing tancet exam is needed for an admission for msc zooloy at loyola college

10 Jun, 2017 20:30
Kalpana Sharma Expert

Hi Aswathy, TANCET score is needed for taking admission in Loyola College. For further information please find this link Eligibility

30 Aug, 2017 18:35

Is TANCET score required for admission to MSc. Admission in Zoology or Boitechnology ?

18 May, 2017 00:20
Vaishali Expert

Hi Sisily, TANCET scores are not required for admission in M.Sc. Zoology or Biotechnology. TANCET exam is for MCA, MBA and M.Tech.

18 May, 2017 11:14
ankit sinhabarh

Hi I am ankit I got 21.333 normalized score in mca exam will I get college?

13 May, 2017 23:36

Hi Ankit, Please find the link and check cutoff for MCA –

15 May, 2017 11:41
Swapnil verma

Hi, I scored 38.50 marks. Which colleges for MBA?

21 Apr, 2017 13:25

Hi Swanil, to get details on the colleges based on your TANCET score, please find the link

21 Apr, 2017 13:34

Incomplete tancet 2017 Application filing It means what

13 Apr, 2017 00:20

Hi Lakshmiprabha, Incomplete TANCET means application form is not completely filled by the aspirant. Thus, you may try again.

13 Apr, 2017 15:54
elakkiya thiagarajan

While viewing Tancet 2017 results I am getting INCOMPLETE TANCET 2017 APPLICATION FILLING.please help

12 Apr, 2017 04:02

Hi Thiagarajan, if you are facing this issue that means application form is not completely filled by you. Please check what is missing and try again.

12 Apr, 2017 16:15
Unnimaya Menon

can you pls tell me when are the dates for tancet online apllication for either 2017 or 2018?

11 Apr, 2017 18:35

Hi Menon, the last date of submission of TANCET 2017 Application Form has gone. You may apply for TANCET 2018

12 Apr, 2017 15:00
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