TANCET 2023, Application Form, Exam Date, Admit Card, Syllabus, Results

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The TANCET 2021 is an intra-state exam conducted every year, generally in May. The TANCET question paper will be in English and Tamil (the regional language). Anna University, Chennai is the conducting body of the TANCET Exam 2021. It also conducts counselling for TANCET 2021 for admission in the major colleges in the state. The TANCET exam is conducted in the regions of Tamil Nadu itself.

TANCET 2021 exam is scheduled to take place on the dates February 28, 2021 and March 1, 2021. It will be conducted in pen and paper mode i.e., offline mode. The TANCET exam is conducted only once a year and consists of 100 questions for MBA/ MCA Programs and 115 questions for M.Tech/ M.E/ M.Arch/ M/Plan. TANCET Counselling will occur in July (tentative). Students clearing the GATE exam for M.Tech need not additionally take TANCET 2021.

What is TANCET Exam?

TANCET stands for the abbreviation of Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test. TANCET Exam is a state-level common entrance exam conducted by Anna University, Chennai. On behalf of the Government of Tamil Nadu, Anna University conducts TANCET every year. It is an exam for Post Graduate courses in the State University’s affiliated colleges in Tamil Nadu. TANCET opens new doors of opportunities for candidates aspiring to study: MBA, MCA, ME, M.Tech, M.Arch, and the like in colleges across Tamil Nadu.

If found that, any untrue or misleading information is provided by the candidate while filling the application form then, the TANCET examination authority reserves all the rights to cancel the admission of the candidate at any level.


TANCET 2021 Exam Highlights
Exam NameTamil Nadu Common Entrance Test
Conducting AuthorityAnna University
Exam ModePen and Paper Based (Offline)
Courses OfferedMBA, MCA, M.Tech, M.Arch, M.E, M.Plan
Exam LevelState Level
Exam FrequencyOnce a year
Types of QuestionMultiple Choice Question (MCQ)
Application FeeINR 600 – General category INR 300 – Reserved category
Number of Test cities15

Exam Date

The important dates for TANCET 2021 exam are mentioned below. Test-takers are requested to go through them. The important dates of TANCET 2021 consist of the application process, counselling, publication of Admit Card, date of the exam, and the results declaration date. The candidates should make sure that they do not delay in any of the dates mentioned by the examination authority as it would lead to missing an opportunity for taking up the admission on the part of the candidates.

The TANCET exam is conducted for 2 days and the dates which are allotted for the candidates including exam centre and exam timing will be mentioned beforehand. Knowing the TANCET 2021 Exam Dates will keep candidates updated about all the important events.

TANCET Exam Dates 2021
EventsImportant Dates (Tentative)
Application Form Start dateJanuary 7, 2021
Application Form Last dateJanuary 31, 2021
Registration Extended DateFebruary 4, 2021
Admit Card dateFebruary 13, 2021
Exam date (Released Officially)February 28, 2021 to March 1, 2021
Result DateMarch 12, 2021
Counselling DateApril 9, 2021 


Anna University, the conducting body has framed the eligibility criteria for TANCET 2021. Aspirants must indeed know about the eligibility before registering for the exam. The candidates who are in the final year of their bachelor’s degree are also eligible for applying to the exam.

Students who do not belong to Tamil Nadu state can also give the examination. Candidates must also note that there is no upper age limit to appear for the exam. The candidates who have completed their B.Tech/ B.E through distance mode or weekend courses are not eligible for the TANCET 2021 exam.

Candidates who have a valid score in GATE are exempted from the TANCET 2021 exam as they are directly eligible for the counselling. However, candidates with a valid score in engineering science and Life science need to appear for the exam. Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria given below are eligible to apply for TANCET 2021. The eligibility criteria for various courses offered by Anna University are mentioned in the table below:

TANCET 2021 Eligibility Criteria
AgeNo Upper Age Limit
Education QualificationMBA: Candidate must have passed a recognized Bachelor’s Degree of minimum 3 years of duration with minimum 50% marks (45% for reserved category) MCA: Candidate must have passed a recognized Bachelor’s Degree of minimum 3 years of duration with Mathematics at 10+2 level or Graduate level with minimum 50% marks (45% for reserved category) MCA (Lateral Entry): Candidate must have passed a recognized Bachelor’s Degree of minimum the years of duration in BCA, B.Sc (Computer Science/ Information Technology) with Mathematics at 10+2 level or Graduate level with minimum 50% marks (45% for reserved category students) ME/ M.Tech/ M.Arch/ M.Plan: Candidate must have passed recognized Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field of minimum 3 years duration + minimum 50% marks (45% for reserved category)

For more information on eligibility, visit TANCET 2021 Eligibility section

TANCET 2021 Exam Pattern

The number of questions for MBA/ MCA/M.Tech/M.Arch/M.Plan/M.E exams are 100, while the number of sections is different for each course. The level of questions asked is mostly from 12th or graduation but the candidate needs the required skills to even answer at that level. Learning about TANCET 2021 Exam Pattern is the first step in preparation. Anna University has designed the exam pattern which is discussed in this section below.

TANCET 2021 Exam Pattern
Type of ExamOffline (pen and paper)
Type of QuestionsMultiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Medium of examEnglish and Tamil
Duration2 hours
Marking Scheme+1 mark for the correct answers; -1/3 mark for wrong answers
Total marks (MBA/MCA)100

MBA Section Wise Distribution

The subject wise exam pattern of TANCET 2021 MBA exam is given below. There will be 5 sections comprising 20 questions each.

TANCET 2021 MBA section-wise division
Quantitative Aptitude20
Reading Comprehension20
General English20
Data Sufficiency20
Business Analysis20

MCA Section Wise Distribution

The subject wise exam pattern of TANCET 2021 MCA exam is given below. There will be 4 sections comprising 25 questions each.

TANCET 2021 MCA section-wise division
Computer Awareness25
Quantitative Ability25
Analytical Reasoning25
Logical Reasoning25

M.Tech/M.E/M.Arch. Section Wise Distribution

The subject wise exam pattern of TANCET 2021 M.Tech/M.E/M.Arch. exams are given below. There will be 3 sections in which the first 2 part comprises 20 questions each and Part 3 consists of 60 questions. Part 3 is chosen by the candidate according to the course he/she wants to pursue.

TANCET 2021 M.Tech/M.E/ M.Arch section-wise division
Engineering Mathematics20
Basic Engineering and Sciences20
Part 3 (as per specialization)60

Marking Scheme

  • There will be negative marking, where 1/3rd mark is deducted for each wrong answer.
  • If the candidate has marked or bubbled more than one option, then the same will be considered as a wrong answer.
  • There will not be any negative marking for the questions which are not answered.

TANCET 2021 Syllabus

Candidates applying for TANCET 2021 exam should be familiar with the syllabus of the exam. The TANCET 2021 syllabus includes five sections i.e., Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability, Quantitative Aptitude, Data Sufficiency, General English, Business Analysis. The syllabus will be declared by Anna University before the Exam date. Given below are the syllabus of different courses which are offered by Anna University.

The reading comprehension and general English sections are at a moderate level in terms of difficulty but the remaining sections need more focus as it requires lots of skills for the candidate to crack such parts.

MBA: TANCET 2021 Syllabus for MBA is framed with topics from Business Problems, Passage Comprehension, Mathematical Problems, Data Sufficiency, English.

Thus, a student with a strong base in solving puzzles will do well in the Business Problems and Data Sufficiency. For the Mathematics section, a student must build his or her foundation from basic concepts.

MCA: As most of the candidates aspiring to do MCA is from a Computer Science background, scoring in the computer awareness section will be a cakewalk. But aspirants have to focus on other sections as well. TANCET 2021 MCA syllabus comprises topics as mentioned below.

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Logical Reasoning
  • Computer Awareness
  • Verbal Activity
  • Basic Science.

ME/ M.Tech/ M.Arch/ M.Plan: TANCET 2021 Syllabus for ME/ M.Tech/ M.Arch/ M.Plan contains topics from Mathematics, Science, and topics from the course chosen. We find that for these streams, TANCET 2021 Syllabus is common and hence requires the same kind of preparation. As the subjects are Science and Mathematics, one should lay a strong base and build on it. Candidates can check the detailed list of the syllabus as mentioned below.

Part 1 – Engineering Mathematics

  • Determinants and Matrices
  • Calculus and Differential Equations
  • Vector Calculus
  • Functions of Complex Variables and Complex Integration
  • Transforms
  • Numerical Methods
  • Applied Probability

Part 2 – Basic engineering and sciences

  • Applied Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Material Science
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computers
  • Chemistry

Part 3 – Group A

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science and Information Technology.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

Part 3 – Group B

  • Automobile Engineering
  • Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Agricultural and Irrigation Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Earth Sciences
  • Geo – Informatics
  • Instrumentation, Electronics and Control Engineering.
  • Leather Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Material Science and Ceramic Technology

TANCET 2021 Preparation

Clearing TANCET Exam isn’t that difficult when you have prepared yourself to face any question. Given below are a few tips which will help you crack the TANCET 2021 exam with ease.

Keep practising – There is no substitute for practice when it comes to exam preparation. Make sure that you solve enough previous year question papers, take up mock tests before the exam. Get the best study materials and books which can help you crack the exam.

Time Management – The easiest and the most effective way to master time management is by practising previous year TANCET question papers and analyzing how much time should be given to each section. Start with reading the question paper carefully. And then answer all those questions which are less time-consuming and are easy to solve. Try to solve tough ones later as you would have enough time to answer them.

Negative marks for wrong answers: For each wrong answer, you will lose 1/3 marks. So do not attempt a question until you are sure of the answer. Besides, you would be awarded 4 marks for each correct answer. So be careful while answering any question.

TANCET 2021 Application Form

The registration for TANCET 2021 has been extended from January 31, 2021 to February 4, 2021. Candidates willing to apply can visit the official website and apply for the exam. The application fee will vary as per the course a candidate chooses to apply.

CourseGeneral Category FeeSC/ST Category Fee
M.E./M.Tech./M.Arch./M.PlanINR 600INR 300
MBA and MCAINR 1200INR 600
MBA and M.E./M.Tech./M.Arch./M.PlanINR 1200INR 600
MCA and M.E./M.Tech./M.Arch./M.PlanINR 1200INR 600
MBA, MCA and M.E./M.Tech./M.Arch./M.PlanINR 1200INR 900

Any changes which the candidate wants to make regarding personal or academic details are needed to be done before submitting the application form. And interested candidates should have completed a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% aggregate in their final exams.

TANCET 2021 Application Form 2021
Mode of TANCET 2021 FormOnline
Mode Of PaymentDebit/Credit Card/Net banking

TANCET 2021 Application Process

Candidates aspiring for the TANCET 2021 examination must complete the application process before the deadline. The application process and fee payment can be done in online mode only. The step by step process to complete the TANCET 2021 application form is given below.


  • Candidates need to visit the official website of Anna University i.e. annauniv.edu and click on the online registration link.
  • A new page will be opened where candidates need to enter their name (as in SSLC mark sheet), email ID, mobile number and create a new password. Click on “Register”

Login and fill details

  • A TANCET secret key is sent to the mobile number of the candidate. Candidates need to log in with their given credentials (Email ID and password) and the secret key.
  • After logging in, candidates need to first enter their personal details such as gender, nationality, community, date of birth, address, nativity and pin code. After entering, click on the Next button.
  • In the next section, enter all your academic details which include SSLC and HSC registration number, year of passing, qualifying degree and specialization.
  • After entering the academic details, candidates need to choose the exam centre and choice of examination among MBA, MCA, M.Tech, M.Arch programmes. Click on “Save and Continue”.

Document upload

  • In this step, candidates need to upload their passport size coloured photograph. Check the preview before going to the next page of fee payment. After review, click on the upload button.
  • Candidates from reserved category should also upload the caste certificate before the payment. 

Fee Payment: 

  • The last step is the application form fee payment. Candidates can pay the fee through debit card/credit card/net banking. Make sure you make the payment before the deadline. After successful payment of fees, the candidate must take the printout of the duly filled application form for future reference.

TANCET 2021 Admit Card

It is a must for candidates writing TANCET 2021 exam to have an admit card. TANCET Admit Card will be available online on the official website from February 13, 2021 and should take a print of the same as the hardcopy of the TANCET admit card is not sent by the examination authority. TANCET 2021 hall ticket will be available online only for a shorter period, hence candidates should download it before the exam authorities remove it.

TANCET Admit Card Importance: Candidates are expected to carry their TANCET 2021 Hall Ticket to the exam hall as it is compulsory. Without the hall ticket, the examiner will not allow the candidate inside the TANCET Exam hall. Further, aspirants must carry an identity certificate with them for proof. These two documents are indispensable and a candidate must possess them.

TANCET Admit Card Corrections: If the candidate finds any errors on the admit card like name, signature, or any details the candidate must visit Anna University in person and get the errors corrected. The Anna University address is Center for Entrance Examinations, Anna University, Chennai- 25.

Details on TANCET 2021 Admit Card

Candidates can find the below-mentioned details in the TANCET 2021 admit card

  • Candidate’s name
  • TANCET 2021 registration number
  • Date of birth
  • Scanned images of photograph 
  • Date and time of exam
  • Exam centre details
  • Exam day guidelines 

Note: In the case of loss of the TANCET 2021 admit card on the part of the candidate, then the candidate can apply for duplicate hall ticket by paying INR 100 by Demand Draft in favour of The Secretary, TANCET, Anna University, Chennai. After which the university provides the duplicate hall ticket containing the details of the exam.

TANCET 2021 Exam Centres

While applying for the TANCET 2021 Exam there is an option where you can choose the exam centre that you prefer based on factors like feasibility, time, and distance. TANCET 2021 will be conducted in around 15 TANCET exam centres in Tamil Nadu. Candidates can select the exam centre based on their preferences as listed below.

TANCET Exam Centres

However, Anna University, the conducting authority has complete power to change a particular test taker’s exam centre depending on the number of seats. Although candidates can prefer their TANCET 2021 exam centre, once if they lock a centre then it cannot be altered. The candidate must be present in the exam centre before the reporting time.

Note: It is advised in the interest of candidates to visit the exam centre once before TANCET 2021 exam, and get acquainted with the route and location of the test centre.

TANCET 2021 Reference Books

Like armour is for a soldier, books are for a TANCET Exam aspirant. Preparation with the right study material will aid the student to score high. Before going through the reference books, students are suggested to have a look at the TANCET 2021 syllabus as well.

The list of books for each course in TANCET 2021 is mentioned below.

TANCET 2021 Reference Books for MCA

  • TANCET MCA (Upaveda Learning Solutions) by V V K Subburaj
  • Master Guide by R Gupta/Amit M Agarwal
  • TANCET Anna University, Superior Guide MCA by Sakthi

TANCET 2021 Reference Books for MBA

  • TANCET MBA by V V K Subburaj
  • Reasoning Test (Verbal & Non-Verbal)
  • TANCET Data Interpretation Analysis by Ashok Gupta
  • TANCET Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by R S Agarwal

TANCET 2021 Reference Books for M.Tech/M.Arch/M.Plan

  • TANCET M.Tech/ME Exam Book by C.S Hariram Kumar, Janani, P Vigneshwari
  • TANCET ME/M.Tech/M.Plan/M.Arch (Anna University) by Suda
  • TANCET-Mechanical Engineering by Suda
  • TANCET for ME, M.Tech, M.Arch, M.Plan by Bakshi

Check the detailed list of TANCET 2021 Reference Books 

TANCET 2021 Result

The candidates can check the TANCET 2021 results using their login credentials provided during filling the application form and the TANCET scorecard was available from March 23, 2021.

The TANCET answer key will be released before a month of releasing the TANCET results. If the candidate has any kind of issue related to the answer key regarding the wrong answers or suggestions such changes will be made and the final key will be released by the examination authority. Candidates are suggested to go through TANCET 2021 Syllabus to achieve better results.

Anna University will declare the TANCET 2021 results on March 12, 2021. TANCET 2021 Results play a crucial part in the student’s life as it qualifies as a candidate for the next stage. If the candidate has lost the scorecard he can apply for the Duplicate scorecard by paying INR 100 through demand draft in Favour of The Secretary, TANCET, Anna University, Chennai. After the TANCET results are announced the merit list/ rank list is prepared by the university. The candidates must preserve the TANCET scorecard as it is required in the TANCET counselling process.

TANCET results will be available on the official webpage. Anna University releases 3 separate TANCET rank-lists namely.

  • GATE Category
  • TANCET Category
  • Sponsored Category

Calculation of Scores of TANCET

Calculation of the final TANCET score is done based on the Raw Score and Normalized Score:

Raw Score

The calculation of the Raw Score is done by the following formula:

r = Marks scored in Part-1 + Marks scored in Part-2 + Marks scored in Part-3

A raw score is calculated for different disciplines.

Normalized Marks

Calculation of Normalized Marks is done by the following formula.

n = 40 + (10/s) (r–m)

where ‘s’ = standard deviation, ‘m’ = mean marks (Total marks in all 3 sections divided by 3) and ‘r’ = raw marks (total marks obtained in all 3 sections).

Courses offered after TANCET

TANCET 2021 is the gateway to various postgraduate courses such as MBA, M.Tech, MCA and the like. A prospective candidate can look into the following table and get to know the courses offered after clearing the TANCET 2021 exam.

TANCET Courses Offered
S.No.Courses Offered
1Master of Business Administration (MBA)
2Master of Computer Application (MCA)
3Master of Engineering (ME)
4Master of Technology (M.Tech)
5Master of Planning (M.Plan)
6Master of Architecture (M.Arch)

TANCET 2021 Cut Off Marks

The Anna University, the examination authority will release the cut off marks on the official website which are different for each category and each program. TANCET exam cut off is decided based on the factors such as difficulty level of the exam, the number of seats available, the number of candidates writing the test, etc. The candidates who have scored more than the cut off are eligible for the TANCET counselling.

TANCET 2021 MBA Cutoff

The TANCET 2021 Expected Cutoff (Category Wise) is mentioned in the following table

TANCET 2021 MBA Cutoff
CategoryCutoff for TANCET MBA
Other Backward Classes (OBC)35.25
Scheduled Caste (SC)25.5
Scheduled Tribes (ST)22.5

Score Vs Rank

Below table shows the TANCET 2021 Score Vs Rank

TANCET 2021 Score Vs Rank
Obtained MarkTANCET Rank List

For more information, visit TANCET 2021 Cutoff Section.


TANCET Counselling will be held by Anna University for admission into various courses in the affiliated colleges in Tamil Nadu. TANCET 2021 Counselling will be held from April 9, 2021. Candidates who qualified the TANCET 2021 exam only can attend counselling. Important details regarding the TANCET 2021 Counselling process is as follows.

The candidates who have scored more than the cut off are required to apply for the counselling and need to pay INR 300 as the counselling fee through Demand Draft. The candidates are then sent the call letter mentioning the date and place of TANCET counselling. Students will be expected to bring their original documents to the counselling process. After successful TANCET counselling, a candidate will be admitted to the college.

The documents required to bring for TANCET 2021 counselling

  • Caste Certificate
  • Address Proof
  • TANCET 2021 scorecard
  • 10th marks sheet
  • 12th marks sheet
  • Graduation marks sheet
  • Transfer Certificate
  • Requisite receipt of fee payment
  • Domicile Certificate
  • Passport Photographs (any other if any mentioned by the examination authority).

TANCET 2020 Counselling Application Process

The exam authority has released the dates for the registration of TANCET 2020 Counselling process. The TANCET 2020 Counselling Application Process has started from August 28, 2020, and it will continue until September 14, 2020. Candidates are requested to register themselves for the counselling process and carry all the mandatory documents at the time of counselling.

TANCET General Instructions

Make sure that you follow these general instructions given below –

  • Candidates admitted through Lateral Entry in degree courses are not eligible except for aspirants from B.E./B.Tech. and MCA degree courses.
  • Candidates with B.E./B.Tech. degrees obtained through Distance / Weekend mode are not eligible.
  • Candidates with a degree obtained without studying Class 10th, 12th, or 3 years degree programs are not eligible.
  • Other State Candidates can also appear for the entrance test, but the eligibility conditions will be framed by the admitting authority / University.
  • A candidate registering for more than one program has to pay INR 500/- (INR 250/- for SC/SCA/ST candidates belonging to Tamilnadu) for each additional program via online only.
  • All the candidates should download the hall tickets from the Anna University website.
  • Marks will not be deducted for the questions left unanswered.
  • Candidates have to appear for the entrance test at the allotted centres at their own cost and risk.
  • Every effort will be taken to comply with the candidate’s choice for TANCET 2021 entrance test centre. However, some other centre might be allotted to a few candidates if the exam centre cannot hold those numbers of candidates. In any case, a centre once allotted cannot be changed for any reason.
  • The Question Book in each subject may have different versions. Each question book will have a unique serial number. The candidate must write and shade the question book serial number on the Answer Sheet in the appropriate boxes.
  • This is very important, as the evaluation will be based on what the candidates specified on the answer sheet. Any mistake committed in this regard may result in the answer sheet being rejected and the authorities will not be responsible.

TANCET Contact Details

In case of any queries regarding the TANCET 2021 exam, candidates can contact the below-mentioned details.

Correspondence Address: The Secretary, Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET) Centre for Entrance Examinations

Anna University, Chennai-600 025.

Helpline Number: 044-22358314

Website: annauniv.edu

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