TANCET 2021: Exam Date, Admit Card (Out), Preparation Tips, Exam Pattern, Syllabus & Result

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Anna University has released TANCET 2021 Admit Card on March 5, 2021. The exam will be conducted on March 20, 2021, for MBA and MCA, and on March 21 for M.E./M.Tech./M.Arch./M.Plan. Registered candidates can check the final status of their application form till February 23, 2021. Click here to download TANCET 20201 Admit Card

  • TANCET Exam is conducted only for postgraduate programs and is valid over all the government and government-aided colleges of Tamil Nadu. Check TANCET 2021 Exam Pattern
  • TANCET 2021 Syllabus includes topics from undergraduate courses. Each stream has a separate syllabus for the exam.
  • The reservation benefits will not be provided for any candidate who does not belong to the state of Tamil Nadu.

TANCET is organized by Anna University, Chennai on behalf of the Tamil Nadu Government, for admission in postgraduate programs in the field of management, engineering, architecture and computer science. Students from other states can also apply for this exam subject to the bifurcation of eligibility criteria and reservations.​ Over 38,000 students have applied for TANCET 2021 out of which 21,789 students have applied for MBA. 

TANCET 2021 Highlights

TANCET full form Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test
Conducting Body Anna University, Chennai
Eligibility Criteria Bachelor Degree with at least 50%(relaxation of 5% for SC/ST candidates belonging to the state of Tamil Nadu).
Programs  M.Tech, M.E, MBA, M.Plan, M.Arch, MCA
TANCET official website tancet.annauniv.edu/
Application Fee 600.00 INR for each program(300.00 INR for SC/ST)
Reservation All the reservation benefits will be provided only for the students who are domicile of Tamil Nadu. However, students from other states can apply through general slots.
Admission Process Entrance Examination/Lateral Entry

TANCET 2021 Exam Dates

TANCET Exam Event TANCET Exam Date 
TANCET Registration Starts January 19, 2021
TANCET Registration Last Date February 16, 2021
TANCET Admit Card March 5, 2021
TANCET Exam Date 

March 20, 2021 (MBA and MCA), March 21, 2021 (M.E./M.Tech./M.Arch./M.Plan)

TANCET 2021 Result Declaration On or Before April 16, 2021
TANCET Counselling On or Before April 20, 2021
TANCET 1 Month Preparation

TANCET One Month Preparation Tips

  1. Plan Your Exam: As the syllabus of TANCET 2021 is quite long, it is not possible for candidates to prepare each and every topic. By this time candidates must have familiarized themselves with their strong and weak areas. Considering your ability and weightage of topics in past years, work up a plan to which chapters or topics you will attempt and which ones you will avoid. This will save you a ton of time in the exam hall.
  2. Revision is Your Saviour: There is no better way to brush up the topics you have learnt than to revise over and over. Revising not just helps with improving strong and weak areas, it also helps candidates to avoid forgetting.
  3. Mock Tests and Sample Papers: Apart from revising familiar topics, solving mock test papers and previous year questions of TANCET aids in your preparation. This is also another way of revising. Taking mock tests will increase your confidence and help candidates familiarize themselves with the questions pattern, important topics, difficulty level, and help them analyse strong and weak areas. Do not take more time than what you will get in the exam hall to get used to the exam.
  4. Strategise your Paper: While practising mock papers and regular practise, candidates will familiarize themselves with TANCET exam pattern and sections of the paper. So it will be helpful to decide what strategy you might want to use to attempt each section and question. Candidates are advised to practice accordingly.
  5. Brush Up Tricks & Formulas: Every competitive exam that includes topics such as quant or reasoning can be solved faster using shortcut methods, formulas, and tricks. Knowing these will help you attempt more questions in less time. Often while focusing on revision, candidates might miss out on brushing these up. Take help from blogs, youtube videos, and books to learn these tricks if you haven't already.
  6. Focus on Time and Accuracy: As TANCET is a lengthy paper, it is imperative for candidates to solve as many questions as possible in the given time limit while solving them correctly. How can this be achieved? First, try to improve your speed by using shortcut methods and formulas. Second, find out your weak areas as you solve practice questions, and work on those. Third, clear your basic concepts. Once basics are mastered, harder problems will be easier to solve.
  7. Work on Weak Topics: For some people, maths might be easier and verbal harder, while for others, the opposite might be true. Very few people are excellent at both. But for most, it is important to find out which topics are they are facing most issues with. Take tips from your seniors, teachers, and solve those problems more to avoid losing marks during the exam.
  8. Avoid Stress: We know this is easier said than done, but nevertheless is a very important part of faring well in your exam. Take adequate rest the day before your test, keep everything ready, and remember that worrying will not just hamper your mental health, but also your exam. You cannot alter your level of preparation, so there is no point in thinking about your result. Be confident in what you have learnt, and keep calm!

TANCET 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The minimum eligibility criteria for TANCET 2021 is to hold a bachelor degree in the relevant discipline. Minimum marks at graduation level must be at least 50%. Candidates having a degree from distance/weekend program are not eligible for TANCET 2021.

Course Eligibility Criteria
M.E/M.Tech (Faculty of Civil Engineering) B.E/B.Tech in Civil Engineering or Civil & Structural Engineering
M.E/M.Tech (Faculty of Mechanical Engineering B.E/B.Tech in Mechanical/Mechatronics/Aeronautical Engineering
M.E/M.Tech (Faculty of Electrical Engineering) B.E/B.Tech in ECE/Instrumentation and Control
M.E/M.Tech(Faculty of Information and Communication Engineering) B.E/B.Tech in ECE/Biomedical/Software Engineering
M.Arch B.Arch or AIIA(Associates of the Indian Institutes of Architects)
M.Plan B.Plan/B.Arch/B.E(civil engg)/AIIA/M.A/M.Sc 

TANCET 2021 Application Form

TANCET 2021 application forms are available since January 19, 2021, in online mode on the official website of TANCET. The application fee is 600.00 INR for general and 300.00 INR for reserved category candidates. Those who are appearing for more than one program are required to pay 600.00 INR for each program. The reservation criteria is not applicable to the candidates from other states.

Before filling the application form candidates are required to register themselves by providing the basic details. Steps to register online are mentioned below:

  • Visit the official website of TANCET. Under TANCET 2021 button click on ‘New User Registration’
  • Enter the name, valid email address, phone number and password and save it as it will be required every time when you log in.
  • Click on ‘register’.

After registration, a unique user id/registration number will be generated and sent to the registered email address. Candidates are required to log in with the stated credentials. The steps to fill TANCET 2021 Application form are as follows:

TANCET Admit Card

TANCET 2021 Admit Card

TANCET 2021 admit card will be released on March 5, 2021. Candidates can download the admit card from the official website by entering the user id and password. Admit cards will contain the information regarding the center and schedule of examination. If any candidate is unable to download the admit card or finds any discrepancy then it shall be reported immediately to the authority. The helpline numbers are mentioned below:

  • Call at +91-44-22358314
  • E-mail- directorentrance@gmail.com
TANCET Exam Pattern

TANCET 2021 Exam Pattern

TANCET 2021 Exam Pattern consists of 100 multiple choice questions with four options for each question. Each question carries one mark and ⅓ mark will be deducted as a penalty for every incorrect answer. The examination shall be conducted in English and Tamil language only.

  • Total time allotted for each paper will be 120 minutes
  • Question paper of TANCET 2021 for MBA and MCA program consists of five and four sections respectively
  • There will be 20 questions in each section for MBA program and 25 questions in each section for MCA program
  • ME/M.Tech and M.Arch paper will consist of three sections in which two section will be common and the third section will be optional
  • The total number of questions in M.E/M.Tech/M.Arch and M.Plan will be 105.
  • In M.E/M.Tech/M.Arch and M.Plan entrance exam the candidates will be allowed to choose the optional paper for the third section at the time of registration
TANCET Syllabus

TANCET 2021 Syllabus

TANCET 2021 syllabus will be released by Anna University online and it can be downloaded from the official website. Every program has a different syllabus based on the qualifying exam and course preferred.

Also Check: TANCET Exam Analysis

The Quantitative Ability section will be common in the question paper for MBA and MCA programs. In the MCA program the question paper will consist of a mathematical ability section. The questions in the mathematical ability section will be framed on the basis of the syllabus of class 12 syllabus. The paper wise syllabus are discussed below:


Business Situation Analysis In this section, there are no prescribed topics. The questions will be based on business operations, situations, dilemma, and business ethics etc. There will also be some sections of the marketing plan and one-year strategy of a business. Candidates are required to mark the most appropriate answer according to the question.
Reading Comprehension Reading comprehension will include questions based on precise writing and unseen passages. It will also include synonyms, antonyms, vocabulary and one-word substitution.
Quantitative Ability In this section, the questions will be based on mathematics. The level of the question will be similar to class 10 and 12 syllabi of mathematics. Important topics are profit & loss, percentage, time & work, Average, Simple & Compound Interest, Binomial Theorem, Quadratic Equation, Mixture & Allegations etc
Data Sufficiency Data Sufficiency will include topics like number system, algebra and some arithmetic problems. There will be questions from Data Interpretation like bar graph, line graph, and pie chart
English Usage This will include the questions of grammar and punctuation, one word substitution, conventional usage of word and phrase, writings of speech community etc.


TANCET syllabus for MCA has 3 main topics:

Quantitative Ability The quantitative ability section will be covering the topic similar to the question paper of the MBA program. Students are required to study mathematics of class 10 and 12 level. Some important topics are average, percentage, profit and loss etc.
Logical and Analytical Reasoning In this section, there will be questions based on linear and circular arrangements, selections, coding and decoding, directions, critical thinking, Intuitions, blood relations, decision making, inductive reasoning, binary logic, syllogism and puzzles.
Computer Awareness This section will test the basic awareness and information in the field of computer and technology. The questions will cover the topics like the use of applications in computer, hardware and software, artificial intelligence, generations of computer, data security, short cut keys and computer accessories, components of computers, other computing devices etc.

TANCET M.E and M.Tech Syllabus

M.E and M.Tech syllabus will be based upon the specific program selected by the candidate. There will be two common papers in all the programs and one optional paper marked by the candidate at the time of registration. The questions will be based upon the syllabus of the qualifying examination’s program. There will be 20 questions each from paper 1 and paper 2. The optional paper i.e. paper 3 will contain 60 questions. Each question will carry one mark. The syllabus for the first two sections are discussed below:

Engineering Mathematics Calculus and differential equations, transforms, functions of complex and variables and complex integration, applied probability, matrices and determinants, vector calculus, numerical methods
Basic Engineering and Sciences Physics, chemistry, applied mechanics, material science, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, computers.
TANCET Results

TANCET 2021 Results

TANCET 2021 results are likely to be declared around the third week of March 2021. Candidates can download the scorecard from the official website by entering the login credentials. The last date to download the scorecard will be announced later by Anna University. TANCET rank list will be released separately for the three categories i.e. GATE category, TANCET category and the sponsored category.  Anna university will offer the degree programs for MBA/M.Tech/M.E/MCA/M.Arch and M.Plan in the below mentioned colleges:

  1. University departments
  2. University College of Engineering
  3. Regional campuses of Anna University
  4. Annamalai university
  5. Government universities
  6. Other Government aided universities
  7. Some private and self financing universities also invite admission through TANCET score

Also Check: TANCET Program Wise Cutoff



Ques. When can I fill the application form for TANCET 2021?

Ans. TANCET 2021 application form has been released on January 19, 2021. Candidates can register and apply online on the official website.

Ques. What is TANCET 2021 application fee?

Ans. The application fee is 600.00 INR for general candidates and 300.00 INR for candidates of reserved category(SC/ST/OBC). However, the discounted application fee for reserved class does not apply to any candidate belonging to the state other than Tamil Nadu.

Ques. I am from Maharashtra. Can I apply for TANCET 2021?

Ans. Candidates from any state can apply for TANCET 2021. The candidates are suggested to check the eligibility criteria before filling the application form. No relaxation of fee or any other reservation facility has been provided to the candidates from outside Tamil Nadu.

Ques. What is the minimum mark required to clear the cutoff?

Ans. The minimum cut off marks usually range between 35-40 marks as per the previous year analysis. For the reserved category, the cut off falls between 22-35 marks.

Ques. Can I apply for the MBA program at Anna University through CAT score?

Ans. Any candidate seeking admission in any program is required to take TANCET. No other exams will be considered for admissions.

Ques. How many colleges accept TANCET scores?

Ans. All the government and government-aided universities along with some private colleges in Tamil Nadu accept TANCET score.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


mohammed najamuddin
My overall rank in tnea is 15905,community rank MBC 3387, cutoff 185.75. Is there any chance to get biotech in kumaraguru, GCT or PSG Cbe?
arvind kumar

Hi Mohammed, Greetings from Collegedunia. TANCET is a state level entrance exam. Your rank is quiet low and it is difficult but you may get a chance for biotech. For more details visit: TANCET EXAM

bhagyashri kene
hi i have got overall rank 409 and community rank is 77 in tancet category. i belongs to mbc community. will i get seat in M.E structural engineering in gct cbe.
arvind kumar

Hi Bhagyashri, Greetings from Collegedunia. TANCET is a state level entrance exam. You can certainly get a seat in ME structural engineering depending on your rank. For more details visit: TANCET 2020

How is TANCET question paper evaluated?
arvind kumar

Hi Drona, Greetings from Collegedunia. TANCET entrance exam is conducted in MCQ pattern. The question paper is evaluated based on the answer key. For more details visit: TANCET EXAM

hi , I'm studying my UG course final year now . I will be a UG graduate in MAR 2021 , So should I attend the 2020 entrance exams or 2021 entrance exams . I'm so confused as these exams delayed due to covid19
arvind kumar

Hi Jesmitha, Greetings from Collegedunia. You can give the exam once you are thoroughly prepared. So, after complete preparation, you can give either 2020 or 2021 entrance exams. For more details visit: TANCET EXAM

preethi christina
Is it necessary to have printed online application during tancet counselling?
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Preethi, no, printed application form is not required at the time of counselling. You can check the list of the required documents from below:

  • X Std. Mark Sheet
  • XII Std. Mark Sheet or Diploma (3 years) Certificate
  • Qualifying Degree certificate, provisional certificate and mark sheets of all semesters or Consolidated mark sheet.(Copy of both sides should be uploaded)
  • Transfer certificate from the institution last studied
  • Valid GATE 2018 / 2019 / 2020 scorecard for GATE (Engineering / Technology) category
  • Valid GATE 2018 / 2018 / 2020 score card and TANCET 2020 hall ticket for GATE (Engineering Science-XE / Life Science -XL) category
  • TANCET 2020 Hall Ticket for TANCET category and for Sponsored full-time category
  • ‘Permanent Community Certificate’ in card format or electronic form / digitally signed e-Certificate in the case of BC, BC Muslim, MBC / DNC & SC/SC(Arunthathiyars)/ST candidates belonging to Tamil Nadu.
  • Certificate of Disability for Differently Abled Person (if applicable)
  • Nativity Certificate only in electronic form / digitally signed e-Certificate. (if applicable)
  • Copy of identification certificate obtained from the Head Quarters Tahsildar or Visa, Passport and letter registered in Police Station (For Srilankan Refugee candidates)
  • Experience Certificate (if applicable).
manjunathan j
can I appear for TANCET exam, when I still completing my 2 ?
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Manjunathan, no, candidates appearing in this exam must have passed graduation to be eligible.

can we write a online exam in saudi arebia
shobhna chaturvedi

Hi Ashwin, no, there is no exam center of TANCET in Saudi Arabia. You can check the list of TANCET Exam Centers from here.

sharmini charlas c
I missed the date of admission.Can i claim it now
sowmiya chinnasamy
I could not find any online registration link for tancet ME counselling in anna University website. Kindly tell me whether the registration is started or not yet
neha rani

Hi Sowmiya, Counselling for TANCET has been started, Please check the given link to know more details about counselling.

rishu singh
Other state candidate also have to apply
kumar shiwam
Hi Rishu Singh, Yes other state candidates also can apply excluding Tamil Nadu candidates for an entrance test.
gayathri v
When will the online application for tancet 2019 will start? I'm unable to open right now
shobhna chaturvedi
Hi Gayathri, application forms for TANCET will be available from second or third week of April, 2019 (tentatively).
m abirami
About tancet exam
sarthak mahajan
Hi, What do you want to know about the TANCET Exam?
ayisha isha
I have finished my UG degree in Biochemistry , do i need to attend TANCET to join in madras university?
sarthak mahajan

Hi Ayisha, You may please check the link to get the TANCET Eligibility for different courses.

raan subash
what is meant amcat
akansha expert
Hi Raan, AMCAT (Aspiring Minds Computer Adaptive Test) is a test to evaluate the reasoning Skills, Technical Skills and Aptitude Skills of a candidate who is seeking Job in top MNC's. ... AMCAT is an assessment platform to provide the scores based on their skills for the students who takes up the test.
HeIlo,Is the book written by author V.V.K.Subburaj is useful for TANCET exam 2019?
akansha expert
Hi Indumathi, Can you please let me know the course or subject for which do you want to prepare.
kiruthikha marikani
Can the book Engineering and science stream can be useful for 2019 TANCET exam?
akansha expert

Hi Kiruthikha, You may please check this link to get the information about Exam Pattern of TANCET it helps to you get the pattern of exam and how to prepare the exam.

nandipalle sandeep raj
I did not pay registration fees for ap pgecet counselling I have gate rank is there any another way can I go to counseling for a.p
akansha expert

Hi Sandeep, Please check this link for getting Counselling missed or next dates for counselling for this entrance exam through this link.

nandipalle sandeep raj
Sir I have quilfied gate 2018 with rank28000 can I get sit in Anna University I am form Andhra Pradesh
akansha expert

Hi Sandeep, yes You will get the seat in this college as per merit base of the entrance , You may check this link :- Cutoff To get idea about the admission according to your rank

karthika devi
i got 37.306 in tancet for M.Tech will I get sheat in anna university and related campus
garima bansal

Hi Karthika , You may check this link :- Cutoff To get idea about the admission according to your rank

raj mohan
I got 43.667 in tancet for MCA will I get good college in Chennai like top colleges
akansha expert

Hi raj I am Sharing A link with you to TOP COLLEGE for MCA Course in Chennai please check.

I have scored 35.983 in tancet 2018 civil department which college I would gt in counselling.. I'm bc
ritika sharma

Hi Favitha, to get information regarding which college you will get please check the link:- Participating college.