TANCET 2020 Application Form (Released), Dates, Eligibility, Pattern and Syllabus

    Neha Rani Neha Rani
    Exams Prep Master

    TANCET 2020 will be conducted by Anna University on February 29 for MCA & MBA and March 1, 2020 for M.E./ M.Tech/ M.Arch/ M.Planning for admitting students in the mentioned programs offered by colleges in the state of Tamil Nadu. As per TANCET 2020 Eligibility, candidates appearing in final year or graduated in the respective disciplines are eligible to apply for TANCET 2020.

    • TANCET 2020 Application Forms have been released on January 7 – 31, 2020 at the official website.
    • The application fees is INR 500 for general category and INR 250 for SC/ SCA/ ST candidates.
    • As per TANCET 2020 Exam Pattern, it will be a 120-minute long offline test having 100 multiple choice questions.
    • Anna University releases 3 separate TANCET Rank List viz. GATE Category Rank List, TANCET Category and Sponsored Category.
    • Candidates will be given admission based on the cutoff released by participating colleges. Check TANCET Cutoff

    Check Top Colleges accepting TANCET 2020

    TANCET 2020 Highlights 

    TANCET Full NameTamil Nadu Common Entrance Test 
    Conducting BodyAnna University
    Mode of ApplicationOnline
    Mode of ExamPen and Paper Based
    Duration of Exam2 hours 
    Courses OfferedMBA, MCA, M.E., M.Tech, M.Arch and M.Plan
    Number of Colleges466+
    TANCET Help Desk011 2220 0303

    Download TANCET 2020 Practice Papers

    TANCET 2020 Exam Dates

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


    TANCET Exam Date 2020 

    (Officially Announced)

    MCA – Feb 29, 2020

    MBA – Feb 29, 2020

    M.E. /M.Tech. /M.Arch. / M.Plan. – March 1, 2020

    Declaration of TANCET 2020 ResultMarch 20, 2020
    Commencement of TANCET MBA Counselling 2020July, 2020
    Commencement of TANCA CounsellingJuly, 2020

    Top Colleges Accepting TANCET 2020 Score

    Here, the list of top 7 colleges for MBA, MCA and M.E/M.Tech/M.Arch/M.Planning: 

    For MBAFor MCAFor Engineering and Technology
    Anna University, ChennaiS Abdur Rahman Crescent Engineering College, TalukSRM University, Chennai
    PSG Institute of Management, CoimbatoreM.S. College of Engineering, AvadiThiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai
    Thiagarajar School of Management, ThirupparankundramMadha Engineering College, KancheepuramPSG College of Technology, Coimbatore
    Sona School of Management, SalemPSG College of Technology, CoimbatoreSSN College of Engineering, Kalavakkam
    Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, ErodeThiagarajar College of Engineering, MaduraiKumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore
    MOP Vaishnav College for Women, ChennaiSree Narayana Guru College, CoimbatoreRMK Engineering College, Tiruvallur
    Builders Engineering College, TirupurKumaraguru College of Technology, SaravanampattyMepco Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi

    Check TANCET 2020 Top Participating Colleges

    TANCET 2020 Eligibility Criteria

    Anna University has ruled out certain eligibility conditions for candidates registering for TANCET 2020. These must be fulfilled by the candidate in order to sit for the exam. 

    Academic Criteria

    • Candidates who have completed or are in their final year of Graduation from a recognized university 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 2020.

    Percentage Required

    The pass percentage is determined on the basis of candidate’s category. 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 TANCET Eligibility Criteria 2020

    TANCET 2020 Application Form

    TANCET 2020 Application Form has available at annauniv.org from January 7 – 31, 2020 and candidates can apply online. 

    The application fee is INR 500 for General Category and INR 250/- for SC/ST (who belong to Tamil Nadu). Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks is essential to register. 

    Candidates can register themselves at TANCET Official Website before the registration window closes. TANCET 2020 Registration can only be done in online mode by following the below steps:

    1. Visit the website of Anna University i.e. annauniv.edu/
    2. Click on ‘TANCET 2020 Registration’
    3. Enter your Name, Date of Birth, Email ID, and Password to generate id and password
    4. Re-login to fill TANCET Application Form 2020
    5. Upload a recent colored passport size photograph. 

    Check TANCET 2020 Photo Size, Format and Other Details

    1. Pay application fee as per category
    2. Post submission of the form, an application number will be auto-generated by the system

    TANCET 2020: 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
    URINR 500
    SC/SCA/ST (candidates who belong to Tamil Nadu)INR 250
    Fees Charged for more than one program
    URINR 500
    SC/SCA/ST (candidates who belong to Tamil Nadu)INR 250

    TANCET 2020 Admit Card

    TANCET 2020 Admit Card will be released on the February 13, 2020. Candidates can download TANCET 2020 Hall Ticket from the official website of Anna University. No admit cards are sent via email or post.

    How to Download TANCET 2020 Admit Card?

    1. Visit the official website i.e.annauniv.edu
    2. Click the link ‘Download TANCET 2020 Hall Ticket
    3. Enter User ID and Password
    4. Download TANCET Admit Card for further reference

    Discrepancy in TANCET 2020 Hall Ticket

    In case of any misinformation mentioned on TANCET 2020 Admit Card, you may contact the officials at

    The Secretary,
    Anna University,
    Number- 2220 0303

    TANCET Admit Card 2020 Lost

    If the hall ticket is lost after the test, a duplicate hall ticket can be obtained on payment of INR 100/- in the form of a Demand Draft, with a written request to The Secretary, TANCET, Anna University, Chennai – 600025, indicating the Registration No. / Application No. and the name of the Examination Centre. 

    List of TANCET 2020 Exam Center

    • TANCET 2020 will be held across 15 cities in Tamil Nadu.
    • Aspirants can choose one exam center at the time of TANCET 2020 Registration.
    • Candidates may be allotted another exam center other than the one chosen, in case there is no seats available in the preferred one.

    The list of TANCET 2020 exam centers is displayed below:


    TANCET 2020 Exam Pattern

    TANCET exam will be conducted on February 29 and March 1, 2020 

    While the paper pattern for all courses is similar, the syllabus for MBA, ME, MCA is different. A brief about the same is listed below:

    • TANCET 2020 will be conducted 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, -1/3 mark is subtracted. No marks are allotted for un-attempted questions. Aspirants can score a maximum of 100 marks.

    Read TANCET 2020 Exam Pattern

    TANCET Syllabus 2020

    TANCET 2020 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:

    TANCET Syllabus for MBA 2020

    Verbal AbilityQuantitative AptitudeData InterpretationLogical Reasoning
    Synonyms & AntonymsAlgebraBar GraphSyllogisms and Puzzles
    Idioms & ProverbsArithmeticLine GraphBlood Relations
    GrammarGeometryPie ChartsCoding Decoding
    Fill in the blanksTrigonometryHistogramSequence & Series
    Phrasal verbMensurationPercentage based questionsDecision Making
    Sentence correctionsNumber SystemEquivalence based questionsBinary Logic
    Reading ComprehensionProbability & StatisticsRatio based questionsLinear and Circular Arrangements
    Vocabulary questionsModern MathematicsAnalogiesComputer based questions

    Check TANCET Preparation Tips 2020 for Quantitative Aptitude

    TANCET Syllabus for MCA

    Computer AwarenessQuantitative AptitudeAnalytical and Logical Reasoning
    Computer HardwareAlgebraLinear and Circular Arrangements
    Controls & MemoryArithmeticBinary Logic
    History of Computer & Basic TerminologyGeometryCoding Decoding
    Internet & ProtocolsTrigonometrySequence & Series
    Network Basics & ShortcutsMensurationSyllogisms and Puzzles
    Computer Abbreviations & Computer ArchitectureNumber SystemBlood Relations
    Security ToolsProbability & StatisticsDirection Sense
    Computer Organization & Input Output toolsModern MathematicsDecision Making
    Languages and AlgorithmsTSD & TWAnalogies

    Check TANCET Preparation Tips 2020 for Computer Awareness

    TANCET Syllabus for M.Tech/M.E/M.Arch/M.Plan 2020

    Part 1: Engineering MathematicsPart 2: Basic Engineering and SciencesPart 3: Subject Related
    CalculusPhysicsAeronautical & Aerospace Engineering
    TransformsChemistryAgriculture & Irrigation Engineering
    Functions of Complex Variables and Complex IntegrationApplied MechanicsArchitecture
    Applied ProbabilityMaterial ScienceAutomobile Engineering
    Determinants and MatricesMechanical EngineeringBio-Medical Engineering
    Vector CalculusCivil EngineeringBiotechnology
    Numerical MethodsElectrical EngineeringChemical Engineering
    Differential EquationsComputersCivil Engineering

    Click Here for Detailed TANCET Syllabus 2020

    Best Books Recommended for TANCET 2020

    Aspirants are suggested to follow the below-mentioned books besides reference books and online study material for boosting up their preparation for TANCET 2020:

    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 Sample Papers 2020

    Candidates are suggested to solve as many sample & practice papers as possible. This will help in getting themselves accustomed to the exam pattern and repetitive questions. Here are few sample papers for candidates to refer to:

    SubjectDownload Link
    TANCET MBADownload here
    Civil EngineeringDownload here
    Engineering MathematicsDownload here
    Computer Science & EngineeringDownload here
    Basic Engineering & SciencesDownload here
    TANCET MCA Download here

    TANCET 2020 Result

    • TANCET 2020 Result will be declared at the official website on March 20, 2020.
    • TANCET 2020 Scorecard can be downloaded from March 23, 2020 onwards.

    How to Check TANCET Result 2020?

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

    1. Visit the website annauniv.edu
    2. Click on ‘TANCET 2020 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
    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

    Expected TANCET Cut Off 2020

    The category and program wise TANCET 2020 Cut off will be published on the university website post exam result. The cut off marks will decide if an aspirant is eligible for admission or not. The result or rank list will be prepared on the cut off marks declared by the university.

    Check the expected TANCET 2020 cut off marks below:

    CategoryExpected TANCET Cut Off 2020
    Open Category37.5
    Backward Classes35.25
    Scheduled Caste25.5
    Scheduled Tribe22.5

    Check TANCET 2020 Cut Off

    TANCET 2020 Counselling

    Tentative Date of TANCET 2020 MBA Counselling- July, 2020 

    Tentative Date of TANCA 2020 Counselling- July, 2020

     Candidates have to download the call letters and physically visit the center as per their rank.  

    GATE qualified can participate directly in TANCA 2020 Counselling. The counselling forms will be available at tanca.annauniv.edu. 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?

    Answer. 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 is accepted by more than 400 government and non-government colleges of Tamil Nadu.

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

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

    Ques. Which are the coordinating centers for TANCET 2020?

    Answer.  Following is the list of coordinating centers for TANCET 2020:

    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?

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

    Ques. What is TANCA?

    Answer. 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.

    CATEGORY EXPECTED TANCET  CUT OFF Open Category 37.5 Backward Classes 35.25 Scheduled Caste 25.5 Scheduled Tribe 22.5

    Ques. What are the contact details of Anna University?

    Answer. Read the details below:

    The Secretary, Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test (TANCET)

    Centre for Entrance Examinations

    Anna University, Chennai – 600 025.

    Website- www.annauniv.edu

    Ques. What are the various courses to which I can get admission through the TANCET exam?

    Answer: You can get admission to the Master of Computer Applications (MCA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Engineering (ME), Master of Technology (M.Tech.), Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) and Master of Planning (M.Plan.) courses at various institutions of Tamil Nadu post qualifying the TANCET exam.

    Ques.Is some TANCET exam center also available in Delhi?

    Answer: No, all the 15 exam centers of TANCET are there in Tamil Nadu only.

    Ques. How many colleges in Tamil Nadu accept TANCET scores?

    Answer: Around 442 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu use the TANCET scores for offering admissions to their postgraduate courses.

    Ques. Is there any concept of negative marking in the TANCET exam?

    Answer: Yes, one-third mark is deducted for every incorrect attempt.

    Ques. What are the various modes through which the TANCET application fee can be paid?

    Answer: TANCET application fee can be paid only in the online mode.

    Ques. Can I pay TANCET application fee through bank challan or demand draft?

    Answer: No, the TANCET application fee can be paid only via net banking or credit/debit card.

    Ques. Why has Anna University made the TANCET application submission process online?

    Answer: Almost all the entrance exams have switched the registration or application process online because of the following major benefits:

    • Online application form submission process is the fastest and easy way to apply for any exam.
    • It saves the applicant’s time and also reduces workload of the candidates and the organizing committee.
    • Manual application form filling process is comparatively lengthy and error-prone.

    Ques. I do not have an e-mail Id. Can I apply for TANCET 2020?

    Answer: No, a valid e-mail Id is mandatory. You have to create an e-mail Id before applying for TANCET 2020.

    Ques. What happens if my TANCET application payment fails?

    Answer: The amount deducted will be credited to your bank in around 5 to 7 days. You must take a printout of receipt for your further convenience.

    Ques. What is the significance of my GATE score over TANCET score?

    Answer: In case you have qualified GATE, your TANCET scores hold no value. Your GATE scores will be taken into consideration for offering the PG courses at the engineering institutes of Tamil Nadu.

    Ques. What are the various sections in TANCET 2020?

    Answer: Following is the section-wise breakup of the TANCET 2020 exam for the MBA course:

    • Verbal Ability: 25 questions
    • Data Interpretation: 25 questions
    • Mathematics: 25 questions
    • English Language: 25 questions

    Ques. What are the various sections in TANCET MCA 2020?

    Answer: Following is the section-wise breakup of the TANCET 2020 exam for the MCA course:

    • Quantitative Ability: 25 questions
    • Analytical Reasoning: 25 questions
    • Logical Reasoning: 25 questions
    • Computer Awareness: 25 questions

    Ques. What are the various sections in TANCET M.Tech., ME and M.Arch. 2020?

    Answer: Following is the section-wise breakup of the TANCET 2020 exam for the M.Tech., ME and M.Arch. courses:

    • Engineering Mathematics: 20 questions
    • Basic Engineering and Sciences: 20 questions
    • Part III (different for different courses): 60 questions

    Ques. I am not able to open the official website for accessing the TANCET application form. What should I do?

    Answer: You may once check your internet connection speed, try using some other browser, or clear cookies and history and try again. It should work.

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

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    can we write a online exam in saudi arebia

    28 Nov, 2019 00:20
    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.

    28 Nov, 2019 11:15

    I missed the date of admission.Can i claim it now

    08 Sep, 2019 00:20
    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

    17 Jul, 2019 12:38
    Neha Rani

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

    22 Jul, 2019 14:45
    Rishu Singh

    Other state candidate also have to apply

    29 Jul, 2019 09:02
    Kumar Shiwam

    Hi Rishu Singh, Yes other state candidates also can apply excluding Tamil Nadu candidates for an entrance test.

    03 Aug, 2019 17:58

    When will the online application for tancet 2019 will start? I'm unable to open right now

    12 Apr, 2019 12:16
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Gayathri, application forms for TANCET will be available from second or third week of April, 2019 (tentatively).

    12 Apr, 2019 12:44
    M Abirami

    About tancet exam

    11 Feb, 2019 00:20
    Sarthak Mahajan

    Hi, What do you want to know about the TANCET Exam?

    12 Feb, 2019 16:49
    AYISHA isha

    I have finished my UG degree in Biochemistry , do i need to attend TANCET to join in madras university?

    21 Jan, 2019 09:22
    Sarthak Mahajan

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

    21 Jan, 2019 13:05

    what is meant amcat

    09 Jan, 2019 00:20
    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.

    09 Jan, 2019 11:20

    HeIlo,Is the book written by author V.V.K.Subburaj is useful for TANCET exam 2019?

    11 Dec, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Indumathi, Can you please let me know the course or subject for which do you want to prepare.

    11 Dec, 2018 12:35

    Can the book Engineering and science stream can be useful for 2019 TANCET exam?

    11 Dec, 2018 00:20
    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.

    11 Dec, 2018 12:22

    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

    09 Jul, 2018 14:23
    Akansha Expert

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

    10 Jul, 2018 18:26

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