TANCET Exam: The Complete Guide

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  • 20 March 2023
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As of March 11th, 11 am, Anna university has released the TANCET hall tickets for the TANCET entrance exam, which will be held on March 25. Candidates with bachelor’s degrees can apply for the TANCET MBA exam.

More than 200 colleges across Tamil Nadu accept TANCET entrance exam scores. Furthermore, every year more than 40,000 students appear to compete for the 15,000 available seats for the MBA program offered by several universities across Tamil Nadu. 

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What Is The TANCET Exam

TANCET, meaning or full form, is Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test. It’s an entrance exam conducted by Anna University for students wishing to pursue PG courses. It’s a state-level exam held all across Tamil Nadu for numerous PG programs like - M.Tech. M.Arch. M.Plan. ME, MBA, and MCA programs.

For example, students who’ve pursued a B.Tech course would apply for an M.Tech or MBA pg program when appearing for TANCET. If this applies to you, here are some B.Tech exam tips.

TANCET Information Overview:

The TANCET exam means it is an offline examination with a multiple-choice question pattern that should be completed within two hours. DTE (Directorate of Technical Education), Chennai, administers counselling for MBA admissions for qualified candidates.



Exam name

TANCET (Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test)

Conducting body

Anna University

Exam level


Exam frequency

Once a year

Exam mode

Offline, Paper-Based, In English

Exam duration

2 hours

Exam sections for MBA

Business Analysis, Quantitative Aptitude, Reading Comprehension, and Verbal Ability, Data Sufficiency and General English

Exam Pattern

100 Questions In Mcq (Multiple Choice Question) Format

Exam fees

  • 1,000 For Unreserved Categories
  • 500 For Reserved Categories (Belonging To Tamil Nadu)

Participating colleges 

Admission into HICAS, SRMIST, PSG Institute and,

  • 250+ MCA colleges in Tamil Nadu
  • 200+ MBA colleges in Tamil Nadu
  • 340+ MTech colleges in Tamil Nadu

Eligible courses 


MTech, ME, M.Arch, and MPlan to be conducted based on CEETA PG 

Number of test cities 


Available seats 

MBA: Approx. 18,000

MCA: Approx. 17,000

Engineering: Approx. 20,000

Contact details 

Help desk number:


Official Website: 


TANCET Eligibility Criteria 

Candidates must have a minimum aggregate of 50% (45% for reserved categories) on graduation. This condition applies to all the pg programs you want to apply to. Here’s a look into the course-wise eligibility for candidates who want to apply for the TANCET exam:

TANCET MCA Eligibility Criteria

Candidates should have a minimum three-year undergraduate bachelor’s degree from BCA or B.Sc. Additionally, students who hold undergraduate degrees from other streams and have studied maths at the 10th, 12th standard level, or graduation level are also eligible.   

  • Graduated 10th, 12th, and a college/university with a  3 / 4 / 5-year course pattern.
  • 10th standard + 3 years diploma + 3 years in a university/college pattern
  • 10th and 12th graduate with an AMIE (Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers) diploma
  • 10th with 3 years diploma (awarded by the State Board of Technical Education) with an AMIE diploma.

TANCET MBA Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduated 10th, 12th, and has a college/university degree with a 3 / 4 / 5-year course pattern.
  • 10th standard + 3 years diploma + 3-year degree from a university/college
  • 10th and 12th with a BE / B.Tech. / B.Arch. / B.Pharm degree.
  • 10th and 12th graduate with AMIE (Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers) diploma
  • 10th with a 3-year diploma (awarded by the State Board of Technical Education) with an AMIE diploma.

TANCET M.E. / M.Tech. / M.Arch./M.Plan. Eligibility Criteria

  • Graduate’s degree from BE / B.Tech. / B.Arch Degree Programs.
  • Graduate’s degree in B.Pharm.
  • 10th and 12th graduate with AMIE (Associate Member of the Institution of Engineers) diploma
  • 10th graduate with a 3-year diploma (awarded by the State Board of Technical Education) with an AMIE diploma.

TANCET Application Process

The application process consists of two parts. The first would be paying for, filling out, and submitting the application form. The second would be to download your admit card from the website after your application has been approved.

Here’s how you apply for the TANCET exam online:

  1. Visit the website and register for an account.
  2. Login with your credentials and pay the application fee.
  3. Fill out the application form with all the relevant details, including your personal details and educational qualifications.
  4. After filling out the form, choose your city of preference to appear for the exam.
  5. Upload any additional documents required to verify your application process. 

Downloading Your TANCET Admit Card

Candidates who’ve applied for the TANCET exam are issued an admit card that will permit them to appear for the exam. The admit card can be downloaded from the official website. There is no other mode of access to the admit card. This admit card will function as your hall ticket, so you must present a hard copy when you appear for the exam.

Here is how to download your TANCET admit card:

  1. Visit the website and click on the hall ticket download option.
  2. Enter your email id and password and the captcha correctly into the given fields. 
  3. Click login. You should be able to download the admit card now.

Note: After appearing for and completing the examination, don’t forget to download your TANCET scorecard. 

TANCET Exam Pattern 

TANCET Exam/Test Structure  


Test Duration

2 hours 

Examination Mode

Offline, Pen And Paper-Based

Number Of Sections

Five (5) Sections:

  • Business Situations
  • Quantitative Ability
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Data Sufficiency
  • English Usage

Marks Assigned To Each Section


Total Marks


Exam Medium 

English and Tamil

Marking Scheme: -1/3 mark for each incorrect response.


The TANCET entrance exam is a popular exam among graduates who are looking to pursue a post graduates degree in Tamil Nadu state. It’s also incredibly competitive. Anyone wanting to get admission into the participating colleges must prepare rigorously with a thorough preparation strategy. 

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