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Updated: Friday, 16 June 2017 05:00 PM
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Type of Examination: State Level
Contact Phone No: 044 2235 8314 / 8290
Mode of Examination: Pen and Paper, MCQs
Contact Address: The Secretary, TANCA (Tamil Nadu Common Admissions), Anna University, Chennai - 600025.
Students seeking admission into the reputed Tamil Nadu based MBA institutes need to appear for the Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test or TANCET. It’s a state-level entrance exam, conducted by Anna University, Chennai, on behalf of the Tamil Nadu Government.
If you successfully crack this examination, you get a chance to enroll into any of the post-graduate MBA programs offered by:
Several State-level Universities and Government Colleges in Tamil Nadu
University Departments of Anna University
Anna University’s Regional Campuses and
Many Stand-alone Institutions Affiliated to the Anna University
Anna University is a technical university based out of Tamil Nadu, India, whose main university campus is situated at Guindy, Chennai.
TANCET 2017 for admission into 2017-18 batch of MBA was conducted successfully across 15 different offline test centers, on March 25th, 2017 this year. The results for the exam were announced on April 11, 2017.
Students willing to appear for TANCET MBA 2018 must ensure that they meet the following eligibility criteria:
They should have earned a Bachelor’s degree (of minimum three years) from a recognised institute/university with at least 50% marks (45% for candidates belonging to any of the reserved categories).
Their education pattern towards accomplishment of that degree should look like either of the following:
The examination pattern, structure and Syllabus for TANCET 2018 is the same as that was for year 2017. The exam would be conducted off-line, in the form of a pen-and-paper test. There’d be 100 questions in total, having a scoring potential of 100 marks.
The following table should give you a fair idea about the examination pattern:
Offline, pen-and-paper, on OMR sheet
Type of questions
Objective type, MCQs (multiple choice questions); 4 choices each
Total number of questions
Marks for every correct answer
Negative marking for every incorrect answer
Marks for every un-attempted question
The candidates are normally required to choose 1 out of the 4 provided choices for every question, and shade its corresponding small open box on the answer sheet, using a black ballpoint pen (and nothing else).
These 100 questions are divided amongst the following five categories/sections (in random order):
Reading comprehension – This section assesses your skills related to passage-based questions. It generally has 20 questions surrounding 2 passages.
Analysis of business situations or ABS – This section assesses if you are able to correctly analyze business data and understand its application in various business decisions. This is done with the help of case studies that describe some of the typical, day-to-day business situations. There are normally 20 questions in this section.
Data sufficiency – Your data interpretation and analytical reasoning skills are ascertained and evaluated using these data sufficiency questions. You can tentatively expect 20 questions from this section.
Quantitative ability – In this section your mathematical problem-solving skills are put to test, with the maximum questions being of graduation level. In general, around 20 questions asked.
English usage – This section tests your basic English skills with the help of questions about English punctuation, vocabulary, grammar etc. You’re likely to get 20 questions based on the section.
TANCET is usually conducted across 15 different centers situated in the following cities:
The test centre allocated to you would be mentioned on your TANCET MBA 2018 Hall Ticket which would be available for download at a later date from the Anna University’s official website.
The TANCET MBA application form is normally available from the Anna University’s official website sometime in the second half of the January each year. For instance, the application form for TANCET MBA 2017 was available from January 29, 2017 till February 28, 2017.
All eligible candidates can fill up this application form online within the provided time period. Please note, you should be very careful while filling up this form as you’d not be allowed to make any corrections after its submission.
The application form must be filled online only, using the below provided steps:
Step 1 - Registration with the website
Visit the Anna University’s official website available at www.annauniv.edu/tancet2018/
Click on ‘Online Registration’
Set a unique password.
Step 2 - Filling up the application form
Log into the Anna University’s website using the above-created User Id and Password
Review all the provided details before you click the ‘Submit’ button
Step 3 – Making payment
Make the online payment for the examination using any of the available payment options.
Documents that need to be uploaded with the TANCET Application Form:
Copy of Class X or equivalent mark-sheet
Copy of Class XII mark-sheet or a copy of 3 years’ Diploma Certificate
Copy of the Demand Draft if application/entrance fee payment is being made via that mode
Please keep in mind that there is only one single application form for all the three TANCET tests – MBA, MCA or M.Plan/M.Arch/M.Tech/M.E.
The application or examination fee for each one of these tests is Rs. 500 for general/OBC candidates and Rs. 250 for SC/ST/SCA candidates (belonging to Tamil Nadu).
Anyone wanting to appear for an additional program apart from MBA is required to pay Rs. 500 more for the test (Rs. 250 for the Tamil Nadu based SC/ST/SCA candidates).
Coimbatore Government College of Technology
Chennai Examination Centre, Anna University, Chennai
Karaikudi Alagappa College of Engineering & Technology
Chidambaram Annamalai University
Erode Institute of Road and Transport Technology
Madurai Anna University Regional Centre – Madurai
Dindigul University College of Engineering, Dindigul
Salem Government College of Engineering
Villupuram University College of Engineering, Villupuram
Thanjavur Kunthavai Naacchiyaar Govt. Arts College for Women
Tiruchirappalli Anna University Regional Centre – Tiruchirappalli
Vellore Thanthai Periyar Government Institute of Technology
Nagercoil University College of Engineering, Nagercoil
Virudhunagar Kamaraj College of Engineering and Technology
Tirunelveli Government College of Engineering
The TANCET MBA Hall ticket or Admit Card is normally available for download at the Anna University website starting mid-March. You can also obtain it in person from any of the coordinating centres of the conducting body (see the list provided above) or Anna University’s enquiry office.
Please keep in mind that the Admit Card is never sent via post. Furthermore, it’s mandatory for you to always carry your valid identity card along with your Admit Card on the day of the examination. You should also keep it safe after the examination is over, for the admission purposes.
The TANCET Admit Card or Hall ticket consists of the following details:
Name of the candidate
TANCET examination date, time and venue
Special instructions for the day of the examination
Any candidate who misplaces his/her Admit Card after the examination can obtain a duplicate by sending a request letter to Anna University, with a Rs. 100 demand draft. The DD can be made from any nationalised bank, payable at Chennai and drawn in favour of
Anna University, Chennai
The letter should contain your application number, name of the examination centre and sent to: Secretary, Tancet, Centre for Entrance Examinations, Anna University, Chennai – 600025.
You’re not allowed to carry any mobile phone or calculator into the examination hall.
Normally, the TANCET MBA results are released in the month of April each year, on the official website of Anna University, at www.annauniv.edu/tancet2018. The merit lists are prepared separately for the different categories.
All the candidates are issued their respective TANCET MBA mark sheets after the declaration of the result. Both the result and the mark sheet can be accessed online and are never sent individually to the candidates via email or post.
You’d be able to check your TANCET MBA 2018 result by logging into the Anna University website using your student login credentials. Your result will be in the form of your actual score.
Steps for checking the TANCET MBA result
All the candidates appearing for TANCET MBA 2018 would be able to check their result and download their mark sheets using the steps below:
Visit the official webpage for TANCET MBA 2018
Login to the website using your email ID and password
Look out for and click on the link marked ‘TANCET MBA 2018 scorecard’
Take a printout of your TANCET MBA 2018 scorecard
About issuance of duplicate mark sheet
Anyone wanting a duplicate copy of his/her TANCET MBA mark sheet, can obtain the same by sending a written application to Anna University with a Rs. 100 demand draft. This demand draft should be payable at Chennai and can be made from any of the nationalised banks. It should be drawn in favour of:
Anna University, Chennai
The candidate shouldn’t forget to mention his/her application number, registration number and the name of the examination centre on the letter.
The written application should be sent to:
TANCET, Centre for Entrance Examinations,
Anna University, Chennai – 600025
You can gain admission into various Anna University affiliated colleges based on the rank you obtain in TANCET MBA 2018. In fact, more than 100 reputed colleges and universities accept TANCET scores for their MBA programs. Some of these institutes/colleges/universities are:
Bharathiar University, Coimbatore
PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore
Kumarguru College of Technology, Coimbatore
Coimbatore Institute of Management and Technology, Coimbatore
Nehru College of Management (NCM), Coimbatore
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International School of Textile Management, Coimbatore
Avinashilingam Institute of Home Science and Higher Education for Women University, Coimbatore
Sri Krishna Institute of Management Centre for Excellence in Management Education, Coimbatore
GRG School of Management Studies, Coimbatore
KV Institute of Management and Information Studies, Coimbatore
Anna University, Chennai
Sri Sai Ram Institute of Management Studies, Chennai
Galaxy Institute of Management, Chennai
Velammal Engineering College, Chennai
Sri Sairam Engg. College, Chennai
Vel Tech High Tech Dr. Rangarajan Dr. Sakunthala Engineering College, Chennai
MOP Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai
Easwari Engineering College (EEC), Chennai
Sona School of Management, Salem
Vinayaka Mission’s Kirupananda Variyar Engineering College, Salem
PSNA College of Engineering and Technology, Dindigul
RVS Colege of Engineering and Technology, Dindigul
Thiagarajar School of Management, Thirupparankundram
Kongu Engineering College, Erode
St. Joseph College of Engineering, Kancheepuram
Erode Builder Educational Trust’s Group of Institutions, Kangayam
MEPCO Schlenk Engineering College, Sivakasi
Bannari Amman Institute of Technology, Sathyamangalam
KCT Business School (KCTBS)
JJ College of Engineering and Technology, Tiruchirappalli
Francis Xavier Engineering College (FXEC)
Guruvayurappan Institute of Management, Navakkarai
SSN School of Management and Computer Application, Kalavakkam
KS Rangasamy College of Technology, Tiruchengode
All the colleges that accept TANCET scores prepare their own respective cut-off lists for qualifying students. This cut-off is nothing but the minimum TANCET score declared as acceptable by a particular institute for admission into its MBA program.
Please note, the TANCET MBA conducting body has no role in preparation of these cut-off lists. It’s entirely up to the institutes to decide what they deem fit for their respective programs.
This cut-off is usually decided based on several different factors including the difficulty level of the TANCET exam, average marks scored, total number of seats available and the number of candidates who appeared for the test. You can expect the cut-off to be somewhere in the vicinity of 34 for the general category candidates.
Once these cut-off lists are out, the eligible candidates go through the TANCET MBA counselling and thereafter seek allotments.
The TANCET MBA counselling process starts around late May or early June. For TANCET MBA 2017, counselling notifications went out on May 28th, 2017. The candidates could apply and register for counselling from June 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017. You can apply for counselling either using the online form or the offline form.
The counselling sessions start sometime in July-August.
Once the counselling sessions are over, the shortlisted candidates are allocated seats in the participating institutes based on their overall performance and rank.
All candidates appearing for counselling must carry the following documents with them:
A copy of Class X, Class XII (or 3 Years’ Diploma Certificate) mark-sheets
A copy of mark sheets of all semesters (both sides Xeroxed)
A degree or provisional certificate
Permanent community card (if belonging to any special category)
TANCET 2018 mark-sheet
TANCET 2018 Hall Ticket
A certificate from the District Medical Board (in case of differently-abled candidates)
Nativity certificate (if needed)
Self-addressed stamped envelope for call letter
Self-addressed stamped acknowledgment card
Please note, you must not forget to take a printout of your call letter after the rank list is published. You’ll need to carry that call letter to these counselling sessions.
Furthermore, candidates unable to attend counselling owing to unavoidable reasons may authorise their parents to attend on their behalf. In case neither the candidate, nor his/her parents are able to attend, they can attend on a subsequent time/date during the counselling period. However, the candidate will need to make-do with the seats available at that point of time and may not be able to claim any seat based on his/her original rank.
Lastly, ensure that you reach the counselling venue at least one hour ahead of time.
Disclaimer: Please note, the above provided dates and information may be changed from time to time, sometimes without any prior notice, by the examination’s conducting body. Therefore, it’s always best to cross-check with Anna University before drawing any conclusions or making any decision/s.