TANCET Consistently Witness Decline in the Number of Registrations

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TANCET or Tamil Nadu Common Entrance Test is a state level exam conducted for admissions in postgraduate courses like MBA, MCA, M.E, M.Tech, etc. The exam is conducted by Anna University. The application forms for upcoming exam have been made available till April 23 and the exam will be held on May 19 and 20.

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Every year a large number of students appear for TANCET exam, but the number of registrations is witnessed to have consistently decreasing. The exam has seen less number of applicants over the years. As per the statistics, around 1, 10,000 students appeared for the TANCET exam in 2012 which decreased to approximately 24,000 students in 2017 and this clearly shows that the declining number of applicants for the exam. The following table provides the number of applicants in TANCET over the years.



     Number of Applicants (Approximate)     














As per various academicians and students, this decrease in the number of applicants is due to the positive trend of campus placements over the years. As per the reports, less than 50% students are getting campus placements and that too on fewer salaries. After completing a post graduate degree, a student expects a job with a handsome salary so the numbers of applicants for post graduate programs are decreasing. Other than this, due to lesser jobs after graduate programmes like B. Tech has also reduced the number of applicants in the TANCET exam.

Students are now thinking that post graduate courses will not help them much in their careers and also many times their post graduate degree is taken as over qualified.

Former head of management studies at University of Madras Prof. PT Srinivasan says, “Many graduates are joining jobs after their graduate courses for 2 to 3 years and use their experience to get good colleges for postgraduate courses like MBA”. So, this is also a reason that there is a declining trend in number of applicants for TANCET.

Former chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) Prof. SS Mantha said that many students want to undertake post graduate courses from deemed universities and this might be the reason for decline in students in TANCET.

Engineering graduates who get placed in one of the IT companies through campus placement say that they would like to work in the organisation to get hands on experience and later take up higher studies like management. However, the registrations for this year have commenced and it is hopeful that the numbers may increase this year.