Tamil Nadu is one of the popular states in India for pursuing B.Tech. There are around 560 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu, which offer diverse specialisations in Bachelor of Engineering (B.E) or B.Tech (Bachelor of Technology). Directorate of Technical Education (Tamil Nadu) is responsible for conducting centralised and online counselling process for B.Tech in Tamil Nadu. B. Tech admission process in Tamil Nadu.

Lakhs of students compete for B.Tech admission in government or private engineering colleges and state universities across the state. Tamil Nadu has numerous deemed universities (private), which offer B.Tech admission based on entrance test or Class 12 merit. The online B.Tech admission process of Tamil Nadu is not complex and offers flexibility to students. All the details pertaining to TNEA 2020 or Tamil Nadu B.Tech admissions 2020 such as TNEA important dates, B.Tech eligibility criteria, selection process and application procedure can be checked here.

About Tamil Nadu B.Tech Admissions 2020

B.Tech admission process in Tamil Nadu, i.e., TNEA begins in the third or last week of May. Usually, DTE initiates the admission process only after the announcement of Class 12 results. TNEA process involves different stages, and the entire counselling process is online. For the benefit of students, DTE sets up facilitation centres in all the districts across the state where students can submit the online application form without relying on internet centres. The varsity releases the list of facilitation centres a week before the commencement of TNEA. The official notification for TNEA 2020 will be released in May 2020.

Entrance Exams Accepted by Tamil Nadu Engineering Colleges 2020

Tamil Nadu state government does not conduct any entrance exam for B.Tech admissions in Tamil Nadu. The students are given admission based on merit in Class 12. Students who wish to secure admission in government or private engineering colleges across the state can apply for the centralised counselling process, i.e., Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA). Private deemed universities conduct separate entrance exams for B.Tech admissions. Some of the popular entrance exams conducted by deemed universities are –

  • SRM Deemed University conducts SRMJEE for B.Tech admissions
  • VIT Deemed University conducts VITEEE for B.Tech admissions
  • Hindustan Deemed University conducts HITSEEE for B.Tech admissions
  • JEE Main (accepted by private deemed universities and private engineering colleges)

Eligibility Criteria for B.Tech Admissions in Tamil Nadu 2020

Tamil Nadu B.Tech aspirants must satisfy the below eligibility norms for securing B.Tech admission. The aspirants must note that the online application submitted by students will be accepted for admission/ counselling process only if he/ she satisfies the below eligibility criteria.

Nativity Rules/ Domicile Rules

  • Tamil Nadu residents or students who have studied Class 8 – 12 in the state are eligible for the admission process, and these candidates can claim state government reservation policies, scholarship scheme or concession seat. These students are not required to enclose the Nativity Certificate along with the applications.
  • Students who have studied Class 8 – 12 outside Tamil Nadu can also apply for admission only if his/ her parents are the natives or residents of Tamil Nadu. These students must enclose the ‘Nativity Certificate’ along with the application form.
  • Only the above students are eligible for communal reservation in Tamil Nadu.
  • Students from other states can apply for B.Tech admissions in Tamil Nadu. However, these students will have a chance to secure admission in private engineering colleges subject to the availability of seats.

Academic Qualification

  • Students aspiring to secure B.Tech admission in Tamil Nadu must have passed Class 12 with Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry as the main subjects.
  • Students with Biology/ Biotechnology can also apply for specific courses in B.Tech like Biotechnology etc.

Minimum Qualifying Marks

  • The minimum qualifying marks required in Class 12 for B.Tech admission in Tamil Nadu is as follows –
  1. General Category – 50%
  2. SC/ ST/ SCA – 40%
  3. BC – 45%
  4. DNC & MBC – 40%

Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission Important Dates 2020

Anna University releases the important dates related to TNAEA in the last week of April. Given below are the tentative dates regarding Tamil Nadu Engineering admission 2020:



TNEA online application process commencement date

First week of May 2020

TNEA online application process closing date

Last week of May 2020

Allotment of Random Number

The first week of 2019

Publication of Merit List

Third week of June

Counselling Process

July 2020

Supplementary CounsellingLast week of July 2020
Last date of CounsellingLast week of July 2020

Tamil Nadu Engineering (B.E/ B.Tech) Admission Procedure 2020

The engineering (B.E/ B.Tech) admission procedure of Tamil Nadu is completely online. Students must take part in TNEA counselling process in order to secure admission in B.Tech/ B.E courses offered by Tamil Nadu engineering colleges. On the other hand, the chances of getting admission in the preferred engineering colleges are based on options filled in the candidates in the choice entry. Some of the important guidelines that candidates must remember with regard to Tamil Nadu engineering (B.E/ B.Tech) admission procedure –

  • You will have fair chances to get admission only if you choose choices/ options based on your TNEA rank/ aggregate marks. It is also advisable to check previous year cutoff/ opening and closing ranks of colleges to get better clarity.
  • For example, if you choose the institutions that have rank or cutoff higher than your aggregate marks or score, the chances of getting admission in that particular institution will be less.
  • Therefore, choose the college that has cutoff or rank at par with your aggregate marks or rank. There is a 100% chance of getting admission in engineering courses.
  • TNEA web portal will have details pertaining to opening and closing ranks of the participating colleges. Students will have adequate time to refer the information and take a decision regarding the choice filling or option entry.

Before the commencement of the counselling process, Anna University releases the merit list of the candidates eligible for B.Tech admission in Tamil Nadu. The merit list will have the name of the candidate, category, rank, and normalised score. Based on the merit list, the candidates can refer to the opening and closing ranks of colleges and cutoff score so that they can choose the best options during the counselling process. The Tamil Nadu B.Tech admission process is also bound to the reservation policy.

Tamil Nadu B.Tech Selection Process 2020

The B.Tech selection process of Tamil Nadu begins the preparation of merit/ rank list based on different factors. The selection of candidates for B.Tech admission in Tamil Nadu is purely based on the merit/ rank of the candidates as per the merit/ rank list. The selection of candidates is as follows –

Admission to General and Reserved Category: The selection of candidates for B.Tech admission under General Category will be based on the marks secured in the prescribed subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics. The marks secured in these subjects will be reduced to 200 (Physics+ Chemistry = 100 and Mathematics = 100).

Normalisation of Marks and Inter-Se Merit: For the method of normalisation, highest marks secured by the students in relevant subjects in Tamil Nadu board exams will be equated with the highest marks scored by the candidates in same subjects in board exams of other states. After the normalisation process, the qualified students will be merged into a common merit list.

Tamil Nadu B.Tech Admission Reservation Policy 2020

B.Tech/ B.E seats in Tamil Nadu engineering colleges are distributed across different categories. The distribution of seats can be checked here –

Name of the Category

Percentage of Seats Reserved



BC – Muslim


Open Competition






SC (Arunthatiyars)


Most Backward Class and Denotified Communities


Quota for Special Reservation Categories

Apart from the above, separate seats are applicable for special reservation categories in Tamil Nadu. Only Tamil Nadu natives are eligible under special reservation categories. The list of categories and the number of engineering seats reserved for these categories is given below –

Name of the Category

Total Number of Seats Reserved

Daughters/ Sons of Freedom Fighters


Daughters/ Sons of Ex-Servicemen


Visually Impaired/ Hearing Impaired/ Orthopedically Differently Abled Persons

3% (1% for each category)

Eminent Sports Persons


Documents Required for B.Tech Admission in Tamil Nadu

The candidates must upload the following documents along with the TNEA online application form –

  • HSC (Class 12) Hall Ticket
  • Class 10 & 12 Mark Sheet
  • Transfer Certificate (TC)
  • Category Certificate (only for reserved categories)
  • Nativity Certificate (only for some students – refer eligibility criteria section)

TNEA Rank List 2020

Directorate of Technical Education – Tamil Nadu releases the rank list of TNEA (Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions). All the candidates who featured in the TNEA rank list are eligible for admission in B.E/ B.Tech course in Tamil Nadu. The TNEA rank list is usually released in the last week of June. The rank list of TNEA can be downloaded through the official website of TNEA.

Tamil Nadu B.Tech Counselling Process 2020

Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Tamil Nadu will start counselling process in July 2020. The student must register and pay for the counselling process. Students can exercise the choice-filling option for round 1 in the second week of July 2020, and for round 2, from the third week of July 2020. Round 1 seat allotment result is usually released in the second week of July itself and round 2 results are declared in the third week of July. TNEA will conduct four rounds of counselling and seat allotment.

The entire TNEA counselling process involves different stages, and the same can be checked below:

Registration: Candidates will have to open the TNEA website to register for the counselling process. For registration purpose, the candidates need a valid E-Mail ID and Mobile Number. At this step, the candidates must enter other details such as Religion, Nativity, and Address for Communication etc. The login id and password will be generated after the submission of the above details.

Candidates who do not have internet facility must visit the nearest facilitation centre for registration with all the details, documents and counselling fee.

Application Fee Payment: The candidates must pay the TNEA application fee to take part in the counselling process. The TNEA application fee for reserved categories is Rs. 250 and Rs. 500 for General category.

The TNEA application fee can be paid in online mode by using Credit/ Debit Card/ Internet Banking. Candidates who are present at the facilitation centre can pay the application fee to the officer. After fee payment, an online receipt will be generated.

Application Form Filling: TNEA online application form will be activated after the counselling fee payment. Here, the candidates must fill academic and personal details. If you are present at the facilitation centre, please carry all the academic certifications so that it will help the computer operator to fill all the details in the application form.

Application Submission: Check the details entered in the online application form before clicking on the ‘Submit’ button. If you are sure that all the details entered in the application form are correct, submit and take the printout of the application form.

Random Number: A random number will be generated after the submission of the application. Candidates can check the random number on the printout copy of application form. The random number will be useful during the certificate verification process and tie-breaking.

Verification of Certificates: Candidates who submit TNEA online application form must be present at the nearest facilitation centre for certificate verification. The candidates must report to the centre first and register their names along with random numbers. The candidates will be called accordingly for certificate verification. It is mandatory to carry all the required documents for certificate verification. The admission authority will confirm the details of candidates only after the certificate verification.

Declaration of Merit/ Rank List: With a few days after the completion of the certificate verification process, TNEA authority will release a merit/ rank list that comprises the name of the candidates, category, rank, and normalised score. Candidates who feature in TNEA merit/ rank list are allowed to take part in choice entry/ option entry process.

Online Choice Filling/ Option Entry: The candidates must log in to the TNEA website and fill the option entry form. The list of colleges, cutoff, opening, and closing ranks will be published on the official website, and the candidates are advised to fill the options only after referring the cutoff and ranks (opening and closing ranks) of colleges. It is advisable to fill the maximum number of options to improve the chances of securing admission. (Please refer admission procedure section for more details).

The initial process of TNEA counselling ends with option entry. The most important stage in the counselling process is seat allotment.

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Tamil Nadu B.Tech Seat Allotment Process 2020

Within a few days after the choice entry/ option entry, TNEA authority releases the seat allotment on its official website. Candidates must log in and check the seat allotment. The candidates will see the name of the course and course allotted on the screen. Here, the candidates will have three options to choose from:

I Agree and Confirm the Current Allotment: If the candidates are satisfied with the seat allotment, they can tick on ‘I Agree and Confirm the Current Allotment’ option. These candidates will not be allowed to take part in the next rounds of TNEA counselling process.

I Decline Current Allotment and Move to the Next Round: If the candidates are not satisfied with the seat allotment, they can tick on ‘I Decline Current Allotment and Move to the Next Round’. These candidates will be allowed to take part in the next rounds of the TNEA counselling process.

I Decline Current Allotment and Quit Counselling: candidates who wish to quit TNEA counselling can click on this option. These candidates will be neither considered for the next rounds of TNEA counselling nor seat allotment.

After selecting any one of the above options, read the declaration and click on the ‘I Agree’ button. Candidates who accepted the allotment will have to deposit the initial admission fee to confirm admission. The initial admission fee for General category is Rs. 5000 and Rs. 1,000 for reserved categories.
There are 4 rounds of seat allotment for TNEA. The result is released in the online mode and candidates can visit the official website for checking the provisional results. Candidates who have been allotted seats need to confirm their seats by the last week of July 2020

Finally, the candidates must take the printout of seat allotment letter and initial fee payment receipt. Report to the respective colleges with all the relevant documents along with seat allotment letter and fee receipt. Pay the remaining first-year B.E/ B.Tech fee at the college within the stipulated dates.

Top B.Tech Colleges in Tamil Nadu 2020

Approximately, 563 B.Tech colleges participate in TNEA counselling process for B.Tech admissions. Here is the list of some of the top engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu that participate in TNEA counselling process –

Tamil Nadu College of Engineering Coimbatore Admission 2020: Cut Off, Scholarship


Established in 1984, Tamilnadu College of Engineering (TCE) is a prestigious self-financed engineering institute which is located in Coimbatore, Chennai. Currently affiliated to Anna University, Tamilnadu College of Engineering offers various undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of engineering and management including BE in several specializations.







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  • B.E. candidates need to qualify 10+2 in science stream with PCM as compulsory subjects.
  • M.E. candidates must possess undergraduate degree in the relevant or allied discipline.
  • MCA and MBA candidates can have a graduate degree in any discipline.
  • Candidates seeking admission to BE programs can apply through TNEA only.
  • Candidates applying for M.E., MBA and MCA program are selected through TANCET score and their respective counselling.
  • M.E. candidates are also selected on the basis of GATE score.
  • B.E. candidates are selected through TNEA single window counselling.
  • ME candidates can apply through TANCET counselling. A valid GATE score may also be preferred for M.E. admissions.
  • MBA and MCA candidates can apply through TANCET and its respective counselling.
  • Application forms for can be filled and submitted online through the respective application portals.
  • Payment of fees can be made via credit/debit card or net-banking.
  • Management Quota candidates are selected through CET conducted by Association of Self-financed colleges.
  • Reservation is provided as per norms set by the Government of India and Tamil Nadu State Government.
Name of the UniversityTamil Nadu College of Engineering
University TypeSelf-Financed
Basic Admission CriteriaCounselling
Application ModeOnline
Name of the EntranceTANCET 
Entrance ModeOffline
CounsellingState Level

Tamil Nadu College Of Engineering UG Admission 2020

Tamil Nadu College of Engineering offers full-time engineering degree programs in eight disciplines in multiple specializations including Automobile Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Information Technology. Candidates seeking admission must have passed 10+2 in science stream.  

  • Admission to the UG programs is subject to merit and rank secured in Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions(TNEA) counselling.
  • Applicants are also required to obtain at least 50% aggregate in case of general candidates and 40% for SC/ST at 10+2 level.
Course NameSpecializationEligibility CriteriaSelection Process
B. E.Automobile Engineering10+2 in science stream with 50% average marks in PCMTNEA / CET conducted by Association of Self Financing Colleges
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Computer Science & Engineering
Information Technology
Electrical & Electronics Engineering
Electronics & Communication Engg.
Instrumentation & Control Engg.

Candidates aspiring for admission can apply for TNEA through both online and offline mode. Payment of the requisite fees can be paid online or via demand draft.

  • Management Quota candidates are selected through CET conducted by Association of Self-Financed Colleges.
  • Selection of candidates will be based on the marks obtained in the prescribed subjects reduced to 200 (Mathematics – 100, Physics + Chemistry – 100 in the qualifying examination)
  • The minimum required percentile for reserved categories is 45% for OBC & minority caste, 40% for SC/ST candidates.

Tamil Nadu College Of Engineering PG Admissions 2020

The institute offers M.E. courses in two disciplines, viz. Computer Science & Engineering and Structural Engineering, in addition to a MBA and MCA program. Tamil Nadu College of Engineering offers various PG level courses on the basis of marks obtained in graduation, number of attempts in last qualifying exam etc. Candidates who have appeared for GATE/TANCET are eligible to apply for admission through counselling.

  • All shortlisted applicants are required to attend the counselling session before the final merit list is declared.
  • The minimum required eligibility criterion for admission to PG courses is Bachelors’ degree in the relevant stream.
  • For entry to ME programs, the applicant should possess a BE or B.Tech degree in the relevant discipline.
Course NameSpecializationEligibility CriteriaSelection Process
M. E.Computer Sc. & EngineeringB.E. / B. Tech with minimum 50% marksGATE/ TANCET
Structural Engineering
MBABusiness ManagementGraduation with 50% marks
MCAComputer Applications

Application forms can be filled through both offline and online mode. Application fee can be paid via debit/ credit card, net-banking or through a demand draft.

  • M.Sc. (10+2+3+3 pattern) candidates are eligible for admission to certain courses offered under ME program.
  • For MCA candidates, Mathematics / Statistics at 10+2 and graduation level is a must. 
  • Candidates without a valid TANCET score are required to take the consortium level CET for their respective courses.

Tamil Nadu College Of Engineering Application Process 2020

For BE/ B.Tech programs:

Candidates applying for UG courses offered by TNCE are required to apply through TNEA counselling. The process of application is as follows:

  • Candidate must register for TNEA by providing his/her personal details.
  • Once the registration is successful, the candidate can proceed to fill the online application form.
  • Payment of TNEA application fee (INR 500 for general candidates and INR 250 for reserved category) can be done online.  
  • A printout of the completed application form should be taken for future correspondence.
  • A copy of the printed application from, accompanied by photocopies of educational documents, must be submitted to “Secretary, TNEA, Anna University, Chennai – 600 025”.

The following documents will have to be submitted along with TNEA 2107 application form:

  1. Original Special Reservation Form with DD
  2. HSC/Equivalent Mark Sheet
  3. 10th Mark Sheet
  4. HSC Hall Ticket
  5. Transfer Certificate
  6. Nativity Certificate only in electronic form/digitally signed e-Certificate.
  7. Permanent Community Certificate Card for ST, SC, SCA, MBC & DNC, BC & BCM.
  8. First Graduate Certificate and First Graduate Joint Declaration (if applicable)
  9. Sri Lankan Tamil Refugee Certificate (if applicable)

For ME, MBA and MCA programs:

For M.E., MBA and MCA courses, candidate should apply through TANCET counselling. The process of application for TANCET is as follows:

  • Candidate can apply for TANCET by registering through the official website.
  • Both online and offline modes of application are offered by TANCET.
  • Candidates applying are required to send a copy of the complete application form and photocopies of all relevant documents to “The Secretary, TANCET, Anna University, Chennai”
  • In the event of offline fee submission, a demand draft of INR 500 (INR 250 for reserved category) is to be enclosed with the application form.

Documents Checklist:

  1. X Std. Mark sheet
  2. XII Std. Mark sheet or Diploma (3 years) Certificate
  3. Qualifying degree Certificate
  4. Provisional Certificate
  5. Mark sheet Of all semesters or consolidated mark sheet
  6. TANCET Call Letter
  7. Transfer Certificate from the institution last studied
  8. Valid GATE score card for (Engineering/Technology) category
  9. Valid GATE score card and TANCET Hall Ticket for GATE (Engineering Science XE/Life Science XL) category
  10. TANCET Hall Ticket, TANCET Mark Sheet
  11. Permanent Community Certificate in card or in electronic form for BC / BCM, MBC / DNC & SC / SCA / ST contenders of Tamil Nadu
  12. Certificate from District Medical Board for Differently Able candidates (if Applicable)
  13. Nativity Certificate only in electronic form/ digitally signed e-Certificate. (if Applicable)
  14. Copy of identification certificate obtained from the Head Quarters Tahsildar or Visa, Passport and letter registered in Police Station (For Srilankan Refugee candidates)
  15. Experience Certificate (if applicable)


Reservation is offered as per norms set by Government of India. Tamil Nadu candidates are given first preference than other state candidates. Also, candidates who have appeared for GATE are allowed more seats compared to candidates who have appeared for TANCET.

Tamil Nadu College Of Engineering Scholarships 2020

The following scholarships are awarded to deserving and meritorious students based on parent’s annual income category-wise:

CategoryEligibilityScholarship Scheme
BC/MBC/DNCAnnual Income <= 2 lacksDistrict Backward Classes Welfare
BCM-MuslimAnnual Income <= 2 lacksMinority Scholarship
SC/ST/SCAAnnual Income <= 2.5 lacksAdi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare
FGGFirst Gen. Graduate Scholarship
B.Tech Information TechnologyAdmission Link

Important Dates

GATE (Application Date)05 Sep – 09 Oct, 2020
TANCET (Application Date)02 Apr, 2020
TNEA (Application Date)03 May – 02 Jun, 2020
GATE exam date03 Feb, 2020; 04 Feb, 2020; 10 Feb, 2020; 11 Feb, 2020;
TANCET exam date19 May – 20 May, 2020
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