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About TNEA

TNEA 2018 (Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission) is a single window counselling conducted by Anna University for B.Tech Admission 2018. TNEA 2018 is a selection process for candidates seeking admission to UG level engineering admission in Tamil Nadu. Every year more than 1.5 lakh engineering aspirants get admission to 571 engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu based on TNEA Counselling conducted by Anna University. Applicants can get the detailed information on TNEA 2018 Counselling Process on this page below.

TNEA 2018 Counselling Process is conducted by Anna University for the following courses:

  • B.E./ B.Tech - 4  years (8 semesters)
  • B. E. (Sandwich - 5 years (10 semesters)- (Practical Training + Evening Classes)

TNEA 2018 Dates


2017 Dates

2018 Dates
(yet to be announced)

Issue of TNEA Notification

30 April 2017


TNEA Application Process Begins

1 May 2017


last date for TNEA Online Registration

31 May 2017


Last date for submission of filled
in online TNEA applications

3 June 2017


Assigning Random Number to applicants

20 June 2017


TNEA Rank Publication

22 June 2017


TNEA Counselling

27 June 2017



TNEA Colleges

Colleges stats of the TNEA Counselling process is given below for which the seats will be allotted to the eligible candidates. It is to be noted that there will be no entrance examination for B.Tech/ B.E admission in Tamil Nadu. TNEA counselling will be based on the marks secured by the candidate in the HSC. However, students will have to fill the application form to apply for TNEA 2018.

Type of Institute No. of Colleges
Anna University Departments- CEG, ACT, SAP, MIT Campus 4
Constituent Colleges 13
Government Colleges 11
Government Aided Colleges 3
CECRI & CIPET (Engineering Institutes) 2
Self- Financing Engineering Colleges 538
Total Engineering Colleges & Institutes 571

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TNEA Eligibility criteria

Domicile of Tamil Nadu - Only domicile of Tamil Nadu and some other permitted category students as given below are eligible to apply for TNEA for admission in engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu.

  • Candidates who are native Tamil Nadu and have passed Class 8-12  in Tamil Nadu are eligible to apply. They need not enclose Nativity Certificate.
  • Candidates who are native of Tamil Nadu and have passed any of Class 8-12 exam from schools situated outside Tamil Nadu can also apply. They should enclose a copy of Nativity Certificate only in electronic form/digitally signed e-Certificate.

TNEA Eligibility for Non-Natives of Tamil Nadu

  • Other State candidates who have studied Class 8-12 in Tamil Nadu are eligible to apply. They need not enclose “Nativity Certificate”.
  • Children of Central Government Employees irrespective of their native, provided their parents/ guardians have been serving in Tamil Nadu continuously for the past 5 years.
  • Children of All India service Tamil Nadu cadre officers.
  • Children of employees in Public Sector or Government recognized Institutions who at the time of submission of application are employed in Tamil Nadu continuously for the past five years.

Academic Qualification & Minimum Marks

  • Passed in HSC (Academic) or its equivalent with a minimum average percentage in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry put together as given below.
  • Passed any one of the HSC (Vocational Subject) with any one of the Engineering related subjects namely Mathematics, Physics or Chemistry with a minimum average percentage put together as given below.
    • Eligible Vocational subjects: General Machinist, Electrical Machines and Appliances, Electronic Equipment, Draughtsman Civil, Auto Mechanic & Textile Technology

Marine Engineering Branch: the candidate should pass in 10+2 or equivalent examination with Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, and English as the separate subject with an average of not less than 60% in PCM. Further, a minimum of 50% in English either at 10th or 12th standard is required for all the candidates.

  • Maximum age limit 25 years.
  • Minimum Height 157 cm; Weight 48 kg; Normal Colour vision
Community Aggregate of PCM Vocational 

Theory + Practical

General Category 50% 50%    
Backward Class including Backward Class Muslim 45% 45%
MBC & DNC 40% 40%
SC/SCA/ST 40% 40% 

TNEA Application form and Admit Card

TNEA Online application will be started from the first week of May 2018 and the candidates should fill the application form by furnishing the correct details in the required section of the form. TNEA application form must reach ANNA University on or before the due date. TNEA  Application form can be filled online or offline via any of the three modes:

  • MODE 1 -In person: Through 60 centres for TNEA.
  • MODE 2- By post: Only from the Centre for Entrance Examinations & Admissions, Anna University, Chennai – 25.
  • MODE 3- Online application form: Through Anna University official website 

TNEA 2018 Application Form



Application Fee

General Category

Rs. 500

SC/SCA/ST candidates belonging to Tamil Nadu

Rs. 250

Note: Additional Rs 100 fee for candidate's belonging to special Reservation category (such as Eminent Sports Person). 

TNEA 2018 - Tuition Fee Concession for eligible candidates

  • Tuition Fee Waiver: Sons and daughters of parents whose annual income is less than 4.50 lakhs from all sources. This scheme is applicable in Self-Financing Engineering Colleges and Self-Supporting courses in Government Aided Engineering Colleges only. 
  • First Graduate Tuition Fee Concession: Tuition fee concession will be granted to the candidates who attend thecounselling and joined in professional courses in Government / Aided and Self-Financing Engineering Colleges. 
    • The candidates who are to be the first graduate in a family are only eligible for fee concession.
    • The candidate is not eligible for fee concession if his/her brother or sister has already availed First Graduate Tuition Fee concession for studying Professional Courses, then the applicant is not eligible for such concession.

TNEA Result and Counselling

The selection of candidates for counselling will be based on the marks obtained in the prescribed subjects reduced to 200. (Mathematics:100, Physics + Chemistry: 100) in the qualifying examination.

TNEA 2018 Rank List

TNEA Merit List: After normalization of marks in the relevant subjects in the qualifying examination conducted by different Boards, the qualified students shall be merged into a common merit list.

A merit list will be prepared based on the total mark of 200. In cases where more than one candidate has got the same marks in the common merit list, the inter-se-merit among such candidates shall be determined in the order of the following priority.
  • Percentage of marks in Mathematics.
  • Percentage of marks in Physics.
  • Percentage of marks in the Fourth optional subject.
  • Date of Birth (elder will be given preference).
  • Random number assigned (higher value will be given preference).

Normalisation of Score

  • The marks obtained by the students in the relevant subjects in the qualifying examination conducted by various Boards or Authority shall be equated with the marks obtained by the students in the same subjects in the qualifying examination conducted by the State Board of Tamil Nadu by adopting the method of normalization.
  • For instance, If the highest mark secured by the student of State Board of Tamil Nadu in Physics is 100 and the highest mark secured by a student of any other Board in the same subject is 90 both the highest marks will be considered to be equal to 100.
    • If a student of the other Board secures 60 marks in Physics when the first mark in Physics in the same Board is 90, 60 marks will be considered to be equal to 66.66 marks as arrived below.
  • National Boards namely CBSE and ISCE, the highest mark obtained in the relevant subject by the candidates at the National Level alone will be taken into consideration for normalization.

TNEA 2018 Counselling

Candidates will be called for counselling in the order of their merit. Based on the merit and communal reservation, allotment of the branch/college chosen by the candidate will be made. Candidates have to opt for colleges and branches that are available at the time of counselling. Applicants can get the latest details of the TNEA Counselling on the link given below.

TNEA Counseling 2018

TNEA Important details

Applicants can check below the participating colleges in the TNEA counselling and seats reservation policy for the admission through Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission 2018.

TNEA 2018 Participating Colleges

Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission 2018 will be offered in the given below is for admission to the following 571 Colleges whose name and the distribution is as follows:

  • ANNA University Departments - 4
  • Constituent Colleges- 13
  • Government Colleges- 11
  • Government Aided Colleges – 3
  • Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology- 1
  • Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CSIR) Karaikudi - 1
  • Self- Financing Engineering Colleges – 538

TNEA Reservation of Seats

Selection shall be made under seven categories, following the rules of reservation of Government of Tamil Nadu as follows: 

69% Rule of Reservation


% of Reservation

Open Competition


Backward Class


Backward Class Muslim


Most Backward Class & Denotified Communities


Scheduled Caste


Scheduled Caste (Arunthathiyars)


Scheduled Tribes


Special Reservation for Tamil Nadu Native Candidates:

TNEA Reservation for tamil candidates

TNEA Contact

The Secretary,
Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions,
Anna University,
Chennai - 600 025

TNEA Helpline Number

Phone: 044-22358041, 044-22358042,
044-22358043, 044-22358044

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